How to manage page layout using Display Suit module in Drupal 8

Posted by Valuebound - 15 Jun 2017 at 15:12 UTC

The Contributed module Display suite (“DS”) allows you to take control on How do you want to render them using interface. admin has ability to arrange nodes, comment,user data, views etc. provides drag and drop after as we do for managing field section.

If you want to build a drupal custom page and really don't have any drupal technical knowledge or coding skill or, you don’t want to write custom templates, and  for smaller stuff then you can go ahead with this Display Suite module. Is really helpful when it comes to replacing the default view of an entity to user defined view using application interface. It’s straightforward…

3 Tips for Client Friendly Paragraphs in Drupal 8

Posted by Texas Creative - 15 Jun 2017 at 14:30 UTC

Drupal’s Paragraphs module is a big part of what makes it easy for our clients to manage their site content. These three tips are how we make the user experience even better.

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The Secret to a Great Web Design RFP

Posted by Promet Source - 15 Jun 2017 at 14:03 UTC
A recent prospect responded to my inquiry about the project budget with this:  "We can't release budget information as we need all vendors to bid their best price. If they know the budget they just bid right up to it."  

Introduction to PHP type-hints for Drupal 8 development

Posted by Blair Wadman - 15 Jun 2017 at 10:44 UTC

When you are calling a function or method that has an argument(s), you don’t always know what type (array, object, string etc) of argument to pass to the function. And if you end up passing in the wrong type, you’ll get a less than helpful error.

Lead Developer UK Conference 2017, Day 1

Posted by Amazee Labs - 15 Jun 2017 at 10:38 UTC
Lead Developer UK Conference 2017, Day 1

On June 8 and 9, I attended the Lead Developer UK conference for the first time. Its unique format allowed us to learn about leading and motivating teams in the tech industry from experts.

Josef Dabernig Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:38 The Lead Developer UK

The Lead Developer conference was my first non-Drupal conference in quite some time and I’m happy to write that I picked the right one. Not only could I learn and verify a lot of thoughts about leadership but it also gave me a new set of role models to be inspired by.

The outstanding single-track program featured blocks of 3 sessions, most of them around 30 minutes with some shorter ones of around 10 minutes and some longer ones up to 50 minutes. Let me share a few of my personal highlights: 

Patrick Kua – The Constant Life of a Tech Lead kicked off the conference by reminding us about the basics of leadership in tech and that we should focus on values and principles rather than tools or implementation details. People are unique, they differ and we need to find the right approach depending on the situation. It is especially important to help your team as much as possible by providing the necessary context to accomplish their goals, which is often forgotten in my experience.

Constant Life of a Tech Lead from Patrick Kua

Katherine Wu – Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication brought back the idea of how differently people “tick”. Are you a more upfront person that prefers a clear communication style with others, or are you more on the side that expects someone to read between the lines and work based on assumptions? I definitely find myself more on the guess culture side and knowing that this is not how everyone works already helps a lot.  

Anjuan Simmons – Leadership Lessons from the Agile Manifesto gave a very personal track record of how he mastered leadership for himself and his teams. Working with a hero analogy, Anjuan mentioned that as tech leads we get called for the adventure, we get mentored with wisdom and are provided gifts to finally approach the boss level and return to improve the ordinary world. A tech lead guides other people on paths they have already taken. How does Anjuan motivate his team? At any cost, he will try to preserve the dignity of each team member and therefore earn their trust to together iterate and improve.

Erika Carlson – Better: Fearless Feedback for Software Teams provided helpful insights for one of the topics I most struggle with: giving good feedback. Aside from the general feedback categories: positive to encourage and constructive to improve, there’s also a category that is often missed not considered. “Passive feedback” means that you don’t give feedback at all and that also mean something to your peers. Giving the right amount of feedback in time is critical to any healthy relationship. I also liked to find out about 360 feedback and the idea of having a dedicated #thanks slack channel to collectively practice appreciation.

