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Tim Millwood: Workspaces, Deploy, and Relaxed web services

April 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Workspaces, Deploy, and Relaxed web services

A few weeks ago I recorded an updated screencast of the Workspace, Deploy, and Relaxed Web services module. Here it is:

Please comment, tweet, IRC, or Slack any questions.

timmillwood Sun, 23/04/2017 - 22:00 Tags drupal-planet drupal 8 Add new comment
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Lullabot: Clayton Dewey on Drutopia

April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Clayton Dewey about Drutopia, an initiative to revolutionize the way we build online tools
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Valuebound: Object-Oriented Programming Concepts in PHP - Part 1

April 21, 2017 - 2:45pm

PHP is a server-side scripting language, mainly used for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. Object-Oriented Programming (PHP OOP),  is a type of programming language principle added to php5, that helps in building complex, reusable web applications.

In this blog, we will be explaining some of Object-Oriented Programming concepts in PHP with  some examples.

The  Object Oriented concepts in PHP are :

  • Class 
  • Objects
  • Inheritance
  • Interface
  • Abstraction
  • Magic Methods

Class  & Object:

  • Class is a programmer-defined data type, which includes local methods and local variables.
  • Class is a collection of objects. Object has…
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Tim Millwood: The Future of Drupal

April 21, 2017 - 1:22pm
The Future of Drupal

Over the past month there has been a lot of focus on Drupal, the community. More recently it seems people are back to thinking about the software. Dave Hall and David Hernandez both posted eye opening posts with thoughts and ideas of what needs doing and how we can more forward.

A one line summary of those posts would be "We should slim down core, make it more modular, and have many distros".

To a degree this makes sense, however it could cause divergence. Core is not great at all following the same pattern, but contrib is even worse. As part of the Workflow Initiative specifically there is a lot of work going on to try and get the Entity API aligned, get many more entity types revisionable and publishable, using common base classes, traits, and interfaces. If we maintained Node, Block Content, Taxonomy, Comment, etc all as separate projects then there's a chance less of this would happen. Also by doing this we are laying out foundations and setting examples to be followed.

One solution to this may be to follow Symfony (yet again), they have a monolithic project but then split this up into the various components, which are "read only" repos. It's be pretty awesome if we could do this with Drupal. From there we could make Drupal downloadable without many of the core modules. People with the right skills can create a composer.json file to pull in exactly what parts of Drupal are needed, others could use a form on d.o to select which parts are wanted, which downloads a compiled zip.

What would be more awesome is if we could abstract more of Drupal out of Drupal. Imagine if the Entity API was a PHP generic library. Imagine if you could create a Laravel or Symfony app with Nodes. This would be really tricky, especially since Dries announced the plans to make Drupal upgrades easy forever, but possible.

Currently most Drupal sites are still on 7, and here we're talking about what would be Drupal 9? Maybe we need to take step back and look at why sites aren't being upgraded. Dave mentions "A factor in this slow uptake is that from a developer's perspective, Drupal 8 is a new application. The upgrade path from Drupal 7 to 8 is another factor." Although another reason is also why would a company spend the tens of thousands upgrading to Drupal 8? It looks at works (from a users point of view) the same as Drupal 7. Drupal is a CMS, a Content Management System, and the management of content is more or less the same. Yes, with initiatives like Workflow and Media this is changing, but even then similar functionality can be achieved in Drupal 7 with contrib modules. Will Drupal 8 be the version to skip? go straight from 7 to 9?

As Drupal is now pretty firmly an enterprise platform we need to look at this from a marketing point of view. What is going to sell Drupal 9? Why are people going to upgrade? What do they really want? Is a slimmed down core and more modular application really the selling feature that's wanted?

Drupal is a CMS, quoting Dave again "do one thing and do it well". We need to focus on making the authoring experience awesome, and the workflows that go along with it awesome too. This should all be done in a consolidated way to make managing Node content, Block content, etc just as intuitive as each other. If during this process we can also make things more modular, and less Drupally, that'd be awesome!

timmillwood Fri, 21/04/2017 - 17:22 Tags drupal-planet drupal 8
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Mediacurrent: ngconf 2017 - Build with Us

April 21, 2017 - 12:03pm

The first week of April I was among the attendees at the year’s largest US Angular conference, ngconf, in Salt Lake City, Utah. As one of the keynote speakers last year, I was excited at the opportunity to attend again, and curious about how different the atmosphere would be this time around. Last year the community was anxiously awaiting the release of Angular 2.0, and this year 4.0 was released just before the conference.

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Dave Hall Consulting: Many People Want To Talk

April 21, 2017 - 11:52am

WOW! The response to my blog post on the future of Drupal earlier this week has been phenomenal. My blog saw more traffic in 24 hours than it normally sees in a 2 to 3 week period. Around 30 comments have been left by readers. My tweet announcing the post was the top Drupal tweet for a day. Some 50 hours later it is still number 4.

