Promo Kids: Reinstall Drupal 8 without pain

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 10:09am

While developing Drupal Promo Kit we reinstall Drupal very frequently.
First of all, you don't have to delete everything and repeat installation process from scratch. Only three things should be done:


NEWMEDIA: Drush Make: Evaluating the Benefits and Pain Points of Each Approach

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 4:54am
Drush Make: Evaluating the Benefits and Pain Points of Each ApproachDrush make is a popular solution for Drupal developers wishing to represent an entire application codebase in a single make file (or collection of make files), but does it always make sense to use? And is it a one size fits all solution? This article reviews several advantages and disadvantages of the more common approaches used within the Drupal community.A Brief History of the Makefile

Technically, my very first computer was a Tandy 1000. In reality, it was a glorified game console used by myself, my mom, and my brother to play Tetris off a 3.5" floppy disk that I had copied from a friend at school. My first real computer came 5 years later—a Packard Bell Pentium 60Mhz with a CD-ROM drive. I was in heaven. It wasn't long until I ditched Windows 95 in order to take my first tip toe into geekdom by installing the first Linux distribution I came into contact with: Caldera.

Back in those days, Linux was a labor of love and really took DIY to the extreme. Most of the time packages were not readily available, which meant you had to compile software yourself. Enter the makefile. This single document represented all the dependencies, parameters, and commands necessary to configure, compile, and install an application across a diverse set of Linux distributions. In was a thing of beauty... when it worked. And when it didn't, it was a time consuming nightmare that resulted in a substantial amount of cursing. Needless to say, I had a love/hate relationship with makefiles.

Drush Make

Drush make files, in comparison to compiling software applications, are a much more straightforward solution. In reality they are nothing more than a compiled shopping list of the specific Drupal modules, patches, and 3rd party libraries necessary to describe a fully functional Drupal application. The key difference between the drush make file and the resulting build is that the make file is a single file representation of what ultimately generate the full file and folder structure of the Drupal application.

In comparison to Linux makefiles, drush make files are much simpler and as a result do not suffer from the compilation nightmares that I used to experience. However, there are also some commonalities: a single file representation and the time necessary to generate versus using a predefined package (or binary).

Comparison to Ruby Gems and Chef

The makefile mindset is not unique to the Linux OS or Drupal. We see the same pattern in the Ruby language and (by extension) configuration management applications like Chef. Ruby users can leverage gemfiles, which provide a similar shopping list style of gem dependencies. Chef leverages the concept of a Berksfile to specify cookbook dependencies. In each case, we have a list of items that the application then uses to generate a desired state. This single file representation is very efficient because it doesn't require one to lug a large set of files and folders around. Rather, they are represented and then generated as needed.

The pattern we see again and again is simple. We can either have the full package (binaries, full Drupal application, gems, cookbooks, etc) or a representation of that state in a single file. This leads us to...

The Key Question

To make a determination of whether or not Drush makefiles are the appropriate method to use in the full software development life cycle (i.e. development, launch, ongoing support, and then deprecation), we need to ask ourselves which method makes sense from at least 3 perspectives: development, operations, and product owners. The answer is not necessarily black and white because there are multiple considerations, multiple stakeholders, and competing optimizations. To that end, I tried to highlight as many pros and cons for a drush makefile approach and leave it to you to decide what is appropriate for you and your use case.

Drush Make Advantages Simplest Possible Representation

A single 1 kilobyte file containing 10 lines could fully represent a very simple drush site install containing a few contrib modules. By comparison, Drupal 7.30 is 3.5 megabytes (zipped) and consists of several hundred folders and several thousand files. If we extend the makefile as a component of an installation profile then the only code that is necessary within the profile is that which is specific and unique to that project. In short, a makefile can allow a repo to contain the simplest possible representation of a Drupal application.

Easier Code Reviews of Diffs

Piggybacking off of the previous item, comparing a diff between makefiles is trivial even when dozens of modules have been updated. A module upgrade might simply show views going from version 7.x-3.8 to 7.x-3.9. By contrast, viewing a commit difference between the actual modules would require sifting through a much longer list of changes that don't really mean much beyond the version change.

Security and Hacked Code

With a specific module version against a public repo, there is no question what is being committed. It's an exact copy of what is contained in the public repo. By contrast, it's much less obvious when upgrading the module itself whether or not the person committing it added any additional tweaks or modifications to it. The person reviewing the code would have to run an MD5 checksum against the code to ensure it was unmodified (or re-run drush make against the makefile).

