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Dries Buytaert: Announcing the Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund

Planet Drupal - 8 December 2014 - 9:01am
Topic: DrupalDrupal Association

Today the Drupal Association announced a new program: the Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund. Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund is a $125,000 USD fund to help solve critical issues and accelerate the release of Drupal 8.

The Drupal Association is guaranteeing the funds and will try to raise more from individual members and organizations within the Drupal community. It is the Drupal 8 branch maintainers — Nathaniel Catchpole, Alex Pott, Angie Byron, and myself — who will decide on how the money is spent. The fund provides for both "top-down" (directed by the Drupal 8 branch maintainers) and "bottom-up" (requested by other community members) style grants. The money will be used on things that positively impact the Drupal 8 release date, such as hiring contributors to fix critical bugs, sponsoring code sprints to fix specific issues, and other community proposals.

Since the restructuring of the Drupal Association, I have encouraged the Drupal Association staff and Board of Directors to grow into our ambitious mission; to unite a global open source community to build and promote Drupal. I've also written and talked about the fact that scaling Open Source communities is really hard. The Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund is an experiment with crowdsourcing as a means to help scale our community which is unique compared to other efforts because it is backed by the official non-profit organization that fosters and supports Drupal.

I feel that the establishment of this fund is an important step towards more sustainable core development. My hope is that if this round of funding is successful that this can grow over time to levels that could make an even more meaningful impact on core, particularly if we complement this with other approaches and steps, such as organization credit on Drupal.org.

This is also an opportunity for Drupal companies to give back to Drupal 8 development. The Drupal Association board is challenging itself to raise $62,500 USD (half of the total amount) to support this program. If you are an organization who can help support this challenge, please let us know. If you're a community member with a great idea on how we might be able to spend this money to help accelerate Drupal 8, you can apply for a grant today.

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Farm Equipment

New Drupal Modules - 8 December 2014 - 8:16am

Description available on GitHub: http://github.com/farmier/farm_equipment

Will be moved here soon.

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Intershop Password

New Drupal Modules - 8 December 2014 - 6:38am

Intershop and Drupal don't follow the same schema about password storage.
Drupal uses SHA512 algorithm, while Intershop uses MD5.

This module overrides password storage and checking methods on Drupal side to allow to copy/paste the Intershop password hash directly into Drupal.

Features
  • Support for Intershop's password during authentication process,
  • Generate password according to Intershop algorithm.
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Code Enigma: Meaningful commit messages

Planet Drupal - 8 December 2014 - 4:51am
At Code Enigma, most of our Jenkins builds post a git log into one of our IRC channels on completion. This helps the ops team to keep an eye on what's going on and to quickly spot any build failures. It also gives us a chance to see the commit messages that people are posting.
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Annertech: Twitter Cards - Up Close and Drupally

Planet Drupal - 8 December 2014 - 1:12am
Twitter Cards - Up Close and Drupally

We've all heard of Twitter, how it can help you boost your business and engage with your supporters. But have you ever noticed that some tweets now come with a nice little description, or maybe an image, or even an embedded video?

That's the magic of Twitter cards, and you can do it with Drupal.

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Cultura Archive

New Drupal Modules - 7 December 2014 - 7:47pm

This module updates the content type provided by Cultura Discussion and provides a view to receive and display archives from the Cultura Exchange installation profile and imported with Cultura Exchange Migrate.

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unfeaturize

New Drupal Modules - 7 December 2014 - 7:31am

This module will help you get your content types out of features, and back into the database in a state where you can edit or delete them freely.

How to use:
1) Disable the feature (module) that owns your content type
2) Enable this module
(make sure you have permission to administer content types)
3) Visit admin/config/development/unfeaturize
4) check the boxes for the content types you'd like back
5) click the "Unfeaturize" button.
6) Profit.

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Google Captcha

New Drupal Modules - 7 December 2014 - 6:27am

Uses the Google reCAPTCHA web service to improve the CAPTCHA system and protect email addresses.

This module is inspired by the reCAPTCHA module, but uses new Google No Captcha reCaptcha API. I hope this module will be finally integrated with the original reCAPTCHA module.

