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This is my wrap up of, Monday September 25, the day before #DrupalConEUR started. DrupalCon officially starts tomorrow, and even without sessions, the Amazee Team’s day was really busy!Mostfa Ben Ellefi Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:01
We started out by setting up our lounge, which doubles as a RECHARGE STATION. This means you can recharge your feet by sitting down, stow your stuff (lock it away safely), and have a chocolate on us. In addition, you can recharge your gear, as we also provide plug-in power points.
Once the lounge was set up and almost everyone arrived in Vienna, we enjoyed meeting friends and sharing looooong hugs. This was unique for me, as I haven’t ever actually seen most of the Amazee Team in person.
In the evening we were treated to the Amazee “Best of Vienna” Tour, which had us split up into three groups with three official guides, who told us the best and most thrilling stories of this amazing city, Vienna. I will let the following pictures tell you the rest of the story...
The first Amazee day in the “city of art” was amazing! With a lot of history and hugs.
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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: Interview with the client adviser: "Networking is the most important thing on Drupal Camps"
We released Drupal Commerce 2.0-beta1 at DrupalCon Dublin one year ago. Over the next 9 months we tagged 6 more beta releases comprising over 500 commits by 70 different contributors working for at least 10 different companies. Now, just in time for DrupalCon Vienna, we have tagged the full 2.0 release, celebrating the achievement with Drupal contributors around the world on September 20th and 21st.
Celebrating Commerce 2.0 with Circle WF in Pancevo, Serbia.
Our release candidate phase was refreshingly uneventful (as you want it to be), giving us confidence to recommend developers begin using Drupal 8 and Commerce 2.x more broadly to develop their new eCommerce sites. Our team has contributed to a dozen projects directly, including architectural consulting and development. We also continue to see more case studies demonstrating how the new version is performing well at scale, making development teams more productive.
Additionally, not only has Commerce 2.x eliminated the need for half of the top 60 contributed modules in Commerce 1.x, many of the major contributed modules still required have seen their own releases or very active development to address important use cases. For example, we released a third beta of Commerce Shipping for Drupal 8 to support stores selling physical products with multiple shipments, flat rate, calculated rates and more. We continue to work on those feature modules ourselves (e.g. Commerce License / Recurring) and in partnership with other Drupal contributors (e.g. Commerce Stock) to make Commerce 2.x ready for more and more use cases.
Drupal Commerce deserves cake!
We're believe in Dries Buytaert's vision for Drupal as empowering ambitious digital experiences. For us that means continuing to improve Drupal Commerce to better support any company aspiring to grow their online sales. While our work on the project will never be "done", at this milestone, we couldn't help but pause to celebrate with a bit of cake.
If you'd like to join us in celebrating this achievement, we're hosting a release party with our whole team and our friends from Commerce Guys by Actualys on Tuesday, September 26th, at DrupalCon Vienna a short walk away from the venue. We've timed it for dinner between the opening reception at the venue and the party later in the evening, with drinks and food on us until the tab dries up. Stop by our booth to get your ticket / directions, and come find the dozens of contributors here at DrupalCon to share your Drupal Commerce story with them in turn.
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Face API Module integrates with Microsoft Face API, a cloud-based service that provides the most advanced face algorithms. Face API has two main functions: face detection with attributes and face recognition.
The Emotion API beta takes an image as an input, and returns the confidence across a set of emotions for each face in the image, as well as bounding box for the face, from the Face API.
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Although the most likely cause of the massive Equifax data breach was the firm’s own failure to patch a two-month-old bug, the inherent security of open source software has become a trending topic in tech news.
Mediacurrent’s resident expert, Open Source Security Lead Mark Shropshire, is well-informed to join the conversation. We asked him a few questions to get his take on recent events.
These results and analysis were initially presented at the DrupalCon Vienna community summit on September 25, 2017.
