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erdfisch: Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter

Planet Drupal - 12 May 2018 - 2:00am
Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter 12.05.2018 Michael Lenahan Body:  Drupalcon mentored core sprint - part 2 - your experience as a sprinter

Hello! You've arrived at part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts about the Mentored Core Sprint, which traditionally takes place every Friday at Drupalcon.

If you haven't already, please go back and read part 1.

You may think sprinting is not for you ...

So, you may be the kind of person who usually stays away from the Sprint Room at Drupal events. We understand. You would like to find something to work on, but when you step in the room, you get the feeling you're interrupting something really important that you don't understand.

It's okay. We've all been there.

That's why the Drupal Community invented the Mentored Core Sprint. If you stay for this sprint day, you will be among friends. You can ask any question you like. The venue is packed with people who want to make it a useful experience for you.

Come as you are

All you need in order to take part in the first-time mentored sprint are two things:

  • Your self, a human who is interested in Drupal
  • Your laptop

To get productive, your laptop needs a local installation of Drupal. Don't have one yet? Well, it's your lucky day because you can your Windows or Mac laptop set up at the first-time setup workshop!

Need a local Drupal installation? Come to the first-time setup workshop

After about half an hour, your laptop is now ready, and you can go to the sprint room to work on Drupal Core issues ...

You do not need to be a coder ...

You do not need to be a coder to work on Drupal Core. Let's say, you're a project manager. You have skills in clarifying issues, deciding what needs to be done next, managing developers, and herding cats. You're great at taking large problems and breaking them down into smaller problems that designers or developers can solve. This is what you do all day when you're at work.

Well, that's also what happens here at the Major Issue Triage table!

But - you could just as easily join any other table, because your skills will be needed there, as well!

Never Drupal alone

At this sprint, no-one works on their own. You work collaboratively in a small group (maybe 3-4 people). So, if you don't have coding or design skills, you will have someone alongside you who does, just like at work.

Collaborating together, you will learn how the Drupal issue queue works. You will, most likely, not fix any large issues during the sprint.

Learn the process of contributing

Instead, you will learn the process of contributing to Drupal. You will learn how to use the issue queue so you can stay in touch with the friends you made today, so that you fix the issue over the coming weeks after Drupalcon.

It's never too late

Even if you've been in the Drupal community for over a decade, just come along. Jump in. You'll enjoy it.

A very welcoming place to start contributing is to work on Drupal documentation. This is how I made my first contribution, at Drupalcon London in 2011. In Vienna, this table was mentored by Amber Matz from Drupalize.Me.

This is one of the most experienced mentors, Valery Lourie (valthebald). We'll meet him again in part 3, when we come to the Drupalcon Vienna live commit.

Here's Dries. He comes along and walks around, no one takes any notice because they are too engaged and too busy. And so he gets to talk to people without being interrupted.

This is what Drupal is about. It's not about the code. It's about the people.

Next time. Just come. As a sprinter or a mentor. EVERYONE is welcome, we mean that.

This is a three-part blog post series:
Part one is here
You've just finished reading part two
Part three is coming soon

Credit to Amazee Labs and Roy Segall for use of photos from the Drupalcon Vienna flickr stream, made available under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.

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KnackForge: How to update Drupal 8 core?

Planet Drupal - 23 March 2018 - 10:01pm
How to update Drupal 8 core?

Let's see how to update your Drupal site between 8.x.x minor and patch versions. For example, from 8.1.2 to 8.1.3, or from 8.3.5 to 8.4.0. I hope this will help you.

  • If you are upgrading to Drupal version x.y.z

           x -> is known as the major version number

           y -> is known as the minor version number

           z -> is known as the patch version number.

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:31
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TGN Review: Super Kitty Bug Slap

Tabletop Gaming News - 30 min 7 sec ago
Those that’ve been long-time readers of TGN know that I have a love of “gaming backpack games.” Those are games that are very small and compact, tend to have few rules and a small footprint on the table, and can be played at almost a moment’s notice. They’re so named because you can toss them […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

New Supplement and Starter Armies For Black Powder Available To Order From Warlord Games

Tabletop Gaming News - 1 hour 30 min ago
Napoleon went a little bit of everywhere across Europe during his conquests. Historians break down his movements into different campaigns, each with their own dynamics on the battlefield and political intrigue. Warlord Games’ Black Powder looks to let you recreate each of those on the tabletop. Their new book, Albion Triumphant: The Peninsular War, specifically […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fantasy Flight Games Posts Preview of the Stormtroopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

