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SitePoint PHP Drupal: Automated Testing of Drupal 8 Modules

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 18:00

In this article we are going to look at automated testing in Drupal 8. More specifically, we are going to write a few integration tests for some of the business logic we wrote in the previous Sitepoint articles on Drupal 8 module development. You can find the latest version of that code in this repository along with the tests we write today.

But before doing that, we will talk a bit about what kinds of tests we can write in Drupal 8 and how they actually work.

Simpletest (Testing)

Simpletest is the Drupal specific testing framework. For Drupal 6 it was a contributed module but since Drupal 7 it has been part of the core package. Simpletest is now an integral part of Drupal core development, allowing for safe API modifications due to an extensive codebase test coverage.

Right off the bat I will mention the authoritative documentation page for Drupal testing with Simpletest. There you can find a hub of information related to how Simpletest works, how you can write tests for it, what API methods you can use, etc.

By default, the Simpletest module that comes with Drupal core is not enabled so we will have to do that ourselves if we want to run tests. It can be found on the Extend page named as Testing.

Once that is done, we can head to admin/config/development/testing and see all the tests currently available for the site. These include both core and contrib module tests. At the very bottom, there is also the Clean environment button that we can use if any of our tests quit unexpectedly and there are some remaining test tables in your database.

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Lullabot: Lullabot Named Top Development And Design Agency

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 17:01

Clutch is a research firm that analyzes and reviews software and professional services agencies, covering more than 500 companies in over 50 different markets. Like a Consumer Reports for the agency sector, they do independent research. They publish their results at Recently, they reviewed Lullabot, interviewing our clients; they created a profile of Lullabot with the results. Lullabot received top marks across the board.

In January, Clutch published a press release listing Lullabot first overall on its international list of web development agencies. We've always been very proud of our work, but it's really amazing to be recognized like this by an independent research firm. In March, Clutch sent out another press release that lists Lullabot as top in Boston-area web design and development agencies. We'll take it!

Clutch also provides matrix-based research results comparing agencies based on focus and ability to deliver. Lullabot floats to the top of both the Top Web Development Companies and the Top Web Design & Development Firms in Boston showing high-focus and the most proven ability to deliver of any agency in the listings.

Since 2006, we've built an incredible team at Lullabot and I'd like to thank all of our employees for their contributions. We've also partnered with scores of magnificant clients over the years. We'd like to thank them all for their trust and collaboration. Of course, Clutch's listings are dynamic and ongoing. We can't sit back and expect to remain in the top position. We will continue to strive to be the best agency we can be, providing superlative results for our clients while continuing to provide a rewarding work environment for our talented team of expert developers, designers, and strategists.

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Drupal Association News: They’re back! Personalized membership certificates are here.

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 14:44

We all like to show our love for Drupal, and over the past few years, we’ve let Drupal show it loves you! Due to popular demand, we are bringing back a fun gift to Drupal Association members -- personalized certificates of membership. In 2014, we delivered these downloadable certificates to over 600 members and we hope to break this record during the months of May and June this year.

Join as a member or renew your current membership anytime before June 30 and you’ll receive a personalized certificate of membership.

Sign me up

This is a token of our gratitude for your support of Drupal and the community. Thanks for everything you do for Drupal.

Personal blog tags: Membership
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BlackMesh: DrupalCon LA has 5 dedicated sprint days. Should you be there? YES!

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 14:18
What is a Sprint? Sprints are times dedicated to focused work on a project or topic. People in the same location (physical space, IRC, certain issue pages) work together to make progress, remove barriers to completion, and try to get things to "done". The goal is to get an issue to Reviewed and Tested By the Community (RTBC), and keep it there. (Keeping it there means quickly addressing feedback, like when a someone moves an issue back from RTBC to Needs Work, or Needs Review.)

Instead of a person working by themselves on many things, we work together, with others, on a few things to get them done. We do not measure success by the number of patches posted. We measure success by the reviews we do, issue summaries we update, change records we post, and the number of issues we get to RTBC.