Inheritance and Re-usability

Drush make file inheritance can be used as way to standardized particular modules, themes, libraries, and patches across many projects. One can then layer on additional and more specific sub-make files to get more granular. This can be particularly powerful in situations where one is managing dozens to hundreds of sites that are derived from a common base installation profile.

Maintain Patches

Let's face it, while Drupal core should never be forked, there are situations where legitimate patches sit within RBTC purgatory for years (I'm looking at you Secure Pages). However, managing and tracking those patches while staying up to date with Drupal core and contrib upgrades can be challenging and easy to forget. However, this becomes a trivial secondary step with a drush make file that can apply the patches in conjunction with the appropriate upgrades.

Drush Make Disadvantages Deployment Overhead

If we use the simplest possible representation (i.e. a makefile or a makefile within an installation profile) for a deployment, then every deployment will require a complete rebuild of the entire Drupal application even in the case of a single line change. Compare this with a more straightforward strategy of a git pull followed by an rsync, which would dramatically cut down the time to deploy as well as the server resources required. Building Drupal from scratch every time can add up, particularly on a shared server with multiple Drupal instances.

In addition to the build process, there is also the time involved with priming drush's cached copy of all the modules and libraries specified by the makefile.

External Dependencies

Using a makefile as the simplest possible representation also introduces the challenge of external dependencies during a production deployment. For example, an updated makefile may require new modules from, new libraries from github, and patches hosted somewhere else. If any one of those dependencies fail, the deployment cannot proceed. Contrast this with the situation where a full clone of the git repo already lives on the server it's deploying against and there is a much smaller risk of failure.

It's important to note that this consideration isn't as much of a concern during the development phase because a short outage doesn't directly impact a production level service. However, once the application is in production and uptime is a more important factor, these external dependencies may no longer be appropriate.

Git Bisect, History, and Merges

Git bisect is a powerful strategy for efficiently stepping through a long commit log to determine when a bug or regression was introduced. If the full codebase is present, then one can quickly jump through the commit log without doing anything else (except perhaps a feature revert, a registry rebuild, and/or a cache clear). With the pure makefile approach, a rebuild is necessary after each change to address changes within the dependencies. While there are certainly work-arounds, this isn't as clean a process.

Comparing code across a branches is also made more difficult. If one is trying to see if a function changed between versions of a module, one cannot compare against two commits within the git history or compare between two branches.

Version Control Status

One quick and easy way to check for changes within a git repository is through the use of commands like "git status". The use of submodules can make this slightly less effective because it requires one to traverse to each submodule to verify if any changes are present. And a build from a makefile is even more difficult because any components added into the profile will show up as false positives and any components that are above the profile directory will not be tracked in version control at all. This can make it very difficult to verify that there are no changes across the entire code base.

Hosting Options

Unfortunately, not all hosting providers will play nice with a drush make representation of a Drupal site. Shared hosting solutions (such as entry level godaddy solutions) will not allow one to install drush on the server. And until very recently, Patheon and Acquia did not provide support for drush make files out of the box.


One additional consideration is with respect to how the site might be handed off to the client if they decide to manage the site themselves. If they are not sophisticated enough to use a makefile approach, then they might have a difficult time deploying or maintaining it. Worse, if they need to be provided a full zip of the site while receiving additional code changes from a repo using just a make file manifest, then providing code changes might be more difficult than necessary.


There is no question that drush make files are powerful, but they do introduce some potential limitations for certain use cases, particularly as one enters the launch and post-launch phase of a project. Once the site is live and out of heavy development, it may make more sense to switch from a manifest to a full code repository.

A Hybrid Solution

There is an hybrid solution that can retain some of the best features from both endpoints. If a drush make file is included within the root of the Drupal application, then it can still be used to control and enforce all the resulting code that is used to generate a full Drupal codebase (modules, libraries, themes, and patches). This is exactly the approach that Drupal 8 uses with its composer.json file and the resulting components that are stored within core/vendor.

A Drupal 7 example of this approach is the RhymesSite project. One can completely rebuild the codebase from the makefile while retaining all the advantages of a complete codebase when ready to deploy to production.

Closing Remarks

I hope you found this helpful. If you have specific experiences or insights that could make this analysis better and/or more accurate, we’d love to hear from you!


Stauffer: The Most Important Thing I learned while writing my first Facebook app

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 2:51am

When I learned I was going to be writing my first Facebook web app, I was pretty excited.  Much like the feeling of writing a Hello World! in a new programming language, I knew I was going to expand my skillset. I really enjoy new opportunities to learn and solve problems.  In fact, I feel this is a fundamental attribute of being a developer.  We code because we want to solve problems. So without further ado, let me share the most important thing I learned while writing my first Facebook app.Hopefully my experience will give someone else a head start in their own future project.

