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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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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’... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

DrupalCon Training - Portland 2013

We work hard with partners to keep a steady flow of Drupal training events in our calendar to bring Drupal training as close to you as possible. However DrupalCon poses a great opportunity for you to get training on a variety of speciality topics. It’s an opportunity to learn from people whose skills are much in demand.
A great value!
DrupalCon’s registration price is exceedingly low. So if you think about it, adding the cost of training provides a huge advantage - and the total cost is still even lower than most tech... Plus

8 Digital Marketing Masters You Must Follow on Twitter Right Now

Are you following these marketing experts on Twitter? If not, you’re missing out on some great content from the smartest people in the marketing biz.
Follow @chiefmartecWhat does often tweet about? The intersection of technology and marketing.Sample tweet CMO of GE: "If you came into marketing because you didn't like numbers, then you don't have much of a future." http://t.co/QVq28yfNCu #CMO
Follow @mvolpeWhat does often... Plus

Drupal Gardens adds entity relationships, field collections and more!

It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged, but that’s not to say we haven’t been hard at work improving Drupal Gardens for our thousands of site builders. We’ve added a host of new features since the last update including entity relationships and field collections for managing site content more easily, support for 301 domain redirects for search engine optimization and new Open Graph meta tag options for effectively managing interactions between Drupal Gardens websites and social networks.... Plus

Austin or Bust! SXSW 2013 Recap

The average travel time to get from Boston to Austin is about four hours. Throw in two feet of snow, and thousands of people trying to get to one destination and it could take a little bit longer. Like fourteen hours.
That was the travel time for me, Bryan House, Joe Wykes and John Carione. We hunkered down at Logan Airport for three hours. Spent another hour and a half on the tarmac. And then finally took off to our stop at Dallas. We were convinced we were going to be roadtrippin’ it to Austin. Things looked up for some of team Acquia when we arrived in Dallas. A few of us were able to re-... Plus

Her Majesty’s Government & Open Source

In a country where cynicism is a national pastime, we often greet government “policies” on open source adoption with more than a raised eyebrow and I must admit I was ready to do the same when I spotted the following tweet from Mark Taylor, CEO of Sirius, over the weekend:

Haven’t we been here before?
I’m not professing to be a public sector expert, but I’ve been round the block long enough with open source software (OSS) and the UK Government to recall a number of similar sounding “initiatives”, “guidelines”, “principles” and “policies” communicated by central government under the present... Plus

Working with Big Data: Assembling Your Toolkit


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 third installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?"

The good news for those who want to tap into the power of Big Data: The rise of this data revolution has been powered by a number of prominent open source and... Plus

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