Requirements
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Pure360

New Drupal Modules - 6 December 2014 - 5:01am
Important

Before using this module, you should have an approved account from Pure360. It does not matter which plan you choosed from Pure360.

If you don't have Pure360 account then this module will not help you.

Pure360 doe's not allow any free account.

Legal Information

This module is not released by Pure360 official team where I release this module to help community members only, who already have paid accounts with Pure360.

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Drupal Bits at Web-Dev: Manage Drupal Feature Updates

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 8:38pm

When using Features module to move changes from one  development environment to the next, it can be tricky to track which Feature ought to be 'reverted' in order make the new code be incontrol.  Sure you can revert them all in one shot with `drush features-revert-all`, but that is pretty intensive to do especially on a production site and can lead to some race conditions.

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Code Karate: Drupal Role Assign Module: Controlling who can assign what roles on your Drupal site

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 3:27pm
Episode Number: 183

By default a Drupal site has a lot of flexibility when it comes to assigning user roles and permissions. There are times however when the default flexibility is not quite enough. The Drupal Role Assign Module extends this flexibility a little by allowing more fine grained control over setting user roles.

The Drupal RoleAssign module allows you to allow other roles to assign users roles... confused yet? An example might be helpful. Assume you have the following Drupal roles on your site:

Tags: DrupalUsersDrupal 7Drupal Planet
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Drupal Association News: Announcing the Drupal 8 Accelerate Program

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 3:16pm

We are thrilled to announce that, in collaboration with the Drupal 8 branch maintainers, the Association is launching a brand-new program: Drupal 8 Accelerate. Modeled after our Community Cultivation Grants program, Drupal 8 Accelerate is a $125,000 fund to help solve critical issues and accelerate the release of Drupal 8.

The Drupal community is filled with a plethora of opinions and ideas, but there’s one thing we likely all agree on; we’re ready for Drupal 8 to be released! This anticipation is underscored by the record number of contributors to D8 - over 2400. Now it’s time for the Drupal community to rally and finish the job. The Drupal Association wants to help you make that happen. After all, our mission is to unite a gobal open source community to build and promote Drupal.

The Drupal 8 Accelerate Program is a $125,000 fund provided by the Drupal Association (and by extension, all the Association members and Partners who fund our work - so thank you). Grants will be made in two categories: branch maintainer requests and community requests. This two-branch system means that funds can be directed by the people most intimately familiar with the project needs while still allowing for our amazing community to come up with innovative ideas that have a big impact. The Association will also be providing logistical support to the branch maintainers throughout the process.

While the Association is providing the funds and the support, we are not deciding WHAT gets funded. This gets handled by the branch maintainers, keeping the Association on the right side of the “we don’t direct the project” line. The Drupal 8 Accelerate program is a fantastic opportunity for the Association to support and amplify community efforts. All of our favorite work at the Association follows this model - DrupalCon session selection, Community Cultivation Grants, Global Training Days, and DrupalCamp Fiscal Sponsorship to name a few. We’re here to make it easier for you to innovate, and this program is yet another example.

Of course, this is the first time our community has tried anything like this, so we expect that we’ll be learning a lot as we go. As always, we are looking for your feedback and help so that we can improve.

How can you help? Let me count the ways:

  • Help promote the program. Share this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, and other places your Drupal friends hang out online.
  • Apply! Take this program back to your user group, company, or friends and dream big. If you have a great way to help push Drupal 8 to release, we want to hear about it.
  • Help fund the grants. The Association has pledged $125,000 because we think this program is THAT important. But we’re looking for community support to help make this investment. You can become member, a partner, or talk to us about making a contribution directly to the fund.

A huge round of thanks goes to Angie, Jess, Gabor, Cathy, Nate and the other branch maintainers who helped develop and review this program. We’re excited to see what happens next!

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Drupal core announcements: Priorities for the upcoming Drupal 8 critical issue sprint (Dec. 10-14 in Ghent, Belgium)

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 2:32pm

It's just a few days now until our Drupal 8 criticals sprint in Ghent! The sprint will be held December 10-14, 2014 and hosted at the Wunderkraut offices.

