Aug 24 2019
Aug 24

Greg Anderson, Open Source Contributions Engineer at Pantheon joins Mike Anello to talk about the Drupal Community's Composer Support in Core Initiative.

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Jun 19 2019
Jun 19

Jen Lampton (Backdrop user account), co-founder of Backdrop CMS, senior Drupal developer at Jeneration.com joins Mike Anello and Ryan Price to get reacquainted with Backdrop and to discuss why it could be a good long-term solution for sites after Drupal 7's end-of-life.

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Apr 27 2019
Apr 27

Michael Hess, (mlhess), Senior Technologist and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Michigan and member of Drupal's Security Working Group joins Mike Anello to talk about recent Drupal core security updates, security release processes, Drupal 7's future end-of-life, and the new Drupal Steward program.

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Apr 01 2019
Apr 01

Get ready for your trip to Seattle with this April Fool's Day special episode of the DrupalEasy Podcast.

Drupal Fools

a Dr. Seuss joint (sortof)

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes,
You are a Drupaller, everyone knows.

You think about Drupal all day and all night.
You’re more than obsessed with getting things right.

Your Views and your Fields and your Content Types,
Simply scream “Drupal!” here are some reasons why:

Your User Experience is so Steve Jobs-esque
Your Splash Awards medals are spilling off your desk!

Your API documentation site,
Lets your developers get sleep at night.
You’re well known to eat your own dog food.
When you’re done with work you’re still in a good mood.
And why not? Your patches have all been applied,
The hackers can’t get in, and they even tried!

I heard a rumor at DrupalCon Seattle,
That your coding standard leaves code reviewers rattled.
Before you go saying that I must be kidding,
Know that I suck a peek, I did some digging…
I couldn’t find one curly brace out of place,
One line break too many or one poor stack trace.

Have you ever noticed just how our community
Is one of the best at promoting unity?
We’re very good at giving hugs,
Especially to those who have fixed our bugs.
But if you’re not a fan of physical affection,
We don’t make a big deal of your objection.
(We’re still glad you chose to sit in our section)

Like Birds of a Feather or a Business of Ferrets,
The Drupal community celebrates merits.
Even if you don’t pretend to know code,
Your contribution deserves to be showed.
Webchick will help you, as luck would have it,
When your first core improvement is ready to commit.
(Stick around until Friday, and you won’t regret it)

And if this is your first time at DrupalCon...

Did you know that Drupal is eighteen years young?
We’re just getting started, we’re still having fun!
Of all websites, we’re say, five in a hundred,
The more ambitious ones are quite well funded,
But even for NGOs our scopes are not blunted.
We’ve got thousands of community projects,
To extend, integrate, and meet all of your specs.
Even if you don’t speak like a geek,
I’m sure the vendors won’t judge you like some kind of freak.
They’ll help you translate the Greek, so to speak.

If this is your first event, or your hundred and first,
We welcome you to dive in to Drupal head first.
Bring us a challenge, we’ll find you a guru,
As long as you understand our Kool-Aid is blue.
(We do have other interests besides Open Source,
We’re human aren’t we? Why yes, of course!)

Have you met Dries Buytaert? He’s the project’s creator.
Without him, I might be a Red Lobster waiter.
He’s tall and Belgian, well over two meters,
(Not that I’ve measured him, that would be cheating),
He’s the lead of this project and he helps set the agenda
To give us some staying power and stay just a bit trendy.
There are really so many others to thank,
Given ten thousand thank you notes, none would be blank.
It takes a village, at least that’s what I think.

So welcome to the land of rainstorms and coffee,
Of mega-giant software companies,
To DrupalCon Seattle, it’s like my family reunion.
Think Digital. Be Human.

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Mar 17 2019
Mar 17

Ryan Price, Principal Engineer, Drupal and Web with Autodesk joins Mike Anello to discuss the hurdles involved with implementing a continuous integration system, OpenDevShop, improving hook_help(), a Drupal 8 Feeds-like module, and DrupalCon Seattle!

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Feb 04 2019
Feb 04

Kaleem Clarkson, Operations Manager and Front-End Drupal Developer at Kennesaw State University and Drupal developer at blend me inc. Listen in as they discuss the newly formed Drupal Event Organizers Group and Mike breaks bad news about the Marvel Universe to Kaleem.

