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Dirk Eddelbuettel: BH release 1.55.0-3

Planet Debian - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 00:16

Right on the heels of yesterday's BH release 1.55.0-2 bringing Boost Fusion, we now have release 1.55.0-3 bringing Boost Graph. To recap, BH is our CRAN package providing (a large part of the) Boost C++ libraries as a set of template headers for use by R and of course Rcpp.

And as a small project I am working on--and which should now be so much closer to release--needed not only Boost Fusion but also Boost Graph, I had to bother the CRAN maintainers twice in two days. This new version closes issue ticket 9, and may be of interest to other packages such as the venerable RBGL formerly on CRAN and now a BioConductor package which includes its own copy of this graph library (plus depends).

A brief summary of changes from the NEWS file is below.

Changes in version 1.55.0-3 (2015-01-04)
  • Added Boost Graph requested in GH ticket #9 by Dirk for RcppStreams

Courtesy of CRANberries, there is also a diffstat report for the most recent release.

Comments and suggestions are welcome via the mailing list or the issue tracker at the GitHubGitHub repo.

This post by Dirk Eddelbuettel originated on his Thinking inside the box blog. Please report excessive re-aggregation in third-party for-profit settings.

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Nextide Blog: Standalone Drupal 8 script using Guzzle

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 23:24

Drupal 8 will have web services as part of core which will provide native support for all entity types including custom entity types. Drupal 8 will have support for different serialization formats like HAL+JSON, XML and JSON.

A couple good article references:

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Pivots recommendations: Drupal Recommender API: Roadmap for 2015 and beyond

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 18:54

I have seen slow but steady adoption of the new release of Drupal Recommender API module over the past few weeks after the announcement. This post will explain my plans about future development of Recommender API in order to help the audience make informed decisions. This is also an update to an older post on 2012-2013 roadmap.

I will categorize all my development plans into three tiers.

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Lullabot: Lullabot's 2014 Year In Review

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 18:43

Wow! What a Year!

As we throw away the empty champagne bottles and start retraining ourselves to write a different year on our checks, it’s always a good time reflect upon the past year. 2014 was Lullabot’s 9th year in business and it was our biggest year ever. We contributed to projects for MSNBC, Pac-12, NBC.com, Bravo TV, Saturday Night Live, Tesla Motors, NAMM, CNBC, Hotwire, Harvard University, American Booksellers Association, Intel, Comcast, GE, Qualcomm, and Teach For America, amongst others.

Our project with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program.

Next month’s GRAMMY night will mark Lullabot’s 5th year as part of GRAMMY.com. Over the years, we have been responsible for development and site performance. This year, however, Lullabot's design team takes charge of the GRAMMYs' site design and UX. It’s been really rewarding to work with the Recording Academy for so many years on such a high-profile project.

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Blink Reaction: Virtualizing your Drupal Dev Environment for Cleanliness and Consistency

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 17:52

Too many versions of PHP on your system? MAMP got you down? Can’t find that .ini file? Don’t fret, go Vagrant! Many Drupal developers use a web developer stack such as WAMP, Acquia Dev Desktop, or MAMP to host their projects locally. When working with multiple clients, your hard drive can turn into a dorm room nightmare of multiple copies of PHP, MySQL, and Apache in order to assure compatibility with the client. Instead, simplify and standardize your workflow — and your team’s — by using freely available virtualization tools.

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Tyler Frankenstein: DrupalCamp Michigan 2015

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 17:43

Let's get together for DrupalCamp Michigan 2015. This year the camp will be hosted at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, MI on Saturday January 31st. Please visit the camp's website for more details:

http://2015camp.michigandrupal.com/

Tickets are only $15.00, The deadline for session proposals is January 11th, and sessions will be chosen on the 12th. JetBrains will be giving away 3 personal PHPStorm licenses at the camp, so be sure to attend for a chance to win.

We hope to see you there, cheers and happy coding!

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Appnovation Technologies: Understanding Personalization

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 17:32

In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to work closely with some great opportunities along side our sales team allowing me time to explore some potential solutions way ahead of any full blown development cycle can kick off.

var switchTo5x = false;stLight.options({"publisher":"dr-75626d0b-d9b4-2fdb-6d29-1a20f61d683"});
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ThinkShout: The Power of a Collaborative Community

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 17:00

Originally published on NTEN.org on December 10th, 2014.