Upgrade path blockers

Our top priority for the sprint will be to make progress on D8 upgrade path blockers (critical issues with the 'D8 upgrade path' tag) that affect the Entity Field API, Views, and the Configuration System. Here are the specific issues we have targeted:

#2372855: Add content & config entity dependencies to views
#2341357: Allow the entity area to use UUIDs instead of IDs and provide autocompletion

Discuss and plan our approach. (The second issue, #2341357, is a soft blocker that covers part of the scope of the first, #2372855.)
 

[PP-1] Figure out what to do in Views when entity schema changes

Discuss and plan our approach.
 

#1934152: Figure the out if we want global config overrides to stick (settings.php overrides don't work on all pages)

Discuss, make a decision, and move forward.
 

#2278017: [PP-1] When a content entity type providing module is uninstalled, the entities are not fully deleted, leaving broken references
#2338873: [PP-2] Modules providing non-configurable field storage definitions can be uninstalled, leaving orphaned unpurged data

These issues are postponed on #2335879: Change SqlContentEntityStorageSchema::requiresEntityDataMigration() to ask the old storage handler if it has data rather than assuming yes unless NULL storage, but that will hopefully land before the sprint. The first issue (#2278017) is proceeding well and can hopefully be wrapped up in the sprint, and then the second (#2338873) will hopefully be a straightforward application of the same pattern. In addition to these issues, we may also want to create a new issue to add a config validator that does the same validation check during a config deployment.
 

#2183983: Find hidden configuration schema issues
#2387149: Display extenders are not possible to describe with config schema
#2387157: Cloning display into another display also stores options that are not supported by the new display type

Agree on the API needed for the Views child issues. Then, continue to resolve outstanding failures in the main issue. It would be great to either finish these by the end of the sprint or get far enough to know the reason for each remaining failure to have confidence there's no lingering huge problem! (#2387141: Missing field configuration schemas across core tests should be hopefully done before the sprint starts.)
 

#2232477: Fatal when adding new fields with NOT NULL constraints in a base table that contains existing entities

This issue was discussed in Amsterdam, committed, and then reverted. yched has been working on the patch since; we could probably focus on this issue together and discuss the issues with the previous patch to move this forward.
 

Critical issue triage

Another goal of the sprint is to triage critical issues in the core queue to assess their relevance and priority. (You can help by making sure any open critical issues you are following have up-to-date issue summaries.)

Sponsors

Thanks to the Drupal Association and Wunderkraut for sponsoring this event!

More information

If you have any questions about the upcoming sprint, contact xjm.

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David Norman: Drupal 8's installer and Xdebug don't mix

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 2:20pm

Anecdotally, Drupal 8 is slower than anything before it - maybe 4x slower. While installing Drupal 8.0.0-beta3 so I could work on upgrading the Masquerade module, I found the installer dreadfully slow. I started a timer when I got to the Batch API-enabled "Install site" page. The installer ran for 10 minutes to get as far as step 32 of 37. Then it errored-out.

An AJAX HTTP error occurred. HTTP Result Code: 200 Debugging information follows. Path: http://localhost/drupal8/core/install.php?langcode=en&profile=standard&i... StatusText: OK ResponseText: ( ! ) Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /Users/davidnorman/Sites/drupal8/core/lib/Drupal/Core/Extension/ModuleHandler.php on line 261

I've installed Drupal probably thousands of times and I knew my MacBook Pro Retina, 3rd-generation quad core i7 processor with a SSD wasn't a bottleneck. At the time, I only had one extra PHP extension enabled - Xdebug (see my phpinfo()). It only had a basic configuration. Sometimes I enable things like xdebug.collect_assignments or xdebug.show_local_vars, but even those weren't enabled at the time.

[xdebug] zend_extension="/usr/local/Cellar/php56-xdebug/2.2.6/xdebug.so" xdebug.auto_trace = On

To get Drupal to install, I commented the Xdebug zend_extension at /usr/local/etc/php/5.6/conf.d/ext-xdebug.ini, did a brew install php56-apcu, and restarted my MacBook.

After I swapped Xdebug for APCU, the "Install site" portion of the Drupal 8 installer took only 30 seconds to complete and did not time-out, versus the 10 minutes with ultimate failure while Xdebug was enabled.

