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InternetDevels: Things every Drupal site should care about to defeat its competitors

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:37

Drupal is a great platform that has a great community and a great number of sites developed thanks to it. What makes it so great? What helps Drupal stand out among the competition? We’ve explained you 6 reasons why you'll love Drupal websites, and if you do love them and have your own website on Drupal now, then this article will give you a hint about what you should pay attention to stand out among your business competitors and defeat them.

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Hook 42: Hook 42 DrupalCon Vienna Sessions

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:41

Along with our CTO, Kristen Pol, we have a new Accessibility Lead and Senior Front-end Developer, Carie Fisher, who will be in Vienna. We are excited to have her onboard! Carie is one of the community leaders who received a well-deserved scholarship to attend DrupalCon Vienna.

Matt Glaman: Migrated: Now on Drupal 8!

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:06
Migrated: Now on Drupal 8! mglaman Mon, 09/11/2017 - 15:06

My personal site is now officially migrated onto Drupal 8! I had first attempted a migration of my site back when Drupal 8.0 was released but had a few issues. With Drupal 8.3 it was nearly flawless (maybe even 8.2, but I had put the idea back burner.) I did have some interesting issues to workaround

Missing filter plugins

My migration process was halted and littered with errors due to missing plugins, specifically around my text formats. The culprits were:

Valuebound: How to create custom REST method to protect your content from unauthorised use

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:07

In last few years, protecting data from an unauthorised use has become a challenging task. Recently, we came across a similar situation while working on a media and publishing industry project where most of the content was used through services. And we were requested to protect the content from unauthorised use and help in stopping such practices. 

Here in this scenario, RESTful Web Services API played a significant role in overcoming the situation. However, in some cases, the default RESTful API doesn’t work effectively and leave the requirement unfulfilled. In this case, we will create a custom REST method that helps you to access nodes using API keys. Let’s see how we can achieve this?

Here we need to deal with two things:

  • Create a View to export data…

Jacob Rockowitz: Wow!!! vs. Aha...The Webform Module's User Experience

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:50

Wow and Sell vs. Understand and Aha...

Proprietary Content Management Systems (CMS) and online form builders have a lot of immediate wow, including snazzy marketing and very fancy user interfaces. I admit it: I like wowing people and the Webform module's user experience with video tutorials and it's very slick-looking elements like signatures and likert are meant to impress you. The Webform module's "Aha" moment happens when you grasp the software's full potential. Suddenly you understand the Drupal mantras, "There is a module for that; There is a hook for this; Anything and everything is customizable." Aha indeed.

The Webform User Interface/Experience

Circling back to Webform module's user interface and experience, there’s a limit to how much wow I can build. On the flip side, there is unlimited aha available. The latest releases of the Webform module includes a significantly improved UI with Ajax, element previews, tabbed dialogs, and more. The Webform module may never have a slick WYSIWYG drag-n-drop user interface... I’m okay with that. I’d like to share with you the current state of the Webform UI/UX and talk about some key concepts.

The current user interface for the Webform module leverages existing UX patterns from Drupal core. For example, using a modal dialog for creating new elements was inspired by the Blocks UI. The Webform module also includes support for core's experiment system tray. My goal is to provide "fluid user experience" that is logical and works for all users while providing an incredible amount of configurability and flexibility.

Here is latest and relatively final Webform UI/UX.

It’s not how you build the webform but what you do with the webform submission.

The actual form builder is not the most important feature of the Webform module. Without a doubt, generating form and submission handling is by far the most important aspect of...Read More

Drop Guard: DrupalCon's 5 top DevOps & Automation sessions

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:30
DrupalCon's 5 top DevOps & Automation sessions

With the end of September, DrupalCon Vienna is also coming closer and we can't wait to welcome you to our booth #S08. As a Silver sponsor of the event, we'll have the chance to present continuous update management to you on site. But - we also can't wait to learn a lot from other agencies and attendees! At DrupalCon there's always a chance to learn something new, be it a whole new approach or a connecting piece of unidentified issues - by asking but most of all by listening.

 

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Drupal Commerce: Next steps for Drupal Commerce documentation

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:01

With the Drupal Commerce 2.0 release slated for September 20th, we are making an effort to provide excellent documentation so that our implementers and end users can work with Drupal Commerce efficiently. We also want to encourage contribution at all levels, such as documentation. I am happy to announce we have moved from using Sphinx, a Restructured Text documentation tool, to GravCMS. GravCMS is a PHP based flat-file CMS, which uses Markdown.

Why the change?

We found that while Sphinx provided robust features, it also added a high entry barrier for documentation contributors:

lakshminp.com: Drupal's database schema model

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:24

We shall do a deep dive of Drupal's database schema. For the purpose of simplicity, we shall deal exclusively with SQL queries and not step out of DB land unless its required. By doing this exercise, we can derive Drupal's schema from first principles. Let's start with a humble node, more specifically, an article content type which ships by default with Drupal's core. It consists of the node ID, the node type and node properties, i.e. the node title and node status. We are assuming only one bundle, the "article" bundle for now.

agoradesign: Potential pitfalls when using Dompdf and how to fix them

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:54
In a current project, I had to generate PDF documents based on custom entities on a Drupal 8 page. Although this has never been so easy than with Dompdf, I've stumbled across two problems which cost my some time to find out and fix.