It seems to really connected with many people in the community. I am still reflecting on everyone's contributions. There is a lot to take in. Rather than rush a follow up that responds to the issues raised, I will take some time to gather my thoughts.

One thing that is clear is that many people want to use DrupalCon Baltimore next week to discuss this issue. I encourage people to turn up with an open mind and engage in the conversation there.

A few people have suggested a BoF. Unfortunately all of the official BoF slots are full. Rather than that be a blocker, I've decided to run an unofficial BoF on the first day. I hope this helps facilitate the conversation.

Unofficial BoF: The Future of Drupal

When: Tuesday 25 April 2017 @ 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Exhibit Hall - meet at the Digital Echidna booth (#402) to be directed to the group
What: High level discussion about the direction people think Drupal should take.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post had this scheduled for Monday. It is definitely happening on Tuesday.

I hope to see you in Baltimore.

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Vardot: How to Choose the Right Open Source CMS for Your Website (Infographic)

April 21, 2017 - 10:37am
News Read time: 2 minutes

Today’s top CMS platforms all offer their own unique flavor for users trying to get their website up and running. All of them have their own strengths and weaknesses, but for complete and total flexibility, Drupal is the best choice. While it requires a strong grasp of web development, the level of customization it offers is far beyond its competition.

Join us as we look at some of the top reasons to use Drupal, followed by an infographic that breaks down today’s top three platforms.

 

The Top 3 Reasons to Choose Drupal For Your Website

While there are plenty of articles about Drupal, and numerous reasons to use it, let’s take a look at the top three picks:

1. Agile Web 2.0 Development

Drupal embraces the best parts of agile web development. From the moment you install it, you have clean markup code, page and blog publishing, content management, search, polls, forums, user login modules, and plenty more. It cuts your development timeline down to mere days, as opposed to weeks of getting everything ready.

 

2. Thousands of Modules

Modules allow you to quickly add functionality to your website. With over 16,000 to choose from, this number is only growing. From additional security, to social media, to SEO, and backups, you can do just about anything with these additional tools, and provide your users with an excellent experience.

 

3. Ultimate Scalability

Drupal is insanely flexible. You can start with as little as 10 pages on your site, and move up to 10,000 posts without ever changing a thing. Performance and security can be easily modified through the Admin console. Perhaps this is why some of the world's biggest websites like the White House, Nascar, and the Grammys all run on Drupal.

If you are still unsure why Drupal is the best, read this article with more reasons that will convince you.

 

Breaking Down Today’s CMS Platforms (Infographic)

Below you’ll find an infographic that compares Drupal to the other platforms you’ll find in your search. For the reasons above, however, our team of OnBlastBlog recommends Drupal wholeheartedly.

 

And which platform do you use? Let us know in the comments! 

Tags:  Drupal Planet Drupal Title:  How to Choose the Right Open Source CMS for Your Website (Infographic)
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InternetDevels: The User Personas module in Drupal 8: perfect order in roles and permissions

April 21, 2017 - 3:53am

Drupal 8 promised to make website management a piece of cake, and it is fulfilling its promise!

Read more
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Dries Buytaert: Thoughts as we head to DrupalCon Baltimore

April 20, 2017 - 11:20pm

The past weeks have been difficult. I'm well aware that the community is struggling, and it really pains me. I respect the various opinions expressed, including opinions different from my own. I want you to know that I'm listening and that I'm carefully considering the different aspects of this situation. I'm doing my best to progress through the issues and support the work that needs to happen to evolve our governance model. For those that are attending DrupalCon Baltimore and want to help, we just added a community discussions track.

There is a lot to figure out, and I know that it's difficult when there are unresolved questions. Leading up to DrupalCon Baltimore next week, it may be helpful for people to know that Larry Garfield and I are talking. As members of the Community Working Group reported this week, Larry remains a member of the community. While we figure out Larry's future roles, Larry is attending DrupalCon as a regular community member with the opportunity to participate in sessions, code sprints and issue queues.

As we are about to kick off DrupalCon Baltimore, please know that my wish for this conference is for it to be everything you've made it over the years; a time for bringing out the best in each other, for learning and sharing our knowledge, and for great minds to work together to move the project forward. We owe it to the 3,000 people who will be in attendance to make DrupalCon about Drupal. To that end, I ask for your patience towards me, so I can do my part in helping to achieve these goals. It can only happen with your help, support, patience and understanding. Please join me in making DrupalCon Baltimore an amazing time to connect, collaborate and learn, like the many DrupalCons before it.

(I have received a lot of comments and at this time I just want to respond with an update. I decided to close the comments on this post.)

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Third & Grove: Introducing the Drupal Extrafield Settings Module

April 20, 2017 - 11:20pm
Introducing the Drupal Extrafield Settings Module john Thu, 04/20/2017 - 22:20
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Chapter Three: Installing Drupal 8 from configuration

April 20, 2017 - 9:46pm
Wouldn't it be great if???

