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DrupalOnWindows: Decent PDF generation in Drupal

11 April 2015 - 5:29pm
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Wether you like it or not PDF is a mainstream adopted format to exchange documents. Your customers will ask, sooner or later, to have some sort of content generated in PDF (be it an invoice, a report, etc...).

Doing a quick search these are the modules that offer some sort of PDF integration in Drupal:

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Drupal @ Penn State: Dynamic Memory Allocation in Vagrant Virtual Machines on Windows Hosts

11 April 2015 - 4:36pm

Whenever there is a constraint on the number of developers in a pool, it can make it more difficult to solve issues. As we have been developing Nittany-Vagrant, I have found that there is definitely a smaller pool of developers running on a Microsoft Windows host for their vagrant based virtual machines.

The extra credit problem of the day for me was how to allow vagrant to automatically size a virtual machine's memory pool when utilizing VirtualBox as the VM provider on Windows. This is a well known solution on OSX:

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DrupalOnWindows: Calling .Net Framework and .Net Assemblies from PHP

11 April 2015 - 2:48pm
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You know that the PHP ecosystem is not yet (but heading to) professional or truly business ready. Something as simple as doing good and solid PDF manipulation, interacting with Word and Excel and others are simply a nightmare. You will of course find libraries to handle all that, the problem is that they are all half broken, slow and not even close the the professional offering you can find the in the .Net environment.

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tanay.co.in: Some quick statistics from scraping the Acquia Certification Registry

11 April 2015 - 10:38am

As Acquia Drupal Certification turned 1 recently, I was trying to make sense of how many people have taken the certification exam, especially from India.

The certification team had recently launched the Acquia Certification Registry portal @ http://training.acquia.com/registry where you can search through and browse the list of candidates that have cleared the certification exam(s).

I built a small script that scraped the results, crawling through all 20 pages currently available on the registry portal, into a spreadsheet as well as a MySQL database, that I could run queries later to mine for the data I was looking for.

Finally, after a few minutes, I had a local consolidated database of the data publicly available from the certification registry, which I could run queries against, to find the answers I was looking for.

FInally, I have the numbers that I was interested in...

Total Number of Certifications = 777

(As on the registry on Sat April 11 9am IST)

Number of People Certified = 685

Unites States tops the chart with

307 certifications of

259 certified candidates, followed by

India with 86 candidates!

Number of Certifications - Top 6 Countries

United States

307

India

86

Canada

58

Australia

48

United Kingdom

44

Belgium

35

Number of Certified Developers - Top 6 Countries

United States

259

India

76

Canada

53

Australia

45

United Kingdom

34

Belgium

32

Acquia Certified Developers are spread over 40+ Countries!

On this context, I had a quick chat with Peter Minijak from the Acquia Certification team for a more deeper insight into the numbers. Was surprised to know that this list is going to explode soon to at least 150% as the total number of registered profiles including those who are yet to give their exam currently stands at 60+!

66 Developers have

more than 1 certification!

Acquia also gives a ”Grand Master”title to candidates who have cleared the first 3 examinations. There are

11 such candidates currently.

The same are listed @ http://training.acquia.com/registry/grand-masters  

14 countries have developers holding

more than 1 certification

Feels good to see India at #2, by absolute numbers. But if seen relatively, considering the large number of Drupal shops and Service Integrators in India, I think the number is still small and definitely bound to make a huge leap in the coming months.

NOTE: These numbers were scraped from the Certification Registry portal. They are no where close to being reliable. There could be some bugs from my script or the bad queries I write ;-)  

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