DrupalCon News: Introducing a new form of Drupal sprints: Drupal Marketing Sprints

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 19:24

At DrupalCon Vienna One Shoe will host the very first Drupal Marketing Sprint on Thursday, 28 September 2017. The goal is for Drupal businesses and agencies to work together to create marketing materials that promote Drupal as a whole. Come prepared with examples of Drupal marketing material that has caught your attention so you can start the sprint with something to work with. Read more in the following blog from Michel van Velde, One Shoe CEO.

Glassdimly tech Blog: D8: Disable Block Programmatically on Just One View or Node

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:43

It's not always possible to use a path to determine block visibility.

Therefore, here is how you programmatically disable a block on specific view without recourse to path.

Palantir: On The Air With Palantir, Ep. 08: Los Drupaleros

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:48
On The Air With Palantir, Ep. 08: Los Drupaleros On the Air With Palantir brandt Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:48 Juan D. Flores with Allison Manley Sep 8, 2017

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All about one Drupalero's experience in the Drupal community.

Welcome to the latest episode of On the Air with Palantir, a long-form (ad-hoc) podcast by Palantir.net where we go in-depth on topics related to the business of web design and development. In this episode, Allison Manley is joined by Juan Daniel Flores of Rootstack, and Juan dives into the Drupal world of Latin and Central America.

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Allison Manley [AM]: Hi, everyone. Welcome to On the Air With Palantir, a podcast by Palantir.net where we go in-depth on topics related to web design and development. I'm Allison Manley, Sales and Marketing manager. Today, my guest is Juan Daniel Flores of Rootstack. Juan spent some time with me a few months back telling me about all the exciting things happening with Drupal in Latin America. Here we are at DrupalCon Baltimore 2017-

Juan D. Flores [JDF]: That's right.

AM: ... in the convention center at the corner of Pratt and Charles Street. I am sitting with ...

JDF: Juan Flores from Rootstack from Panama.

AM: From Panama. You came all the way from Panama.

JDF: Yes, sunny, tropical Panama. Yeah. The temperature is quite a good a change for me.

AM: Is it?

JDF: I was born in Colombia, in Bogota, actually. The temperature is more or less like this. I really miss the cool temperature, because in Panama, sometimes it gets really, really hot.

AM: Well, we're welcome to give you a nice, rainy break, so ...

JDF: Yeah, I appreciate it.

AM: Is this your first Drupal Con?

JDF: Yeah, this is my first personal, my first Drupal Con in the States, but we have been attending Drupal Con like, since five years ago. We are three partners, and they do most of the traveling.

AM: Okay. Excellent. How long have you been involved in Drupal?

JDF: We have been involved with Drupal like from seven years ago right after college. We graduated, and we got our degrees, and we started the company. We started with Drupal right away. We learned about Drupal, actually, by a friend in the college. It was like we saw the tool. We saw all the things that you could do, and we were like hooked up, like, "We have to do this. We have to use this." It's been quite a long time.

AM: Wow. That's great. Were you self-taught or ...

JDF: Totally self-taught. In the university, they teach you certain things, but to be, to thrive in this world, you really have to be very proficient in learning by yourself. You have to be active. You have to be checking what's going in the world. Thanks to our desire to know more, we picked it up and here we are seven years later.

AM: And here you are. Glad to have you. You call yourselves the Drupaleros, sort of jokingly.

JDF: Yeah, that's the term we use for Drupal. That's in Spanish. It's a term that we use in general.

AM: Universally.

JDF: Yeah. Universal.

AM: So that's not just the Panamanian-

JDF: Exactly. Exactly.

AM: Okay. I feel like there's a presentation next year for just the Spanish-speaking Drupaleros. I feel like there's some sort of presentation you should make around that and what's happening in Latin and Central America.

JDF: That will be interesting. Even though like I feel that we're a little bit late to the party, in terms of doing stuff, there has been a lot of work that has been done by Latin developers. For example, there's Jesus Olivas, which is ... Well, and the team from We Know It, that they have been working hard with the Drupal console project, which is picking up, really, a great amount of fans. He gave a talk yesterday. He's from Mexico. There's another guy. His name is Omers. He's also from Mexico. The other guys, Anso and Kenya are from Costa Rica.

AM: How many would you say there are total between Latin and Central America, you know, that you keep in touch with on a regular basis working in Drupal?

JDF: It's hard to tell to know a certain number because, unfortunately, the community there is like a little bit shy. But I can say that, for example, if I can measure events that we have gone to, for example, the DrupalCon in Costa Rica, or the DrupalCon Central America that we did a couple years ago, I would say we could see around 400, but it's hard to ... They show up for events. There are a lot of people that show at events. It's the the building the community that's hard.

AM: How did you start out? Tell me about the beginnings of your business, then.