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Jan 29 2019
Jan 29

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As it was for much of the world, 2018 was a combination of extremes for Agaric and the free and open web. Happily, we expanded our team, launched new sites, and empowered our clients through libre software. Unhappily, many of us and our communities endured health issues, political instability, and the effects of climate change.

For the open web, we disappointedly saw the United States officially end Net Neutrality while we excitedly watched the European Union begin enforcing comprehensive privacy laws with its General Data Protection Regulation. We were disgusted by tech giants like Facebook and Palantir diverting and deflecting from the abuses they carry out, but we were also inspired by workers at companies like Amazon and Google forcing their bosses to do better.

In looking back, we celebrate the victories and learn from the challenges—with our eyes set on serving our clients better, expanding the open web, and building an economy based on solidarity rather than exploitation.

To that end, here are the highlights of our work from last year and our intentions for the new year.

Keeping Drupal Relevant to the Grassroots

Drupal continues to be the go to content management system we use to build websites. Recently much has been said about Drupal's growing adoption in the enterprise world and what it means for grassroots organizations.

We believe it's the grassroots that made Drupal what it is today and continue to advocate and contribute to the Drupal ecosystem to keep it that way. Drupal 8 adoption is still lukewarm  due mostly to the changes in the way developers can write the code and nothing to do with the robust and stable platform it has always been. To get those adoption rates up, Drupal must stay relevant to small-budget, cause-driven groups.

For that reason we are active participants in Drutopia, an initiative to get the power of Drupal 8  into the hands of grassroots movements. We do this by building a distribution and Software as a Service platform for those groups. In 2018, we helped the project get to a beta release, launch a demo site and we launched three sites using the distribution.

We also built a custom distribution for the National Institute for Children's Health Quality in partnership with the Drupal shop Chocolate Lily. In doing so, we not only helped them launch platforms for each of their learning communities, but also significantly advanced the way Drupal can share and manage configuration across sites. This ability to share website features is key for groups with small budgets wanting to share and benefit from one another's work.

To further the grassroots spirit of Drupal in general and Drutopia in particular, we also attended and facilitated sessions at the Nonprofit Summit at BADCamp, the Nonprofit Software Development Summit and Design4Drupal. We're happy to say that this Drupal sub-community is alive and well, doing inspiring work.

2019 Intention: Kick off the Drutopia Software as a Service plan with a public membership-drive.

Providing Helpful Analytics In Your Website

A challenge we repeatedly heard from our clients and others in nonprofits and the cooperative world was the lack of time and resources to make meaningful use of site analytics. One way to help people act in more data-driven ways is to pull out key metrics and put them in an easy to find place - the website itself.

For Teachers with Guts, an online teacher cohort, we built custom reports on member activity to help them learn what discussions are active and what resources are most downloaded.

For Portside, an independent news site for the left, we started displaying pageviews on articles and site traffic info on the main administrative page for moderators to assess the traction of their stories.

In fact, we found this so helpful we did the same for ourselves, now easily seeing whose blog posts are most popular and gaining bragging rights accordingly.

2019 Intention: Help even more groups make use of analytics by bringing them into their websites.

Making Online Donations Simple and Cost Effective

There's a dizzying array of online donation platforms groups can turn to, but many are expensive and don't integrate with one's website. So this year we launched the Give module, a free and open source project for Drupal websites to easily build online donation forms. All you need is a Stripe account to get up and running. The module also provides helpful reporting and automated thank you messages.

We have installed the Give module on three of our clients' sites and we are pleased with the results. One client in particular raised the most they ever have before!

2019 Intention: Move the Give module from Beta to a full release.

Training Up Ourselves and Others in Free Software

We are strong believers in free software and breaking down the tech expert/passive consumer dichotomy. Each of us has a creative drive and should be empowered to use and customize the tools in our lives as we see fit.

To that end, we lead trainings and sessions across the globe to empower people with free software. Micky hosted monthly security webinars and traveled to speak to cooperatives in Mexico City last fall. In Boston, Mauricio taught Drupal users how to customize the look of pages with TWIG templates. In Berkeley, Ben and Mauricio trained people on migrating their sites to Drupal 8, without using PHP code. David spoke at the Puebla, Mexico PHP User Group about Drupal. Chris presented at Libre Planet and Clayton helped prisoner support groups adopt NextCloud and Discourse for file sharing and internal communications.

