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Violence, Part 1: Glorification - by Keith Burgun

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
We need to reject the glorification of violence in video games and other media.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Five tips for getting to know your new local community - by Nick Cummings

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
Moving to a new city and meeting new people is tough—but it's even harder if you're an independent game dev. Fortunately, finding a new community of new friends and colleagues in the indie games scene is easier than ever. Here are 5 tips to get started.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Composing an Indie RPG Title Track - by Thomas Henshell

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
Composer James Marantette sheds some light on the creative process behind the Archmage Rises title track.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Making Games is Hard - by Peter Cardwell-Gardner

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
What does the road from prototype to fully fledged game look and feel like? Reflections after a year and half spent on indie title Cadence reveal game development can be much more emotional testing than you ever imagined.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How I got my Dream Job in the Gaming Industry - by Vikrant Agarwal

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
My long journey to getting a job in the gaming industry
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Musical Box #12: Katana Kidd - by Marcelo Martins

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 29 October 2014 - 11:29pm
The Musical Box features 30 articles focusing on game music production and implementation. Edition #12: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Categories: Game Theory & Design

PreviousNext: Drupal 7.32 critical update: Our Response

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 10:30pm

With the Drupal Security team's release of a public service announcement, the infamous security update known as 'SA-005' is back in the news. Even though it's old news, we've been fielding a new round of questions, so we thought we'd try to clear up some of the confusion.

Categories: Drupal

Modules Unraveled: 124 Creating Drupal Configuration in Code Using CINC with Scott Reynen - Modules Unraveled Podcast

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 10:00pm
Published: Thu, 10/30/14Download this episodeCINC
  • What is CINC?
  • How is it different from Features or Configuration Management?
  • Is it something you use on an ongoing basis? Or is it just for the initial site setup?
  • What types of configuration can you manage with CINC?
  • What if you already have a content type created, and you want to add a field to the content type?
    • How does that affect existing content, and new content.
  • What about the reverse? Can you remove a field?
    • What happens to the data that is already in the database?
  • Can you undo configuration that you’ve created with CINC?
  • How do you prevent site admins from disabling the module and deleting their content types?
  • CINC YAML
  • CINC & Features
  • CINC & Drupal 8 Config API
  • cinc.io
  • Sheet2Module
  • How do you see CINC working in a headless Drupal setting?
Use Cases
  • Create dozens of fields quickly.
  • Add a field to a content type after an existing field.
  • Update configuration only if it still matches the default settings.
  • How do you use this in a dev/staging/production
  • Have you noticed any improved feedback, improvements to your workflow while using CINC?
  • If people want to jump in and help development or work on new features what should they do?
Episode Links: Scott on drupal.orgScott on TwitterTags: Configurationplanet-drupal
Categories: Drupal

Views Default User Taxonomy

New Drupal Modules - 29 October 2014 - 9:55pm

This module allows you to create lists of users based on shared taxonomy terms in user profile fields.

Out of the box, Views does this only for nodes. This module overrides the plugin that manages this, and adds user support.

Installation

Extract the module to sites/all/modules and enable it via the modules administration page. You will find it under the Views category.

Categories: Drupal

BlackMesh: Looking at DrupalCon Amsterdam Sprints, Upcoming sprints for you to attend

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 9:00pm

By:
Tim Erickson, stpaultim, @stpaultim from Triplo
Alina, alimac, @czaroxiejka
Cathy Theys, YesCT, @YesCT from BlackMesh

DrupalCon Amsterdam Sprints

DrupalCon is a great place to enhance your Drupal skills, learn about the latest modules, and improve your theming techniques. Sure, there are sessions, keynotes, vendor displays, and parties... like trivia night!

But.. there is also the opportunity to look behind the curtain and see how the software really gets made. And, more importantly, to lend your hand in making it. For six days, three both before and after DrupalCon, there are dedicated sprint opportunities where you can hang out with other Drupalistas testing, summarizing issues, writing documentation, working on patches, or generally contributing to the development of Drupal and the Drupal community.

We want to share some details about the DrupalCon Amsterdam Sprints (and pictures to reminisce about the good times) and mention some upcoming sprints that you can hopefully attend.

Sprint sponsors

Our sponsors helped us have:

  • Space:
    • Co-working space Saturday and Sunday before the con.
    • Sprint space at the venue Monday-Thursday.
    • Big sprint space Friday.
    • Co-working space Saturday and Sunday after the con.
  • Food and coffee all of the days.
  • Sprint supplies: task cards, stickers, markers, signs, flip charts.
  • Mentor thank you dinner.
Pre-con sprints

During the weekend before DrupalCon 60 people gathered on Saturday and 100 on Sunday at The Berlage, a fantastic old castle just blocks from the central train station. On most days the Berlage serves as co-working space. For 48 hours it was home to contributors working together on Drupal core, contrib projects, distributions and Drupal.org itself. Our supportive sponsors supplied lunch and coffee on both days while contributors worked on a number of initiatives: Multilingual, Drupal 8 criticals and beta blocking issues, Headless Drupal and REST, porting contrib projects to Drupal 8, Drupal 8 Frontend United, Search, Drupal.org, Behat (Behavior Driven and javascript/frontend testing), Commerce, Panopoly, Rules, Media, Documentation, Migration, Performance, Modernizing Testbot, and more.


