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Mediacurrent: Contrib Committee Status Review for March, 2015

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 12:18pm

Another month, another swath of work to improve our favorite content management system.

The Usual (Contrib) Suspects

Once again some of our main achievements during March was on client-sponsored work, most notably:

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Better Form Errors

New Drupal Modules - 23 April 2015 - 10:34am

Description coming soon.

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Lullabot: Importing huge databases faster

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 9:00am

Over the past few months I have been banging my head against a problem at MSNBC: importing the site's extremely large database to my local environment took more than two hours. With a fast internet connection, the database could be downloaded in a matter of minutes, but importing it for testing still took far too long. Ugh!

In this article I'll walk through the troubleshooting process I used to improve things, and the approaches I tried — eventually optimizing the several-hour import to a mere 10-15 minutes.

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Drupal Watchdog: Building My First Drupal 8 Site

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 8:50am
Feature

You’ve heard about it, read about it, and – if you’re like me – dreamed about it. Well, its time to stop dreaming and start doing.

Drupal 8!

If you have experience building sites using Drupal 7, you’ll be pleased to see that from a site building and administration perspective, things are nearly the same.

And if Drupal 8 is your first Drupal experience, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to build an amazing site.

Installing Drupal

First things first.

You’ll need a basic set of software installed and operational on your laptop, desktop, or server before proceeding with the Drupal 8 installation. Drupal requires that Apache, MySQL, and PHP are installed and working before beginning the installation process. There are several ways to easily install the required software using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), WAMP (Windows), or MAMP (Mac) solutions. Grab Google and do a quick search.

Got it?

Good. Now there are five basic steps to install Drupal:

  1. Download the latest version of Drupal 8
  2. Extract the distribution in your Apache
  3. Create a database to hold the content from the site
  4. Create the files directory and settings.php
  5. Run the installation process by visiting your website in a browser

For details on the installation process visit http://wdog.it/4/1/docs.

These are the basic building blocks that will provide the foundation for your Drupal 8 site:

  1. Users
  2. Taxonomy
  3. Content types
  4. Menus
Creating Users

If your site is simple and you’re the only one who will be authoring, editing, and managing content, then the admin account you created during the installation process may be all that you need. In situations where you want to share the content creation and management activities with others, you need to create accounts for those users.

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Jim Birch: Drupal 7: Simplify

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 6:00am

The Drupal Simplify Module is a big help removing cruft from the eyes of the administrator in the Drupal UI.  Simplify allows you to hide certain fields from the user interface on a global basis, or configured for each node type, taxonomy, block, comment, or user.

What sent me looking for a module like this was the "Text Format" selection beneath every single WYSIWYG on the site.  While I think Drupal is incredible for allowing multiple input formats, 99 out of 100 times, I define which ONE input format a user can use per role.  So having this as an option beneath every rich text editor on the site just became wasted space that I wanted to remove.  And so I did!

But wait, there's more!  Simplify lets you hide so much more than that!  The following items can be hidden:

  • Administrative overlay (Users)
  • Authoring information
  • Book outline
  • Comment settings
  • Contact settings (Users)
  • Menu settings
  • Publishing options
  • Relations (Taxonomy)
  • Revision information
  • Text format selection
  • URL alias (Taxonomy)
  • URL path settings
  • Meta tags
  • URL redirects
  • XML sitemap

Install Simplify for Drupal 7

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Modules Unraveled: 133 There's a Module for that! Don't use it! with Ted Bowman - Modules Unraveled Podcast

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 4:18am
Published: Thu, 04/23/15Download this episodeHow to Select Modules
  • So, let’s start out by talking about the genesis of your session. What made you think this topic needed to be covered?
  • What’s the problem with just installing another module?
  • What if I don’t program?
    • Reuse modules
    • Push back on requirements
    • Make sure the cost of adding another module is not just the cost of the time it takes to install it
    • Simple modules really aren’t programming
  • What are the potential problems with custom code?
  • How do you determine if you should install a module or write some custom code?
Specific Modules You Can (or Should) Avoid

Not really telling people to avoid specific modules more about thinking twice when they select them.
* Entityform vs. Webform
* Entity View Modes
* Page title
* Commerce Custom Order Status

Episode Links: Ted on drupal.orgTed on TwitterExample project (Minimalist Entity View Modes)Six Mile Tech on TwitterSix Mile TechTags: PerformanceSite Buildingplanet-drupal
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flag_expire

New Drupal Modules - 23 April 2015 - 3:29am

Expire module doesn't have direct support for flag.If the flag is activated for the anonymous user & varnish or any reverse proxy is working behind the back-end, then purging an URL will be necessary to get proper real-time scenario in a cached pages.

