Core development is frickin’ hard

Posted by Tim Millwood on September 6, 2016 at 1:25pm
For the last 18 months I have been working full-time on Drupal workflow solutions, first with the...

DrupalCon Dublin: We'll be at Booth 901 (and here's why it's in your interests to meet with us)

Posted by Annertech on September 6, 2016 at 10:13am
DrupalCon Dublin: We'll be at Booth 901 (and here's why it's in your interests to meet with us)

Annertech DrupalCon Dublin Sponsors BadgeAs Ireland's leading Drupal devlopment agency, we were thrilled that DrupalCon was coming to Dublin. So much so, we were the first Irish agency to add our name to the sponsorhip list (not to mention being the only Irish agency with people giving presenations at it). For the week of DrupalCon we'll be manning Booth 901.

Base themes without the bloat

Posted by PreviousNext on September 6, 2016 at 8:07am

Base themes in Drupal are incredibly useful but often add bloat to the finished sub-theme when care isn’t taken to remove unnecessary css files, or files that are 5% used and 95% overridden. When porting aGov to Drupal 8 we took the opportunity to improve how it’s theme inheritance is managed, making it easier to create trim, lightweight sub-themes.

How Managing 850 Drupal Sites Drove Me To Make Dewy

Posted by Dewy on September 6, 2016 at 6:00am
Keeping an eye on a few Drupal sites manually is no big deal. But managing 850 Drupal sites for a higher-ed institution means spending countless hours writing scripts just to see what's going on. From this, Dewy was born.

Installation of Solr 6 in Drupal 8 using Drupal VM

Posted by MTech, LLC on September 5, 2016 at 7:10pm
Installation of Solr 6 in Drupal 8 using Drupal VM

Solr is highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant, providing distributed indexing, replication and load-balanced querying, automated failover and recovery, centralized configuration and more.

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D8 Development: Console, Menus, and Entity load/save basics

Posted by Freelock on September 5, 2016 at 4:39pm

I learn best when I have a problem to solve, and with one of our D8 upgrade projects, we had a mess to clean up in the menu system. This provided an excellent oppportunity to get hands-on in Drupal core, learning some of the major differences from earlier versions, and three things in particular:

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Extending your Drupal 8 install profile with Drush Make

Posted by The Jibe on September 5, 2016 at 4:24pm
Extending your Drupal 8 install profile with Drush Make Leah Wagner September 5, 2016 9:24am

[SOLVED] How to include third party libraries in Drupal 8 for custom modules?

Posted by Zyxware Technologies on September 5, 2016 at 6:14am

In Drupal 8, third party libraries are downloaded and managed via composer. In Drupal each project must contain only one vendor folder. Composer Manager allows single vendor/directory shared across all modules which prevents code duplication and version mismatches by merging the requirements of all the found modules into the consolidated composer.json file.

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Setting-up Sitecore Analytics Dashboard part 2: A configuration with obstacles

Posted by Cocomore on September 4, 2016 at 10:00pm

Information from Web analyses is supposed to help understanding user behavior and optimize the individual online performance. But what if the analysis tool is showing nothing instead of numbers and graphics? In the second part of our experience report about the software of Sitecore, we will explain how to run the Dashboard notwithstanding some hurdles.   

+FollowSymLinks -> +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

Posted by Jay L.ee on September 4, 2016 at 2:34am

When installing Drupal, one of the things that some people must do beforehand depending on their specific server configuration is to change "+FollowSymLinks" to "+SymLinksIfOwnerMatch" in the .htaccess file. And most people have already figured this out a long time ago, because they wouldn't have been able to install Drupal otherwise.

