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InternetDevels: Best tools to test and optimize your website’s speed

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2015 - 8:22am

Discover our new blog post related to QA testing
and optimizing your website's speed.
Everything can be improved! :)

Have a cup of coffee, take a bath, do some physical exercises... That’s what users wouldn’t like to do while a website is loading. According to statistics, people leave a website that loads longer than 3 seconds.

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ImageX Media: Using Mydumper with Drush

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2015 - 8:19am

In my first post about mydumper I explained why developers would want to use it (it's fast!), and how to build it for MacOS.

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Microserve: Acceptance Criteria: What, why and how?

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2015 - 7:46am
Acceptance Criteria: What, why and how?Oct 2nd 2015

Building a website is a complicated process. I don’t want to downplay the importance of technical expertise, but for me the most difficult part of a website build is clearly and concisely capturing a client’s requirements. So much hinges on the hours we spend discussing business processes, sketching out UML diagrams and cataloguing every detail. However so often a lot of effort goes in and the resulting documents aren’t as clear as we would have hoped.

the most difficult part of a website build is clearly and concisely capturing a client’s requirements

So how do we improve on this situation? Acceptance criteria. To the uninitiated acceptance criteria are a bit like requirements. They seem to just state a single requirement for a change or fix. The difference is that requirements come in all shapes and sizes, acceptance criteria all look the same. In fact they even have a clearly defined format to help keep to a standard. They look like this:

“Given that… When... Then…”

You should read this as “Given that some precondition is satisfied, when an action or actions take place, then a testable result will occur”. This format lets you turn requirements in to unambiguous, testable, acceptance criteria, which helps developers know exactly what to build, testers know exactly what to test and most importantly helps the actual development go as smoothly as possible.

For example, a typical requirement might be:

we want single sign on between the website and our invoicing system

This could translate in to any number of acceptance criteria so it is important to be unambiguous about what is meant.

Given that I am a user in both the invoicing system and the website, when I visit the website and I am already logged in to the invoicing system, then I am automatically logged in to the website on the first page load

This is much clearer about what is needed. It is still not especially detailed, but it better highlights the additional information which is required, meaning it will be easier to write further acceptance criteria for that as well.

We like to introduce clients to acceptance criteria early on in the requirement gathering stage to let them know what we’re aiming for. It helps guide discussions when you are all internally trying to boil down requirements to these simple little maxims. We still go through all the same processes to uncover the requirements in the first place, the workshops, the diagrams and flowcharts, but then before we start development we review all of that documentation and produce a functional specification including all the acceptance criteria.

This process really ties the requirement gathering phase and development phase together. You can be the best business analyst in the world and have a lot of great techniques for discussing your clients requirements, but unless you can translate them into manageable, testable chunks it’s very tricky to know if you’re delivering what was asked for. That’s why for me this will always be the most important part of a project.


Written by: Rob Humphries, Project Manager

Microserve is a Drupal Agency based in Bristol, UK. We specialise in Drupal Development, Drupal Site Audits and Health Checks, and Drupal Support and Maintenance. Contact us for for further information.

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Tim Millwood: How can we know if a page in Drupal 8 has changed?

Planet Drupal - 2 October 2015 - 7:27am
This was a question I got from a client. So I set to work on finding a solution to alert the team...
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Iubenda Integration

New Drupal Modules - 2 October 2015 - 5:16am

This module provides integration between Drupal and Iubenda.
If you need to add the Iubenda privacy policy to your forms, or display Iubenda EU Cookie Policy banner, this is the module you are searching for.

This module already supports usage of Variable and Internationalization modules, allowing you to translate you Iubenda privacy policy texts.

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OpenLucius Timetracking, Budgets and Reports

New Drupal Modules - 2 October 2015 - 5:05am

This module will enhance the Teamwork distribution OpenLucius with a full throttle timetracker.

You can track time on Todo's, realtime or manual. You can also set budgets for Todo's and Todo-lists. To top it of, you can monitor those budgets in nifty reports.

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Menu Link Attributes

New Drupal Modules - 2 October 2015 - 2:14am

This module allows you to add attributes to your menu links.

You can create issues and pull requests on Github.

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Default Content for D8

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2015 - 5:40pm

Default content gives your module and install profile a way to ship default content as well as configuration.
Powered by core's serialization, rest and hal modules.


Supports entity-references between content.
Supports files if you have File entity
Easily export your content and its dependencies to yml using drush commands.