JDF: We were in college. One of the partners approach to us. He told us like, "Hey, I think we should do this. We should make a company for our own." We are good, each one, in our own stuff. For example, one of the partners is very good at business development, organizing. The other one is very good at developing. He's a very strong skill set. I'm more like the creative one in terms of design, in terms of implementing the science. We're sort like a match in terms of our skills. We started that in 2010, and we slowly grew. We recruited guys fresh out of college from our own university. Then, we started to build the team. One of the things that I have heard here is that it's hard to find Drupal developers. Which if it's hard for you, it's harder for us. It's been years of finding good people that we think that can be a good fit and training them. I think there's a value in that, in home-growing the developers. Because if they aren't there, you have to make them.

AM: Right. How big are you now?

JDF: We are 25.

AM: Oh, so you went from 3 to 25 in just seven years.

JDF: Yeah.

AM: Wow.

JDF: We have 18 developers. Then marketing sales, designers, so yeah. We hope to keep growing, and yeah. Basically, the objective is to be bigger, to go for more services. Even though we started as a Drupal shop, now we're doing more stuff. We're doing automations. We're doing mobile development. We're doing interesting projects in terms of challenges. For example, last year we did a project for a company here. Basically, we did a mobile app in Ionic that you could turn on, turn off, set the temperature of your spa machine. They sell spa machines that have a wifi antennae. You could be in your office, and you say, "Oh, I'm going home." You start the spa. You set the temperature. When you get there, there it is.

AM: That's excellent.

JDF: Yeah.

AM: That's quite a range of services that you do provide already, even if you feel like you want to add more.

JDF: Yeah, yeah. It is to find projects that are challenging and interesting. That's the what we're looking for.

AM: What would you say is your main client base or what vertical?

JDF: Basically, companies that split in two, in terms of half the company works with agencies here in the States providing Drupal services, so back-end, front-end development, and the other half of the team works with local clients. In terms of local and regional clients, our main verticals are government, banks, certain industries, like ... You have big clients like supermarket chains, people that are looking for very complex web projects, or automations, or yeah, that kind of solutions that we can provide. Yeah, that's what we are ... The companies, like two companies in terms of what we focus on.

AM: Fair enough. Your first DrupalCon, what do you think so far?

JDF: It's been great. I mean, the level of the sessions have been great. I really like the fact that people are very open to talk, very friendly. I know that in our conferences that, for example, I have been, it's harder to meet people, to find a point of conversation where you can start. But here, it has been great. The parties have been great, also. They provide a good space for talking. For example, yesterday, I was with the guys at Lullabot. They were super friendly, super fun. We have a lot of fun. Yeah, I really like. It's right what they say about the Drupal community. It's very open and very ... Well, even though what has happened recently, I think the people here are very good people, you know?

AM: I would agree with that.

JDF: Well, I hope that you go next year to Nashville.

AM: I will be there in Nashville. I would love to go to Costa Rica if I could swing it, but-

JDF: Yeah, so there in August. It's super fun. There's a good vibe always. We always do some, like after the camp, we always do like a trip to an island, or a beach, or-

AM: Forest. Something.

JDF: Yeah, very relaxing.

AM: Sounds amazing.

JDF: You can add your vacations and you do a-

AM: Any others to look forward to or ...

JDF: That's the ones I think right now the top of my head.

AM: All right.

JDF: I think Mexico is organizing one, too.

AM: Fantastic.

JDF: Yeah.

AM: Look forward to it.

JDF: Yeah.

AM: Thank you so much, Juan.

JDF: Yeah, look forward to seeing you. Thank you.

AM: Thanks for listening. Follow us on Twitter at Palantir or read our blog at palantir.net. Have a great day.

Glassdimly tech Blog: Drupal 8.3: Create Programmatic Custom Breadrumb

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:37

Well, today I'm making custom breadcrumbs.

If you or others have done things the right way, you can probably use Easy Breadcrumbs or Views Breadcrumb before doing it this way. But if you haven't, stick around and learn about Drupal breadcrumbs.

There are multiple stack overflow posts on this but none of them actually seem to work for me. It seems that the code for Breadcrumbs in core has changed over time.

Mediacurrent: Blockchain: Long Thoughts

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:00
First thoughts...

It has always been said that “the book is better than the movie.” This blog post gives a behind-the-scenes look at the writing that inspired the Friday 5 video.

Why?

Due to the Mediacurrent Friday 5 being a series that lasts 5 minutes, and the unfortunate absence of a suitable ”Friday half hour to 45 minutes” show, the content would be again, reimagined.

Blair Wadman: Accessible Drupal 8 modals when Javascript is disabled

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:01

In the previous tutorial, you learnt how to create a modal in a custom module. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

InternetDevels: Why Drupal should power your content-heavy website

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:29

More and more often, developers and users see that Drupal is arguably the most powerful CMS today. We have also repeatedly written about the benefits of Drupal for your business.

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hussainweb.me: Vagrant 2.0 and DrupalVM

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 03:01
Vagrant 2.0 has just been released. Being who I am, I jumped at trying this out and testing if it worked well with my vagrant setup. I have entirely moved to DrupalVM since some time and wanted to see if it worked properly.

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

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:34

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

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:34

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

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:34

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.

 

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