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30 Awesome Drupal 8 API Functions you Should Already Know - Fredric Mitchell

Apart from presenting a terrific session that will help you wrap your head around developing for Drupal 8, Fredric and I had a great conversation that covered the use of Drupal and open source in government, government decision-making versus corporate decision-making, designing Drupal 7 sites with Drupal 8 in mind, designing sites for the end users and where the maximum business value comes from in your organization, and more! Drupal in Government "We were part of the original Whitehouse.gov [Drupal] build, and the... More

Acquia a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

You might have read that Acquia was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. It's easy to underestimate the importance of this recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal. If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they consult an analyst firm like... More

The Future of PHP is Shared Power Tools

When I think about the most historically popular web libraries and tools, I think of things built in PHP--like Drupal, WordPress, phpBB, or Joomla. These are the Great Pyramids of the web: they're impressive not only because of what they can do, but also because these original "wonders of the Internet" were built entirely without modern tools or real collaboration. Each project painstakingly thought about and solved the same problems from scratch. And despite that, the results were incredible. How? Because they leveraged the sheer size and passion of their respective PHP communities.... More

Acquia University Re-launches Drupal Learning Program

There’s no question that Drupal is one of the hottest web technologies out there. And a career in Drupal can offer a profitable and interesting career path, as well as opportunity to engage in the world’s largest and most active open source community. Drupal powers millions of websites, and with this explosion comes an ever growing need to hire people to build and maintain these sites. The challenge the community is facing is one of supply and demand. Simply put, there just aren’t enough... More

Gartner identifies Acquia as a Leader in new 2014 WCM Magic Quadrant

Today Gartner released the 2014 version of its Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia moved into the Leader quadrant, and is the only open source company identified as a Leader. Acquia first entered the Magic Quadrant in 2012, and in only three years has become a leader. It’s truly an amazing accomplishment, and it reflects the momentum Acquia’s been experiencing. You can view the report here The 2014 Web Content Management Magic Quadrant paints a picture of a rapidly transforming WCM market. According to Gartner, “Web content management is no... More

How to setup auto-translation of nodes using Rules and Tmgmt

This how-to guide describes how to set up automatic machine-based translations for content on a Drupal site. Whenever a node is created, translation jobs will be created for every language specified, and depending on how you set up your translator, you should be able to completely automate the translation process. For this project we are using SDL, but you should be able to use other translators. 1. Download and enable the translation management modules. This can be done through Drush or through the modules interface in drupal. drush dl -y tmgmtdrush dl -y tmgmt_sdl_beglobaldrush en -y... More

Beyond Marketing: My Highlights

As soon as I started reading Tim Walter’s new white paper, Beyond Marketing, recently posted on Acquia’s web site, I was glad I had a yellow highlighter handy. I use a digital marker, of course, but for me it serves the same purpose as the old, analog version -- the one that smells like homework: to capture ideas that are worth dwelling on. And there are plenty in this report. Walters, a partner and principal analyst with the... More

Acquia honored by Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce

My company Acquia was honored this week by BelCham, the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, as the "Company of the Year". I'm proud of this honor, which speaks to the great work that our team of more than 500 Acquians from around the globe do for our customers everyday. BelCham is an organization dedicated to helping Belgian entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of Belgian-American trade. Companies like Acquia, InBev, Brussels Airlines, and restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien support BelCham's work. If you want to build a... More

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... PHPtemplate engine - Drupal 7 and its predecessors The first real concept of... More

1st DrupalCon, 1st Contribution! Meet Oliver and Victoria

DrupalCon Amsterdam was something of a family outing for me. My wife Francesca attended all week and my kids were able to come out Thursday evening to attend Trivia Night and the Friday sprints. My daughter Victoria had sewn a dress and a cape to appear as Drupal Girl on Thursday evening. Her weeks of work on that really paid off; she was a big hit. She also got to meet her Drupal idol, MortenDK, who was the inspiration for her brand new Drupal.org and Twitter username: Drupal_Princess. There's a great photo of her meeting Webchick floating around online, too. Proud Father On the... More

Saïd Business School Wins Acquia Award in the Higher Education Category

Pronovix won Acquia’s Partner Site of the Year Award in the Higher Education category for its work on the public website of Saïd Business School. Ákos Horváth and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post. We started working on the public facing website of the Saïd Business School at the end of 2012. Site design was delivered by One Ltd., and we were responsible for front- and back-end development. Our goal was to build an easy... More

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” The Acquia Cloud platform is fully managed, meaning you don’t have to... More

“Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation” said everybody at shop.org.

If I had to choose one theme of this year’s shop.org annual summit, it would be ‘Content, Content, Content’. The summit started with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke where he described REI as a Storytelling Company. Starting with the brand’s origins as a community of climbers, he described the passion for the brand held by consumers and employees alike, with the passion fitting of the brand he described. He talked about REI.com as a ‘Catalyst for Discovery’ and his desire to make the site more than just a... More

Password protecting non-production environments

Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file. Add a module The preferred method of website protection is to add either the Secure Site module or the Shield module to password protect your website. While both modules offer this basic protection feature, the Search Site module... More

Come to BADCamp 2014, the biggest and BADdest tech camp!

The BADCast "Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you! This is the camp for everyone "We want to keep the barrier to entry as low as... More

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