How does it work

How does it work

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OSTraining: How to Create Custom 403 and 404 Pages in Drupal

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 4:14pm

One of our users didn't like the generic "Access denied" message for restricted pages. So we created this tutorial for him.

This tutorial will show you go tot create custom error pages for 403 (Access Denied) and also 404 (Not Found) errors. 

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Cocomore: Barcelona Con from jsbalsera point of view

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 3:00pm

Drupalcon Barcelona has finished and we are back at our offices, with the head full of ideas about how to improve our daily work, the conviction that Drupal 8 will be here soon and it will allow us to achieve amazing things in future projects, and the batteries recharged after having such a great time with such great people.

Categories: Drupal Field

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2015 - 2:59pm

Defines a new field type to automatically insert an iframe widget for your game.

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Wunderkraut blog: DrupalCon Barcelona: What Happened and What to Watch

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 2:56pm

Last week’s DrupalCon was an outstanding event that saw over 2,000 people from the community come together in Barcelona to attend sessions, sprints, and socialise.

We sent 74 of our own team members to the conference (over a third of our group) and we asked them about their experiences to offer a vision of DrupalCon from Wunderkraut’s perspective. Here you will find out what happened, what you should catch up on, and what we recommend to prepare you for next year’s conference in Dublin.

Pre-Conference Opening - Sunday 20th September

Before the conference officially opened for registration, members of our team met with other community developers to get sprinting at Makers of Barcelona - a beautiful and quirky co-working space 25 minutes from the conference centre.

With D8 close and everyone keen to hear what the first days of the conference had to offer in the way of Drupal 8 news, everyone was in high spirits to collaborate and code face-to-face at the extended sprints.

Registration Day - Monday 21st September

Barcelona International Convention Centre opened its doors for attendees to register. Whilst contributors and coders headed to the Contribution Lounge, leaders of Drupal businesses came together at the Business Summit to share experiences, learn new things, and make acquaintances.

Exhibitors and organisers were also buzzing around the exhibitor hall to prepare their stands and catering areas for the evening’s opening reception, giving all attendees a great opportunity to network and discuss the days ahead.

Watch our roundup of Monday at DrupalCon:

DrupalCon Barcelona Monday from WunderTV on Vimeo.

Day 1 - Tuesday 22nd September

The day opened with Dries’ keynote which gave people a status update on Drupal 8’s release, an overview of the state of the CMS market, and an introduction to new techniques for contributing to Drupal. Overall this was well received and the first deadline of October 7th 2015 was set for D8’s Release Candidate.

Our team then went on to enjoy a variety of tracks and sessions throughout the day. Here’s what Wunderkraut recommends watching from the first day:

Highly recommended by our team

Cut the crap. Practical tips and real world examples for removing waste from your development process.

Recommended by our consultants

Caching at the Edge: CDNs for everyone

Drupal 8 media status update

Design to support strategic objectives (hosted by our own Roy Scholten)

Recommended by our back-end developers

Self-Managing Organizations: Teal is the new Orange

Drupal in 2020

Following a day full of fantastic sessions, the Wunderkraut team headed over to Barcelona’s beaches to have a WunderParty. This gave our international group a great opportunity to socialise and network with one another over good food and a few drinks, which our friends from the conference also attended.

Watch our roundup of Tuesday at DrupalCon

DrupalCon Barcelona Tuesday from WunderTV on Vimeo.

Day 2 - Wednesday 23rd September

The second day of the conference kicked off with an inspirational keynote by Nathalie Nahai on web psychology. This lead nicely into the second day of sessions, sprints and BoFs. Here is what our attendees recommend:

Recommended by our back-end developers

Defense in Depth: Lessons learned securing 100,000 Drupal Sites

Recommended by our consultants

Making Drupal fly - The fastest Drupal ever is here!

No therapist needed: clients, teams and no tears (hosted by our own Alice Richmond)

Recommended by our care team

How to print 200.000 Magazines Weekly, and Have Them Published on the Web and Mobile From a Single Drupal Site

Recommended by our operations team

Breaking Down Silos - How channel thinking limits companies and agencies in creating succesful sites and campaigns

Creating a collaborative agency culture that scales

Recommended by our front-end team

Next generation graphics: SVG

Trophy Winning Teams

What's your type?

