DrupalCon News: Three Reasons to Send Your Team to DrupalCon

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 3:34pm

It can be difficult to decide whether to send representatives of your organization to DrupalCon. You may find yourself asking questions like, what's the ROI? What’s the value of being there in person? Is it really worth the money? There are tremendous benefits, measurable and immeasurable, to sending your employees to DrupalCon. Here are three reasons why going is a win-win for both your employees and your organization.

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Drupal governance announcements: Proposal: Changes to the project application review process

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2015/03/18 - 1:43pm

For the past few months, members of the Technical Working Group, Drupal.org Software Working Group, Security Working Group, and frequent project application reviewers have been working on proposed changes to the project application review process.

The proposed changes have been posted for public review. https://www.drupal.org/node/2453587

If you have any comments or questions, please add them to the issue. This proposal is open for feedback until the end of March. We will then incorporate the feedback and start working on implementing these changes.

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PreviousNext: To Alter or Dispatch: Drupal 8 Events versus Alter Hooks

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 10:46pm

Drupal 8 comes with two extension points for module developers to allow other modules to interact with their code.

The trusty alter hook, the linchpin of Drupal versions past is still there - allowing other modules to interact and intervene in the behaviour of your module.

But there is a new kid on the block, the event system.

So as a module developer how do you decide whether to use the alter system or the event system.

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Drupal Association News: Calling all Community Organizers

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 9:39pm

Do you plan meet-ups, camps, sprints, or trainings for your local community?  The Drupal Association is creating a new Community Organizer Newsletter, so be sure to sign up on your Drupal.org profile. Read on to find out more!

This past January, I celebrated my one-year anniversary of employment at the Drupal Association. I came to the Association from a community management background, working with multiple stakeholders in a distributed community; the role as Community Outreach Coordinator itself appealed to me because I knew the Association serves a strong, active, and connected community. I thought that the community aspect of my job would be nothing I hadn’t encountered before, as I knew I’d be working with very similar community models.  What I did not know at the time was the astonishing amount of effort that our volunteers put in to better their local communities and therefore enhance a global community.

Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several camps, attend and participate in planning DrupalCons, sit in on Community Summits, and have countless interactions with volunteers from around the world.  One thing that has resonated with me as I started to connect to volunteers globally is that many community organizers often ask similar questions about other communities and volunteers.  What are others doing for camps? What are others doing for hosting a sprint? Do others struggle to get people to meetups? How do we engage new leadership? Does the Drupal Association have resources to support our local community groups and user groups?

The frequency with which I have encountered these questions got me thinking: how do we highlight the efforts of our volunteers and share best practices with everyone.  After all, we’re open source, and sharing is how we do things. We’re a do-ocracy! After a lot of thought, I realized that the best way to accomplish this task will have to be collaborative. 

I’ll be working with our talented staff at the Association and volunteers to create a quarterly Drupal Community Organizers Newsletter full of tips, tricks, and news for anyone who runs, organizes, or wants to help grow their local community. The best part is that this newsletter will be mostly curated content from you all, our organizers! Who better to help others than our troops in the trenches? I’ll be including blogs, upcoming camps and sprints, best practices, highlights from communities, volunteer recognition and more information. 

I anticipate that we will release the first issue in the beginning of April, at the start of this year’s Second Quarter. As part of this effort, I need your help. Would you like to receive the newsletter? Sign up HERE , and contact me HERE if you have content (or know of content) that would be great to share with our community organizers. Know other community organizers? Spread the word and get them on the list! Let’s work together to share and support each other in our global Drupal Community.

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Mediacurrent: Mediacurrent Dropcast: Episode 2

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 9:17pm

No Bob this week but we soldier on in this week's episode.

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VM(doh): Drupal Module Marconi Renamed to Openstack Queues

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 9:08pm

When originally building the Marconi module, I did not realize that Openstack project names change. Most recently, the name of the queue project in Openstack was renamed to Zaqar. To avoid further renaming issues, I have renamed the Drupal module to Openstack Queues.

Openstack Zaqar provides a queuing service similar to Amazon SQS for Openstack-based providers. It is currently known to be running in production at Rackspace. This site as well as several sites that we host currently use the Openstack Queues module.

The Openstack Queues module allows Drupal to use Openstack Zaqar as a queue backend.

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Commerce Guys: The Revolution in eCommerce

Planet Drupal - Tue, 2015/03/17 - 6:53pm

You know It's coming - you can feel it, hear it, and see it - the low but powerful rumbling of change - the next big wave of innovation in ecommerce.

Buying and selling online has become second nature and a core part of our lives - yet there is fundamental change underway in how people are thinking about ecommerce and how transactions of all kinds should be woven into the fabric of an engaging online user experience.

Content Sells

The importance of content in creating online experiences that drive people to buy is becoming increasingly important to online merchants and brands. Is there any doubt that this next wave of innovation will in part be centered around a more fluid content driven commerce experience?

Companies who are using a traditional catalog based ecommerce solution are realizing the importance of content to online revenue growth and that simply integrating their ecommerce solution with a separate CMS solution is ultimately not a great solution and creates unnecessary complexity. As a result, many companies with mature online revenue channels are beginning to define their next generation systems.

Ingredients of a Revolution

Fundamental change and a common vision are key ingredients for any Revolution. Mix in a large and growing community of stakeholders who all stand to benefit from this change and you begin to see momentum shift.

But it all starts with needs that are not being met.

Talk to anyone who has been using or delivering ecommerce solutions over the past view years and you will hear a discontent with their current system and in general the future of ecommerce.

What is the source of this discontent and what do they want their ecommerce solution to do that it isn't doing now? Here is what we hear.

  • My current ecommerce solution doesn't provide me with powerful enough CMS functionality to deliver the type of experience that I need to attract and keep users on my site.
  • I have too many systems to manage and maintain - one for content, one for online transactions, one for orders, fulfillment, and inventory and it's hard to integrate them and expensive to support - and even harder to create a unified experience for my users.
  • I need to be much more agile and timely in adapting to changes in the market and responding to the changing behavior of my customers. My technology needs to support this iterative approach that is critical for my business.
  • Technology is way too complex so I really would like a service that insulates me from the complexities of technology so that I can focus on my business - BUT - I don't want to sacrifice flexibility and control over the functionality my business needs and I CAN'T be locked into a single vendor who doesn't have my interests in mind.
  • I need ecommerce functionality that is more modular - rather than an all-in-one solution that resides in a large and separate codebase - so that I have greater flexibility in how and where commerce exists on my site.
Drupal + Drupal Commerce

While Drupal + Drupal Commerce won't solve all of your problems, it will address many of these fundamental challenges, and it will solve them far better than most ecommerce solutions today.

Why? Because it is built, supported, and extended on a massive scale by the largest open source community to address the needs of users just like you.

Join the Revolution

Want to be part of this change? Join us for the first Commerce Revolution on Monday afternoon, May 11 right before the start of DrupalCon Los Angeles. This is a great opportunity to learn, engage, and hear how customers, integrators, and agencies are addressing the shifing needs in ecommerce with Drupal + Drupal Commerce. This is an exclusive, invitation only event. If you would like to receive more information when we officially announce the Commerce Revolution on March 30, please let us know by completing the form below.

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