Following numerous blog posts, official statements, community discussions, social media interactions, and Slack and IRC conversations over the last few months, there is a clear consensus that it is time for Drupal's community governance to evolve. We need to not only define what governance means to us as a community, but also clarify the roles and responsibilities of those within our community leadership and governance structures. We also need to draw clearer distinctions between the different forms of community, project, and technical governance, and make sure that everyone understands how they interact with and support each other.
Ultimately, this will need to be a collaborative process that involves all stakeholders, including Dries and the Drupal Association (especially where matters of legal and financial responsibility are concerned), but the first step is to create a framework so that the community can participate productively in the process. The question that remains to be answered is what that process will look like.Results of the Governance Summit Survey
The Drupal Association, with help from Whitney Hess, conducted a Community Governance Summit survey in an effort to gain insight into how the community would like to proceed. 568 people responded to the survey, with most questions receiving between 200-250 responses. The Community Working Group (CWG) was given access to the raw results, which it in turn shared with David Hernandez, Nikki Stevens, and Adam Bergstein, who assisted with the writing of this blog post. We all agreed to keep any personally identifiable information from respondents confidential.
While none of the authors of this blog post were responsible for developing the survey or are trained statisticians, we did our best to analyze the results, which reflected a wide range of opinions and feelings about how the Drupal project and community is governed. While we did not feel the survey results pointed to any clear and actionable next steps, they were consistent with the feedback from the community discussions that were held this spring, which was that the process, in whatever form it takes, needs to be driven by the community.
To that end, we have worked with the Drupal Association to publish the survey data and, most importantly, make this call to action for a truly community-driven process. We are also making a sanitized version of the raw data available for download in OpenDocument format for anyone else to review and perform their own analysis. All comments and other free responses have been removed.Selected Survey Highlights
62% agreed that a governance summit is needed. Only 8% said definitely “no.”
63% want the summit to be held online, so that members from all regions of our global community could participate.
59% believe the summit should be overseen or facilitated by a professional governance expert, with the majority of write-ins requesting a neutral third-party facilitator not affiliated with the Drupal project or community.
Nearly 80% wanted the Drupal Association to provide financial support for the summit, with 36% indicating they would contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the summit.
About ¾ said that clarification of leadership roles and separation of project versus community governance roles should be prioritized at the summit. All of the options listed received the support of more than half of those who provided a response to this question:
Clarification of leadership roles in the Drupal project (76%)
Separation of project vs. community governance roles (73%)
Update codes of conduct (63%)
Overall community management (63%)
More community-elected leadership positions throughout Drupal (60%)
Clarify and update Community Working Group processes and policies (56%)
Create core values statement (53%)
Percentages listed are of those who provided a response to that question, not of the total number of people who responded to the survey.What’s Next: Getting Involved
Now is the time for people to get involved and drive the next steps in the process. We feel that as an open-source project, the governance of our community should be designed and implemented by members of that community in the most transparent and fair manner possible.
To that end, we feel that the best path forward is to create a volunteer working group that is representative of our global community, and for that group to take the lead in the process of evolving Drupal community governance, rather than any existing group or individual. While the Drupal Association, Community Working Group, and others in the project’s current governance structure are committed to providing whatever support they can to ensure the success of this working group, we feel that the community itself needs to own the process as much as possible.
We, the authors of this blog post, are not the leaders of the process, but as members of the community with interest and experience in various aspects of community governance, we are willing and able to help provide a framework for the group to self-organize and begin work to help improve the governance of our community. We stand ready to participate and help as needed, understanding that while this work will not be quick or easy, it is important and necessary for the long term sustainability of our project and community.
The next step for this is for you to get involved. Here's how to get started:
Join the #governance channel on Drupal Slack.
Attend a governance meeting in the #governance channel. Once a schedule has been determined we will publicize that information and pin it to the Slack channel. Each of the authors of this post will host at least one meeting and the entire meeting transcript will be made available after the meeting.
The goals of these meetings are to connect people who are interested in governance with each other, provide a forum for people to share their thoughts, and empower the community to determine the next steps.