DrupalCon is a supportive environment to begin contributing Though sprints might sound intimidating, the sprints at DrupalCon have a history of both informal and formal ways for integrating new contributors in this process. If you have experience with Drupal, then you have the skills we need to help with contribution to the Drupal project. And, DrupalCon is the most supportive environment to start your contribution journey. Who? We welcome project managers, bug reporters, site builders, themers, QA testers, writers to help with documentation, accessibility specialists, usability specialists, developers, and contributors to other open source projects to help fix upstream bugs. When?
  • Extended sprints begin Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 at an off-site location: IndieDesk.
  • Monday, May 11, sprints at the conference venue in room Room 408AB run concurrently with the community summit and other trainings.
  • There is a lounge for work all throughout the event at the venue in Room 408AB, and off-site which is open 24 hours at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in the Ballroom on 3rd floor.
  • Then Friday, May 15 is the most awesome sprint day which you should not miss an hour of.
  • Followed by more extended sprints at IndieDesk Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.
Why should you sprint? Sprinting with others allows barriers to contributing to be removed in real time. You will learn a lot just by sitting at a table with others and seeing how they work. Having others see how you work, might result in them giving you time saving tips that will help you contribute and... might also help when you return to your regular routine after the sprint. It is fun. You will get to network and meet the real human people who work on Drupal itself. Sprints include some down time. We have to eat! Conversations at lunch and dinner can be both enjoyable and eye opening. Finally, trust that you do have skills that will be appreciated at the sprints. We are really good and finding ways for everyone to contribute. Topics In addition to generally "contributing", there are some specific topics in Core, Contrib modules, themes, and infrastructure with people organizing work in those areas and gathering others to collaborate with them. Core Some of the focus for Core during the DrupalCon sprints will be:
  • Getting D8 done
  • Multilingual
  • Front-end United
Getting D8 done For getting D8 done, there are different ways of being involved. One way, is working on D8 criticals. Read the page on helping with Drupal 8. Angie Byron (webchick) is also giving a session to update people on the status of the current criticals. We are also looking for experienced contributors join a group of people who will triage issues with the priority of Major. (We are still working on instructions for doing the major triage. Join us at the event!) Multilingual The best way to get involved with the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative (D8MI) is to start on the D8MI website. And then look at the issues we are currently focusing on. Jump right in, or come by our weekly meeting in IRC in the #drupal-i18n channel. The next meeting is May 6th at 4pm UTC. Front-end United Front-end United people will be working on: CSS, JavaScript, Twig, UX, themes, the theme system, markup, and stuff! Contrib Some of the focus for Contrib during the DrupalCon sprints will be:
  • Content Staging in D8
  • Media in D8
Content Staging in D8 Information about content staging in Drupal 8 is on the deploy project page. Media in D8 Current focus for media is on entity_embed, entity_browser, media_entity and fallback_formatter. Work is happening in the drupal-media project on github. The presentation by Chandan Singh has a recent update. is running on Drupal 7. If you are familiar with Drupal 7 and do notwant to dive into Drupal 8 yet, you can still really help with the release of Drupal 8, by working on itself. has a lot of projects where it tracks issues. There are 42 related projects which each have their own issue queue. searching for the d.o hitlist tag (across all projects) yields a list of issues that are relevant for the sprint. Infrastructure The big push for infrastructure right now, includes blockers to Drupal 8. Issue: [meta] (websites/infra) blockers to a Drupal 8 release has lots of details, but can be a little overwhelming to dive into. Confersations happen in IRC in the #drupal-infrastructure channel. One of the blockers is the new testbot Continuous Integration system (testbot CI 2.0). There are 7 projects related to DrupalCI. DrupalCI: Modernizing Testbot Initiative is the main overall project. And updates and confersations happen in the Testing Infrastructure group and in IRC in the #drupal-testing channel. Sign-up Signup to help with a topic, or lead a topic in the DrupalCon LA sprint spreadsheet.

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Code Karate: Mobile friendly navigation using the Mmenu Module

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 13:28
Episode Number: 206

As a request from David over at, we checked out the Mmenu module. This little gem allows you to use various javascript libraries to create a mobile friendly navigation. The navigation it produces is similar to the slide in menus you find side a lot of mobile applications.

