The first session was given by Rakhi Mandhania on her experience at DrupalCon both as an attendee as well as a Keynote speaker for the Higher Ed Summit. She explained how everyone is concerned with the migration of a large number of websites to Drupal 8 and the lack of rich Drupal talent. DrupalCAP initiative was hailed as a solution to the jarring lack of Drupal literate work force and appreciated all around.
The second session was by Piyuesh Kumar on service workers, the same session both he and Saket kumar presented at New Orleans. He explained that functionalities such as, rich offline experiences, periodic background syncs, push notifications that traditionally require a native application are coming to the web and service workers provides the technical foundation all these features will rely on.
He ended the session with a demo of a working website for DrupalCamp.
The evening was concluded with us deciding the dates for DrupalCamp Pune 2016, which will tentatively take place sometime in late August.
Watch this space for details, coming shortly!
Good day and see you all soon.
aurelia.bhoy Fri, 05/27/2016 - 21:12
We made it to the finish line of another busy work week!
A lot of thanks to the commerce guys for contributing the Drupal commerce module to Drupal community, which took drupal to a different level in the CMS world. Its very exciting, Commerce 2.x which is the Drupal 8 version of drupal commerce. As like any other drupal developer / architect, I am also excited about Commerce 2.x
Thank God, I was one of the fortunate ones to attend the Commerce Guys session on DrupalCon New Orleans 2016, the very first session after the release of ‘8.x-2.0-alpha4’ version of drupal commerce. It was an amazing session, which made a lot of things clearer,a lot of unanswered questions were answered…
Part 3 of this 4-part blog series illustrates the management of Videos & Playlists and discuss some of the changes compared to the Drupal 7 version of the module - especially the new video listing interface (with a similar layout to Brightcove’s own Studio interface) and autocompleting tags feature.
Without further ado, here is what struck me about Drupal modules in the past month:1. Hide submit button
Whether you work on one Drupal site or multiple, it is often necessary for your local dev environment to be slightly different from your site's server. Perhaps you need to disable Secure Pages because you don't want to set up SSL on your local environment, or there are modules specific to your website's server config. If you work on multiple sites in a sporadic fashion its possible you need to synchronize your local database with the dev server between tasks, that way you aren't missing any updated configurations.
Sure, you can pull this off manually by grabbing the database, reloading your local, and updating your Drupal site's config; but why not add a little automation to help out?
The Drupal community is self-reflective enough to see the flaws in the project and brave enough to reinvent itself. …
I sat down with Ally Gonthier the first time I visited Acquia's then-new downtown Boston headquarters in mid-2015. At the time, she was preparing to leave her job as Support Coordinator at Acquia to enter Acquia's Drupal/tech bootcamp, known as Acquia U. When I returned to Boston in the spring of 2016, I took the chance to talk with her again about her experiences at Acquia U and what had become of her in the meantime. Below is a transcript of our before and after conversations.Before and after on video
More with Ally
- For a nice introduction to one of my happiest colleagues in her own words, read Ally's Acquia U profile, "Always Smiling."
- Check out Ally's alter-ego as Acquia "Support Goddess" with Lanette Miller
jam: Hey. We are at Acquia’s brand-spanking-new headquarters. It’s been barely any time. This is only my third day here ever and we’re in downtown Boston, and it’s kind of exciting. I am with a current and future colleague, right? Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us something about you.
Ally Gonthier: Something?
jam: Yes, whatever you like. Maybe something non-Drupaly.
Ally Gonthier: Okay. My name is Ally. My last name is pronounced differently depending on where you are in the world. In America, it’s Gonthier [read in American accent]. In France, it’s Gonthier [read in beautiful French accent], which is way better.
jam: Way better, okay. So I’m with Ally Gonthier. What’s your job at Acquia right now?