You need to ask Facebook for permission to ask permission from the User.

When you integrate Facebook login into your website, you can include the default permissions which includes public profile and email. After the user logs in, they can approve to give your site this information. If you need more than that, i.e.,  you want to be able to post to a user’s wall, you will need an extended permission. However, you can’t just include an extended permission on Facebook API, you will have to ask Facebook for permission to include an extended permission in your login. 

My assumption is that Facebook checks out your website or app in order to determine why you need an extended permission. If this is in fact the case, I believe it is a good thing because at least we can then assume  that Facebook is checking the legitimacy of your app. However, let’s wear a black hat for a second. If you really think about it, this process does not stop a malicious programmer from pretending they have a legit app. Once has Facebook approved the extended permissions, malicious programmers  can still change their code and do bad things. 

Understanding that time is one of the most important parts of web development, once you finish your website or mobile app don't celebrate too early! There will be a delay after making your project “live.”  If you needed an extended permission and Facebook is one of your core functionalities, you will have to wait for Facebook’s approval. 

Note: You do not need to do this during development because you will have all necessary extended permissions in your dev app, but once you are ready for production, you will have to submit your application to Facebook for review

Tags: facebook app , Drupal , Planet Drupal

Forum One: The Drupal 8 Decision

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 1:20am

From time to time, we all face big life choices. Should I attend this college? Should I take this job? Should I marry this person?

Yet few life choices loom larger for you and your organization in the next year than “When should I upgrade to Drupal 8?”

Well…perhaps the Drupal 8 decision doesn’t quite rank with the others, but for mission-driven organizations, the decision to adopt this major new release is a significant one, with implications for your digital communications for years to come. For most organizations, the upgrade represents a substantial investment that must be planned, scheduled, and budgeted.

In this article, I’ll provide a rapid overview of the promise and challenge of Drupal 8. Then, I’ll lay out the choices you are facing as a current user, or potential Drupal adopter.

The Promise of Drupal 8

Drupal 8, the first major new release in four years, represents a substantial technological departure from previous versions. (More on what constitutes a major Drupal upgrade.)

For marketers and communications professionals, there’s a lot to like. There are over 200 new features and improvements, including a mobile-first approach, in-place editing, and improved accessibility.

For technologists, Drupal 8 offers improved development techniques, as well as including improved APIs and built-in Web services. But D8 also comes with a learning curve. It has an entirely new architecture and methodology. It will take time for your developers to become comfortable with the new Symfony2 components. Drupal 8’s Object-Oriented Programming approach brings increased flexibility for those with the hardcore computer science skills necessary to exploit it.

This infographic (PDF) from the Drupal Association summarizes Drupal 8’s key features.

The Challenge of Drupal 8

One challenge for Drupal users is that the release timeline is still unknown. Certainly, we’re getting close. The beta version was released in October 2014, and it’s anticipated that it will be released sometime in 2015.

Historically, migrations from one major version to another are straightforward, but not always non-trivial. Every Drupal website is a conglomeration of the “core” Drupal software as well as typically dozens of add-on “modules” that extend or improve the software’s functionality. For example, the module that runs your fancy homepage carousel in one version may not be updated or tuned for the next version. And while Drupal 8’s upgrade process is improved, timelines and costs for Drupal upgrade projects are as varied as the websites themselves.

It’s important to realize that once Drupal 8 is released, support for previous versions will flag. If you are currently on Drupal 7, with no immediate plans for a major redesign, the issue is less pressing. But for those on earlier versions, you must be planning and budgeting for an upgrade now.

The challenge for digital communication planners depends on your existing situation. Let’s look at the possible approaches — one situation at a time.

Your Website is on Drupal 5

If you are using Drupal 5, your plan is simple. You must upgrade to Drupal 6 as soon as you possibly can.

Drupal 5 was released in 2007 and superseded by Drupal 6 a year later. If your website is running Drupal 5, it hasn’t received any security patches in four years, and is likely already compromised. It’s probably serving as jumping off point for spamming and other nefarious activities. Improving a Drupal 5 site now is difficult, and few reputable consultancies would agree to improve a Drupal 5 site without first upgrading it.

Once you are on Drupal 6, you then must consider upgrading to Drupal 7 or 8 within the next year, as described in the sections that follow.

Your Website is on Drupal 6

If your website is on Drupal 6, you need to plan for an upgrade to Drupal 7 or 8 within the next year. Once Drupal 8 is released in 2015, official support for Drupal 6 core and modules will cease within three months. This means that as security vulnerabilities are discovered, hackers are highly likely to compromise your website for their evil ends, and you will be powerless to plug the holes.

