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ImageX Media: Speeding up your MySQL dump/restores with Mydumper

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 2:39pm
Why Mydumper?

How many times in your last web development project have you had to load a mysql/mariadb database? If your answer was "too many", and you've been frustrated by how slow the process can be, this article may be for you.

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Appnovation Technologies: How to Use Drupal REST Services with AngularJs

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 2:20pm

In a previous post I showed how to use Drupal 8 RESTful services.

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Mediacurrent: Why Drupal is the Right Fit for Higher Ed

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 12:35pm

After speaking to dozens of higher ed institutions over the last several years, I’m convinced now more than ever that open source technology, particularly Drupal, is the best fit for these organizations. I know I’m echoing what many in the Drupal community have observed for a while, but I’d like to describe why Drupal makes so much sense for higher ed.

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Drush Drupal Status (drush_drupal_status)

New Drupal Modules - 7 November 2014 - 12:32pm

Prints the Drupal status report table (Admin > Reports > Status) on the command line.
In other words, it prints out every module that implements hook_requirements() with runtime phase, which gives you an overview about the health of your drupal site via drush...


  • Severity
  • Facility
  • Value
  • Description



Since this is a Drush extension, you will need Drush >=v.5.

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CMS Quick Start: Publishing Drupal 7 Content to Social Media: Part 1

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 11:55am

 Streamlined workflows are important for sites of any size. Today it is very common to update your readers via multiple social sites, namely Twitter and Facebook. However, it can be tedious sometimes to update your site, then update Facebook and Twitter separately with the correct links (especially if you publish a lot of content). In this series we are going to explore different ways of pushing content to your social media platforms automatically.

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Open Atrium Test

New Drupal Modules - 7 November 2014 - 11:46am

Provides Behat testing for Open Atrium

Submit an Issue or See issue queue

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Deeson: Using PhpStorm's Live Templates for t functions

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 9:00am

At Deeson's PhpStorm is our IDE of choice. Working with PhpStorm's Live Templates can save you some valueable time. In this post I'll show you how to use Live Templates to surround strings in simple t functions in template files.

Live templates

PhpStorm’s Live Templates are chunks of code which can be quickly inserted into a file. Surround Live Templates allow you to select a piece of text and surround it with template.

Drupal's t function

It's Drupal best practice to wrap all strings in a t function - this allow the sting to be translated. In a template file this looks like:

<span><?php print t('This is good Practice'); ?></span>

On most sites there will be hundreds of these strings, so anything that can shave off time will be worthwhile.

Take a look

Here’s an example of Surround Live Templates in action. It’s quick and easy to surround a string with a simple t function.

PhpStorm Live Templates and T function


To show the Surround Live Template list on Macs use Cmd+Alt+J and if you are on a Windows machine use Ctrl+Alt+J.

Setting up Live Templates

To set up a Surround Live Template, go to Preferences > Live Templates and click the plus symbol in the top right of the window.

A Surround Live Template needs to have ‘$SELECTION$’ in it, which is replaced with the selected text. The template also need to be available in the correct contexts.

Here's one I prepared earlier...

Have a go

To set up this T string Surround Live Template, the template text needs to be:

<?php print t('$SELECTION$'); ?>

It needs to be applicable in the ‘HTML’ context.

That’s it! You should now be able to use the template. Let us know if you've got any PhpStorm tips too.

Categories: Drupal frontpage posts for the Drupal planet: Drupal 7.33 released

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 7:37am

Drupal 7.33, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.33 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.33

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are no major new features in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 7 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

There are no security fixes in this release of Drupal core.

Bug reports

Drupal 7.x is being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports), more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.


Drupal 7.33 contains bug fixes and small API/feature improvements only. The full list of changes between the 7.32 and 7.33 releases can be found by reading the 7.33 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Update notes

See the 7.33 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

Known issues


Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 7.x
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Code Karate: Drupal 7 Exclude Node Title Module

Planet Drupal - 7 November 2014 - 4:37am
Episode Number: 177

Have you ever had to try to hide a title on a page in Drupal? Maybe you created a page to be your front page and don't want the Node title to show up. The Exclude Node Title module makes this situation or any other situation in which you need to hide a node title, as simple as a few clicks of the mouse.

Tags: DrupalDrupal 7Drupal Planet
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Message notify logger

New Drupal Modules - 7 November 2014 - 3:54am

This provides some verbose logging for the Message Notify module.

It will log message sending to the DB.

You need the following two forks in the message stack to make this logging work:

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Append File Info

New Drupal Modules - 7 November 2014 - 3:25am

Adds file info (file type icon, extension, size) to local managed file links.

This module offers a filter called "Append File Info Filter" which adds file info to any Media links (ie. media/3), File Entity links (ie. file/3) and Drupal core File links (ie. sites/default/files/example.pdf).

It also offers a theme override which adds this information to themed file links.

