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Princess@Sea – Powered by Drupal

With over 18,000 staff at sea and serving 1.7 million passengers a year, Princess is the third largest cruise line in the industry. While that is a lofty spot to be in, the company strives to move into pole position. How does one achieve that you may ask? It all started in the fall of 2012 during Princess’ preparation to launch its newest, most technologically advanced ship in our fleet, Royal Princess. Our guests rely on the onboard newsletter, the Princess Patter, delivered daily to provide information on events and activities, safety and security notices, advertising, venue details... More

Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1

Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1 Part 1 – Larry Garfield and I had a long chat in front of my camera at DrupalCon Amsterdam. Part of the idea was to help Larry prepare his thoughts for writing the blog post that has turned into "Building Bridges: Linking Islands" in the Future of PHP guest blog series on Acquia.com. In this part we cover Larry's start in Drupal, some project history, what Drupal can teach (and needs to learn) about contribution and community ("celebrating the... More

Building Bridges, Linking Islands

The world of PHP development is changing. The past few years have seen the rise of a new wave of frameworks, the birth of component-based architectures, the advent of Composer and Packagist.org, and even our own standards body, the PHP-Framework Interoperability Group. A new "Proudly Invented Elsewhere" culture (because everyone loves PIE, right?) has... More

The New Real-Time Globalization and How to Keep Up

Going global is no longer a privilege, but a necessity. Between outsourced labor and localization, apps and analytics, the global economy is a busy place, and can challenge even the most prepared of companies. In order to keep pace with today’s real-time world, you need the skills and tools to make smart decisions in a market where there is little room for anything else. With the right care and pruning, you can not only keep up with the new globalization, but succeed. New Strategies for International Business When globalization burst onto the scene in the 80s, it included mostly big name... More

Building Multimedia Sites with Drupal 8

Drupal 8 is left with only a few critical issues before its first release candidate. Not wanting to be left behind, everyone at Acquia is scrambling to become Drupal 8 experts and helping close out the remaining bugs. At Acquia India, we are... More

5 PHP Components every Drupal 8 Developer should know: Part 2 -- Guzzle

In our previous blog post, we took a look at Composer, a PHP-based class autoloader and dependency management tool, and used it to begin managing some dependencies and downloaded Guzzle. Guzzle is a PHP-based HTTP client library that greatly simplifies the process of consuming RESTful web services. In this blog, we’re going to explore some of Guzzle’s basic abilities, and use it to begin building a simple SDK of sorts. Getting Started Since we’ve been away from our composer project for a... More

New Forrester Study Shows 944 Percent ROI with Acquia Cloud Site Factory

944 percent return on investment. Unheard of, right? Until now. Today, Acquia released a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting that shows the huge financial impact of implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory, which can: Reduce site development and support costs Save IT and digital marketing resources Improve standardization and governance Accelerate time-to-market Increase scalability Deliver better web experiences It’s no secret that delivering... More

A Symfony Shop Embraces Drupal 8 & Gets Down to Business

Chris Jolly, CTO Ontraq Europe, and his company have a strong technical background, going back to "old school" (pre-internet) IT. Their main focus until now has been eCommerce, Symfony, and solving hard problems like legacy-system integrations. Now, thanks to its use of Symfony framework components, they've started using Drupal 8 as their content management technology of choice! Chris and I talked at DrupalCon Amsterdam about getting there and what they're up to now. Getting to Drupal In late 2013, Chris told me, "I can't wait for Drupal 8 to be... More

Announcing the Prescribed Products Promotional Standards Distribution

Acquia has long relied on the insights and efforts of its many partners in the wide world of Drupal “shops,” digital agencies, and system integrators to create transformational digital experiences for customers around the world across dozens of industries and specializations. When it comes to assembling the designs, content, and branding around today’s most remarkable digital experiences, those partners bring to bear a breadth of experience gained over years of client work to transform Drupal into the centerpiece of their clients’ online strategies. One agency partner,... More

PHP: Under the Hood, Running the Web

Most non-technical people out on the Web haven't heard of PHP before. They might not have even heard of many of the products that were built with this technology like Drupal, Magento, or WordPress. And together with other products built with PHP, these run about 83% of all internet web applications. The technology of PHP is very important to an enormous number of businesses, governments, and organisations around the world, so even though people might not be familiar with the language itself, there’s a very good chance they’ve used it online today. PHP is an open-source technology,... More

Introducing Acquia Cloud Shield

Today, Acquia introduced a new level of service that offers our customers dramatically improved network security. Acquia Cloud Shield provides a completely isolated private network through which all intra-system traffic is routed to prevent infiltration by an intruder, as well as secure IPsec tunneling to offsite systems. Shield combines the security benefits of a private network with the ease of operation of a managed platform-as-a-service. Never before have organizations been able to this easily bridge their corporate network with the cloud and launch applications that connect securely to... More

Digital Government and Content on the Moon - Hugo Pickford-Wardle

At the 2014 Government ICT 2.0 conference in London, I gave a presentation on Drupal and open source software as an essential facilitator in the practice of good digital government today, "Code for a Better World: Open Source Drupal + Government." (presentation slides embedded below). Hugo Pickford-Wardle, Chief Innovation Officer at Matter Digital, helped me out by speaking for ten minutes about Matter's activities and experience on the front lines of government transformation in the UK today.... More

I'm porting my module to Drupal 8 and so should you

Recently I started the process of porting a number of Drupal 7 modules to Drupal 8. In the same way that I approached Drupal when I first heard of it, I dug into code, broke a lot of things, cursed a lot and then learned how to fix it. I had a few viable candidates of modules to port. With the new API and Symfony based design patterns, there was some architectural thinking to go along with it too. To ensure that I didn’t get sucked into complexity mire, I decided to select a relatively small module albeit with several API changes included. My target module was User Restrictions, one I’m very... More

Finding a home in the Drupal 8 community OR "What Issue Should I Work On?"

The following is my Drupal 8 contribution story. If you have ever found yourself wondering "What do I do now?" when you were at a code sprint, then you should find this blog useful. Lesson 1: Jump into the deep end - there's no time for toe-dipping! The first code sprint I signed up for was at DrupalCon Denver. I saw there were a number of initiatives going on and I decided that Multilingual looked cool. When I showed up for the sprints on the last day of DrupalCon, I had already attended a core conversation about Multilingual and met the initiative lead, Gábor Hojsty. The sprint took... More

Part 2 – Cal Evans and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire talk open source

Voices of the ElePHPant / Acquia Podcast Ultimate Cage Match Part 2 - I had the chance to try to pull Cal Evans out of his shell at DrupalCon Amsterdam. After a few hours, he managed to open up and we talked about a range of topics we have in common. In this part of our conversation we talk about 'Getting off the Island', inter-project cooperation in PHP and Drupal's role in that; the reinvention and professionalization of PHP core development; decoupled, headless Drupal 8; PHP and the LAMP stack as tools of empowerment and the technologists' responsibility to make devices and applications... More

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