Tags: DrupalBlocksDrupal 7Site BuildingDrupal Planet
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Code Karate: More control over your Drupal Admin menu with Administration Menu Source

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 13:18
Episode Number: 205

Sometimes you have a situations where your normal Drupal administration menu just won’t cut it. Maybe you have someone that needs to perform some administrative tasks on your site such as managing content and comments, or perhaps something more complex such as managing the Drupal blocks. This person might be a technical wizard, but there is also a good chance that they might not be. In fact, they might be the person in the office that calls you when their “computer is broke”.

Tags: DrupalDrupal 7Site BuildingDrupal PlanetSite Administration
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DrupalCon News: Join us for Trivia Night Sponsored by

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 22:55
For us, DrupalCon is the most fun time of the year. There’s nothing better than getting together with our friends, colleagues, and community to work and celebrate together.   While the sessions, BOFs, and other work-focused moments are indelibly important, the bonds we build and the friendships we make are just as critical to the continued growth and success of the project. That’s why we'd like to invite you out to Trivia Night sponsored by  
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Matthew Tift: What I Learned about Drupal at a Go/Rust User Group

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 19:11
What I Learned about Drupal at a Go/Rust User Group

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the first joint meeting of Minnesota Go and Rust users, and arrived home inspired -- not just by Go and Rust, but also about Drupal and its community.

Attending a wide variety of local meetups is something I really enjoy. Since I moved back to the Twin Cities area nearly seven years ago, I have attended meetings related to PHP, Linux, Concrete5, NodeJS, .NET, JavaScript, Flash, and more. Each of these groups has a unique community and way of doing things, although just about every one of them involves pizza, beer, and predominantly white, male participants.

Given the fact that Rust and Go are both C-like low-level languages, it might not come as a surprise that this Go/Rust user group meeting was quite technical. There were three presentations and lots of terminals on the big screen. The first speaker introduced Rust by illustrating the process for generating the Fibonacci sequence. The end result looked something like this:

struct Fibonacci { curr: u32, next: u32, } impl Iterator for Fibonacci { type Item = u32; fn next(&mut self) -> Option { let new_next = self.curr +; self.curr =; = new_next; Some(self.curr) } } fn fibonacci() -> Fibonacci { Fibonacci { curr: 1, next: 1 } } fn main() { for i in fibonacci().take(30) { println!("{}", i); } }

At other local meetups I have attended, this could have made for a dry, boring talk. However, at this Go/Rust meetup, each aspect of this Fibonacci program was followed by remarkably sophisticated audience questions and answers about language architecture, Rust's underlying assumptions, and frequent references to how Rust compared to C, Python, Go, and other languages. I learned a lot and found it very entertaining. (Incidentally, while I personally prefer Go, I think this is a great article comparing Go and Rust -- the author likes Rust).

I have attended a lot of DrupalCon and DrupalCamp sessions over the past five years or so, and I don't recall any of them feeling like this Go/Rust meetup. Perhaps there are a lot of more technical sessions and I just avoided them. Perhaps sessions like the (Drupal) Core Conversations are very technical, but I just don't notice it as much. Whatever the case, these Rust and Go talks got me thinking about Drupal and its community.

Drupal meetings, especially in the Twin Cities, tend to be focused on bringing in new users and not leaving anyone out of the conversations. That often means less technical presentations. Furthermore, every year at the Twin Cities DrupalCamp we have made it an explicit goal to welcome new users into our community.

Getting off the Drupal island to go to this Go/Rust group was a nice reminder of just how much Drupal lets me do without ever having to think about these low-level issues. For comparison, in PHP (Drupal is written in PHP), we might do something more simpler looking to create the Fibonacci series:

$fib = [1,0]; for ($i = 0; $i < 30; $i++) { $next = array_sum($fib); array_shift($fib); array_push($fib,$next); echo $next.', '; }

Or perhaps more relevant is the fact that I can just spin up a Drupal blog for one of my friends or one of my kids, easily download themes to radically change the appearance, and quickly add sophisticated integrations without writing code. And at that point get on with my hacking, or not. My code, my data, my content. Sometimes I lose track of that when I'm working on a project with teams of people I've never met, testing my code in ways I never would have anticipated, making spectacularly complex, cool websites.

