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Webform Component Bundles

New Drupal Modules - 28 January 2016 - 7:24am

This module provides a Webform-like interface for creating reusable bundles of components (fields). The component bundles can be easily added to new or existing Webforms.

Features Current
  • Edit bundles
  • Delete bundles
  • Admin listing
  • Simple to add to new or existing webforms
  • Works with Webform 7.x-3.x and 7.x-4.x
  • Bundle cloning
  • Bundle locking


Categories: Drupal

Pronovix: PDF is dead; long live PDF! New standards with new applications - PDF in Drupal part 2

Planet Drupal - 28 January 2016 - 6:10am

It’s strange but true: seven years after the PDF reference was published as an ISO standard (ISO-32000-1), there are still developers who think that the Portable Document Format is a closed document format owned by Adobe. PDF is often perceived as a strange, impenetrable document format. It’s high time we bury that idea and take a look at what’s going on in the world of PDF today...

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Darren Mothersele: Drupal Predictions for 2016

Planet Drupal - 28 January 2016 - 6:00am

This will be a momentus year for Drupal.

David H, webmaster, was soliciting responses to this thread on Twitter. I kept my predictions brief, but thought I would post here to elaborate.

Some people may be predicting a year of security vulnerabilities. I believe we have a year of innovation ahead of us.

Drupal's ecosystem of contributed modules is playing catch-up since the release of version 8. It has been years since CCK and Views were just experiments in the contrib module space. They are now established as foundation of Drupal core. Contrib (the wider community of Drupal developers) can now get back to innovating.

"Get back to innovating" isn't much of a prediction. I thought about it some more and came up with three things I think are likely to happen in 2016...


The era of the monolythic, does-it-all, CMS is coming to an end. The Drupal community talk a lot about progressive decoupling [1] [2]. But, the idea of a fully decoupled backend is becoming established in other areas. Services like Contentful already provide a fully decoupled, headless CMS.

Systems become decoupled, we move to a microservice architecture, and evaluate server-less options. It is conceivable that a Content API could become part of the infrastructure. Amazon are the leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider. A Content API (or CMS-as-a-Service) would fit in their suite of cloud computing services.

I did an experiment recently where I put Amazon's API Gateway in front of an EC2 instance running Drupal. This gives a more robust API on top of Drupal 8's Rest support. Monitoring, traffic management, and flexible security controls are standard. This approach offers several advantages, including: Swagger support; CloudFront caching for performance; and input/output translation with data models defined with JSON schema.

Acquia IPO

Going public was always on the cards for Acquia, but they said they are in no rush to IPO. This could be the year. Adoption of D8 will being changes to the user base and continued adoption at the enterprise level.

This will be accompanied by more consolidation in the Drupal world. One of the biggest risks I see is with Drupal companies taking on bigger projects. A single client becomes a large contributer to their revenue, in some cases I've heard as much as 70%. This is a risky situation to be in, if you rely on one client for a majority of your business. The solution is for Drupal companies to come together to form larger entities.

This is just a continuation of an existing trend. Wunderkraut, was the most high-profile merger in the community. Followed by many more, involving companies such as FFW, MediaCurrent, Phase2, and i-Kos.

Composer Support and Decoupled Components

Composer support in Drupal needs some work. There are some big wins to be had by embracing the Composer (and Packagist) workflow.

Commerce Guys are leading the way with Drupal Commerce. They have been factoring out components into separate libraries. Other PHP projects beyond Drupal are making use of them, and contributing to their development. Expect more contrib projects to factor out separate PHP packages of re-usable code. Then Drupal modules become just a thin layer of glue.

There has been a trend for PHP Frameworks to decouple their core components. The Symfony Components split from the full stack framework has meant much wider adoption. They are used in many PHP projects, including Drupal.

PHP-FIG exists to promote interoperability between frameworks. This year will see further initiatives to clean up Drupal's code. Such as, removal of anti-patterns like service locator. The eventual aim will be to decoupling components from Drupal core.

