Posts Tagged:drupal community

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.


Experience Express in Darmstadt: Celebrating Drupal 8's Most Important Release Yet

Though there was no DrupalCon Europe this year, the European Drupal community stepped up and organized their own conference, Drupal Europe, in Darmstadt, Germany last month. An incredibly successful gathering held in the Darmstadtium venue, a beautiful convention center in the center of this college town, Drupal Europe demonstrated the unique power that grassroots initiatives can have in our open-source community. Drupal Europe came at a particularly important time in the Drupal community as we welcomed the latest and most important release in Drupal 8’s history, with exciting new features such as embedded media support (such as YouTube videos), support for file uploads via REST, and substantial improvements in many other areas. At the same time, as Dries Buytaert said during his keynote, it is now time for the community to begin considering how Drupal 9, which will be released in 2020, will look. Because it was an intensely busy…

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Finally! There's a Roadmap for Drupal 7, 8, and 9

Let me give credit where credit is due. The Drupal community is really getting organized in 2018. In years gone by, Drupal has succeeded despite not having a clear direction. Everything was done in a stereotypically “open source” way with loose roadmaps and vague planning. The apex of this was the development of Drupal 8 which dragged on for over 5 years. This disorganizaton continued even after the release of Drupal 8. Early last year, I wrote a post “When is Drupal 7 End-of-Life?” Unfortunately, no-one knew the answer. The deeper I looked, the more messy and confusing Drupal’s plans became. The release cycles for Drupal 7, 8 and 9 were all vague and undefined. Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Who sponsors Drupal development? (2017-2018 edition)

For the past two years, I’ve examined Drupal.org’s commit data to understand who develops Drupal, how much of that work is sponsored, and where that sponsorship comes from. I have now reported on this data for three years in a row, which means I can start to better compare year-over-year data. Understanding how an open-source project works is important because it establishes a benchmark for project health and scalability. I would also recommend taking a look at the 2016 report or the 2017 report. Each report looks at data collected in the 12-month period between July 1st and June 30th. This year’s report affirms that Drupal has a large and diverse community of contributors. In the 12-month period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, 7,287 different individuals and 1,002 different organizations contributed code to Drupal.org. This include contributions to Drupal core and all contributed projects on Drupal.org. In…

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Drupal Europe, Not DrupalCon Europe

Mike and Matt are joined by Joe Shindelar from Drupalize.Me and Baddý Breidert one of the organizers of Drupal Europe, a huge conference that’s being billed as “A family reunion for the Drupal community.” Drupal Europe is put on by a huge group of community volunteers in collaboration with the German Drupal Association. Source: https://www.lullabot.com

Farewell Megan, but not goodbye

As you might have read on the Drupal Association blog, Megan Sanicki, the Executive Director of the Drupal Association, has decided to move on. Megan has been part of the Drupal Association for almost 8 years. She began as our very first employee responsible for DrupalCon Chicago sponsorship sales in 2011, and progressed to be our Executive Director, in charge of the Drupal Association. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in those years. When Megan started, the Drupal Association had little to no funding. During her tenure, the Drupal Association grew from one full-time employee to the 17 full-time employees, and from $1.8 million in annual revenues to $4 million today. We have matured into a nonprofit that can support and promote the mission of the Drupal project. Megan led the way. She helped grow, mature and professionalize every aspect of the Drupal Association. The last two years…

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Drupal-in-a-day training

Start:  2018-09-01 10:00 – 16:00 Asia/Kolkata Organizers:  biswajeetparida nishantkumar155 Girish-jerk Event type:  Training (free or commercial) We, at Valuebound, are excited to conduct a free “Drupal-in-a-day” training session on 1st September 2018, Saturday. The session is an initiative of Drupal Association to introduce beginners to the world of open source platform. Learn and design your own live Drupal website. The session will be presented by our Drupal 8 expert practitioners and senior Drupal consultants, having years of experience in delivering successful projects. The session will help you in understanding the ways CMS can help you building your career. Difficulty level: Introductory Duration: 1 Day Proposed Session Drupal-in-a-day will comprises of various sessions that span over the different stages of developing a full-fledged live Drupal Website. The session will focus on teaching the main features and concepts of Drupal with live practice sessions, terminologies associated with it and developing custom modules.…

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Drupal Global Training Days #7 Omsk, Russia

Start:  2018-09-08 10:00 – 2018-09-09 16:00 Asia/Omsk Organizers:  adcillc paych Event type:  Training (free or commercial) https://drupal-omsk.timepad.ru/event/manage/787380/ Drupal Global Training Days is a great opportunity for newcomers to learn about web development. We know Drupal and now we want to share our knowledge. The next meeting will be held on September, 8-9. The first day of the event includes a rich theoretical agenda. And for those who want to try something new for them, we made a practical part on the second day. At the free GTD sessions we will talk about: stages of a project; how to communicate within your team and with clients; front end and back end in Drupal; sites and modules development; Drupal community and its benefits. Welcome to GTD if you are: a student with programming major; a developer who want to try other technologies; somebody who just wants to code. See you at Global…

