Words coexist with power in a relation analogous to that which proletarians have with power. Employed by it almost full time, exploited for every sense and nonsense that can be squeezed out of them, they still remain in some sense fundamentally alien to it.
If Barbie I can be a Computer Engineer taught us anything it taught us that Steven and Brian are nice guys. They just want to help, they know how to fix it, and they are there just when you need them to be. And worst of all they don't mean anything by it.
So what's a nice guy to do? You care, you retweet the awesomest feminist blogs, you were ON it during #gamergate. But on a human interaction level how does it go? Here are some ways that you can level up from just that nice guy that I don't call out on everything, but who secretly makes me sad, to awesome guy that makes my day well ...awesome.Read more
Hello again, young MacGyver!
In the previous issue you learned how to install Drush, Drupal, and contributed modules. If you missed it, make sure you go back and read Part One from the previous issue.Updates
Now that you've successfully installed Drupal and extended it with some awesome contributed modules, it's time to apply a few updates. With Drush, it is easier by far than any method you might currently be using.
Let's get started: Make sure you are working from the root directory of your website. That would be the directory where you find index.php, and I'm going to assume that location for the remainder of this article.
Issue the following command:drush pm-update
That command will check for new versions of core, themes, and all the contributed modules that are enabled on your site. A list of all available updates will be shown on the screen. Review the list and then press “y” at the prompt if you wish to proceed with the updates.
If you proceed with the updates, Drush will make a backup copy of all the out-of-date packages, download the new ones, and then run database updates, if any are required. It's all very quick and you don't even have to open an FTP client.
Alas, sometimes things go awry; often, very awry. That's why Drush stores a backup copy of the updated packages for you. Should an update fail, it will restore the previous versions and notify you there was a problem. Or, if you need to restore manually, you can find the backups in your user's home directory under “drush-backups”.
Now let's say you only want to update Drupal, but none of the contributed projects. Easy enough: this time only check for Drupal core. Let’s use the shorter version of the command, which I prefer:drush up drupal
The command “up” is short for “pm-update”. As in the first example, Drush will backup the installed version, replace it with the latest, and then run database updates, if any are required. In this case, we specified “drupal”, so Drush will only check for updates for Drupal core.
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DrupalSouth is the biggest Drupal gathering in the Antipodes.
We'll be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over three days in early March 2015. March 5-7 to be exact.
Find out more at the website
The call for sessions is open, and we're trying hard to get the word out wide and far, to whisper in new ears, and encourage people of all sorts to share their ideas for sessions so we can create a truly wonderful, inspiring, engaging and fun program for this conference!
For those who may not know, Drupal is an open source content management system. It's used by people and organisations all around the world, for all sorts of web sites. It's also being used as back end application framework for mobile apps! It's amazing what Drupal can do.
Drupal events are the heart and soul of the community that makes Drupal. Bringing people together drives the project forward, and forges friendships.
But we're also part of the wider web. So we want to hear from all sorts of web specialists, not just Drupalists.
Please, submit a session, or simply help us spread the word. The deadline is looming and won't be extended. Get that proposal in by 30 November 2014. https://melbourne2015.drupal.org.au/program/session-submission
This modules provides a bridge between Drupal & SuiteCRM.
It provides you a Web Service Clients connection type for the SuiteCRM REST service.
With the connection you're able to call the service methods.
From November 6th through the 9th, members of the Mediacurrent team headed to San Francisco for the Bay Area Drupal Camp. Hundreds of Drupal enthusiasts convened at the Palace of Fine Arts to take part in some fantastic sessions, code sprints, and all the San Francisco has to offer. Mark Casias and Matt Davis weigh in for Part 2 of BADCamp's highlights.
This project aims to use munin api module for collecting data from domain access enabled sites and display it within munin graphs
Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34 release notes for further information.Download Drupal 7.34
Download Drupal 6.34
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. More information on the Drupal 6.x release series can be found in the Drupal 6.0 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 7.34 and 6.34 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:
To fix the security problem, please upgrade to either Drupal 7.34 or Drupal 6.34.Known issues
None.Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 6.xDrupal 7.x
cilefen begin to work on the When a content entity type providing module is uninstalled, the entities are not fully deleted, leaving broken references issue. Turned out that a necessary dependent issue is already being worked on so he was able proceed well. I am reasonably confident this issue will get resolved in due time. Sam Hermans have advanced Bulk operations does not respect entity access forward which is great but it still needs some work. Let's note that Sam "only" had a core patch reroll so far and yet he was able to move a critical forward! You could do it as well: I will be waiting for you on IRC in channel #drupal-contribute every Friday noon Pacific (9pm CET).
