Aug 10 2016
Aug 10
tl;dr: Acquia Pipelines lets you automate building, testing, and deploying sites on Acquia Cloud using tools like Composer, Sass, and Behat. Request an invitation to the private beta now.
Aug 09 2016
Aug 09
The words "Data Science" are not themselves sources of dread in most people. At just four and seven letters, respectively, they're almost too cute to be really off-putting like some of the other terms you come across when you begin digging into the field; terms like "k-nearest neighbors" or "tessellation."And if you can hear the phrase "Euclidian minimum spanning tree" without feeling as though you've encountered something both bizarrely fascinating and deeply disturbing, you are a stronger intellectual force than I.
Aug 08 2016
Aug 08
As Amazon Web Services has grown into the vast platform that it is today, it has created many opportunities for innovation: in how we interact with the products and how we fit all the pieces together. AWS's API-based nature has allowed an ecosystem of products to arise, all piggybacking on each other, ultimately enabling developers to explore unique ways to use their products.
Jul 21 2016
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Jul 21
A conversation from DrupalCon Asia DrupalCon Mumbai 2016 with members of Acquia's Pune, India office: Prassad Shirgaonkar, Prassad Gogate, Prafful Nagwani, and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire in which we touch on Drupal and community in India, the history of the DrupalCon Prenote, Drupal's multilingual strengths, the Drupal Campus Ambassador Program in India, and more!
Jul 19 2016
Jul 19
Maybe you are already grokking Drupal 8's new configuration management system; maybe you've already absorbed D8's embrace of object-oriented code.But that doesn't mean you should scoff at easy on-ramp introductions to Drupal 8. Solid overviews of Drupal 8 can be tremendously valuable when you're working on a team that includes non-technical members. They also come in handy when you are advocating in-house for D8 adoption.
Jul 18 2016
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Jul 18
Each day, between migrations and new projects, more and more features are becoming available for Drupal 8, the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some prominent, useful, and interesting projects available for Drupal 8--modules, themes, distros, and more! This week: Permissions by Term.
Jul 14 2016
Jul 14
As businesses realize the importance of having an accessible website, there is a push to check both content and code to ensure that they are meeting 508 compliance standards and other accessibility standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Jul 13 2016
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Jul 13
Gregg Marshall contacted me while he was finalizing his book, Mastering Drupal 8 Views, for Packt Publishing. Flatteringly, he asked me whether I'd be willing to write a foreword for it, after having a look at a late draft. I had a look, I liked it, I wrote the foreword and was pleased to run into Gregg at DrupalCon New Orleans. Listen to the audio or watch the video of our conversation. Below is also a full transcript of our chat.
Jul 13 2016
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Jul 13
Each day, between migrations and new projects, more and more features are becoming available for Drupal 8, the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some prominent, useful, and interesting projects--modules, themes, distros, and more--available for Drupal 8. This week: Fast 404.
Jul 05 2016
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Jul 05
Each day, more Drupal 7 modules are being migrated over to Drupal 8 and new ones are being created for the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some of the most prominent, useful modules available for Drupal 8. This week: Google Analytics.
Jul 05 2016
Jul 05
Deploying your website to production shouldn't be stressful. It should be easy. You should release with confidence.To make that a reality, you need a repeatable, reliable and most importantly automated deployment process. BLT provides tools for connecting your GitHub, Travis CI, and Acquia Cloud accounts together to ensure that changes to your website are validated, tested, and deployed automatically.
Jul 01 2016
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Jul 01
Vladimir Roudakov and I sat down at DrupalCon New Orleans to talk about an event close to my heart: the 2016 edition of Drupal South. This year, it'll be held in Australia's Gold Coast. Knowing the Australasian Drupal community, this will be a very high quality event in terms of what you'll be able to get out of it. And knowing the location, right by the world famous "Surfers' Paradise" beach, if you're into sun, fun and Drupal, you'll be in for a treat!
Jul 01 2016
Jul 01
The following post is from the Acquia Lightning blog. Acquia Lightning, “the Drupal distribution for Enterprise Authoring,” is a Drupal starter kit that enables developers to create great authoring experiences and empower editorial teams. Lightning provides users with a lightweight framework for building working solutions in Drupal. For more information, including a product roadmap, and installation instructions, check out the Acquia Lightning site.