Better - Fearless Feedback for Software Teams from Erika Carlson

Nickolas Means – The Original Skunk Works concluded the first day. It was a detailed look at the history of the aircraft manufacturer that showed what incredible achievements they could make based on Kelly’s 14 Rules. Providing a system to innovate and release quickly (continuous integration & deployments) was critical to the success of this team.

The slides for all of the talks are available and I added the links to them above. On top of the inspiring talks, the conference had some more features I really liked too. Meri Williams was hosting the conference in a well-organized and entertaining way and followed up on a code of conduct issue in a constructive way. The conference also had a live captioning feature of all the talks on a screen, which helped me follow the massive flow of audio information and was even entertaining at times.

Next week, let’s follow up with a summary of day 2 and conclusions for The Lead Developer UK conference.

Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

Posted by heykarthikwithu - 15 Jun 2017 at 03:20 UTC
Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

How to use simplytest.me, to evaluate drupal projects online?

heykarthikwithu Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 08:50:40 - IST, Asia/Kolkata

Pattern Lab in Drupal 7

Posted by ActiveLAMP - 15 Jun 2017 at 01:01 UTC

Efficiently Manage Events on Your Drupal Site in a Way That Even an Intern Can Do!

Posted by myDropWizard.com - 14 Jun 2017 at 20:51 UTC

When you're running your non-profit, there is so much to do: basically an unlimited amount of work, right? Board meetings, fund-raising - and then there's the actual world-changing work you signed-up to do!

Our ongoing series of helpful tips (click here to subscribe via e-mail) continues today with some help on how to efficiently manage one of the most common and important aspects of any non-profit: EVENTS.

In this article, we'll talk about how to setup events in Drupal, and at the end, there's a video tutorial showing the process step-by-step.

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Coming to an agreement within the Drupal community and sponsoring a Webform feature

Posted by Jacob Rockowitz - 14 Jun 2017 at 18:19 UTC

Hi, my name is Jacob Rockowitz and I'm the individual responsible for maintaining the Webform module for Drupal 8. Two weeks ago, I posted Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? documenting my journey and experience building and maintaining the the Webform module for Drupal 8. My goal was to document the current state of the Webform module, while simultaneously planning for the project’s future growth and sustainability. One of the steps toward accomplishing this is an idea I put together called "Sponsor a Feature".

"Sponsor a Feature" is a process encouraging organizations to hire Open-source software maintainers and contributors to build features and fix issues that directly impact a company's project. Two key concepts behind "Sponsor a Feature": all work would be open source and the sponsoring organization would pay for tangible and immediate results directly to the working individuals.

I feel that selling "Sponsor a Feature" to the Drupal community is going to be an uphill climb, especially because no one can technically sell Drupal. In other words, no one is used to paying directly for open source work. For now, I am going to tread lightly when talking about "Sponsor a Feature". For example, last week, I wrote about how Crowdfunding does not help grow Drupal's community to explore the different ways people are currently funding open source development. On Twitter, Adam Bergstein‏ (@n3rdstein) and I began a conversation about how an organization might pay a project maintain/developer.
(https://twitter.com/n3rdstein/status/872856666114580482).

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Automatically Generate URL Aliases using Pathauto in Drupal 8

Posted by Web Wash - 14 Jun 2017 at 18:00 UTC
Pathauto is a module which lets you automate the generation of URL aliases in Drupal. Instead of the URL being "/node/123", you can have "/blog/article/why-use-drupal". The module allows you to define custom patterns which are generated when an entity is created. URL aliases or URL slugs, help with search engine optimization and they're more user-friendly. Drupal core has supported URL aliases for a long time, but they weren't automatically generated. Pathauto helps with automating the process. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create aliases and patterns, and how to bulk generate paths.

What is Elevated Third, Denver Website Agency

Posted by Elevated Third - 14 Jun 2017 at 17:07 UTC
What is Elevated Third, Denver Website Agency What is Elevated Third? Tony Dryer Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:07 Elevated Third sign in our entrance

Elevated Third’s namesake is rooted in company culture. It comes from the art world and refers to the experience one has when looking at a particularly moving or captivating piece of art. When you have a “get it” moment—that flash of understanding—an elevated third experience is created between the medium and you, the viewer.