At this point, I'm seem to be left to conclude that if I wanted to use Xdebug to debug the installer, that my only option is to increase the default 30 second timeout in my /usr/local/etc/php/5.6/php.ini. Alternatively, if I want to use Xdebug for day-to-day module development, that I'll need to disable Xdebug temporarily to get a local install setup.

Drupal 8 does a lot more stuff to process a page. Core developers have succeeded in moving most of the code to use object oriented methods with namespaces and protected variable spaces, but at the expense of turning a vanilla install into about 76MB. Drupal 7.34 is only 15MB.

To make a point, I inserted a debug_print_backtrace() in EntityAccessControlHandler::access(). This is a basic call in core that would check access on anything that's an entity - users, nodes, etc. After Firefox choked on the resulting output, I attempted to make a snapshot of the page using Evernote to link to in this article. Instead, even Evernote told me that the page was too big to capture.

I guess I don't really have any other point to make. It's not like this article is going to make Drupal 8 faster. I don't have advice for making it lightweight. It's what we have to live with now in the supposed pursuit of progress and modern sophistication. I'm just leaving my breadcrumb for other developers who might find it impossible to even get Drupal 8 installed using an environment that worked for Drupal 7 since I was able to get through the "Install site" part of the Drupal 7.34 installer with Xdebug enabled and with APCU disabled in only 14 seconds.

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Mediacurrent: A better Access Denied (403) page with Panels

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 1:53pm

What happens when a user bookmarks an access-protected page? If their session expires before they next visit the bookmark, they'll see an "Access Denied" message with no login form. How confusing for the end user! Let's change that.

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Drupal Watchdog: Drupal in Context

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 10:57am
Column

A funny thing happened in 1991, when the Americans with Disabilities Act started compelling businesses to make their premises more accessible. People discovered that long-handled faucets are easier to turn when your hands are wet; wheelchair ramps enabled parents to bring their strollers inside; and athletes relied on handrails after twisting their ankles during practice. In short, ease of use benefited everybody, not just the targeted population.

It's a lesson the Drupal community has struggled gamely to learn: consider Drupal 7's extensive (and expensive) user-interface revamp. And yet beginners still find Drupal much harder to use than, say, WordPress. Meanwhile, technologists who are weighing Drupal against its competitors reach for the handrail, find it missing, and assume that this lack of “polish” is more than skin deep.

Sometimes, they're right.

'tis a Gift to be Simple

If the history of technology teaches us one thing, it's this: Simplicity wins every time. It beats features, security, and price. Examples abound both within and outside of the world of computers: Packaged goods beat out bulk service even as they partly eliminated customer choice, and Twitter dumbed down blogging to become an essential part of digital life. But fighting against the need for simple, reliable tools is quixotic: It's easier and more fun to create new features than to perfect the ones you have.

Certainly Drupal has long been guilty of this. We've held onto poorly implemented core features, even when their function has diminished and the market has passed them by. The mostly pointless and hard-to-use Actions module is a great example. The disease is evident outside of core, too. Features get more attention than interface bugs in the queues of contributed modules; and five years after its release, the Mac version of Acquia Dev Desktop still can't serve web pages on the standard HTTP port 80, or shut down gracefully when you restart your computer.

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Alternative Login Page

New Drupal Modules - 5 December 2014 - 10:33am

Provides an alternative page for users to log into the site. Designed as an additional entry point for admins when a single sign-on (SSO) system is in use for the primary site login.

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Commerce Guys: Drupal Commerce Site Spotlight: Flixbus.de

Planet Drupal - 5 December 2014 - 10:20am

We're always on the lookout for great sites built with Drupal Commerce, our truly flexible software that's changing the face of eCommerce one site at a time.

Traveling this Holiday Season? Well if you're in Germany, you might be taking FlixBus. And if you are, then chances are you just purchased your ticket on their new site hosted on Platform.sh. The site features a robust ticketing engine powered by the flexibility of Drupal Commerce and was built by the talented team at Wunderkraut, a Drupal Commerce Delivery partner that has just recently announced their plans to move all the organizations development to Platform.sh, our Continuous Delivery Cloud built to enable and enhance agile development from day one.

 

To see Drupal Commerce sites we've Spotlighted in previous weeks view Other Spotlight Sites

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