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Pantheon Blog: Panopoly 2.x for Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 12:48pm
With the 8.0.0 release of Drupal scheduled for November 19th, I wanted to share the Panopoly 2.x plan for Drupal 8 that David Snopek and myself developed. For those who do not know, Panopoly is powerful “base distribution" of Drupal designed to be both a general foundation for site building and a base framework upon which to build other Drupal distributions.
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Config overrride

New Drupal Modules - 12 November 2015 - 10:27am
Config override

The idea of the module is to make it easier to override configuration.

Override mechanisms

Currently there are two override mechanisms:

  1. A site wide override folder, you need to specify 'override' in your
  2. A module provided override mechanism. A module can override config by
    providing some yml files.
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Commercial Progression: Drupal 8 overview and release party, let’s #celebr8d8! (E12)

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 10:16am

Commercial Progression presents Hooked on Drupal, “Episode 12: Drupal 8 is here, let’s #celebr8d8!". With the official Drupal 8 release date set for November 19th, the CP development crew assembles for an in-depth conversation on all things Drupal 8. We predicted the release date of Drupal 8 to within 3 days on our February podcast.  This time, Hillary Lewandowski will be presenting an overview of Drupal 8 at our next meetup and Drupal 8 release party with Girl Develop It Detroit at Grand Circus. Approaches for migrating Drupal 6 and 7 sites to Drupal 8 are discussed. Changes in the development cycle for Drupal 8 going forward are mused upon. What does it mean that Drupal 8 is built on Symfony and how will the respective development communities merge, we talk it through.

Drupal 8 Release Party: Detroit, Michigan - November 19th

The wait is over, Drupal 8 is here, let's #celebr8d8! Conveniently we had a Drupal meetup scheduled for the same night as the release of Drupal 8 (Thursday November 19th, 2015), so this meetup has just been upgraded to the…

Drupal 8 Release Party: Detroit, USA

Grand Circus has been a gracious host of The Michigan Drupal User Group in 2015.  This has allowed us to meet some of the  members of the Girl Develop It Detroit community and has given rise to this opportunity for co-hosting a demo / training night for all things Drupal.

We know there is a strong development community in Detroit, and we believe this is the season for curiosity in Drupal to bloom.  The full version of Drupal 8 will be released on Nov. 19th.  Now is the time to check it out, and this is the Meetup for you to do it!

Drupal 8 Upgrade and Migration Strategies

With the release of Drupal 8, Drupal 6 website owners are also faced with an imminent deadline for upgrade and migration. Drupal 6 was released in February of 2008.  End-of-life support for Drupal 6 is February 24th 2016.  If you have a Drupal 6 website that needs core support through 2016, now is the time to execute your upgrade to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8.  In this podcast we discuss the options of a Drupal 6 website owner facing this inevitable end of support deadline.

If you have a Drupal 7 website and you are thinking about upgrading to Drupal 8, how do you decide and what should you consider?  We discuss the out of the box User Experience advantages of the Drupal 8 platform with in line editing features as well as some of the object oriented programming advancements of Drupal 8 on Symfony.

Stay tuned for the future release of 50 training videos from OSTraining specifically addressing the upgrade and migration path to Drupal 8 from previous versions of Drupal.

Launching a New Drupal 8 Website

If you are starting a new Drupal web development project, should your default choice be Drupal 8?  Are there some scenarios in which Drupal 7 is still a good candidate for web design and development? Drupal 7 is a mature development platform with long term support secured up to the release of Drupal 9.  This gives Drupal 7 developers and website owners several years of fully supported Drupal 7 development.

Every new Drupal web development project will want to seriously look at Drupal 8 and consider if there is a good reason why they should not take on the project with the latest version of Drupal. The Drupal development community will be very much focused on Drupal 8 and that is where all of the best energy and talent will be working. Going forward, new features and web integration projects will begin with Drupal 8 in mind.

Drupal 8 is Built on Symfony

Our development team has been training up on the Symfony web development framework over the last few years. Dan Reinders has attended several in-person training classes with the folks at KNP Labs, not to mention their online offerings at KNP University. In this podcast, Hillary describes how the move to Symfony shapes the Object Oriented programming future for Drupal 8. Complex website will be able to experience gradual development progress via deprecated function migrations within a predictable software release cycle. This means there will be far fewer hurdles to jump as projects upgrade to new versions of Drupal in the future. This move to Symfony also opens up Drupal development to include a global community of experienced Object Oriented programmers.

