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The Chinese Gamer, The Buyer - by SherryLi Wiitrans

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 December 2018 - 7:00am
Despite big jumps in the numbers of Chinese gamers each year, the market has not received the attention it deserves.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Desert Child: How I Faked Everything and Hopefully Got Away with It - A Tragedy in 3(D) Acts - by GameMaker Studio

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 December 2018 - 7:00am
Oscar Brittain and Akupara Games are releasing Desert Child on Switch, Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Steam December 11! Oscar hit us with the following tech blog on how he 'faked' his striking 3D look in the game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Making of a indie horror game - by Arjun Sankhala

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 December 2018 - 7:00am
Day first of making a indie horror game - downloading the assets
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Agiledrop.com Blog: How to Create a Node in Drupal 8 using REST

Planet Drupal - 11 December 2018 - 4:38am

In this post, I go through the steps involved in creating content (nodes) using RESTful web services in order to demonstrate their capabilities.

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OpenSense Labs: 11 Drupal Distributions You Should Know for Success in 2019

Planet Drupal - 11 December 2018 - 2:25am
11 Drupal Distributions You Should Know for Success in 2019 Akshita Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:55

If you are looking to build your website on Drupal in 2019 but don’t know where to start from, you need to know more about the Distributions. 

Here’s a list of top Drupal 8 distributions you could use in 2019. 


The Basics. What are Drupal Distributions? 

Distributions are full copies of Drupal that include core, in addition to themes, modules, libraries, and installation profiles. For a layman’s understanding distributions are a website (dummy) copy for an industry with an explicit requirement for that niche. 

“A Drupal distribution packages a set of contributed and custom modules together with Drupal core to optimize Drupal for a specific use case or industry”

Accordingly, there are Distributions for Media and Publishing, Government,  E-commerce, Education, Travel among others. 

There are two types of Drupal distributions:

  1. Full-featured distributions: complete solutions for specialized use cases (as discussed above).
  2. Other distributions as the starting points for developers and site builders.
Why Bother Yourself with Distributions?
  1. Out-of-the-box Additional Features: Remember “...Distributions are a package of the core, modules, themes”? Well, this means zero time searching for the Drupal modules and other required features, you don’t need to work extra to set up your website. You get all the required features according to your requirement in your distribution. 
     
  2. Easy set up of the website: Since you don’t need to look for additional features, it saves your time to set up your website. Launching your website now means setting up the distribution and getting a preconfigured site in a single download!
     
  3. Less Maintenance: Downloading a host of modules and features means more maintenance and more security. With distributions, you get the whole website ecosystem into one, maintenance is not an issue since everything will be updated in a single update. 
Drupal Distributions for your Website Drupal Starter Kit
  1. Varbase 

    Varbase is an enhanced Drupal distribution packed with adaptive functionalities and essential modules, that can speed up your development process, and provides you with standardized configurations, making your life easier.

    The essence of Varbase lies within the basic concept of DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself). It is probably the best starter distribution because it can help relieve you from repeating all the modules, features, configurations that are included in a Drupal project.

  2. Panopoly

     Panopoly is another powerful base distribution. At its roots lies the power of Chaos Tools and Panels magic. Designed to be both a general foundation for site building and a base framework upon which one can build other distributions, Panopoly provides search, widgets, responsiveness at its core. 

  3. Presto! - Drupal 8 Starter Kit

    Claiming to save the development time by up to 20%, Presto! is a Drupal 8 Starter Kit with more than a few tricks up its sleeve!

    With intelligent content editing functionality, configuration defaults, and optional eCommerce integration, Presto is ready to use right out-of-the-box. Other functionalities include - 

    • An Article content type with some pre-configured fields

    • A couple of pre-configured user roles: Administrator & Editor

    • The ability to share nodes on social media

    • Pathauto for automatical URL aliasing

    • A Basic Page content type with a Paragraphs-based body field

    • Some pre-configured Paragraph types:

      1. Textbox

      2. Image

      3. Promo bar

      4. Divider

      5. Carousel

      6. Block (allows the embedding of Drupal block

Media and Publishing
  1. Thunder 

    The distribution for professional publishing, Thunder functionalities are publisher-centric. At its core, it has the Paragraphs module, media entity module, and various SEO features to keep it working. As a free and open-source technology, it is cost-effective, knocks down developmental efforts and isn't time-consuming.
     



    Easy to install, deploy and add new functionality, Thunder is SEO friendly, responsive, Google AMP friendly, and allowing editors to publish their content easily as instant articles on Facebook as well. 

  2. Lightning

    Lightning enables the developers to create a great authoring experience. It delivers a powerful set of tools to your editorial team and site builders right out of the box and is best suited for the media and publishing websites. The distribution provides a lightweight framework, documentation and best practice examples for building working solutions in Drupal.

