30 Oct 2014

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Bluespark Labs: Follow the readiness of the top 100 modules for Drupal 8 with our automatically updated tool

With the first Drupal 8 beta having been released at Drupalcon Amsterdam, we thought this would be a good time to a look at the top 100 projects on drupal.org to see just how far along the line the process of preparing for Drupal 8 is. However, given that there's a lot of progress to be made and I don't feel like manually updating a long list of modules, I decided to make a small tool to get the status of these modules and keep the data up to date.

This turned out to be a fun little project, and slightly more involved than I anticipated at first. (Isn't it always the case!) However, at its heart it's a bone-simple Drupal project - one content type for the Drupal projects (and their metadata) we're interested in, and a few views to show them as a table and calculate simple statistics. The work of updating the metadata from drupal.org is handled in 85 lines of code, using hook_cron to add each project to a Queue to be processed. The queue callback borrows code from the update module and simply gets release data, parses it, and updates the metadata on the project nodes. In the end, the most work was doing the research to determine which projects are already in core, and adding notes about where to find D8 upgrade issues and so on.

So, how did it all turn out? Using the current top 100 projects based on the usage statistics on drupal.org, our tool tells us that as of today, out of the 100 most popular projects:

Thanks for reading, and be sure to keep an eye on the status page to see how the most used contrib modules are coming along!

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30 Oct 2014 7:42am GMT

PreviousNext: Drupal 7.32 critical update: Our Response

With the Drupal Security team's release of a public service announcement, the infamous security update known as 'SA-005' is back in the news. Even though it's old news, we've been fielding a new round of questions, so we thought we'd try to clear up some of the confusion.

30 Oct 2014 5:30am GMT

Modules Unraveled: 124 Creating Drupal Configuration in Code Using CINC with Scott Reynen - Modules Unraveled Podcast

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Published: Thu, 10/30/14

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CINC

  • What is CINC?
  • How is it different from Features or Configuration Management?
  • Is it something you use on an ongoing basis? Or is it just for the initial site setup?
  • What types of configuration can you manage with CINC?
  • What if you already have a content type created, and you want to add a field to the content type?
    • How does that affect existing content, and new content.
  • What about the reverse? Can you remove a field?
    • What happens to the data that is already in the database?
  • Can you undo configuration that you've created with CINC?
  • How do you prevent site admins from disabling the module and deleting their content types?
  • CINC YAML
  • CINC & Features
  • CINC & Drupal 8 Config API
  • cinc.io
  • Sheet2Module
  • How do you see CINC working in a headless Drupal setting?

Use Cases

  • Create dozens of fields quickly.
  • Add a field to a content type after an existing field.
  • Update configuration only if it still matches the default settings.
  • How do you use this in a dev/staging/production
  • Have you noticed any improved feedback, improvements to your workflow while using CINC?
  • If people want to jump in and help development or work on new features what should they do?
Episode Links:
Scott on drupal.org
Scott on Twitter
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30 Oct 2014 5:00am GMT

29 Oct 2014

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Mediacurrent: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Drupal 2 Years Ago

10 things I wish I knew about Drupal 2 years ago

They say that hindsight is 20/20. With the many advances that have happened in the Drupal community recently, we asked our team "What is the one thing you wish you knew about Drupal two years ago?"

"I wish I knew about the Headless Drupal initiative so I that I could be ahead of the curve as far as the Javascript technologies that it will require." - Chris Doherty

29 Oct 2014 8:44pm GMT

Metal Toad: Seeing Long Term Technology Adoption as Evolution

Much like an evolutionary tree our goal in technology adoption is too continue to move forward and evolve, rather than getting caught in a dead end. In the natural world, becoming bigger can be good but can lead to extinction events should the environment or food source change. Right now we are in a technology Jurassic...

29 Oct 2014 5:31pm GMT

Code Karate: Finding the right brand

If you have been around CodeKarate.com for awhile you have noticed that our branding has been, we

29 Oct 2014 11:28am GMT

Acquia: Drupal in the Philipines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier

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On being an open source developer

"Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!"