This means that Drupal 6 sites should be planning and budgeting NOW to upgrade to at least Drupal 7 in 2015. You want to be ready to move quickly once Drupal 8 is released. Three months of support is not a long time.

Your Website is on Drupal 7 (Or you are considering Drupal for Your Next Project)

If your site is currently on Drupal you can breathe easier. Drupal 7 has been out for four years, and nearly a million sites are running Drupal 7 core — far more than all previous versions combined.

It will soon be time for these sites to transition to Drupal 8, but the community will continue to support D7 until Drupal 9 is released, which is surely at least two years away.

Therefore, if you are happy with your existing website and are planning only minor improvements to the design or functionality in the near term, you can sit back and  do nothing for now. You should, of course, start planning for upgrading to Drupal 8 the next two years.

If you are currently considering building a new site on Drupal — or contemplating a major redesign in the next six months — the decision is more complicated.  You have two options.

The first option is to redesign on Drupal 7 now. That’s what thousands of projects are doing as we speak. At Forum One, every new major Drupal project currently starts with Drupal 7, and will likely continue to do so for several months following Drupal 8’s release. The software is mature, stable, widely-supported, and well understood by our staff.

The second option is to postpone your Drupal project until after Drupal 8 is released. Early adopters of D8 will get the maximum value from the new software, as their finished solution will live on Drupal for the longest period. They likely won’t need to consider a new Drupal upgrade until sometime in 2017 at the earliest. And given that the community will continue to support Drupal 8 even once Drupal 9 is released, you would be able to sleep easy knowing that your site will be able to stay patched and secure for the next four to five years.

However, at this writing, there are distinct trade-offs with waiting for D8. You are tying your project timeline to the D8 release schedule, which is community-driven and not guaranteed. Even once D8 is released, it will be a few months before skilled developers are ready to start new projects on 8. While savvy technologists are already experimenting with the D8 beta, it will take some time for modules, processes, training materials, and hosting environments to become tuned for this substantially-new platform.

Here’s another important consideration: Are you the type of product owner who can afford to be on the cutting edge? Early technology adopters typically pay more for the technology than those who follow. Later adopters benefit from the lessons of early adopters. Still, this may be an acceptable premium for your organization if Drupal 8 improves your efficiency, reduces long-term costs, or gives you a competitive advantage in achieving your goals.

Decide to Plan

Like all software, the lifespan of every major Drupal version is limited. Drupal 5 is end of life, Drupal 6 is very near end of life, and — after a good run — Drupal 7 will enter its golden years in the next twelve months.

While the Drupal 8 decision may not have the gravity of other life choices, you have an obligation to ensure that the core software for your site is, secure, stable, and well-supported.

Your most important decision is to decide to plan. Drupal 8 is coming. Are you prepared?



Metal Toad: Drupal 8: First Impressions for the Back-End Developer

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2014/11/18 - 12:54am
Drupal 8: First Impressions for the Back-End Developer Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:54 keithdechant

Drupal 8 is in beta now, and recently I’ve had a chance to start working with it. While much of the admin interface is comparable to Drupal 7, there have been some important changes for site builders and back-end developers. In this post, I will be looking at file system and database structure changes, Drush setup, and the new configuration entity type.

Disclaimer: Drupal 8 beta 2 is not ready for production yet. If you start working with it, be warned that future beta releases might break backwards compatibility. You might need to write some code to upgrade. If this is not an option for you, you would be best served sticking with Drupal 7 until the Drupal 8 release candidate is available.

Content Types

One of the most noticeable changes to the Drupal 8 admin UI is the revised Content Type creation pages.

The “Manage Fields” page no longer contains a “widget” column. There is a new tab, “Form Display,” which allows more flexible configuration of the node add/edit form.

“Manage Fields” also no longer allows custom sorting of the fields. “Body” is always listed first, followed by the custom fields in alphabetical order. The fields can be reordered  on the “Manage Form Display” and “Manage Display” tabs.


In Drupal 8, comments are set up as a field, rather than a setting in the node type. To turn on comments for a content type, add a field of type "Comments" on the "Manage Fields" page. This is a more flexible system than in Drupal 7, allowing more than one type of comments for a single node.

This change mostly affects the admin UI. Comments are still entities in Drupal 8, and their underlying data structure is similar to Drupal 7.

Database structure

The notable changes in the database structure relate to the user profiles and the table names for field tables.

