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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Drupal Commerce 2.0 Wisdom from Acro Media

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 7:36am

If you’ve been following the Acro Media blog, you probably know that the digital agency (and Acquia partner), based in Kelowna, BC, Canada, has a special interest in Drupal Commerce.

So with the recent launch of Drupal Commerce 2.0, it made sense to check in with them.

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Categories: Drupal

Bringing Galaxy on Fire 3 to Vulkan: Introduction and Fundamentals - by Johannes Kuhlmann

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 7:20am
Blog series on how we brought our game to Vulkan. This is post 1 of 5 giving an introduction and talking about DescriptorSets as well as synchronization.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Trailer first playthrough of Mystic Melee - by M. Joshua Cauller

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 7:20am
Sometimes, a trailer can only be understood in light of the game itself. So M. Joshua first reviews the trailer for 'Mystic Melee' before playing-through the game's basic modes; making sense of their relationship with one another.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

100 Days of VR: Day 11 Using Real Enemy Asset Models - by Josh Chang

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 7:19am
Welcome back to Day 11 of my 100 days of VR development! Continuing from where we left off, we have a cube as an enemy, but today we're going to create our own character with animations!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Rayhouse retrospective - by Harri Jokinen

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 7:19am
My complete recollection of game development with Rayhouse Productions.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The importance of press kits - by Catalin Marcu

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 7:18am
A look at the importance of press kits, how early you should have one and what it should contain.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fantasy Flight Games Previews New Ally And Villain Packs For Star Wars Imperial Assault

Tabletop Gaming News - 25 September 2017 - 7:00am
The Force is a very influential … umm… force in the Universe. Those who can tap into it gain powers and abilities far beyond a normal person. For Imperial Assault, three new powerful Force users will soon be making their way to your tabletops, two for the Dark Side, one for the Light. In this […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Janez Urevc: Slovenian Drupal community celebrated the release of Commerce 2.0

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 6:59am
Slovenian Drupal community celebrated the release of Commerce 2.0 slashrsm Mon, 25.09.2017 - 15:59

As you may already know the Commerce Guys team released the first stable Drupal 8 version of the truly flexible eCommerce suite last week. In order to celebrate this important event many parties were held all around the globe. Slovenian Drupal community definitely didn't want to miss that.

We gathered at the sprintaj.si headquarters in Izola, Slovenija. Sprintaj.si is not a classical "Drupal" business; they are a digital print shop. They are also a happy Drupal Commerce user and this was their way to show appreciation and give back to the community. Sprintaj.si was also one of the most interesting eCommerce projects I've been involved with. They support many different printed matters and their prices are always calculated on the fly based on the customer's needs. Their killer feature are custom formats and If you ever worked on an eCommerce project you can imagine that this results in some pretty hefty pricing rules.

At the party we had two sessions:

After the more educational part the more fun side of the event continued. Our hosts prepared a bunch of super tasty burgers and sponsored a small barrel of beer. OMG, we could easily repeat that!

Photos by: Aleš Rebec and Ben Rajnović

We would like to congratulate the Commerce team for this important milestone. You rock!

Categories: Drupal

What is AR and Does it Matter for Games? - by Adam Fung

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:20am
The key takeaways from the opening Keynote at the Austin Game Developer Conference. John Hanke, CEO and Founder of Niantic Labs discusses the future of AR and PokemonGo.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Bea The Bullet Dev Log #1 - Designing Interesting and Efficient Levels For a Time Trial Game - by Devon Wiersma

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:19am
What does it take to create an environment that minimizes manpower needed to create it while still being varied for the player? In this dev-log I take an in-depth look at the design process behind Bea The Bullet and how we overcome some of these obstacles
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Gaming: Experimenting and being Allowed to Fail…a lot! - by Albert van der Meer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:19am
Why is it that when we play a game, failure is perfectly fine, even in certain games it’s necessary, it’s part of the process?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