29 Oct 2014 11:00am GMT

28 Oct 2014

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The Cherry Hill Company: Islandora Camp Colorado - Bringing Islandora and Drupal closer

From October 13 - 16, 2014, I had the opportunity to go to (and the priviledge to present at) Islandora Camp Colorado (http://islandora.ca/camps/co2014). These were four fairly intensive days, including a last day workshop looking to the future with Fedora Commons 4.x. We had a one day introduction to Islandora, a day of workshops, and a final day of community presentations on how Libraries (and companies that work with Libraries such as ours) are using Islandora. The future looks quite interesting for the relationship between Fedora Commons and Drupal.

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28 Oct 2014 10:40pm GMT

groups.drupal.org frontpage posts: Drupal Camp Ohio

Start:
2014-11-14 (All day) - 2014-11-15 (All day) America/Chicago
Drupalcamp or Regional Summit
Organizers:
themic8

http://drupalcampohio.org/

"DrupalCamp Ohio 2014 returns to The Ohio State University's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, for another two-day camp to build on last year's success, and will include keynote speeches, topical sessions, Beginners Training, Birds of a Feather breakouts, and code sprints."
-- http://drupalcampohio.org/about

28 Oct 2014 8:30pm GMT

Drupal Watchdog: Drupal 8 Modules

Feature

This article will be more about the patterns you need to use during Drupal 8 development than how to fit the various pieces together.

Implements of MathematicsThere's good reason for this approach: fitting the pieces together has plenty of examples, change records, and whatnot - but many pieces of the puzzle are entirely new to Drupal developers.

The Background

The first half of this article provides general PHP information which uses Drupal as an example, but is not Drupal specific. The idea behind this is that the knowledge can be reused well (indeed, this was also a design goal for Drupal 8).

Classes, Objects, Interfaces

In Drupal 7, stdClass was used at a lot of places; ergo, classes (like stdClass) and objects (instances of a class, like node, user, etc.) should be familiar. stdClass is a class without methods, and the properties are not defined ahead of time. In PHP, it's valid to set any property on an object, even if it's not defined on its class. So, stdClass worked much like an associated array, except that it used arrows instead of brackets. Another important distinction between arrays and objects is passing them to a function: in PHP5, if a function/method gets an object and then changes the object, it will affect the object everywhere - objects are not copied every time, while arrays are.

28 Oct 2014 7:08pm GMT

Aten Design Group: Modularizing JavaScript

I came to Drupal from a JavaScript background and was happy to see a module system in place. Have you ever wished you could write your JavaScript modularly just like your PHP in order to take advantage of testing, better documentation and the Do One Thing Well philosophy? Well I have the solution for you: Browserify and NPM!

Getting Started

In order to take advantage of JavaScript modularity you will need node and npm which can be installed together using one of these methods.

Creating a JavaScript Module

JavaScript modules are similar to the PHP include system in that they allow the developer to separate their code across multiple files. The key difference is that JavaScript uses the syntax require to pull the exported part of a JavaScript file into the current file's variable of choice. Let's take a look.

Simply create a JavaScript file, do whatever you're trying to do and assign the resulting value (usually a class or object) to module.exports.

// src/lib/MyClass.js
 
module.exports = function MyClass(opts) {}
 
MyClass.prototype.magic = function() {
  console.log('magic');
}

You can now use MyClass.js from other JavaScript files like so:

// src/index.js
var MyClass = require('./lib/MyClass');
 
var classy = new MyClass();
 
classy.magic(); // 'magic'

NPM

PHP developers may be familiar with Composer. NPM is the Composer of the JavaScript world. Both allow you to manage the dependencies of your project.

Before creating a custom module it's a great idea to see if it has already been written. npmjs.org is the place to look. When you find a module you'd like to include in your project, retrieve it and add it as a dependency with npm. For example, to install lodash:

npm install lodash --save

The save flag adds this dependency to the package.json file. It might help to think of this as the JavaScript version of composer.json. All the dependencies for a project can be installed by running npm install within the directory containing package.json or its sub-directories.

Requiring modules from NPM is done just like local modules but you don't have to provide the path, just use the module name. require will look in the node_modules folder automatically.

var _ = require('lodash');

Read more about NPM and package.json on the NPM website.

The Browserify command

Browserify reads your JavaScript files and resolves their module.exports and require's.

Your main JavaScript file should be a compilation of its dependencies resulting in a useful piece of functionality for your website. To compile your multiple files into one that is browser ready we will use the browserify CLI.

