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Wellnet Blog: Weekly Module Review - #4 MEFIBS – More Exposed Forms In Blocks!

Planet Drupal - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 17:10

Today we’ll analyze the module MEFIBS (More Exposed Forms In Blocks).
Lately I often lighted on having the need to insert some exposed filters in more blocks, staying on the same view!

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Drupal core announcements: Drupal core updates for March 18th, 2015

Planet Drupal - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 16:12
What's new with Drupal 8?

Since the last Drupal Core Update, the Drupal community has reduced the number of D8 critical issues to 45, and managed to keep the number of critical issues on one pagesince we hit 50 criticals on March 6th! We've also changed the behavior of the "admin role" setting so that any user with the "admin role" passes all permission checks automatically (like the superuser); added HTML5-lib to core so that HTML5 can be parsed properly; and fixed a bug preventing all PHPUnit tests from running.

Also, after a few months of work, the Technical Working Group, Drupal.org Software Working Group, Security Working Group, and frequent project application reviewers presented their proposed changes to the project application review process. They're looking for your feedback, so please read their proposal and leave your thoughts!

Some other highlights of the month were:

How can I help get Drupal 8 done?

See Help get Drupal 8 released! for updated information on the current state of the release and more information on how you can help.

We're also looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. Contact mparker17 if you'd like to help!

Drupal 8 In Real Life

Voting in the Drupal Association's 2015 At-Large Board Elections ends Friday, so this is your last chance to make your voice heard! Anyone with a Drupal.org account that was created before the time nominations opened (January 31, 2015), and who has logged in at least once in the past year is allowed to vote, even if they are not a member of the Drupal Association!

Some other events happening in the coming weeks are:

Whew! That's a wrap!

Do you follow Drupal Planet with devotion, or keep a close eye on the Drupal event calendar, or git pull origin 8.0.x every morning without fail before your coffee? We're looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. You could either take a few hours once every six weeks or so to put together a whole post, or help with one section more regularly. If you'd like to volunteer for helping to draft these posts, please follow the steps here!

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Bits from Debian: DebConf15 welcomes new sponsors

Planet Debian - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 16:00

The organization of DebConf15 (from 15 to 22 August 2015, in Heidelberg, Germany) is going smoothly, the call for proposals is open and today we want to provide some updates about our sponsors.

Twelve more companies have joined our nine first sponsors in supporting DebConf15. Thank you to all of them!

Our third Gold sponsor is the Matanel Foundation, which encourages social entrepreneurship in all over the world.

IBM, the technology and consulting corporation, has also joined the DebConf15 sponsorship at a Gold level.

Google, the search engine and advertising company, has increased its sponsorship level from Silver to Gold.

Mirantis, 1&1 (which is also one of Debian's service partners), MySQL and Hudson River Trading have committed sponsorship at Silver level.

And last but not least, six more sponsors have agreed to support us at Bronze level: Godiug.net, the University of Zurich, Deduktiva, Docker, DG-i (which is also one of Debian's service partners), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (which also provides consultancy support for DebConf15).

The DebConf15 team is very thankful to all the DebConf sponsors for their support.

Become a sponsor too!

DebConf15 is still accepting sponsors. Interested companies and organizations may contact the DebConf team through sponsors@debconf.org, and visit the DebConf15 website at http://debconf15.debconf.org.

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DrupalCon News: Three Reasons to Send Your Team to DrupalCon

Planet Drupal - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 15:34

It can be difficult to decide whether to send representatives of your organization to DrupalCon. You may find yourself asking questions like, what's the ROI? What’s the value of being there in person? Is it really worth the money? There are tremendous benefits, measurable and immeasurable, to sending your employees to DrupalCon. Here are three reasons why going is a win-win for both your employees and your organization.

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Mario Lang: Call for Help: BMC -- Braille Music Compiler

Planet Debian - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 15:10

Since 2009, I am persuing a personal programming project. As I am not a professional programmer, I have spent quite a lot of that time exploring options. I have thrown out about three or four prototype implementations already. My last implementation seems to contain enough accumulated wisdom to be actually useful. I am far from finished, but the path I am walking now seems relatively sound.

