Topic: Open Source

DrupalCon Baltimore 2017: Thoughts on the community

I was fortunate enough to get to Baltimore for this year’s DrupalCon.  Here’s a few takeaways regarding Drupal’s open-source community.   The community is still strong. There has been some major turbulence recently with the dismissal of a community member from his position as DrupalCon track chair.  It’s had repercussions about issues of both governance …

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Infographic: Site Building in Drupal 8

File folders

We just launched our first Drupal 8 website for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). During our project retrospective, a few of us brought up how nice it was that so many contrib modules that were part of the D6 site weren’t necessary in Drupal 8 – this was a major factor in making it possible to launch …

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Transforming Data in a Drupal 8 Migration, Step-by-Step

We’re wrapping up our first Drupal 8 project here at Advomatic, and Jim and I have been tasked with implementing a content migration from the client’s existing Drupal 6 site. My first migration job was to write a plugin which rewrites image assist tags in node body fields as regular HTML image tags. Fortunately, lots of smart …

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Protecting ACLU.org’s Privacy and Security

Earlier this year, we launched a new site for the ACLU. The project required a migration from Drupal 6, building a library of interchangeable page components, complex responsive theming, and serious attention to accessibility, security and privacy. In this post, I’ll highlight some of the security and privacy-related features we implemented. Privacy As an organization, the …

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Style guides in Drupal

Heading into Chicago’s Midcamp, my coworker Andy and I were excited to talk to other front end developers about using style guides with Drupal. We decided to put the word out and organize a BOF (birds of a feather talk) to find our kindred front end spirits. Indeed, we found a small group of folks …

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Have an Advomatic Maintenance Plan? Your site is safe.

On Friday, Oct 10th, the Drupal Security Team notified the community to be on the lookout for a security release the following Wednesday. While that was already the standard monthly “window” for a potential security release, the team had never given this kind of additional warning before. We took it as a hint that this …

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Should you be interested in the new Drupal 8?

Drupal 8, originally scheduled for an August 2013 release, will from all appearances not just be another version upgrade. There will be extensive improvements on issues that matter to all types of Drupal users. That last sentence doesn’t do it justice. Really Drupal 8 will be a quantum leap among Content Management Systems and Web-Application …

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