Can you imagine using Views on a non-drupal project?

Categories: Drupal

Matt Glaman: Profiling Drupal Commerce with Blackfire

Planet Drupal - 28 January 2016 - 5:46am

The process of debugging can be a difficult one, and the process of troubleshooting performance even more so. Luckily there are some great tools out there to help with improving the performance of web applications. Previously I wrote about to visual stacktraces and identify bottlenecks. Flamegraphs are very helpful, but still require you to setup XHProf, download the tools for making the flamegraph SVG, and appropriately change your code to save the XHProf data. Luckily there is one of my favorite tools, , that provides continuous PHP performance testing.

One second can define a conversion or not, and this is highly critical when it comes to eCommerce. Bottlenecks can happen in your catalog, viewing products, or even the Drupal Commerce order's life cycle. A great example can be found on this Drupal commerce issue: It's a patch to improve the deletion of line item references from orders to cut down on number of saves for orders. There's profiling done with both XHProf and Blackfire.

What is Blackfire?

What about Blackfire makes it my favorite? Blackfire provides on-demand profiling, unlike XHProf, which is always collecting data. Blackfire has a PHP extension called Probe that collects raw performance data when requested. Then the Agent sends that data to Blackfire's website for processing and viewing. Companion is a browser extension (Chrome only currently) that will trigger the Probe to collect performance data on a page.

What you get

It speaks for itself. Here is a Blackfire profiling result from a catalog page in the Commerce Kickstart 2 demo store (Drupal without caches enabled.)

As you can see, we spend a lot of time in Views. Enabling Views cache for our catalog (and anonymous page cache) would greatly speed up our page's load time. Here are results with page caching enabled, and search based Views caching. From 1.88s to 55ms!

How to get started

While there is some Blackfire's components, I'll provide a quick start guide. Well, it's a quick start if you use Docker! Blackfire provides an image for their probe and agent. All you need to do is link it to your php-fpm (or whatever container serves your PHP.) 

 If you use Docker Compose, you would need to add the following configuration, and add a new link to this container from your PHP container. You will just need to get your API credentials from your Blackfire account. Restart your app and you're good to go!

blackfire: image: blackfire/blackfire ports: ['8707'] environment: BLACKFIRE_SERVER_ID: xx-xx-xx-xx-xxxx BLACKFIRE_SERVER_TOKEN: dsfsd! BLACKFIRE_LOG_LEVEL: 4

See the full documentation for Docker integration:

Categories: Drupal

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Drupal 8 Module of the Week: Scheduled Updates

Planet Drupal - 28 January 2016 - 5:13am
Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

Each day, more Drupal 7 modules are being migrated over to Drupal 8 and new ones are being created for the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some of the most prominent, useful modules available for Drupal 8. This week: Scheduled Updates.

Tags: acquia drupal planetscheduled updatedrupal 8
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5 Tips for the Global Game Jam - by Ramine Darabiha Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
This weekend, developers from nearly 80 countries will gather to create over 5000 games in 48 hours at Global Game Jam. Here are some lessons I've learned from being a mentor for the past four years, to help you get around the most common pitfalls.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Logic Over Time - by Jean Simonet Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
Game programmers write state-machines all the time, and yet the way we do it is often un-intuitive, over-engineered, or prone to mistakes. There is a better way, one that takes advantage of the new features of our game programming languages.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Designing Interactive Story (PART ONE) - by Greg Johnson Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
Hi! I've been an independent game developer for 35 years. I thought I might share some of my thoughts on Interactive Story...what it is, and how one goes about making it. I ramble a lot so I'll probably need 5 or 6 posts to get all my thoughts down.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Five Tips for the Upcoming Global Game Jam - by Ramine Darabiha Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
This weekend, developers from nearly 80 countries will gather to create over 5000 games in 48 hours at Global Game Jam. Here are some lessons I've learned from being a mentor for the past four years, to help you get around the most common pitfalls.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Top games in the media in 2015 (and how well the platforms did too) - by Thomas Bidaux Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
With 2015 behind us, and the new year already under way, it is time for the traditional year-in-review articles, and I don’t see any reason for us to avoid the trend.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Eco Dev Blog 12 - Pitch Contest, Trees, Tools, and Power - by John Krajewski Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
This week we got property and power systems progress, new foliage, trees, and tools, and Eco won a pitch contest.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