But a bigger issue here is that there are some more places where these people need to repeat the same exact step after installation, or they will undoubtedly encounter additional problems, one of which involves having images not showing up at all:

+FollowSymLinks Problem

+FollowSymLinks Problem

Tags: Drupal 7Drupal Planet

+FollowSymLinks -> +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

Posted by Jay L.ee on September 4, 2016 at 2:34am

When installing Drupal, one of the things that some people must do beforehand depending on their specific server configuration is to change "+FollowSymLinks" to "+SymLinksIfOwnerMatch" in the .htaccess file. But another problem is that there is one more place where these people need to repeat the same exact step after installation, or they will undoubtedly encounter an additional problem of having their images not showing up at all:

+FollowSymLinks Problem

+FollowSymLinks Problem

Tags: Drupal 7Drupal Planet

This Month in Drupal Documentation

Posted by Drupal core announcements on September 2, 2016 at 6:55pm

It's been way to long since we've written one of these, and a lot has happened in the last year. Yeah, that's right, it has been a year since the last "This Month in Drupal Documentation"! I can't even being to summarize the whole year in a single post, so here are some highlights of what is going on right now.

Here's an update from the Documentation Working Group (DocWG) on what has been happening in Drupal Documentation in the last month or so. Sorry... because this is posted in the Core group as well as Documentation, comments are disabled.

If you have comments or suggestions, please see the DocWG home page for how to contact us. Thanks!

Documentation Working Group Updates

It's been a while since we've had a working group meeting, though we've each been busy contributing to documentation in different ways. Despite the fact that we're not meeting regularly at the moment we're still available to help answer any questions you've got, or help out with any policy/best-practice issues. Let us know.

Notable Documentation Updates

We're recruiting maintainers for guides as they are migrated to the new documentation structure. See [#2682083] for a list of guides that need maintainers. Read about what maintaining a guide entails. If you're already maintaining a guide, thank you! Drupal is easier to learn because of it. This is the result of nearly two years of work by dozens of people, and we're super excited. I'm not going to be able to list or remember everyone that's helped with this but of note. If you see Tatiana, or any members of the Drupal Association's infrastructure team make sure you thank them for their hard work on making this possible.

Going forward I'm hopeful that we'll be able to being to highlight individual guide maintainers and the work they're doing.

Tatiana wrote a great post recently about the changes, and if you haven't been keeping up it's worth reading.

The User Guide has just completed the copy editing phase, and we will begin translating it into other languages shortly. You can read more about that here https://www.drupal.org/node/2762261. And, sign-up to help your language group with the translation.

Jennifer, and Neil have been working hard to make it possible to import the contents of the User Guide to Drupal.org. Work that will hopefully be deployed within the next couple of weeks. Once that's complete you will be able to read the User Guide in it's entirety right on Drupal.org! Super cool.

This is the result of over a year of planning, writing, editing, and coordinating by everyone involved. It's a huge achievement and I'm hopeful that it helps to set a new standard for Drupal documentation going forward.

Documentation Priorities

The Current documentation priorities page is always a good place to look to figure out what to work on, and has been updated recently.

One task in particular that we could use some help with at the moment is cleaning up the titles and summaries of recently migrated documentation pages. As pages are moved into guides each one needs to have a summary written. Summaries are a one or two sentence blurb that is displayed on the main guide page helping people get a better idea of what the individual page contains. During the migration we've added quick summaries, but people who understand the material better can likely help summarize the content better. Help us make the summaries better, which helps others find the content they are after.

If you're new to contributing to documentation, these projects may seem a bit overwhelming -- so why not try out a New contributor task to get started?

What are you working on? Let us know and we'll help get your initiatives into the next update.

Upcoming Events

DrupalCon Dublin is this month, and Joe (@eojthebrave), and possibly others, will be in attendance. There isn't an official documentation sprint as of yet, but we'll work on getting something organized between now and then. Look for our table(s) in the official sprint room.

Friday 5: 5+ Ways We're Celebrating Labor Day

Posted by Mediacurrent on September 2, 2016 at 1:34pm
5 ways we're celebrating labor day

Happy Friday! We hope you've had a great week and that you're gearing up for an even better holiday weekend.

This episode, we decided to switch it up a little and find out what some of the Mediacurrent team has in store for Labor Day. We hope everyone has a safe weekend and we'll pick back up in October with episode 17.

Quick tip: getting the SQL built with db_select() in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

Posted by Aram Boyajyan on September 2, 2016 at 1:03pm
Quick tip: getting the SQL built with db_select() in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 Fri, 02/09/2016 - 15:03

When building more complex queries using db_select() you will often want to see the exact SQL being generated. This is helpful for understanding the query or simply debugging the results.

