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Planet Drupal - 10 August 2017 - 5:47am

I had been getting by with shell scripts and SFTP to deploy Drupal sites until recently. After using Ansible for a few weeks, I realized how much I've been missing all these days. I share some of my notes on how to use Ansible to setup and deploy Drupal infrastructure in this post. Besides, this is also meant to be a full blown introduction to Ansible. A lot of tutorials don't cross the "hello world" realm and I wanted to go beyond that, hence an epic post!

There are some assumptions I'm holding about the reader and the setup, like:

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A Few Tips for Beginners in the Game-Developing Realm - by Connor Addis Blogs - 10 August 2017 - 4:49am
Even though I don’t deem myself a guru game developer, some people think otherwise. Several of them already contacted me to get a few tips on how to become a successful developer.
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10 Ways in Which Sonic the Hedgehog Wasn’t About Speed - by Radek Koncewicz Blogs - 10 August 2017 - 12:42am
Despite Sonic making a name for himself through his speed and attitude, the original game had plenty of slow-paced challenges that seem to have been forgotten with time.
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When to stop preparing design and get to work? - by Bartosz Olszewski Blogs - 10 August 2017 - 12:42am
You may be a very insightful designer, that has an accurate design document, but it may be just a waste of your time and effort. The 90% of it may be just rubbish. I'll try to explain how can you find it out without so much work being wasted.
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OSTraining: How to Build Drupal 8 Slideshows

Planet Drupal - 10 August 2017 - 12:13am

If you're getting started with Drupal 8, there are some key features you'll need to master.

You'll probably want to learn how to set-up calendars, contact forms, comments, multi-lingual sites and of course, slideshows.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to build your first Drupal 8 slideshow.

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Commerce choose price

New Drupal Modules - 9 August 2017 - 11:00pm

This module allow you to add a field formatter to Commerce 2.0 order items so the customers can set their own price for a product. The price can not be lower than the price of the most expensive product variant.

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Amazee Labs: Drupal and GraphQL - Batteries included

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 10:13pm
Drupal and GraphQL - Batteries included

In the last post in this series, we learned how to implement a simple Blog listing with Drupal, GraphQL, Apollo and React. Now it’s time to take a deep breath and dive into the full list of features built into the GraphQL module to spark your imagination with its endless capabilities.

Philipp Melab Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:13 More than data

After being educated by more than a decade of thinking in terms of RESTfulness and pure data, the solution seems obvious. Drupal 8 has Typed Data and therefore we know everything about our data structure and can just automatically generate GraphQL types, fields and interfaces from it. Awesome, we’re done!

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

I suspect that Michael David Rosenberg was trying to build a decoupled Drupal website, gave up and wrote this song instead. The moment you reduce Drupal to a pure object database you will learn what else it does for you. How did you plan to handle ...

  • Output filtering and XSS protection
  • Routing and Redirecting
  • Arbitrary Listings
  • Image processing
  • Menus and Breadcrumbs
  • Blocks
  • Translations
  • The editable and context sensitive “Contact” block in the footer …?

And that’s just what ships with Core. Obviously, you can build that all into your frontend application, but that’s a lot of development time spent on implementing things that have already been tested and are there for you to use.
As stated in the first post in this series, GraphQL is an application level query language, which means data and operations are equally important. Actually, this brings it rather close to SOAP. This might send shivers down some spines, but stay with me - we learned from the lessons of the past and gained some valuable insights.

Submodule overview

After experiencing some painful “Aha”-moments, we started to implement a GraphQL Schema that allows us to tap into very different levels and areas of Drupal’s feature-set instead of typed data alone. This growing collection of types and fields has been split up into submodules that can be enabled on demand. Let’s have a look at them, one by one.

GraphQL Core

The base module all others depend on. It introduces a system of overridable plugins (Fields, Scalars, Types, Interfaces, Enumerations and Input Types) that are automatically assembled to form our GraphQL Schema. In addition to that, it includes plugins that expose some basic Drupal mechanisms: Routing, Context and Entities.

For every entity type, there is a corresponding query field that makes it possible to run property-filtered queries and will return a list of entity objects that contain the UUID. This might not seem very helpful, but more on this later.

More interesting, however, is the route field. It takes a path as an argument and returns an object of type Url which contains fields for every defined context in Drupal. This way it’s possible to pull the content language, current user or node for a given path. Any context provided by a contrib module will also be picked up automatically.

GraphQL Content

As mentioned above, the entity objects returned by entity queries and contexts only contain the UUID, and are therefore not terribly useful. That’s where the second base module takes to the stage. In the last blog post, we already used it to configure a view mode and defined the fields that are exposed to the GraphQL API. Let’s have a closer look what happened there.

The module will pick up all enabled content entity types and bundles and transform them into corresponding GraphQL interfaces and types with fields for common entity properties. If a view mode has been assigned, the configured fields will be attached to the GraphQL type. The fields will return string values rendered according to their field formatter configuration. This means we keep input filters on our body field and all other field formatters that are out there as well.

