Mandrill Inbound API

New Drupal Modules - 15 May 2016 - 2:57am

This module provides an API to interact with the Mandrill Inbound Email
system. Modules are then able to use this API to setup email
patterns to receive emails and callbacks to process them.

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The people of New Orleans

Dries Buytaert - 14 May 2016 - 9:15am

I love street photography. Walking and shooting. Walking, talking and shooting. Slightly pushing me out of my comfort zone looking for that one great photo.

Street photography is all fun and games until someone pulls out a handgun. The anarchy sign in the background makes these shots complete.

For more photos, check out the entire album.

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Blue Drop Shop: Drupal Camp Session Recordings: A Year in Review

Planet Drupal - 14 May 2016 - 8:46am

It has been nearly a year since I’ve updated the status of my camp recording kits. Since DCSTL15, two other camps took me up on my proposal to sponsor my travel and hotel in exchange for me recording and posting their sessions: TCDrupal and BADCamp. And, of course, as a MidCamp organizer, that counts too. And with each those camps, I’ve iterated and learned from invaluable successes and failures.

First off, here is a link to the current kit.

With everything, each kit is still under $450. In addition, zip ties to hold the VGA to HDMI dongle tight and some gaffers tape to secure everything to the podium are needed.


At Twin Cities, I learned that, while I try, I cannot reasonably start and stop every recording in every room, especially at camps with five concurrent sessions spread over multiple floors and buildings. The amount of volunteer participation at TCDrupal is incredibly impressive. I had loads of help at my disposal, but only a few moments to outline how the kits work, so I spent a lot of time troubleshooting from room to room.

BADCamp is another camp that sprawls over a campus and is a bit looser on the room monitor support. So this time, I came armed with printed instructions at each podium for hooking up to the kit (link). I added some basic troubleshooting and my phone number. I missed about half the session starts, but speakers were mostly able to follow the instructions and run things without me. That was a huge win. Unfortunately, remembering to also start/stop the audio record was hit or miss.

By the time MidCamp rolled around, I simplified the instructions further and also set the backup audio record to just run all day, removing the failure point of missed audio. The big red button is easy and enticing. The little button on the audio recorder remote...not so much. MidCamp, with two days of four concurrent sessions was my first 100% captured camp since St. Louis.

Pain Points

There are four recurring issues with this setup:

  • VGA-only laptops
  • Recurring audio problems
  • File segmenting
  • Random projector problems

Hopefully, the time of laptops that only have VGA out is coming to an end. I've tried several different VGA-to-HDMI converters with basically no luck. And to spend hundreds of dollars or more for a fool-proof converter when modern laptops have better video output is a hard pill to swallow. I don't foresee this being a long-term problem.

The audio issues are baffling. In some cases, no audio at all is recorded with the screen capture, while other times it is sped up and choppy, hence the importance of the backup audio files from the voice recorder. But this means post-processing time which delays uploads. I intend to contact Hauppauge support, but honestly don't expect to get very far as I am using their device as it was not intended. Lastly, the capture device has a touch panel for adjusting gain and muting the audio. It is a little to easy to accidentally mute the audio.

Minor annoyance: occasionally, the recordings will split into two or more files, meaning I have to stitch them together in post.

At MidCamp for the past two years (both held at different locations on UIC campus), some of the projectors would intermittently go dark during presentations. While this has no impact on the recording, it is extremely unsettling for the presenter and annoying for the attendees. I recall this happening in some cases at Twin Cities, but not at BADCamp. So this one currently has me stumped with no good plan of resolution at this time.

Next Steps

For obvious reasons, I can't record all the sessions at all the camps. And already I have firm plans to record Twin Cities in June, St. Louis in September, and BADCamp in October. Talking to folks at Drupalcon, I also now have soft commitments with Drupal GovCon in July and Drupal Camp New Jersey in January. And other camps have reached out, but I have conflicts.

I managed to pack up a complete kit into a 10" Pelican case. This means that if I can start training some proxies and write up some detailed instructions and troubleshooting, then this solution can scale. Maybe folks won’t have experience with the post-production, but I can help with that remotely, if needed. The beauty of these kits is that with timely starts and stops and good audio, the MP4 file on the thumb drive can be uploaded as soon as it is collected.

The good news is that the more camps I can record, the more data I can collect and the more I can refine the process to make it scalable.

Stay tuned!

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Drupal Association News: Hello, World! (Goodbye, Drupal Association)

Planet Drupal - 14 May 2016 - 5:06am

My first day on the job, I got on an airplane and flew to Australia to attend DrupalCon Sydney. As first days on the job go, that’s gotta be up there as one of the best. It definitely set the tone for life in the Drupal community - it’s been an exciting adventure every single day. I’ve traveled around the world, worked with incredibly smart people, and learned four or five Git commands (thanks Cathy!).

So it’s not without some sadness that I share that my last day on this job will be June 3. Why am I leaving? Simply put, because I can. Drupal 8 is out and thriving. The Association is doing more and doing it better than it ever has. Now is the time for me to take a step back, eat some cake, and then find something new to jump into (after a nap, and probably some more cake).