    Built using the top 4 modules to enhance the editing experience - Workflow, Media, Layout, and Preview - it has taken the advantage of D8 functionalities and is tightly coupled to make up the new standard for enterprise authoring. 

Government
  1. aGov

    aGov is a Drupal distribution built for government websites and was developed for the Australian Government. It incorporates the Digital Transformation Agency's UI Kit, helping you adhere to the Digital Service Standard.


    aGov is ideal for any federal, state or local government agency wanting to move their websites quickly and easily to Drupal whilst retaining full control of their codebase and choice of hosting provider.

    • WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance, independently audited by Media Access Australia

    • Editor Workflows (Workbench Moderation)

    • Responsive design 

    • Example content - to get you started quickly

    • Common content types: News, Events, Publications, Blogs

    • WYSIWYG editor with media library
       

  2. deGov 

    After aGov, Drupal’s deGov is another Drupal 8 distribution focussing on the needs of (German) governmental organisations. One can build all levels of government websites (federal, regional, local) to publish information. With the base of Acquia Lightning, it extends the valuable functions to meet the use cases for different scenarios.
     


    It provides a service-oriented E-Government portal to close the gap between citizens and your administration with various citizen engagement portals to discuss. 

    Following are the features of deGov distributions:

    • Open311 portals for civic issue tracking

    • Open data portals to publish and create communities around data

    • Intranet/Extranet for government employees

Community
  1. OpenSocial

    OpenSocial is an online community and intranet solution for nonprofits and innovative companies. It is currently employed by customers like the United Nations, Greenpeace and hundreds of smaller organizations to connect with their employees, volunteers and other stakeholders.

    It is an out-of-the-box solution to build online community platforms. Providing with features such as notifications, timeline, events, follow, groups it can help personalise your news feed with the people you want to connect with.

Learning Management System
  1. Opigno LMS

    A full-fledged Learning Management System based on Drupal, Opigno is the quickest way to get started with the e-learning framework.

    It allows to:

    • Manage training paths organized in courses and lessons

    • Assess students with quizzes

    • Award certificates

    • Facilitate interactions with live meetings, forums, and chats

      SCORM (1.2 and 2004 v3) compliant, it integrates the innovative H5P technology, making possible to create rich interactive training contents.

  2. OpenLMS

    OpenLMS is an interactive LMS to make learning a fun and easier process. It provides various kinds of the content type such as written content, video lectures, quiz, calendar, and documents to be used as course material for students/users.

    Modules such as webform are part of its core. It also provides interactive content powered by H5P which can be added to a course.

    Read about the top Drupal e-learning modules.

Headless Architecture
  1. Contenta

    Contenta helps you make the headless transition smooth.  Contenta (and Drupal in the backend) has the capacity to control behind-the-scenes systems for languages like Python, PHP, Java React, Vue and Ember. 

    Powerful and complex, Contenta is API-First.

    It optionally installs all the content types and dummy content necessary to build an application.  

OpenSense Labs has sound experience in building new pillars for organizations. We would love to hear your requirements, drop a mail at hello@opensenselabs.com.

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Superseeds: Lords of the Four Hills

RPGNet - 11 December 2018 - 12:00am
Remembering Stan Lee through his heroes.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Faker Drupal 8

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 10:10pm

Faker module uses the faker PHP library to generate dummy content. This module is useful for the demonstration websites who do not want to use Lorem/Ipsum text and ugly looking randomly generated images.

The aim of the module is to use most of the dummy content types provided by the Faker library and map it with the fields in Drupal.

Categories: Drupal

html5history

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 6:32pm

This is an extremely lightweight and unobtrusive module that does two things.

1. Exposes the HTML 5 History Interface to Drupal's AJAX Command system.
2. Provides a system for hooking into pushState and replaceState events to provide a lightweight solution for https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10940837/history-pushstate-does-not-...

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Drupal blog: The ebbs and flows of software organizations

Planet Drupal - 10 December 2018 - 3:55pm

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.

This week I was in New York for a day. At lunch, Sir Martin Sorrell pointed out that Microsoft overtook Apple as the most valuable software company as measured by market capitalization. It's a close call but Microsoft is now worth $805 billion while Apple is worth $800 billion.

What is interesting to me are the radical "ebbs and flows" of each organization.

In the '80s, Apple's market cap was twice that of Microsoft. Microsoft overtook Apple in the the early '90s, and by the late '90s, Microsoft's valuation was a whopping thirty-five times Apple's. With a 35x difference in valuation, no one would have guessed Apple to ever regain the number-one position. However, Apple did the unthinkable and regained its crown in market capitalization. By 2015, Apple was, once again, valued two times more than Microsoft.