So, what is this project about? I have set myself a rather ambitious goal: I am trying to implement a two-way bridge between visual music notation and braille music code. It is called BMC (Braille Music Compiler).

My problem: I am, as some of you might remember, 100% blind. So I am trying to write a translator between something I will never see directly, and its counterpart representation in a tactile encoding I had to learn from scratch to be able to work on this project. Braille music code is probably the most cryptic thing I have ever tried to learn. It basically is a method to represent a 2-dimensional structure like staff-notation as a stream of characters encoded in 6-dot braille.

As the goal above states, I am ultimately trying to implement a converter that works both ways. One of my prototypes already implemented reading digital staff notation (MusicXML) and transcribing it to Braille. However, to be able to actually understand all the concepts involved, I ended up starting from the other end of the spectrum with my new implementation: parsing braille music code and emitting digital staff notation (LilyPond and MusicXML). This is a rather unique feature, since while there is commercial (and very expensive) software out there to convert MusicXML to braille music code, there is, as far as I know, no system that allows to input un-annotated braille music code and have it automatically converted to sighted music notation.

So the current state of things is, that we are able to read certain braille music code formats, and output either reformatted (to new line-width) braille music code, LilyPond or MusicXML.

The ultimate goal is to also implement a MusicXML reader, and convert the data to something that can be output as braille music code.

While the initial description might not sound very hard, there are a lot of complications arising from how braille music code works, which make this quite a programming challenge. For one, braille music note and rest values are ambigious. A braille music note or rest that looks like a whole can mean a whole or 16th. A braille music note or rest that looks like a half can mean a half or a 32nd. And so on. So each braille music code value can have two meanings. The actual value can be caluclated with a recursive algorithm that I have worked out from scratch over the years. The original implementation was inspired by Samuel Thibault (thanks!) and has since then evolved into something that does what we need, while trying to do that very fast. Most input documents can be processed in almost no time, however, time signatures with a value > 1 (such as 12/8) tend to make the number of possible choices exploed quite heavily. I have found so far one piece from J.S. Bach (BWV988 Variation 3) which takes about 1.5s on my 3GHz AMD (and the code is already using several CPU cores).

Additionally, braille music code supports a form of "micro"-repetitions which are not present in visual staff notation which effectively allow certain musical patterns to be compressed if represented in braille.

Another algorithmically interesting part of BMC that I have started to taclke just recently is the linebreaking problem. Braille music code has some peculiar rules when it comes to breaking a measure of musical material into several lines. I ended up adapting Donald E. Knuth's algorithm from Breaking Paragraphs into Lines for fixed-width text. In other words, I am ignoring the stretch/shrink factors, while making use of different penalty values to find the perfect solution for the problem of breaking a paragraph of braille music code into several lines.

One thing that I have learnt from my perivous prototype (which was apparently useful enough to already acquire some users) is that it is not enough to just transcribe one format to another. I ultimately want to store meta information about the braille that is presented to the user such that I can implement interactive querying and editing features. Braille music code is complicated, and one of the original motivations to work on software to deal with it was to ease the learning curve. A user of BMC should be able to ask the system for a description of a character at a certain position. The user interface (not implemented yet) should allow to play a certain note interactively, or play the measure under the cursor, or play the whole document, and if possible, have the cursor scroll along while playback plays notes. These features are not implemented in BMC yet, but they have been impleemnted in the previous prototype and their usefulness is apparent. Also, when viewing a MusicXML document in braille music code, certain non-structural changes like adding/removing fingering annotations should be possible while preserving unhandled features of the original MusicXML document. This also has been implemented in the previous prototype, and is a goal for BMC.

I need your help

The reason why I am explaining all of this here is that I need your help for this project to succeed. Helping the blind to more easily work with traditional music notation is a worthwhile goal to persue. There is no free system around that really tries to adhere to the braille music code standard, and aims to cover converting both ways. I have reached a level of conformance that surpasses every implementation of the same problem that I have seen so far on the net.

However, the primary audience of this software is going to be using Windows. We desperately need a port to that OS, and a user interface resembling NotePad with a lot fewer menu entires. We also need a GTK interface that does the same thing on Linux. wxWindows is unfortunately out of question, since it does not provide the same level of Accessibility on all the platforms it supports. Ideally, we'd also have a Cocoa interface for OS X. I am afraid there is no platform independent GUI framework that offers the same level of Accessibility on all supported platforms. And since much of our audience is going to rely on working Accessibility, it looks like we need to implement three user interfaces to achieve this goal :-(.