In the evening a number of our team members headed into the “old town” area of Barcelona to enjoy the local tapas, sangria, and local culture. All of the local people were out and celebrating La Mercè Festival which involved fireworks, parties, and fun.

Watch our roundup of Wednesday at DrupalCon

Drupalcon Barcelona Wednesday from WunderTV on Vimeo.

Day 3 - Thursday 24th September

Thursday was the final day of sessions and by this point a lot of new information, local culture, and sangria had been consumed by conference attendees who stayed since the start. It was hard to find one of our bean bags free at the conference that didn’t have an attendee catching a nap on it!

The final day of sessions, however, was great and they were started by two excellent community keynotes by David Rozas and Mike Bell on mental health in the open source world and the phenomenon of contributing to a community. Both talks were received very well by our team and the community.

Here’s what else Wunderkraut recommends from the day:

Recommended by our back-end developers

Testing with Monkeys: Using Chaos for Better Code

Building the Front End with Angular.js

Recommended by our consultants

Visual Regression Testing

Making Drupal a better out-of-the-box product: Report on usability testing results and how we can make 8.1.x+ shine (joint hosted by our own Lewis Nyman)

All of the conference’s sessions ended with Holly Ross’ Closing Session that provided some cool community and conference stats, in addition to the location of next year’s Drupalcon - Ireland!

To celebrate a successful DrupalCon, most of the attendees headed down to the Trivia Night where they had an opportunity to win some fun prizes, including these sought after goodies:

Some @Wunderkraut beanbags are up 4 grabs. A lot of folk have their eye on this prize, even sans-beans. #DrupalCon

— Andrew Macpherson (@MartianWebDev) September 24, 2015 Sprinting for Beginners and All - Friday 25th September

Friday was a day for first-time sprinters to meet the mentors and get started with contributing to Drupal. It began with a workshop on downloading the tools required to contribute and lead to people being assigned to different contribution tasks and issues, depending on their different skills.

Later on in the afternoon Angie Byron (webchick) committed a selection of contributions that newcomers made to Drupal 8 whilst they were at the conference and everyone celebrated the new additions together.

Extended Sprints - Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September

The rest of the weekend was spent sprinting by contributors back at the creative co-working space, Makers of Barcelona. Overall, a nice way to finish of the week in beautiful Barcelona.

Tips for future DrupalCon Goers

With over 70 odd of our team attending this year’s DrupalCon we’d like to leave a few bits of advice for future participants who may be completely new to the conference to make their experiences as enjoyable as ours.

Marc Galang, Software Developer

“Attend the prenote! Also if you're joining the sprints make sure you have a running environment before you leave your country/office because sometimes the internet could be really slow that it takes A LOT of time to download stuff that is needed for the sprints.

Bert Boerland, Sales Manager

Sleep as much as you can upfront. You should also add the checkmark of being at the con in your profile.

Mikael Kundert, Software Developer

After you start to find sessions that aren’t that useful for you, move on to participate in BoFs and sprints!

Bernt Andreas Drange, Software Developer

Remember your business cards and cash for coffee!

Jenny Kannelsuo, Service Manager

Plan ahead and check the sessions beforehand.

Randal Whitmore, Marketing Assistant

Embrace as much as you can, especially if this is your first experience with the community. Communicating with people in person and getting to understand those behind Drupal is invaluable.

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CacheTag Notify

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2015 - 9:28am

Notifies a given URL with a JSON string of invalidated cache tags.

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Bulk File Upload (Plupload)

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2015 - 7:26am

This module allows to upload multiple files in a bulk.


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InternetDevels: The UX myths — infographics (part 1)

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 6:38am

Talking about UX design services becomes a new trend. While not so many people are certain who is a user and what is his or her experience, hundreds would like to contribute into the discussion about proper approaches to it. Let’s take a look on 5 the most widespread UX myths and their disproof.

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Zengenuity: September's Most Interesting New Drupal Modules

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 6:00am

Some of the most interesting new modules I saw posted to in September:

Views Advanced Routing

(for Drupal 8) Allows you to specify the routing configuration YAML for a Views page. Meaning, you can use custom access control callbacks, default parameters, etc. Sweet!

Commerce Responsive UI

Provides replacement interfaces for the parts of Drupal Commerce that are table dependent and non-mobile responsive by default. These include Responsive Cart, Responsive Checkout, and Responsive User Facing Orders.

Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker

Not a module, but a centralized place for tracking the Drupal 8 porting status of contributed projects (modules, themes, distributions). The best place to find out that the Bad Judgement module is ready for D8!

Advanced Image Crop

This image field cropper lets the user do a different crop in each of the image styles configured by the admin. You better have some saavy users to comprehend this, but if you do, it looks awesome.

Webform Replay [sandbox]

Extends the Webform module by adding an option to “replay” selected webform values in situations where multiple webform submissions per user are allowed, and some of that information is likely to be repeated on each submission. By enabling webform replay for these fields, the user only needs to complete them for the initial webform submission, and on subsequent entries these fields will be pre-populated with the values from the previous submission.

Forbidden File Format

Flips the file field extension checking around so that you can allow all types of files except the extensions specified. So you could deny .js, .exe, .bat, and .com, but allow other types.

Tableau WDC [sandbox]

Tableau 9.1 includes a new Web Data Connector feature, which lets you build connections to data accessible over HTTP with JSON data and REST APIs. This module attempts to bridge the gap between Drupal and Tableau by adding a new views plugin (tableau_wdc) which renders content as a JSON with some extra meta information needed by Tableau. Once you have created your endpoints, you can add the tableau-wdc block to any page and it will automatically render a button for each data source together with all the necessary scripts to parse and prepare the data for import.

Nuke Drupal Frontend

Allows you to completely disable frontend HTML access to a Drupal site, for when you’re building a headless site, and you’re not using the Drupal-provided frontend.

Doubtfire [sandbox]

An alternative to the Masquerade module, with some useful UI additions.

Gmail Connector [sandbox]

Lets users view their Gmail inbox and messages in Drupal using the Gmail RESTful API.

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Drupal CMS Guides at Daymuse Studios: Upgrade Your Tools: Build a Drupal Developer Toolkit Tutorial

Planet Drupal - 1 October 2015 - 5:03am

Drupal Developer Toolkit tutorial series reviews web apps, desktop applications, mobile tools, and web services to improve your work and quality of life.

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Protected Download

New Drupal Modules - 1 October 2015 - 12:50am

This module provides a way to grant access to specific files for a limited period of time to anonymous users. The generated links are protected by a HMAC, i.e. a long string which is not likely to be guessed by an attacker.

Unlike private files delivered by Drupal core, downloads provided by this module are cacheable and also support HTTP cache revalidation. This makes it possible to efficiently serve assets to mobile applications while still maintaining some access restrictions.

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Sooper Drupal Themes: Module Spotlight #3: Yoast Drupal SEO

Planet Drupal - 30 September 2015 - 10:48pm
Yoast Drupal SEO Module: Tested and Reviewed

Yoast SEO is a household name in the WordPress community and as a premium drupal themes shop owner I was jealous of their favorite tool. Yoast SEO gained popularity because it didn't just make SEO finetuning possible in WP, it made it fun.  Important onpage SEO factors are pulled together...

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Announcing the Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker Project on

Planet Drupal - 30 September 2015 - 10:31pm
Angela ByronThe Problem

I have a theory.

My theory is that every single person / organization who is considering building a site on Drupal 8 has created some variation of the exact same spreadsheet. The spreadsheet tracks rows with information like which contributed projects the site needs, what URL those projects live at, who the maintainers are, what the project's current porting status is, etc.

To figure this out, you go to each of the respective project pages and look for an 8.x version. If that comes up empty, you attempt to search the issue queue for variations of "Drupal 8," "D8 port," etc. Worst-case, falling back to good ol' Google. Repeat every few weeks.

Man months have probably been spent on this duplication of effort so far.

To further build on that theory, I'm guessing that these spreadsheets do not always jive with current reality. Because you might have missed the update that contributor X gave on Twitter one time about her predicted module's release date. Or you might not have been sitting next to contributor Y at dinner during DrupalCon and found out that her module's actually being ported on GitHub or BitBucket, only being moved to when it's complete. Or, you didn't get the chance to actually install the project yet to determine that even though one has just a -dev release it's actually quite stable, and even though this one has an beta release, it's changing APIs every 6 minutes. Or whatever.

The Solution

Enter the Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker! This is a "meta" project that holds issues that represent the porting status various projects, and allows us to work as a unified Drupal community to combine our collective observational super powers into one data set that can be used by anyone considering building on Drupal 8.

Tags: acquia drupal planetdrupal 8contributed projects
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