And now, eighteen years after Apple took the lead, Microsoft has taken the lead again. Everything old is new again.

As you'd expect, the change in market capitalization corresponds with the evolution and commercial success of their product portfolios. In the '90s, Microsoft took the lead based on the success of the Windows operating system. Apple regained the crown in the 2000s based on the success of the iPhone. Today, Microsoft benefits from the rise of cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service and Open Source, while Apple is trying to navigate the saturation of the smartphone market.

It's unclear if Microsoft will maintain and extend its lead. On one hand, the market trends are certainly in Microsoft's favor. On the other hand, Apple still makes a lot more money than Microsoft. I believe Apple to be slightly undervalued, and Microsoft is to be overvalued. The current valuation difference is not justified.

At the end of the day, what I find to be most interesting is how both organizations have continued to reinvent themselves. This reinvention has happened roughly every ten years. During these periods of reinvention, organizations can fall out of favor for long stretches of time. However, as both organizations prove, it pays off to reinvent yourself, and to be patient product and market builders.

Categories: Drupal

Flocon de toile | Freelance Drupal: Provide a custom mode form to entities with Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 10 December 2018 - 2:54pm
Like display modes that allow you to display an entity in multiple ways, Drupal 8 allows you to create multiple form modes that can be used on entities, whether they are users, taxonomy terms, contents or any custom entity. Let's discover here how to use these form modes, from their creation to their use to customize the input of a user's information, for example.
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Hook 42: Consuming JSON APIs in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 10 December 2018 - 2:46pm

Nowadays everyone has an API and it's fairly common to want a website you're working on to fetch data from a 3rd party API. That's because pulling 3rd party data into your website can not only enriches your website's content, but doing so can prevent the need to duplicate commonly needed data.

API provided data could include displaying weather information, going through drupal.org projects, looking through census results, or even displaying Magic the Gathering card data. In fact, every WordPress site comes with an active JSON API out of the box.

There really is an API for almost anything. It's no surprise that you'll eventually want to consume some random API while developing a Drupal website. Enough of the sales pitch, let's get started consuming JSON APIs.

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Node Access Timestamp by User

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 2:39pm

Sets and gets the timestamp a user last accessed a node.

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Search API Field Map

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 2:36pm
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Search API Federated Solr

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 2:34pm
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Zivtech: Upcoming Drupal 8 Trainings in Philadelphia

Planet Drupal - 10 December 2018 - 1:22pm

Zivtech is happy to be offering a series of public Drupal 8 trainings at our office in downtown Philadelphia in January 2019. 

Whether you consider yourself a beginner or expert Drupal developer, our training workshops have everything you need to take your Drupal skills to the next level. 

Our experience

The Zivtech team has many years of combined expertise in training and community involvement. We have traveled all over the world conducting training sessions for a diverse range of clients including, the United States Department of Justice, the Government of Canada, CERN, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University and more. 

We pride ourselves in educating others about open source, and attendees will leave our trainings with the knowledge to build custom Drupal sites, solve technical issues, make design changes, and perform security updates all on their own. We also offer private, onsite trainings that are tailored to your organization's specific needs. 

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Categories: Drupal

Ajax Lightbox

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 11:34am

The Ajax Lightbox module is devided into server and client modules. The server allows you to configure the content, date range and cookie expiration for your desired lightbox content.

The client allows you to point to an endpoint either hosted locally or remotely, and load that popup according to the settings configured on the server.

Categories: Drupal

Catch new & classic GDC talks broadcasting live on the GDC Twitch channel

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 December 2018 - 10:22am

The official Game Developers Conference Twitch channel has begun broadcasting gems from the GDC Vault of game development talks, roundtables, and postmortems, and you can tune in live now to watch! ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

RULES WEBFORM

New Drupal Modules - 10 December 2018 - 9:22am

This module provides integration of 'Rules' and 'Webform' modules for Drupal 8.
It allows site builders and administrators to get access to webform submission data from rules. Also it provides possibility of removing webform submission data from rules.

Categories: Drupal

See BioWare deconstruct the flight and movement of Anthem at GDC 2019

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 December 2018 - 8:58am

At GDC 2019 BioWare's David Hoang & Daniel Nordlander will reveal the process they used to create some of the more exotic traversal abilities players have at their disposal in Anthem: flight and swim. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Decoupled Drupal Authentication with JSON Web Tokens

Planet Drupal - 10 December 2018 - 8:41am

Although JSON Web Tokens (JWT) is a younger specification than its more well-established cousin, OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token authentication, JWT has been adopted by quite a few in the Drupal community due to its relative simplicity. In this installment, we explore JSON Web Tokens and how this authentication mechanism can benefit your decoupled Drupal architecture.

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