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MidCamp - Midwest Drupal Camp: MidCamp 2018 is a wrap

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 17:39
MidCamp 2018 is a wrap

MidCamp 2018 is in the books, and we couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks to our trainers, trainees, volunteers, organizers, sprinters, venue hosts, sponsors, speakers, and of course, attendees for making this year's camp a success.

Videos are up

By the time you read this, we'll have 100% of the session's recordings from camp up on our YouTube Channel. Find all the sessions you missed, share your own session around, and spread the word. While you're there, check out our list of other camps who also have a huge video library to learn from.

Tell us what you thought

If you didn't fill it out during camp, please fill out our quick survey. We really value your feedback on any part of your camp experience, and our organizer team works hard to take as much of it as possible into account for next year.

Nextide Blog: Maestro D8 Concepts Part 4: Interactive Task Edit Options

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

This is part 4 of the Maestro for Drupal 8 blog series, defining and documenting the various aspects of the Maestro workflow engine.  Please see Part 1 for information on Maestro's Templates and Tasks, Part 2 for the Maestro's workflow engine internals and Part 3 for information on how Maestro handles logical loopback scenarios.

Nextide Blog: Drupal Ember Basic App Refinements

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

This is part 3 of our series on developing a Decoupled Drupal Client Application with Ember. If you haven't yet read the previous articles, it would be best to review Part1 first. In this article, we are going to clean up the code to remove the hard coded URL for the host, move the login form to a separate page and add a basic header and styling.

We currently have defined the host URL in both the adapter (app/adapters/application.js) for the Ember Data REST calls as well as the AJAX Service that we use for the authentication (app/services/ajax.js). This is clearly not a good idea but helped us focus on the initial goal and our simple working app.

Nextide Blog: Untapped areas for Business Improvements

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

Many organization still struggle with the strain of manual processes that touch critical areas of the business. And these manual processes could be costlier that you think. It’s not just profit that may be slipping away but employee moral, innovation, competitiveness and so much more.

By automating routine tasks you can increase workflow efficiency, which in turn can free up staff for higher value work, driving down costs and boosting revenue. And it may be easier to achieve productivity gains simpler, faster, and with less risk that you may assume.

Most companies with manual work processes have been refining them for years, yet they may still not be efficient because they are not automated. So the question to ask is, “can I automate my current processes?”.

Nextide Blog: Maestro D8 Concepts Part 3: Logical Loopbacks & Regeneration

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

This is part 3 of the Maestro for Drupal 8 blog series, defining and documenting the various aspects of the Maestro workflow engine.  Please see Part 1 for information on Maestro's Templates and Tasks, and Part 2 for the Maestro's workflow engine internals.  This post will help workflow administrators understand why Maestro for Drupal 8's validation engine warns about the potential for loopback conditions known as "Regeneration".

Nextide Blog: Maestro D8 Concepts Part 2: The Workflow Engine's Internals

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

The Maestro Engine is the mechanism responsible for executing a workflow template by assigning tasks to actors, executing tasks for the engine and providing all of the other logic and glue functionality to run a workflow.  The maestro module is the core module in the Maestro ecosystem and is the module that houses the template, variable, assignment, queue and process schema.  The maestro module also provides the Maestro API for which developers can interact with the engine to do things such as setting/getting process variables, start processes, move the queue along among many other things.

As noted in the preamble for our Maestro D8 Concepts Part 1: Templates and Tasks post, there is jargon used within Maestro to define certain aspects of the engine and data.  The major terms are as follows:

Nextide Blog: Decoupled Drupal and Ember - Authentication

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

This is part 2 of our series on developing a Decoupled Drupal Client Application with Ember. If you haven't yet read Part 1, it would be best to review Part1 first, as this article continues on with adding authentication and login form to our application. Shortly, we will explore how to create a new article but for that we will need to have authentication working so that we can pass in our credentials when posting our new article.

Nextide Blog: Maestro D8 Concepts Part 1: Templates and Tasks

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

Templates and tasks make up the basic building blocks of a Maestro workflow.  Maestro requires a workflow template to be created by an administrator.  When called upon to do so, Maestro will put the template into "production" and will follow the logic in the template until completion.  The definitions of in-production and template are important as they are the defining points for important jargon in Maestro.  Simply put, templates are the workflow patterns that define logic, flow and variables.  Processes are templates that are being executed which then have process variables and assigned tasks in a queue.

