Adobe DTM for Drupal

New Drupal Modules - 25 September 2017 - 12:50am

This Adobe DTM module allows the use of Adobe Systems' Dynamic Tag Manager hosted application to insert new tags into your Drupal website.

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Appnovation Technologies: Appnovator Spotlight: Tim Kirby

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 12:00am
Appnovator Spotlight: Tim Kirby Who are you? What's your story? I'm Tim Kirby, I come from a creative arts background, and started in multimedia and web site builds in 1996. I worked full time in Macromedia's Director for a couple of years, before moving to hardware and software design a few years later - building interactive digital signage systems that would respond to the touch...
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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Nex Shadow Of The Outsider

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 24 September 2017 - 7:58pm

Some of this week's longform article/video highlights include pieces on Nex Machina's intense gameplay, Shadow Of War's Nemesis system, & the latest Dishonored game's choices. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

PreviousNext: Start testing your contrib and client projects on Drupal 8.4.x now!

Planet Drupal - 24 September 2017 - 4:26pm

Drupal 8.4.0 comes out in October, and at that time 8.3.x will be end-of-life (EOL).

There are two major vendor updates in 8.4.0 so the time to test your contrib and client projects is now.

In this post we talk about the coming changes and how to test your client and contrib projects.

by Lee Rowlands / 25 September 2017

The two major vendor updates in Drupal 8.4.0 are as follows:

You can start testing now by updating to Drupal 8.4.0-rc2.

Symfony 3.x

If your project interacts Symfony directly at the lower level (rather than using Drupal core APIs that in turn use Symfony), you should be sure to review your code to make sure you're not using any of the APIs impacted by the BC breaks between 2.x and 3.x. Hopefully, your automated testing will reveal these regressions for you (you have automated testing right?). See the Symfony change list for the details of BC breaks.

One thing to note with the Symfony update is that whilst core dependencies were updated, your project may rely on other third-party PHP libraries that have dependencies on Symfony 2.x components. This may cause you issues with your update - and require you to update other dependencies at the same time - including drush - so testing sooner rather than later is recommended. If you find you're having issues with composer dependencies, we have another blog post dedicated to debugging them.

jQuery 3.x

While it's most likely that you'll have automated tests to catch any issues with the Symfony upgrade, it's less likely that you'll have test coverage for the jQuery update, as JavaScript test coverage is typically low in Drupal projects, particularly in contrib modules.

Of note in the jQuery update are several BC breaks - listed here and This may have a major impact on contrib projects that are heavy on JavaScript - and your client project code if you have a large amount of custom JavaScript, both in modules and your theme.

Of particular interest

  • .load removed
  • .unload removed
  • .error removed
  • .bind deprecated (use .on)
  • .delegate deprecated
  • .on('ready', function() {}) removed
  • jQuery('#') and .find('#') throw invalid syntax errors
  • .andSelf() removed (use .addBack())

A recommended approach to auditing and tackling this is to add the jQuery migrate plugin to your project, and begin testing whilst watching the JavaScript console to detect deprecation notices thrown from the plugin.

A word on testing

Finally, if you are reading this and thinking, I really need to add some test coverage to my project, one of our team Sam Becker is presenting on all things testing at Drupalcon Vienna this week. If you can't wait that long, check out his session from the last Drupal South.

Tagged Testing, Drupal 8, Composer, jQuery

Posted by Lee Rowlands
Senior Drupal Developer

Dated 25 September 2017

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New Drupal Modules - 24 September 2017 - 4:25pm

Workout is a set of drush commands used to flush out error and warning messages that get created when pages are rendered for viewing.

Attempts to Exercise / Load every public page on a site anonymously.
You can pass in the number of pages to limit the processing to as arg1.

Workout is multi threaded. Each thread can Exercise / Load a web page.
This allows testing many pages at the same time.
This greatly reduces the amount of time required to load all the pages on a large site.