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Progression is the new victory - by Robert Green Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
An argument for progression, and not victory, being the main driver of player behaviour in the modern F2P era.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Let's Learn About Learning - by Sande Chen Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
In this article, game designer Sande Chen argues that creating a taxonomy of educational games would aid greatly in assigning value and determining usage for these products.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Game Designers: Learn to Program - by Keith Burgun Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
Game design and programming are two totally different, wholly unrelated disciplines. But since computers are the best tool for executing game design, I think game designers really should learn to program, and I didn't always think so.
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Emergent Narrative and Encouraging Emergent Play - by Kevin Burnette Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
Games have two different kinds of narratives: Explicit and Emergent. Explicit Narrative is the story that the game tells to the player, and Emergent Narrative is the story the player creates for themselves as they play the game.
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Sometimes Simple Needs Some Help - by Eric Mickols Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
When Keeping It Simple, Stupid is a coding mantra that can and should be applied to all parts of game development. And when you can't keep it simple, sometimes an outsider can help.
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Go Deep Rather than Wide - by David Bernstein Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
When defining, building, and testing a system, we can go deep or wide. Deep means taking a vertical slice that provides functionality across layers of a system, end to end, which enables a feature.
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Composing the Cathedral soundtrack in Famitracker - by Aron Kramer Blogs - 12 November 2015 - 9:20am
In this news article I try to show some insights into the glory of composing old-school soundtracks in Famitracker and how I'm handling the soundtrack of Cathedral.
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Mediacurrent: Case Study: Proves the Value of Post-Launch Drupal Support

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 8:24am
Care's Journey to Drupal
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Mediacurrent: The Business Benefits of Drupal 8: Webinar Video

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 5:57am

The biggest release in Web Content Management history—Drupal 8.0.0—is scheduled for November 19th.

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OpenLucius: Automatically verifying entries in Drupal webforms in 4 steps

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 2:27am

Imagine you would like to have a form on your website that let’s visitors test your Cloud application. We wanted this for people who like to try our Drupal social intranet OpenLucius for free. To achieve this we need at least the following information: email address, name and organization.

We wanted to:

  1. Keep the threshold as low as possible.
  2. Verify the entered email address.
  3. Request additional information.
  4. Avoid spam bots.

We also wanted to automate as much as possible, as to not lose time on spam bots and people that are not serious. In Drupal this is all possible without encrypting a single line: with the use of the popular Drupal modules Webform and Token. Here is how in 4 steps:

Categories: Drupal frontpage posts: DrupalCamp Santiago de Chile 2015

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2015 - 2:26am

DrupalCamp Santiago de Chile - Envía tus Charlas - Submit your talks!!!

DrupalCamp Santiago de Chile is getting closer, the first DrupalCamp in Chile event will be held on 10,11 and 12 December.
We are accepting session submissions until November 15, if you are coming, hurry up and propose your talk.
Register at !
This will be the first major Drupal event with a national and international call to be held in Chile. On 10 and 11 will take place at headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations, in Vitacura next to the Bicentenario Park.
On December 12 we will extend the event with in-depth technical presentations and workshops at Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Central next to Almagro Park.
Be prepared for a broad and diverse event, we have already confirmed the participation of government representatives, experts from different areas and drupalers from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain and Australia.

For more information:
Original announcement of the Camp:

DrupalCamp Santiago de Chile está cada vez más cerca, el primer Drupalcamp en Chile se realizará los días 10,11 y 12 de diciembre.
Estamos recibiendo propuestas de sesiones hasta el 15 de noviembre, si piensas venir, apresúrate y postula tu charla.
Registrate en !
Este será el primer gran evento Drupal de convocatoria nacional e internacional que se realizará en Chile. Los días 10 y 11 tendrá lugar en la sede de la Comisión Económica para Latinoamérica y el Caribe (CEPAL) de Naciones Unidas, en la comuna de Vitacura al lado del parque Bicentenario.
El día 12 de diciembre tendremos charlas técnicas y talleres en la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad Central, frente al parque Almagro.
Prepárate para un evento amplio y diverso, ya tenemos confirmada la participación de representantes de gobierno, especialistas de distintas áreas y drupaleros de Argentina, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brasil, España y Australia.

