Getting a new regional Drupalcamp up and running appears daunting at first, but the support of the Drupal Community helps provide a giant head start. While helping the Louisiana Drupal Users Group organize the first Drupalcamp New Orleans planned for Saturday, March 29, I've discovered a variety of helpful services to cover the basic needs for the event.Fiscal Sponsorship from the Drupal Association
The Drupal Association is an organization dedicated to helping the open-source Drupal CMS project flourish. The DA helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.
Jeff Eaton and Misty Weaver discuss the thrills of content inventories and audits, creative ways to stay on top of a growing web site, and more.
As the first beta of Drupal 8 approaches, we now have the opportunity to reflect and start thinking about the future of Drupal core. If you have contributed to Drupal core and have ideas on what we've done, what we could be doing better, or what we should do in the future, please consider submitting a Core Conversation!
The Core Conversation track team would like to encourage submissions for any topic you are passionate about in Drupal core, but here are some topics that we would be particularly interested in seeing:
In this post, I continue my series on how to override Open Framework's default styles to get a more custom look-and-feel on your site. Last time we looked at how to override the main menu styles. Today, we'll look at how to customize your typography.
As a site building track organizer for DrupalCon Austin this year, Im really excited about the great submissions we’ve received so far. DrupalCon Austin is shaping up to be a fantastic event and the site building track will have some great content and insight for all levels of site builders. While DrupalCon Austin is a few months away, the session submission deadline is the end of this week (March 7th)! But never fear, you still have a week to submit your amazing site building session, so let me give you some hints about what kind of sessions we’re looking for.This year for the site building track, we are looking for creative sessions about how people build sites with Drupal, but even more than that, we are looking for three other related topics that haven’t been covered in the past.Drupal 8
First we want to showcase sessions that discuss how Drupal 8 will effect Drupal site building. Drupal 8 will be a central topic throughout the camp, and I think Drupal 8 discussions surrounding the site building track will be especially engaging and insightful. We want to pick from sessions that dig into the features of Drupal 8 core and how these features might help site builders bring sites to life.Multi-Site Platform Builds
We’re seeing Drupal adopted by larger and larger enterprise organizations. With this adoption, the conversation is shifting from how to build out a Drupal site, to how to build out a multi-site Drupal platform. We are looking for sessions that highlight this new class of site building in Drupal, in which platforms are developed and used by site builders to create multiple sites from 10 to more than 100.Content Strategy And Configuration
Finally, we are looking for sessions about integrating content strategy into Drupal site building. This last topic is really valuable, we want to find sessions that will explore how strategy effects site configuration and how conversions or limits in Drupal effect content strategy.We’re looking for the Glue.
While all Drupal site building topics are welcome, we will be looking for sessions that speak to people that have technical skills but do not spend most of their time in code. We feel these “glue” players are a big part of the Drupal community, and we hope the sessions will not only showcase what can be done with Drupal, but how site builders are developing strategies to get it done.
We have already received tons of great sessions, but we would love to see more! You have a week so come on down and submit a session!
On 24-30 March, Drupal Developer Days Szeged 2014 will have a strategic role in Drupal 8 development. At DrupalCamp London Gábor Hojtsy explained to me that the event would benefit from a little more sponsorship to guarantee providing the best and most reliable wifi and internet infrastructure.
There are few more practical ways to help drive development of the next version of Drupal. Individual sponsorship packages start from just €100! Click here to find out more.
With just weeks until Drupal Dev Days, there is little time to lose.Further information: Drupal Dev Days Sponsorship details
We’ve been talking a lot about Drupal partnerships lately here at the Drupal Association, because we know that it’s a great way to help the Drupal community come together— and it’s also a great way to get noticed.
There are several options for supporting the Drupal Association and one of them is designed specifically for Drupal businesses: Supporting Partner.
When you become a supporting partner, your contribution goes straight to Drupal.org.
In previous articles in this series, we’ve covered the areas of architecture, security and performance. All of these aspects are affected by your infrastructure from the time of development to deployment.
We hosted Drupal websites at Hetzner for a few years. While it's unbeatable on price, it requires a skilled Linux sysadmin, which weights on personnel costs. Our guesstimate was that we'll pay a third more for a Drupal hosting, but our sysadmin costs would go down by ⅔. Add in non-material considerations, such as lower personnel turnover risks and better DDoS protection, and alternatives to Hetzner start to look almost attractive.
So, we decided to check Drupal cloud hosting solutions and asked for quotes from Pantheon and Acquia. Pantheon was less expensive and had more features. It also edged out Acquia on technology by using Linux containers instead of Amazon Web Services as underlying infrastructure. Unfortunately, Pantheon servers were located near Chicago, while most of our readers are from Europe, so we had no choice but to go for Acquia.Tags: drupalsysadmindrupalplanet
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Several months ago, I ran a session on the subject at DrupalCamp Montreal. I educated attendees on how Git submodules can be used with Drupal to take advantage of some Git features that wouldn't otherwise be realized.