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New Drupal Modules - 24 September 2017 - 4:15pm

Exerciser is a set of drush commands used to flush out error and warning messages that get created when pages are rendered for viewing.

Exerciser Exercises (renders) every page of a content type.
If no content type argument is supplied a list of all content types
will be displayed for your choice.

Exerciser can load pages on the same server its loaded on or another server for the same site.

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New Drupal Modules - 24 September 2017 - 4:00pm

Grouper Slicer and Dicer

Not to be confused with Bass O Matic 76

Grouper reports on php warnings and errors gathered by Drupals dblog watchdog module.
Without dblog being enabled this module will be of little use.

The module allows you to reproduce errors by clicking on a link to a page.

For pages with Access Denied warnings and menu links, Grouper
can load all the pages in order to reproduce warnings and errors.

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Jeff Geerling's Blog: Drupal Camp St. Louis 2017 is a wrap!

Planet Drupal - 24 September 2017 - 2:30pm

The St. Louis Drupal Users Group (STLDUG) just finished it's fourth Drupal Camp, held at UMSL yesterday. I had a great time meeting with everyone, and am excited for next year! Last year I had to miss the Camp due to unexpected surgery, but this year I was able to attend and even bring some of my photo gear, to take pictures (I love contributing to open source through means other than code!); here's the obligatory 'whole camp' photo:

You can view all my photos from the camp in an album on Flickr: Drupal Camp St. Louis 2017 photos by geerlingguy

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Bulk migrate taxonomy terms

New Drupal Modules - 24 September 2017 - 1:57pm

Ever had the need on your project to create a bunch of vocabularies and terms? Or even the need to maintain existing terms and vocabularies?

This module enables you to bulk create and/or update existing or new vocabularies and terms based on a simple two column CSV file.

The module is built upon Drupal Migrate and the UUID module to enable the updating of existing terms.

Release timeline:
Drupal 7 version should be out somewhere mid October.
Drupal 8 version, no visibility on a release yet.

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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Nex Shadow Of The Outsider - by Simon Carless Blogs - 24 September 2017 - 7:55am
Some of this week's longform article/video highlights include pieces on Nex Machina's intense gameplay, Shadow Of War's Nemesis system, & the latest Dishonored game's choices.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

drunomics: Things to do around Drupalcon Vienna

Planet Drupal - 24 September 2017 - 3:28am

While the Drupalcon webseite has a good few pointers to the well-known major tourist attractions, as locals we'd like to share our knowledge about some of our favourite places with you! So here a few recommendations:

Viennese Wine and Heurige

If you stay for the weekend after the Con, you can join the Vienna Wine Hiking day, which I can highly recommend. There are 3 possible easy hikes through the vineyards with lots of options to stop for tasting gorgeous wine directly from the producers. Furthermore you may enjoy great views of the city even if the wheather is not that great!

If you stay long enough, don't miss it! You can find details and options at

If you cannot join the wine hiking day, be sure to visit some Viennese "Heurige" (wine taverns). Good options would be the Schreiberhaus or a little bit closer to the city-center Sissy-Huber.

Otto Wagner Buildings

The famous Viennese Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner (and friends) has left lots of traces back in the city. Apart from some of the subway stations (you won't be able to miss them) we'd recommend looking at the following buildings at least from the outside:

Cafés & Restaurants

Kaffee Alt Wien: An interesting mixture between a traditional Vienese Cafe and a "Beisl" (pub). The food can be recommended too, simple but authentice Viennese dishes, like Gulasch, Schnitzel and a variety of sausages. Although the Kaffee Alt Wien is mentioned in travel guides, it has not lost its athmosphere and is visited by tourists and locals alike.

Flatchers: Great steaks for a reasonable price. There are two restaurants in the same street: A French bistro with georgous French athmosphere and a larger one in American style.

