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rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Writing Smarter Animation Code

If you’ve ever coded an animation that’s longer than 10 seconds with dozens or even hundreds of choreographed elements, you know how challenging it can be to avoid the dreaded “wall of code”. Worse yet, editing an animation that was built by someone else (or even yourself 2 months ago) can be nightmarish. In these videos, I’ll show you the techniques that the pros use keep their code clean, manageable, and easy to revise. Scripted animation provides you the opportunity to create animations that are incredibly dynamic and flexible. My goal is for you to have fun without getting bogged down by the process. We’ll be using GSAP for all the animation. If you haven’t used it yet, you’ll quickly see why it’s so popular – the workflow benefits are substantial. See the Pen SVG Wars: May the morph be with you. (Craig Roblewsky) on CodePen. The demo above from…

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Making Interactive Art

This summer, we built an interactive art installation in the middle of a college campus — a journey designing, manufacturing, and installing Abilene Christian University’s Lightwalk. Now that it’s complete, and since the opportunity came by way of sharing knowledge, I thought I would do the same here and pause to reflect on our process and lessons learned along the way. Vision The vision for the Lightwalk installation at Abilene was nearly two years in the making when we first had a conversation with their team. In that time, a good amount of consideration had already been given to various aspects of the installation, including a concerted effort from Abilene to prototype their vision and actually bury it in the ground. We knew the installation would be located below-grade on the East side of a jagged concrete path and consist of many “reeds” or light poles that would illuminate. The…

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9 Ways to Avoid SEO Disaster During an E-Commerce Platform Migration by @DholakiyaPratik

Do these nine things if you want to maintain visibility in the search results during an e-commerce platform migration.The post 9 Ways to Avoid SEO Disaster During an E-Commerce Platform Migration by @DholakiyaPratik appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Continuous Integration Testing with Acquia Cloud CD

In my role as a Solutions Architect at Acquia, it’s exciting for me to be working with a growing number of customers who are moving from agile development processes to Continuous Integration (CI) and even Continuous Delivery (CD) processes. Acquia Cloud CD provides the platform to enable this migration, however customers often ask us for best practices on their journey to a fully automated Continuous Delivery/Deployment model. One area that is frequently discussed is the best approach to create database instances for testing. One key to an effective continuous integration workflow is to minimize the build and test time for every push to a repo or pull request. It’s also important to execute your automated tests, whether they are unit or functional tests, on a recent snapshot of your production database. Since large databases can take several hours to load you will want to prune your data to be as…

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Managing Databases for Testing in a Continuous Integration Environment with Acquia Cloud CD

In my role as a Solutions Architect at Acquia, it’s exciting for me to be working with a growing number of customers who are moving from agile development processes to Continuous Integration (CI) and even Continuous Delivery (CD) processes. Acquia Cloud CD provides the platform to enable this migration, however customers often ask us for best practices on their journey to a fully automated Continuous Delivery/Deployment model. One area that is frequently discussed is the best approach to create database instances for testing. One key to an effective continuous integration workflow is to minimize the build and test time for every push to a repo or pull request. It’s also important to execute your automated tests, whether they are unit or functional tests, on a recent snapshot of your production database. Since large databases can take several hours to load you will want to prune your data to be as…

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Drupal Commerce 2.0 Wisdom from Acro Media

If you’ve been following the Acro Media blog, you probably know that the digital agency (and Acquia partner), based in Kelowna, BC, Canada, has a special interest in Drupal Commerce. So with the recent launch of Drupal Commerce 2.0, it made sense to check in with them. After all, Arco team are core maintainers for modules such as Commerce Migrate, Commerce POS, and a host of others. Leading up to the 2.0 release of Drupal Commerce, Arco had 20 team members contributing a total of 60 contrib credits. In the past 3 months, they’ve been credited on over 270 issues. They’ve also been publishing content steady. Their aim seems to be to not only to get the word out about 2.0, but to help educate other developers, agencies and current and potential customers. So here, all in one place, a collection of Arco Drupal Commerce Knowledge. Migrating Drupal Commerce 1…

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The Little Schemer Will Expand/Blow Your Mind

I thought I’d take a break from the usual web dev content we post here to tell you about my favorite technical book, The Little Schemer, by Daniel P. Friedman and Matthias Felleisen: why you should read it, how you should read it, and a couple tools to help you on your journey. Why read The Little Schemer It teaches you recursion. At its core, TLS is a book about recursion — functions that call themselves with modified versions of their inputs in order to obtain a result. If you’re a working developer, you’ve probably worked with recursive functions if you’ve (for example) modified a deeply-nested JSON structure. TLS starts as a gentle introduction to these concepts, but things quickly get out of hand. It teaches you functional programming. Again, if you program in a language like Ruby or JavaScript, you write your fair share of anonymous functions (or lambdas…

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Drupal Platform & App Support Lead position is open

Collegeville, PA, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

Node.js and Headless Drupal on Acquia Cloud

The press release went out this morning with the headline, Acquia Debuts Node.js and Headless Drupal on Acquia Cloud. The subhed: “Company Expands Upon Drupal Cloud Solutions for Web and Flexible Content Applications.” The news: Acquia today unveiled a new application service for Acquia Cloud that makes it easy for digital IT teams to build and run JavaScript alongside Drupal. Acquia Cloud now supports the use of Node.js in addition to Drupal. The Dries quote: “Decoupled applications using JavaScript front ends are on the rise. They’re making it possible to create experiences with responsive, elegant, application-like behavior. To help our customers build such digital experiences with headless Drupal, we added Node.js support to Acquia Cloud.” Why it’s important: Developers will now be able to leverage tools enabling continuous delivery and integration across Node.js and Drupal from one user interface. IT professionals benefit from one secure, compliant cloud for Drupal, decoupled Drupal,…