Mauricio presenting on Drupal migrations at DrupalCon Nashville.Mauricio led a session on migrating to Drupal 8 at DrupalCon, Design4Drupal and BADCamp this year.

In addition to teaching, we also learned a thing or two. Clayton expanded his design skills from books like Cadence and Slang and Refactoring UI. Mauricio and Chris deepened their knowledge of React with courses like the Complete React tutorial. David installed and configured Apache Solr for the first time. Micky learned more about the cultural barriers to entry that need to be discussed and changed.

2019 Intention: Train as many people as we can in migrating to Drupal 8 through sessions at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, DrupalCon Seattle and custom trainings.

Making Our Software and Communities More Inclusive and Diverse

Free software is only as strong as the people involved. We're at our best when we strive to better ourselves and our communities by un-learning toxic behavior and making the work of diversity and inclusivity front and center.

We're jubilant that our coop membership is majority people of color, hailing from three countries representing multiple genders and sexual orientations. This passion for diversity and equity carries over into the way we build software. Clayton helped the City of Cambridge connect with their most marginalized community members by making their online events and programs directory more helpful.  Micky works with UjimaBoston on projects that directly affect the Boston community; they recently launched the first democratic investment fund that can be utilized by many small business owners.

And while we're excited about what we have accomplished, we have much room for improvement. In 2019 we intend to dig in further to make our own workplace and communities more diverse and inclusive.

2019 Intention: Increase our support and participation in the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion initiative.

Strengthening the Solidarity Economy

The global wealth gap is the widest it has ever been. We see that disparity playing out in corrupted politics, precarious living conditions and the blind pursuit of profit at the expense of our climate and planet. At the same time, we see alternative ways of producing and distributing wealth gaining traction.

The solidarity economy is an alternative way of doing business in which democratic ownership, stewardship of the earth and solidarity between people supplants mainstream economic values.

As a worker-owned cooperative we both model that solidarity economy internally and also support others in this work. Our client Portside regularly publishes news on the solidarity economy and we helped them expand their audience in a time when Facebook and other social media platforms are making that even harder. 

Micky speaking on a panel at the Workers Economy Encuentro.Micky spoke on the role of free software in the cooperative movement at the Workers Economy Encuentro.

We are active members of the US Federation of Worker-Owned Cooperatives and attended the federation's annual conference. From that conference we began deepening our relationships with other cooperatives, especially tech coops. In November, Micky went on a solidarity economy speaking tour of three cities in Mexico and hosted a workshop at the The 3rd Regional Workers Economy Encuentro in Mexico City. She then met with unions, cooperatives and other groups. Clayton networked with fellow coops at the Shared Ownership Summit in Boulder, Colorado. We also attended CommonBound, a conference to connect those of us building the solidarity economy. 

2019 Intention: Expand the coop movement by publishing a series of blog posts on the value of cooperatives, how to start one, how to convert an existing business to a coop and how to effectively run one.

2019: Intention as Resistance

Some of the Agaric team enjoying burritos together.Some of the global Agaric team enjoying a rare in-person get together at Micky's favorite burrito place.

2018 was challenging on many fronts and we are already experiencing more of the same in 2019. The tech industry we are part of reflects so much of the abuse and corruption playing out in the world at large. However, we love what we were able to accomplish last year, showing technology can be built and used differently to preserve user freedom.

We could only accomplish what we did with the support and partnership of our clients and colleagues. To each one we are truly grateful. We rang in the new year by launching our new site at midnight EST. We could not think of a better way to show that overall, our intention for 2019 is to connect with others more. So, if you are a group looking to improve your online tools, a free software enthusiast inspired by the initiatives we are part of, or just curious to learn more about anything you read on the site, drop us a line. Together in the face of a power that attacks and divides we can build a different power, among one another, that heals and unites.

Dec 20 2018
Dec 20

Travis Carden, (traviscarden), Senior Software Engineer at Acquia joins Mike Anello to talk about the spreadsheet-based Drupal Spec Tool, a very cool tool that allows teams to specify different parts of a Drupal site and then generates diagrams and Behat tests.