At Elevated Third, a Denver website agency focusing on Drupal, we strive to replicate this experience for our clients, our partners, and our employees.

Our Culture 

Our culture and work ethic is based on an idea that the right environment can foster incredible talent. We don’t exclusively hire people who fit a job description, instead we hire people who are smart enough to grow into their own description. We choose employees based on their aptitude to overachieve. Then, we observe. We figure out what said employee is particularly good at and we create a job description around their strengths.

This practice is easier said than done. It requires a scaffolding of actionable core values and exceptional hires who allow their peers to be vulnerable. Because, of course, learning means making mistakes.

Ultimately, it is an environment of support, vulnerability, and observation that allows us to foster talent instead of hire it based on a list of requirements and a resume. The results: employees who feel important, who produce great work, and who are happy to work hard.

On top of all the standard agency perks like snacks and foosball, our new core values are essential to establishing and maintaining our internal culture here at Elevated Third. They are the guidelines for personal success. Following them is the best way to be successful at our Denver website agency. When our employees are successful, the company will prosper. Establishing the core values in late 2016 has had a direct impact on the business success we have seen thus far in 2017.

 

Denver website agency core values

 

Core Values

When we first got together to determine our core values, we knew it was not going to be a simple process. We had to get it right, and we had to take the time to carefully craft each value.  

We started by listing attributes that we believe make our employees successful. Things like accountability, effectiveness, work ethic, engagement, curiosity, positive energy, empathy, confidence, and thoughtfulness to name just a small sampling. For the next few months, we boiled down our list and crafted them into similar groupings. From these groups, the five values that we have now started to make themselves clear. It was a long, sometimes tedious, yet fulfilling experience.

The Elevated Third Core Values:

  • Start with empathy. Respect and honesty come first. Care about our clients, our users and each other.
  • Lean in and keep moving. Stay engaged, positive and persistent. Bring energy and never quit.
  • Make an impact. Seek out and solve the right problems. Be fearless! Fight for the win-win.
  • Be a remarkable player. Put the team first. Step up when it’s time, inspire by example.
  • Own the outcome. Take responsibility for results. Embrace data celebrate effectiveness and face failures. Never stop improving.

The core values we have put in place guide all the decisions we make within our Denver website agency. They help inform everything from questions in an interview process, project decision making, peer to peer feedback, internal growth strategy, and long-term client relationships. Every single aspect of the business can be applied to the five core values. Since implementing them we are seen our decision-making process become much more focused, both short term and especially long term.

 

Elevated Third core values

 

We’ve made an initiative out of preventing the typical cliched core value design. Figuring out creative ways to implement them into our everyday process has become a necessary challenge. We specifically seek out the traits that the values exemplify in our hiring process. In addition, all new hires see the exact debut presentation our company founders shared during the core values unveiling meeting.

Our core values are meant to stand against the core value bandwagoners, they run through our day-to-day, our hiring, and our attitudes.

Each and every day, we’re seeking the elevated third experience.

Kiev Drupal Camp 2017: The First Impression

Posted by Vasily Yaremchuk - 14 Jun 2017 at 13:35 UTC
Kiev Drupal Camp 2017: The First Impression root Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:35

I took part in Kiev Drupal Camp 2017 last weekend. It was a good decision to go to the code sprint. I'm sure that the second day of the conference was much better than the first one with formal presentations. My personal thanks to Dmitry Drozdik, Dmytro Danylevskyi and Alexander Schedrov for their help to meet OpenY.

The main issue of the first day was that presentations went in several 4-5 streams in different rooms and I missed a lot of useful information. Fortunately, Conference organizers recorded videos of all presentations.

On this Camp I had presentation: Paragraphs are more powerful than you can expect.

There was not enough time. I tried to provide the extended overview and 3 demonstrations, but overview was very short and demos weren't very attractive. There is the video above.

