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Acquia: Cathy Theys: Give and get good patch reviews session AND SymfonyCon interview!

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 09:09

In a massive Cathy Theys double-header this week, hear parts rescued from our conversation at SyfonyCon Warsaw, which was plagued by technical difficulties and check out Cathy's insightful session, "Patch Reviews: Get good reviews, give good reviews. Faster." It is full of practical advice to take your contribution to Drupal and open source software to the next level. In the podcast interview, we talk about the opportunities Drupal has given Cathy; some of the benefits of the refactoring that has gone into Drupal 8; joining up with the Symfony community: mutual learning, different styles of contribution, Drupal's new relevance; and the business case for open source contribution and sustainability.

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Drupal Media Team: Media Team Sprints at DrupalCon Austin

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 09:05


The Drupal Media team will be sprinting all week at DrupalCon Austin!

Sprint Days Resources

All of the sprint tasks are visible in our DrupalCon Austin Trello board which we and all the sprinters will be using to coordinate efforts and progress all week. If you would like access to this board, see Dave Reid (and make sure to sign up for an account on Trello).

Sprint Areas Drupal core issues

Leads: Dave Reid (davereid), Janez Urevc (slashrsm)

This team will be working on any Drupal core issues tagged with "Media Initiative".

Some specific issues we'd like to tackle in Austin:

  • #1399846: Backport the make unused file cleanup configurable to Drupal 7.
  • #2128791, #2148353, #2078473: Ensure that file entities use a proper access controller and is used for hook_file_download().
  • #1308152: Add module://, theme:// and profile:// stream wrappers to access system files
Drupal 8 contrib module development

Leads: Dave Reid (davereid), Janez Urevc (slashrsm)

The modules we are working on:

Drupal 7 contrib module beta blockers

Leads: Devin Carlson (devincarlson), Brant Wynn (brantwynn)

This team will be working on the following in the hopes to be able to release 7.x-2.0-beta1 versions of the primary Media and File entity modules.

DrupalMedia.org website

Leads: Brandon Neil (bneil), Willy Karam (willyk)

We use a Trello board to organize the tasks for DrupalMedia.org.

Sign up!

Make sure to sign up on the Sprint attendance availability Google spreadsheet under the 'Drupal Media Initiative' section, if you plan on attending any of the days.

Not going to be in Austin?

No problem! There are still several ways to participate. We will all be in the #drupal-media IRC channel during the sprints and would be more than happy to help assign issues to work on or point people in the right direction.

We also will gladly accept your Drupal Media user story submissions as we start to finalize our plans and development for Drupal 8.

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ThinkShout: Meet the ThinkShout Team at DrupalCon Austin

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 09:00

Next week, ten members of the ThinkShout crew will ship out to Austin, Texas for DrupalCon 2014. This is our largest delegation yet and we couldn’t be more excited about it! We’ve got Drupal 8 on the brain and we’re sure you do, too.

If you plan on attending DrupalCon in Austin, we’re always down to talk shop - or not shop. We’ll be all over the place during those four days, but here’s where you can find us:

Exhibit Hall

We’ll be sharing booth 508 with our partner and preferred nonprofit payment processor, iATS Payments. Stop by! We’d love to talk to you about the exciting work we’re doing with the iATS Drupal Module. Dan Ruscoe himself will be available to discuss his work.

Official Sessions

“Student, Counselor, Advocate: The Many Hats of Content Strategists ”
Wednesday, 1:00-2:00pm,
Room: 16 - Pantheon, 4th Floor

Brett Heckman and Brett Meyer will will provide you with some valuable techniques to help you facilitate a great discovery process.

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

The ThinkShout team will be leading a great variety of BoF sessions next week. Join in the conversations - we want to hear from you!