This module is integrated with expire module to purge the custom URLs(which may returns the count value) when any node/comment/taxonomy is flagged

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Drupal 8 Rules: #d8rules update April 2015

Planet Drupal - 23 April 2015 - 3:10am

We are growing, we are hiring... well not in a sense of spending money, but the #d8rules initiative is proud of already having 26 contributors who got their pull requests merged on github. But how did that happen and what exactly happened since our last update by the end of last year? Drupal Dev Days Montpellier are definitely the most exciting part of this list so we'll keep it for the end :)

#d8rules Presentation

We travelled all around South America and Europe to give people an update on the initiative, including DrupalCon Latin America BogotáDrupalCamp LondonEuropean Drupal Days Milano, Drupal Dev Days Montpellier. You can watch a video recording on youtube.

Workshops & Sprints

At Global Sprint Weekend Zurich we sprinted with some first-time #d8rules contributors mainly on porting actions. For example, vasi worked on porting some actions but also dermario and me started working on a Rules component admin UI

At European Drupal Days Milano, we did a full workshop to teach new contributors the underlying concepts of Drupal 8: dependency injection, plugins, typed data, unit tests etc. With the following sprints, we were able to make good progress with porting actions. Special thanks to bojanz for writing the first derivative plugin: The Entity create action plugin will generate derivatives based on the entity types available, for example "Create a new user", "Create a new node".

Drupal Dev Days Montpellier

We have counted at least 20 people involved in the #d8rules sprints last week in Montpellier, France which is well - awesome and a bit overwhelming at the same time :) Thanks to the great excitement of so many new and recurring contributors, we were able to make major progress not only by finishing most of the action ports but also by starting work on other areas of the Rules module and its integrations. You can find a more detailed summary of everyone has been working on in our meeting minutes. Let me name a few examples:

  • mariancalinro wrote the first automated tests for derivative plugins, picking up bojanz' work, investigated about the extracting the Views fields & filters selection widget and started mentoring other sprinters on that topic. 
  • a.milkovsky ported various actions, started working the Rules settings UI and also mentored other contributors with the gained knowledge.
  • czigor ported various actions and started the porting the first Flag action. I won't repeat has mentored others because one of the most exciting parts of this sprints was seeing everybody mentor each other on what they know.
  • katia and pjezek also dove deep into porting the flag and unflag actions.
  • Steve Purkiss amongst porting actions started extending the Rules documentation.
  • nielsdefeyter picked up the work on the Rules component UI and helped us to get it together with a Rules UI skeleton committed during dev days. 
  • lewisnyman helped us define personas, user stories & user journeys in order to validate the usabliity of the Rules 7.x UI and target improvements for the Rules UI in 8.x
  • m1r1k did reworked the logging service and even started integration with webprofiler 
  • xano joined us for the discussion on implementing a generic plugin selector widget and even created Plugin Selector as a spin-off from what he implemented for payment.
  • fubhy started implementing a lexer/parser for mathematical expressions
  • nlisgo, claudine, branislav, mikl & martin also joined us for porting actions & cleaning up inconsistencies in the code base
  • klausi, fago & fubhy provided guidance, reviews & were able to merge many pull requests besides working on improvements of the Rules engine

Thank you so much everyone for participating and helping out! I hope I covered most of the things. Personally, I was really glad to be able to focus on motivating people. Somehow it felt like we all got into a good flow with a self-organising team that started mentoring & reviewing each others work.

It isn't over yet

As we gained so much good momentum during the recent sprints, we would like to invite everyone interested in joining our weekly calls on Google hangout: every Thursday at 4:30pm CEST we announce them on IRC: #drupal-rules. Also check out the meeting notes.

 

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URL Alias Sync

New Drupal Modules - 23 April 2015 - 2:01am

TLDR; A module to automatically update all path aliases of entities which reference separate entities whose path alias has just changed.

So you've set up your site to use clean URLs using Pathauto, and you have some logical structure to your paths - Great!

But you'll eventually run into a problem if you're intending to use Entity/Term reference fields with your content types (although it may not be so apparent).

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Mentoring

New Drupal Modules - 22 April 2015 - 5:20pm

A project to track mentoring related tasks.

