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Mark Boulton & Leisa Reichelt need our help...

For the past month or so, Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt have been getting up to speed on Drupal and brainstorming ideas for improvement. They're now at a point where they need help from the community. They can not succeed without our participation, and thus far they're not getting the level of participation they need. At present, they immediate feedback on the following:

How to test 20 000 Drupal 7 core patches: Part II

Approximately a year ago I helped layout out a vision for how we could add test driven development to the Drupal core development process. Here's an update on the automated testing process. Jimmy Berry and I gave a talk at Drupalcon DC.

How to use Acquia Search & Apache Solr

This is the second half of a screencast series on Acquia Search. In the first screencast, I demonstrated how to enable the appropriate modules. In this screencast, I show you how to configure and use Acquia Search and Apache Solr.

Calculating test coverage

Here's how you can determine test coverage of your tests by generating a report like this one:

Step 1: Install xdebug php extension. On ubuntu I run
apt-get install php5-xdebug

Step 2: Checkout simpletest trunk anywhere on your disk. In this example I will choose /usr/local/simpletest
svn co \  https://simpletest.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/simpletest/simpletest/trunk \ /usr/local/simpletest

Step 3: Add simpletest to the php.ini loaded by apache.

Acquia Search: Call for 6 usability testers in DC

What if I told you I could improve your visitors experience by optimizing their ability to discover information on your site? What if I could empower your visitors to find information faster? I can do this for you! No, I'm not a magician, I'm merely running a usability study on Acquia's Search offering. There's only room for 6 (2 per session), but if you sign up now, I'll help you achieve the aforementioned goals by getting Acquia Search running on your site.

Drupal 7 user experience improvements - get involved at DrupalCon

I'm tremendously excited to have Mark, Leisa and team join forces with the community and continue the user experience momemtum. Given their prior work, I truly believe they're the team to help extract us from the minutia, think big, and create an experience that expands Drupal's adoption. Welcome aboard!

As with any good design process, they'll kick this project off at Drupalcon DC by conducting research. So far, they've identified two activities:

1. Blue Sky Design Workshops

Get a scholarship to DrupalCon 2009 in Washington DC

I can hardly wait to go do DrupalCon 2009 in Washington DC. If you’re as excited about DrupalCon as I am, but are having a hard time finding the money you’d need to attend, perhaps you should apply for one of the 20 scholarships that are being awarded. Anybody in financial need can apply:

Migrating the Drupal way. Part IV: helping your admins with hook_help() and Advanced Help

Training is a huge consideration when moving to a new software platform. You have to ask yourself, how steep is the learning curve? How many people do you have to train? How many of those people are going to drag their feet? It has been my experience that no matter how much easier the new solution is, people still resist change. Sooner or later, you will have to send them off and running. For the fourth installment of my migration blog, I'm going to recommend leveraging Drupal's built in help functions as well as the Advanced Help module to make the transition smoother.

Redesigning the Acquia Home page

In an attempt to respond to you - our most valued customer - we're revising our home page. In our current state, we've heard you say through our usability sessions "the page has too much text," and we've seen you have trouble finding important links like "Download Acquia Drupal." In addition, we think we can do better at making our value proposition more clear.

Migrating the Drupal way. Part II: saving those old URLs

For the second part of my migration blog, I want to touch on the importance of maintaining URLs from your old site and demonstrate some examples of how to capture them in Drupal. Search engine traffic and other referrals are invaluable when it comes to the success of a site. I've managed sites that have received upwards of 100,000 referrals a day from Google alone. This is not even to mention all of the external links and bookmarks to your pages. If you are thinking about migrating to Drupal and have not considered the importance of maintaining old URLs, you definitely should. The impact of losing that amount of traffic could be catastrophic, but luckily the solution is reasonably simple.