I would lie (and would i lie to you ?) if it say that im not extremely excited about theming in Drupal8. One the bigger painpoints in Drupal theming is figuring out where the markup is generated from. In Drupal8 we have build that directly in, i did a little screencast of it & damn its awesome.
1. So Alex, what's your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?
My official title is Drupal Developer. I do site building work, custom module development, sometimes handle deployments, and an occasional bit of light theme work. I also participate in client meetings to provide technical insight where necessary.
2. We're so glad to have you! Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.
I recently had the good fortune of being a part of Drupal Developer Days 2014 in Szeged - my first Dev Days! It was a really amazing mix of experiences for me, from visiting Hungary for the first time to meeting lots of new people and, of course, lots of Drupal.
Szeged is a beautiful city in Southern Hungary that is no stranger to Drupal (the city hosted DrupalCon Europe 2008), and was a pleasure to visit. If you’re not familiar with Drupal Developer Days, it is an event focused on bringing the Drupal community together to work on the development of the Drupal project. The event presents a great opportunity for some of the leading Drupal experts and developers to work on, and learn about, Drupal 8 in depth before it’s widely released. Dev Days featured code sprints, workshops, sessions, BoFs, after parties and was overall a great time.
Since I’m not a quite Drupal 8 ninja (yet!), I was eager to find opportunities where I could help and learn at the same time. With this in mind, I decided to pick two sprints to add to my schedule: the Drupal.org sprint and the Search API migration sprint.Drupal.org Sprint
I knew Drupal user @tvn before the event and had some experience with Drupal.org stuff, so I figured this sprint would heat up to be llots of fun. We started with 89 open issues and 5-6 people in our team. Tasks ranged from “the tiny ones” (https://drupal.org/node/2046683) to “the big problems” (https://drupal.org/node/2130537). But is anything really a problem if you have @tvn, @jthorson, and @jessebeach around? These guys spent a week and closed nearly 50 issues! Yep, some of them are still in review or RBTC, but the majority are resolved. You can find more info here.Search API Migration Sprint
If you’re familiar with Drupal, you probably know the ApacheSolr and Search API modules and their maintainers: @nick_vh and @drunken_monkey. I was lucky to have a chance to be here with them and merge these two monsters into one single pretty baby! The code is currently inside an external sandbox now (https://drupal.org/sandbox/daeron/2091893) but will be released as a new version of Search API module soon! It was here where I spent most of my days in Szeged, and was in the great company of some talented geeks: @mollux, @aspilicious, @Andrew_l, @Andre-B and others. Before Szeged Dev Days, SearchAPI 8.x was almost clean repo, but now you can already come and try the feature contrib search solution for Drupal 8. We have migrated almost all the code from 7.x version - most of it is already ported to new standards, and some of it has been covered with web and unit tests.
Szeged Drupal Dev Days was awesome, and a great opportunity to learn more about Drupal 8. I would definitely recommend attending any upcoming events like this. Where else can you meet such amazing teams, learn lots of new stuff about Drupal 8, phpunit, symfony, etc. and feel the spirit of Open Source?
See you there!
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Performance should be in the mind of every Drupal developer and site builder as they are building a site. But let's be honest, while getting everything to just plain work and look good speed doesn't always get to hold that #1 spot in your mind.
Freeing up brain energy from potential performance issues is not necessarily a bad thing. Predicting which issues will have the biggest impact once a site launches is a task best left to wizards and sages. The best way to analyze and then tackle a site's performance issues is with data from the live production site. There are plenty of tools to help simulate that data, but nothing replaces good hard production data.
Luckily Views Cache Bully has come to the rescue of distracted developers everywhere. Set it, forget it and rest easy knowing that you now have one less reason for why your site might be crawling.Why views caching?
Most the views on your site display the exact same information over and over, they just display it to different users. I know, I know you are a prolific blog writer, but do you really publish a new post every 5 minutes?
If you are feeling conservative, set the defaults to a short value and keep bumping them up as you come to realize how little these things change. Even if you only serve the cached results to five users that means five less trips through PHP and the database for those visitors.
- What business message are you trying to convey?
- What languages are you using?
- Are there any regulations that you have to abide by?
- How quickly can the content be created?
- Who is creating the content?
The Acquia team is getting ready for DrupalCon Austin. We're excited about the official announcement of training at DrupalCon which is held on the Monday before the conference on Monday, June 2. We have two courses on offer which we think you'll love. One will get you started evaluating your designs with users, and how to conduct usability testing. One will help ensure your site or application is secure which is increasingly important for sites of all sizes.
In this episode of the Daily Dose of Drupal we go over the Responsive Navigation module. This module can be used to make your Drupal menu "responsive" so that it displays nicely on mobile and tablet devices. If you are trying to build a responsive Drupal website or a responsive Drupal theme, this module can help.Tags: DrupalContribDrupal 7Drupal PlanetUI/DesignResponsive Design
I recently posted my top 10 Drush commands. In the blog post comments, over email and Twitter, a bunch of people let me know their top commands and tips. This was such great feedback, I decided to write up the list as another post. Here is the top 10 Drush commands from the fine folk who contributed.Tags: DrushPlanet Drupal
If Drupal adoption is going to increase, we’ll need to grow the community— and that means continuing to bring developers, web designers, and digital experts into the Drupal fold. For the finale of our series on Drupal training options, we spoke to several of the many experts in Drupal training, and wanted to share their thoughts with the community.
When it comes to increasing the amount of Drupal talent in the market, there are more options to learn the platform than ever before.
Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online, www.sensiolabs.co.uk, what their goals were, how they built it and have kept it running since May 2013, and how Drupal 8 will change the way they design applications for clients going forward.
After three years of Drupal 8 development, we are finally closing in on a Drupal 8.0-beta1 release. Of about 150 critical issues that have blocked the first Drupal 8 beta release, only 32 beta blockers remain. Most of these remaining issues are too complex for any one developer to resolve alone, but we need help on numerous tasks that will accelerate them. Join us at the NYC Camp D8 Core Sprint to see firsthand the work that's in progress and contribute to our momentum. Look for the "IRL issue queue" on colored construction paper at the sprint. :)
(New to Drupal 8 or core contribution? Check out the Get Involved with Core sprint instead.)
We'd like to share this infographic we've made depicting interesting facts about the Blue Drop Awards. Without the wonderful community support, The Blue Drop Awards simply would not and could not exist; we appreciate it.Celebrating Drupal Innovationblue drop award, drupal, Planet Drupal
This blog post is the answer to a common request we get from people learning how to use Views.
The question is: "How do I automatically add a link to a field"?
The answer is straightforward ... once you know how.
Our old training site was looking a bit long in the tooth. It was not only Drupal 6, but also had an old Acquia design several versions behind the current main site. It was time for a major update.Step by step tutorials
Dave Myburgh, Lead developer for Acquia.com recently gave two webinars about the experience. He shares specific tips on what modules he used to keep the development lightweight and flexible.
The Form API has a form element called managed_file. It uploads a file and adds it to the managed files table. This way Drupal has knowledge about and control over it. But now I got the situation that after a certain amount of time the image got removed. It just disappeared. What is happening here?
Well the managed_file works with Ajax. To smooth the proces it adds the managed file and leaves the status on temporary until some one specifies 'this is my file its managed'. You do that by adding this snippet of code to your submit handler.$file = file_load($form_state['values']['file_element_name']);
// Change status to permanent.
$file->status = FILE_STATUS_PERMANENT;
If you have your form managed bysystem_settings_form()
you want to add a extra submit handler. You can do that this way.$form['#submit'] = 'extra_admin_submit';