The outside of the Berlage co-working space (castle) with the Drupal Association banner.
(photo: @gaborhojtsy)


Sprinters sprinting inside the cool looking Berlage.
marthinal, franSeva, estoyausente, YesCT, Ryan Weal
(photo: @gaborhojtsy)

We had lots of rooms for groups to gather at the Berlage.


pwolanin, dawehner, wimleers, Hydra, swentel
(photo: @Schnitzel)


Sutharsan, yched, Berdir
(photo: @Schnitzel)

On Monday sprint attendance grew to 180 sprinters. We moved to the conference venue, Amsterdam RAI. Other pre-conference events taking place included trainings, the Community Summit, and the Business Summit. At this particular DrupalCon there was much excitement about the anticipated beta release of Drupal. Many people did a lot of testing to make sure that the beta would be ready.


Discussing a beta blocker issue they found.
lauriii, sihv, Gábor Hojtsy, lanchez
(photo: @borisbaldinger)


Lots of people sprinting and testing the beta candidate, with support from experienced core contributors walking around and helping.
tstoeckler, mauzeh
(photo: @borisbaldinger)

During the con

Sprinting continued during the conference, Tuesday through Thursday. And, to prepare for Friday's mentored sprint, the core mentoring team scheduled a series of 8 BOFs (‘Birds of a Feather’ or informal sessions). Preparations included mentor orientation, setting up local environments, and reading, updating, and tagging issues in the Drupal issue queue. Mentoring BoFs were open to all conference participants.


Mentor Training
YesCT, sqndr, -, -, lazysoundsystem, neoxavier, Mac_Weber, patrickd, roderik, jmolivas, marcvangend, -, realityloop, rteijeiro
(photo: stpaultim)

To promote contribution sprints, mentors volunteered at the mentoring booth in the exhibition hall during all three days of DrupalCon. Conference attendees who visited the booth learned about the Friday sprints. Mentors also recruited additional mentors, and encouraged everyone to get involved in contributing to Drupal.


The mentor booth with lots of signage, and welcoming people.
mradcliffe, kgoel
(photo: stpaultim )

At the booth, conference attendees were able to pick up our new contributor role task cards and stickers which outlined some of the various ways that people can contribute to Drupal and provided them with a sticker as recognition for the specific roles that they already play.


Task cards and stickers
(photo: @HornCologne)

Mentored Sprint

In Amsterdam, 450 people showed up to contribute to Drupal on Friday.


(photo: _SteffenR)

People gathered in groups to work on issues together.


-, -, -, -, -
(photo: @peterlozano)

For many people the highlight of the week is the large “mentored” sprint on Friday. 180 of the 450 participated in our First-time sprinter workshop designed to help Drupal users and developers better understand the community, the issue queues, and contribution. The workshop helped people install the tools they would use as contributors. Another 100 were ready to start work right away with our 50 mentors. Throughout the day people from the first-time sprinter workshop transitioned to contributing with other sprinters and mentors. Sprinters and mentors helped people identify issues that had tasks that aligned with their specific skills and experience.


The workshop room.
(photo: stpaultim)


Mentors (in orange shirts): rachel_norfolk, roderik
(photo: stpaultim)


Hand written signs were everywhere!
(photo: stpaultim)


A group picture of some of the mentors.
mradcliffe, Aimee Degnan, alimac, kgoel, rteijero, Deciphered, emma.maria, mon_franco, patrickd, 8thom, -, lauriii, marcvangend, ceng, Ryan Weal, YesCT, realityloop, -, lazysoundsystem, roderik, Xano, David Hernández, -, -, -, -
(photo: @Crell)

Near the end of the day, over 100 sprinters (both beginners and veterans) gathered to watch the work of first time contributors get committed (added) to Drupal core. Angie Byron (webchick) walked the audience through the process of evaluating, testing, and then committing a patch to Drupal core.


Live commit by webchick
webchick, -, -, marcvangend
(photo: Pedro Lozano)

Extended sprints on Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday after DrupalCon 80 dedicated contributors moved back to the Berlage to continue the work on Drupal core. 60 people came to contribute on Sunday. During these final days of extended sprints, Drupal beginners and newcomers had the chance to exercise their newly acquired skills while working together with some of the smartest and most experienced Drupal contributors in the world. The value of the skills exchanges and personal relationships that come from working in this kind of environment is cannot be underestimated. While there is an abundance of activity during Friday’s DrupalCon contribution sprints, the atmosphere during extended sprints is a bit more relaxed. Attending the pre and post-con sprints gives sprinters time to dive deep into issues and tie up loose ends. After a number of hallway and after-session conversations, contributors working on specific Drupal 8 initiatives meet to sketch out ideas, use whiteboards or any means of note-taking to make plans for the future.