Categories: Drupal Cracking Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist Certification

Planet Drupal - 6 November 2014 - 5:46pm

I had a chance to try the upcoming (Drupal) Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist Certification Exam. Thanks to Acquia Certification Team for allowing me to try it out.


I have been able to clear it with an 83% score. That was way beyond what I was expecting. I expected the exam to focus heavily on advanced CSS and JS and hence was not expecting a good score. But it turned out the exam gives good weightage to Drupal theming and templating and various other concepts in Drupal that gave me a fair chance to score.


The exam evaluates you on the following areas:

  • Fundamental Web Development Concepts

  • Theming Concepts

  • Sub-Theming Concepts

  • Templates

  • Template Functions

  • Layout Configuration

  • Performance

  • Security


The official exam blue print and curriculum is not released by Acquia yet. So I do not have the links here for you. They should be out soon. The exam is scheduled to be released for public on December 1st.


But for any of you taking the exam pre-release, or if you are planning to take the exam immediately after the release, here is some information for you that could help you in your preparation before the official study guide comes out.


Fundamental Web Development Concepts

There were questions about CSS, JS, Jquery. Some of the resources that could help:


CSS Selectors:




Javascript and Jquery: (The below ones are too generic. But I would recommend a full refresher of jquery and javascript if you are a backend developer attempting the certification)


Drupal + Javascript:


Drupal + CSS


Responsive Web Design:


Grid Systems:

  • A fair idea of any one of those CSS grid systems would help




Theming Concepts

You should make yourself thoroughly familiar with all the Theming and Advanced Theming chapters in The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7.



Sub- Theming Concepts


Layout Configuration Templates Template Functions:






This notes is very specific to the Front End Specialist Certification. If you are looking for Acquia Certified Developer examination, check out my previous post on Cracking Acquia Drupal Certification.


Drop in your comments below if you have any additional resources that would help in the exam preparation that I have missed above.


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Wim Leers: Drupal 8's render pipeline

Planet Drupal - 6 November 2014 - 3:59pm

In Drupal 8, we’ve significantly improved the way pages are rendered. I will explain the entire render pipeline, which will also cover:

  • render caching — blocks and entities are now render cached automatically!
  • cache tags — finally we have the cache invalidation system we’ve always needed!
  • assets — only the necessary assets are loaded anymore, thanks to asset dependencies!
  • bubbling — rather than relying on global statics that broke caching, we now correctly bubble up all attached metadata — no more frustrations!

But I will also explain what is going to be possible in Drupal 8:

  • anonymous page loads: invalidating Varnish/CDNs with perfect precision
  • authenticated page loads: not completely regenerated on every page load, but assembled from render cached parts
  • alternative render strategies, like Big Pipe

Where relevant, I’ll compare with Drupal 7, how you can write Drupal 7 code today that will be easy to upgrade to Drupal 8, and which Drupal 7 backports exist (hint: Big Pipe does exist!).

Slides: Drupal 8's render pipelineConference: DrupalCamp GhentLocation: Ghent, BelgiumDate: Nov 7 2014 - 09:30Duration: 45 minutesExtra information: 


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Mediacurrent: Drupal 8 Theming Update

Planet Drupal - 6 November 2014 - 1:46pm

This webinar is an update to Dante Taylor’s TWIG: Getting Started in Drupal 8 presentation from October 2013. The most significant change to Drupal 8 theming is the introduction of the Classy Theme, which was part of the 8.0.0-beta2 release last month. In a nutshell, Classy is a base theme for those who want to have templates with the core classes. Setting Classy as a base is simple—add the following line to the file inside the theme directory:

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Feeds Plupload Fetcher

New Drupal Modules - 6 November 2014 - 12:19pm

A feeds fetcher plugin providing Drag&Drop file uploads.

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Midwestern Mac, LLC: Preventing yourself from accidentally breaking production with Drush

Planet Drupal - 6 November 2014 - 10:51am

For all the sites I maintain, I have at least a local and production environment. Some projects warrant a dev, qa, etc. as well, but for the purposes of this post, let's just assume you often run drush commands on local or development environments during development, and eventually run a similar command on production during a deployment.

What happens if, at some point, you are churning through some Drush commands, using aliases (e.g. drush @site.local break-all-the-things to break things for testing), and you accidentally enter instead of @site.local? Or what if you were doing something potentially disastrous, like deleting a database table locally so you can test a module install file, using drush sqlq to run a query?

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New Drupal Modules - 6 November 2014 - 10:06am

Achievements and activity tracking module. Allows developers two write their own achievements.


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Metal Toad: ToadCast 028

Planet Drupal - 6 November 2014 - 10:05am

For ToadCast 28 we have special guest Chris Bloom!

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New Drupal Modules - 6 November 2014 - 10:00am

The JSCommunicator JavaScript SIP phone available as a library module for Drupal.

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New Drupal Modules - 6 November 2014 - 9:59am

Drupal core and contributed modules events wrapped in an observer design pattern.

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