I also desperately need code reviews and inspiration from fellow programmers. BMC is a C++11 project heavily making use of Boost. If you are into one of these things, please give it a whirl, and emit pull requests, no matter how small they are. While I have learnt a lot in the last years, I am sure there are many places that could use some fresh winds of thought by people that are not me. I am suffering from what I call "the lone coder syndrome".

I also need (technical) writers to help me complete the pieces of documentation that are already lying around. I have started to write a braille music tutorial based on the underlying capabilities of BMC. In other words, the tutorial includes examples which are being typeset in braille and staff notation, using LilyPond as a rendering engine. However, something like a user manual is missing, basically, because the user interface is missing. BMC is currently "just" a command-line tool (well enough for me) that transcribes input files to STDOUT. This is very good for testing the backend, which is all that has been important to me in the last years. However, BMC has reached a stage now where its functionality is likely useful enough to be exposed to users. While I try to improve things steadily as I can, I realize that I really need to put out this call for help to make any useful progress in a foreseeable time.

If you think it is a worthwhile goal to help the blind to more easily work with music notation, and also enable communication between blind and sighted musicians in both ways, please take the time and consider how you could help this project to advance. My email address can be found on my GitHub page. Oh, and while you are over at GitHub, make sure to star BMC if you think it is a nice project.

It would be nice if we could produce a end-user oriented release before the end of this year.

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Drupal governance announcements: Proposal: Changes to the project application review process

Planet Drupal - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 13:43

For the past few months, members of the Technical Working Group, Drupal.org Software Working Group, Security Working Group, and frequent project application reviewers have been working on proposed changes to the project application review process.

The proposed changes have been posted for public review. https://www.drupal.org/node/2453587

If you have any comments or questions, please add them to the issue. This proposal is open for feedback until the end of March. We will then incorporate the feedback and start working on implementing these changes.

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DebConf team: DebConf15 Call for Proposals (Posted by Michael Banck)

Planet Debian - Wed, 18/03/2015 - 12:00

We’re now calling for proposals for DebConf15. Proposals are accepted from now until 15 June 2015. To submit an event, go to the Propose an Event page once you are registered for the conference.

The DebConf Content Team will decide on a first round of submissions in May, so be sure to submit your proposal soon if you need it to be accepted by then, e.g. for sponsorship requests.

The current, non-exhaustive list of proposed topics is:

  • Debian Packaging, Policy, and Infrastructure
  • Security, Safety, and Hacking
  • Debian System Administration, Automation and Orchestration
  • Containers and Cloud Computing with Debian
  • Debian Success Stories
  • Debian in the Social, Ethical, Legal, and Political Context
  • Blends, Subprojects, Derivatives, and Projects using Debian
  • Embedded Debian and Hardware-Level Systems

For all further information, please see the Proposals page of the DebConf15 website.

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PreviousNext: To Alter or Dispatch: Drupal 8 Events versus Alter Hooks

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 22:46

Drupal 8 comes with two extension points for module developers to allow other modules to interact with their code.

The trusty alter hook, the linchpin of Drupal versions past is still there - allowing other modules to interact and intervene in the behaviour of your module.

But there is a new kid on the block, the event system.

So as a module developer how do you decide whether to use the alter system or the event system.

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Drupal Association News: Calling all Community Organizers

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 21:39

Do you plan meet-ups, camps, sprints, or trainings for your local community?  The Drupal Association is creating a new Community Organizer Newsletter, so be sure to sign up on your Drupal.org profile. Read on to find out more!

This past January, I celebrated my one-year anniversary of employment at the Drupal Association. I came to the Association from a community management background, working with multiple stakeholders in a distributed community; the role as Community Outreach Coordinator itself appealed to me because I knew the Association serves a strong, active, and connected community. I thought that the community aspect of my job would be nothing I hadn’t encountered before, as I knew I’d be working with very similar community models.  What I did not know at the time was the astonishing amount of effort that our volunteers put in to better their local communities and therefore enhance a global community.

Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several camps, attend and participate in planning DrupalCons, sit in on Community Summits, and have countless interactions with volunteers from around the world.  One thing that has resonated with me as I started to connect to volunteers globally is that many community organizers often ask similar questions about other communities and volunteers.  What are others doing for camps? What are others doing for hosting a sprint? Do others struggle to get people to meetups? How do we engage new leadership? Does the Drupal Association have resources to support our local community groups and user groups?

The frequency with which I have encountered these questions got me thinking: how do we highlight the efforts of our volunteers and share best practices with everyone.  After all, we’re open source, and sharing is how we do things. We’re a do-ocracy! After a lot of thought, I realized that the best way to accomplish this task will have to be collaborative. 

I’ll be working with our talented staff at the Association and volunteers to create a quarterly Drupal Community Organizers Newsletter full of tips, tricks, and news for anyone who runs, organizes, or wants to help grow their local community. The best part is that this newsletter will be mostly curated content from you all, our organizers! Who better to help others than our troops in the trenches? I’ll be including blogs, upcoming camps and sprints, best practices, highlights from communities, volunteer recognition and more information. 

I anticipate that we will release the first issue in the beginning of April, at the start of this year’s Second Quarter. As part of this effort, I need your help. Would you like to receive the newsletter? Sign up HERE , and contact me HERE if you have content (or know of content) that would be great to share with our community organizers. Know other community organizers? Spread the word and get them on the list! Let’s work together to share and support each other in our global Drupal Community.

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Mediacurrent: Mediacurrent Dropcast: Episode 2

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 21:17

No Bob this week but we soldier on in this week's episode.

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VM(doh): Drupal Module Marconi Renamed to Openstack Queues

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 21:08

When originally building the Marconi module, I did not realize that Openstack project names change. Most recently, the name of the queue project in Openstack was renamed to Zaqar. To avoid further renaming issues, I have renamed the Drupal module to Openstack Queues.

Openstack Zaqar provides a queuing service similar to Amazon SQS for Openstack-based providers. It is currently known to be running in production at Rackspace. This site as well as several sites that we host currently use the Openstack Queues module.

The Openstack Queues module allows Drupal to use Openstack Zaqar as a queue backend.

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Commerce Guys: The Revolution in eCommerce

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 18:53

You know It's coming - you can feel it, hear it, and see it - the low but powerful rumbling of change - the next big wave of innovation in ecommerce.

Buying and selling online has become second nature and a core part of our lives - yet there is fundamental change underway in how people are thinking about ecommerce and how transactions of all kinds should be woven into the fabric of an engaging online user experience.

Content Sells

The importance of content in creating online experiences that drive people to buy is becoming increasingly important to online merchants and brands. Is there any doubt that this next wave of innovation will in part be centered around a more fluid content driven commerce experience?

Companies who are using a traditional catalog based ecommerce solution are realizing the importance of content to online revenue growth and that simply integrating their ecommerce solution with a separate CMS solution is ultimately not a great solution and creates unnecessary complexity. As a result, many companies with mature online revenue channels are beginning to define their next generation systems.

Ingredients of a Revolution

Fundamental change and a common vision are key ingredients for any Revolution. Mix in a large and growing community of stakeholders who all stand to benefit from this change and you begin to see momentum shift.

But it all starts with needs that are not being met.

Talk to anyone who has been using or delivering ecommerce solutions over the past view years and you will hear a discontent with their current system and in general the future of ecommerce.

What is the source of this discontent and what do they want their ecommerce solution to do that it isn't doing now? Here is what we hear.

  • My current ecommerce solution doesn't provide me with powerful enough CMS functionality to deliver the type of experience that I need to attract and keep users on my site.
  • I have too many systems to manage and maintain - one for content, one for online transactions, one for orders, fulfillment, and inventory and it's hard to integrate them and expensive to support - and even harder to create a unified experience for my users.
  • I need to be much more agile and timely in adapting to changes in the market and responding to the changing behavior of my customers. My technology needs to support this iterative approach that is critical for my business.
  • Technology is way too complex so I really would like a service that insulates me from the complexities of technology so that I can focus on my business - BUT - I don't want to sacrifice flexibility and control over the functionality my business needs and I CAN'T be locked into a single vendor who doesn't have my interests in mind.
  • I need ecommerce functionality that is more modular - rather than an all-in-one solution that resides in a large and separate codebase - so that I have greater flexibility in how and where commerce exists on my site.
Drupal + Drupal Commerce

While Drupal + Drupal Commerce won't solve all of your problems, it will address many of these fundamental challenges, and it will solve them far better than most ecommerce solutions today.

