Oliver Davies: How to Use Environment Variables for your Drupal Settings with Docksal

Planet Drupal - 3 June 2018 - 5:00pm

Within the Docksal documentation for Drupal settings, the example database settings include hard-coded credentials to connect to the Drupal database. For example, within a settings.php file, you could add this:

$databases['default']['default'] = [ 'driver' => 'mysql', 'host' => 'db', 'database' => 'myproject_db', 'username' => 'myproject_user', 'password' => 'myproject_pass', ];

Whilst this is fine, it does mean that there is duplication in the codebase as the database credentials can also be added as environment variations within .docksal/docksal.env - this is definitely the case if you want to use a custom database name, for example.

Also if one of these values were to change, then Drupal wouldn't be aware of that and would no longer be able to connect to the database.

It also means that the file can’t simply be re-used on another project as it contains project-specific credentials.

We can improve this by using the environment variables within the settings file.

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Entity Delete With Reference

New Drupal Modules - 3 June 2018 - 4:54am
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Time Field For Drupal 8.x

New Drupal Modules - 3 June 2018 - 2:06am

Time & Time Range Fields for Drupal 8.x

Sponsored by Drupaly.com

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Unlike marketing efforts, CAPEX doesn't lie

Dries Buytaert - 3 June 2018 - 1:23am

The title of this blog post comes from a recent Platformonomics article that analyzes how much Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are investing in their cloud infrastructure. It does that analysis based on these companies' publicly reported CAPEX numbers.

Capital expenditures, or CAPEX, is money used to purchase, upgrade, improve, or extend the life of long-term assets. Capital expenditures generally takes two forms: maintenance expenditure (money spent for normal upkeep and maintenance) and expansion expenditures (money used to buy assets to grow the business, or money used to buy assets to actually sell). This could include buying a building, upgrading computers, acquiring a business, or in the case of cloud infrastructure vendors, buying the hardware needed to invest in the growth of their cloud infrastructure.

Building this analysis on CAPEX spending is far from perfect, as it includes investments that are not directly related to scaling cloud infrastructure. For example, Google is building subsea cables to improve their internet speed, and Amazon is investing a lot in its package and shipping operations, including the build-out of its own cargo airline. These investments don't advance their cloud services businesses. Despite these inaccuracies, CAPEX is still a useful indicator for measuring the growth of their cloud infrastructure businesses, simply because these investments dwarf others.

The Platformonomics analysis prompted me to do a bit of research on my own.

The graph above shows the trailing twelve months (TTM) CAPEX spending for each of the five cloud vendors. CAPEX don't lie: cloud infrastructure services is clearly a three-player race. There are only three cloud infrastructure companies that are really growing: Amazon, Google (Alphabet) and Microsoft. Oracle and IBM are far behind and their spending is not enough to keep pace with Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

Amazon's growth in CAPEX is the most impressive. This becomes really clear when you look at the percentage growth:

Amazon's CAPEX has exploded over the past 10 years. In relative terms, it has grown more than all other companies' CAPEX combined.

The scale is hard to grasp

To put the significance of these investments in cloud services in perspective, in the last 12 months, Amazon and Alphabet's CAPEX is almost 10x the size of Coca-Cola's, a company whose products are available in every grocery store, gas station, and vending machine in every town and country in the world. More than 3% of all beverages consumed around the world are Coca-Cola products. In contrast, the amount of money cloud infrastructure vendors are investing in CAPEX is hard to grasp.

Disclaimers: As a public market investor, I'm long Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Also, Amazon is an investor in my company, Acquia.
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Wim Leers: Ode to the Drupal Association

Planet Drupal - 2 June 2018 - 2:43pm

This is an ode to the Drupal Association.

  1. Yesterday, I stumbled upon Customizing DrupalCI Testing for Projects, written by Ryan “Mixologic” Aslett. It contains detailed, empathic 1 explanations. He also landed d.o/node/2969363 to make Drupal core use this capability, and to set an example.
  2. I’ve been struggling in d.o/project/jsonapi/issues/2962461 to figure out why an ostensibly trivial patch would not just fail tests, but cause the testing infrastructure to fail in inexplicable ways after 110 minutes of execution time, despite JSON API test runs normally taking 5 minutes at most! My state of mind: (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
    Three days ago, Mixologic commented on the issue and did some DrupalCI infrastructure-level digging. I didn’t ask him. I didn’t ping him. He just showed up. He’s just monitoring the DrupalCI infrastructure!