100 Days of VR: Day 12 Creating AI Movements For Enemies In Unity - by Josh Chang

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:19am
Today We’re going to create the navigation AI for our Knight Enemy to chase and attack the player.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Many Benefits of Speedhacking - by Martijn van Iersel

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:08am
Speedhacks are competitions where you develop a complete game in just a weekend. I frequently participate, and found them to be incredibly educational and fulfilling, and they let me to grow as a developer. Here is why you too should participate in one.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Reflection on Indie Dev - by Eric Hammann

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 25 September 2017 - 6:08am
Over the past year and a half I made my first game. I'm far from a seasoned indie dev after one game, but I've realized more than a few mistakes I made along the way. If you're starting out and want to avoid the same pitfalls I suggest reading this.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

New 40k, Age of Sigmar, Hobbit Releases Available To Order From Games Workshop

Tabletop Gaming News - 25 September 2017 - 6:00am
Games Workshop is looking to be all-inclusive with this week’s set of releases. There’s new Nurgle releases for 40k. There’s a bunch of new box sets for Age of Sigmar, as well as a campaign system. There’s even a pair of Hobbit releases. Let’s take a look. A quick and easy way to get started […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Chromatic: The Tipping Point of a Flooded File System

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 6:00am

The story of how we recovered from a mysterious performance meltdown related to file organization.

Categories: Drupal

Roy Scholten: Core roadmap overview @ Drupalcon Vienna Business Summit

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 5:22am
25 Sep 2017 Core roadmap overview @ Drupalcon Vienna Business Summit

From organic to deliberate

At the Drupalcon Vienna Business Summit on monday I presented a quick overview of how the roadmap for Drupal core comes together. A short bit of context and then on to how the new 6-month release cycle creates room to evolve the core product faster.

Drupal 8.4 is done and just about to be released. Here’s the roadmap for Drupal 8.5 core the product management team put together. In short:

  1. Migrate
  2. Media
  3. API-First
  4. Layouts
  5. Workflow
  6. Outside-In
  7. Out-of-the-Box

Of course no talk is complete without a section about how you, yes you can help make it all happen:

  1. Help inform the roadmap priorities: share survey data, usability testing results, client feedback
  2. Help validate the roadmap: are we working on the right things? Does it help fill actual gaps?
  3. Help build, because process does not replace people: sponsor development by providing time, money, space for getting things done.
Drupal-core-roadmap-20170925.pdf Tags drupalplanet
Categories: Drupal

Vardot: Essential Things To Know About Varbase

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 5:20am
Essential Things To Know About Varbase Dmitrii Susloparov Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:20 Introduction

Varbase is a custom Drupal 8 base distribution developed by Vardot, a leading Drupal solution provider headquartered in Amman, Jordan with regional offices in Santa Clara, USA, and Cairo, Egypt. It is a software product embodying years of experience from building Drupal-based websites for high profile customers such as Al Jazeera, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

 

Why Varbase?

Drupal is an industry-leading website building platform, renowned for its rich feature set and the ability for users to customize and extend core functionalities to satisfy their unique requirements. Its flexibility is due to its modular design, that is, Drupal functionalities are implemented in a large number of relatively small core and contributed modules, rather than in a single enormous blob object. One key element for a successful Drupal project is to start it off in the right way: namely, select and configure the best modules to do what you want, or as close to what you want in order to minimize the customization work. This can be a daunting task to most Drupal newcomers. For developers who have done this before, the task can quickly become a repetitive chore, as the same procedure is required at the beginning of each project.

 

Varbase offers Drupal site builders the important benefit of time saving. As a Drupal base distribution, Varbase makes available, in a single download, Drupal core modules as well as best-of-breed contributed modules, themes, and pre-defined configurations. Instead of starting from scratch, Varbase site builders leverage pre-installed and pre-configured industry-proven tools and modules. In addition to using the best modules that others had written, Vardot also contributed its own optimized modules to the distribution, for instance, Varbase SEO and Varbase Media. From now on you can start building and customizing your website right away, instead of wasting valuable resources in 'reinventing the wheel'.