Ally Gonthier: I am a senior customer support coordinator, which is sort of a complicated-ish but not really.
jam: Interestingly, you’re about to be a "Ubie". So you’re changing from this job and going into Acquia’s Drupal training program.
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: Why are you doing that?
Ally Gonthier: So I’m in support right now and it’s a very entry level position. There’s a lot to do, a lot of tasks to be done. To get me to the next level, I need to learn a lot more about Drupal and as intensely as I can, so ...
jam: And you’re excited about Drupal and you want ... ?
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: You’re all about the Drupal now?
Ally Gonthier: That’s why I’m here.
jam: Okay. So this sounds kind of silly in context, but how did you hear about the Acquia U program?
Ally Gonthier: I literally met Amy who’s running the program at a Drupal camp last September and I bumped into her. We worked together but I didn’t even know who she was and we – she introduced herself to me and I was like fly paper. I didn’t leave her alone.
jam: Wow! Okay, okay. And had you heard of Drupal before you came to Acquia?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, yes. So I have been ... a “Supportian” for a while now. I had other jobs in life but when I went into sort of a technical land I found support really fit my personality well because not only do I enjoy learning and doing technical things, but I’m also really empathetic for customers. I really want to help people, and help them understand and ... I’m not necessarily a people person but I care if that makes sense, you know?
jam: No, it does. I think support, it’s actually such a great fit for people steeped in the open source mentality because you really do help people succeed and it’s all about transparency and sharing, right? And then I’ve also been told by other people from Acquia support that the difference between working in a support role and working in some company building website ...
Ally Gonthier: Like a help desk, right?
jam: Right. Well, you get to look at a different code base every day.
Ally Gonthier: Yes, absolutely.
jam: You’re not just working on the one thing for ...
Ally Gonthier: It’s every day is different. Every customer is different. It’s a different challenge every day. It’s great for somebody who doesn’t want to do the same thing all day every day.
jam: What’s your first Drupal memory?
Ally Gonthier: My first Drupal memory? Interesting. Well, honestly, I mean I learned about Acquia, obviously, because of Drupal but I was just looking into web design maybe five/six years ago. I just was comparing all the big CMSs or whatever was available at that time and I was like, “What is the best? And what is the hardest? And, okay, Drupal it is.” Then, I just started – I literally bought a book and I went front to back.
jam: What made you stick with it then?
Ally Gonthier: Honestly, I learned about – I figured I – I saw Acquia and they had some really neat tools that we still have this time like we had Dev Desktop which just made it really easy to spin up a site and play with it. Then, we had Drupal Gardens as well which you could just customize and then export that and then throw it wherever. So I did that for a couple of friends’ websites, and then I was like, “Where are these people located?” I saw they’re hiring so I just looked at their hiring page and applied to every job I could.
jam: Are you from the Boston area?
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: Oh, that helped too, right?
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: Okay, cool. So, how did you feel when you were accepted into the new Acquia U class?
Ally Gonthier: I’m ecstatic. I could not be more excited.
jam: Awesome. What were your expectations going in?
Ally Gonthier: I’m a little anxious, you know? I’m not super confident myself. I don’t know. It’s just something I had to work on. I mean, I’m going to just dive in and learn as much as I can and absorb it all.
jam: High five to that. So is it okay if we check-in again over the course of the program and see how you’re doing?
Ally Gonthier: Sure, absolutely.
jam: All right. I will see you some time soon.
Ally Gonthier: Okay.
jam: And good luck on Acquia U.
Ally Gonthier: All right, thanks.
jam: Thanks for talking to me.
Ally Gonthier: All right, great.After Acquia U: Early 2016
jam: Ally Gonthier, it is now early-ish 2016. How are you?
Ally Gonthier: I’m well.
jam: Last time we were talking was the middle of 2015, right? And you were just going into Acquia U.
Ally Gonthier: Right.
jam: To recap, you’ve been at Acquia a while.
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: And until you did Acquia U, your job title was?