In 2015 and 2016, I must have pinged Mixologic (and others, but usually him) dozens of times in the #drupal-infrastructure IRC channel about testbot/DrupalCI being broken yet again. Our testing infrastructure was frequently having troubles then; sometimes because Drupal was making changes, sometimes because DrupalCI was regressing, and surprisingly often because Amazon Web Services was failing.

Thanks to those two things in the past few days, I realized something: I can’t remember the last time I had to ping somebody about DrupalCI being broken! I don’t think I did it once in 2018. I’m not even sure I did in 2017! This shows what a massive improvement the Drupal Association contributed to the velocity of the Drupal project!


Of course, many others at the Drupal Assocation help make this happen, not just Ryan.

For example Neil “drumm” Drumm. He has >2800 commits on the Drupal.org customizations project! Lately, he’s done things like making newer & older releases visible on project release pages, exposing all historical issue credits, providing nicer URLs for issues and giving project maintainers better issue queue filtering. BTW, Neil is approaching his fifteenth Drupal anniversary!
Want to know about new Drupal.org features as they go live? Watch the change recordsRSS feed available.

In a moment of frustration, I tweeted fairly harshly (uncalled for … sorry!) to @drupal_infra, and got a forgiving and funny tweet in response:

The system doesn't believe that a human could do as much as you do.

— Ryan Aslett (@ryanaslett) April 5, 2018

(In case it wasn’t obvious yet: Ryan is practically a saint!)

Thank you!

I know that the Drupal Association does much more than the above (an obvious example is organizing DrupalCons). But these are the ways in which they are most visible to me.

When things are running as smoothly as they are, it’s easy to forget that it takes hard work to get there and stay there. It’s easy to take this for granted. We shouldn’t. I shouldn’t. I did for a while, then realized … this blog post is the result!

A big thanks to everyone who works/worked at the Drupal Association! You’ve made a tangible difference in my professional life! Drupal would not be where it is today without you.

  1. Not once is there a Just do [jargon] and it’ll magically work in there, for example! There’s screenshots showing how to navigate Jenkins’ (peculiar) UI to get at the data you need. ↩︎

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User CSV Importer

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 9:01am

Provides CSV importer for User Entity.

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Dismiss Drupal Set Messages

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 8:59am
Summary :

Dismiss Drupal Set Messages by clicking 'x' on Drupal Message without page refresh.

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Login Redirect Per Role

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 7:25am

Login Redirect per Role provides an Configuration page to set default URL to be redirected after login as per Role.

If more than one Role is assigned to User, URL of Role with lesser weight will be used or it will be redirected to default URL.

Admin can set Default Redirection URL as well as URL as per Roles.

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Opigno forum

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 6:30am

This project is related to Opigno LMS distribution.

It manages the private messaging feature allowing users to share messages between them. It makes possible to select a list of recipients, and then start a discussion thread involving these users.

For additional details, please consult Opigno website.

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external js

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 4:08am

External JS module allow to config exteranl js files on page load, which can make page load easiser in some situations:

configure: admin/config/ext-js

Sometimes, script tag in body bottom is still differenet from adding js file on page load.

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Frontend United keynote

Dries Buytaert - 2 June 2018 - 4:00am

Keynoted at Frontend United in The Netherlands about our work on Drupal's web services APIs and our work toward a JavaScript-driven Drupal administration interface. Great event with lots of positive energy!

© Christoph Breidert

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Dries Buytaert: Frontend United keynote

Planet Drupal - 2 June 2018 - 4:00am

Keynoted at Frontend United in The Netherlands about our work on Drupal's web services APIs and our work toward a JavaScript-driven Drupal administration interface. Great event with lots of positive energy!

© Christoph Breidert

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Download available updates

New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 3:20am

This module is basically to help site maintainers to generate an excel sheet of the modules which has updates available.

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New Drupal Modules - 2 June 2018 - 2:04am
In-place editing with React

Coming soon ...

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Privatemsg message views

New Drupal Modules - 1 June 2018 - 11:16pm

Module provides outputting private messages through the views. The idea was create block with recent private messages like it done for the comments "recent comments". You may create your own views and config it as you wish, for example you may add field subject and it will lead to the thread page to which message is belongs, you may add filter only for new messages and not deleted, you may add relationship to the user and add field name of the author, picture etc.

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Mobilefish.de: Import translations on profile or module installation

Planet Drupal - 1 June 2018 - 2:11pm
Import translations on profile or module installation Peter Majmesku Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:11

Let's say you have a custom module and you want to attach translation files to it. You want to import the translation files after installation or after you have updated the .po translation files. Also make sure that the Interface Translation (locale) core module is installed.

