Drupal core announcements: Drupal 7 core release window for October 7 is delayed

Planet Drupal - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 00:08

The monthly Drupal core bug fix/feature release window is scheduled for this Wednesday, October 7. A Drupal 7 core release is planned for this window (since there hasn't been one in a while), but it will not come out on the scheduled date. This is due to various scheduling issues, and also to give more time to get a few more patches committed in time for the release.

The delay will push the release out by a couple days, or possibly into early next week. I will post a new announcement once the code is frozen and a release date has been set.

This release window is for a bug fix/feature release only (no security fixes). Upcoming release windows after this one include:

  • Wednesday, October 21 (security release window)
  • Wednesday, November 4 (bug fix/feature release window)

For more information on Drupal core release windows, see the documentation on release timing and security releases, and the discussion that led to this policy being implemented.

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OSTraining: How to Fix Design Issues in Internet Explorer 10 and 11

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 23:53

One of our members needed to fix an issue for a site in Internet Explorer 11. At the same time, he wanted to avoid changes that might mess up other browsers. The site looks fine in Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.

In this tutorial we will show you how to add custom CSS for just Internet Explorer 10 and 11.

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DrupalCon News: Submit your session for DrupalCon Asia

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 23:50

With the call for papers officially open, we wanted to take a moment to give you all of the details you should know about sessions: what tracks we are offering, how to submit an awesome session submission, and how session selection works.

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Web Wash: Build a Blog in Drupal 8: Adding Comments

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 22:03

If you want to communicate with readers on a blog, the best way to achieve this is by setting up comments. If you're happy to deal with spam and the occasional troll, then comments are great for communicating with readers and fostering a community.

The functionality has changed a lot in Drupal 8. In Drupal 7, the comments system was fairly rigid. You could only use them on content types and only have a single comment type. If you needed to support multiple comment types like review or feedback, you were out of luck.

In Drupal 8, the comments system has been rebuilt. They can be attached to any entity type by adding a "Comments" field. You can also now have different comment types. This allows you to do all sorts of things like having public and private comments on a single content type.

In the last tutorial, we created a Blog content type and added fields to it. Let's continue working on it by adding support for comments. We'll configure the user permissions so that comments can be submitted anonymously, but will need to be approved before they're published.

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Appnovation Technologies: Appnovation Helps D8 Accelerate Reach $250,000 Goal

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 19:25

Appnovation announced an additional $11,500 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release.

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Drupalize.Me: Drupal 8, Release Candidate 1

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 18:21
The first release candidate (RC1) of Drupal 8 just went live! This is a significant milestone in the Drupal 8 development cycle.
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InternetDevels: How to Secure Your Social Media Accounts: 5 Tools

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 17:22

If you find yourself going out of way to keep your accounts secure and care about your website support, you are on the right page, reading information you need. Everyone, who has their own accounts in Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other network, is concerned about protection against social media threats. Here in this article we are going to suggest some effective tips to help to reduce the risk of hacker attacks.

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drunken monkey: Introducing the "Views Save" module

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 16:15

This past week, a new open database for economic, demographic, and market data was launched called Vizala. Vizala is a Drupal site and at the core of its user experience is a module called Views Save that allows users to personalize the site by saving views of data that are meaningful to them.

Views Save takes all of the functionality and flexibility provided by the Views module and its extensions, and enhances it by allowing users to save/bookmark any view of content. Basically, if Views can display it, then it can be saved with Views Save. It works with any configuration set by administrators or users including exposed filters, sorting, and any options added by extensions. Views Save works with all Views display types, plugins, handlers etc.

When a view is saved, it becomes an entity in Drupal. This allows you to use Views to generate lists of saved views per user. Views Bulk Operations (VBO) can be used to allow users to manage their lists. Saved views being stored as entities also allows you to take take advantage of a lot of other Drupal functionality including Fields and content permissions. Future development may involve Rules integration to allow alerts to be created that are based on saved views.