This article will show you how to see the exact query being generated with db_select() as well as getting how to get all values passed as arguments. The code in this article will be applicable for both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8.

Quick tip: getting the SQL built with db_select() in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

Posted by Aram Boyajyan on September 2, 2016 at 1:03pm
Quick tip: getting the SQL built with db_select() in Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 Fri, 02/09/2016 - 15:03

When building more complex queries using db_select() you will often want to see the exact SQL being generated. This is helpful for understanding the query or simply debugging the results.

I'll show you how to see the exact query being generated with db_select() as well as getting all the values passed as arguments. The examples in this article will be applicable for both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8.

Example #1: using db_select() and creating the query dynamically:

We're Coming to Chicago!

Posted by LevelTen Interactive on September 2, 2016 at 5:00am
chicago roadshow

If you guys didn't already know, we're in the middle of the Results Oriented Web Roadshow! You can take a closer look at Tom's adventure across the country here. Our next stop is this upcoming Tuesday, September 6 in Chicago at Timothy O'Toole's Pub!

What you can expect:

Learning:

We will be giving a short presentation that focuses on the essential techniques to...Read more

Answering the Drupal Why

Posted by Roy Scholten on September 1, 2016 at 9:47pm
lab test illustration, druplicons in an erlenmeyer flask

The basis for knowing what to focus on for evolving Drupal core is learning about what people want to do with it.

Testing the initial experience of core as a whole has had our main attention so far. Now with focussed initiatives (content workflow, media handling, outside in, layouts,…), we’re adding experimental features with the assumed requirement that we validate and improve them trough feedback from usability testing.

So, we could (should!) create a more regular schedule of more smaller instead of few bigger usability test sessions. What’s our version of getting out of the building and increasing our exposure?

What would it look like if we did test every 6 weeks?

Produce testing scripts for each initiative. These can be reused, eventually updated where needed. Every 6 weeks we run those tests for each initiative. We learn what works, what needs to be improved. Initiative teams can prioritize fixing UX bugs. All things are connected anyway so we’ll learn about overall issues as well.

Feedback from the test participants can feed into ongoing persona work: what are people trying to achieve? Voilà, we’re learning about the Why.

Of course this requires planning, recruiting participants, having a setup for remote testing, getting access to a usability testing lab once in a while, observation, analysis, designing possible solutions, reporting back to the community, creating actionable issues to work on etc. But wow, we’d learn so much about where to focus our efforts.

Who wants to help make this happen? Mail, Slack (get invite) or lets talk at Drupalcon Dublin.

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Come for the Code, Stay for the Craic! Why You Should Come to DrupalCon Dublin

Posted by Annertech on September 1, 2016 at 9:20pm
Come for the Code, Stay for the Craic! Why You Should Come to DrupalCon Dublin

Annertech DrupalCon Dublin Sponsors BadgeDrupalCon is coming to Dublin next month. Damn, we're exicted. You are too, we know. Actually, apparently there's a small few people still trying to make up their minds on whether to come to DrupalCon Dublin or not.

Sitting on the fence? Don't. Get off the fence, get to Dublin. Here's some reasons why (feel free to add more in the comments).

What's up with User Pathways Design ...?

Posted by Cheeky Monkey Media on September 1, 2016 at 4:36pm
What's up with User Pathways Design ...? Spela Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:36

A user pathway (sometimes called user flow and user journey)  is the path a visitor takes on your website before completing the action you would like them to take.

You can tackle the user pathway, after you have completed your user research and user personas.

Here's how ...

Setting the Stage for the User

Pathway Step 1 - Determine what your Macro and Micro goals are 

For example, as a business solutions company that specializes in web development and design, and marketing communication, the final goal we would like visitors to our website to take is to contact us with a project or challenge they need help with.

As a nonprofit, your final goal might be to get a donation, a registration, or a contact form filled out.

Places to Visit outside of Dublin while at DrupalCon

Posted by Annertech on September 1, 2016 at 3:23pm
Places to Visit outside of Dublin while at DrupalCon Coming to DrupalCon Dublin but planning to travel around Ireland a bit? Previously we blogged about our top recommendations to see and do in Dublin, but I know some of you are planning to stay for longer and so here are our recommendations for places to visit outside Dublin.

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