Mike Booth, Senior Cloud Software Engineer at Acquia, on tackling concrete problems, file systems, real world Drupal -- and the value of incremental improvement. Part 1 in a series.
Mike Booth started out in electrical engineering, earning a PhD at Cornell, where he trained in laser physics and semiconductor manufacturing. But for most of his career he’s worked in Web programming.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Under normal circumstances, accessing government data, creating hacks with it -- even making products with it -- would be seen as irresponsible, and possibly criminal.
Once a year, however, a multitude of Australian Government departments across federal, state and local levels get together to do all three, and the push the government further towards open data.Tags: acquia drupal planet
One of the great things about Drupal is its flexible system of nodes and taxonomies. This allows for bespoke categorization of many types of content.
At Parse.ly, we wanted to take advantage of that. Parse.ly, which has an alliance with Acquia to bring joint tech solutions to the worlds biggest media companies, works with hundreds of digital publishers to provide audience insights through an intuitive analytics platform.Tags: acquia drupal planet
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The Australian Government launched govCMS earlier this year, a custom Drupal distribution and hosting service catering to all of the Australian government. The aim is to provide a single solution for unclassified websites using a common codebase and a shared feature set on a scalable and secure infrastructure.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Acquia developers often create tooling to build, deploy, and monitor applications we run on Amazon Web Services, and Statsgod is one such tool that we want to make publicly available. Statsgod was designed to be highly scalable and easily deployed.Tags: acquia drupal planet
For the past few years, I've been fascinated with credit card-sized budget computers, most especially the one that started the current revolution in hardware hacking, the Raspberry Pi.Tags: acquia drupal planetdrupal 8internet of thingsraspberry piansibledevops
With the official release of Drupal 8.0.0 on the horizon, "real world" Drupal 8 stories are becoming more valuable.
Now that the train is actually approaching the station, we all want to know what it will be like to get on.
Mediacurrent, a leading Drupal design firm, got their Drupal 8 ticket punched early. They partnered with Acquia to launch a Drupal 8 site for Manhattan Associates, a supply chain management software provider, back in August, 2015, when Drupal 8 was in beta. The site has been on the Drupal 8 frontier ever since.
So what has the experience been like?
A "real world Drupal 8" series from Mediacurrent and Acquia has been telling some backstories.Tags: acquia drupal planet
One of the most difficult parts of executing a successful round of usability testing can be recruiting participants. You may need to show your designs to people who fit a certain professional persona, or hear feedback from people with a particular technical skill set. Once you’re in touch with testers who fit the bill, you’ll have to navigate their busy schedules, and disparate locations, to organize their test sessions.Tags: acquia drupal planet
The landscape of Drupal theme development has drastically changed in recent years. Cutting-edge front-end development tools are now considered standard within Drupal enterprise builds.Tags: acquia drupal planet
You've undoubtedly heard about some of the major new features in Drupal 8.
You've heard that Views is in core, that there is a new WYSIWYG editor, and that the codebase has been redesigned with Symfony.acquia drupal planet
Planning a website for a conference about information architecture is never easy. With every content and structural decision you make, you feel the core audience silently judging you. The team that built the 2015 IA Summit conference site knew that it would take a flexible architecture, and a fast and reliable platform, to meet audience expectations. That’s why we turned to Acquia and Drupal 8.Tags: acquia drupal planet
When managing a whole government platform, as we do in Australia with govCMS, there need to be layers of testing, staging, and assurance before you push code to production.Tags: acquia drupal planet
In our last post, we looked at why Manhattan Associates was happy with Drupal 8 from a front-end perspective. What sealed the deal for them, though, were the powerful ways they could extend and develop Drupal 8 with improved configuration management, a new Web services API, and easy internationalization.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Not long ago, the only way content was delivered to you from the Web was via Web pages. You typed something into a browser and a server returned a page of information.
This singular method, however, has become outdated and no longer represents all the ways you and your applications are accessing content from the Web.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Thinking about becoming an early adopter of Drupal 8?
Hesitate no longer. More than 400 sites are already running on it. Manhattan Associates is one of these Drupal 8 pioneers — here’s why they made that decision, and why they’re happy with it.Tags: acquia drupal planet
I have a theory.
My theory is that every single person / organization who is considering building a site on Drupal 8 has created some variation of the exact same spreadsheet. The spreadsheet tracks rows with information like which contributed projects the site needs, what URL those projects live at, who the maintainers are, what the project's current porting status is, etc.
To figure this out, you go to each of the respective project pages and look for an 8.x version. If that comes up empty, you attempt to search the issue queue for variations of "Drupal 8," "D8 port," etc. Worst-case, falling back to good ol' Google. Repeat every few weeks.
Man months have probably been spent on this duplication of effort so far.
To further build on that theory, I'm guessing that these spreadsheets do not always jive with current reality. Because you might have missed the update that contributor X gave on Twitter one time about her predicted module's release date. Or you might not have been sitting next to contributor Y at dinner during DrupalCon and found out that her module's actually being ported on GitHub or BitBucket, only being moved to Drupal.org when it's complete. Or, you didn't get the chance to actually install the project yet to determine that even though one has just a -dev release it's actually quite stable, and even though this one has an beta release, it's changing APIs every 6 minutes. Or whatever.
Enter the Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker! This is a "meta" project that holds issues that represent the porting status various projects, and allows us to work as a unified Drupal community to combine our collective observational super powers into one data set that can be used by anyone considering building on Drupal 8.Tags: acquia drupal planetdrupal 8contributed projects
If you're reading this post in the Acquia Developer Center, I'm guessing that you may have used Drupal before.
You might be familiar with Drupal 6 or 7, and with some of the modules that shipped with those Drupal versions.
But, Drupal 8 is coming later this year -- a completely re-written version of the platform. This newest version will include lots of new features.
Here's an introduction to 10 new features that will be exciting when you use Drupal for the first time.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Regardless of whether you’re developing a Drupal website or a Drupal module, you have to be aware of how visitors and users will interact with things. The primary way that you can control this access is through permissions.
Permissions (along with users) are a fundamental component of Drupal administration, and using them correctly can make the difference between having a secure, reliable website, and having a website that exposes information about its visitors -- which you may end up hearing about on the evening news.Tags: acquia drupal planet
This is the second and final installment in our series covering Acquia Global Support Team’s third-party API integration with Zendesk (part one coveredTags: acquia drupal planet