Example use cases for Views Save include …

  1. Sites that allow users to customize and save maps
  2. Analytics sites that allow you to save any view of the data, and create recurring reports
  3. When notifications are not required for a site, it could also be a replacement for the Search API Saved Searches module
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flink: Views Aggregator Plus revisited: new Economics and Market Research Site

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 06:45

In a previous post, we reflected on how our Drupal module Views Aggregator Plus came about: "….that [government] project was eventually put on ice, but during its course another module baby was born. We called it Views Aggregator Plus and set her free in Drupalland. It seemed a waste not to share it."

Views Aggregator Plus now enjoys thousands of installs across the world. There is a 90 second video about it on YouTube and quite a few mentions on Google etc. To us it’s lovely that our efforts didn’t go to waste.

The three real-live examples described in the previous post highlighted the module’s row aggregation capability. This is where Views result rows are grouped and compressed based on the identical values of one column, while at the same time applying aggregation functions (like sum, average, enumeration) on the other columns -- the project page explains this better with an example.
This type of data summary can provide useful insights on the entire dataset.

But Views Aggregator Plus does straightforward column aggregations easily too.

The following example was mentioned to us the other day. It can be found on Vizala.com, a new online database for economic, demographic, and market research information.

If you look at these examples ....

Industry output by country
Agricultural land by country
Total international trade by country
Imports by industry & country

.... you can see that the grey aggregation row (near the the top) provides totals and averages for any year that is selected.
Also, no matter what configuration of exposed filters is set by the user, VAP automatically updates the totals and averages for that group of countries.

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Image of aggregation taken from Wikipedia, "Pheromone"


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OSTraining: Custom Maps with Clickable Areas

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 03:52

One of our members asked how to create a map with custom points to highlight specific areas.

In this tutorial we will show you how to create custom maps by using the Image-Maps online tool.

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PreviousNext: Logging in a Docker Hosting World

Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 03:21

Docker is reinventing the way we package and deploy our applications, bringing new challenges to hosting. In this blog post I will provide a recipe for logging your Docker packaged applications.

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Drupal CMS Guides at Daymuse Studios: 10 Web Services and Tools for Drupal Developers and Agencies

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 23:30

You're wearing too many hats in your web development firm. Whether you're a freelancer or agency, reduce frustration and cost with these 10 web services.

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J-P Stacey: Freelancers unite! (briefly) at Drupalcon Barcelona

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 21:33

Continuing the trend from Drupalcon Amsterdam, I hosted an informal BoF session at Drupalcon Barcelona, for freelancers to chat among themselves. As a lot more of Drupal's space is being occupied by big players these days, I like to think this helps "single players" carve out a space at the conference.

My notes are publicly available, as a g.d.o wiki page no less: so I won't add to them too much here. However, it's interesting to see that:

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Unimity Solutions Drupal Blog: Multi Domain MultiLingual Corporate Site Project

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 20:30

This Blog covers the highlights of how Drupal could be used effectively to build a multi domain, multilingual site for a large Multi National Company.

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Another Drop in the Drupal Sea: Build a Website That Works for You!

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 18:45

No matter what tool you use to create a website, you still need to put time into planning before you actually start designing and building the site. If you rush to start with the design and build process you run the risk of having a project that takes more time and money than desired and generates less of a return on investment. There are key questions you need to answer to ensure that you create a clear and comprehensive website definition document.

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Drupal Watchdog: You Know It Don't Come Easy

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 18:36

Drupal has long been described as a content management system for developers. It’s been criticized for its Drupal-centric jargon and characterized as unfriendly to inexperienced and experienced web site creators alike. In the DrupalCon Barcelona 2007 State of Drupal address, project creator Dries Buytaert stressed the need to focus on Drupal’s usability.

Not long afterward, the first formal usability study took place at the University of Minnesota, just after the release of Drupal 6 in February, 2008. Several studies of Drupal 7 were conducted in subsequent years. In June, 2015, community members returned to the university for Drupal 8’s first formal evaluation.