TUESDAY:

Title: Leveraging Salesforce with Drupal with Tauno Hogue
Room: 8A - JustDigital | 3rd floor
Time: Tuesday, 2:15-3:15pm

Title: Unmoderated Small Sample User Testing with Brett Meyer (@brett_meyer) & Sean Larkin (@sean_larkin)
Room: 10A - Ashday | 3rd floor
Time: Tuesday, 2:15-3:15pm

Title: Static Site Generators & Wireframes with Eric Paxton & Brett Heckman
Room: 8A - JustDigital | 3rd floor
Time: Tuesday, 3:45-4:45pm

WEDNESDAY:

Title: Building Your Drupal-Based Business: What Keeps You Up at Night? with Sean Larkin (@sean_larkin) w/Chris Wolz (@cwolz) of Forum One (@forumone)
Room: 8B - Unicon | 3rd floor
Time slot: Wednesday, 10:45-11:45

Title: Email Marketing with Drupal with Lev Tsypin (@levelos)
Room: 10A - Ashday | 3rd floor
Time: Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm

THURSDAY:

Title: Nonprofit Fundraising with Drupal with Lev Tsypin (@levelos)
Room: 8C - VLM | 3rd floor
Time: Thursday, 10:45-11:45am

Title: Leveraging Drupal Commerce for a Nonprofit Payment Provider with Dan Ruscoe (@danruscoe) and Stephen Bestbier of iATS Payments
Room: 8A - JustDigital | 3rd floor
Time slot: Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm

Title: Discovery Workshop with Brett Heckman & Brett Meyer (@brett_meyer)
Room: 10A - Ashday | 3rd floor
Time: Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm

If you can’t make it, no worries. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to fill you in one what you missed. Twitter, email, carrier pigeon, whatever works for you. To those of you Austin-bound, we’ll see you there. Bring on the breakfast tacos!

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DrupalCon Austin News: An Offer of Free Rides for DrupalCon Attendees

Fri, 30/05/2014 - 01:24

The new rideshare platform Lyft is offering a special deal for DrupalCon Austin attendees. Conference attendees can download the Lyft app and get 2 weeks of free rides up to $25 per ride. If you enter the code "DRUPALCON" before your first ride, you will receive an additional free ride up to $25 (which can be used in any of Lyft's 60 other existing cities).

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Propeople Blog: Propeople at DrupalCon Austin 2014

Thu, 29/05/2014 - 23:05

DrupalCon is an international gathering of the most influential developers, designers, business owners, and decision makers in the Drupal world. This year, the US event is bringing the Drupal community to Austin, Texas. It’s going to be a hot one, but there will be plenty to do, see, and learn during the days in the air-conditioned Austin Convention Center. 

We’re proud to be a Gold Sponsor of DrupalCon Austin, and will be setting up shop at Booth 310 for the week. So, drop on by to enter a contest, pick up some freebies, chat with our Drupal experts, learn about what we have to offer, and participate in the Propeople BoFs.

Propeople BoFs

This year, the Propeople booth will feature an area dedicated to our own BoFs. We invite everyone to stop by and take part in discussions about Drupal with Propeople’s Drupal experts, who will be representing our offices from around the US and Europe. BoF topics are listed below. Be sure to stay tuned for additional topics that come up during the conference by checking back here or following us on Twitter.

Regression Testing with Drupal/PhantomJS
Tuesday, June 3 | 2pm to 2:30pm

A discussion on how to use Drupal/PhantomJS to perform automated regression testing, demonstrating a quick proof of concept (POC). Led by Chang Xiao, Propeople’s East Coast Director.

The City of Copenhagen
Tuesday, June 3 | 3pm to 3:30pm (Tech focus)
Wednesday, June 4 | 3pm to 3:30pm (Business focus)

The City of Copenhagen and Propeople are working together on the biggest Drupal setup in northern Europe. Martin Kristensen (from The City of Copenhagen) and Jens Beltofte (CTO, Propeople Denmark) will be discussing the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the use of Drupal on a large scale - particularly as it relates to a municipal government application.

Drupal UX Improvements with the PP Profile
Wednesday, June 4 | 2pm to 2:30pm

Yuriy Gerasimov, Senior Drupal Architect, will lead a discussion about PP Profile (https://drupal.org/project/pp) and the ways that improves the user experience for Drupal site adminsitrators and editors.