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Dec 17 2018
Dec 17

Ted Bowman, senior software engineer with the Drupal Acceleration Team at Acquia, joins Mike to discuss the game-changing work of the Layout Initiative. Sorry about the poor quality of part of Mike's side of the conversation (as well as the comical overdubbing of other portions of the conversation).

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Dec 03 2018
Dec 03

Matt Glaman, (mglaman) and Bojan Zivanovic, (bojanz) join Mike live from Disney World to talk about decoupling Drupal Commerce as well as the roadmap for Drupal Commerce as a project. We take a quick side trip into some blog posts Matt recently wrote about running all of Drupal core's automated tests in DDEV-Local.

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Aug 12 2018
Aug 12

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People often ask about the free software tools Agaric uses to manage our cooperative business. In this article, we share some of the free software tools we use for office tasks and administration as well as communications. These are Agaric's chosen resources -- the tools we use today for our daily business operations.

Agaric uses free software whenever possible. We build websites using Drupal, a free software content management system, and we are long time participating members of the Drupal Community. When we cannot use free software, we actively search for and contribute to groups working towards solutions.
Here is our reasoning behind the choice to use Free Software whenever possible: The Need for Accountable Technology - Part 1You may also wonder why we say "Free Software" and not "Open Source" since the code in both instances is essentially the same. We use the term "Free Software" because it includes the ethical principles about respecting user's freedom. Free software ethics say that users deserve control over the code they use, whereas using the term "Open Source" cites only the goal of letting users participate in the development. We support the ideals of software protecting your rights and not leaving you vulnerable.

What is Free Software?

A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential freedoms:

  1. The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it, so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1).
  3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
  4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3).

Access to the source code is a precondition for this. To determine whether the source code is free, see what license it carries and then check the GNU project's list of licenses.

Examples of popular free software with the logos of many free software projects below.

We do a few tasks that we do not have free software for. So, we use non-free programs for them. Sometimes we use specific non-free software that a client insists on including in the web site. By using non-free programs, we sacrifice some of our freedom; some activists would refuse to do that. We do not like the compromise, so we help develop free replacements for those programs. Whenever possible, we use software that reflects our values.

Operating Systems

GNU/Linux

Gnu logo and Linux logo

We have chosen to use GNU/Linux as our default system for our local development. When we take on a new student, we install a GNU/Linux distribution. We always give the option of installing a different distribution, or if a student wishes to do so, they may. These are the favored GNU/Linux distributions in use by our cooperative team *members:

These are not the best versions of GNU/Linux in regards to being completely free; you should consult the list of free distributions on the Free Software Foundation website.
* Currently one team member is using the proprietary but BSD-based Mac OS X, which is compliant with the Unix 03 / POSIX standard which GNU/Linux distributions also meet.

Browsers

Firefox

Firefox logo

As developers, we have to test client sites in all browsers, but for working and building sites, we use Mozilla Firefox. Although the source code of Firefox is free software, they include some icons, trademarks, and logos in the download that make it non-free. You can easily remove these as has been done with IceCat, the GNU version of the Firefox browser. It has great performance, developer tools, and community. The plus side of having a community around the software we use is having access to a large pool of people with experience and guidance as we learn and build together.

Tor Browser

Tor logo

As citizens, we are not fond of being tracked, so we use a free anonymizing web browser that does not allow tracking. It is called Tor.

Micky uses and loves the Brave browser on Android and her GNU/Linux laptop. It blocks ADs right out of the box!  https://brave.com/

Without looking deeply at Qwant, it looks pretty decent - https://www.qwant.com/
We came across Qwant via https://iridiumbrowser.de/ - a more secure chromium release, but probably has some things we may not know about or want...

File Storage and Calendar

NextCloud

Nextcloud logo.

NextCloud is a collection of utilities suited for the De-Googlization process. It provides most of the popular tools in Google Drive. Agaric uses a hosted version of NextCloud on MayFirst.org servers that is inclusive of:

  • document and file storage
  • shared document editing
  • multi-device synchronization
  • image galleries
  • calendar
  • contacts

See a comparison of the features NextCloud offers vs. the proprietary options like GoogleDocs/Drive.

Finance, Accounting, and Bookkeeping

GNUcash

Gnucash logo

Accounting software that we use for our bookkeeping.
You can see a review of GNUcash vs. Quickbooks and decide if it works for you. We have found a few bookkeeping cooperatives that do accounting with GnuCash.

