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Lullabot podcast #65

I was featured on the infamous Lullabot podcast series. Jeff Robbins and I talk about Acquia, Mollom and Drupal 7. Check out the Lullabot podcast #65 (mirror) if you want.

Do it with Drupal - New Orleans

On December 12, 2008, I’ll be in New Orleans to talk about the exciting world of Drupal Search. In a first-of-its-kind event, the Lullabots have organized a “large-scale, 3-day learning event” that will bring together some of Drupal’s most sought after speakers, as well as a number of other prominent internet personalities and luminaries. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the speakers who aren’t necessarily known as Drupal rockstars (meaning they did something else to get famous):

Acquia launch coverage

Cheers to the Acquia launch, which went really well. Hundreds of people signed up for a free community subscription. Also, check out Jeff Whatcott's blog post covering some of the blog posts, press articles, and Tweets about our new product and service offerings.

Acquia out of beta

After months of hard work, Acquia is now open for business! Starting today, everyone can connect their Drupal 6 site to the Acquia Network to take advantage of our services. Oh my!

ZDNet Names Drupal as a Top Community Platform

Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet has named Drupal as one of the top ten leading platforms for creating online communities, one small notch behind Joomla. The first part of Dion's post explains the current state of online community building practices and technology. Dion does a lot of consulting with top companies seeking to build communities around their products and services, and his insights are on target.
Although I would have put Drupal in the #1 spot, I really like Dion's brief description of Drupal:

Vote for Drupal

Drupal is a finalist in the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards in both the Overall Open Source CMS and PHP CMS categories. Readers who already know and love Drupal should head over to the links below and vote now. The rest of you should read on.

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Acquia's Carbon has Launched in Private Beta

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CMS Wire

Acquia, the commercialization entity that resulted from the Drupal project, has finally released a private beta of Carbon — its commercial Drupal distribution. They’ve only been talking about the project since the end of April.

Acquia serves as a commercial backbone for supporting clients and businesses who want to utilize the open source project, and it appears that the company is making good on its goal.

Any person who has used Drupal could probably tell the story about how when he or she first saw the project. It looked very complex. It probably was a complex thing to grasp how it worked.

Furthermore, anyone coming from the likes of WordPress would likely be put into a seizure with all the stuff Drupal has going for it. Although, after getting past the initial shell-shock, users tend to quickly realize how vast and impressive the Drupal project really is—the power, the customization and the reliability are all tucked away in a light-weight modular package.

Acquia releases beta of commercial Drupal

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Open Road - CNET

Acquia has finally taken the wraps off its commercially supported Drupal distribution, and it looks like the wait was worth it. Drupal was already a great web content management publishing system, but Acquia's spin on it should make it even better:

The release is essentially a hardened distribution of Drupal, complemented with technical support and network service offerings. Code named Carbon for now, the package includes a select set of community contributed modules alongside the Drupal core. Acquia has taken the task of pre-testing, reviewing, and comparing all community contributed modules to offer a set of the most relevant and reliable contributions. Site administrators are notified of updates to Carbon modules through the network, code named Spokes. The system differentiates between feature, bug fix, and security updates, and informs users of compatibility issues or other dependencies amongst different modules.

I really like the idea behind Spokes. Drupal has a fantastic community, but some of the code it produces is not up to enterprise quality. Enter Acquia to make it clear what is worth using, and what is not. Complexity breeds opportunity.

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Acquia Announces Beta Launch of Commercial Drupal Distribution

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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TechCrunch

Today Acquia has announced the beta launch of a commercially supported distribution of Drupal. The first 100 visitors to register here will receive beta accounts, and those after will be atop the list for the next round of invites.

The release is essentially a hardened distribution of Drupal, complemented with technical support and network service offerings. Code named Carbon for now, the package includes a select set of community contributed modules alongside the Drupal core. Acquia has taken the task of pre-testing, reviewing, and comparing all community contributed modules to offer a set of the most relevant and reliable contributions. Site administrators are notified of updates to Carbon modules through the network, code named Spokes. The system differentiates between feature, bug fix, and security updates, and informs users of compatibility issues or other dependencies amongst different modules.

The DX Files: Abandon Anonymous Arrays of Attributes

This is part three of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. This time, I’m suggesting changing some of Drupal’s most basic data structures and APIs by replacing anonymous arrays with well-defined data structures. I fully expect lots of disagreement.

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