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As product designers and experience strategists, we research how people use systems and design products that tap into users’ natural behaviors. We want people to instinctively know how our product works.
Years of research into the human mind tells us that our brains love patterns, the repeated way in which something happens or is done. Our subconscious mind uses what we’ve learned from patterns – like turning a knob will open a door – to instinctively make decisions about what we do throughout our day. This is why we can walk or breathe without thinking about it – we spend most of our time running on autopilot.
We have an understanding of how people make decisions, but we forget to apply this knowledge when communicating our product vision to stakeholders.There are Drawbacks to Designing in the Abstract
Experience design deliverables, or artifacts, are abstract. We too often produce artifacts, intended to build a shared understanding of a product vision, that are hard to understand. Low-fidelity wireframes and complex flow diagrams require stakeholders to think hard about what we are trying to communicate. They mentally fill in the gaps where we lack details. We consistently break Steve Krug’s number one rule: “Don’t make me think!”
Imagine how these abstract artifacts skew conversations about a product:
We show a stakeholder some wireframes and talk them through the features. Once they see them they begin to imagine the ways features will look and act based on similar products they have used.
While perfectly natural, this behavior is problematic – what we envision may be nothing like products this stakeholder has previously used. These assumptions your stakeholder makes will lead to you and your stakeholders having different expectations during product development.
You need to make artifacts as real as possible in order to elicit the most unbiased, unimpeachable feedback from users during research. You do not need to build a fully functioning product to validate your idea.You do need to eliminate or reduce the guesswork needed to understand how your product will work.Make Your Product Vision Real
Prototyping is a great way to eliminate ambiguity so that you get the best results from user research. A prototype is a preliminary model of a product used to show a concept or validate an idea. A prototype should only contain the minimum amount of content, design and functionality needed to demonstrate how the end-product will function.
Context is key to determining fidelity of a prototype. If you are conducting user testing with a tech-savvy group of stakeholders, clickable wireframes may suffice. If you are introducing a new concept to a set of clients, then you may need a higher-fidelity, interactive web page. Your prototype should only contain the fidelity needed to have a meaningful conversation with your users about your product.Build The Right Prototype For You
There are many different approaches to building prototypes. You can link wireframes together to show user flow with a system like inVision, or build interactive features using an open source CMS like Drupal.
When creating prototypes, make sure to include the following:
The main actions that a user can take and the reactions they will receive from interactive elements.
The key messages you want to communicate to users at different stages of their interaction.
A programmatic way to track user behavior while they use the prototype.
Some of the many benefits of prototyping are:
It produces more accurate results from user testing, allowing you to better determine what works and what doesn’t.
It gives you more opportunity to focus on interaction design by forcing you to have conversations about interactive elements during user research rather than development.
Prototypes bring less-apparent usability issues to light earlier in the development process.
You have a potential starting point to work from when beginning development, minimizing the amount of work that needs to be done in the long run.
John Whalen said “UX does not happen on a screen. It happens here. In the mind.” Keep that in mind (no pun intended) as you seek to build a shared understanding of, and validate, your product ideas. The more real you make the experience of interacting with your product early in the design process, the more accurate a feedback you will get from your users. For more thoughts on prototyping, check out Frederic Mitchell’s “Static Prototyping and Keeping Drupal Simple (KDS)” and “The Devil’s in The Details” by Sharon Smith!
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In the middle of November there was a weekend when it was all about Drupal in Hungary. Cheppers was hosting the Drupal Global Training Day Hungary 2014 and I was one of the core organizers of Drupal Weekend Budapest 2014, so we were concerned by the success of both.
The Drupal FullCalendar module makes it easy to build an interactive calendar using the power of Views. The Drupal FullCalendar module uses the JQuery FullCalendar plugin to make it easy to create an event calendar that allows event dates to be changed by drag and drop.
In this episode you will learn:Tags: DrupalDrupal 7Drupal PlanetUI/Design
Aspose Doc Exporter Module for Drupal allows administrators to export article contents to Microsoft Word (doc/docx) document. This module demonstrates very powerful Export feature provided by Aspose.Words. It adds a simple Update Options "Aspose Export to DOC" and as soon as the bulk action is called, it exports all articles to a Microsoft Word (Doc/Docx) document.