We are committed to this being a community-driven process and will be present to facilitate, but not to dictate.
If there is interest, we can also host meetings in other forums. (IRC, video chat, etc.)
Other ways to get involved:
Write a blog post and share your ideas.
We know that people don’t always feel safe sharing their comments and feedback and we don’t yet have a long-term solution for this. In the interim, feel free to directly contact any of the writers of this post, or any member of the Community Working Group to share your thoughts.
We are at a unique inflection point in the history of the Drupal community. We have the opportunity to (once again) provide a shining example to other open source communities demonstrating our forward thinking; not only in technical decisions, but also community ones. Please join us.
Authors (listed alphabetically by Drupal.org username)
- davidhernandez - David Hernandez
- drnikki - Nikki Stevens
- gdemet - George DeMet (CWG)
- nerdstein - Adam Bergstein
- ultimike - Michael Anello (CWG)
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If you’ve been following the Acro Media blog, you probably know that the digital agency (and Acquia partner), based in Kelowna, BC, Canada, has a special interest in Drupal Commerce.
So with the recent launch of Drupal Commerce 2.0, it made sense to check in with them.Tags: acquia drupal planet
As you may already know the Commerce Guys team released the first stable Drupal 8 version of the truly flexible eCommerce suite last week. In order to celebrate this important event many parties were held all around the globe. Slovenian Drupal community definitely didn't want to miss that.
We gathered at the sprintaj.si headquarters in Izola, Slovenija. Sprintaj.si is not a classical "Drupal" business; they are a digital print shop. They are also a happy Drupal Commerce user and this was their way to show appreciation and give back to the community. Sprintaj.si was also one of the most interesting eCommerce projects I've been involved with. They support many different printed matters and their prices are always calculated on the fly based on the customer's needs. Their killer feature are custom formats and If you ever worked on an eCommerce project you can imagine that this results in some pretty hefty pricing rules.
At the party we had two sessions:
- Iztok Smolič from AgileDrop presented most important new features and changes that Commerce 2 brings and
- Kevin Kaland from WizOne solutions shared his experience with migration of a Commerce project from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.
After the more educational part the more fun side of the event continued. Our hosts prepared a bunch of super tasty burgers and sponsored a small barrel of beer. OMG, we could easily repeat that!
We would like to congratulate the Commerce team for this important milestone. You rock!
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From organic to deliberate
At the Drupalcon Vienna Business Summit on monday I presented a quick overview of how the roadmap for Drupal core comes together. A short bit of context and then on to how the new 6-month release cycle creates room to evolve the core product faster.
Drupal 8.4 is done and just about to be released. Here’s the roadmap for Drupal 8.5 core the product management team put together. In short:
Of course no talk is complete without a section about how you, yes you can help make it all happen:
- Help inform the roadmap priorities: share survey data, usability testing results, client feedback
- Help validate the roadmap: are we working on the right things? Does it help fill actual gaps?
- Help build, because process does not replace people: sponsor development by providing time, money, space for getting things done.
Varbase is a custom Drupal 8 base distribution developed by Vardot, a leading Drupal solution provider headquartered in Amman, Jordan with regional offices in Santa Clara, USA, and Cairo, Egypt. It is a software product embodying years of experience from building Drupal-based websites for high profile customers such as Al Jazeera, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Drupal is an industry-leading website building platform, renowned for its rich feature set and the ability for users to customize and extend core functionalities to satisfy their unique requirements. Its flexibility is due to its modular design, that is, Drupal functionalities are implemented in a large number of relatively small core and contributed modules, rather than in a single enormous blob object. One key element for a successful Drupal project is to start it off in the right way: namely, select and configure the best modules to do what you want, or as close to what you want in order to minimize the customization work. This can be a daunting task to most Drupal newcomers. For developers who have done this before, the task can quickly become a repetitive chore, as the same procedure is required at the beginning of each project.