The “users” table (a single table in Drupal 7) has been split into “users” and “users_field_data” which contains the data from the built-in fields like name and password. Several other tables, including "node", "comment", and "taxonomy_term" have undergone similar structure changes. This restructuring allows for easier translations of data in the core fields.

Drupal 8 field tables now are prefixed with the type of entity they belong to. They have names like “node__field_image” or “user__field_first_name”. The data structure of these tables is similar to the Drupal 7 “field_data_*” tables, with only a few changes (e.g., the "language" column is now named "langcode").


Drush 6, commonly used with Drupal 7, is not compatible with Drupal 8. You will need to install Drush 7, which is still in development. Not to worry, it’s easy to install Drush 7 alongside Drush 6. Here is an excellent article about setting up Drush 7 with Drupal 8 using Composer:

Cache and Registry

Cache and registry handling in Drupal 8 has undergone some major changes from Drupal 7. Notably, the “cache clear” command has been replaced by “cache rebuild.”

Drupal 7:
“drush cache-clear all”
(a.k.a. “drush cc all”)

Drupal 8:
"drush cache-rebuild”
(a.k.a., “drush cr”).

Note: In Drupal 8, you don't need to specify "drush cache-rebuild all." The "cache-rebuild" command appears to always clear all the caches, and any additional arguments are ignored.

Note: “drush cache-clear drush” is still used to update the list of Drush commands.

As of this writing, the “drush registry-rebuild” command does not appear to be supported for Drupal 8. This may change in the near future.

Package Management

Drupal 8 does not allow disabling of modules. The "drush pm-disable" command has been removed. To turn off a module, you need to uninstall it with "drush pm-uninstall" or by using the "Uninstall" tab on the "Extend" page in the admin UI.

As of Drupal 8 beta 2, uninstalling a module does not automatically delete the module's configuration data. However, some modules may have uninstall hooks which delete their configuration when they are uninstalled. Modules like these can no longer be uninstalled without deleting their configuration.

Package Manager bugs

As of this writing, there is a Drush 7 bug that causes an infinite loop when trying to use “drush pm-enable” (a.k.a., “drush en”) to simultaneously download and install a module:

The workaround is to download the module ("drush dl somemodule") and enable it ("drush en somemodule") in two separate steps, or to enable the module through the admin UI. This does not affect modules which you have already downloaded and wish to enable.

Compiled CSS, JS, and Twig files

In sites/default/files are several new directories:

  • sites/default/files/php - Contains compiled Twig templates
  • sites/default/files/css - Contains compiled and gzipped CSS files
  • sites/default/files/js - Contains compiled JS files

These files do not need to be added to your Git repository. Drupal will generate them automatically on page load, and they will have different file names on each machine (local dev machine, dev server, production server, etc.). Similarly, you shouldn’t try to edit these files manually because Drupal will automatically overwrite your changes at the next cache rebuild.

The Drush “cache-rebuild” command will erase these files and rebuild them.

Common errors - File permissions

Incorrect file permissions can cause PHP errors, or missing CSS or JS. Consider the following error:

Fatal error: Class '__TwigTemplate_09ab09ab7c23bd1ffe135ac9872354bdeca182f' not found in /path/to/your/site/drupal/core/lib/Drupal/Core/Template/TwigEnvironment.php on line 152

This error occurs when the web server doesn’t have permissions to write to the directory sites/default/files. Change the permissions or ownership on that directory and this error should go away.

If you encounter pages missing their CSS files, try checking the same file permissions.

Configuration Entities

Drupal 8 introduces a new type of entity, the “configuration entity.” These are represented as YAML files in the “config/install” subdirectory within a module. When the module is installed, the data from these YAML files is loaded into entries in the “config” table in the database.

The "config" table contains many of the settings that were formerly in the "system" table in Drupal 7. It also contains definitions for a number of things that were formerly in separate tables. Notable examples are Taxonomy vocabularies and text filter formats.

Config entities are only updated when the module is installed or uninstalled. Drupal does not rebuild them when you rebuild the cache. During module development, you either need to uninstall and reinstall your module, or use the config_devel contrib module to make managing your config entities easier.

Config entities are particularly useful when writing content migrations, because the migration definitions are config entities.

As of Drupal 8 beta 2, configuration entities are no longer removed when a module is uninstalled. If your custom module uses configuration entities, and you don’t want these to persist during a reinstall of the module, it might be a good idea to write an uninstall hook to remove the entities.

