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New Drupal Modules - 31 January 2016 - 3:39am

Opt It Mobile is industry leading text message marketing application to engage, build brand awareness and create a direct dialogue with your customers. Thousands are growing their businesses by utilizing the power of permission based text message marketing.

This Drupal module integrates with Opt It Mobile API and provides membership management and messaging UI as well as PHP API.


Development of the module is supported by Opt It, Inc.

Categories: Drupal

ARREA-Systems: Create list view in custom module (part 3)

Planet Drupal - 30 January 2016 - 5:51pm
Create list view in custom module (part 3) JK Sun, 01/31/2016 - 09:51

In previous articles (here and here), we have seen a method to aad custom views and data in MyModule.

With Drupal 8 there is a very easy and practical way to add this custom view as a configuration that will be installed with the module.

1) extract the configuration data

Navigate to "/admin/config/development/configuration/single/export".

On this page, select configuration type 'view' and configuration name 'My module list' that was created earlier.



2) create configuration install file

You will obtain from the above export a list of configuration data that you can copy and paste into a file called for instance "views.view.mymodule-list.yml";

Simply place this file into the install folder :

Categories: Drupal

DrupalEasy: DrupalEasy Podcast 168 - Spooning with a Fork (Jen Lampton, Nate Haug - Backdrop Update)

Planet Drupal - 30 January 2016 - 4:44pm
Download Podcast 168

Drupal fork Backdrop co-founders Jen Lampton (jenlampton) and Nate Haug (quicksketch) joined Mike, Anna, and Ted to discuss the current state of Backdrop, its (surprising) relations with the Drupal community, Drupal 8, as well as some current Drupal news and our picks of the week!

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Jay How To Customize The Fivestar Module

Planet Drupal - 30 January 2016 - 1:37pm

* Blue: The code from a Stack Exchange developer that saved my life and got the ball rolling for everything else.
* Green: My own comments for the purpose of this blog post.
* Orange: Additional edits made by me.
* Pink: Code that was deleted by me.
* Yellow: Code that was copied and pasted by me.

When using the Fivestar module (version 7.x-2.1), I can show the result in three ways:

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Categories: Drupal

Wuinfo: Spam Defense Network

Planet Drupal - 30 January 2016 - 1:22pm

Spam is a big headache for many website owners. Using the Drupal impression module, I saw the relentlessness of the spammer bots. Every day, for a single site, I got thousands of hit from URLs like "/?q=user/register" and "/?q=node/add". I have someone commented on my LinkedIn update of my blog post Is there more computer bots than us?. She is "on the verge of giving up on Drupal after being unable to solve this problem". How do we address this issue and solve the problem? I know this is not the issue for one CMS like Drupal, but, it provides some mandate for us to do something. Build something for Drupal and usable by other CMS like Wordpress and Joomla.

I have a bold idea of blocking spam efficiently without taking a toll on the performance of every website. Let's set up a websites spam defence network. A network based on a global spam IP database. Each website is a node of the defence network. It provides spamming IP query as a web service.

The idea is to have a distributed but well-controlled spam IP servers. All participated website acting as a node in the network and capture spamming IP and report it. Web sites are connected and talk to each other and form a defendant line in front of spammers. The network will quarantine the spammer IP for 45 minutes or more depending on how active the spamming activity. The IP will get off the list after the quarantine time ended.

Web sites that join the network will have faster responding website by freeing up the resource taken by spamming activity. We will have a cleaner internet by eliminating the fake users, spamming comments and contents.

Technical wise, we use the open source solution. We can build distributed spam IP database like git repository. We use composer repository, so, all PHP based CMS websites can easily join the network.

Categories: Drupal


New Drupal Modules - 30 January 2016 - 9:27am

The module allows you to make an internal sub-request and display the response in a block.

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Another Drop in the Drupal Sea: Drupal Chat: What About Drupal 8?

Planet Drupal - 30 January 2016 - 9:17am

Drupal 8 was released just over two months ago. Is it time yet for you to start using it on your production sites?

You'll need to consider the state of the modules you typically use to build your sites, the state of the themes you typically use to build your sites, the nature of the site, the budget for the site and your own skill set.

There are, without a doubt, sites that are being launched on Drupal 8 already. And, at the same time there is this:

So, there is obviously still work to be done.

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ThinkDrop Consulting: OpenDevShop at DrupalCamp NJ 2016 and the Global Sprint Weekend!

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 7:26pm

In a few hours, I'll be heading to Princeton University for my fourth DrupalCamp New Jersey.

This camp holds a special place in my heart because it was the first place that I spoke about OpenDevShop in public.

DrupalCamp NJ brought me out of my lonely freelancer shell and into the larger Drupal community. 

2013: Beginnings of a Community

For DrupalCamp NJ 2013, we sponsored, and I held two BoFs, on Aegir & DevShop. A very small number of people attended, both of which are now good friends! Back then, I called it "DevShop: the Drupal Environment Manager". It took a long time to figure out how to even describe the thing.

Looking back, it was a critical moment. Getting out there and bragging about my own project was not something I was used to. It was the small beginning of a long tradition of listening to what people thought, keep track of the good but more importantly, the bad things about the product. By listening, we've been able to focus on what matters most for our users.

2014: "Drupal Infrastructure in a Box"

The next year, for DrupalCamp NJ 2014, the organizers were nice enough to accept my session proposal. The room was huge, and I really didn't expect such a large turnout. The feedback this year was incredible.