6 Predictions For Mobile Games in 2016 - by Michail Katkoff Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
In 2016 we will see new type of mid-core games, rise of alternative growth channels, more games with high production values and more games with IPs as well as continued decline of King.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

What is Waste? - by David Bernstein Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
A large part of the success of the lean manufacturing movement was its call to eliminate waste. But what is waste in software?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Brutalist Architecture in Games - by Hamish Grace Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
Architect: 'And remember - spaces are for people!' Brutalist: 'Those people have sinned and must be punished.'
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Why I Hate "lazy devs" - by Paul Allen Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
We've all gone on a tirade against "lazy devs" when we've felt cheated by an incomplete, buggy, half-working game. But is this fair, or should we be directing our ire elsewhere?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Part 4: The Problem With (English) Verb - by Darren Tomlyn Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
So, this is where the ramifications of the past few parts of my blog really start to appear, and have a tangible impact upon how we perceive and describe the language. Too much is swept under the word verb at the minute for it to be what we need it to be
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Online video game engines: discover why you should use them. - by Jose Maria Martinez Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
Online game engines: analysis of the advantages and disadvantages that a solution like this offers when compared to the classic desktop game makers.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How to Improve Your App’s Ranking With Positive Reviews And a Higher Rating: 5 Simple Steps - by Eugine Dychko Blogs - 28 January 2016 - 5:05am
Just a one app rating can lead to a significant increase in number of installs. A recent survey by Apptentive shows that the number of stars directly impact the number of downloads.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

ThinkShout: Drupal Global Events in Portland

Planet Drupal - 28 January 2016 - 5:00am

There are two exciting Drupal community events happening in Portland soon. The first is the Drupal Global Sprint Day on January 30th - this coming Saturday - which is a day focused on bringing together volunteers to contribute work such as documentation, testing, code, and design to the Drupal project. The project needs improvements from a wide variety of skill sets, and it’s a great way for new folks to contribute to Drupal. The second is Drupal Global Training Day, a free Drupal 8 training for new community members. We’re thrilled to be involved with both!

Drupal Global Sprint

We’re hosting the Portland sprint at our office. Bring your projects and come code with us! If you've wanted to contribute to Drupal 8, but don't know how to begin, we’re happy to help you get started. New contributors are encouraged to attend, as we will be providing sprint training and new contributor onboarding, so don't worry if you've never contributed to Drupal before. The sprint starts at 9:00 am and goes until 5:00 pm. Programming help, snacks, coffee, tables, and wifi will all be provided by ThinkShout.

Drupal 8 Training

February 6th is the Drupal Global Training Day. We will be leading the Portland training at the Drupal Association headquarters, and it's open to everyone. This free training is ideal for new community members and people who are new to Drupal – but PHP developers not familiar with Drupal should also find the training valuable. The training includes coffee and snacks. Participants need only bring a laptop. Everything you need to know to get started will be discussed in detail at the event. We’ll cover:

  • An introduction to CMS
  • File management and databases
  • Site building basics with content types, fields, and views
  • Installation of modules and themes
  • Deploying to your web host with Git
  • Introduction to Drupal 8 theming with Twig templates
  • Drupal 8 configuration management

These two global Drupal events offer something for Drupal folks of all skill levels, helping us to tap into Portland’s strong Drupal community. I hope you’ll join us for either (or both!) of these great events.

Categories: Drupal

Hubspot forms

New Drupal Modules - 27 January 2016 - 4:41pm

This is a very simple module that allows you to create Hubspot form blocks on your Drupal sites. The module also comes with a new field type so each entity could have it's own form.

No need to copy embed code from Hubspot and paste it into your website.

Enable it, provide an API key and you're ready to use the module.

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