The Go/Rust meetup had the unexpected effect of reminding me that Drupal can be very laid-back and non-technical, and that the web can be the same. Not all websites will need the sophistication of Drupal 8's fancy new configuration system, and its ability to facilitate development, testing, and production environments. Drupal allows me to come home, emboldened by a meetup, and quickly jot down my unfiltered, half-baked thoughts for all the world to see, without having to think about the complexities of immutable references or garbage collection. This Drupal site lets me spill out these ideas in short order.

As Drupal becomes an increasingly capable and accommodating entrance onto the wonderfully diverse information superhighway, it's nice to be reminded once in a while of the fact that Drupal also can do a darn good job of hiding complexity and letting us get on with creating and managing our content of all shapes, sizes, and qualities.

Tags: drupaldrupal planetgorustcommunity
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Lullabot: Beyond Decoupling: The Inherent Virtues of an API

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 19:00

Fellow Lullabot Andrew Berry has written an article on why to decouple. If you do go this route, it’s because you’ve thought a lot about how to separate concerns. Content consumers are separated from content producers. Front-end developers are freed from the dictates of a back-end CMS. This article isn't about the separation of concerns, but rather what lies at the middle of all of these concerns— your HTTP API.

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Drupal Watchdog: VIDEO: DrupalCon Amsterdam Interview: Leslie Hawthorn

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 18:54

A lively LESLIE HAWTHORN (Director of Developer Relations at Elasticsearch), finds herself momentarily corralled and questioned in a corner of the RAI Convention Center.

Besides her day-job, Leslie is involved in open source security issues and, as a second calling, mentors young women on the nuances of building careers in technology.

Privately, Leslie is an avid pickler, with a cupboard stash of yummy, lacto-fermented veggies: radishes, kohlrabi, cabbage, and cucumbers.

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Thu, 30/04/2015 - 17:35
It’s now just over three months since roomify launched. We’ve been enjoying the process immensely, despite the inevitable frustration of trying to set up everything that a business requires. What has kept us going is the satisfaction of hitting product milestones, and hearing back from users and clients about how our products are helping them. (We also like getting paid - that’s awesome too!). As such, we are particularly pleased to share this update with you.
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Wellnet Blog: Drupal Weekly Module Review - #9 Smart Trim

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 14:55

Today we’ll talk about Smart trim, a very interesting module that I recently found on and I start using immediately.

But what does this module is for?

Quite simply, it adds to the text fields a new display format (Smart trimmed) with many new settings...

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Jim Birch: Integrating Drupal with Cloudflare

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 12:30

The super smart lead developer at Xeno Media first brought the Cloudflare service to my attention as it was integrated with one of the hosts we were using.  We experimented with a site that was experiencing outages due to traffic spikes it received after sending an email newsletter.  After the switch, the server never went down again, saw considerable speed improvements, and we were able to quadruple the number of emails we could send per hour, with no performance hits.

According to Cloudflare, sites that use their service:
  • Load twice as fast
  • Use 60% less bandwidth
  • Have 65% fewer server requests
  • Are way more secure

If a free Content Delivery Network that makes your site seriously super awesome, incredibly blazing fast wasn't enough, the more you look at Cloudflare's features, the more you will be impressed.  Not only does Cloudflare serve your site from a distributed network, closer to where the user actually is, it optimizes, aggregating content from different external services (think Google/Facebook/Marketo) into one, speeding up delivery to the browser

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Acquia: PHP Reset, PHP Renaissance: Unify everything in PHP with Composer

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 08:20
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It was great to get the chance to sit down and talk with Jordi Boggiano at SymfonyCon Madrid 2014. Jordi is responsible for Composer, one of the most important pieces of technology that is driving PHP interoperability and the PHP "renaissance" of the last couple of years. He's also on the Symfony2 core team, "and bad about telling things about myself."