Example uninstall hook to remove configuration entities:

/** * Implements hook_uninstall(). * * Cleans up config entities installed by this module. */ function yourmodule_uninstall() { db_query("DELETE FROM {config} WHERE name = ''"); drupal_flush_all_caches(); }

Károly Négyesi: Adding comma separated username autocomplete to a D7 form

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014/11/17 - 10:20pm

Today I needed to add autocomplete to a field that could contain comma separated usernames and obviously the requirements included autocomplete. I thought this problem must be solved already in the ecosystem and sure, Views has it already. So I have added '#autocomplete_path' => 'admin/views/ajax/autocomplete/user', '#element_validate' => array('my_module_usernames_validate') and then

function my_module_usernames_validate(&$element) {
  if ($values = drupal_explode_tags($element['#value'])) {
    // Good thing Views doesn't use the native constructor.
    $handler = new views_handler_filter_user_name();
    // And this function doesn't use the object at all.
    $handler->validate_user_strings($element, $values);

Ps. This has been confirmed as working (with a plugin instance) in D8 too.


Creative Juices: Building REST web services with Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014/11/17 - 7:48pm
Building REST web services with Drupal 7 Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:48 matt

Drupal core announcements: Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, November 19

Planet Drupal - Mon, 2014/11/17 - 5:54am
Start:  2014-11-19 (All day) America/New_York User group meeting Organizers:  David_Rothstein

The monthly security release window for Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 core will take place on Wednesday, November 19.

This does not mean that a Drupal core security release will necessarily take place on that date for either the Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 branches, only that you should prepare to look out for one (and be ready to update your Drupal sites in the event that the Drupal security team decides to make a release).

There will be no bug fix release on this date; the next window for a Drupal core bug fix release is Wednesday, December 3.

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.

Categories: Behat - The Right Way

Planet Drupal - Sun, 2014/11/16 - 11:00pm

Behat is a wonderful tool for automatic testing. It allows you to write your user stories and scenarios in proper English, which is then parsed by Behat and transformed to a set of clicks or other operations that mimic a real user.

If you don't have automated tests on your project, I would argue that you're doing it wrong (I explain why on The Gizra Way presentation). Even having a single test is much better than none.

With that said, it's super easy to abuse Behat. We are developers and we think sort of like machines (not really, but you get my point). If you would like to test login to your site you could easily do

Given I visit "/user/login" # fill the username and password input fields, and click submit When I fill "username" with "foo" And I fill "password" with "bar" And I press "Login" Then I should get a "200" HTTP response

Your test will return green, but it could be improved:

Continue reading…


clemens-tolboom deleted branch feature/fix-d8-permissions at clemens-tolboom/drush

On github - Sat, 2014/11/15 - 6:18pm
clemens-tolboom deleted branch feature/fix-d8-permissions at clemens-tolboom/drush Nov 15, 2014

Drupal Association News: Don't Miss the Blink Reaction Membership Discount

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 11:09pm

At the Drupal Association, we love our members and want to show it. That’s why we team up with some of the best Drupal companies around every month to offer our members spectacular discounts.

This month, we’re pleased to announce that  Drupal Association Members can receive 30% off Blink Institute training classes from Blink Reaction. Using the discount code here, Drupal Association members can access fantastic training from Blink, led by veteran Drupalists who are expert trainers. Note: this offer can not be combined with other promotional offers.

Blink Reaction is a premiere provider of enterprise Drupal services to Fortune 1000 companies throughout the US. Their Drupal Training program is designed to help individuals, Enterprise service providers and small business owners harness the power of Drupal.

The Blink Training program has taught beginner and advanced methods to hundreds of individuals and corporations. Blink is proud to offer free and nearly free training through Global Drupal Training Days and at Drupal Camps alongside their public and private training offerings.

Make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity while it lasts. Kudos to our friends over at Blink -- thanks for sharing the Drupal love!


Code Karate: Drupal 7 Imagefield Focus

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 10:31pm
Episode Number: 178

In this episode we look at the Imagefield Focus Module. This module adds another option to the image styles on a content type field. With this module you are able to specify a focus and crop area of your image. Once you have selected either or both of those areas the module then resizes and focuses on the certain area you specified.

Tags: DrupalFieldsDrupal 7Image HandlingDrupal PlanetUI/Design

Midwestern Mac, LLC: Creating a contact form programmatically in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 7:24pm

Drupal 8's expanded and broadly-used Entity API extends even to Contact Forms, and recently I needed to create a contact form programmatically as part of Honeypot's test suite. Normally, you can export a contact form as part of your site configuration, then when it's imported in a different site/environment, it will be set up simply and easily.

However, if you need to create a contact form programmatically (in code, dynamically), it's a rather simple affair:

First, use Drupal's ContactForm class at the top of the file so you can use the class in your code later:


Drupal Association News: Happy Global Training Day!