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A Dozen Reasons Why You Should Attend DrupalEurope in Darmstadt, Germany this September

DrupalEurope, which will be happening from September 10 through 14, 2018 in Darmstadt, Germany, describes itself as “both a technology conference and a family reunion for the Drupal community.” 1600+ attendees are expected. The buzz around this event has been unusually high, especially in the greater Acquia metaverse, for 12 reasons. Here they are: 1. Drupal Europe is put on by a group of community volunteers in collaboration with the German Drupal Association and the Drupal Europe Foundation. The fact that this is an 100% community-spun, DrupalCon-scale event is amazing, and shows how the community in Europe is committed to support it on its own. One of those community organizers, btw, is Acquian Gábor Hojtsy. Another Acquian volunteer is Ricardo Amaro, who is chairing the DevOps + Infrastructure track. A big bunch of Acquians are speaking, but we’ll get to them later in this post. 2. But first, back to…

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Platform Engineer – Pantheon – Seattle, WA

Fun at WordPress and Drupal community events. In addition,Pantheon’s Engineering team contributes to many Open Source projects, including Fedora, Systemd, Sensu…From Pantheon – Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:36:45 GMT – View all Seattle, WA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Drupal4Gov Webinar Series: ​​HAX

Start:  2018-07-19 15:00 – 16:00 America/New_York Organizers:  jdearie Event type:  Training (free or commercial) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drupal4gov-webinar-series-hax-registration-… HAX the web is a headless authoring solution being developed by Penn State built on one question: Why can’t all platforms have the same authoring experience (AX)? We decided that in order to build the best AX for Drupal we needed to NOT build it just for Drupal. Learn about how you can leverage HAX in your (deep breath) Drupal 6, Drupal 7, Drupal 8, GravCMS, Desktop apps, BackdropCMS sites and more! Learn how and what you can build when we all work together across ecosystems on the front-end using a technology called Web components. Bryan Ollendyke (btopro) is the HAX project lead and will be demonstrating HAX, talking about it’s capabilities and how to extend it, what you can do to use it in your projects and how and why web components should be…

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How Drupal continues to evolve towards an API-first platform

It’s been 12 months since my last progress report on Drupal core’s API-first initiative. Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of important progress, so I wanted to provide another update. Two and a half years ago, we shipped Drupal 8.0 with a built-in REST API. It marked the start of Drupal’s evolution to an API-first platform. Since then, each of the five new releases of Drupal 8 introduced significant web service API improvements. While I was an early advocate for adding web services to Drupal 8 five years ago, I’m even more certain about it today. Important market trends endorse this strategy, including integration with other technology solutions, the proliferation of new devices and digital channels, the growing adoption of JavaScript frameworks, and more. In fact, I believe that this functionality is so crucial to the success of Drupal, that for several years now, Acquia has sponsored one…

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Kevin Thull's unique contribution to Drupal

If you’ve ever watched a Drupal Camp video to learn a new Drupal skill, technique or hack, you most likely have Kevin Thull to thank. To date, Kevin has traveled to more than 30 Drupal Camps, recorded more than 1,000 presentations, and has shared them all on YouTube for thousands of people to watch. By recording and posting hundreds of Drupal Camp presentations online, Kevin has has spread knowledge, awareness and a broader understanding of the Drupal project. I recently attended a conference in Chicago, Kevin’s hometown. I had the chance to meet with him, and to learn more about the evolution of his Drupal contributions. I was struck by his story, and decided to write it up on my blog, as I believe it could inspire others around the world. Kevin began recording sessions during the first community events he helped organize: DrupalCamp Fox Valley in 2013 and MidCamp…

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Experience Express in Lisbon: Forging the Future of Drupal Architectures and Initiatives at Drupal Developer Days

In Lisbon, steep slopes and sweeping vistas towering over placid waters and crowded ports characterize the topography of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This year, the Portuguese capital played host to Drupal Developer Days, possibly the most important event for developers specializing in Drupal. Held at the University Institute of Lisbon, it was a conference not to be missed, with innumerable insights from Drupal core contributors and maintainers. As the summer reaches its peak and beachgoers throng the seaside, the Experience Express stopped in this beach-filled city to sit and sprint with developers as they improve Drupal on many different fronts. In this blog post, we take a tour through some of the most compelling talks, covering topics like decoupled Drupal, progress in core initiatives, and dynamic migrations. Should Drupal 9 be decoupled by design? I joined forces with Lauri Eskola (Senior Front-end Developer at Acquia) to…