Why? Because it is built, supported, and extended on a massive scale by the largest open source community to address the needs of users just like you.

Join the Revolution

Want to be part of this change? Join us for the first Commerce Revolution on Monday afternoon, May 11 right before the start of DrupalCon Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity to learn, engage, and hear how customers, integrators, and agencies are addressing the shifing needs in ecommerce with Drupal + Drupal Commerce. This is an exclusive, invitation only event. If you would like to receive more information when we officially announce the Commerce Revolution on March 30, please let us know by completing the form below.

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Raphaël Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, February 2015

Planet Debian - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 17:42

Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Individual reports

In February, 58 work hours have been equally split among 4 paid contributors. Their reports are available:

Evolution of the situation

During the last month, we gained 3 paid work hours: we’re now at 61 hours per month sponsored by 28 organizations and we have one supplementary sponsor in the pipe that should bring 4 more hours.

The increase is not very quick but seems to be steady. Hopefully at some point, we will have enough resources to do a more exhaustive job. For now, the paid contributors handle in priority the most popular packages used by the sponsors and there are some packages in the end of the queue which have open security issues for months already (example: CVE-2012-6685 on libnokogiri-ruby).

So, as usual, we are looking for more sponsors.

In terms of security updates waiting to be handled, the situation looks a little bit worse than last month: the dla-needed.txt file lists 40 packages awaiting an update (3 more than last month), the list of open vulnerabilities in Squeeze shows about 58 affected packages in total (5 less than last month). We are getting a bit more effective with CVE triage.

A logo for the LTS project?

Every time that I write an LTS report, I remember that it would be nice if my LTS related articles could feature a nice picture/logo that reminds people of the LTS team/initiative. Is there anyone up for the challenge of creating that logo?

Thanks to our sponsors

The new sponsors of the month are in bold.

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Drupalize.Me: Dependency Injection with Traits in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 14:04

Part of learning Drupal’s API is learning about “what’s in the pantry.” In Drupal 8, that pantry is configured quite a bit differently than before. Instead of getting the whole warehouse of Drupal functions on every page load, functions—well, now methods—are contained in objects which are defined by classes. Most, if not all, of these classes, which exist in their own PHP files, can be extended and many of them are specifically designed to be extended. These extensible classes are the pantries. They contain properties and methods that we can just use in the classes that extend them. When we extend these classes, we need to make sure we peek inside to see what’s available before we go elsewhere for something that might already be in the cupboard.

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ComputerMinds.co.uk: Drupal Queues

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 14:00

Queues are a wonderful way of separating different parts of a system. Once you have separated those parts you can do lots of interesting things, like be more fault tolerant or have a more responsive front end for your users.

For example, lets suppose that we have a website on which we can book a holiday. We can choose lots of different options and at the end of the process when we've booked the holiday we'd like to send the customer a nice PDF detailing all the options they've chosen.

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ComputerMinds.co.uk: Drupal Queues

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 14:00

Queues are a wonderful way of separating different parts of a system. Once you have separated those parts you can do lots of interesting things, like be more fault tolerant or have a more responsive front end for your users.

For example, lets suppose that we have a website on which we can book a holiday. We can choose lots of different options and at the end of the process when we've booked the holiday we'd like to send the customer a nice PDF detailing all the options they've chosen.

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Wunderkraut blog: A Medium like editor for Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 11:11

Ok, so now we have a wyysiwyg-editor in drupal 8 core, but if you want another editor, like something used on medium.com?

I have done som intial work to get the medium clone inside drupal 8, and have now setup a sandbox on d.o. Please test it out if you are interested. The further plan of the module is to get a working media solution working with it, and if you are skilled on js (I am not :-)), and you feel you want to contribute... 

Sandbox is over here: https://www.drupal.org/sandbox/mikkex/2453725

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