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 6:39pm

It's Global Training Day and we couldn't be more excited! All across the world, people are teaching and learning Drupal, and sharing that open source love.

Global Training Days happen once a quarter, and focus on one of two curriculums:

  • "Introduction to Drupal," a full day training on the basics of Drupal. Attendees will leave having successfully built a Drupal site. It is ideal for those interested in exploring Drupal as a career path.
  • "What is Drupal?" This half-day workshop will address the basics of Drupal, and will give an overview to those interested in evaluating or implementing Drupal.

Here are some of the highlights of today's Global Training Day tweets.

The first Global #Drupal Training Day Hungary is ON! @tanarurkerem and @kuszingjanos on the stage :) cc @DrupalAssoc

— Zsófi M. (@zsofimajor) November 14, 2014

We are ready #drupalday!!!

— Wellnet (@Wellnet) November 14, 2014

#DrupalCampMelbourne2014 Day 1 Group Photo in sunny Melbourne!

— Drupal Melbourne (@DrupalMelbourne) November 14, 2014

Where's Global Training Day happening? This map shows you where people are learning about Drupal all over the world.


Paul Booker: How to create Blocks in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 6:28pm
// $Id$ /** * @file * Implements various blocks to improve pending content workflow. */ /** * Implements hook_block_info(). */ function approval_block_info() { $blocks['pending_comments'] = array( 'info' => t('Pending Comments'), 'status' => TRUE, 'region' => 'sidebar_first', 'weight' => 0, ); $blocks['unpublished_nodes'] = array( 'info' => t('Unpublished Nodes'), 'status' => TRUE, 'region' => 'sidebar_first', 'weight' => 0, ); return $blocks; } /** * Implements hook_block_configure(). */ function approval_block_configure($delta) { $form = array(); switch($delta) { case 'pending_comments': $form['pending_comment_count'] = array( '#type' => 'textfield', '#title' => t('Configure Number of Comments to Display'), '#size' => 6, '#description' => t('Enter the number of pending comments that will appear in the block.'), '#default_value' => variable_get('pending_comment_count', 5), ); break; case 'unpublished_nodes': $form['unpublished_node_count'] = array( '#type' => 'textfield', '#title' => t('Configure Number of Nodes to Display'), '#size' => 6, '#description' => t('Enter the number of unpublished nodes that will appear in the block.'), '#default_value' => variable_get('unpublished_node_count', 5), ); break; } return $form; } /** * Implements hook_block_save(). */ function approval_block_save($delta = '', $edit = array()) { switch($delta) { case 'pending_comments': variable_set('pending_comment_count', (int)$edit['pending_comment_count']); break; case 'unpublished_nodes': variable_set('unpublished_node_count', (int)$edit['unpublished_node_count']); break; } return; } /** * Implements hook_block_view(). */ function approval_block_view($delta = '') { switch ($delta) { case 'pending_comments': $block['subject'] = t('Pending Comments'); $block['content'] = approval_block_contents($delta); return $block; break; case 'unpublished_nodes': $block['subject'] = t('Unpublished Nodes'); $block['content'] = approval_block_contents($delta); return $block; break; } } /** * A module-defined block content function. */ function approval_block_contents($delta) { switch ($delta) { case 'pending_comments': if (user_access('administer comments')) { $nbr_comments = variable_get('pending_comment_count'); $result = db_query("SELECT cid, subject FROM {comment} WHERE status = 0 limit $nbr_comments"); $items = array(); foreach ($result as $row) { $items[] = l($row->subject, 'comment/'.$row->cid.'/edit'); } return array('#markup' => theme('item_list', array('items' => $items))); } break; case 'unpublished_nodes': if (user_access('administer nodes')) { $nbr_nodes = variable_get('unpublished_node_count'); $result = db_query("SELECT nid, title FROM {node} WHERE status = 0 limit $nbr_nodes"); $items = array(); foreach ($result as $row) { $items[] = l($row->title, 'node/'.$row->nid.'/edit'); } return array('#markup' => theme('item_list', array('items' => $items))); } break; } } Tags: URL: paulbooker / gist:5420976