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Experience Express in Utrecht: Conversational Design and Modern Front-end Approaches at Frontend United

With a uniquely diverse community of designers, developers, and everyone in between, Frontend United is one of the conferences I find I enjoy more and more each time I attend. My previous time at this wonderful Drupal-adjacent conference was in Ghent, where I gave a session about the promise (and perils) of decoupled Drupal. This time, in Utrecht, a wide range of designer- and developer-oriented content greeted attendees both within and well outside the Drupal universe. This time on the Experience Express, we call briefly in Utrecht to discover some new best practices in conversational design, tinker around with browser-based debugging tools, and listen in on Drupal’s project lead Dries Buytaert and his plans for JavaScript in Drupal core. A little more conversation … and design On Friday at Frontend United, I had the opportunity and privilege of presenting a session about conversational interfaces entitled “Talk over text: Conversational design…

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Why large organizations are choosing to contribute to Drupal

During my DrupalCon Nashville keynote, I shared a brief video of Mike Lamb, the Senior Director of Architecture, Engineering & Development at Pfizer. Today, I wanted to share an extended version of my interview with Mike, where he explains why the development team at Pfizer has ingrained Open Source contribution into the way they work. Mike had some really interesting and important things to share, including: Why Pfizer has chosen to standardize all of its sites on Drupal (from 0:00 to 03:19). Proprietary software isn’t a match. Why Pfizer only works with agencies and vendors that contribute back to Drupal (from 03:19 to 06:25). Yes, you read that correctly; Pfizer requires that its agency partners contribute to Open Source! Why Pfizer doesn’t fork Drupal modules (from 06:25 to 07:27). It’s all about security. Why Pfizer decided to contribute to the Drupal 8’s Workflow Initiative, and what they have learned from…

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Design 4 Drupal: The future of JavaScript in Drupal

Today, I gave a keynote presentation at the 10th annual Design 4 Drupal conference at MIT. I talked about the past, present and future of JavaScript, and how this evolution reinforces Drupal’s commitment to be API-first, not API-only. I also included behind-the-scene insights into the Drupal community’s administration UI and JavaScript modernization initiative, and why this approach presents an exciting future for JavaScript in Drupal. If you are interested in viewing my keynote, you can download a copy of my slides (256 MB). Thank you to Design 4 Drupal for having me and happy 10th anniversary! Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Experience Express in Alicante: Analytics, Security, and Horizons at DrupalCamp Spain

Atop the Castle of Saint Barbara in Alicante, time sometimes seems to slow down, and words that once held grand meaning seem inadequate. I had a similar feeling both during and on the heels of DrupalCamp Spain, organized by the Spanish Drupal Association and held this year at Las Cigarreras cultural center in a seaside city that is one of the crown jewels of not only the Valencian Community but also of Spain. The Spanish Drupal community welcomed Acquia with open arms, broad smiles, and mistela in ample supply. At the same time, local communities around Europe are witnessing a surge in activity in preparation for Drupal Europe, the volunteer-led event to be held in Darmstadt in September, and the enthusiasm was palpable throughout the event. Like the feeling of suspended time at the summit of Alicante’s beautiful castle, there were instances at Las Cigarreras where things seemed to come…

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Working together to promote Drupal

The Drupal community has done an amazing job organizing thousands of developers around the world. We’ve built collaboration tools and engineering processes to streamline how our community of developers work together to collectively build Drupal. This collaboration has led to amazing results. Today, more than 1 in 40 of the top one million websites use Drupal. It’s inspiring to see how many organizations depend on Drupal to deliver their missions. What is equally incredible is that historically, we haven’t collaborated around the marketing of Drupal. Different organizations have marketed Drupal in their own way without central coordination or collaboration. In my DrupalCon Nashville keynote, I shared that it’s time to make a serious and focused effort to amplify Drupal success stories in the marketplace. Imagine what could happen if we enabled hundreds of marketers to collaborate on the promotion of Drupal, much like we have enabled thousands of developers to…

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Increasing Drupal contributions from underrepresented groups

For the past two years, I’ve published the Who sponsors Drupal development report. The primary goal of the report is to share contribution data to encourage more individuals and organizations to contribute code to Drupal on Drupal.org. However, the report also highlights areas where our community can and should do better. In 2017, the reported data showed that only 6 percent of recorded code contributions were made by contributors that identify as female. After a conversation in the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Slack channel about the report, it became clear that many people were concerned about this discrepancy. Inspired by this conversation, Tara King started the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team to understand how the Drupal community could better include women and underrepresented groups to increase code and community contributions. I recently spoke with Tara to learn more about the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team. I quickly discovered…

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