Brunnenmarkt: A local market in one of the lesser known districts, lots of immigrants of south-eastern Europe and Turkey run market booths and Cafés around a nice plaza. You'll find great athmosphere and good food options: Kent, Cafe Ando, Cay Cafe am Yppenplatz

Barfly's: A cuban style cocktail bar with authentic athmosphere and music!


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Dave Hall Consulting: Drupal Puppies

Planet Drupal - 24 September 2017 - 1:41am

Over the years Drupal distributions, or distros as they're more affectionately known, have evolved a lot. We started off passing around database dumps. Eventually we moved onto using installations profiles and features to share par-baked sites.

There are some signs that distros aren't working for people using them. Agencies often hack a distro to meet client requirements. This happens because it is often difficult to cleanly extend a distro. A content type might need extra fields or the logic in an alter hook may not be desired. This makes it difficult to maintain sites built on distros. Other times maintainers abandon their distributions. This leaves site owners with an unexpected maintenance burden.

We should recognise how people are using distros and try to cater to them better. My observations suggest there are 2 types of Drupal distributions; starter kits and targeted products.

Targeted products are easier to deal with. Increasingly monetising targeted distro products is done through a SaaS offering. The revenue can funds the ongoing development of the product. This can help ensure the project remains sustainable. There are signs that this is a viable way of building Drupal 8 based products. We should be encouraging companies to embrace a strategy built around open SaaS. Open Social is a great example of this approach. Releasing the distros demonstrates a commitment to the business model. Often the secret sauce isn't in the code, it is the team and services built around the product.

Many Drupal 7 based distros struggled to articulate their use case. It was difficult to know if they were a product, a demo or a community project that you extend. Open Atrium and Commerce Kickstart are examples of distros with an identity crisis. We need to reconceptualise most distros as "starter kits" or as I like to call them "puppies".

Why puppies? Once you take a puppy home it becomes your responsibility. Starter kits should be the same. You should never assume that a starter kit will offer an upgrade path from one release to the next. When you install a starter kit you are responsible for updating the modules yourself. You need to keep track of security releases. If your puppy leaves a mess on the carpet, no one else will clean it up.

Sites build on top of a starter kit should diverge from the original version. This shouldn't only be an expectation, it should be encouraged. Installing a starter kit is the starting point of building a unique fork.

Project pages should clearly state that users are buying a puppy. Prospective puppy owners should know if they're about to take home a little lap dog or one that will grow to the size of a pony that needs daily exercise. Puppy breeders (developers) should not feel compelled to do anything once releasing the puppy. That said, most users would like some documentation.

I know of several agencies and large organisations that are making use of starter kits. Let's support people who are adopting this approach. As a community we should acknowledge that distros aren't working. We should start working out how best to manage the transition to puppies.

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None title

New Drupal Modules - 23 September 2017 - 2:16pm

This lightweight modules makes it possible to write <none> in the node title field to hide the title.

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H&FotSOR#19 – Carl “Black Powder” Bussler

Gnome Stew - 23 September 2017 - 11:00am

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Carl “Black Powder” Bussler. They talk Well of Souls, Black Powder Black Magic, and weird west gaming. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at

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Review Roundup

Tabletop Gaming News - 23 September 2017 - 11:00am
Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! *runs around with arms over my head* Wooooooooooooooooo! Alright, let’s do this thing! Today we have: Tulip Bubble, Nuked, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Brutal Kingdom, Dwarven Smithy, Crows, Sticky Chameleons, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley, Rumbleslam, Game Toppers, Quantum, and Samurai Gardener. Board Game […]
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Commerce Store Domain

New Drupal Modules - 23 September 2017 - 6:04am

This module adds a Domain field to stores. It then uses this domain to resolve the current store.

This allows to represent the German store. Drupal's language can also be configured to be negotiated by domain. This allows for one Drupal Commerce site and support for multiregional stores with their own domain.