These formal usability tests are just one metric about Drupal’s user experience. Anyone who has introduced a new site builder to Drupal, or tried to help a Dreamweaver-savvy friend get started, has a pretty good idea where existing major challenges lie. Drupal.org has methodology suggestions to empower anyone to conduct their own studies, which can take place any time. New features in Drupal 8 are evaluated as they’re introduced, as well. For example, the Drupal User Experience team has conducted more than 70 informal sessions on Drupal 8-specific changes. The formal studies, however, lend a certain gravitas to recommendations for improvements; as we return to Barcelona for DrupalCon 2015, the history from formal evaluations provides a valuable metric to reflect on how far the project has come.

When I was invited to attend Drupal 8’s study, I was eager and hesitant. Eager, because who doesn't want to geek out on eye tracking feedback and all the experience-capturing equipment while spending focused time with key players who are working toward sorely needed improvements? Hesitant, because four years into the development of Drupal 8 seemed like a difficult time in the cycle to introduce meaningful change.

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myDropNinja.com: Understanding Drupal Security Advisories: Vulnerability type

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 16:09

Every Wednesday, the Drupal Security Team publishes "Security Advisories" (or SA's) to tell users about security vulnerabilities in Drupal core and contrib modules, with advice on how to solve the issue so that their site is secure.

This is the second in a series of articles about how to better understand all the information in a security advisory, so that you know how to take the appropriate action for your site!

There are several different types of security vulnerabilities, each with a cryptic (and highly technical) name like Cross Site Scripting (XSS) or SQL Injection.

There's plenty of technical articles on the internet explaining what those mean from a coder perspective, including how to prevent them (by writing better code) or even how to exploit them.

But what do they mean for you, the site builder or site owner?

The most important question for you is: If an attacker exploits your site with a particular vulnerability, what will they be able to do to your site or users?

Of course, you should take action on any security advisory that affects your site as soon as possible (or hire someone else to do it). But what could happen if you didn't?

Some vulnerabilities would allow an attacker to completely take control over your site, whereas others would only allow them to access some non-public data. How can you tell which are which?

Read more to learn how the different vulnerability types could impact your site or users!

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Sune Vuorela: KDE at Qt World Summit

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 16:06

So. KDE has landed at Qt World Summit.

You can come and visit our booth and …

  • hear about our amazing Free Qt Addons (KDE Frameworks)
  • stories about our development tools
  • meet some of our developers
  • Talk about KDE in general
  • Or just say hi!

KDE – 19 years of Qt Experience.

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Drupalize.Me: Meet Drupal Site Builder Scott Wilkinson

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 15:02

In this Drupalize.Me interview, we interview Scott Wilkinson, a builder of Drupal sites that solve problems for his freelance clientele. This interview is part of an ongoing series where we talk with a variety of people in the Drupal community about the work they do. Each interview focuses on a particular Drupal role and this interview with Scott focuses the site builder role, filled by a person who builds Drupal sites by expertly piecing together and configuring modules, themes, and settings.

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Bálint Réczey: Debian success stories: Automated signature verification

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 13:41

Debian was not generally seen s a bleeding-edge distribution, but it offered a perfect combination of stability and up-to-date software in our field when we chose the platform for our signature verification project. Having an active Debian Developer in the team also helped ensuring that packages which we use were in good shape when the freeze, then the release came and we can still rely on Jessie images with only a few extra packages to run our software stack.

Not having to worry about the platform, we could concentrate on the core project and I’m proud to announce that our start-up‘s algorithm won this year’s Signature Verification Competition for Online Skilled Forgeries (SigWIComp2015) . The more detailed story can be read already in the English business news and is also on index.hu, a leading Hungarian news site. We are also working on a solution for categorizing users based on cursor/finger movements for targeting content, offers and ads better. This is also covered in the articles.

László – a signature comparable in quality to the reference signatures

The verification task was not easy. The reference signatures were recorded at very low resolution and frequency and the forgers did a very good job in forging them creating a true challenge for everyone competing. At first glance it is hard to imagine that there is usable information in such small amount of recorded data, but our software is already better than me, for example in telling the difference between genuine and forged signatures. It feels like when the chess program beats the programmer again and again.

I would like to thank you all, who helped making Debian an awesome universal operating system and hope we can keep making every release better and better!

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