The latter is what happens by default. It is, however, possible to define special field formatters that alter this behaviour and return custom GraphQL types. One example is the built-in "GraphQL Raw value" formatter, which returns Typed Data objects. By that, we successfully closed the circle and are able to get back to raw, unprocessed data values when necessary.

A bunch of modules in the repository do something similar to “GraphQL Raw value”, but with a different spin for the corresponding field type. Below is a brief rundown on each module’s purpose:

GraphQL Boolean

Provides a GraphQL Boolean formatter that will make sure that the response value is an actual boolean and not a string. As simple as that.

GraphQL File

Turns file fields into objects containing useful file information like mime type, file size and the absolute file URL for downloading it.

GraphQL Image

One of the more important ones. Image fields will return types that contain “derivative” fields that allow us to pull information about specific image styles. This also makes it easily possible to grab multiple image styles at once.

GraphQL Entity Reference

Instead of returning the rendered entity or the raw target_id value, this allows us to traverse the entity relation and query the related type. The result type will again expose fields based on it’s configured view mode for the entity type retrieved.

GraphQL Link

Exposes the link field title, attributes and URL. So far so “raw value”. But there’s  a catch! The URL field is not a simple string, but an object of type Url.

Remember, the one also returned by the route field with all defined contexts attached? It is possible to pull contextual information for any path inserted into a link field. But beware: this will issue a kernel sub-request, which will have a performance impact when overdoing it. Not sayin’ it’s a good idea, just sayin’ it’s there.

GraphQL Content mutation

Adds GraphQL mutations for all content entities, which means it enables you to write any content data out of the box -provided the user has required permissions since this and all other entity features will respect entity access.

GraphQL Block

This module adds a blocksByRegion field to Url objects, which will retrieve block entities displayed in this region. Access conditions will be evaluated against the Url object’s path and the default theme. Until configuration entities are fully supported, this field has limited use on its own.

However, when used in combination with “GraphQL Content”, returned Content Blocks contain the configured fields just as nodes do. This way we maintain the ability to inject blocks of meta-information that are configurable from the Drupal backend and even respect any visibility settings and contexts.

GraphQL Menu

This module provides us with a root level field for querying menu trees. The structure returned will respect access permissions but it does not mark active states. This is done in the client implementation when necessary so we don’t have to re-fetch the whole menu tree on every location update.

GraphQL Breadcrumbs

Retrieve a list of breadcrumb links from any URL object.

GraphQL Views

Last but not least, there is the views integration. One of the most versatile tools in Drupal is also a must have in your decoupled application. We already used it in the last instalment of this series to create the listing of posts, so we can skip boring examples and get to the juicy theory right away!

Any “GraphQL” views display will provide a field that will adapt to the views configuration:

  • The fields name will be composed of the views and displays machine names or configured manually.
  • If the view is configured with pagination, the field will accept pager arguments and return the result list and count field instead of the entity list directly.
  • Any exposed filters will be added to the “filters” input type that can be used to pass filter values into the view.
  • Any contextual filters will be added to the “contextual_filters” input type.
  • If a contextual filters validation criteria match an existing GraphQL type, the field will be added to this type too, and the value will be populated from the current result context.
    TL;DR: We are able to create a view that takes a node as context argument and the field will be added to all GraphQL node objects.

Future Features & Lookout

That’s a wrap! We covered all features that help you to build an automated schema included in the GraphQL module at the time of writing. There a lot going on and the community is working hard to implement improvements like:

  • Support for views field displays.
  • Partial query caching.
  • A dedicated user interface for graph configuration.
  • Mutations based on actions and rules.
  • Performance optimization with deferred resolving and lookaheads.

In the next blog post we will take a look at the underlying API and show how you can use it to extend the schema with custom functionality and - even more important - contribute and help to make these features come alive!

Categories: Drupal How to install CiviCRM on Drupal 8 (and WHY choose it over pure Drupal CRM)

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 7:06pm

Last week, I published a super long article called Drupal 8 has left small non-profits behind... How can we fix that? which details the many issues Drupal 8 is having and their chilling affect on usage among nonprofit organizations.

It also proposes a possible path for fixing it: building an Open Source platform for nonprofit websites built on Drupal 8 and CiviCRM, available as a SaaS with hosting and support included.

We're looking for 10 nonprofits who are willing to participate in the BETA and help build it (in exchange for a FREE migration to Drupal 8 & CiviCRM).

Next week, we're planning to talk more details about how that BETA process will work!

However, this week, I wanted to take a little break from that, and talk more about CiviCRM in Drupal 8.

