Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
How can the Drupal community recognise and handle conflict more constructively? This core conversation session from DrupalCon Amsterdam aimed to start a discussion about creating an army of empowered bystanders ready, willing and able to use conflict as a positive force in the community.
Earlier today, the Drupal Security Team announced SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection, a 'Highly Critical' bug in Drupal 7 core that could result in SQL injection, leading to a whole host of other problems.
While not a regular occurrence, this kind of vulnerability is disclosed from time to time—if not in Drupal core, in some popular contributed module, or in some package you have running on your Internet-connected servers. What's the best way to update your entire infrastructure (all your sites and servers) against a vulnerability like this, and fast? High profile sites could be quickly targeted by criminals, and need to be able to deploy a fix ASAP... and though lower-profile sites may not be immediately targeted, you can bet there will eventually be a malicious bot scanning for vulnerable sites, so these sites need to still apply the fix in a timely manner.
The American trade organization for the game industry -- whose major members include companies such as EA, Epic Games, and Sony -- has spoken out against online harassment campaigns. ...
A huge amount of housecleaning has seen major changes in management at the embattled social games company's exec layer -- and another of its big names is now gone. ...
Today a highly critical security update (SA-CORE-2014-005) was released for Drupal 7. Any Drupal site running Drupal 7.31 or lower needs to update to 7.32 or apply the patch immediately. Here are some tips to get your Drupal 7 site updated today!
Marketers around the world face the same pressures of trying to leverage marketing automation, content marketing, social media engagement, SEO, and more to drive prospective buyers to engage with their brands.
Update Another round of layoffs seems to have swept through The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, which already suffered staff cutbacks earlier in the year. ...
Last time we explored some different options that determined how the login form was displayed on your site. Today we're going to expand on that and look at different ways of wrangling or changing the actual login experience for your users. The default settings aren't exactly very refined and so it can take some configuration to get a better user experience out of the whole process.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is launching a training program that offers UK-based game developers an opportunity to study and discuss game design with their peers and a selection of industry luminaries. ...
A review of work done by social games company Wooga to retain players -- either in the game they're already playing, or moving them over to other titles. ...
On October 1st 2014, Dries announced at DrupalCon Amsterdam that Drupal 8 had reached Beta 1, a significant milestone in the journey to Drupal 8.He also revealed that 2,300 individuals have contributed to the Drupal 8 project. Pretty impressive - but hard to imagine, right? One of our Drupal developers here at CTI decided to create a visualisation to express the flurry of activity before, during and after DrupalCon, which has culminated in this significant achievement. The video Adam created helps communicate the true scale of the project. Enjoy…
LightSky has been using Drupal for quite some time, but because of a lot of factors haven’t contributed as much during that time as we probably should. Mike and I implemented a philosophical change about a year ago to make a concerted effort to give back. It has been small steps for us though, we are a small organization and in a growing phase, so our resources to give back have been limited. Starting with attending some Drupal camps, to building modules, contributing to core, and growing from there, we have made a pretty big effort on our end to help support the Drupal community and we think you should too.
Agencies like us aren’t the only ones to give back though, companies of all different backgrounds across the globe use Drupal, and give back to the community. Some, more directly than others, but even passively, giving back to the community is what keeps Drupal sustainable, and makes the platform so desirable.How Can a Widget Factory Give Back to Drupal?
This is an interesting question, but it isn’t as complicated as one might think. Look at all of our clients for example, they all give back to Drupal and many of them have no web experience, and can’t write or interpret even the most basic of code. They give back through us. They choose to partner with a company that gives back to the Drupal community, and that is a big deal. There is great value in their support of the community for their company and their bottom line. Open source projects are often some of the most cost effective choices in the software world, and Drupal is really no different.Experience Not Needed
Contributing doesn’t have to be through a third party though. Content on Drupal.org can be updated by anyone with a user account. Making documentation changes to a module that your organization is using, or building better documentation is a great way to give back, and anyone can do it. But the way that I recommend companies give back is speaking at a Drupal camp. Do a case study, it doesn’t have to be technical, show people how Drupal has helped your company.
Drupal allows our clients to to have an enterprise level product, that is community based, and completely flexible, and often Drupal provides them a solution that no other software could really match. But what created this excellent product is the community, and without people giving back regularly, this product would never exist. So if you aren’t giving back, think about how you can, and if your Drupal firm isn’t giving back, make sure that they know you think they should.For more tips like these, follow us on social media or subscribe for free to our RSS feed and newsletter. You can also contact us directly or request a consultation.
Welcome back to the ANGRY THEMER!
Faithful readers of this column who have followed my outbursts over the past few years might ask, “How can I prevent myself from turning into a grumpy old themer with high blood pressure like you?”
Fortunately, the Drupal project has grown to include new tools to help battle-hardened Vikings such as I cope with Drupal’s terrible markup and keep my rage more or less under control.
And you, dear themer, no longer have to dive into code or understand the inner workings of Drupal, while also battling Responsive, Web 2.0, Internet Explorer versions 6,7, 8, 9..., Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera – not to mention the gazillion tablets and smartphones. (Ah, but that’s another story, best saved for another day.)
These are my favorite weapons – uh, I mean tools, tools of the trade – that I utilize when I need to slice through the Drupal Markup sludge.Themes
Drupal contrib has a ton of “Starter Themes”; so you don't have to trudge through all the basics every time you design a site.
Of course my favorite theme is the Mothership (Full Disclosure: written by your very own Angry Themer), which isn’t so much a theme as a complete cleanup of Drupal’s approach to markup.Mothership – Keelhaul the DIV!
The Mothership theme is not something you use to make your site pretty; this isn’t Wordpress. It’s designed to make your source code look and act awesome by knifing through the sea of divs, classes, and about 20% of old markup fixes that come packed with Drupal, and deep-sixing it – leaving sparkling-clean HTML5 in its wake.
The Mothership theme comes equipped to clean up nearly every dusty corner and musty absess of Drupal that needs cleaning up:
- settings for removing class names
- corrects the markup to HTML5 standards
It also comes with commonly used basic CSS and JS libraries to help with responsive HTML5 sites, and now it even fixes the IE 9 CSS caching/respond.js issue.
As a bonus, you get to swagger and swear like a Caribbean pirate – and the ship’s captain strongly resembles Johnny Depp!
For those less-aggressive themers out there (and you know who your are), maybe Zen or Aurora – which have a more relaxed attitude towards markup – are more your speed.
Yet another high-profile, violent threat against a woman in video games has made national headlines. ...
Drupal 7.32, a maintenance release which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.32 release notes for further information.Download Drupal 7.32
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.Security information
We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.
Drupal 7 and 6 include the built-in Update Status module (renamed to Update Manager in Drupal 7), which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.Bug reports
Drupal 7.32 was released in response to the discovery of critical security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:
To fix the security problem, please upgrade to Drupal 7.32.Known issues
None.Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 7.x
Per role access configuration for all form elements in a configured form. Use this to quickly filter forms for unneeded/unwanted form elements.Features:
- UI to administer form id's
- UI to administer per role access to form elements
- Automatically index all fields in a configured form
- Permission to bypass the access rules
- Grant, or revoke permissions per form
Note: this is a technical module. Knowledge of HTML and/or the Drupal FAPI is required to select the right form elements and/or form ids.
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