Tabletop Gaming News - 2 hours 30 min ago
While, in the movies, Stormtroopers might just be the faceless cannon fodder that gets fed into the blaster fire of the rebels, they actually were an elite fighting force. Trained in various tactics and equipped well by the Empire, they were something to be feared on the battlefield. Fantasy Flight has posted up a preview […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

New Tribe Added to HATE Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 3 hours 30 min ago
In the post-apocalyptic world of HATE, certain things that were once familiar have been twisted and deformed. The very plants that sustained the majority of life on the land became unrecognizable, with tendrils and grasping vines looking to hunt out prey. The result is the Sarrassa, a grotesque tribe that hovers between live and death. […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Steamforged Previews Ratcatcher’s Guild

Tabletop Gaming News - 4 hours 17 min ago
The new thing coming to Guild Ball this year is the addition of Minor Guilds. The first of these is going to be the Ratcatcher’s Guild. They’re a sub-group off of the Mortician’s Guild. But what does being a Minor Guild really mean? And what sort of new tricks will this new team bring to […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The RPGnet Interview: Brian Fitzpatrick, Moebius Adventures

RPGNet - 9 hours 30 min ago
About Aliens & Asteroids.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal core announcements: Drupal 8 will require PHP 7.0 or higher starting March 6, 2019 (one year from now)

Planet Drupal - 22 January 2018 - 4:43pm

Drupal 8 will require PHP 7.0 or higher starting March 6, 2019. Drupal 8 users who are running Drupal 8 on PHP 5.5 or PHP 5.6 should begin planning to upgrade their PHP version to 7.0 or higher. Drupal 8.6 will be the final Drupal 8 version to support PHP 5, and will reach end-of-life on March 6, 2019, when Drupal 8.7.0 is released. (If 8.7.0 is released before March 6, 2019, the release number for the end-of-life will be updated accordingly, but the end-of-life date will remain the same.)

When planning for which PHP version to upgrade to, consider that PHP 7.2 was released on November 30, 2017 and will remain supported longer than older PHP 7 versions.

Why is support being dropped for PHP 5.5 and 5.6?
  • PHP 5.5 has already reached official end-of-life in 2016. Following that, a growing number of the PHP libraries used by Drupal 8 have also started to discontinue support for PHP 5.5.
  • PHP 5.6 stopped receiving active support from PHP maintainers in January 2017. This means that it is no longer receiving bugfixes, even for some very serious bugs that impact Drupal development.
  • PHP 5.6 is the final PHP 5 version, so the PHP maintainers are providing two years of security fixes for PHP 5.6 beyond its active support, through December 2018. This is a few months after Drupal 8.6's scheduled release and well before Drupal 8.7 would be released.
  • Drupal 8's automated tests require the PHPUnit library, which will drop support for PHP 5.6 in February 2018. Several other third-party dependencies are also dropping PHP 5.6 support in their latest versions.
  • To minimize disruption for both Drupal users and Drupal developers, Drupal 8's support of PHP 5.5 and PHP 5.6 will end at the same time.

We understand that upgrading from PHP 5 to PHP 7 may require time to plan and deploy. We suggest upgrading to PHP 7 in 2018 (rather than waiting for Drupal 8.7.0’s release).

What if I'm using a hosting service that doesn't offer PHP 7?

A majority of PHP hosting providers already offer PHP 7. If you're using one that doesn't, we suggest asking that provider when they will make it available, and if it's not until after March 2019, leave a comment on our tracking issue linking to that hosting provider, so that we can better understand the outliers, and perhaps offer some help.

What if I'm at an organization that maintains its own hosting, and we're using Ubuntu 14.04, which bundles PHP 5.5?

You have a few options if you are using Ubuntu 14.04:

  1. The preferred option is to plan an upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 (to be released on April 2018, 2018). This version will be the most future-compatible.
  2. Another option is to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04, which is available now. You may need to upgrade Ubuntu again in a couple years if you choose to upgrade to 16.04 now.
  3. Finally, you can choose to upgrade to a separate build of PHP. Ondřej Surý provides a widely used PPA for doing this.
When will Drupal 8 drop support for PHP 7.0?

Support for PHP 7.0 will continue until at least March 6, 2019. We do not yet know whether Drupal 8's PHP 7.0 support will continue past that date, but we will post another announcement as soon as the end of PHP 7.0 support has been scheduled. We recommend you update to PHP 7.1 or higher since those versions will be supported longer.

How does this affect Drupal 8 core development?