Ally Gonthier: I was a Customer Support Coordinator.
jam: And what was your Drupal level, Drupal experience to be in that job?
Ally Gonthier: Zero basically. I didn’t need any Drupal experience for that position.
jam: Support coordinator?
Ally Gonthier: Yes.
jam: Then, you had the chance to do the Acquia U Drupal Bootcamp, tech boot camp thing.
Ally Gonthier: Yes, yes.
jam: How was that?
Ally Gonthier: That was eye-opening. It was crazy. It was fun. It was overwhelming. Every single emotion that I could ever – I was pushed to my limit and beyond. I cried more than once. I laughed more than once.
jam: I mean, it sounds funny that you say that but I’ve talked with a bunch of people ... It was a really powerful experience for a lot of people who have gone through the program.
Ally Gonthier: Yes, yes. I did things that I would have never normally have done and it gave me the Drupal picture, which I did not have before. It empowered me with my confidence. I knew what I wanted. I was just – it was a great experience.
jam: So I want to roll it back for a second. How did you end up at Acquia in the first place?
Ally Gonthier: I had always been in tech support for quite a while, different roles, different companies. I was sort of getting interested in web design, web development, and I was like, “Well, what’s the best?” So I was drawn to Drupal and I just literally downloaded Acquia Dev Desktop. I was like, “I wonder where these guys live.” I was like, “Oh, that’s 20 minutes away.” So I applied to three different positions. I interviewed for all of them and then they hired me.
jam: Cool, okay. So what was your thought process in going into Acquia U? What were you hoping for?
Ally Gonthier: I wasn’t sure. Ultimately, I wanted to grow and I wanted to try something different. Sad to say, but I wanted to make more money in the long run so ...
jam: There is nothing sad about that and, frankly, that’s a completely legitimate goal.
jam: What are some of the skills, some of the things that you learned in the – during the course?
Ally Gonthier: We built a bunch of different Drupal sites and, like I mentioned, it gave me the – it helped me for the big picture anyway. Like now I feel like I might not be a Drupal expert but I can join in the conversation and I can understand what my peers are talking about, you know? That’s like sort of the big part of it. I might not be an expert, but I know where the experts are. Now, I can have conversations with them, and grab that feedback, and learn from it so ...
jam: Even knowing how to figure out what the right question is and how to answer the question opens the door to enormous career, well, and enormous possibilities whether those are in career or whether doing something for yourself or your community with technology, right?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, absolutely. Yes.
jam: So what’s your title now? Did you get a new job coming out of Acquia U?
Ally Gonthier: I did. I am a Support Engineer now so yes.
jam: So you do actual Drupal on the job?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, I do. Yes, exactly. That’s right. So just like you described, I take questions. I might not know the answer, but I can find the answer and I have resources to help me with that. I’ve learned so much and every day just flies by. Of course, I’ve always loved the people I work with here. So I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else really.
jam: One of the things that I’ve always really admired about the approach that our global support team takes is that we’re not about – you have a problem with your website, you tell us what it is. We’ll fix it and then we’ll tell you it’s fixed and then go away. I’ve seen a lot of people share. They say, “Hey, so this got misconfigured. There was a problem on the server. The file system is corrupt in this way and these are the things that we did.” And whether subtle or not, we’re giving people the tools to help themselves or maybe not create the same problem for the second time. I imagine that you’ve got a situation where you now know enough about Drupal. You see all of these different everyday problems that people are having and every one of those is a chance for you to learn as well, right?
Ally Gonthier: Exactly, exactly. Definitely, yes.
jam: So you become more of an expert every day, more ready for – readier for new challenges, for new possibilities?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, that describes it. It’s fun. I like it.
jam: So you’re a problem solving sort of person?
Ally Gonthier: I am. I can’t do the same thing every day type of person if that makes sense.
jam: Oh, yes. So I remember talking with someone about their job in support saying that the best thing about working in support compared to working on a client project or an in-house project was, “Actually, I don’t have to touch the same code base every day. I get a completely different work day every day.”