Luckily, the Drupal community has an amazing individual ready to step in to lead the Association. I’m proud beyond words to see Megan Sanicki take on these challenges and work with you all as the next Executive Director of the Association. I know she will continue to build an Association that operates from its values for and with the Drupal community. We’ve been working together on this transition for a little while now, and I can’t wait to see what she does.

I just want to share a couple of thanks before I go. First, I’m deeply proud of the team that we have built at the Drupal Association. The Drupal Association staff are the rainbow unicorns of teams. They are honest about their opinions, but kind in their delivery. They are fierce in their loyalty to the community, and even more so in their loyalty to each other. They genuinely care about every interaction, and even when things go sideways, you can trust that their intentions were nothing but good. I learned from them. Every. Single. Day. I owe them a heck of a lot more than this thank you, but I wanted to get it out in the world. They are the best. Treat them well.

Secondly, I want to thank the dozens of community members who have gone out of their way to support me in this role. I’ll be following up personally with as many of you as I can, but I wanted to call out a few of you in particular. Angie taught me that introverts can learn to like hugs. George and Tiffany taught me to take my time and find the exact right words. Paul taught me that you can’t have too many passion projects. Donna taught me that it’s not summer everywhere. Cathy taught me Git (well, four or five commands that I can remember). There is so much generosity in Drupal.

The Association board and Megan will be working hard over the next few weeks on this transition to make sure that we continue to grow our support of the community, keep producing amazing DrupalCons, and ensure that Drupal remains the best darn CMS out there. I’ll be over here rooting for all of you. You’ll find me next to the cake.

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Radium on Drupal: Deploying Drupal Sites with Docker Compose

Planet Drupal - 14 May 2016 - 3:51am
Deploying a Drupal site (or any website) could sometimes be cumbersome, in particular if you have multiple websites running on one server. The amount of time wasted in configuring the server could be considerable. Docker is one of the tools that can save us from the "configuration hell". Thanks to pre-built images, I no longer have to worry about dependencies since they can be all included in one image. Also, unlike virtual machine, Docker is fast and take only a few seconds to start. Another benefit is that now you can have the same environment on your local machine and on the server -- just use the same image. In this post I will quickly walk through the steps of using Docker Compose to deploy Drupal.
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ActiveLAMP: Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism with Drupal Entities - SandCamp 2016

Planet Drupal - 13 May 2016 - 8:01pm

One of the best things to happen with the Drupal 7 release was the introduction of Entities. Drupal Entities have been around forever, but it seems like a lot of developers still refer back to using Nodes when creating content that requires more functionality than what Nodes give you out of the box. In this video, I talk about why it’s a good idea to create your own Entities when the content you’re adding requires extended functionality. I talk about the “what” and the “why” of Entities, not necessarily “how” to create an Entity. There are a bunch of resources already out there on the Internet for that. I talk about using the Entity API module, and defining your own Class for your custom Entities. This presentation was given at SandCamp 2016.

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DrupalCon News: Let us know what you thought about the Con

Planet Drupal - 13 May 2016 - 2:49pm

Thank you so much for attending DrupalCon New Orleans.  We had an amazing time and hope that you did too.  

After each Con, we ask that you please let us know how it went so we can see what we can improve for next time.  Please

Fill Out the Survey

We also understand that you may be interested in receiving a Certificate of Attendance.  If so, please fill out the request form and we will get back to you shortly.

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New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 12:20pm

Placeholder project for managing sponsors on your site or an event. Used in the Conference Organizing Distribution.

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New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 12:18pm

This is a placeholder for the new standalone 'program' module that is implimented within the COD distribution.

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tanay.co.in: Announcing www.d8cards.com - A simple Drupal 8 ladder for small study groups

Planet Drupal - 13 May 2016 - 11:56am

At my workplace, we had earlier formed a study group to try out some very simple Drupal 8 stuff.


As we progressed, we had built a bunch of activity cards that we used for the group.


They are now available @ www.d8cards.com.


Check them out. Each activity card has a tutorial and an exercise that you could try out. There are 21 cards covering varied Drupal 8 Topics.

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New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 10:54am

This is yet another JavaScript based charting module. But as the chart.js website says

Simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers

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Composer deploy

New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 10:03am

The project is very similar to Git deploy but for Composer.

Normally drupal.org inserts version information when a project is packaged. Packages installed via Composer do not contain this information in some cases.

  1. The required version is a dev version
  2. Composer runs in --prefer-source mode

Composer Deploy hooks into the Drupal update system and attempts to provide the version of modules and themes from Composer metadata.

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Service Links mailto

New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 9:10am

The Service Links mailto module integrates with the Service Links module. It adds an extra service on the 'Service Links > Services' page. The output of the mailto link can be configured on the 'Service Links > Widgets' page.

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Mediacurrent: Friday 5: 5 Tips to Integrate 3rd Party APIs

Planet Drupal - 13 May 2016 - 8:59am

TGIF! We hope you've had a great week.

We're hot off the heels of DrupalCon but couldn't disappoint and skip this week. We give you, Episode 8! This Friday, Senior Drupal Developer David Younker joins us to discuss 5 Tips to Integrate 3rd Party APIs.