Real-time Chat

As a team, we rely on different tools to communicate with each other and with clients about daily activities and long term project goals. We have a distributed team at locations around the world and must maintain contact especially when pair-programming or during a migration which calls for all-hands-on-deck, as well as sharing some long informational text notes and documents that include administrative information.

Freenode

Freenode logo

IRC - Internet Relay Chat - Realtime Text Chat: Yes, we still use IRC, and you can find us on irc.freenode.net server in the #devs-r-us channel

Our preferences here are as varied as our team members: some use irssi via a remote, always-on virtual server, many use desktop clients, such as HexChat or Konversation, and still, others prefer the web-based solution "The Lounge."

Email

MayFirst.org hosts Agaric.com email

Email Client: Thunderbird

Thunderbird logo

An email client from Mozilla, which also makes Firefox, and is available for your phone. It also has an encryption plugin called EnigMail that works well and is not super tricky to get set up.

Hosted Email: RiseUp: Encrypted services run by anonymous volunteers and you must be invited to have a membership.
MayFirst offers three web-based email solutions.

  1. Roundcube which has a friendly and simple web interface, making it the easier of the two programs to use.
  2. SquirrelMail is an option that is Javascript-free!
  3. Horde, on the other hand, offers more than just email - you can share calendars, to-dos and more with other members of your group.

Hosted Email

Protonmail: An email service that is hosted and encrypted.

Email Lists:

We use email list servers for mailing lists based on groups and topics. It allows group mailing to people that sign up for a specific list.

MayFirst Email Server
RiseUp Email Server

Social Media

Mastodon: Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. All on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free.

Social.coop: A community similar to Twitter, the main difference is that it is owned by the members. For as little as $1 a month you can become an owner/member and take part in shaping the future of the platform. You can find and follow Agaric in social.coop, a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform

Live Streaming

MayFirst Live Streaming: MayFirst membership includes live streaming.

Conference Calls and Online Meetings

Some Agaric team members are using Jitsi recognizing that it is a work in progress and there may be technical failures at times - such as we have also found using Google Hangouts - lag time, cut-offs, poor sound quality and issues with screen sharing. At times we have found that we need to use a proprietary solution that seems to work reliably as we continue to support development efforts and bug fixes with Jitsi. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting.
You can self-host an instance of Jitsi or choose a hosted version. You can use http://meet.jit.si or an instance is also available for public use at https://meet.mayfirst.org We do encourage you to become a MayFirst member and have access to all of the free software tools they offer. The Jitsi project needs volunteers to use and test Jitsi so it can get better swiftly!

Currently, Agaric is using and paying for, the proprietary Zoom audio/video conference call service and software. We would love a recommendation to another stable choice that is free software.

Phone Calls and Text Messages

Signal: Agaric uses Signal to encrypt SMS text messages and phone calls. Encrypted phone and instant messaging found to be secure and recommended by Edward Snowden as the only truly encrypted messaging app that is not able to be decrypted by anyone. Note that security is an arms race and this could become false at any time.

Collaborative Note Taking

Etherpad: When hosting an online meeting we usually open a shared note pad so that everyone may contribute to getting the important bits logged. Etherpad text is synchronized as you type so that everyone viewing the page sees the same text. This allows you to collaborate on documents with large or small teams seamlessly! We use the hosted version, but you are welcome to host it yourself. We have tried a few online pads and settled on Etherpad as the most reliable.

Collaborative Ongoing Discussion

With some collaborators, particularly people involved with the Drutopia initiative, we use Mattermost rather than IRC. Mattermost can be more useful for ongoing discussions; it is similar to Slack and offers a threaded conversation. The community version is free software.

Notes and ToDo Lists

TomBoy A tiny app that lets you take notes while it conveniently makes hyperlinks out of titles and allows synchronization over SSH and more.

Password Management

KeePass A password management system that takes most of the worry, distraction and thinking out of storing and retrieving your login information for multiple projects and sites.