 

 

 

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Phase2: San Mateo County- Raising The Bar For Local Government With OpenPublic

Thu, 29/05/2014 - 21:32

We recently celebrated the launch of San Mateo County‘s new and improved web platform using Drupal and OpenPublic. The San Mateo County digital team had a vision of a new web platform that would accommodate all departments with intuitive administrative functions as well as a well designed end user interface to efficiently deliver information to the County’s citizens. We new we could deliver this with our Drupal distribution OpenPublic.  OpenPublic is an open source distribution built with Drupal, developed to address commonly recurring challenges faced by Government agencies when managing their web content.  With the successful launch of the San Mateo County platform, I finally got the chance to sit down with Beverly Thames, Content and Collaboration Manager at San Mateo County to chat about the web platform redesign and OpenPublic, here is out Q&A:

Q: What was is the goal or mission of the San Mateo County digital presence and why did you need a redesign?

A: Between departments and central IT, the website was a multi-million dollar per year enterprise, and yet, County leaders were dissatisfied. The site failed to meet their needs or the needs of the public. Two goals of the redesign were to lower costs and provide better service to our departments and site visitors. We wanted to improve communications and to reduce or streamline in-person office visits.

We had major challenges with our old proprietary content management system’s inflexibility and highly technical nature. This made it difficult for departments to produce content and to organize that content in a meaningful way. The result was that much of the content grew stale while vital “evergreen” and fresh content was difficult for visitors to find via search or the site’s menus. Beyond these functional shortcomings, the frustrating user experience on the CMS was made worse by the outdated visual design, which displayed poorly in most modern browsers–especially when viewed on mobile devices. Overall, the sites did not communicate the San Mateo County or department brand very well, a situation compounded by the sites’ outdated content features. It was time for a change.

Q: What were the challenges and needs for San Mateo County’s digital presence and how did OpenPublic address them?

A: We chose to build our site on OpenPublic because it is tailored to the needs of government. County leadership could only be convinced to adopt open source if they were assured the system was secure and accessible. OpenPublic delivered both.

Each department’s identity and requirements are tied to their lines of business and the communities they serve. The County departments wanted to maintain their unique identities within the overall County brand. OpenPublic allowed the County to maintain a strong central brand while meeting user demand for autonomy and flexibility.

Q: Was using an open source platform an important factor in choosing a new content management system? If so, why?

A: San Mateo County was spending too much on annual licensing fees for a proprietary content management system that no one liked. There was little user support, and few developers knew the CMS, so when you could find one, their rates were high. Open source comes with a global community of support and many talented developers.

Open source is a natural solution for the government sector because we are constantly sharing our work with our peers and the public. Adopting an open source CMS allows the County to benefit from and contribute to the continuous improvement of the platform within the context of a larger user community.

Q: What is next for San Mateo’s digital presence?

A: Now that the site has been up for a few months, we will start digging into the analytics to see where we need to tweak search and to help us identify topics for curated pages.  We’re also excited about exploring potential integrations with our Open Data portal, GIS mapping and enterprise content management.

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Learn more about San Mateo County’s new Drupal platform in our Portfolio, and get a deep dive look at how we developed an improved search functionality to better serve the County’s constituents.  If you are heading to DrupalCon Austin next week, don’t miss our session “Drupal For Gov- Raising The Bar With OpenPublic.”

 

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Lullabot: MSNBC Video and DrupalCon Case Study

Thu, 29/05/2014 - 21:28

In the past 8 years, we've had the privilege of working on some amazing high-profile projects. We helped extend the reach of Drupal, building some of the earliest household name Drupal websites including projects for MTV, Sony Music, FastCompany, WWE, Martha Stewart, Harvard University, and many more. Late in 2012 we were approached about what would become one of the most ambitious projects we've ever launched.

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Mediacurrent: Mediacurrent Launches New Website

Thu, 29/05/2014 - 21:03

Today, I am ecstatic to announce the launch of our new, Drupal 7 Mediacurrent.com site. It has been a long time coming, and I am incredibly proud of the team for building a website that reflects our strengths and new direction.

Buyer Personas Influenced our Strategy

To start the process, we reviewed our buyer personas. Frankly, some of our messaging and positioning had become outdated. Once we updated our personas, we built our content strategy, wireframes, and visual design around the needs of our target audience.

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