Paul Booker: How to create an autocomplete form element in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 5:22pm
<?php function demo_menu() { $items['demo-autocomplete-test'] = array( 'title' => 'Test autocomplete', 'page callback' => 'drupal_get_form', 'page arguments' => array('demo_form'), 'access arguments' => array('view published content'), 'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM, ); $items['demo-autocomplete-engine'] = array( 'page callback' => 'demo_autocomplete', 'access arguments' => array('view published content'), 'type' => MENU_CALLBACK, ); return $items; } function demo_form($form, &$form_state) { $form = array(); $form['colors'] = array( '#title' => t('Colors'), '#type' => 'textfield', '#maxlength' => 60, '#autocomplete_path' => 'demo-autocomplete-engine', ); $form['submit'] = array( '#type' => 'submit', '#value' => 'Submit', ); return $form; } function demo_autocomplete($text) { $results = array(); $query = db_select('colors', 'c'); $query ->condition('c.color', '%' . db_like($text) . '%', 'LIKE') ->fields('c', array('color')) ->orderBy('color', 'ASC'); $colors = $query->execute(); foreach ($colors as $row) { $results[$row->color] = check_plain($row->color); } drupal_json_output($results); } Tags:

MariqueCalcus: Prius is in Beta like Drupal :-)

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 5:05pm

Alongside the long awaited Drupal 8 Beta release, we have also updated our first Drupal 8 theme. We haven't include many new features but we have tried to clean up its code and have improved our starter kit. Anyway, let's dig into the latest new features we have discovered with the first Beta releases of Drupal 8. Feel free to check out the code on or read our dedicated blog entry if you want to find out more about our first Drupal 8 theme. If you can wait to see the result, take a look at our online demo.


Blue Drop Shop: Failing is Important: Drupal Camp A/V Kit Update

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 3:17pm

When I learned BADCamp wasn't going to be recording sessions, I jumped at the chance to field-test the camp record kits I'm working on. After all, I was confident I fixed the audio equation and was going to start talks with the Drupal Association about next steps.

The current recipe for the kit is a Hauppage HD Rocket PVR for the screen capture and the Zoom H2N voice recorder as the microphone. Add to that a handful of dongles and converters to cover HDMI in/out for the PVR, and you're good to go.

Walking in to BADCamp, I was feeling great. I'm a big advocate for session records and I would be covering three rooms. Pretty cool, right? 


Throughout day one of sessions, a couple laptops had connection issues and had to bypass recordings, but overall things appeared to be going smoothly. It wasn't until the end of the day when copying files off the thumb drives that I noticed many recordings were 0k mp4 files, primarily from the main room. This was the most disconcerting, because every indication was that things were working.

On this, I have a couple ideas, but no solid understanding of why the files didn't write. That was the easiest room in terms of handshake between PVR and projector, plus there was a dedicated A/V crew that was helping hook up laptops.

When we tested at Fox Valley's camp, the laptop was typically disconnected by the time I made it to the rooms to swap out equipment. I suspect that disconnecting the device before hitting the stop button and waiting long enough for the files to write may kill the save. This one will be easy to test.

Projectors were also an issue. In the main space, none were HD and all were different flavors of Sony. Some hooked up just fine, while others squeezed the output. The Saturday-only keynote room was loving it. 

And then there were presenter laptop issues. There were a few older VGA-only laptops. One refused to work with the VGA to HDMI converted, while one worked for about 15 minutes before failing off and on, mid-presentation. One of the A/V techs suggested that maybe there is not enough USB power on the laptops to handle both the PVR and the converter, so a powered USB hub may be in order. Most Macbooks were fine, but a handful gave output with a very green tint to it.

No surprise, HDMI in/out is proving to be more of a hurdle than originally anticipated. In addition to HDMI in, the PVR also has an option to accept component video. It's likely that converting VGA out from a laptop to component video in to the PVR will be a safer bet. So the question becomes whether I can convert the HDMI out of the PVR to VGA for the projectors.   

All in all, this was an enormous fail. That said, this was the absolute best time for it to happen. My goal is to build a system that can handle the majority of the random that a camp will throw at it. 

I'm looking forward to testing the next iteration.


Tyler Frankenstein: Build a Mobile App to Geo Locate Nearby Places with Drupal

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 1:30pm

In this tutorial (for DrupalCamp Ohio 2014) we'll explore how to build a mobile application and website that can geo locate places near our current position. The nearby location results will be displayed on a map, and will allow us to click on a result item to view its complete details.

The website will be powered by Drupal 7. The mobile application will be built using DrupalGap, which is powered by PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile. Let's get started!


InternetDevels: Welcome us in Lviv! New office of InternetDevels company

Planet Drupal - Fri, 2014/11/14 - 1:11pm

Long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Hold on, it was precisely 7 years ago, 15 November, 2007 in Lutsk, when the InternetDevels Drupal development studio was founded. The company has made a long way since then: overcomed lots of obstacles to gain the respected position at web development market; established number of contacts and connections; made significant contribution to the world’s Drupal community; taken over new development technologies, like Symfony framework… But there’s always something to do!

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