Ally Gonthier: Every single day is something different. Different and you might touch something and not touch it again for three months. For me personally, it helps because I get bored honestly and in that kind of atmosphere, it’s really difficult to be bored, you know? So ...
jam: That’s really cool. So do you – let me think how to ask this. Do you have new and different career ambitions now?
Ally Gonthier: No, I don’t. I think I’m in a different point now where I’m just trying to do well at what I’m doing right now. Then, I’ve always thought of that like, “What’s next? What’s next? What’s next?” Right now, I’m just focusing on now and I’ll re-evaluate that eventually but for the time being, I’m pretty happy where I am right now so ...
jam: Cool, and Acquia U was part of putting you in this space right now. You’re pretty happy to sit and learn, and do this stuff?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, 100%. Yes, definitely.
jam: Cool. Well, congratulations.
Ally Gonthier: Thank you.
jam: We should probably make a pitch for Acquia Support being a really fun place to work.
Ally Gonthier: Yes, it is a lot of fun.
jam: Ally is a lot of fun to work with. I know that. So cool. So Acquia U, worth doing?
Ally Gonthier: Yes, yes. It was challenging. It was great. It was a good experience. It got me to where I wanted to be, so very happy for that.
jam: Excellent. Hey, so thanks for taking the time to come back and talk with me again.
Ally Gonthier: No problem.
jam: And you people watching this out on the internet have seen before Ally and this is after Ally.
Ally Gonthier: I’m sure I looked the same I hope.
jam: Well, you look enriched with Drupal knowledge now.
Ally Gonthier: Yes, I have the tattoo. No, I’m just kidding.
jam: Oh, you didn’t? Yes, you have to get that once you’ve taken the course.
Ally Gonthier: I know the secret handshake. No, I’m just kidding.
jam: It’s true. It’s real. Thanks, Ally.
Ally Gonthier: Thanks, jam.Skill Level: BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Drupal 8.1.0 was released on April 20th. There are a few things that are exciting about this release; in particular the 2 new experimental modules BigPipe and Drupal Migrate UI.
Events in Drupal 8 allow for different components of the system to interact and communicate with each other. One system component dispatches the event at an appropriate time; many events are dispatched by Drupal core and the Symfony framework in every request. Other system components can register as event subscribers; when an event is dispatched, a method is called on each registered subscriber, allowing each one to react.
Most of the hooks from previous versions of Drupal were removed in Drupal 8 in favor of Events. Example: hook_boot() which now can be done by registering an event subscriber.
I will use the following structure for the example module:
Acquia Developer Center Blog: Four Ways That Acquia Cloud Helps You Develop Drupal Sites FAST: #1. Simple Code, Workflow, and Local Development
When you spin up sites for a living, velocity is important. The developers at Acquia understand this, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make website development simpler and easier. Because that equals faster.
Many of our customers are already using these tools and practices. But we’d like to spread the word further.
We know you’re facing really challenging situations. We’ve got tools that will help you get past them, without taking up an entire afternoon. We can speed you up, and speed up your team.Tags: acquia drupal planet
Most people think that using the drush command-line tool is only something hardcore developers do, but it turns out it's also super-helpful for site builders and theme developers too! In my experience, using drush will speed up from 3 to 10 times usual Drupal Admin tasks, compared with visiting the Drupal admin pages in the browser.read more
Drupal 7 and below came with an optional module you can use in your input formats - the "PHP Filter". This allows you to put PHP code into the content of your webpages, and Drupal will process the PHP before rendering the page.Blog Category: Drupal Planet
What do you get when you put two Project Managers in one hotel room for a week at DrupalCon? A lot of work, a lot of laughter, and a lot of learning. Don’t worry, we didn’t kill each other… yet.