Jun 30 2016
Jun 30
Many developers who work on Drupal (or other web/PHP) projects have error reporting disabled in their local or shared dev environments. They do this for a variety of reasons: some don't know how to enable it, some are annoyed by the frequency of notices, warnings, and errors, and some don't like to be reminded of how many errors are logged.But there are a few important reasons you should make sure to show all errors when developing:
Jun 29 2016
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Jun 29
Each day, between migrations and new projects, more and more features are becoming available for Drupal 8, the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some prominent, useful, and interesting projects--modules, themes, distros, and more--available for Drupal 8. This week: Inline Entity Form.
Jun 23 2016
Jun 23
One of the best troubleshooters we ever worked with is a former sound engineer. He taught us, “Follow the signal, it’s all signal flow.” Running a website, your stack is the combination of hardware and software that you use to deliver your website and the “signal” is a web request. To understand the “signal flow” of your site, you will need to understand your stack. Understanding how all of the pieces fit together lets you know where to start looking for the problems.
Jun 21 2016
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Jun 21
Each day, new functionality is being created for and built with Drupal 8. At the same time, more and more Drupal 7 modules are also being migrated to the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some of the most prominent, useful modules, projects, and tools available for Drupal 8. This week: the Drupal 8 Lightning distribution.
Jun 21 2016
Jun 21
Launching a new application can be a scary event. Many potential bottlenecks, although not readily apparent, can cause problems on the go-live day, or the first time there’s a surge in site traffic.At Acquia, we conduct a site audit to ensure that a new site is not subject to unnecessary delays. We do this by identifying potential problems, and proposing clear and specific remediation and optimization measures during development.That’s the big picture. Here’s a close-up view on how we do it.
Jun 17 2016
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Jun 17
I met 15-year-old serial entrepreneur--CEO of goCreative--and budding Drupalist Brandon Relph at the inaugural ThinkNation event in Canterbury, in December 2015. In this podcast, we talk about how he got to know Drupal 8 and what he thought of it. And I was surprised to learn that there is a world of professional Minecraft out there, in which Brandon runs two professional ventures and employs a couple dozen people around the world.
Jun 17 2016
Jun 17
If you are like me and have to spend a lot of time reviewing large patches on GitHub you know it is a daunting task.There is no easy way to navigate through multiple diffs so you have to scroll a lot (and I mean a LOT) and watch very carefully to not to miss what you are looking for.It is tiring and frustrating.irek00.png
Jun 16 2016
Jun 16
Good security practices protect your site from hacker attacks. In this article we'll look at some methods for reducing security risks on your site. Drupal Security Best PracticesDrupal has good security built in if used correctly. However, once you begin to configure your site you might introduce new security issues. Plan configuration so that only trusted users have permissions that involve security risks.
Jun 16 2016
Jun 16
With the advent of web services in Drupal 8 core, decoupling Drupal — namely, using Drupal as a content repository to expose data for retrieval and manipulation by other applications — has never been easier. Now, with the REST module in core, you can transform Drupal into a data service without custom code or substantial configuration. But is it a good idea? What are some of the considerations you should scrutinize when opting for a fully decoupled project?
Jun 15 2016
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Jun 15
Each day, between migrations and new projects, more and more features are becoming available for Drupal 8, the Drupal community's latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some prominent, useful, and interesting projects--modules, themes, distros, and more--available for Drupal 8. This week: Rules.
Jun 15 2016
Jun 15
Leveraging a common Drupal codebase to power multiple Drupal sites provides compelling benefits, including faster site launches, reduced maintenance overhead, and centralized security updating.However, in order to be successful and avoid typical traps, the use of a common Drupal codebase requires some extra design care and strategy.
Jun 10 2016
Jun 10
This is Part 3 of an interview with Will Eisner, Senior Director, Product at Acquia. Will’s primary focus is on Acquia Cloud Site Factory, which helps organizations create and manage many sites, from a dozen to thousands.Also sitting in on the interview, via conference line, was Sonya Kovacic, a Junior Product Manager at Acquia who also works on Site Factory.
Jun 10 2016
Jun 10
TLDR: A new, free agile training course for government product owners has been released on the AGL Academy. Sign up now to participate in the introductory webinar scheduled for June 16, 2016 at 1PM ET (or view the webinar recording after that date).
Jun 10 2016
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Jun 10
Doris Wong and I sat down at Acquia's Boston HQ to talk about her interesting journey through HTML and frontend work, to UX, to fitness, and finally to Drupal and Acquia, and how even at Acquia it took time, Acquia U and three jobs (!) to really settle in. Here, we talk about that path and what she got out of Acquia U.