My Year in Drupal

I’ve been fortunate to attend some of the biggest Drupal events in the U.S., and I always walk away from them with plenty of food for thought. Months ago, NTEN afforded me the space here to sing the Drupal community’s praises and I haven’t stopped since. I’m constantly reminded of how much I value its existence. More recently, I flew down to San Francisco to take part in the Nonprofit Summit at BADCamp that I’d co-coordinated, where I got to hear from the Bay Area folks about Drupal and nonprofits in their neck of the woods.

Once Again, The Drupal Community is Awesome

Events like BADCamp remind of the value of discussion and the exchange of ideas. Struggling to find a solution? Look to your community. One of the reasons I so appreciate the Drupal community specifically is how wonderfully they collaborate. Out of resources? Speak up in your discussion group or start a thread on a forum and watch the outpouring of support and ideas. The next thing you know, you’re looking at a list of new modules and tools that you’ve never heard of, and they might be exactly what your site needs.

There’s something wonderfully exciting about being in a room full of people with the same idea: let’s create and use technology to help people. This kind of collaborative atmosphere can make even the tallest of technological hurdles seem surmountable. If you enjoy events like BADCamp for networking and learning about nonprofit tech, then there are a couple of other events you'll want to put on your calendar.

NYC Camp

If you are a fan of BADCamp, then NYC Camp is just your speed. It's a free, week-long Drupal conference in New York City from March 16-22, 2015. There's also a nonprofit summit on the Friday of that week, which you definitely won't want to miss.

Drupal Day at NTC

For the last three years, we've been coordinating Drupal Day at NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference, so I may be a little biased when I say this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Drupal for nonprofits. You'll hear from Drupal experts as well as nonprofit technologists sharing their Drupal stories and successes. This is a chance to learn about what exactly goes into building a Drupal site and how you can leverage it to further your organization’s mission with case study-style presentations throughout the day. But it’s not just about code - it’s about everything else that goes into making a successful website: content strategy, user experience, responsive design, infrastructure, the whole nine yards. If you’re curious about taking that first step toward Drupal, this event is a great place to start - and get ready for a whole lot of excellent information.

This year, join us on March 3rd, the day before NTC, in Austin, Texas. Registration for Drupal Day is free when you purchase a ticket to NTC. If you’ve already registered for the NTC, but didn’t sign up for Drupal Day, never fear - just contact NTEN event staff and ask to be put on the registration list.

Never Stop Learning

I never cease to be amazed at how much I still have left to learn. I know I’ll never truly be done learning, as is the nature of technology. It’s always in motion, always evolving with us and our ideas. I’m constantly surprised by even the simplest of tools. For instance, if you’re organizing a meetup or hosting a summit of your own, it’s a great idea to provide attendees with a site for collective notes, like and etherpad. This is especially helpful if you have multiple sessions happening concurrently. That way, even if your attendees can’t attend every session, they can read their peers’ notes. One of the most rewarding parts of the BADCamp Nonprofit Summit for me was opening up our once-blank etherpad after the summit and finding pages and pages of notes, tools, and URLs from discussions throughout the day. In a matter of hours, we created an amazing nonprofit tech resource.

I really hope you’ll take the time to immerse yourself in a Drupal Camp or Drupal-themed event and really immerse yourself in this community. These camps are often highly affordable (or free, in the case of BADCamp and NYC Camp), so it’s just a matter of finding one near you. Need help with that part? Build-a-Module’s got you covered. Yes, that same site I mentioned months ago offers online Drupal training as well as a calendar of Drupal events all over the world.

I also hope those of you who are NTC-bound will consider adding Drupal Day to your schedule - it’s a wonderful introduction to the Drupal Community. Even if you can’t make it to NTC or Drupal Day, take a chance on a Drupal Summit. Meet new peers, exchange ideas and concerns, and join in on this ongoing conversation. When you speak up, you become part of the change we all need to make this community, and Drupal, even better.

