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Drupal 8 - An intro field guide for front-end developers

Drupal 8 is almost here, and it’s bringing big front-end improvements, including new methods to display data on mobile devices using breakpoints, build flexible templates in Twig and better management for tools and libraries.

Most importantly, changes to the display layer mean that Drupal has become much more agile and extendable for Front-end Developers.

The journey so far

Up till now, Front-end Developers have been working with a display layer that was originally introduced in Drupal 4.5, here’s how it worked...

Acquia Cloud: by developers, for developers

As a Drupal developer for 7 years, I’ve shed plenty of (mostly figurative) blood, sweat, and tears over the sites and modules I’ve built. At Acquia, I work on our Cloud tools, making sure my fellow developers never have to worry about many of the issues I used to deal with constantly. There are three basic areas where Acquia Cloud makes developers’ lives better.

“Don’t make me think about hosting”

Local Drupal Development Sandboxes

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice.

Why Does DevOps Matter?

People often ask, why does DevOps matter?

The honest answer to that question is...because having the development and operations team work together is the only way IT is successful.

Over the past few decades I've worked in different environments that include: small web start ups, big pharmaceutical companies, hardware engineering shops and large software companies and banks. All were trying different approaches to deliver quality software to their end users, customers, but most of them were failing badly.

Acquia Unveils Free Version of Acquia Cloud [Sept. 12, 2013]

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
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CMSWire

By Anthony Myers

Acquia will now provide a free version of its cloud based content management system Acquia Cloud, and Drupal developers can now develop and stage content there to test out their websites.

Free Developer Sandbox
Aqcuia Cloud Free is a bit different from the free Acquia Cloud versions that had previously been in place. This version doesn't require a credit card to set up, and there is no expiration date on the account. The catch is, it's not for production sites, as enticing as that would obviously be.

Instead, Acquia Cloud Free is a place for developers to try out workflow tools and deploy code between development and staging environments, Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and Acquia CTO wrote in a blog post.

"It's a stress free environment to test out features and build skills," Jess Iandiorio, senior director of Cloud product marketing at Acquia said in an interview. "What people can do with this is use it as a sandbox, and it's the best place for devs to learn."