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Bridge the gap between Drupal & Non-Drupal content using RDFa/Semantic Data

Problem at hand! Search is a hard thing to achieve, it really is. Let me show this by using an example of a restaurant chain that wants to add Drupal as their homepage of their whole chain. Of course, like many other organizations they do not only have Drupal running but also a subset of other web frameworks of open and closed source systems. Now, they want Drupal to become the front-page of all that content, but would you want to migrate all of this content in Drupal just so it becomes navigable so the Drupal site could redirect all content to the right site? If we want a generic search... More

To Succeed in the Digital Wilds, Beware of the Zombies

The zombies are running faster. It's true. If you look at the speed at which zombies run in TV and movies over the past 20 years, they're getting faster. And according to Tim Walters and Robert Rose, the speed at which consumers demand information is increasing at the same rate as the speed of the zombies. Walters and Rose used this fantastic analogy at last week's Inbound Marketing Summit in Boston during their keynote, titled, “World War C: How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Fast Moving Consumers." I’ve been inspired to build on this comparison. Even though I don’t have the slides of... More

To Be a Great Government Contractor, Think Like a Taxpayer

Earlier this week, my 13-year-old twins were arguing over who was technically responsible for emptying the dishwasher. One referenced their strict chore-sharing schedule, while the other pointed out a few “technicalities” in that contract. When I asked them the question, “What is the right thing to do here?,” they both realized they held some responsibility. For those of us working with the government, we need to constantly ask ourselves, “Are we doing the right thing by the government and for taxpayers?” Regardless of our contractual responsibilities, if we focus on the objective and hold... More

The Importance of a Drupal Community

Drupal was created with the old adage in mind, “it takes a village.” As an open source community, there are many opportunities where developers can meet other developers and learn about all-things Drupal. These events vary in length and location, but at all events, you’ll get the chance to learn from the best and share your knowledge of Drupal. Genuine’s Associate Director of PHP, Mike Miles, who has attended many past Drupal events explains what to expect from a Drupal Meet Up, Drupal Camp, and Drupal Conference. Drupal Meet Ups The most widespread events that take place at least once a... More

The PHP reality - meet Thijs Feryn

I spoke with Thijs Feryn, Technical Evangelist at Combell at the Portland Convention Center while DrupalCon and Symfony Live were both happening there in May 2013. This conversation gives some background and context to Thijs's Acquia.com guest blog post, "Why PHP is for Real". Thijs's post is about PHP's history, use, and ecosystem (community, frameworks, QA, performance, and my favorite: PHP the Right Way.). It includes a plethora of links to popular, useful tools... More

Why PHP is for Real

PHP has evolved from its humble beginnings as the lingua franca for script kiddies, into a “true” programming language. Nowadays, huge numbers of businesses and organizations of every size depend on code written in PHP. When you look at the top 10 of most popular programming languages, PHP holds the number 5 position. When we focus on languages used for websites and web applications, PHP is number one. Did you know that 3 PHP... More

Using Drupal to Increase Student Engagement at IES Abroad

IES Abroad is one of the largest and most notable operators of study abroad programs in the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Richard Bartecki, EVP of Marketing, to better understand how their Drupal strategy is helping support their business growth. What I learned was that, like many of Acquia's college and university partners, IES Abroad has been able to increase its online effectiveness with students all over the world by harnessing the power of Drupal for mobile delivery, SEO, and for overall online storytelling.... More

Et si Henry Ford avait lancé la révolution digitale ?

L’industrie automobile est un secteur qui peut se révéler particulièrement instructif quand il s’agit de comprendre un peu mieux tout ce qui se cache derrière les processus de fabrication, les techniques d’assemblage, etc. L’évolution du secteur automobile ces cent dernières années est riche d’enseignements et tous les secteurs pourraient s’en inspirer. J’ai eu l’occasion récemment de nourrir ma réflexion à l’occasion d’une discussion avec les responsables d’une grande entreprise automobile. On attribue à Henry Ford d’être à l’origine de LA révolution majeure qui a permis aux masses d’... More

Open deur? Open source.

Emerce E-day 2013. Ruim 2000 bezoekers afkomstig uit de marketingwereld kwamen samen om van elkaar te leren, kennis te delen en ervaringen uit te wisselen. Het geheel is immers meer dan de som der delen. Deze gedachte is niet uniek. Wat je er mee doet, wél. Acquia en Drupal hebben van deze gedachte hun drijvende kracht gemaakt. Door te werken met het ‘open source’ platform Drupal kan de Drupal-community meedenken over ICT-oplossingen die er zijn of die ontstaan. Iedereen mag zijn of haar ervaringen delen en verbeteringen suggereren daar waar hij/zij denkt dat ze horen. Hierdoor zijn... More

Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 4 of 4 - module upgrades and more

Part 4 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner). We talked about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This... More

The Rise of the DevOps movement

DevOps, DevOps, DevOps … the whole world is talking about DevOps, but what is DevOps? Since Munich 2012, DrupalCon had a dedicated devops track. After talking to a lot of people in Prague last month, I realized that the concept of DevOps is still very unclear to a lot of developers. To a large part of the development community, DevOps development still means folks working on 'the infrastructure part' of the development life cycle and for some it just means simply deploying Drupal, being concerned about purely keeping the site alive etc. Obviously that's not what DevOps is about, so let's... More

BADcamp 2013 - What to expect?

We’re ready to Rock! BADcamp 2013 Preview! We’re 3 days away from BADcamp 2013 and we could not be more excited. What is BADcamp? BADcamp stands for the Bay Area Drupal camp - an annual event that happens in Berkeley California where local Drupalists get together over four days of summits, sprints, trainings, sessions, BOFs, networking, parties and more. I’m particularly excited about this year’s BADcamp because we’re making a big splash. The incredible bunch of Drupalists and engineers we have at Acquia never ceases to amaze me. Passion for Drupal, Open Source and the community rides high in... More

Tutorial: Drupal 8 WYSIWYG, inline and responsive images

There are some excellent improvements to modeling data in Drupal 8, including a number of new fields. This is going to make it easier to model content in Drupal. Let’s look at the image handling in Drupal 8 and what changes are in store. In this post we'll look at: The image field in Drupal 8 Inline images — the tradeoff Drupal 8’s WYSIWYG editor Drupal 8 inline images Responsive images in Drupal 8 (picture) Responsive support in Drupal 8, some issues you can help on. Correction: An earlier version of... More

Investing in the Big Idea: Prototyping with Drupal

You have a Big Idea. Your Big Idea is going to change the way your agency works. Your Big Idea involves using technology to increase citizen engagement / be more efficient / collaborate internally / share data / do something awesome. You need to convince your department to invest in this Big Idea. Should you: A. Create a presentation with lots of slides, bullet points, charts, and clip art B. Create a presentation with a few slides, giant words, and quirky pictures. Deliver it TED-talk style. C. Build a prototype If you want a chance at getting your Big Idea off the ground, pick C. Here’s why... More

Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive - Meet iKOS

Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive iKOS is a digital agency specialising in eCommerce and Drupal. I caught up with Myles Davidson, Managing Director and Richard Jones, Technical Director, at DrupalCon Prague where they had been busy getting up to speed on developments in Drupal 8. Share More, Do More Business - Give to Receive Buy This Book – Richard is the author of ... More

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