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DrupalCon News: Announcing DrupalCon Los Angeles Keynote Speaker Whitney Hess

vr, 2015/04/10 - 6:16pm

We are so excited to announce our final keynote speaker for the upcoming DrupalCon Los Angeles, Whitney Hess.

Whitney is a coach, writer and speaker helping people bring their whole selves to their work. For the last decade, she has coached hundreds of companies on how to make their products easier and more pleasurable to use, boost the bottom line, and do work they love. Whitney is the co-host the podcast Designing Yourself, writes on her blog Pleasure & Pain, and speaks at conferences and corporations worldwide. 

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Drupal Association News: New Try Drupal Program

vr, 2015/04/10 - 6:05pm

One of the Drupal Association's primary missions is to grow the adoption of Drupal.  We are about to launch a new program on April 15th called Try Drupal.  The program will make it easy and fast for evaluators to try Drupal and have a simple, great experience while on Drupal.org.

We’ve created Try Drupal with our Premium Hosting Supporters to make it easier for CMS evaluators and Drupal.org newcomers to test and work with a Drupal demo site.  The Program will showcase a selection of Hosting Companies where a new user can quickly (in less than 20 minutes) sign up and have a Drupal demo site up and running for them to use for free. 

This is part of the Drupal Association’s initiative to develop a new revenue stream through advertising programs on Drupal.org.  This revenue will help fund various site initiatives by the Association to improve Drupal.org performance, and make it easier to use and more secure.  After interviewing many members of the community, we determined that new advertising products should be useful to Drupal.org visitors, support our mission to grow the adoption of Drupal, and should not interfere with visitors contributing to the project.

To ensure a positive Drupal experience, partners need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Users are directed to a self-serve sign up platform
  • Users can create a free account for the demo site that accommodates a trial installation of Drupal 7 or 8
  • Users can create a website in 20 minutes or less
  • The demo site should be available to the user for a minimum of one day upon sign up
  • The partner cannot include a paywall or require a credit card upon sign up

The Try Drupal program will be featured on the homepage of Drupal.org.  It will launch with a larger iterative change to the homepage, with an emphasis on helping users move from newcomer, to learner, to skilled Drupal community members.

It’s important that we fund Drupal.org improvements, and that we do so in a responsible way that respects the community. We anticipate rolling out more key advertising programs throughout 2015, stay tuned for more updates.  Thanks for taking the time to read about our initiatives, and please tell us your thoughts!

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SitePoint PHP Drupal: Integrate Elasticsearch with Silex

vr, 2015/04/10 - 6:00pm

In the previous article I started exploring the integration between Drupal 7 and the Elasticsearch engine (henceforth referred to as Elastic). The goal was to see how we can combine these open source technologies to achieve a high performance application that uses the best of both worlds. If you’re just now joining us, you should check out this repository which contains relevant code for these articles.

We’ll now create a small Silex application that reads data straight from Elastic and returns it to the user.

Silex app

Silex is a great PHP micro framework developed by the same people that are behind the Symfony project. It is in fact using mainly Symfony components but at a more simplified level. Let’s see how we can get started really quickly with a Silex app.

There is more than one way. You can add it as a dependency to an existent composer based project:

"silex/silex": "~1.2",

Or you can even create a new project using a nice little skeleton provided by the creator:

composer.phar create-project fabpot/silex-skeleton

Continue reading %Integrate Elasticsearch with Silex%

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Midwestern Mac, LLC: Thoughts on the Acquia Certified Developer - Back End Specialist Exam

vr, 2015/04/10 - 5:31pm

A little under a year ago, I took the Acquia Certified Developer exam at DrupalCon Austin, and posted Thoughts on the Acquia Drupal Developer Certification Exam. My overall thoughts on the idea of certifications for OSS like Drupal remain unchanged, so go read that previous post to hear them.

I wanted to post a little more about the additional certifications Acquia is now offering; in addition to the initial, more generalist-oriented Acquia Certified Developer Exam, Acquia now offers:

Earlier today, I took the Back End Specialist Exam, which focuses more specifically on things like Drupal's core API, general PHP syntax and style, secure code, content caching, debugging, and interacting with the Drupal community.

Like the other certification exams, you get 90 minutes to complete the exam (60 questions total), and you have to take the exam either online or in a testing center with an active proctor. This time, I elected to take the exam on my own computer, which was a little more annoying than taking the exam in-person at a test center (as I did at DrupalCon last year).

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Promet Source: Composing a Drupal 7 Site

vr, 2015/04/10 - 5:07pm

With Drupal 8 on it's way in, PHP's standard practice of using Composer is working its way into a Drupal developer's normal life. Jump ahead of the curve with Promet Source and start using this tool for your Drupal 7 projects with this complete demonstration of a composer workflow using the following packages:

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InternetDevels: Big Manual for creating CTools popups in Drupal 7

vr, 2015/04/10 - 3:55pm

Creating CTools popups (modal windows) is not a complicated thing, but it has many important nuances. Therefore, this article is devoted to the various nuances of popup creation.

The simplest CTools popup

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Lullabot: Mental Health and Open Source

vr, 2015/04/10 - 11:01am

This week we have a special episode to talk about mental health. This is a hard topic for many people to speak about publicly, so we're lucky to have Addison Berry joined by Mike Bell, Greg Dunlap, and Blake Hall to dive into this subject. Mike recently gave a presentation on this topic at Drupalcamp London. The four of us discuss some of the pressures we feel, ways we try to handle them, ideas for how the community can support help support all of us in good mental health, and some resources to check out.

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