First install it globally with npm. Globally installed modules can be accessed from anywhere on your machine.

npm install -g browserify

Then tell Browserify where your main JavaScript file is and redirect the output to where you want your compiled, browser-ready JS to be.

browserify src/index.js > build/myModule.js

build/myModule.js is now browser ready! Now you can add it to your website.

Come see me at BADCamp

The above workflow is a great way to maintain custom Drupal modules with a lot of JavaScript. For more detailed information about using this workflow with Drupal - such as global dependencies, handling jQuery, task automation and testing - come check out my session at this year's BADCamp!

28 Oct 2014 6:17pm GMT

Open Source Training: Node Gallery: The Easiest Drupal Photo Gallery

We have several different Drupal photo gallery tutorials on this blog. The most popular are Views Photo Galleries for Drupal 7 and Node Gallery for Drupal 6.

However, although Views is powerful, it is too complex for many Drupal users and Node Gallery remains popular. So here's an update that shows how to use Node Gallery in Drupal 7.

Node Gallery is still the easiest way to build a photo gallery in Drupal. It requires very little set-up and almost no configuration.

28 Oct 2014 3:32pm GMT

Sooper Drupal Themes: Introducing SooperThemes.com version 5


Welcome to the fifth redesign of sooperthemes.com!

What's new at SooperThemes

The fifth major update to sooperthemes.com is the biggest update ever. It's a completely new site, unlike the previous sites which were built on top of the original alldrupalthemes.com (2007!)!

The new site comes with a big shift in focus. With Drupal 7 sites becoming more complex, and the upcoming Drupal 8 introducing new power and flexibility, but also complexity, we work hard to offer tools, services and products that allow everyone to profit form Drupal's flexibility without having to suffer the steep learning curve (alone). In addition to selling Drupal themes with turn-key demo sites we now offer more services:

  • Custom built ticket system on sooperthemes.com, to work alongside e-mail support
  • Design to Drupal service, for affordable and top quality Drupal themes based on your own design
  • Enterprise Drupal services, including art direction, design, theming, data driven design and consulting.
  • No more one-off theme sales, total focus on club membership and long term support

Our new tools are the best part, read on to learn about our major plans to support Drupal for small/medium businesses.

Drupal Developers will Love these New Tools:

A new Distribution: Drupal CMS Powerstart

Drupal's awesome architecture is what makes it such an awesome alternative to competing CMS like Wordpress and Joomla, but setting up shop with Drupal is described by many as painful and too complicated. Here, Drupal's power in flexibility is also it's weakness. It takes too much time to install basic features like WYSIWYG with media management: you need to find modules and set up complicated configurations, sometimes needing patches or development versions of modules, external libraries, etc.
To solve this problem, we created a Drupal CMS Distribution, targeted to small business sites and aiming to make life easier for developers and shops who create small sites.

Drupal CMS Powerstart needs beta testers: https://www.drupal.org/project/cms

Dries has mentioned in several keynotes that Distributions are the key to make Drupal more accessible and therefore the Drupal ecosystem more succesful. We too believe distributions are the solution but we don't like how they are currently made and how they are managed by drupal.org. Therefore we have created a new interface: A user-friendly interface to our distribution that lets you pick features, so that you don't get a bulky distro with everything in it, and the kitchen sink.

Check out the custom build interface to Drupal CMS Powerstart:

Drupal CMS Custom Build

Twitter Bootstrap Fans will love what we did with Bootstrap 3

In order to create a truly responsive distribution, we developed and refined a lot Bootstrap 3 Drupal-integration. Responsive grid control from Views, content organisation with Bootstrap shortcodes: https://www.drupal.org/project/bs_shortcodes and all our features come with default layouts that regardless of whether you use a Bootstrap theme.

Development of Drupal CMS Powerstart is sponsored by sooperthemes.com and if you want to support future development of this new platform, please help beta testing and/or consider becoming a member of our premium themes club, you can see our "premium themed" version of CMS Powerstart here: http://glazed-demo.sooperthemes.com/ - more Drupal themes.

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28 Oct 2014 3:11pm GMT

ERPAL: Drupal design patterns – do we need them?