With our days spent in sessions and nights spent on Bourbon Street or answering client emails (not at the same time), DrupalCon New Orleans was a truly illuminating experience. I came to LevelTen a year ago not even knowing what “...Read more
Another year, another field trip for the Pi Dramble—my 5-Raspberry-Pi cluster! I presented a session titled Highly available Drupal on a Raspberry Pi Cluster at php[tek] 2016, which just so happens to have moved to my hometown, St. Louis, MO this year!
For this presentation, I remembered to record the audio using a lav mic plugged into my iPhone, as well as iShowU to record what was on my screen. Sadly, I didn't have a secondary camera to capture the Pi Dramble itself, but you can glance at all the other 'Let's build a Pi Cluster' videos if you want to see it in action!
Here's a video recording of the presentation:
First part in a series of how to use XHProf effectively within a VM for a Drupal website. Continue reading…
Drupal.org frontpage posts for the Drupal planet: Gábor Hojtsy: Winner of the 2016 Aaron Winborn Award
The Aaron Winborn Award was created in 2015 after the loss of one of one of the Drupal community’s most prominent members, Aaron Winborn, to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease in the US and Motor Neuron Disease in the UK). Aaron’s commitment to the Drupal project and community made him the epitome of our unofficial motto: "Come for the code, stay for the community". The Community Working Group with the support of the Drupal Association came together to honor Aaron's memory by establishing the Aaron Winborn Award, which annually recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community.
Nominations were opened in March, giving community members the opportunity to nominate people they believe deserve the award, which were then voted on by the members of the Community Working Group, along with previous winners of the award.
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 recipient of the Aaron Winborn Award is Gábor Hojtsy. During the closing session of DrupalCon New Orleans, Community Working Group members presented the award to Gábor. The award was accompanied by a free ticket to DrupalCon, which he donated to Bojhan Somers.
Gábor was described in his nomination as an "amazing community connector" who is passionate about empowering others, stepping aside and allowing others the space and support to lead, and celebrating even the small wins that people who work with him achieve. The stellar work and leadership he displayed on the D8 Multilingual Initiative, managing sprints, Drupal events and setting up localize.drupal.org are just a few of the ways that this tireless Drupal contributor has been making an enormous impact in our community for more than a decade.
We hope you will join us in congratulating Gábor, who has demonstrated personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community in abundance.Front page news: Planet Drupal
At this month's Sydney Drupal meet up I did a presentation about Search in Drupal 8. In the video, I explain three ways you can create a search page, they are as follows.
1. Core Search
The core Search module which comes with Drupal has some new functionality in Drupal 8. The biggest change is the ability to create custom search pages without using any other module.
2. Views Filter
A common way to build search pages in Drupal 7 was to create a views page and use the "Search Keywords" filter in views. This can still be done in Drupal 8 and best of all Views is now part of core.
3. Search API
The Search API module is used to create powerful search pages and it's highly extensible. It is the module to learn and use for building search pages.
As you may know, Drupal 6 has reached End-of-Life (EOL) which means the Drupal Security Team is no longer doing Security Advisories or working on security patches for Drupal 6 core or contrib modules - but the Drupal 6 LTS vendors are and we're one of them!
Today, there is a Moderately Critical security release for XML sitemap to fix a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability.
The module doesn't sufficiently filter the URL when it is displayed in the sitemap.
This vulnerability is mitigated if the setting for "Include a stylesheet in the sitemaps for humans." on the module's administration settings page is not enabled (the default is enabled).
If you have a Drupal 6 site using the XML sitemap, we recommend you update immediately! We have already deployed the patch for all of our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support clients. :-)
If you'd like all your Drupal 6 modules to receive security updates and have the fixes deployed the same day they're released, please check out our D6LTS plans.
Note: if you use the myDropWizard module (totally free!), you'll be alerted to these and any future security updates, and will be able to use drush to install them (even though they won't necessarily have a release on Drupal.org).