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Zivtech: Foster a Culture of Training

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:00
What Are Your Values? What really matters? People. I see our staff get married, have children, buy houses, enjoy their lives, their coworkers, and their working environment, and I know that I was part of that. They also created our value.
What You Gain Early on we adopted this idea that we were going to train up our people, and that we weren't going to just expect them to come in all ready to go. We were going to bring people in at all different levels including having no experience at all. Over the years we found that we gained a lot from doing that, so we have much better employee retention than most of our peers. A lot of our people have been here almost since our start.

Our team is very close, and communicates very well. Think of a team as neurons in your brain. The more connections that they have, the better they communicate, the stronger the team.

They are harmonious because they've all been trained in the same way. We don't have a lot of strong conflicts about how we do things. All of our projects are done in the same way.

We're not undoing old opinions, and we also have a lot of generosity towards each other. People give you retention, loyalty, and generosity because you gave them something. You took a chance on them when they didn't have a lot of opportunities, and you invested a lot in them. We also have a lot of developers with other strengths. They are more well-rounded. Our staff includes people with many outside skills, including musicians, artists, writers, and polyglots. Their diverse cognitive frameworks help solve problems creatively.

In a culture of training, everyone values the idea of working together to teach each other. That extends not just to our own team, but to how we interact with our clients. Ultimately I find that clients often value being taught more than they value the end product.

We have this whole team of great communicators who value teaching. Whether they're the project manager, the developer, or the QA person, they're always finding that chance to teach the client something.



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Miloš Bovan: Post comments via email

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 13:08
Post comments via email

The overall test coverage of Mailhandler module has been improved in the week 7 of Google Summer of Code. The plan for the week 8 was to implement feature for posting comments by sending an email.

Similarly to MailhandlerNode (handler for nodes), we had to create a new config entity: inmail.handler.mailhandler_comment and a handler plugin class. Since comments will have limited support, during the last weekly meeting with my mentors (Miro and Primoz), we decided not to add more analyzers as proposed first, but rather to move comment specific business logic to MailhandlerComment Inmail handler plugin.

In order to simplify the logic in the comment handler, EntityTypeAnalyzer was updated to support partial entity type matching. The entity type was extracted from the subject independently of the second part, which can be bundle or entity ID in case of comments.

The current steps in the comment handler are:

  • Assert we are dealing with comments (the identified entity type is comment)

  • Parse the referenced entity ID from the mail subject: [comment][#entity_id]

  • Validate (authenticate and authorize) a user

  • Create a comment entity if all previous conditions are met

The pull request on Github was already created and it will request additional updates after it received some nice suggestions from my mentor.

The Inmail issue Lack of standard result in collaboration of analyzers progressed well during the last week. After several feedbacks and broad discussion, it is currently in “Needs review” state. In my opinion, it is quite close to be fixed and we will be able to implement the standard analyzer result object into Mailhandler module very soon.

Also, last week I made a few UX improvements in the module.
Inmail demo now supports sample mail messages from mailhandler_d8_demo module. As a related issue, PGP-signed sample mails were added to the demo.

The Mailhandler Demo is our focus for the following week. It will be extended with a sample Mailhandler user with already preconfigured Inmail settings, PGP keys and relevant form and display updates. The goal is to provide an easy start for new Mailhandler users. The progress made on the module so far, will be presented as a short (video) demo. Stay tuned!

 

 

Milos Fri, 07/15/2016 - 13:08 Tags Drupal Open source Google Summer of Code Drupal Planet Add new comment
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Janez Urevc: Presentations about various Drupal 8 media modules

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 22:34
Presentations about various Drupal 8 media modules slashrsm Thu, 14.07.2016 - 22:34

In the past few months I gave many talks about the modules that we created as part od Drupal 8 media initiative.

Slide decks for all sessions are available on GitHub and are released under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This basically means that anyone is free to change and use them for non-commercial purposes. The only thing I ask is to give attribution to the original authors.

If you'd like to give a similar talk at your local meetup or camp feel you are encouraged to do so.

What are the topics that you can cover?

Entity embed

Embedding solution for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/entity-embed-session.

Entity browser

Entity browsing and selecting tool for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/entity-browser-session.

Drupal 8 cropping

Cropping solutions for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/d8-cropping-session.

I co-authored and co-presented this session with Alexander Ross.

NP8 enterprise media distribution

Enterprise media distribution built on Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/np8-session.