After six years of working with Drupal, I've seen many successful Drupal projects. I've also felt how hard it is to become an experienced Drupal developer. When I asked myself why some Drupal projects succeed while others don't, I came to this conclusion: the projects that integrate with Drupal core and the contrib ecosystem - i.e. the ones that use "best practice" deployment workflows and try to use configuration instead of custom code - keep their flexibility, stay maintainable and avoid "niche know-how". This then ensures that the project can be continued even if the team changes. Of course, there are lots of other non-technical factors that make projects successful but we're focusing here on the technical ones. The problem is that there's no central repository of "best practices": almost all developers or Drupal shops have their own.

This brings me to the point of considering some Drupal design patterns. Whereas in object-oriented programming, developers have patterns for their object models to solve specific problems that appear again and again, we haven't yet established any in Drupal. But if we look at the configuration layer of Drupal as a "programming language", we could describe some patterns or best practices that would help others with problems that have already been solved hundreds of times before. This would have the same benefits as design patterns in other programming languages. Solutions for equivalent problems / requirements are always designed in a similar way. For any given workflow we could always use the same rules, so everybody would know where to go to change some behavior. The result would be that modules wouldn't implement their own logic in code but provide actions, events and conditions, and some default rules. People still wouldn't find a Drupal image gallery module but they would know how to build one according to some patterns. Of course we'd have a longer dependency chain for some modules, but is this really a problem if we're depending on standard modules?

When to choose which module - would patterns work for this?

With more than 8000 modules available at Drupal.org, new Drupal users may find it hard to get started. What usually happens is that they enable lots of modules to test them; if the module works for their requirements, it remains enabled. If the user is a technical person, maybe even a developer, he/she will most likely use the Drupal API to extend the Drupal app.
But wouldn't it be great if we had a list of modules that were "state of the art" for best practices such as using rules for workflows and business logic, ECKs and fields for data structure modelling, views for lists and data queries, restWS and WSclient for communication with other applications, entity view modes in combination with panels for layouting, and features for the deployment. Considering the above, I've created the Drupal application stack poster to collect all our modules - along with their specific use cases -and to share this overview with the community. Shouldn't we always have a "Drupal-relevant set" of modules in mind when it comes to the modelling process of our Drupal app? This would keep Drupal apps sustainable and flexible.

Dos and don'ts

There are also some examples of what not to do. In a few projects that had crashed before they came to us to be rebuilt, it became clear that the previous developers had exactly the problems listed above. They had no guide to help them figure out when to use the API and when to choose which module, which further led to code and architectures that nobody but the developer could maintain. After the first release, the projects weren't extendible, as there was no deployment process established. Wouldn't it help to collect these examples as well, to help people avoid them and get on the right path with Drupal? With a list of positive and negative patterns, we could give users some objective criteria for rating the implementation of their Drupal project.

Distributions - start from a higher level

Distributions built on such best practices as Drupal commerce kickstart or ERPAL Platform provide a good starting point for new Drupal developers, since they can see how experienced Drupalistas created the distros and which modules they used. Distros can be showcases for Drupal design patterns or a kick-start for vertical use cases like e-commerce sites or business applications.

If we want the Drupal community to grow, we should help others find the right starting point - not just any old one that could lead them off in the wrong direction: while they might see some quick results, if it wasn't the right approach, they would only realize that after days of work. Once too much time has elapsed, with the money already spent and the deadline looming ever closer, nobody will ever refactor the Drupal application to improve its structure.

With Drupal design patterns, we'd be able to offer standard solutions to often-complex problems. What are your thoughts about Drupal design patterns? Would this bring us another step closer to making Drupal into a world-leading web application framework?

28 Oct 2014 1:56pm GMT

Drupalize.Me: Free Halloween Icon Set

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to hand out some tasty treats. Don't worry, you're not getting fruit or pennies. It's something much more fun! I designed a custom Halloween icon set, which is free to download and use however you want. With Drupalize.Me's scary good Drupal training, it's fitting that these icons can spook, sweeten, or surprise your next project.

28 Oct 2014 1:04pm GMT

Clemens Tolboom: Which route belongs to which path fragment?

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Drupal menu tree with GraphViz 650.46 KB
Drupal menu tree with d3js 216.41 KB
Drupal menu tree PNG 55.17 KB
Drupal menu radial tree with d3js 217.39 KB
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Drupal menu tree graphviz 75.85 KB

Visualization some complex part of Drupal is helping understand Drupal better. This is about the menu tree using Graph Viz for a static SVG diagram and D3JS for a dynamic version.

28 Oct 2014 12:21pm GMT