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Menu Link Modal

New Drupal Modules - 23 September 2017 - 3:34am

Menu Link Modal adds functionality to open any internal link into modal window.


Install the module and dependent modules.

- Go to structure > Menus
- Edit any of the menu.
- Create on Add link / Edit any existing menu item.
- There will be a Modal settings fieldset.
- Click on checkbox "Open link in Modal".
- Adjust width and height, if you want to change.
- Save the menu item.

Visit the site and click on the link that you just make to open in modal.

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Block content machine name

New Drupal Modules - 23 September 2017 - 12:21am

Block content machine name adds machine_name field for block_content block
content type. Which is used to define the specific block template and class name
for that specific block. (Current module does not provide machine_name support to any other block content type.)

Block content machine name module requires [machine_name_widget] module.

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Palantir: Drupal 8 is Great for Sustaining Innovation

Planet Drupal - 22 September 2017 - 3:17pm
Drupal 8 is Great for Sustaining Innovation brandt Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:17 Ken Rickard Sep 25, 2017

The #D8isGr8 blog series will focus on why we love Drupal 8 and how it provides solutions for our clients.

We want to make your project a success.

Let's Chat.

The first post in our series comes from Ken Rickard, Director of Professional Services.

I’ve been working with Drupal since version 4.5, starting in late 2004, working as an end user, product manager, developer, team lead, core contributor, sales engineer, and sales manager. Since its release in 2015, has been using Drupal 8 to provide solutions for ourselves and our clients.

In that time, we’ve started to identify the long-term benefits that really make Drupal 8 shine. While many of these benefits appear to be developer-centric, the story that they tell is how the platform helps organizations of all sizes to invest in sustained innovation.

From a business perspective, we can focus on three fundamental changes in Drupal 8.

The Release Cycle

Drupal 8 adopted a more standard semantic versioning that indicates the major version, API release, and feature release status of Drupal core. As of this writing, core stands at 8.3.7, and the 8.4.0 release is in beta testing.

Along with semantic versioning came a commitment to regular release cycles -- planned for every six months -- and a commitment to maintain backwards-compatibility. These changes make core releases more predictable, both for resourcing and implementation. We know when the next version is coming, what new features are included, and how any changes will affect our existing sites and code.

This predictability brings Drupal more in line with traditional software releases, and provides a huge benefit to contributors and customers alike.

Backwards Compatibility

With the new release cycle, the project finally has a proactive plan for dealing with backwards compatibility issues. Instead of major upgrades between versions, Drupal is prepared to offer incremental changes that foster long-term stability without sacrificing innovation.

We know in advance what elements have been marked as deprecated and when they are scheduled for removal. (Hint: largely when Drupal 9 development begins in earnest.)

Component Architecture

Perhaps even more than the first two features, the shift to using a library-based approach to code -- where essential components are integrated from external libraries -- gives organizations even more control over their innovations. Drupal now uses Composer and other modern PHP development practices, so we can decouple our code -- both front-end and back-end -- from Drupal specifics.

Since we can move large sections of Drupal code into standalone libraries, we can spend less time working through specifics of a Drupal implementation and focus instead on the technical and business problems that the software needs to solve.

Sustaining Innovation Through Open Source

Taken together, these three elements are powerful. Combined with the GPL open source license that allows anyone to use, improve, and share their code, we have an overall platform devoted to innovation. From a business standpoint, the long-term value of investment in Drupal 8 will be measured in years. Since the software is free to use, companies can invest in their teams and create an environment of sustained success through innovation.

We want to make your project a success.

Let's Chat.
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Terrifying Girl Disorder Card Game Available For Pre-Order From Japanime Games

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 September 2017 - 3:00pm
Japanime Games has started taking pre-orders for a new card game called Terrifying Girl Disorder. It takes its inspiration from the novel Dogra Magra. In the game, players are highly-psychically-powerful women who have lost their memories. The goal is to regain that which was lost, though each character has their own, unique win conditions for […]
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