Also you can download PDF with slides by the link http://abzats.com/kiev17.pdf

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AGILEDROP: DrupalCon sessions about Front End

Posted by Agiledrop.com Blog - 14 Jun 2017 at 10:12 UTC
Last time, we gathered together DrupalCon Baltimore sessions about Site Building. Before that, we explored the area of Drupal Showcase, Coding and Development, Project Management and Case Studies. And that was not our last stop. This time, we looked at sessions that were presented in the area of Front End. Atomic Design in Drupal 8: Isolating frontend workflow with Pattern Lab! by Anthony Simone from Elevated Third This session reviewed the basic principles of Pattern Lab and atomic design but focused on the practical implementation of Pattern Lab in the next Drupal project.   Back… READ MORE

GSoC 2017 | Week 2: Port Vote Up/Down

Posted by Sudhanshu Gautam | Blog - 14 Jun 2017 at 04:48 UTC
GSoC 2017 | Week 2: Port Vote Up/Down sudhanshu Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:18

DrupalCon Front End Track

Posted by David Corbacho - 13 Jun 2017 at 22:28 UTC

DrupalCon Dublin seems like it happened yesterday, but it's already 9 months ago.
This blog post is a summary of the Front end track.
Late but, anyway, I want to write it down for two reasons:

1) Express again my gratefulness to the great speakers we had on the front end track. Everyone gave their best and quality of the sessions were high. Yay! Do you know the frontend track was the most attended track in DrupalCon Dublin?

2) Motivate previous and new speakers to submit sessions for the upcoming DrupalCon Vienna (consider also the Horizons track)

As a frontend track chair, I thought that something I could do for the speakers was to immortalise the moment where our brilliant speakers were in the DrupalCon stage.
Here we go:

Improving the Responsive Web Design Process in 2016

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Cristina Chumillas did a great summary of best practices, and I enjoyed her demo how to achieve responsive images with Drupal 8.
Cristina is also the frontend track chair for DrupalCon Vienna and organizes Drupal Summer (29th of June, Barcelona)

Streamlined Front-end Development with Pattern Lab and Twig

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Adam Juran focused on explaining how Forum One are putting together Pattern Lab and Drupal 8, with Twig templates acting as a bridge between both systems. This has even more sense if you have different teams doing design and development, making boundaries clear. In this slide you can see a summary of the proposal.

Structure for Creativity

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description
The session was divided in two parts: Janne Bjørsted, UX designer explained how they structure the work and creative process when building products in their company. Then Mads Thines, frontend developer, went through his workflow / tools and useful coding tips.

Super Collaborative Design Processes for Teams

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Lewis Nyman talked about design process and gave tips and techniques for design workshops. Recommended the book Sprint, by Google Ventures folks.

Closing the Gaps: Prioritizing Accessibility in Custom Themes with Drupal 8

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Erin Marchak gave the 2nd best-rated Frontend session. Full of useful information about a11y, tips, demos and even the deliver of the session was outstanding (she made the effort to explain verbally the animated gifs to reach everyone). A true example of a high standard DrupalCon session.

Drupal 8 theming in depth

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Lauri gave a overview of advanced Twig patterns, and then hit one of the challenges when theming Drupal 8: how to build a component-based design system.
Lauri also introduced the plan of creating a new default theme in Drupal core, that will show / demo better the possibilities of creating beautiful websites with Drupal 8 in other session. This is part of the effort to improve the "out of the box" experience.

Design Principles for Minimum Viable Product

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Junaid Masoodi gave an overview of applying MVP to the design phase

21 things i learned with Twig & Drupal

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Morten Birch gave a condensed session full of tips and things that you might not now about Twig. He announced at the end of the session his new admin theme project, that later was named Eleven

Animate Your Site

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Nikhil and Vidit gave a session introducing animation principles, and then apply them to real world cases. I like how they introduced humor to the session to make it light-weight and more enjoyable.