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Expresstut: Using the WOW js module in drupal

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 01:58

In this tutorial we will be using the wow js module for revealing different animation effects on various blocks on the site while scrolling. To follow along in this tutorial, you would need to download and install these three modules

Once this modules have been installed, you can simply click on any block on your site, go to configure block and a new section for animation should appear where you can then add an animation effect to that block.

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KatteKrab: Constructive Conflict Resolution

Thu, 30/04/2015 - 00:09
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 08:09

I'm speaking at DrupalCon Los Angeles. 5pm, Tuesday 12 May in the 518 - Trellon room.

I first spoke about Constructive Conflict Resolution in Amsterdam at DrupalCon last year. I posted the slides, recording and speakers notes from that talk to the PreviousNext blog.

I'm reprising that talk in Los Angeles because someone else is now unable to make it, and I was asked if I could fill in. When I originally proposed the talk for LA I had planned to rework the slide and narrative - but unfortunately won't have much time to do that before the conference. However this is a conversation starter, and we'll have an opportunity in the room to discuss how we might embrace conflict as a force for good, as a force for progress. How to harness it, how to minimise it's potential for harm.

I hope to see you there!

Constructive Conflict Resolution will be in the core conversations track at DrupalCon Los Angeles.

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DrupalCon News: First Time Attendee Social

Wed, 29/04/2015 - 22:08

Attending a large conference for the first time can be both exciting and uncertain — and DrupalCon is no exception. What should first-time attendees to DrupalCon expect? 

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Promet Source: Melding AngularJS With Drupal Sites

Wed, 29/04/2015 - 20:29

After spending the weekend going through a rather excellent (I thought) video overview course on AngularJS, my head was spinning with the possibilities when it came to building Drupal sites that were much more responsive in terms of loading and displaying content. So, I decided to start working on some proof of concept modules that would help me better understand how to effectively meld these two tools together.

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Lullabot: Should you Decouple?

Wed, 29/04/2015 - 20:00

One of the major topics of discussion in the Drupal community has been decoupled (or headless) Drupal. Depending on who you ask, it’s either the best way to build break-through user experiences, or nothing short of a pandemic. But what exactly is a decoupled architecture?

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Midwestern Mac, LLC: Developing for Drupal with Vagrant and VMs

Wed, 29/04/2015 - 16:21

Many blog posts have outlined the benefits of using VMs (Virtual Machines) for local Drupal development instead of either using native PHP and Apache, or a bundled environment like MAMP, XAMPP, or Acquia Dev Desktop. The advantages of using virtualization (usually managed by Vagrant) are numerous, but in certain cases, you can make a good argument for sticking with the traditional solutions.

If you'd like to take the dive and start using virtualized development environments, or if you're already using Vagrant and VirtualBox or some other VM environment (e.g. VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop), how do you optimize local development, and which pre-bundled Drupal development VM will be best for you and your team?

Criteria for the Perfect Local Development Environment

These are the criteria I use when judging solutions for local Drupal development (whether virtualized or traditional):

  • Should be simple and easy to set up
  • Should be fast by default
  • Should be flexible:
    • Should work with multiple providers; VirtualBox is free, but VMWare can be much faster!
    • Should allow configuration of the PHP version.
    • Should work with your preferred development workflow (e.g. drush, makefiles, manual database sync, etc.)
    • Should prevent filesystem friction (e.g. permissions issues, slow file access speeds, etc.)
    • Shouldn't have hardcoded defaults
  • Should be complete:
    • Should work without requiring a bunch of extra plugins or 3rd party tools
    • No extra languages or libraries should be required (why install Ruby gems, npm modules, etc. unless you need them for your particular project?)
  • Should be Free and Open Source
  • Should include all the tools you need, but allow you to disable whatever you don't need (e.g. XHProf, Apache Solr, etc.)
  • Should work on Windows, Mac, and Linux with minimal or no adjustment
  • Should be deployable to production (so your local dev environment matches prod exactly)

A lot of these points may have more or less importance to a particular team or individual developer. If you're a die-hard Mac user and don't ever work with any developers on Windows or Linux, you don't need to worry about Windows support. But some of these points apply to everyone, like being fast, simple, and flexible.

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