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ImageX Media: Higher Education Notes and Trends for the Week of July 11, 2016

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 22:10

There’s never a dull moment in the higher education sector. This week, we had our eyes on a dozen interesting articles across higher education. As always, you’ll find an undercurrent of themes that generally revolve around revenue and student demographics. This week’s higher education notes and trends has topics ranging from wealth distribution amongst North American post-secondary institutions, “over-education” of millennials and enrollment staff becoming the next generation of corporate headhunters.

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Accessibility Testing: The Basic Facts You Need to Know

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 22:04

As businesses realize the importance of having an accessible website, there is a push to check both content and code to ensure that they are meeting 508 compliance standards and other accessibility standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

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Lullabot: Rapidly Iterating with the ELMS Learning Network Drupal Distribution

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 22:00
Matt and Mike talk to Bryan Ollendyke and Michael Potter about everything LMS (Learning Management System) and their ELMSLN Drupal distribution that goes a long way into solving problems within that niche.
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Valuebound: How to define an Event, Dispatcher and Subscriber in Drupal 8?

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 21:50

As we all know Symfony Event Components are  included in Drupal8 core. In future versions of Drupal Core, Events are going to play a major role for sure. Let’s see how the Event component is going to help our Drupal Development. 

In one of the recent project, we got a tricky requirement in content authoring and publishing workflow. In specific, the Editor has to get a notification for reviewing, once a content author writes an article and saves it for reviewing. By using Events we can easily achieve this kind of  …

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Faichi.com: Automating Project Estimation Process

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 19:24
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Freelock : Ask Freelock: Why haven't you migrated to Drupal 8?

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 19:11

Richard asks:

Just a question after reading an article posted here back from January 21, 2016 on Drupal 8, why Freelock.com has not moved to Drupal 8?  Just wondering if there was a particular reason we should avoid before jumping in?  Thanks.

Ha! What a great question!

Three reasons: Time, requirements, priorities.

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Mediacurrent: A Marketer Meets GitHub

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 18:20

One of the many perks of working at Mediacurrent is the ability to work in the comfort of your own home or nearby coffee shop.

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Appnovation Technologies: Appnovators Submit 7 Sessions for DrupalCon Dublin

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 18:20

DrupalCon is the heartbeat of the Drupal community, where important connections are made, improvements to the project happen, and cutting edge knowledge is shared.

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Amazee Labs: Impressions from Drupal Summer Barcelona

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 14:20
Impressions from Drupal Summer Barcelona

Last week, a few more than 100 Drupalistas gathered in sunny Barcelona for a conference. Let me share a few impressions from the sprints, trainings and sessions which were accompanied by good weather and the expected beach vibes.

Josef Dabernig Thu, 07/14/2016 - 14:20

The Spanish Drupal community is one of the most active to my knowledge. They organize a variety of Drupal events within a year. After DrupalCamp Spain in Granada and before the upcoming Drupal Day in Galicia, the Catalan user group DRUPAL.CAT invited us for Drupal Summer Barcelona last weekend.

The excellent venue Citilab was already familiar from previous events like Drupal Developer Days 2012 (that's where I ran my first contribution sprint around mapping). DrupalCon Barcelona 2007 was also hosted there, I was told :)

Friday started with trainings and sprints. Forcontu provided a full day of free Drupal 8 Site Building introduction to a packed room of people getting started with setting up their first sites. 

The sprints were again a great place to start working on tickets. As part of my session preparation, I cleaned up a few tickets for the #d8rules initiative. It was superb to connect with great minds from the community like Jose Jiménez (picture above) or Juampy NR.

Saturday's focus was sessions. Check the schedule for a list of inspiring talks both in English and Spanish.

One great feature of Drupal Summer was the vegan food truck, providing delicious food for anyone.

Obviously, the group of attendees was striving to get some summer feeling, so we gathered at the beach after sessions for refreshing swims and great conversations. 

Check my flickr album for more photos from Drupal Summer Barcelona. Thanks to all the organizers for having us at such a well-organized conference!

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Vardot: DrupalCon 2016 Preview: 4 Reasons to Be Excited

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 11:37
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End of the summer is a special time for all the Drupal community members in EMEA, because we start preparing to the new DrupalCon that is coming in September. Do you remember the wonderful sunny time that we’ve spent in Barcelona last year?

 

Vardot to Represent the Middle East's Drupal Community at DrupalCon Barcelona 2015

 

This year we expect to see even more people, to attend even more sessions and to have even more fun. 2016 becomes a year to add to reasons to love Dublin another one - around 2500 members of the Drupal community from different countries will come to the capital of Ireland to learn, collaborate, and network.

