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Drolutions - On Drupal's flexible framework

Part of being a member of the Acquia Solutions Architecture team is coming up with creative solutions on a daily basis. When discussing a certain use case, usually our team comes up with at least 4 different ways of solving a particular problem in Drupal. Ranging from ingenious, to stark raving mad or even just plain funny, but all technically valid. While discussing these, sometimes, outrageous ideas get merged into a valid solution that meets all requirements. This got me thinking, why is that?
We all know Drupal can do lots of different things. And by "we" I mean people who use Drupal on a... Mehr

And the Finalists Are . . .

We’re proud to announce the finalists for Acquia’s inaugural Partner Sites of the Year Award Program. We were thrilled by the response; our partners submitted 114 sites across a range of categories. The competition was strong across many of the categories, particularly in higher education and public sector. A panel of Acquia executives poured over the entries and selected the following 21 sites as finalists for this year’s award program.
And without further ado, the finalists are . . .

General Commercial
Genuine Interactive, Imprivata... Mehr

How-to with Cloud API and Cloud Hooks

Drupal has so much to offer to developers. It allows you to experiment, innovate and work with innumerable modules. Drupal does not try to limit you. Wouldn’t it be great if your hosting platform also offered multiple interfaces and functionality?
Well, Acquia Cloud allows you to extend its capabilities using cloud API and cloud hooks. Some of you are perhaps familiar with the workflow UI page on the cloud platform. The UI lets you instantly deploy code, files and databases using a simple “Drag and Drop” function.

But as a developer, I would like to know that I have more options to work... Mehr

First Steps on the Road to a Big Data Project


When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this sixth, and final, installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?"

"Start small with Big Data," is the advice from author Bill Franks.
Bill... Mehr

Acquia and Evergage Partner to Help Customers Boost Engagement

Written by: Evergage
We are very excited to announce a partnership between Evergage and Acquia that will make it even easier for Acquia customers to better understand and respond to their visitors and users using Evergage.
Inclusion of Evergage in the Acquia Network has been in the works ever since Acquia's own Rob Loach took the lead in developing the Evergage module for both Acquia’s own internal use and for the use of the Drupal community.
Web... Mehr

Sign up for a Views mini-course!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm getting my own show at Acquia! *doing tap dance with jazz hands* OK, not a show, more like a virtual classroom! Each Wednesday, I'll be talking you through tutorials to learn Drupal. These will be recorded of course, but please do sign up to the live classes to get your questions answered. First class on Views: sign up here!
Free Mini-courses!
I'll be grouping the classes into "mini-courses". These will be based on distributions, specific modules or... Mehr

Drupal Development: A Solved Game

Part one of the All the things you need to know to be a great Drupal developer blog series

Way back in the olden days (around the year 2000) how we developed for the web was a solved game. An example of a solved game is Checkers (English draughts, if you will). Given that both players play perfectly, the outcome of the game can be predicted at any point.

Web development was the same: Use the lightest text editor you can find and find a good FTP program like Filezilla and that was that. The code you had to write wasn’t solved by any means, but the surrounding infrastructure, stack, and... Mehr

Acquia Rides the Forrester Wave

Today is a big milestone for Acquia, as we were placed in the 2013 Forrester Wave for Web Content Management for Digital Customer Experience. Acquia was named a Contender, and the only open source representative. Placement in the Forrester Wave validates Acquia’s rapid growth. Acquia was founded in late 2007... Mehr

A totally beginner tutorial to Views for Drupal 7

As part 1 of our 3 part mini-course on Views, I've written up the notes for today's session.
Update: here is the recording
To get the most out of this mini-course, you need to know the following:
How to customize content types (add fields); and add content in Drupal 7
What modules are; how to install and configure modules in Drupal 7
Sign up for the next one... Mehr

Drupal Create released on Github

I felt good yesterday. After a long effort, the Drupal Create mobile app was released on Github. Drupal Create is an iOS app which enables folks to quickly and easily post content to Drupal sites. The code is now available under the MIT license for anyone to reuse, customize, and improve. You can modify the code and distribute it and still choose whether or not to give back those modifications. I hope you do give back, but you are not... Mehr

Courting Big Data Talent


When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this fifth installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?"

What skills do you need to implement a Big Data project? The field you want to explore... Mehr

Easy, often overlooked, tips for a great education site.

As a new member of the Acquia team, I’m in awe of the breadth and the passion of our community. Acquia is a dynamic mix of our customers, our employees, our technology partners and our consulting partners.
NavArts is one of our Enterprise partners. Among their many talents, they are edu savvy. Ted Slesinski recently published a blog post that recommends 9 Drupal modules that are great for higher education, but are often overlooked.
Ted points out that 'Using different modules within the Drupal platform is a way to customize the technology to the specific needs of your school based on its... Mehr

3 Reasons to Take 10 Minutes for the Future of Open Source

Time is running out to weigh in on the 7th Annual Future of Open Source Survey. The survey is an annual report of the state of the open source industry, and is only open to participation from the open source community for two more days. If you haven’t taken time to participate, there are a few reasons why you should before the March 28 deadline.
Priorities and Trends are Ever Changing
The trends that are revealed by this survey anchor the focus of key open-source influencers and help to set benchmarks that track the community’... Mehr

Protecting Drupal's fleshy underbelly with .htaccess

In this article, I’m going to show you a few methods to separate your public site from the vulnerable parts of your administration area. What you need is an effective way to keep your site locked and secure, and protected from attacks, while still leaving your site editable for trusted users.
Methods for securing the admin section of your site
One of the things that is often overlooked when setting up and securing a Drupal site is the administrative sections. Sure, Drupal protects these paths with access controls but you can do a lot more to protect your site, especially if your site doesn’t... Mehr

Big Data for Sale: Data Marketplaces


When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this fourth installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?"

Here's a break for companies hoping to put a Big Data project on the fast track: You... Mehr

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