Backported fixes account for about 80% of all changes and must continue to work on PHP 5.5 and 5.6 throughout Drupal 8.6.x's support cycle. For this reason, no PHP 7-only changes will be made until the 8.8.x branch is opened in early 2019 (or 8.9.x if 8.8.0 is released in 2018). Once 8.8.x is opened, the library dependencies in that branch can be updated to versions that have a PHP 7.0 requirement, and the Drupal code itself in that branch can begin relying on PHP 7 features. (Drupal 8 release cycle information)

The automated test suite already defaults to using PHPUnit 6 on environments that use PHP 7, but falls back to PHPUnit 4 on PHP 5. The fallback will be removed in the 8.8.x branch.

Does this affect Drupal 7?

No. Drupal 7 remains compatible with PHP 5.2.4 and higher. A separate announcement will be issued if and when that changes.

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Guild Wars 2 devs donate thousands to help fan rebuild after house fire

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 22 January 2018 - 3:38pm

Guild Wars 2 developers donated $3,500 to a fan's crowdfunding page after a fire consumed everything but a copy of her collectors edition of Nightfall from Guild Wars.  ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Wargames Illustrated Issue 364 Now Available

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 January 2018 - 3:00pm
It’s still not quite February, but that’s not stopping the folks over at Wargames Illustrated from taking orders for the February issue of their magazine. If you’d like to get your copy of issue 364, you can head over to their shop and do so now. In this issue: OBSERVATION POST Our latest look at […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Trollish Delver Games Releases Quill: White Box

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 January 2018 - 2:00pm
As you all know, I’m a fan of games that have a unique concept. So when you see things like, “solo letter-writing RPG”, it stands out from the crowd of games whose premise has been done before. Well, for those of you that’ve played Quill from Trollish Delver Games, you’ll be happy to know that […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

New Boromite heavy support team with Mag Mortar Available For Beyond the Gates of Antares

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 January 2018 - 1:00pm
Sometimes, you just need a bigger gun. The enemy’s advancing with columns of troops or heavy armor. Or you’re laying siege to an enemy city and need to break through their reinforced walls. Whatever the case, anything hand-held just won’t do it. So you bring out something like the Boromite heavy support team with Mag […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

PreviousNext: Ok Drupal - talking to Drupal

Planet Drupal - 22 January 2018 - 12:57pm

In November 2017 I presented at Drupal South on using Dialogflow to power conversational interfaces with Drupal.

The video and slides are below, the demo in which I talk to Drupal starts in the first minute.

by Lee Rowlands / 23 January 2018 Tagged Conversational UI, Drupal 8, Chatbots, DrupalSouth
Categories: Drupal

Nemesis Sci-Fi Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 January 2018 - 12:00pm
Do you know what nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent, personified in this case by a ‘orrible bear, me. Or, in this particular instance, Nemesis means a new semi-cooperative sci-fi board game that’s tearing up the funding over on Kickstarter. Take on the role of a crew member looking […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

EVE Online community raises $119k in memory of departed dev

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 22 January 2018 - 11:20am

A one week fundraiser within EVE Online raised over $119k for the developer's fiancée and daughter after his sudden passing late last year. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

WeKnow: Survival guide to Backup & Restore MongoDB

Planet Drupal - 22 January 2018 - 11:06am
Survival guide to Backup & Restore MongoDB

Despite being on the market for over a decade, to many, MongoDB still carries a mythical tone with a hint of ‘wizardry’.

The popular misconception is that MongoDB is only suitable for hip startups and former startups that are still considered ‘hip’ and out of the box, such as AirBnB.

Even with all the buzz and talk around MongoDB, the adoption rate remains relatively low in comparison with other ‘standard’ relational database technologies. Not many seem to understand that to be successful in the world of code you must approach everything new with an open mind.

Besides bearing an open mind, you need to incorporate an avenue to test and learn new technologies and tools. Personally, I choose to learn how to use new tools by trying to accomplish routine tasks.

enzo Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:06
Categories: Drupal

Monday Terrain Corner

Tabletop Gaming News - 22 January 2018 - 11:00am
Well, it’s back to the old grindstone. But we’ll always have the memories of the weekend that just went by. I hope you got some gaming in. I did. I tried out Photosynthesis, as well as taught Guild Ball to a friend. It was a good time had by all. But now the focus is […]
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Social Post Steem

New Drupal Modules - 22 January 2018 - 10:28am

This project is part of the Drupal Social Initiative.

Social Post Steem allows you to configure your site to automatically post to a users Steem accounts without human intervention. No tricky configuration needed. It is based on Social Post and Social API projects

Categories: Drupal

Silent Contribute

New Drupal Modules - 22 January 2018 - 10:00am

The Silent Contribute module is a drop-in replacement for the Contribute module.

It's purpose is to serve as a stub to be used by people who do not want to install the Contribute module by themselves but are forced to do so due to module dependencies.

This module was created as an answer to the Webform module adding Contribute module dependency.

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