 

We’re gonna see a huge spike

This DrupalCon will be the first European DrupalCon since the release of Drupal 8 - one of the longest project in the history of this CMS. According to Dries and his case study, 38% of the developers that didn’t switch to D8 yet are still just trying to learn it. DrupalCon seems to be the perfect place for removing the lack of knowledge and addressing your questions directly to the best industry experts and opinion leaders.

 

 

By the way, if you still didn’t migrate your site to Drupal 8, this article will convince you.

 

Record-breaking number of session submissions

Although the ability to meet and communicate with hundreds of colleagues is something that we all are very excited about, sessions remain the central part of DrupalCon. This year European Drupal community set a new record by submitting 621 topic proposals (which is probably related with the release of D8). The names of winners are not published yet, but we all can be sure that we will have a list of hot and extremely up-to-date topics and must-visit presentations. Yuuum!

 

The #DrupalCon Dublin call for papers ended with a record-breaking number of submissions! https://t.co/J0q395Vy47

— DrupalCon Dublin (@DrupalConEur) July 6, 2016

 

Tons of souvenirs

 

T-shirts, stickers, badges, green bags, paper planes, calendars, t-shirts again - if we’d capture all the giveaways and swag that will be brought from all over the globe to DrupalCon in Dublin, the picture could be even bigger than the one of the conference attendees that I’ve used in the beginning of this blog post. Today at Vardot we were checking souvenirs from Barcelona ’15 and had a big nostalgia about the last year’s event. However, the exhilaration about the upcoming conference is even bigger. We know you all are preparing a lot of interesting stuff, and we are very excited about it. And of course we are preparing ours!

 

Giving back to the community

Open Source is an awesome way to benefit by giving more. Vardot always strives to support the Drupal project, Drupal Association and DrupalCons through sponsorship. We believe that such investments make both the business and the community stronger, and we are really thankful to DrupalCon organizers that they use our support to make this event one of the most affordable tech conferences comparing to others and allow students to attend it with big discounts. Making the community bigger, more passionate, and more professional will make Drupal and our products stronger.

 

See you soon at DrupalCon!

We will be happy to see everyone of you. Pass by our booth, participate in our activities and grab our souvenirs (we’ve prepared a lot this year). We are looking forward to meeting you!

 

Bonus. 7 useful links for attendees

Plan - DrupalCon Dublin Sponsor Calendar

Communicate - List of DrupalCon‘16 Attendees

Know - 11 Cool Facts You Didn’t Know About Dublin

Live - Official Hotels of DrupalCon’16

Prepare - Current Local Time and Weather in Dublin

Eat - Telegraph Guide to the Best Restaurants in Dublin

Go out - How To Enjoy Dublin Without Visiting a Pub

And what are you excited about? Share your expectations, questions and thoughts in comments. 

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Arpit Jalan: GSOC 2016- Detection of image files and filling its Alt Text field- Week 7

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 09:33
TL;DR Previous week I had worked on detecting the emotion in the profile pictures of the users, and notifying them to change the image if they do not look happy. The work is under review by the mentors. Once it gets reviewed, I would resume it if it needs any changes. This week I have worked on filling the ‘Alt Text’ field of an image file based on any one of the method selected by the end user- Label Detection, Landmark Detection, Logo Detection and Optical Character Detection.

Last week, I had worked on implementing the Face Detection feature in the Google Vision API module. The code is currently under the review by the mentors. Once, they review it, I would develop further on it if it requires any changes.

The Google Cloud Vision API provides the features to detect popular landmarks in an image(Landmark Detection), logos of popular brands(Logo Detection), texts within an image(Optical Character Detection), in addition to Label Detection. These features, though of less significance, are helpful in identifying an image. Hence, I have started working on implementing a new helpful case for the users- Filling of the Alternate Text field of an image file using these features.

The Alt Text field of the image file entity is modified to incorporate the options to fill the field using the features. The user may select any one of the four options to fill the Alt Text field of the image.