Jun 08 2016
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Jun 08
Each day, between migrations and new projects, more and more features are becoming available for Drupal 8, the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some prominent, useful, and interesting projects--modules, themes, distros, and more--available for Drupal 8. This week: Workbench Moderation.
Jun 07 2016
Jun 07
Drupal is one of the most flexible content management systems in existence. In this blog series, I'll go over five mistakes to avoid on your Drupal website which include: architecture, security, performance, infrastructure, and website lifecycle management.From an architecture standpoint, these are the most vital decisions you'll make to ensure the success and performance of your Drupal website.
Jun 02 2016
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Jun 02
Michael Schmid, Group CTO at Amazee, sat down in my Cologne office in March 2016 with the idea of comparing the promise of Drupal 8 to the real life experience of him and his teams. The conclusion? It's already great and will keep getting better. With so many Drupal 8 projects now underway, I expect to be hearing a lot more of this sentiment in the near future! Below is a full transcript of our conversation.
Jun 02 2016
Jun 02
When you spin up sites for a living, velocity is important. The developers at Acquia understand this, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make website development simpler and easier. Because that equals faster.Many of our customers are already using these tools and practices. But we’d like to spread the word further.We know you’re facing really challenging situations. We’ve got tools that will help you get past them, without taking up an entire afternoon. We can speed you up, and speed up your team.
Jun 01 2016
Jun 01
If there's anyone who has command of the command line, it's Dave Myburgh, a senior engineer at Acquia.So we asked him to share how he works with the CLI -- to help us all improve the way we work. Here are the top ten command line tips that Dave suggested. Check them out, and increase your speed of development.
May 31 2016
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May 31
Each day, more Drupal 7 modules are being migrated to Drupal 8 and new ones are being created for the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some of the most prominent, useful modules, projects, and tools available for Drupal 8. This week: Media Entity.
May 31 2016
May 31
Have you ever been asked by a client to export pages or content as a PDF?Yeah, I know that feeling.I think this is one of the most underestimated development tasks in the non-technical world. It is not that easy, and it is even harder to explain.What tool should I choose? Is it compatible with the OS of the host site? Is there a module for that?Ok, it’s not impossible, but it’ll take time…Probably more than what your client is willing to pay…
May 26 2016
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May 26
I sat down with Ally Gonthier the first time I visited Acquia's then-new downtown Boston headquarters in mid-2015. At the time, she was preparing to leave her job as Support Coordinator at Acquia to enter Acquia's Drupal/tech bootcamp, known as Acquia U. When I returned to Boston in the spring of 2016, I took the chance to talk with her again about her experiences at Acquia U and what had become of her in the meantime. Below is a transcript of our before and after conversations.
May 26 2016
May 26
When you spin up sites for a living, velocity is important. The developers at Acquia understand this, which is why we’re always looking for ways to make website development simpler and easier. Because that equals faster.Many of our customers are already using these tools and practices. But we’d like to spread the word further.We know you’re facing really challenging situations. We’ve got tools that will help you get past them, without taking up an entire afternoon. We can speed you up, and speed up your team.
May 25 2016
May 25
It's my pleasure to introduce Acquia Bolt, a development tool for generating new Drupal projects using a template derived from our Professional Services' best practices.We began building and using Bolt internally over the past year. Our goal was to codify a set of tools and conventions that would allow us to:
May 25 2016
May 25
It's my pleasure to introduce Acquia BLT, a development tool for generating new Drupal projects using a template derived from our Professional Services' best practices.We began building and using BLT internally over the past year. Our goal was to codify a set of tools and conventions that would allow us to:
May 19 2016
May 19
Can we all agree that it's too early for any kind of definitive guide to Drupal 8 migration?I think we can, so I won't pretend to wrap up the topic with a neat bow on top.Whether your starting point is D6 or D7, it's still an adventure to move a site to D8.It's getting better all the time, of course: hackathon by hackathon. Which means that it's not too soon to get something started to help us all focus on this inevitable task.
May 17 2016
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May 17
Semantic versioning special! Every day, developers in the Drupal community work on improving our open source software. So far in this series, we have been concentrating on profiling some of the most useful modules, projects, and tools available for Drupal 8. This week, however, we're talking about something brand new in Drupal: significant new features being added to our current major release and the ability to do this on a predictable, regular basis! Welcome, Drupal 8.1.x!

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