Creating Layouts and Landing Pages for Drupal 8

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Suzanne Dergacheva explained different approaches to the question every Drupal themer has. What tools to use to build the layout ? Panels, paragraphs, blocks? I appreciate that she explained the concepts with a realistic use case. In my opinion, a excellent example of a session with a good balance of introduction, theory, advanced concepts and demo.

React Front-end For Your Drupal 8 Back-end

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description

Bassam and Aliyah explained how you can integrate React and Drupal, conceptually and also giving details and explaining it with code snippets where the magic happens.

Automated browser testing with Nightwatch.js

Recorded session in Youtube / Session description
Vladimir flew all the way from Australia to explain why you should use Nightwatch.js for e2e testing. I was amazed how easy and painless can be.

Conclusion

I hope this summary gives you an idea of what session we are looking for in the frontend track.
Please, submit your session for Drupalcon Vienna. We care about the content, and that you have some previous experience as a speaker. It helps the track chairs to warranty the quality of sessions are high.
Check also DrupalCon Baltimore sessions for inspiration

Migrating SQL in Drupal 8 with Migrate Tools and Migrate Plus

Posted by Colorfield - 13 Jun 2017 at 20:21 UTC
Migrating SQL in Drupal 8 with Migrate Tools and Migrate Plus Drupal migration christophe Tue, 13/06/2017 - 22:21 Migrate API is awesome, and if you plan some custom migration, a few contributed modules does the heavy lifting for you. This article should be regarded as a list of steps to follow to achieve a simple migration from another SQL data source than Drupal. So we will not go in deep into the explanations of the Migrate theory, for this subject, refer to the documentation of the Migrate API. Also, we will finish with some debugging techniques and a first shot of a bash script for rerolling a migration from scratch in case of configuration change.

7 Server Metrics You Should be Monitoring on Your Drupal Site

Posted by Zivtech - 13 Jun 2017 at 19:07 UTC

Computers are finicky. As stable and reliable as we would like to believe they have become, the average server can cease to function for hundreds of different reasons. Some of the common problems that cause websites or services to crash can’t really be avoided. If you suddenly find your site suffering from a DDOS attack or a hardware failure, all you can do is react to the situation.
 
But there are many simple things that are totally preventable that can be addressed proactively to ensure optimal uptime. To keep an eye on the more preventable issues, setting up monitoring for your entire stack (both the server as well as the individual applications) is helpful. At Zivtech, we use a tool called Sensu to monitor potential issues on everything we host and run.
 
Sensu is a Ruby project that operates by running small scripts to determine the health of a particular application or server metric. The core project contains a number of such scripts called “checks.” It’s also very easy to write custom checks and they can be written in any language, thus allowing developers to easily monitor new services or applications. Sensu can also be run via a client server model and issue alerts to members of the team when things aren’t behaving properly.

Server checks

As a general place to start, you should set up basic health checks for the server itself. The following list gives you a good set of metrics to keep an eye on and why it is in your best interest to do so.

RAM

What to check

Monitor the RAM usage of the server versus the total amount of RAM on the server.

Potential problem monitored

Running out of RAM indicates that the server is under severe load and application performance will almost certainly be noticeable to end users.

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Learn Drupal 8 Online and Get Certified with this New Course

Posted by Acquia Developer Center Blog - 13 Jun 2017 at 19:06 UTC
Certified!

One of the questions we get most often is, "How do I prepare for the Acquia Certified Developer - D8 Exam?" Now we've got an answer: the Drupal 8 Developer Immersion Course w/ Certification Prep - an 8-week, instructor-led, project-based online course that covers all areas of Drupal 8 and prepares you to take the Acquia Certified Developer - D8 Exam.

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GSoC17 : Client Side File Crypto : Week 2

Posted by Tameesh Biswas | Blog - 13 Jun 2017 at 17:50 UTC
GSoC17 : Client Side File Crypto : Week 2

This blog post summarizes the second week of coding with Drupal in Google Summer of Code 2017 

tameeshb Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:20 Tags GSoC Google Summer of Code 2017 Drupal Drupal Blog

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