Text Document Editing, Spreadsheets, and Presentations

Libre Office: A suite of office tools similar to Microsoft Office, Documents, Spreadsheets, Slides. We use LibreOffice tools that come as core software in the distributions of GNU/Linux we are using. You may have heard of OpenOffice; it is now called LibreOffice. It consists of basic publishing and calculating software for doing office tasks. These are the ones we use most often:
1. LibreOffice Calc - Similar features and functions of a calculating software to make spreadsheets, such as MicroSoft Excel
2. LibreOffice Writer - Similar features and functions of a word processor such as MicroSoft Word
3. LibreOffice Impress - We use this tool to build slide decks and presentations using text/graphics and videos; it is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint in features.

Project Management and Issue Tracking

*GitLab: This tool is a web-based and self-hosted Git-repository manager with a wiki and issue-tracking features. We also use Gitlab for cooperative development on our projects.
*Although GitLab isn't fully free software, it does offer a self-hosted version that is. The Enterprise hosted version has extra features and is proprietary.

Redmine: A free program that you can run locally or on your own server for use as a project management and issue tracking tool. Before finding GitLab, we used a self-hosted instance of Redmine which is free software.

Decision Making and Voting

Loomio: A hosted service available at http://loomio.org
Loomio offers distributed decision-making system where you can make groups that can have discussions and make decisions without an in-person meeting. Decide yes or no, or that you need more information.
Note that Loomio also has built a great cooperative resource on at their other URL - http://loomio.coop

Customer Relationship Management

CiviCRM: Agaric is working with the developers at MyDropWizard to take a look at CiviCRM with Drupal 8.
CiviCRM is a free software to manage client relationships and memberships. We have not deployed it yet.

Resources and Free Software Directories

You can contribute to groups working towards solutions, there are many roles, and you do not have to be a developer. As an example, *IndieWeb and Jitsi are projects that we make time to support with development, testing, outreach, and feedback.

*With IndieWeb, you can take control of your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site, so they’re all in one place.

Framasoft: A large collection of free software tools where we use the calendar and polling software most often. We are experimenting with several other FramaSoft tools and may adopt them in the future.

If this has been a helpful read, please pass it on and let us know in the comments how it helped you. A follow-up post will list the tools we use for development purposes. Please be sure to mention any free software you have found and are using now.

I will leave you with an excellent TEDx talk where Richard Stallman explains Free Software:

Jul 09 2018
Jul 09

Book cover: Local Web Development with DDEV ExplainedLocal Web Development with DDEV Explained, by Mike Anello, now available on amazon.com!

Looking to move to a professional local development environment? Learn how to use DDEV for your everyday development work with numerous step-by-step examples including installing DDEV, getting an existing Drupal site up-and-running, adding a Solr container, and everyday DDEV commands and workflows.

Only $5.99 for a digital copy and $9.99 for the dead tree edition - pick up your copy today!

Jun 18 2018
Jun 18

Stefanie Gray, (stefaniegray), Engineer and Open Data Specialist for CivicActions joins Mike Anello to discuss all things DKAN.

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Apr 24 2018
Apr 24

Ted Bowman and Mike Anello, both back from DrupalCon Nashville, spend some quality time together to catch up on all the latest happenings involving local development environments. Ted hosted some BoFs about the topic, and Mike posted a comparison of some of the more popular Docker-based, Drupal-focused local development tools, so we figured it was a good time to devote an entire podcast on the topic. In addition, Mike and Ted name their "favorite thing" from DrupalCon Nashville.

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Mar 25 2018
Mar 25

Brooke Candelaria, (htownbrooke), the new Conference Director for the Drupal Association joins Mike Anello to introduce herself to the Drupal community as well as to provide a preview of DrupalCon Nashville as well as her thoughts on the evolution of DrupalCon Europe. Topics discussed include trivia night, the decoupled summit, rodeos, Hurricane Harvey, The Princess Bride, the DrupalCon Europe licensing bidding process, shoulder pads, and perhaps the greatest answer ever to our always challenging "exotic animal" question.

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Mar 12 2018
Mar 12

David Needham (davidneedham), Developer Advocate with Pantheon as well as a long-time Drupal community member and trainer, joins Mike Anello to discuss his new-ish role at Pantheon, tools for trainers, and a bit of a rabbit-hole into local Docker-based development environments.

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Feb 26 2018
Feb 26

Heather Rodriguez, (hrodrig), Solutions Analyst for Digital Services Georgia and track chair for DrupalCon Nashville's "Being Human" track joins Mike Anello to talk about some of the sessions accepted for the track, why the track is important, and heavy metal music.