Varbase offers Drupal site builders the important benefit of time saving. As a Drupal base distribution, Varbase makes available, in a single download, Drupal core modules as well as best-of-breed contributed modules, themes, and pre-defined configurations. Instead of starting from scratch, Varbase site builders leverage pre-installed and pre-configured industry-proven tools and modules. In addition to using the best modules that others had written, Vardot also contributed its own optimized modules to the distribution, for instance, Varbase SEO and Varbase Media. From now on you can start building and customizing your website right away, instead of wasting valuable resources in 'reinventing the wheel'.
The new distribution was the direct result after many hours of interaction between Vardot developers and web editors, specifically to find out how to make the editor's job easier and more efficient. Varbase users benefit from that editorial experience as the knowledge was subsequently codified into the design of Varbase modules.
Committing to a base distribution and a website building platform is a long-term investment by user organizations. To protect their investment, users look for a base distribution that is being actively developed and supported long-term by a quality organization. Varbase as a product is fully backed by Vardot, an award-winning enterprise web solution provider. Since 2011, Vardot has been applying its Drupal expertise to build enterprise websites spanning many industries, including corporate, non-profit, news/media, and higher education vertical industries. You can view the past history and the future roadmap of Varbase on-line. In addition to this, we've created a Slack channel where you can quickly get any information regarding the distribution or get our support in a timely manner.
Features Mobile ready
If a mobile visitor browses your website, only to find web pages served up using an oversized desktop resolution, it is very likely that the visitor (and potential customer) will bounce off and never return. Varbase prevents this event from happening by prepackaging custom responsive themes built using the industry-standard Bootstrap framework. The use of the carefully selected responsive themes guarantee that visitors will experience your website in a screen resolution that best fits the actual devices. The distribution also provides site editors with the ability to preview web pages on their mobile phones. As a result, editors can examine a page using the same screen resolution before releasing it to the target mobile user base.High scalability
As your website gains readership over time, user experience of the site must not degrade because of the additional load on your Drupal platform. Specifically, the page load time must remain fast during peak hours in web traffic and also when your website experiences temporary spikes in traffic. Varbase is designed to be highly scalable in order to deliver the performance required to withstand a steady climb as well as a spike in web traffic.Easy media management
The distribution offers optimized HTML5-compliant media management via the Varbase Media module. Support is built-in to upload, via drag-and-drop, photos, images, videos, and even documents to an on-line media library. Uploaded images and videos in the library can be assembled into sliders or carousels and displayed on your website. Varbase Media is designed to enhance both the aesthetic and the SEO performance of your media resources.SEO ready
With a built-in SEO modules, search engine optimization is no longer hit-and-miss. Varbase provides a powerful SEO engine to grade the SEO readiness of your website, and to recommend on-page areas for improvement based on its vast SEO knowledge. Varbase enables the specification of metatags and markups to describe your web contents. Furthermore, to further increase the visibility of your web pages, Varbase supports the generation of XML sitemaps. If you are migrating your website to Drupal 8, Varbase can import all web pages from your legacy website, and set up page redirects from the old URLs to the new ones on the Drupal 8 platform.Social media savvy
If visitors like your web content, you want to gently encourage them to share it with their social media contacts, essentially creating a viral effect. Varbase makes the integration of social media within your website as easy as just choosing the target social networks, which automatically enables the corresponding social media plugins. In addition, Varbase enables you to syndicate selected web contents to various social media networks, thereby maximizing their exposure and reach.
Summary & Conclusion
Varbase embodies the principle and practice of Don't Repeat Yourself (or DRY). It is a shortcut to developing your Drupal 8 website using out-of-the-box, best-of-breed modules, themes, and tools. Varbase is made available to the general Drupal community as a free and open-sourced software. Varbase users can download and modify the base software without incurring any licensing cost. For organizations that require professional services, note that Vardot offers full-cycle Drupal services ranging from implementation, customization, support, training, to hosted management. Please don’t hesitate to contact Vardot if you have any questions regarding our work!