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Code Enigma: Google Analytics Custom Events

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 16:23
Many Drupal sites use Google Analytics to capture statistics on page views, but often, that's as far as it goes. That's fine if the only events that you're interested in are page loads, but what about all the other user interactions that happen on pages? With a bit of extra work, we can capture statistics on those too using the custom events feature built into the Analytics API.
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Drupalize.Me: The Creative Process is Scary and That's Ok

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 16:00

Staring at a blank screen, notebook, or any other space flooded with emptiness can conjure feelings of worry, confusion, and definitely fear. Yet this is a ritual anyone who considers themselves a creative willingly puts themselves through on a regular basis. Some may dread these less than pleasant feelings, but I am sure there are also many who embrace them, and I am one of them. Full disclosure, creating something is a scary process for me, and that's ok. From beginning to final product there are plenty of uncomfortable moments that I find extremely beneficial and rewarding to a successful creative process. Hopefully after I share how these often referred to as negative emotions are helpful, you, too, will see how essential they are to your creative process, and why they should be embraced and not avoided.

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Drupal core announcements: No Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 core release on Wednesday, January 7

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 15:30

The monthly Drupal core bug fix release window is scheduled for this Wednesday. However, the last bug fix release was two months ago, and there haven't been enough changes to the development version since then to warrant a new release.

Upcoming release windows include:

  • Wednesday, January 21 (security release window)
  • Wednesday, February 4 (bug fix release window)

For more information on Drupal core release windows, see the documentation on release timing and security releases, and the discussion that led to this policy being implemented.

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Raphaël Hertzog: My Free Software Activities for December 2014

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 14:43

My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donators (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

Debian LTS

This month I have been paid to work 20 hours on Debian LTS. I did the following tasks:

  • CVE triage: I pushed 47 commits to the security tracker this month. Due to this, I submitted two wishlist bugs against the security tracker: #772927 and #772961.
  • I released DLA-106-1 which had been prepared by Osamu Aoki.
  • I released DLA-111-1 fixing one CVE on cpio.
  • I released DLA-113-1 and DLA-114-1 on bsd-mailx/heirloom-mailx fixing one CVE for the former and two CVE for the latter.
  • I released DLA-120-1 on xorg-server. This update alone took more than 6h to backport all the patches, fixing a massive set of 12 CVE.

Not in the paid hours, but still related to Debian LTS, I kindly asked Linux Weekly News to cover Debian LTS in their security page and this is now live. You will see DLA on the usual security page and there’s also a dedicated page tracking this: http://lwn.net/Alerts/Debian-LTS/

I modified the LTS wiki page to have a dedicated Funding sub-page. This avoids having a direct link to Freexian’s offer on the main LTS page (which surprised a few persons) and allows to give some more background information and makes it possible for other persons/companies to also get listed in the same way (since there’s no exclusive relationship between Debian and Freexian here!).

And I also answered some questions of Nguyen Cong (a new LTS contributor, employed by Toshiba with explicit permission to contribute to LTS during work hours! \o/), on IRC, on ask.debian.net (again) and on the mailing list! It’s great to see the LTS project expanding beyond current members of the Debian project.

Distro Tracker

I want to give again some more priority to Distro Tracker at least to complete the transition from the old PTS to this new service… last month has been a bit better than November but not by much.

I reviewed a patch in #771604 (about displaying long descriptions), I merged another patch in #757443 (fixing bad markup which rendered the page unusable with Konqueror), I fixed #760382 where package gone through NEW would never lose their version in NEW.

Kali related contributions

I’m not covering my Kali work here but only some things which got contributed upstream (or to Debian).

First I ensured that we could build the Kali ISO with live-build 4.x in jessie. This resulted in multiple patches merged to the Debian live project (1 2 3 4). I also submitted a patch for a regression in the handling of conditionals in package lists, it got dropped and has been fixed differently instead. I also filed #772651 to report a problem in how live-build decided of the variant of the live-config package to install.

Kali has forked the sysvinit package to be able to disable the services by default and I was investigating how to port this feature in the new systemd world. It turns out systemd has such a feature natively: it’s called Preset files. Unfortunately it’s not usable in Debian because Debian does not call systemctl preset during package installation. I filed bug #772555 to get this fixed (in Stretch, it’s too late for Jessie :-().