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Feb 12 2018
Feb 12

Fatima Khalid (sugaroverflow), web developer with Digital Echidna, and DrupalCon Nashville track chair and sprint mentor joins Mike Anello to talk about how to be a first-time sprinter at a local Drupal event or a DrupalCon and how she came for the community and stayed for the code. Along the way, we talk about Canadian Cheerios, the importance of issue queue triage, and (alleged) creepy monkey guy.

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Jan 29 2018
Jan 29

Tim Lehnen, (hestenet), Director of Engineering for the Drupal Association and Neil Drumm (Drumm, Senior Technologist at the Drupal Association join Mike Anello to take a bit of a deep dive into the continuing evolution of Drupal.org tooling - specifically the modernization of the issue queue, patch process, code reviews, and more. Along the way, we try to figure out where (when?) the phrase "feather in your cap" comes from, exactly what Neil does in his free time, and why Mike isn't nearly as cool as he thinks.

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Jan 19 2018
Jan 19

David Hernandez, (davidhernandez), one of the DrupalCamp New Jersey organizers as well as one of the "evolution of Drupal governance" volunteers and Manager of Learning and Contributions at FFW and an Acquia certified Grand Master joins Mike Anello to talk about all of this roles (and a few more), trends in Drupal meetups, regional camps, and DrupalCons, event organizer burnout, and Docksal. In addition, we really had to work to figure out the answer to one of the "five questions".

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Jan 08 2018
Jan 08

Matt Glaman, (mglaman), Senior Drupal Consultant for Commerce Guys joins Mike Anello to discuss his book, Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, Second Edition as well as provide an update to Drupal Commerce in Drupal 8.

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Dec 21 2017
Dec 21

Jacob Rockowitz (jrockowitz), lead maintainer of the Webform module and builder and maintainer of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center site joins Ted Bowman and Mike Anello to talk about the current state of the Drupal 8 Webform module and its path to Drupal 8 and beyond.

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Dec 10 2017
Dec 10

The three original hosts of the DrupalEasy Podcast, Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello take a look back at episode 1 of the podcast, the last 9 years of Drupal, and what the next 5 years may bring.

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Nov 27 2017
Nov 27

David Rogers, Senior Front End Engineer at Pendo.io, joins Mike Anello to discuss from a Drupal-specific standpoint. They discuss the road to the Drupal community selecting React for use in Drupal core, when a typical Drupal developer should start thinking about React, and what the best first steps are for learning it.

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Nov 16 2017
Nov 16

Dave Hall (skwashd), Managing Director, Dave Hall Consulting joins Mike Anello to talk about the current state of Drupal distributions and what the future may hold.

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Oct 03 2017
Oct 03

AmyJune Hineline (volkswagenchick), Community Lead for Hook 42, joins Mike Anello to talk about BADCamp 2017 and her fantastic job.

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  • BADCamp - October 18-21, 2017 - University of California at Berkeley.

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Aug 18 2017
Aug 18

Ryan Price and Mike Anello discuss the pros and cons of the Paragraphs module, including using it for layout and/or information architecture. Ryan takes the discussion in unexpected directions by bringing up Pattern Lab as a prototyping tool and his mysterious "Ace in the Hole" (which Mike feels is more like a Jack of spades). In addition, there's some discussion about a new-ish feature in the Migrate Plus module that is sure to make migration developers happy.

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Jul 12 2017
Jul 12

Ted Bowman and Mike Anello take some time (less than an hour!) to talk about Reservoir, a new Drupal 8 distribution focused on decoupling.

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Jun 29 2017
Jun 29

Ryan Price and Mike Anello sit down for less than an hour(!) and cover all the Drupal news that's fit to discuss from the past few weeks. Topics covered include Composer, modernizing Drupal's issue queue, ES6, external site search engines, and Drupal 8 configuration management contributed modules.

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Jun 12 2017
Jun 12

Adam Bergstein (nerdstein) joins Mike Anello to discuss the potential need to evolve Drupal Community Governance.