 

The new distribution was the direct result after many hours of interaction between Vardot developers and web editors, specifically to find out how to make the editor's job easier and more efficient. Varbase users benefit from that editorial experience as the knowledge was subsequently codified into the design of Varbase modules.

 

Committing to a base distribution and a website building platform is a long-term investment by user organizations. To protect their investment, users look for a base distribution that is being actively developed and supported long-term by a quality organization. Varbase as a product is fully backed by Vardot, an award-winning enterprise web solution provider. Since 2011, Vardot has been applying its Drupal expertise to build enterprise websites spanning many industries, including corporate, non-profit, news/media, and higher education vertical industries. You can view the past history and the future roadmap of Varbase on-line. In addition to this, we've created a Slack channel where you can quickly get any information regarding the distribution or get our support in a timely manner.

 

 

Features Mobile ready

If a mobile visitor browses your website, only to find web pages served up using an oversized desktop resolution, it is very likely that the visitor (and potential customer) will bounce off and never return. Varbase prevents this event from happening by prepackaging custom responsive themes built using the industry-standard Bootstrap framework. The use of the carefully selected responsive themes guarantee that visitors will experience your website in a screen resolution that best fits the actual devices. The distribution also provides site editors with the ability to preview web pages on their mobile phones. As a result, editors can examine a page using the same screen resolution before releasing it to the target mobile user base.

High scalability

As your website gains readership over time, user experience of the site must not degrade because of the additional load on your Drupal platform. Specifically, the page load time must remain fast during peak hours in web traffic and also when your website experiences temporary spikes in traffic. Varbase is designed to be highly scalable in order to deliver the performance required to withstand a steady climb as well as a spike in web traffic.

Easy media management

 

The distribution offers optimized HTML5-compliant media management via the Varbase Media module. Support is built-in to upload, via drag-and-drop, photos, images, videos, and even documents to an on-line media library. Uploaded images and videos in the library can be assembled into sliders or carousels and displayed on your website. Varbase Media is designed to enhance both the aesthetic and the SEO performance of your media resources.

SEO ready

With a built-in SEO modules, search engine optimization is no longer hit-and-miss. Varbase provides a powerful SEO engine to grade the SEO readiness of your website, and to recommend on-page areas for improvement based on its vast SEO knowledge. Varbase enables the specification of metatags and markups to describe your web contents. Furthermore, to further increase the visibility of your web pages, Varbase supports the generation of XML sitemaps. If you are migrating your website to Drupal 8, Varbase can import all web pages from your legacy website, and set up page redirects from the old URLs to the new ones on the Drupal 8 platform.

Social media savvy

If visitors like your web content, you want to gently encourage them to share it with their social media contacts, essentially creating a viral effect. Varbase makes the integration of social media within your website as easy as just choosing the target social networks, which automatically enables the corresponding social media plugins. In addition, Varbase enables you to syndicate selected web contents to various social media networks, thereby maximizing their exposure and reach.

 

 

Summary & Conclusion

 

Varbase embodies the principle and practice of Don't Repeat Yourself (or DRY). It is a shortcut to developing your Drupal 8 website using out-of-the-box, best-of-breed modules, themes, and tools. Varbase is made available to the general Drupal community as a free and open-sourced software. Varbase users can download and modify the base software without incurring any licensing cost. For organizations that require professional services, note that Vardot offers full-cycle Drupal services ranging from implementation, customization, support, training, to hosted management. Please don’t hesitate to contact Vardot if you have any questions regarding our work!

Categories: Drupal

Argue ProCons

New Drupal Modules - 25 September 2017 - 3:41am

Provides a subentity list with arguments for a topic represented by a node.

Categories: Drupal

Annertech: Annertechies coming to DrupalCon Vienna

Planet Drupal - 25 September 2017 - 3:37am
Annertechies coming to DrupalCon Vienna DrupalCon Vienna is starting this week and, as usual, most of the Annertechies will be there in force. This year we are once again delighted to be presenting five sessions at DrupalCon. Here's a quick roundup of our talks and why you won't want to miss them.
Categories: Drupal

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