Saltstack

I’m using salt to automate some administration task in Kali, at home and at work. I discovered recently that the project tries to collect “Salt Formulas”: those are ready to use instructions for as many services as possibles.

I started using this for some simple services and quickly felt the need to extend “salt-formula”, the set of states used to configure salt with salt. I submitted 5 pull requests (#73 and #74 to configure salt in standalone mode, #75 to enable the upstream package repositories, #76 to automatically download and enable the desired salt formulas, #77 for some bugfixes) and they have all been merged in less than 24 hours (that’s the kind of thing that motivates you to contribute again in the future!).

I also submitted a bug fix for samba-formula and a bug report in salt itself (#19180).

BTW I have some salt states to setup schroot and sbuild. I will try to package those as proper salt formulas in the future…

Misc stuff

Mailing list governance. In Debian, we often complain about meta-discussion on mailing lists (i.e. discussions about how we discuss together) and at the same time we need to have that kind of discussions from time to time. So I suggested to host those discussions in a new mailing list and to get this new list setup, our rules require to have other people interested in having this list. The idea had some support when we discussed it on debian-private, so I relaunched it on debian-project while filing the official request in the BTS: #772645. Unfortunately, I only got one second. So if you’re interested in pursuing this idea, speak up now…

Sponsorship. I sponsored another Galette plugin this month: galette-plugin-fullcard. Thanks to François-Régis Vuillemin for his work.

Publican. Following one of my bug report against Publican and with the help of the upstream author, we identified the problem and I submitted a patch.

Thanks

See you next month for a new summary of my activities.

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EvolvisForge blog: Tip of the day: prevent iceweasel from mkdir ~/Desktop

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 13:56

If you’re a Unix person instead of e.g. a Microsoft® Windows® person, you’ve probably been annoyed by Iceweasel (or Mozilla™ Firefox®) creating a ~/Desktop directory, among others (things like ~/Downloads).

Here’s a quick fix I found somewhere in the ’net:

mkdir -p -m0700 ~/.config cat >~/.config/user-dirs.dirs <<'EOF' XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/" XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/" EOF

Upon next start, Iceweasel (and other XDG-compliant applications) will throw stuff into ~/ instead.

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Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, December 2014

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 13:31

This was my first month working on Debian LTS, and I spent all 11.5 hours working on an update to the kernel package (linux-2.6, version 2.6.32-48squeeze9).

We had stopped following the upstream stable branch maintained by Willy Tarreau after 2.6.32.60 (released October 2012). Since then, we have only applied specific security fixes and other critical fixes. Raphaël Hertzog and Holger Levsen started to rebase our package on 2.6.32.64 (released November 2014), bringing in a few security fixes we didn't yet have and a larger number of fixes for functional and performance issues.

I spent most of my time reviewing the several hundred changes from the upstream stable branch. I found a number of mistakes that would have caused regressions. Those should all be fixed in the update to linux-2.6, though I did not have nearly enough time for a thorough regression test. I sent my fixes to Willy for inclusion in 2.6.32.65.

I also reviewed and applied fixes for several security flaws in the kernel entry and exit paths. Andy Lutomirski identified and fixed a number of problems upstream, the most serious of which was CVE-2014-9322 (though this is not listed in the changelog because the details weren't yet public). Willy found and backported the upstream fixes for inclusion in 2.6.32.65. I checked that these make sense (so far as I understand this code) and verified that Andy's test cases now have the expected results when run on the new kernel version.

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3C Web Services: Introduction to the EntityForm Module for Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 13:00
The Entityform module allows you to build forms using any available fields from Drupal core or contributed modules. For example, you can create a form using the Address Field module to collect user addresses with properly formatted address fields that change dynamically for each country the user may select.
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NOKUBI Takatsugu: Use Module::Build::Tiny as Debian policy compliant

Planet Debian - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 08:16

I tried to make Google::API::Client deb package, it requires Module::Build::Tiny, and dh-make-perl don’t suppot it, so I worte a override code in debian/rules.

[sourcecode]
override_dh_auto_install:
./Build install –destdir=$$(pwd)/debian/$pkgname –installdirs=vendor
[/sourcecode]

More elegant answer should be to add Module::Build::Lite support to dh-make-perl.

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