Use a folder named translations inside the module where the language files like de.po or fr.po can be found. To load the translations you have to insert the following lines into your example_module.info.yml:

'interface translation project': example_module
'interface translation server pattern': modules/custom/example_module/translations/%language.po

Note: more details about the interface translation properties can be found here.

To update your translations use the following Drush commands:

drush locale-check && drush locale-update && drush cr

To update existent translations you should take a look at the settings page (/admin/config/regional/translate/settings). You can use local translation files only or overwrite any existing translation.

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Drupal Commerce: A May Full of Drupal Commerce Releases

Planet Drupal - 1 June 2018 - 1:36pm

May was one of our most productive months to date. It was full of releases for the core Commerce modules, our standalone PHP libraries, and essential contributed modules that all work together to comprise Drupal Commerce. While I outlined the highlights in the roadmap issue on drupal.org, these wins are worth sharing more broadly to keep the rest of the Drupal community in the loop.

The biggest release of the month was Drupal Commerce 2.7, which included new features for currency formatting, address form configuration, and stored payment methods. It also fixed a handful of bugs that unblocked other module releases and updated core in response to improvements in our libraries and dependent modules.

We've long discussed how our standalone PHP libraries are exporting expertise off the Drupal island. Addressing and Internationalization, which have each been downloaded over one million times, are our two shining stars. We rolled new releases for each of them in May, improving even further Drupal Commerce's ability to solve the hardest parts of address entry / validation / formatting and currency localization. Refer to the price formatting change record from the 2.7 release to see how the new API is more flexible and performant as a result.

Additionally, we released Address 1.4 and Inline Entity Form 1.0 RC1. The latest Address release unlocks the customer profile’s address field to support collecting less detailed billing addresses. The Inline Entity Form release includes new product information management features, letting you duplicate product variations for faster product data entry.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Authorize.Net themselves, we've been able to dedicate several weeks to improving their integration this year. The resulting Authorize.Net RC1 release now supports eCheck, Visa Checkout, and 3DSecure payments! We also included several bug fixes related to duplicate customer and payment profiles that appear when migrating from an old system to Drupal Commerce, for example.

While not fully released yet, our Technology Partner integration for Avalara's AvaTax is nearing beta. Jace Bennest from Acro Media contributed heavily by refactoring the module to properly use a TaxType plugin while my co-maintainer Matt Glaman contributed additional fixes to our port from the Drupal 7 integration to prepare it for certification. Thanks, Jace / Acro Media!

When Matt wasn't working on the above contribs, he was collaborating with Lisa Streeter from Commerce Guys to bring Commerce Reports to its first beta release for Drupal 8. The new version takes a completely different approach from the Drupal 7 using lessons we learned developing Lean Commerce Reports. It denormalizes transaction data when an order is placed to support reports generation with or without the Views module, providing a better developer experience and much better performance. Check it out below! (Click to expand.)

We've also been hard at work improving the evaluator experience. The big release for that is Commerce Demo's beta1, which showcases what Drupal Commerce provides out of the box. It creates products and scaffolds out a full product catalog (pictured below). To get the full effect, try it out with our default store theme, Belgrade. The new demo module gets us closer to something like we had with Kickstart 2.x on Drupal 7 - a learning resource for site builders and a way for agencies to more easily demo and sell Drupal Commerce.

Finally, I'm very excited to announce that Lisa Streeter is our new documentation lead! Expect some great things to come. She has already done fantastic work with the Commerce Recurring documentation and is working on revising our getting started, installation, and update docs.

Looking at June, we plan on finalizing the query level entity access API, which will allow us to better support marketplace and multi-store Drupal Commerce implementations. We expect to merge user registration after checkout completion, and we will also be focusing on address reuse / copying, Buy One Get One promotion offers, and more product management experience enhancements.

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Ashday's Digital Ecosystem and Development Tips: eSignatures with HelloSign and Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 1 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Previously, I wrote a bit about the HelloSign eSignature platform and how it can be integrated into a Drupal 7 website. As promised, a Drupal 8 version of the integration is now available and ready for use on cutting-edge websites everywhere. But this new version is much more than a one-to-one upgrade of the original module— we've leveraged some of Drupal 8's great new features to make using HelloSign with your site even easier than it was before. Here are just some of the highlights of the new release:

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New Drupal Modules - 1 June 2018 - 10:26am
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JSON Form Editor

New Drupal Modules - 1 June 2018 - 8:33am

"Imagine if you could create Drupal content types with http://json-schema.org/ ..well now you can!"

This module uses json-editor to produce flexible input elements with a simple form display configuration.
When the form is submitted the resulting values saved in to database using JSON datatype so that the individual user inputted values can be queried over even indexed.

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