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Search in Drupal 8 - Thomas Seidl & Nick Veenhof

Thomas Seidl and Nick Veenhof took a few minutes out of the Drupal 8 Search API code sprint at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged, Hungary to talk with me about the state-of-play and what's coming in terms of search in Drupal: one flexible, pluggable solution for search functionality with the whole community behind it. "What are you most excited about in Drupal 8?" ... "Search!" Thomas Seidl: "I am very excited about the new Search API module in Drupal 8 [obviously!]. We've had a lot of improvements planned, bug fixes, new flexibility and possibilities. For example, we'll probably make... More

Migration Tips and Tricks

Cross-posted with permission from nerdstein The Migrate module is, hands down, the defacto way to migrate content in Drupal. The only knock against it, is the learning curve. All good things come to those who take the time and learn it. I have summarized some tips and tricks I have learned. Thank you to Mike Ryan and Alex Ward for... More

Enforcing Drupal Coding Standards During the Software Versioning Process

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine InteractiveLes is a web applications engineer at Genuine Interactive. He is a frequent Drupal community contributor. Genuine’s PHP team works on projects in a range of industries from CPG, B2B, financial services, and more. As a contributor to the Drupal community, this post will detail Les’ method for enforcing Drupal coding standards by using the Coder and Coder Review modules: Drush and Git... More

Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, & More

Cross-posted with permission from OHO.com OHO’s Dave Sawyer recently co-presented Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, and More at DrupalCon Austin. The session provided a how-to on creating a more collaborative experience by bridging the gap between the content that is managed in Drupal, and the documents, files, and conversations that are exchanged outside of Drupal in services... More

Announcing a Drupal-based, OpenSaaS Government Data Portal

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift among governments and other public entities toward open data initiatives. These efforts involve unlocking vast troves of data collected or generated by civic institutions and making them available for public consumption. Among the more prominent efforts are data.gov.uk in the United Kingdom and data.gov in the US. While there is enormous benefit to be gained from the open data movement, from the ability to identify and eliminate redundancy and... More

Drupal core updates for July 16, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? This week saw the commit of part one and two of the major menu-system rewrite in which menu-links become plugins. The original patch weighed in at over 600kb and was one of the remaining seven beta-blockers. Splitting it into five separate issues made reviews more forthcoming and this was evident with part one and two moving quickly from needs review to RTBC to ultimately being committed. Reviewers have now moved onto parts three through five. There was a massive volume of commits this week with cleanups keeping the committers very-busy, lots of deprecated functions... More

What Users Want: Designing to Help Acquia Customers

While in the context of market research Steve Jobs once said, “It's not the consumers' job to know what they want” (NY Times). As a user experience designer, it is my job to understand what our users may want or need in Acquia’s products. One of my user experience challenges at Acquia, the redesigned ... More

I Dream it and I Drupal it – My Acquia Story

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new beginning which weaves more threads on to it like spider as it goes on. Acquia internship came as this new beginning to me that I always thought of and dreamt of. I admired startups with challenging ideas and read more and more about the entrepreneurs, about their success stories and the way they reached to where they are now and still envisioning in future. I loved to read and analyze what challenges these young entrepreneurs faced and how they overcome it. I still remember a saying that I heard in childhood that “Success is a journey,... More

Putting the P back in HIPAA with Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Achieve Health How Can We Make Health IT Systems More Interoperable? This blog will focus on the technology that can be used to extend pre-existing legacy systems without the need to rip and replace. This will save enterprise healthcare delivery systems significant money in IT disruption costs due to lost productivity and expensive new system implementations. After a massive EHR overhaul, The University of Arizona found themselves... More

Drupal for Digital Commerce – Bojan Živanović

Bojan and I chatted at Drupal Dev Days 2014 about one of the newest and most important weapons available in Drupal's eCommerce arsenal: recurring billing for digital commerce in Drupal Commerce. Enabling Digital Commerce – recurring payments and more in Drupal Commerce Commerce License is "a small ecosystem of modules," also including Commerce File, Commerce... More

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 2

In Deliver digital faster with Drupal Part 1, I showed you some of the many examples of successful sites built rapidly thanks to Drupal’s modularity. To stay ahead of your competition, you need to be nimble and agile; Drupal helps you do this with reusable, transferable digital experiences that can be customised to suit various niches even within a single business enterprise. All, of course, without paying additional license fees or mandated limits on developers, environments, or copies. Faster, less risky ... and cheaper! Keep... More

Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal

With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in. A brief look at this chart from the Drupal 7 development cycle makes the effect of available contrib on core uptake really clear. If we as a community can ensure contrib is ready when Drupal 8 is released, then everyone has a greater incentive to jump in! One of my favourite ways of learning and rapidly spreading ideas to many is to run a Hackathon. The amazing thing about Hackathons... More

The Open Source Value Proposition

Every so often, advocates and vendors of proprietary/closed source software attempt a FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) campaign of comment and link-baiting in order to reframe the conversation around Open Source. The arguments brought up in these discussions are predictable and generally straw man arguments that hold little water, so I wanted to take time to break these down and show the real value proposition of Open Source platforms, web content management systems generally, and Drupal specifically. Free From Costs, Free From Constraints: In order to have a cogent discussion about Open... More

How To Drive Conversions with Acquia Lift

Imagine talking to each of your site visitor personally to discover what they really want and what they are trying to accomplish on your site. At scale, that’s just not possible and would drive you a little bananas if it was. The next best thing is a personalized digital experience that resonates with every site visitor. Acquia Lift does that. It enables marketing teams to increase revenue and gather new leads by instantly generating the kind of relevant content that customers crave. Acquia Lift can... More

Brant Wynn: Demo Framework – How we pitch Drupal to potential clients

Brant Wynn, Acquia Solutions Architect, and I covered some interesting ground in our conversation preceding his jam's Drupal Camp session on selling Drupal to potential clients via beautiful, out-of-the-box demos. Listen to hear about working as a professional open source software developer, the potential wins from having migration tools built into Drupal 8, how Drupal 8 is bringing so many open source technologies and communities together, and more. Professional open source: the more you give, the more you get "I... More

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