So, in this article, we're goning to:

  1. Walk through how to install CiviCRM on Drupal 8. It's quite complicated now, but we're helping to improve that.
  2. Talk about why we're betting on CiviCRM and not a CRM built in Drupal. There's a couple of great, pure Drupal solutions to CRM, like RedHen or CRM Core - but we've chosen to go with CiviCRM. Why?

Read more to find out!

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Webform: Migrate

New Drupal Modules - 9 August 2017 - 6:59pm

Migration routines from d6, d7 webform to d8 webform

Categories: Drupal Blog: AGILEDROP: Developer Onboarding Tips

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 4:37pm
The first day sets the foundations for the whole project. Optimizing onboarding process for developers who join new teams is something we are constantly improving. We made a process for this that I will share with you. Have an onboarding checklist When a new developer joins AGILEDROP, we go through a couple of checklists that ensure the new person has given and received all the information needed. I strongly recommend you to have an onboarding and offboarding checklist. If you are onboarding an external person into your team, you can still use the same list and cherry pick the tasks that… READ MORE
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Nexus: Scrapyard Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 9 August 2017 - 3:00pm
Look, just because something is in a scrap yard doesn’t mean it’s useless. You can find all sorts of great stuff there. Just take, for example, parts for CivShips. Those pieces are expensive, but you can find them all over in the scrapyard. In the end, you could have a first-class CivShip of your own. […]
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Soda Pop Miniatures Taking Pre-orders For Starfinder Miniatures

Tabletop Gaming News - 9 August 2017 - 2:00pm
Quite a few of you have tried Pathfinder over the years. Well, if you prefer your RPGs more in the “far future and another galaxy” type, Paizo is looking to oblige with Starfinder. Well, Soda Pop Miniatures is making official figures for the game, and they are taking pre-orders for those now. About the figures: […]
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There's a chance eSports could make an appearance at the 2024 Olympic Games

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 August 2017 - 1:12pm

The Paris Olympic bid committee is discussing the possibility of including competitive video games as a medal-worthy sport in the 2024 summer Olympic Games. ...

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Flippin’ Games Running Off the Rails Board Game Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 9 August 2017 - 1:00pm
Goblins aren’t really known for their long-term planning skills. They’re very much more “in the moment” types. So, when a bunch of gold and jewels were found literally under their feet, they started digging mines. However, those mines aren’t the safest place to be, and the ceiling is starting to crumble. It’s a race to […]
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Everything Epic Games Running Secrets of the Lost Station Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 9 August 2017 - 12:00pm
Everything Epic Games has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Secrets of the Lost Station. This cooperative board game is a sequel to their popular Secrets of the Lost Tomb game. It takes place far in the future, where the last of the Order of Perseus continue their mission of protecting humanoids from dangers, as well […]
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Glassdimly tech Blog: Add Multi-Element Wrapper Class With CKEditor in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 11:55am

The task at hand here is to allow the client to create a classed wrapper around multiple elements using CKEditor in Drupal 8.

The fundamental problem here is the CKEditor's built in "Styles" dropdown classes each <p> individually, while we need a class wrapping them.

You could probably make or install your own CKEditor plugin, but that's not what I did.

I did this with Javascript.

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Midweek Snippets

Tabletop Gaming News - 9 August 2017 - 11:00am
By this time next week, multitudes of gamers will be converging on Indianapolis, ready for the start of Gen Con the next day. Yeah, we’re a week and a day away from the start of the show. Though, many people know that basically the whole week is Gen Con, these days. So we should probably […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design Drupal 6 security update for Facebook Like Button

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 10:34am

As you may know, Drupal 6 has reached End-of-Life (EOL) which means the Drupal Security Team is no longer doing Security Advisories or working on security patches for Drupal 6 core or contrib modules - but the Drupal 6 LTS vendors are and we're one of them!

Today, there is a Moderately Critical security release for the Facebook Like Button module to fix an Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

The module provides a Facebook Like button on node pages and blocks.

The module doesn't sufficiently sanitize certain configuration fields.

See the security advisory for Drupal 7 for more information.

Here you can download the Drupal 6 patch.

If you have a Drupal 6 site using the Facebook Like Button module, we recommend you update immediately.

If you'd like all your Drupal 6 modules to receive security updates and have the fixes deployed the same day they're released, please check out our D6LTS plans.

Note: if you use the myDropWizard module (totally free!), you'll be alerted to these and any future security updates, and will be able to use drush to install them (even though they won't necessarily have a release on

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Tameesh Biswas | Blog: GSoC17: Client Side File Crypto : Week 10

Planet Drupal - 9 August 2017 - 10:22am
GSoC17: Client Side File Crypto : Week 10 Posted by tameeshb on Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:52

This blog post summarises the tenth week of writing open-source code for Drupal with Google Summer of Code.

JS DOM manipulating for listing encrypted files

The REST API that I had set up last week was leveraged to append the list of the files that are associated with a node for making the files available for decryption and downloading.

Tags GSoC Google Summer of Code 2017 Drupal Drupal Blog
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