He provides some great tips for integrating 3rd party APIs and feeds in Drupal 7 sites. Watch the video below to learn more about Using Aggregator, Using Feeds, Custom Solutions, API Keys, and OAuth.

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Ajax Privatemsg

New Drupal Modules - 13 May 2016 - 7:32am

This module makes the current private message module forms ajax.


Drupal 7.x
privatemsg 7.x

1. Copy the entire ajax_privatemsg in
the Drupal sites/all/modules directory.

2. Login as an administrator.
Enable the module in the "Administrator" -> "Modules"

How to use:
1.After installation it will automatically makes forms ajax.

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Red Route: There's more than one way to Drupalise a cat

Planet Drupal - 13 May 2016 - 5:28am

One of the components in the design is something I'm calling tiles - as always, naming things is one of the hardest parts.

The component includes an image with a transparent overlay, showing the title. On hover and focus, some extra information becomes visible. For instance, for a gallery, the address will be shown, and for an exhibition, the artists and tags will be shown. Here's a Codepen which gives you an idea:

See the Pen Tiles... by malcomio (@malcomio) on CodePen.

Different versions of this component are used in quite a few places. On an exhibition page, it applies to a teaser view of the gallery linked via a node reference field. In various views, it applies to the views fields. To get the markup right for the views fields, I needed to create a custom template. But I didn't want to create the same template for each view that needed to use the tile pattern - that would be a nightmare to maintain.

Having read about Twig template extends I was tempted to try them for this use case - it seems like an interesting new feature, so why not try it out?

I created an initial template called views-view-fields--tiles.html.twig, and then set the view template to use it. For instance, I wanted to apply this markup for the exhibitions_new view, so I created a template called views-view-fields--exhibitions-new.html.twig, which contained just one line:

{% extends "themes/gall/templates/views/views-view-fields--tiles.html.twig" %}

It seemed to work OK, but didn't seem like the right approach. For one thing, it would leave me with a theme cluttered with loads of one-line templates, which would get pretty annoying pretty quickly. For another, it felt like a gratuitous use of a solution - a hammer looking for some nails to bash.

The solution I went with in the end was much more familiar from previous Drupal versions, although it uses the new hook_theme_suggestions_HOOK_alter hook:

/** * Implements hook_theme_suggestions_HOOK_alter(). */ function gall_theme_suggestions_views_view_fields_alter(array &$suggestions, array $variables) { // Set up views to use the tiles template. $tiles_views = array( 'exhibitions', 'exhibitions_a_z', 'exhibitions_new', 'exhibitions_this_gallery', 'galleries_a_z', 'galleries_new', ); $view_id = $variables['view']->id(); if (in_array($view_id, $tiles_views)) { $suggestions[] = 'views_view_fields__tiles'; } }

For someone familiar with previous versions of Drupal, it's another thing which is similar but different. More to learn, and some things to unlearn, but we're not starting from scratch, and we can have more options in our toolkit.

Tags:  Drupal Drupal 8 The Gallery Guide All tags
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nielsdefeyter.nl: Watch Drupalcon Now Orleans sessions on Youtube

Planet Drupal - 12 May 2016 - 4:47pm
As always the Drupal Association puts videe-recording of most sessions on DrupalCon Youtube. That is also true for the now ongoing DrupalCon New Orleans 2016. An excellent option for learning and understanding Drupal . (and following the event!) Recored video-sessions on YouTube Link DrupalCon New...
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Ajax Dblog

New Drupal Modules - 12 May 2016 - 1:15pm

The Ajax Dblog module provides ajax functionality to the dblog overview page (the watchdog log page). Loading message details onto the overview page using Ajax.

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State of Drupal presentation (May 2016)

Dries Buytaert - 12 May 2016 - 11:25am

DrupalCon New Orleans comes at an important time in the history of Drupal. Now that Drupal 8 has launched, we have a lot of work to do to accelerate Drupal 8's adoption as well as plan what is next.

In my keynote presentation, I shared my thoughts on where we should focus our efforts in order for Drupal to continue its path to become the leading platform for assembling the world's best digital experiences.

Based on recent survey data, I proposed key initiatives for Drupal, as well as shared my vision for building cross-channel customer experiences that span various devices, including conversational technologies like Amazon Echo.

You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 3:43) or download a copy of my slides (162 MB).

Take a look, and as always feel free to leave your opinions in the comments!

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Dries Buytaert: State of Drupal presentation (May 2016)

Planet Drupal - 12 May 2016 - 11:25am

DrupalCon New Orleans comes at an important time in the history of Drupal. Now that Drupal 8 has launched, we have a lot of work to do to accelerate Drupal 8's adoption as well as plan what is next.

In my keynote presentation, I shared my thoughts on where we should focus our efforts in order for Drupal to continue its path to become the leading platform for assembling the world's best digital experiences.

Based on recent survey data, I proposed key initiatives for Drupal, as well as shared my vision for building cross-channel customer experiences that span various devices, including conversational technologies like Amazon Echo.

You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 3:43) or download a copy of my slides (162 MB).

Take a look, and as always feel free to leave your opinions in the comments!

Categories: Drupal


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