Configuration management is one of the most useful site development features in Drupal 8. It makes a site's configuration exportable, importable and manageable in git. Whilst building the configuration management feature, a thought that often occurred was "Wouldn't it be great if you can take an existing set of configuration and install a new site from it?". Every Drupal developer has turned up to a new project and had to learn a different way to build a development site. Do you get the code from github? Download a database from production or some other special location? And is that database sanitised?

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Ben's SEO Blog: Don’t Miss This Drupal 8 SEO Session at DrupalCon!

April 20, 2017 - 6:58pm

I hope you will be attending DrupalCon 2017 next week in Baltimore. This a great opportunity to update your Drupal knowledge and network with others. It’s also your chance to sign up for a special, two-hour training session on Drupal 8 SEO which is free to Drupalcon attendees.

I will be holding a Drupal 8 SEO Hands-On Seminar beginning at 15:45 on April 25 in room 321 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We will do the most important on-page optimizations that I’d execute for a Volacci SEO client. We’ll cover specific details that marketers should know to achieve SEO results with Drupal 8 with minimal need for developer help.

In addition, everyone who attends will receive a free electronic copy of my latest book, Drupal 8 SEO. This book is a step-by-step guide for ranking high in search engines with professional tips, modules, and best practices for Drupal 8 web sites.

Search Engine Optimization is a key part of the success of any Drupal website. With recent releases, Drupal 8 is ready for the SEO prime-time, but it can be difficult to know which modules to use and exactly how to configure them. This course will take the mystery out of Drupal 8 SEO.

In the hands-on portion of the class, you can optimize your very own website. Following Volacci’s Drupal SEO guidelines, the end-result will be a website that ranks better in search engine results, creates more leads and drives more revenue. If you want to do the hands-on portion of this class, you must bring your own dev environment. It can be your own Drupal website or a test website. Get the details here.

See you at DrupalCon!

2 Hours of Drupal SEO Training and a Free Book, Too!drupalcon, drupal 8 seo book, Planet Drupal
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Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Toolbar Menu (video tutorial)

April 20, 2017 - 6:05pm
Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Toolbar Menu (video tutorial) NonProfit Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:05 Episode 26

Here is where we bring awareness to Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today we'll investigate Toolbar menu, a module which allows you to add menus to your toolbar.

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Drupal governance announcements: Community Discussion

April 20, 2017 - 5:08pm

Open conversation is essential to the wellbeing of any community. It is especially important now, as we collaboratively determine how to evolve our governance.

This discussion thread is being posted as a place for ongoing conversation about recent community issues and the governance improvements that the community is collaborating on together.

For background information on additional conversations being held, we direct you to:

https://www.drupal.org/community/discussions

...which has links to open community discussion sessions to be held at DrupalCon Baltimore, and that are being held virtually. After those sessions are completed, minutes will be posted to page above.

We encourage you to join us at those community discussions if you are able, and/or to continue the discussion here.

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Lullabot: Drupalcon Baltimore Edition

April 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
Matt and Mike sit down with several Lullabots who are presenting at Drupalcon Baltimore. We talk about our sessions, sessions that we're excited to see, and speaking tips for first-time presenters.
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CU Boulder - Webcentral: Upgrading A Drupal 7 Module to Drupal 8: Configuration Forms

April 20, 2017 - 4:41pm

In the last post in this series, we set up some routing for our module for three paths. One of those paths is to the module's main configuration form. Since this module has a Drupal 7 version, I am going to go by the old tried and true method of CDD, a.k.a Copy Driven Development. Copy, paste, cry, try to copy something else.

Developer Blog
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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Get the most out of your first DrupalCon!

April 20, 2017 - 3:59pm

To me, meeting and building relationships in person is the glue that holds us together and makes Drupal a community. If this is your first DrupalCon or first Drupal community event, it’ll be your first taste of this crazy, smart bunch of people scattered around the globe most of the rest of the year. Welcome! I’d like to help you get the most out of your first DrupalCon!

Tags: acquia drupal planetcommunityfirst timerseventdrupalcon
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Mediacurrent: Dropcast: Episode 31 - DRUPALCON

April 20, 2017 - 1:58pm
Dropcast: Episode 31 - DRUPALCON

Recorded April 12th, 2017

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The Accidental Coder: The State-of-Drupal Poll

April 20, 2017 - 12:25pm

Speak out about your feelings on several topics that are swirling in the Drupalsphere. The results of the poll will be published here during Drupalcon Baltimore. 

Take the Poll!

Tags: Drupal Planet
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Chromatic: Replacing hook_boot and hook_init Functionality in Drupal 8

April 20, 2017 - 10:15am

Adam uncovers methods of firing code on every page in Drupal 8, the right way.

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