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Trinity, Part 4 - Spectra - by Mike Stout

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 28 June 2015 - 10:49pm
Continuing my series on how I design, I want to show how spectra relate within a choice field, and how one can view that data in different ways by opening little “windows,” or views into the field.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video (screencast): The Many Meanings of “Theme” - by Lewis Pulsipher

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 28 June 2015 - 10:49pm
I don’t use the word “theme” any more, because there are so many different meanings. These meanings are not even close to the same things. If you cannot know how your reader/listener understands a word, you can’t use it (if you want to be clear).
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Six Metrics for Better Game Narrative - by Alexander Freed

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 28 June 2015 - 10:49pm
Novelists can't get data on how long it takes someone to read a given chapter or whether anyone finishes their books. You can do much better than that. Shore up your game narrative with the magic of data!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Matt Glaman: Fixing "UpdaterException: Unable to determine the type of the source directory"

Planet Drupal - 28 June 2015 - 9:04am

I don't use the built in update functionality provided by the Update module for updating code. I like to use it for reminders and push back statistics of modules used for Drupal.org. However, someone people do use it. Sometimes this piece of functionality can fail and throw an interesting message which doesn't seem to have many answers despite the best Google-fu.

UpdaterException: Unable to determine the type of the source directory. in Updater::factory() (line 99 of ../www/includes/updater.inc).

An exception because a source directory can't be determined. Turns out that the logic before the exception throw is checking if the temporary directory containing update downloads is an actual directory.

It is looking for the following:

$directory = 'temporary://update-extraction-' . _update_manager_unique_identifier();

If you encounter this error, check your file system settings (/admin/config/media/file-system) and make sure the temporary directory is configured properly. If you're not sure what it should be, remove the entry and resave the form, populating your web server's default. Then make sure Drupal (or, rather, your webserver) has permissions to write to that temporary directory.

Categories: Drupal

Red Crackle: What is headless Drupal?

Planet Drupal - 28 June 2015 - 6:57am
Recently you must have heard of the term "headless Drupal". You may be wondering what exactly it is. How is it different than standard Drupal and how can you implement it? If these are the questions that are plaguing you, then this is the post for you.
Categories: Drupal

Font Awesome Iconpicker

New Drupal Modules - 27 June 2015 - 7:15pm

Integrates http://mjolnic.com/fontawesome-iconpicker/ with drupal. Exposing a new element and widget like text field.

Categories: Drupal

VBO Validation

New Drupal Modules - 27 June 2015 - 12:44pm

VBO Validation is a module that provides hooks to add validation between the execution of a VBO and its form or
confirmation step.

Adding validation to prevent a VBO from executing is easy when you have a form step. But without a custom form, adding a
validate function is a delicate exercise of making your module invoke last, form altering, checking for the existence of
certain form elements and actions, and then adding your validation hook.

Here is a shortcut to that process!

This module will provide you with two hooks:

Categories: Drupal

Field tokens

New Drupal Modules - 27 June 2015 - 4:50am

The Field tokens module add two additional types of field tokens; Formatted fields and field properties.

 

Formatted field tokens

Formatted Field tokens are tokens allowing one or many field values to be rendered via the default or specified field formatter.

The format is:
[PREFIX:DELTA(S):FORMATTER:FORMATTER_SETTING_KEY-FORMATTER_SETTING_VALUE:...]

(e.g. [node:field_image-formatted:0,1:image:image_style-thumbnail]).

 

Field property tokens

Field property tokens are tokens allowing access to field properties on one or many fields.

Properties are dependent on the field type.

The format is:
[PREFIX:DELTA(S):PROPERTY]

(e.g. [node:field_image-formatted:0:uri]).

 

Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon News: Announcing Community-Focused Keynotes at DrupalCon Barcelona

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 2:57pm

For a new twist on our keynotes, we are excited that our Thursday mainstage will highlight two community speakers that both have important and intersting topics that all Drupalers can benefit from hearing.  

Categories: Drupal

qed42.com: June - Drupal Monthly MeetUp

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 1:36pm

This month Pune Drupal group had more than 75 active attendees participating in Drupal Monthly Meetup. We are thankful to Cybage Software Pvt Ltd  for hosting the event on 26th June 2015 at their premises.

The basic agenda of the meetup was to launch the Pune Drupal Camp 2015 website and present the camp highlights. 