Coming to the technical aspect, I have made use of hook_form_BASE_FORM_ID_alter() to alter the Alternate Text field of the image file entity. I have modified the edit form of the Alt Text field to add four radio options, namely- Label Detection, Landmark Detection, Logo Detection and Optical Character Detection. The user may select any of the options and save the configuration. The Alternate Text field would be filled up accordingly.
Presently, the code is under the review by the mentors. Once it gets reviewed, I would make suggested changes, if required.
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ActiveLAMP: Drupal 8 Development in Docker - Redux

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 04:00

Back in December, Tom Friedhof shared how we set up our Drupal 8 development and build process utilizing Docker. It has been working well in the several months we have used it and worked within its framework. Within the time-span however, we experienced a few issues here and there which led me to come up with an alternative process which keeps the good things we like and getting rid of/resolving the issues we encountered.

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Bevan Rudge: Not so highly critical?

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 23:43

The Drupal security team published a PSA to warn about upcoming security advisories. I shared my advice and predicted attacks within the hour after the security advisories are published. The security advisories are now published. Here is my followup.

I applaud the Drupal Security Team for warning about the highly critical updates. However the public service announcement (PSA) left the impression that this event was going to be much more serious than it was. Such a PSA would have been perfectly appropriate for SA-CORE-2014-005 "Drupalgeddon". But the only PSA there was in hindsight.

I guess it is resonable for the Drupal Security Team to be over cautious, especially given the lessons learned from Drupalgeddon fallout. And of course, such decisions and criticism is much easier with hindsight.

But now I am concerned how the Drupal Security Team can realistically raise the level further there is another vulnerability that is as serious as Drupalgeddon. Even if they raise the alert level using language in the PSA, will people still believe them? It reminds me of the boy who cried wolf.

Of course serious vulnerabilities like these are rare events in Drupal, so there is not yet a standard to compare alert levels to.

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Drop Guard: There's never a good time for an update

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 22:33

As always, Drupal Security Team did an excellent job and the news on the security vulnerabilities reported on Wednesday wasn't a bombshell for most of us. Everyone had a chance to prepare and pre-allocate resources to take all measures necessary to patch the supported websites. 

A quick recap for those who missed the buzz or just slowly waking up right now.

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Freelock : Why you need maintenance on your Drupal Site

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 20:42

Yesterday the Drupal security team gave a dire warning about extremely dangerous security vulnerabilities in multiple contributed modules. The fixes, and the details, would be released at 9am Pacific Time today.

I dropped what I was doing and started going through our customer sites, making sure they were all clean and ready for these updates when they were released.

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Lullabot: Prioritizing with Dual-Axis Card Sorts

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 20:33

At a recent client design workshop, the Lullabot team ran into a classic prioritization challenge: tension between the needs of a business and the desires of its customers. Our client was a well-known brand with strong print, broadcast, and digital presences—and passionate fans who'd been following them for decades. Our redesign efforts were focused on clearing away the accumulated cruft of legacy features and out-of-control promotional content, but some elements (even unpopular ones) were critical for the company's bottom line. Asking stakeholders to prioritize each site feature gave deeply inconsistent results. Visitors loved feature X, but feature Y generated more revenue. Which was more important?

Multi-Axis Delphi Sort to the Rescue, Yo

Inspired by Alberta Soranzo and Dave Cooksey's recent presentation on advanced taxonomy techniques, we tried something new. We set up dual-axis card sort that captured value to the business and value to the user in a single exercise. Every feature, content type, and primary site section received a card and was placed on a whiteboard. The vertical position represented business value, horizontal represented value to site visitors, and participants placed each card at the intersection.

In addition, we used the "Delphi Card Sorting" technique described in the same presentation. Instead of giving each participant a blank slate and a pile of cards, we started them out with the results of the previous participant's card sort. Each person was encouraged to make (and explain) any changes they felt were necessary, and we recorded the differences after each 15-minute session.

With axis balancing user interest and business value, the upper-right corner becomes an easy way to spot high-priority features.

The results were dramatic. The hands-on, spatial aspect of card sorting made it fast and easy for participants to pick up the basics, and mapping the two kinds of "value" to different axis made each stakeholder's perspectives much clearer. Using the Delphi sorting method, we quickly spotted what features everyone agreed on, and which required additional investigation. Within an hour, we'd gathered enough information to make some initial decisions.

The Takeaway

Both of the tools we used—Delphi sorting and multi-axis card sorting—are quick, easy, and surprisingly versatile additions to design workshops and brainstorming sessions. Multi-axis sorts can be used whenever two values are related but not in direct conflict; the time to produce a piece of content versus the traffic it generates is another great example. Delphi sorting, too, can be used to streamline the research process whenever a group is being asked to help categorize or prioritize a collection of items.

Based on the results we've seen in our past several client engagements, we'll definitely be using these techniques in the future.

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