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From B2C to B2One

Dries Buytaert - 12 November 2015 - 12:49am

The Industrial Revolution, started in the middle of the 18th century, transformed the world. It marks the start of a major turning point in history that would influence almost every aspect of daily life. The Industrial Revolution meant the shift from handmade to machine-made products and increased productivity and capacity. Technological change also enabled the growth of capitalism. Factory owners and others who controlled the means of production rapidly became very rich and working conditions in the factories were often less than satisfactory. It wasn't until the 20th century, 150 years after its beginning, that the Industrial Revolution ended creating a much higher standard of living than had ever been known in the pre-industrial world. Consumers benefited from falling prices for clothing and household goods. The impact on natural resources, public health, energy, medicine, housing and sanitation meant that chronic hunger, famines and malnutrition started to disappear and the life expectancy started to increase dramatically.

An undesired side-effect of the Industrial Revolution is that instead of utilizing artisans to produce hand-made items, machines started to take the place of the artisans. Before the industrial revolution, custom-made goods and services were the norm. The one-on-one relationships that guilds had with their customers sadly got lost in an era of mass-production. But what is exciting me about the world today is that we're on the verge of being able to bring back one-on-one relationships with our customers, while maintaining increased productivity and capacity.

As the Big Reverse of the Web plays out and information and services are starting to come to us, we'll see the rise of a new trend I call "B2One". We're starting to hear a lot of buzz around personalization, as evidenced by companies like The New York Times making delivery of personalized content a core part of their business strategy. Another recent example is Facebook testing shopping concepts, letting users browse a personal feed of clothing and other items based on their "likes". I'd imagine these types of feeds could get smarter and smarter, refining themselves over time as a user browses or buys. Or just yesterday, Facebook launched Notify, an iOS app that pushes you personalized notifications from up to 70 sites.

These recent examples are early signs of how we're evolving from B2C to B2One (or from B2B2C to B2B2One), a world where all companies have a one-on-one relationship with their customers and personalized experiences will become the norm. Advances in technology allow us to get back what we lost hundreds of years ago in the Industrial Revolution, which in turn enables the world to innovate on business models. The B2One paradigm will be a very dramatic shift that disrupts existing business models (advertising, search engines, online and offline retailers) and every single industry.

For example, an athletic apparel company such as Nike could work sensor technology into its shoes, telling you once you've run a certain number of miles and worn them out. Nike would have enough of a one-on-one relationship with you to push an alert to your smartphone or smartwatch with a "buy" button for new shoes, before you even knew you needed them. This interaction is a win-win for both you and Nike; you don't need to re-enter your sizing and information into a website, and Nike gets a sale directly from you disrupting both the traditional and online retail supply chain (basically, this is bad news for intermediaries like Amazon, Zappos, clothing malls, Google, etc).

I believe strongly in the need for data-driven personalization to create smarter, pro-active digital experiences that bring back one-on-one relationships between producers and consumers. We have to dramatically improve delivering these personal one-on-one interactions. It means we have to get better at understanding the user's journey, the user's context, matching the right information/service to the user and making technology disappear in the background.

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Business of Gaming Retail: Overspending

RPGNet - 12 November 2015 - 12:00am
Beautiful Stores Aren't Always the Best
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Amazee Labs: #celebr8D8 - the Drupal 8 Release Party

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2015 - 11:45pm
#celebr8D8 - the Drupal 8 Release Party Corina Schmid Thu, 11/12/2015 - 08:45

After the beta version and the release candidate 1 it is time for the real deal! Drupal 8 is coming and it’s coming soon; on November 19, 2015.

Since we at Amazee Labs love Drupal and parties almost alike we want to celebrate this very special occasion. And because we really like Drupal we’ve decided not to throw only one but three parties! Yes, that's no typo, it's three parties, one in each of our offices in Austin, Cape Town and Zurich. So if you are anywhere near one these three locations make sure you sign up und join us!

Join the party at our Zurich Office

Celebrate with our Cape Town Team

Party in Austin

Of course you could also join in at any other party near you!

We are super excited to #celebr8D8 with you.

Want to know more about Drupal 8? Check out our blog or read some facts and figures here.

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Derek McBurney: Creating A Drupal Distro That Scales - Part 3: Locking It Down

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2015 - 11:00pm
There's only one thing that can stop your organization's site admins from altering your Drupal CMS into every permutation and combination possible: permissions.
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Promet Source: A Guide to Working with Your Drupal Support Team

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2015 - 1:49pm

There’s a familiar refrain to many group discussions. The speaker will encourage participation from all peers, but gets no response, then reminds everyone that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question.” All questions are good. They bring us knowledge, and knowledge is power.

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