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Promet Source: Open Source's Impact on Government

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 11:01am
.GOV Websites Declare Independence from Proprietary CMS Solutions

Relying on proprietary CMS solutions in the government space would inevitably lead to disgruntled users who consistently remark on the clunky workflows, heavy reliance on technical staff to make changes and diminishing value as the platforms age and require more and more maintenance.

Categories: Drupal

Giveaways

New Drupal Modules - 26 June 2015 - 10:15am
Categories: Drupal

TimOnWeb.com: How To Force Search API To Reindex a Node / an Entity

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 9:56am

By default Search API (Drupal 7) reindexes a node when the node gets updated. But what if you want to reindex a node / an entity on demand or via some other hook i.e. outside of update cycle? Turned out it is a quite simple exercise. You just need to ...

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TimOnWeb.com: Adding a custom extra field to entity / node display

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 9:56am

I had a case recently, where I needed to add custom data to the node display and wanted this data to behave like a field, however the data itself didn't belong to a field. By "behaving like a field" I mean you can that field at node display settings and ...

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TimOnWeb.com: Replacing Menu Item Visibility module with custom "in code" solution

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 9:56am

I'm a big fan of fighting with Drupal's inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Most of these come from contrib modules. Everytime we install a contrib module we should be ready for surprises which come on board with the module.

One of the latest examples is Menu item visibility (https://drupal.org/project ...

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Categories: Drupal

TimOnWeb.com: Fixing Views' Scroll to Top When You Have a Fixed Header

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 9:56am

Drupal Views offers us a cool feature: ajaxified pagers. When you click on a pager, it changes the page without reloading the main page itself and then scrolls to the top of the view. It works great, but sometimes you may encounter a problem: if you have a fixed header ...

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Categories: Drupal

Stanford Web Services Blog: Drush "user-list" Command

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 9:05am

A simple task: list all the users on a site, optionally filtering by role or by status. Difficulty: using drush.

I had searched around a bit for this functionality and my Google-fu had failed me, so I decided to build off of work that already had been done and write a drush user-list command. (The internal monologue went something like this: "Is this a thing? It doesn't look like this is a thing. This should be a thing. Why is this not a thing? Let's make this a thing.")

Categories: Drupal

Acquia: From consumption to contribution - Drupal business in India, Part 2

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 8:46am
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Ani Gupta, Drupal Mumbai community lead, StartupNext lead, formerly at Axelerant in India, and I got the chance to continue the conversation I began with Piyush Poddar at Drupal Camp London about the changing face of IT and open source in India. Under the heading "from consumption to contribution" we talk about India's move from being perceived as being good for cheap, outsourced code to being a place rich with brands and startups in their own right and the home to much open source contribution. We also talk about old versions of Drupal, the Drupal community and its mentoring culture, open source acceptance in business and government, and more!

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Drupal Watchdog: The Farmischt Freelancer

Planet Drupal - 26 June 2015 - 7:57am
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One solicitation for a gig that I recently received was for a back-end developer. It contained the list of need-to-knows that I expected: PHP, Drupal module writing, OOP, MySQL, and so on. However, there was another list below that one, containing more technologies, with which the applicant should be “bullet-proof,” including JavaScript, jQuery, Angular, CSS, Sass, HTML5, PEAR, Apache, Linux shell-scripting, and several more. Despite the job heading, this was clearly a request for a full-stack developer.

Now, I actually can write JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, and HTML5, manage my own Linux server, and configure Apache domains, but I am far from being “bullet-proof” with these technologies. It would make little sense for someone to pay me by the hour to rip my hair out over CSS and JavaScript issues rather than using someone who is adept with them.

Is it because I’m not capable of being bullet-proof? Nope. Over the centuries I’ve written countless programs in 370 Assembler, 1130 Assembler, Mnemonic Assembler, APL, PL/1, Fortran, COBOL, Basic, SPL (the HP one), and on and on. Even Xerox 9700 form language. I was one of those people in the university comp-sci department that people hate; someone who never had to study. Don’t misunderstand. It wasn’t a matter of being better, necessarily, but that my thought process is the jelly to programming logic’s peanut butter. I have known many developers who could code circles around me, but I also have a wealth of experience combining the ability to internalize a client’s business issue and visualizing a solution for crafting it. So, if I think that it’s not simply a matter of aptitude, then what is it?

I have a bit in common with Steve Jobs. Huh? Yeah, really. We both grew up about the same time, were exposed to early computing at a young age, had our first programming experiences via timeshare teletype terminals and early CPU’s with toggle switches, were completely seduced by how software improved and fulfilled our thought process, and we both had part of our foundation poured at Hewlett-Packard.

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