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React + Dataviz

There is a natural connection between Data Visualization (dataviz) and SVG. SVG is a graphics format based on geometry and geometry is exactly what is needed to visually display data in compelling and accurate ways. SVG has got the “visualization” part, but SVG is more declarative than programmatic. To write code that digests data and turns it into SVG visualizations, that’s well suited for JavaScript. Typically, that means D3.js (“Data-Driven Documents”), which is great at pairing data and SVG. You know what else is good at dealing with data? React. The data that powers dataviz is commonly JSON, and “state” in React is JSON. Feed that JSON data to React component as state, and it will have access to all of it as it renders, and notably, will re-render when that state changes. React + D3 + SVG = Pretty good for dataviz I think that idea has been in…

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​Deliver exceptional customer experiences in your product

(This is a sponsored post.)Pendo delivers the only complete platform for Product Teams that helps companies create great products. The Pendo Product Experience Platform enables Product Teams to understand product usage, collect user feedback, measure NPS, assist users in their apps and promote new features in product – all without requiring any engineering resources. This unique combination of capabilities is all built on a common infrastructure of product data and results in improved customer satisfaction, reduced churn, and increased revenue. Pendo is the proven choice of innovative product leaders at Salesforce, Proofpoint, Optimizely, Citrix, BMC and many more leading companies. Request a demo of Pendo today. Direct Link to Article — Permalink ​Deliver exceptional customer experiences in your product is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

The Complete Guide to Creating Instagram Ads on Facebook

Instagram has over 7 million monthly active users now. And that number continues to grow every single month. Instagram is the place to be when it comes to visual content. Advertising on Facebook is great. But when you want to focus heavily on the visual aspects, Instagram should be your go-to platform. How do you even Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Cloud Storage as a CDN Option

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily If you have a slow site, probably on shared server that receives a lot of traffic, you may be able to speed things up a bit by hosting some of your content on a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Unfortunately traditional CDN is often priced out of reach for a small business website, but the good news is there is a way to set up cloud storage drives to act as your own personal CDN systems. In this article we’ll discover some methods for doing that. Cloud storage CDN emulation vs pure CDN The main difference is cost and volume. Pure CDN usually works out cheaper for high traffic volumes and more expensive for low traffic volumes. Because a typical small business isn’t likely to see the kind of traffic that would make pure CDN worth it, emulating CDN functionality with cloud…

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Revisiting our Fantasy Football Exploration

In 2015 Viget launched one of our most popular explorations around the future of fantasy football. As avid fans and players, we were interested in exploring the intersection of three of our biggest passions: technology, experience design, and sports. Our goal was to consider improvements to the fantasy football interfaces as well as concepts to push the fantasy experience beyond the screen. Through our research we specifically focused on designs for a more immersive draft experience, enhanced league communications, and better access to more statistical analysis. Two years has passed and the fantasy landscape is still booming with no signs of slowing down. As we start our 6th season of fantasy football at Viget we decided to dust off the ole exploration from the trophy shelf and see whether or not our ideas still hold water—or gatorade—or, well, you get the point. Looking back, what began as a “wouldn’t it…

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Boston Drupal Meetup Considers Distributions

The topic was “Distributions” at the September Boston Drupal Meetup, which was held at Acquia HQ in downtown Boston, and attendees were treated to an unusually comprehensive session. That’s because Drupal Project Lead Dries Buytaert kicked off the meeting by going waaay back, to the very first Drupal “distro.” To back up a bit, a distribution is a combination of Drupal core + modules + configuration + documentation — all bundled up and optimized for a particular purpose or group of users. And the very first distro, according to Dries: DeanSpace, the campaign management system used by Howard Dean during his brief, but notable, campaign for President of the United States in 2004. At the time, Drupal was relatively unknown, and DeanSpace gave the platform a boost. Ever since, Dries said, he’s been bullish about distributions: they help Drupal get into new places, and they reduce the burden of selecting…

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The Ultimate Guide to Live Video (on Every Social Platform)

While it’s no secret that video has been dominating marketing for several years, there’s no doubt that 2016 and 2017 have been the years of live video. It feels like every other day I’m getting a notification that someone I know is going live on some platform, and we’re getting frequent updates to both Instagram’s Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

On Achieving Sustainable Income

I’m experimenting with Patreon (and it’s pronounced “patron” for those that didn’t know…) for my brother’s growing cryptocurrency community and I find their model (and their tooling) to be very good. I also particularly like their mission which is simple, digestible, and easy to understand (but also really exciting and measurable): Help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. This is exactly what we’re trying to do and it’s exactly why we decided to investigate the platform and system to see if what they had created was worth the time and investment to put together. The world is changing and the opportunity for independent creators to live sustainably is bigger and more possible than it has ever been. Technology like Patreon appears to be leading the way and I’m excited to dive into the system and put it to good use (also their API as well…). There’s something inside all of…

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Quality Manager – SAP HANA Platform Job position is open

San Ramon, CA, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

Top 5 Trends in The Tech Industry’s Customer Community Engagement (WEBINAR)

Last week Phase2 and Acquia joined forces to host a webinar on optimizing online community engagement with the latest community support site trends in the tech industry. Today’s software customers demand seamless, helpful, and empathetic interactions with customer support. If a user has a negative experience with your support platform, they’ll remember it (and tell all of their friends about it!), ultimately damaging your brand reputation and impeding your customer  acquisition and retention goals. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

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