Once created, a workflow template allows the Maestro engine to follow a predefined set of steps in order to automate your business process.  When put into production, the template's tasks are executed by the Maestro engine or end users in your system.  This blog post defines what templates and tasks are, and some of the terms associated with them.

 

Nextide Blog: Decoupled Drupal and Ember

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

This is the first in a series of articles that will document lessons learned while exploring using Ember as a decoupled client with Drupal.

You will need to have Ember CLI installed and a local Drupal 8 (local development assumed). This initial series of articles is based on Ember 2.14 and Drupal 8.3.5 but my initial development was over 6 months ago with earlier versions of both Ember so this should work if you have an earlier ember 2.11 or so installed.

You should read this excellent series of articles written by Preston So of Acquia on using Ember with Drupal that provides a great background and introduction to Ember and Drupal.

Nextide Blog: Maestro Overview Video

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

We've put together a Maestro overview video introducing you to Maestro for Drupal 8.  Maestro is a workflow engine that allows you to create and automate a sequence of tasks representing any business process. Our business workflow engine has existed in various forms since 2003 and through many years of refinements, it was released for Drupal 7 in 2010. 

If it can be flow-charted, then it can be automated

Now, with the significant updates for Drupal 8, maestro was has been rewritten to take advantage of the Drupal 8 core improvements and module development best practices. Maestro now provides a tighter integration with native views and entity support.

Maestro is a solution to automate business workflow which typically include the movement of documents or forms for editing and review/approval. A business process that would require conditional tests - ie: IF this Then that.

Nextide Blog: Maestro Workflow Engine for Drupal 8 - An Introduction

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:34

The Maestro Workflow Engine for Drupal 8 is now available as a Beta download!  It has been many months of development to move Maestro out of the D7 environment to a more D8 integrated structure and we think the changes made will benefit both the end user and developer.  This post is the first of many on Maestro for D8, which will give an overview of the module and provide a starting point for those regardless of previous Maestro experience.

Jeff Geerling's Blog: Getting Started with Lando - testing a fresh Drupal 8 Umami site

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:20


Testing out the new Umami demo profile in Drupal 8.6.x.

I wanted to post a quick guide here for the benefit of anyone else just wanting to test out how Lando works or how it integrates with a Drupal project, since the official documentation kind of jumps you around different places and doesn't have any instructions for "Help! I don't already have a working Drupal codebase!":

DrupalEasy: DrupalEasy Podcast 207 - David Needham - Pantheon, Docker-based Local Development Environments, and Hedgehogs

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:33

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David Needham (davidneedham), Developer Advocate with Pantheon as well as a long-time Drupal community member and trainer, joins Mike Anello to discuss his new-ish role at Pantheon, tools for trainers, and a bit of a rabbit-hole into local Docker-based development environments.

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CTI Digital: Drupal's impact on human life

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:21

Last week I was able to attend Drupalcamp London and present a session called “Drupal 101”. The session was about how everyone is welcome in the Drupal Community, irrespective of who you are.  At Drupalcamp London I met people from all walks of life whose lives had been changed by Drupal. I caught up with a friend called Ryan Szrama who is a perfect example of my message, he conducted a brilliant speech at Drupalcamp about “doing well by doing good” so I’d like to share his story with you.

ComputerMinds.co.uk: Render a Drupal 8 View programmatically (Render arrays FTW!)

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:21
Render a Drupal 8 View programmatically (Render arrays FTW!) Steven Jones Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:21

Extra quick tip for Drupal developers: Adding views to your page content is now incredibly straightforward:

$content['editor_tools']['view'] = [ '#type' => 'view', '#name' => 'editor_tools', '#display_id' => 'embed', '#arguments' => [ 123, ], ];

And that's it! $content is my render array which I'll return and let Drupal render. I suspect most of the bits there are self-explanatory, but in case they aren't:

OSTraining: How to Embed Buy Now Stripe Button in Drupal

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 02:25

Would you like to avoid a hassle of processing and keeping your online customers' card details? Stripe is a global online payment gateway you can quickly start using just for that.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily embed the "Buy Now" button from Stripe into your Drupal content. You will be able to integrate the Stripe Checkout even if you don't know how to write code.

Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Top Drupal blog posts from February

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 22:26
Each month, we revisit our top Drupal blog posts of the month, giving you the chance to check out some of our favourites. Here’s a look at the top blog posts from February.   First one on the list is Drupal 8 controller callback argument resolving explained, where Matt Glaman from Commerce guys show us how Drupal knows to pass proper arguments to your controller method. He discusses how the controller's callback arguments are resolved and put into proper order in our method.   We continue our list with Drupal 8 Development on Windows - Best Practices? by Michael Anello, co-owner of… READ MORE

The Accidental Coder: Updating to Drupal 8.5 with Composer

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 21:43
Updating to Drupal 8.5 with Composer j ayen green Sun, 03/11/2018 - 21:43

PreviousNext: Configuration Override Inspector: Removing the Config Confusion

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 21:03

Since the release of Drupal 8, it has become tricky to determine what and where override configuration is set.

Here are some of the options for a better user experience.

by Daniel Phin / 12 March 2018

Drupal allows you to override configuration by setting variables in settings.php. This allows you to vary configuration by which environment your site are served. In Drupal 7, when overrides are set, the overridden value is immediately visible in administration UI. Though the true value is transparent, when a user attempts to change configuration, the changes appear to be ignored. The changes are saved and stored. But Drupal exposes the overridden value when a configuration form is (re)loaded.

With Drupal 8, the behaviour of overridden configuration has reversed. You are always presented with active configuration, usually set by site builders. When configuration is accessed by code, overrides are applied on top of active configuration seamlessly. This setup is great if you want to deploy the active configuration to other environments. But it can be confusing on sites with overrides, since its not immediately obvious what Drupal is using.

An example of this confusion is: is your configuration forms show PHP error messages are switched-on, but no messages are visible. Or, perhaps you are overriding Swiftmailer with environment specific email servers. But emails aren't going to the servers displayed on the form.

A Drupal core issue exists to address these concerns. However this post aims to introduce a stopgap. In the form of a contrib module, of course.

Introducing Configuration Override Inspector (COI). This module makes configuration-overrides completely transparent to site builders. It provides a few ways overridden values can be exposed to site builders.

The following examples show error settings set to OFF in active configuration, but ON in overridden configuration. (such as a local.settings.php override on your dev machine)

// settings.php $config['system.logging']['error_level'] = 'verbose';

Hands-off: Allow users to modify active configuration, while optionally displaying a message with the true value. This is most like out-of-the-box Drupal 8 behaviour:

Expose and Disable: Choose whether to disable form fields with overrides display the true value as the field value:

Invisible: Completely hide form fields with overrides:

Unfortunately Configuration Override Inspector doesnt yet know how to map form-fields with appropriate configuration objects. Contrib module Config Override Core Fields exists to provide mapping for Drupal core forms. Further documentation is available for contrib modules to map fields to configuration objects. Which looks a bit like this:

$config = $this->config('system.logging'); $form['error_level'] = [ '#type' => 'radios', '#title' => t('Error messages to display'), '#default_value' => $config->get('error_level'), // ... '#config' => [ 'key' => 'system.logging:error_level', ], ];

Get started with Configuration Override Inspector (COI) and Config Override Core Fields:

composer require drupal/coi:^1.0@beta composer require drupal/config_override_core_fields:^1.0@beta

COI requires Drupal 8.5 and above, thanks to improvements in Drupal core API.

Have another strategy for handling config overrides? Let me know in the comments!

Tagged CMI, Contrib Modules

Jeff Geerling's Blog: Two MidCamp Sessions: Local Dev for Dummies, Jenkins and Drupal

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:38

MidCamp 2018 wrapped up with a bang today, as there was another year full of great training, sessions, and my favorite aspect, the 'hallway track' (where you go around and network between and during some sessions with tons of excellent Drupalists from the Midwest and around the country).

This year, I presented two sessions; one a co-presentation with Chris Urban titled Local Dev Environments for Dummies, the other a solo presentation titled Jenkins or: How I learned to stop worrying and love automation.

Embedded below are the video recordings of the sessions (recorded as always by the excellent Kevin Thull of Blue Drop Shop!):

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