2015: Turn key Testing

For DrupalCamp 2015, the organizers were gracious enough to select my session again. This time I focused on the new Testing features I added to OpenDevShop. 

It was at this camp that we unveiled the ability of OpenDevShop to run Behat and other tests automatically, every time you push code.  

I was able to demo how a new Pull Request on GitHub can automatically spin up a new environment and test it.

It was such a great session, we got such great feedback, that we devoted all of our efforts into polishing and enhancing the testing. It became really clear at this DrupalCamp NJ that everyone wants to get better at testing.

Our goal with OpenDevShop became to make writing and running tests as easy as possible.


This year, we won't be holding a session, or a BoF. This year, we will be hunkered down in the Coding Lounge, working hard on upgrading OpenDevShop to be able to host and test Drupal 8. We plan on releasing an Alpha by Sunday.

Mentoring & Collaboration

On Sunday, we are staying all day for the Mentoring & Collaboration day at the FFW offices.

I've been working hard to make OpenDevShop easier to contribute to, and helping others join the community. We are going to be online and working together to improve our own tests, development environments and documentation all weekend long.

Please join us in our chat room at and in the issue queue at

Global Sprint Weekend

This year, the Camp lines up with the Global Sprint Weekend organized by the Drupal Association. People all over the world are coming together in person and online to work together on Drupal and Open Source.

We are doing the same with OpenDevShop. Come online or in person at your local Global Sprint Weekend meetup and we will help get you setup to contribute to development!

This should be an amazing weekend. Drupal and OpenDevShop are hitting some serious momentum with Drupal 8. We're really looking forward to working with our new contributors, and pusing out DevShop 1.0!


For more information about OpenDevShop, visit

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OSTraining: Backup and Restore a Drupal 8 Site

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 6:03pm

Drupal 8 is here and ready to use right now.

However, not all of the contributed modules are available yet. That includes Backup and Migrate which was the most popular way to backup and restore Drupal 7 sites.

These four videos, sponsored by the excellent team at InMotion Hosting, offer a backup and restore solution that you can use with Drupal 8 today.

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Facebook moves to shut down its Parse developer platform

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 29 January 2016 - 4:09pm

Facebook's Parse developer platform is shutting down because, according to a blog post published by Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker, "we need to focus our resources elsewhere." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Promet Source: How to Integrate Association Management Systems with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 1:17pm

Association websites should be built to handle everything from membership drives to billing activities. Having a website by itself isn't enough; associations also need robust member management databases running behind their websites. There are many vendors who specialize in products that meet this need. These products are commonly referred to as an Association Management System (AMS) and it's rare to find a large organization that doesn't use one.

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Drupal core announcements: Help finalizing Migrate at the Global Sprint Weekend

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 1:12pm

The Migrate team would like to finish up the Migrate subsystem for next month's release of Drupal 8.1.0. They've collected a number of issues for the upcoming global sprint weekend:

Global Sprint Weekend Migrate Issues

There are issues available for all levels of expertise. If you need help, the Migrate maintainers are in #drupal-migrate on as usual and are happy to answer questions.

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Video: Designing games for infinite play

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 29 January 2016 - 12:33pm

At GDC 2015 Richard Lemarchand hops onstage to deliver a talk that investigates the game design potential of 'open play' -- play that does not necessarily result in an outcome of victory or defeat.  ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

ImageX Media: Can These "Under the Radar" Keyword Tools Help You Optimize Your Content Marketing Strategy? We’ll Help You Find Out.

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 11:02am


Thanks to new innovations in the search engine optimization space, there’s more tools than ever before. This article explores 5 powerful keyword research tools that might not even be on your competitors’ radar yet.

Categories: Drupal

Ubisoft is GREAT - by Jean-Francois Gagne Blogs - 29 January 2016 - 9:05am
Jean-François Gagné, ex-Ubisoft Senior/Lead Level designer talks about the good side of the company to show the other side of the medal. It's rare that we can read stuff about the good side of the industry.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

GDC 2016: Audio wizards share learnings in the Audio Bootcamp

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 29 January 2016 - 9:02am

GDC 2016 organizers are offering an early look at the informative and intriguing sessions taking place during the Audio Bootcamp that helps open the March conference. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

InternetDevels: Reasons to Upgrade Your Site From Drupal 6 to Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 7:05am

We had a discussion in one of our previous blogs that Drupal 6 is “dead”,
however if you’re a site owner and still not sure whether you need Drupal 7,
we’ve prepared this article specifically for you.

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Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 29 January 2016 - 6:16am
In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays. Researchers demonstrated this irony by playing motion-heavy videos for study participants through the Oculus Rift. Nearly two-thirds of the study subjects quit watching the videos early, overcome by nausea.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Maintainer's Toolbox: git blame

Planet Drupal - 29 January 2016 - 6:04am
Jess (xjm)

This blog post is part of a series on everyday tools and strategies for code review, drawn from Drupal contribution experiences. xjm is a Drupal 8 core maintainer and release manager.

If you have spent much time developing software with others, you've probably asked yourself some of these questions at one time or another:

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Categories: Drupal

How to Form Your Student Development Team Pt. 1 Marketing Strategy - by Jonah Sanville Blogs - 29 January 2016 - 1:32am
If you're a student interested in learning how to recruit the hidden gems of talent at your school, give this article a read.
Categories: Game Theory & Design
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