See also

History

Some of these tasks used to be in the sandbox: https://www.drupal.org/sandbox/xjm/1681416

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Shomeya: Running Your Agency/Tech Company like a Factory is Destroying Humanity: Part 1

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 3:10pm

I'm running endlessly through the woods, as far away from Silicon Forest/Valley as I can. Facebook has collapsed, so has Google, so has everything. A post-social media, free internet, apocalyptic world has ensued and all of the developers have gone into the woods to escape the aftermath clutching their now worthless laptops. In my dream all the CEOs of the software companies are in a room patting themselves on the back for giving it a good go, while the world falls apart in the aftermath of their self-focused existence.

This may have just been a crazy post White God viewing dream I had, but it touches on something real. Something that as a consultant for multiple companies I see all the the time.

And it's killing me. It's killing your company, and you're too busy getting beers with your funders to notice. Meanwhile your developers, project managers, and everyone else that is the core of your business is slowly burning out until they rage quit and go somewhere else to start it all over again.

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DrupalCon News: Alcohol at DrupalCon Social Events – Making the Choice

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 12:49pm
Recently, a community member drew our attention to an article on alcohol and inclusivity at tech events. In it, author Kara Sowles talks about the strong focus on social drinking and points out that people who choose not to drink often feel uncomfortable or experience unpleasant peer-pressure — and that got us thinking.  
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Chapter Three: Is Your Project Ready for Drupal 8?

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 10:07am

As the potential release date for Drupal 8 slowly creeps up we've launched our first Drupal 8 site and are planning to kick off several more in the next few months. Through this process we've learned a lot about the reality of what it means to launch a site on beta software and what that means for your next project.



 



When do you need it done by?

Drupal 8 will be here soon, but your project may not need to be. If you are just starting to think about the strategy for your project now, and aren't planning on going into heavy development until later this summer, you should definitely be considering Drupal 8 as an option.

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Drupal Watchdog: VIDEO: DrupalCon Amsterdam Interview: Lorna Jane Mitchell

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 9:55am

Author and software consultant LORNA JANE MITCHELL, fresh from her DrupalCon book-signing (PHP Web Services) and talk, is a frequent visitor to Amsterdam – she lives in Leeds, an hour flight away, and loves the city.

Tags:  Video DrupalCon DrupalCon Amsterdam Video: 
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Drupal core announcements: Drupal core updates for April 22nd, 2015

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 9:28am
What's new with Drupal 8?

Happy Earth Day! Since the last Drupal Core Update, the Drupal Developer Days event brought lots of exciting progress: we (briefly) reduced the number of critical issues to 35, and a week-long performance sprint made Drupal 8 2—20 times faster! Also, Gwendolyn Anello at DrupalEasy announced that DrupalEasy is partnering with Stetson University to offer Drupal courses!

Some other highlights of the month were:

How can I help get Drupal 8 done?

See Help get Drupal 8 released! for updated information on the current state of the release and more information on how you can help.

We're also looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. Contact mparker17 if you'd like to help!

Drupal 8 In Real Life Whew! That's a wrap!

Do you follow Drupal Planet with devotion, or keep a close eye on the Drupal event calendar, or git pull origin 8.0.x every morning without fail before your coffee? We're looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. You could either take a few hours once every six weeks or so to put together a whole post, or help with one section more regularly. If you'd like to volunteer for helping to draft these posts, please follow the steps here!

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Quickbooks Online API

New Drupal Modules - 22 April 2015 - 9:09am

Simple integration with the Quickbooks Online API (not intended for Desktop versions). Quickbooks Online is a leading business accounting solution. Using this module requires a Quickbooks Online account of your own. Quickbooks Online is a product of Intuit.

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Lorem ipsum

New Drupal Modules - 22 April 2015 - 8:07am

Lorem ipsum generator for Drupal.

At first, a simple filler text generator. In the future, I might make it a fully featured text generator generator!

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Elevator

New Drupal Modules - 22 April 2015 - 7:19am

Elevator.js [ http://tholman.com/elevator.js/ ] fixes those awkward "scroll to top" moments the old fashioned way.

This module aim to provide your users with a better 'scroll to top' experience

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Annertech: An Irish person takes an Acquia Certified Drupal Exam; the results will astound you

Planet Drupal - 22 April 2015 - 6:34am
An Irish person takes an Acquia Certified Drupal Exam; the results will astound you So there I was, sitting in my batcave, minding my own business, wondering what to do with an afternoon. In truth I had plenty of work to do, but since I got paid yesterday, I felt as rich as Bruce Wayne himself and decided to take an afternoon off and splash out on an Acquia Certified Drupal Examination. Which one? Well, to start, the site builder one. Did I pass? Read on, my friends.
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