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What Drupal Code Should/Should Not Be Included in a Public Repository?

This is the third post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In previous posts, we've discussed the basics of GitHub, as well as what the public can see and do with GitHub. In this post we'll look at what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, and in future posts, we'll discuss users and permissions on organizational accounts and developer workflows.
What code can be safely made public and what code should be made public are not always the same thing. What custom code should or should not be made public depends on what your agency’s objectives are in... Plus

Open Data - The Global Health Data Imperative

This year’s 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa was a call to action and an amazing opportunity to witness the innovation that is enabling a global data revolution. According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, “Freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. According to a... Plus

Drupal: Helping NGOs & Civil Society in Myanmar and beyond

When Tom Feichter told me he only gets to one Drupal event a year, I wanted to know why. When he told me it's because he runs a Drupal shop–mspiral creative media–in Yangon, Myanmar, I had to know more! We talked about Tom's history in Drupal, how Drupal's multilingual capabilities have helped him, how excited he is about Drupal 8's architecture, his history working with NGOs on the Thai/Burmese border and how that has flowed into ethical digital agency work, and more.

Drupal really is everywhere

It is so exciting to find out that the promise of... Plus

How Improved Their Page Load Times

In November, 2014 launched on Drupal and became one of the highest trafficked websites in the world to launch on an open-source content management system (CMS). Mediacurrent and Acquia are excited to announce a new, 3-part blog post series that will share insight around how was migrated to Drupal. Our team of experts will share best practices and what lessons we learned during the project.
There's an old saying, “... Plus

Redefining Commerce: OluKai - Selling Shoes, Selling a Lifestyle

I discovered the OluKai brand a couple of years ago when my brother bought a pair of OluKai sandals, and lived in them for an entire summer. Nearly daily proclamations of enthusiasm and excitement over that single pair of sandals soon had me looking at the brand website and buying a pair for myself. Much like my Brother, I immediately fell in love, and have been a strong brand advocate ever since. But it’s not just the sandals I fell in love with, it’s the lifestyle that OluKai embodies. It made me want to emulate that in my own life.... Plus

Achieving Agile in Government - It Can Be Done

Implementing agile development methodologies in a government setting can be quite difficult. Government agencies often want to know upfront exactly what they’re getting, and exactly what it will cost. From an agile development perspective, this is a major challenge.
According to Agile In A Nutshell, “Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end. It works by breaking projects down into little... Plus

What Can The Public See and Do With Things I Put On GitHub?

This is the second post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In the first, we discussed the basics of getting your government agency up and running with GitHub. In this post, we'll take a look at what the public can see and do with GitHub, and in the upcoming posts, we'll discuss what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, users and permissions on organizational accounts, and developer workflows.
Here’s a quick overview of things that become visible and interactions that become public when a person makes a code repository, or “repo”, public on GitHub.
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Build Your Drupal 8 Team: The Forrester Digital Maturity Model

In business, technology is a means to an end, and using it effectively to achieve that end requires planning and strategy.
The Capability Maturity Model, designed for assessing the formality of a software development process, was initially described back in 1989. The Forrester Digital Maturity Model is one of several models that update the CMM for modern software development in the age of e-commerce and mobile development, when digital capability isn't an add-on but rather is fundamental to business success. The model emphasizes communicating strategy while putting management and control... Plus

Going from .NET to Drupal? Here are the top 5 ways they are different

Drupal is an incredibly flexible and expressive CMS and development framework. As a
developer, it allows you to express yourself quickly and easily. That being said, being able to do
anything​ can be a little overwhelming.
Switching from .NET to Drupal 7 isn’t easy for most people. They take fundamentally different
approaches to development that aren’t called out. There is also a surprising lack of articles and
documentation on the subject. Two years ago I made the change to Drupal. I didn’t have
anyone to help, so the transition was harsh. Developers not only struggle with the... Plus

6 Steps to Delivering a Personalized Digital Brand Experience

Successful brands not only requires an elegant and intuitive shopping experience, but one that is contextualized for the customer’s specific goals and preferences. Delivering an experience that is capable of understanding whether a person is doing product research, shopping for themselves, or buying a gift for someone else is complex, but achievable with the proper plan and technologies in place.
Businesses are scrambling to figure out how to achieve personalization success. To do it right, there are a lot of moving parts. Identifying and addressing each of those can be a challenge. Here, we’... Plus

Tips for Managing Remote Development Teams

It’s often the case for technical development teams to have both on-site and off-site team members. If confined to a certain geographic area when hiring, it’s likely your business won’t be able to tap into a wide enough developer skillset as you might find with no geographic boundaries. But when managing teams that have remote members, it can be a challenge to create unity and harmony across the team as a whole.
Here at Acquia, this is a hurdle we’ve had to address and overcome. We seek the best Drupal developers we can find, but that often means that our team members are scattered across... Plus

Migrating Content to Drupal: The Weather Channel

One of the major challenges facing every digital publisher is making sure its content will display properly up on every possible venue: desktop, tablet, and phone of course, but also in web services, and on the emerging display opportunities arriving with the Internet of Things, like wearables.
Acquia partner Mediacurrent recently tackled this challenge on an awesome scale: migrating the giant The Weather Channel site to Drupal in a way that worked with all the above venues, and then some... Plus

Watch out World – Here Comes Acquia’s University Relations Program!

At Acquia, as we begin to build our university relations program, we are excited about bringing in the next generation of talent to help move our company forward. In 2015 alone, we nearly doubled our internship program and entry level hiring.
We are committed to providing an awesome experience for our interns, and we have a whole host of summer events planned to make their experiences as rich as possible. From lunch and learns with our executives and departments to a formal... Plus

Document Everything: It Will Help You Later

Strong documentation is the product of good writing. It’s funny I suggest that because for the longest time, my idea of writing well applied only to writing lines of code. But when I started my internship at Acquia, I quickly realized the importance of writing everything well. Every project here depends on easy-to-understand, descriptive writing.
I immediately took more notes, scribbling down anything and everything. When introduced to new tools, technologies and services, I look up unfamiliar terms on Google to find helpful blog posts, articles and API documentation to improve my... Plus

A Crash Course in Information Architecture and User-Centered Design

All too often, a development project starts and you realize that there hasn’t been much of a focus on user-centered design, information architecture, or content. Or sometimes the content is amazing but the information architecture isn’t. Or you understand content but aren’t sure how to pare it down, to make sure your users are seeing what’s most important.
So what do you do when you’... Plus