LoMo, Outi, pfrenssen, lauriii, mortendk, emma.maria, lewisnyman
(photo: stpaultim)


Aimee Degnan, Schnitzel, dixon, -, Xano, alimac, boris, Gábor Hojtsy, realityloop, YesCT, justafish, eatings, fgm, penyaskito, pcambra, -
(photo: stpaultim)


-, jthorson, opdavies, drumm, RuthieF, -, -, killes, dasrecht
(photo: stpaultim)

Feedback about the sprints

Please contact me to get your DrupalCon Amsterdam sprint related blog added to the list here.

Upcoming sprints

Plan your travel for the next event so you can sprint with us too!

Corrections

If there are corrections, for example of names of people in the pictures, please let me know. -Cathy, @YesCT, or Drupal.org contact form.

DrupalSprintsDrupalConDrupal Planet
Categories: Drupal

Gizra.com: RESTful Discovery - Who knows about your API?

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 3:00pm

As extremely pedantic developers we take documenting our APIs very seriously. It's not rare to see a good patch rejected in code review just because the PHPdocs weren't clear enough, or a @param wasn't declared properly.

In fact, I often explain to junior devs that the most important part of a function is its signature, and the PHPdocs. The body of the function is just "implementation details". How it communicates its meaning to the person reading it is the vital part.

But where does this whole pedantic mindset got when we open up our web-services?
I would argue that at least 95% of the developers who expose their web-service simply enable RESTws without any modifications. And here's what a developer implementing your web-service will see when visiting /node.json:

Continue reading…

Categories: Drupal

Cultura Exchange Import

New Drupal Modules - 29 October 2014 - 2:36pm

This module provides a Migration-based import of Cultura Exchange sites into any site that uses the content type provided by the Cultura Discussion module.

The export that is imported is provided by the Cultura Export module.

Categories: Drupal

D.I.C.E. Award submissions now open, with two new categories

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 29 October 2014 - 2:32pm

The Academy Interactive Arts & Sciences has opened the submission process for its annual D.I.C.E. Summit awards ceremony, and adds two new categories designed to recognize innovation. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Mediacurrent: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Drupal 2 Years Ago

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 1:44pm

They say that hindsight is 20/20. With the many advances that have happened in the Drupal community recently, we asked our team "What is the one thing you wish you knew about Drupal two years ago?" 

"I wish I knew about the Headless Drupal initiative so I that I could be ahead of the curve as far as the Javascript technologies that it will require." - Chris Doherty

Categories: Drupal

Cultura Export

New Drupal Modules - 29 October 2014 - 1:08pm

This module provides a unique URL to provide to a site willing to host your Cultura Archive, such as the Cultura project at MIT. It is very closely tied to the Cultura Discussion and Cultura Answer modules and should generally be used as part of the Cultura installation profile of which it is a part.

Categories: Drupal

Get a job: Blizzard seeks a UNIX Systems Engineer

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 29 October 2014 - 12:18pm

The house responsible for Hearthstone needs a UNIX-versed systems engineer to join the network operations engineering team at Blizzard's Irvine, CA headquarters. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Metal Toad: Seeing Long Term Technology Adoption as Evolution

Planet Drupal - 29 October 2014 - 10:31am

Much like an evolutionary tree our goal in technology adoption is too continue to move forward and evolve, rather than getting caught in a dead end.  In the natural world, becoming bigger can be good but can lead to extinction events should the environment or food source change.  Right now we are in a technology Jurassic...

Categories: Drupal

Projecting a robot's intentions: New spin on virtual reality helps engineers read robots' minds

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 29 October 2014 - 9:45am
In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who’s pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot has to first determine where the pedestrian is, then choose the optimal route to avoid a close encounter. As the robot considers its options, its “thoughts” are projected on the ground: A large pink dot appears to follow the pedestrian — a symbol of the robot’s perception of the pedestrian’s position in space.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Stackly

New Drupal Modules - 29 October 2014 - 8:25am

Add stackly integration with drupal.

Categories: Drupal

YAML Sandbox

New Drupal Modules - 29 October 2014 - 7:54am

The YAML Sandbox module provides a textarea at /yaml_sandbox that accepts YAML as input and then parses and displays the resulting PHP data. It uses the Drupal\Component\Serialization\Yaml class do to the parsing and thus provides an accurate representation how your YAML data will be represented in Drupal.

Categories: Drupal
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