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  2. Docker for Mac.
  3. Making Drupal 8 core an amazing experience for content authors.
  4. Holding an alligator.
  5. Working with Drupal at Penn State

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Apr 29 2017
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Join Chris Weber, Ted Bowman, Kelley Curry and Mike Anello discuss the goings-on at Day 2 of DrupalCon Baltimore. Music: We'll Get the Hard Part Done Tonight (Hamilton Parody)

Apr 29 2017
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Mar 19 2017
Mar 19

A quick live podcast featuring a reaction from Mike and Ryan about Dries' Drupal 9 Blog Post. Recorded on YouTube Live, and this audio version is reposted to our podcast channel for your convenience.

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Mar 19 2017
Mar 19

Almost all of the DrupalEasy Podcast hosts congregate to take a look back and a look forward at Drupal 8. We discuss some of our favorite things about Drupal 8 as well as what we're looking forward to the most in the coming year. Also, Anna provides us with a first-person look at DrupalCamp Northern Lights (Iceland), and Ted leads a discussion on Drupal 8.3.

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Our favorite things about Drupal 8 (so far).

  • Mike - everything you can do with just core, plugins.
  • Ted - object-oriented codebase, experimental modules.
  • Ryan - configuration management, migrate in core.
  • Anna - module and theme libraries in core and base themes in core, view modes.
  • Andrew - Restful services in core, Composer all the things.

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  1. Brewing beer.
  2. Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  3. Hiking the Appalachian trail (Jim Smith's blog).
  4. Giraffe.
  5. Doing three Drupal sites in three months, the first Orlando Drupal meetups.

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Feb 10 2017
Feb 10

Brian Lewis (bjlewis2), front-end engineer for Four Kitchens, and founder of Modules Unraveled joins Ryan Price and Mike Anello to figure out if/when we should all be using Composer to manage our Drupal projects. Once that was figured out, there were some picks of the week, Drupal-y news, and Brian goes on the hot seat for five questions.

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  1. Slice and dehydrate my own beef jerky, with a homemade seasoning. So, all from scratch.
  2. Zeplin (for a client project) Docker for Mac (for me).
  3. Buying our first house! (We’re actually closing on the 17th!).
  4. My dog.
  5. When I was contracted to build the new website for the school district I was working in.

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Jan 25 2017
Jan 25

Dan Schiavone (schiavone), President, Snake Hill Web Agency, and local lead front end track for DrupalCon Baltimore and Elizabeth Lipinski (lizardata), Technolgy Strategist (also from Snake Hill) and the local lead business track joins Ted and Mike to discuss session submission for DrupalCon Baltimore. We also discuss Media in Core and changes to Drupal marketplace rankings before making our picks of the week!

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  3. Not afraid of anything.
  4. Storks.
  5. Dan was jazzed after DrupalCon DC.

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Jan 10 2017
Jan 10

David Thompson (dbt102), consultant with Function 1, and maintainer of the BACnet and AppCtrl modules (used for building energy management) joins Mike on this first podcast of 2017.

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  4. Emu
  5. Understanding the value of CCK

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Oct 26 2016
Oct 26

Anna and Mike are joined by Matt Glaman to discuss his new Drupal 8 Development Cookbook book, the status of Drupal Commerce, using Composer, as well as current news and a pick of the week.

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  3. Buy a new house and move.
  4. Seal.
  5. DrupalCamp Atlanta 2013.

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Oct 15 2016
Oct 15

BADCamp organizers Anne Stefanyk, Heather Rodriguez, and Jon Peck join Mike Anello and Ryan Price to discuss the biggest and baddest (pun intended) non-DrupalCon event in all the land(s)! Recent Drupal-related news, picks of the week, and five questions are - as always - included free with this episode.

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  1. Plays synthesizer for a progressive rock band, Imager.
  2. Dokuwiki.
  3. "Bike in a basket" - build a motorcycle
  4. Llamas.
  5. WNY DrupalCamp.

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Sep 23 2016
Sep 23

Mark Carver (markcarver), Senior Front End Performance Engineer with Tag 1 Consulting and maintainer of the Bootstrap base theme joins Mike Anello to discuss the past, present and future of Bootstrap, Dreditor, and render arrays.

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  1. We're saying goodbye ;-( - Implement User Enhancements on Drupal.org and port Dreditor features.
  2. Who sponsors Drupal development? - blog post by Dries Buytaert and Matthew Tift.
  3. What's new on Drupal.org - August 2016 - blog post by Tim Lehnen.

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  5. When he created his drupal.org account, hired as a school district's web site developer.

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