Here are the benefits of the approach (as discussed on Drupal Answers):
- You can git fetch/merge/pull updates for your contributed modules directly from Drupal.org. There is no need to manually download a new version of each, unpack and then commit (or do this with Drush).
- You can see upstream version history in your own Git log. This makes it easy to see where you're at; you can check if you've got specific upstream commits. Otherwise, all you can see are local changes and "Upgraded Blah from 2.3 to 2.4." log messages.
- You don't need to reapply (cherry-pick) custom changes to your contributed modules after upgrading them. If you use the one-Git-repository method, each contributed-module upgrade will overwrite anything you're previously patched and committed. This is a huge problem because developers often forget to do the reapplying, and then you're left with resolved issues that have been reverted. If you're using submodules, you simply maintain a custom branch, and merge upstream tags (or commit IDs) into it.
Randy Fay essentially wrote the bible on the practice in 2011, and there was even a Drupal on Git initiative with the community to standardize it. But although there are clear benefits, Git submodules within the Drupal space aren't overly popular. I do have a client who's using them, but generally, developers often work with a single repository. (Drush makefiles are still being used, but less so.)
While great in theory, the problem is that it adds more moving parts to existing development processes. I find that if can be difficult enough getting developers to follow all prescribed devops directives. Adding to the mix increases the risk of breakage and further problems. So keeping things simple, with only one (1) repository, isn't a bad plan.
I'll admit that I generally stick with the single-repository approach myself, mostly because I work with developers I'd rather not confuse, and most (if not all) of the Drupal-specific hosting providers are only set up to support projects set up that way.
It's worth noting that there is now an alternative, Git Subtree. For a general overview, take a look at Alternatives To Git Submodule: Git Subtree, or Smarter Drupal projects in projects management with git-subtree for information on how it works with Drupal specifically. I haven't tried this (yet) for any projects, but if I hear enough good things about it, I'll take it for a spin.
See the attached file for my slides, and the YouTube video for the presentation itself. I apologize for the less-than-stellar audio quality. I wasn't given a microphone; we only had access to the one on the camera.File(s): Maximizing version control: Manage your Drupal project with Git submodules.pdf
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WebRTC is one of the highlights of HTML5. The latest stable releases of Google Chrome (including the free Chromium browser) and Firefox include support for this technology and although the specifications are still being finalized, this is the time when developers can start preparing the first generation of web-apps that will define the future of this technology.
The JSCommunicator project aims to make it easy to integrate WebRTC into existing web applications.
The student selected for this GSoC project will focus on two practical, real-world deployments of JSCommunicator:
- The popular new Debian Developer WebRTC portal at https://rtc.debian.org
- The FreePhoneBox.net
It is particularly important to think about ways to make this technology useful for the Debian Developer community in the pursuit of Debian's work.Not just for Debian
A communication product is not much use if there is nobody to talk to.
The optimal outcome of this project may involve helping two or three additional free software communities to build portals similar to https://rtc.debian.org so that they can interact with Debian and each other using Federated SIP. As Metcalfe's Law explains, this outcome would be a win-win situation for everybody.
The more diverse the mentoring community, the more positive outcomes we can achieve with this project.
If you would like to be part of a mentoring team for this project, please email me and subscribe to the Debian SOC co-ordination email list. There is no strict requirement for all mentors in the team to be full Debian Developers and emerging technology like this clearly needs people with strengths in a range of different areas.Get started now
For general ideas about getting selected for Google Summer of Code, please see the comments at the bottom of my earlier blog post about Ganglia projects
For this project in WebRTC in particular, please:
- Review the project brief on the Debian wiki
- Discuss your ideas on the JsSIP Google group
- Send an email to introduce yourself on the Debian SOC co-ordination email list and give a link to your post on the JsSIP list
- You must complete a coding test. Please see the open bug list for JSCommunicator, complete one of these tasks and submit a pull request on Github. Please send an email to the JsSIP Google group to discuss your pull request.
- Explain what features you would create during the summer
- Explain which other tools or libraries you would like to use
- Explain how your participation will benefit Debian, free software and the wider world. Give some practical examples.
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Migrate in Drupal 7 didn't explicitly have the concept of a process plugin but under the hood you were using the "Get" process plugin when you wrote code like $this->addFieldMapping('source', 'destination');
The Drupal 8 Migrate API has taken advantage of the new plugin system to provide a flexible way to process fields. In core, we already have a handful of process plugin examples including the Get plugin. I wouldn't look at the Get plugin for a simple example however.Why Process Plugins?
The purpose of a process plugin is simply to take a value in and spit a new value out. The plugin can transform the data in anyway it sees fit but if you are following best practices you should ensure that a plugin does only one thing, definitely lean towards multiple process plugins as needed. From our experience so far, process plugins are usually quite simple and often less than 10 lines of code.
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