DrupalCon News: DrupalCon Minneapolis - extended deadlines for call for proposals & scholarships and grants

Planet Drupal - 7 October 2019 - 12:17am
Photo by Rob Shea

Mark your calendars: The deadline for Proposals and applying for Grants & Scholarships is now Wednesday, December 4

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Lullabot: Behind the Screens: Behind the Screens with Amitai Burstein

Planet Drupal - 7 October 2019 - 12:00am

How do you maintain one of Drupal's most prolific modules, run a business, have a family, and stay balanced? Amitai Burstein spills  his secrets to success and how you can join him! Also, sushi!

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Views username

New Drupal Modules - 6 October 2019 - 11:57pm

Views username module provides field handler related for user or author.
Name (raw) views field can display raw username and not truncated.


Add field of type 'Name (raw)' to your views and you could set the label of anonymous user.

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File Download Link

New Drupal Modules - 6 October 2019 - 6:35pm

This module provides a field formatter plugin for rendering file fields or image fields as configurable download links. You can configure the link text, whether or not it opens the file in a new window, and whether or not to try to force download with the html5 download attribute. It also adds some helpful classes to the link in case you want to style different types of files in different ways.

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Rules Send Big Email

New Drupal Modules - 6 October 2019 - 5:51pm

Replace the 'text field' for entering email message with the multi row 'textarea' field.

See: https://www.drupal.org/project/rules/issues/2724129

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Tour Block

New Drupal Modules - 6 October 2019 - 7:51am

Tours are navigation blocks that allows users to navigate the site visiting pages in a specific order.

Tours can be hidden after they are completed.

Tours can be hidden and only shown if a prerequisite cookie with a the specified name exists.

Tours can be displayed in 9 Styles.

  • Bar
  • Square
  • CTA 1
  • CTA 2
  • Panel
  • Card
  • Hero
  • Jumbotron
  • Fluid Jumbotron

No special cacheing issues. Tours Blocks are static Tour Stops get populated by javascript.

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hussainweb.me: Open content in new tab with an image formatter

Planet Drupal - 6 October 2019 - 4:21am
One of my sites has a listing of content shown as teaser. The teaser for this content type is defined to show the title, an image, and a few other fields. In the listing, the image is linked to the content so that the visitor may click on the image (or the title) to open the content. All this is easily achievable through regular Drupal site building.
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Migrate Joomla content and users

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2019 - 8:16am

The module is developed to help joomla user/content migration along with tags and categories.

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Ckeditor D8

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2019 - 7:52am


use \Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

function module_first_form_editor_image_dialog_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
$image_element = $form_state->get('image_element') ?: [];

$form['attributes']['width'] = [
'#type' => 'textfield',
'#title' => t('Width'),
'#default_value' => isset($image_element['width']) ? $image_element['width'] : '',

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Sitewide Alert

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2019 - 7:09am

The Sitewide Alert module provides the the ability to show alerts at the top of your site.
This can be helpful for showing alerts to your visitors to inform them of planned maintenance periods, shipping delays, flash sales. How you use it is up to you.

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SendinBlue MailSystem

New Drupal Modules - 4 October 2019 - 5:58am
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DrupalCon News: Be inspired by standout keynote address

Planet Drupal - 4 October 2019 - 1:20am

For DrupalCon Amsterdam, we’ve curated keynote speakers who are engaging presenters — and add value to the gathering as a whole. Enhance your professional life by hearing more about differing experiences in tech and open source. These keynotes are only for conference attendees, so we invite you to join us by registering.  

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Views Custom Regex

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2019 - 10:37pm

* Introduction
* Requirements
* Installation
* Configuration

View Custom Regex intends to improve default operator option Regular
expression i.e it enables the developer to add its own regular expression.
This regular expression has been given the Flexibility to be added as prefix
or suffix and accordingly the drupal filter query is modified.

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Tiny Carousel Slider

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2019 - 10:29pm

This is lightweight carousel image sliding drupal module. This module is using Tiny Carousel JavaScript jQuery library. It is a lightweight module that gives you excellent user interface and fast page loading. Sliding interval can be set to slide automatically every given milliseconds. Sliding animation time can be set in milliseconds.

Features of this module

1. Easy to customize.
2. Support all browser.
3. Automatically pauses on mouse over.
4. Supports navigation by button.
5. Responsive

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Dave Hall Consulting: Announcing the DrupalSouth Diversity Scholarship

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2019 - 10:11pm

Over the years I have benefited greatly from the generosity of the Drupal Community. In 2011 people sponsored me to write lines of code to get me to DrupalCon Chicago.

Today Dave Hall Consulting is a very successful small business. We have contributed code, time and content to Drupal. It is time for us to give back in more concrete terms.

We want to help someone from an under represented group take their career to the next level. This year we will provide a Diversity Scholarship for one person to attend DrupalSouth, our 2 day Gettin’ Git training course and 5 nights at the conference hotel. This will allow this person to attend the premier Drupal event in the region while also learning everything there is to know about git.

To apply for the scholarship, fill out the form by 23:59 AEST 12 October 2019 to be considered.

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Document Version

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2019 - 8:49pm
Document Versioning System

This project is designed to assist site managers who are serving documents (PDFs, Word Documents) via their websites and they only want to serve the latest version of this document.

It is helpful for websites that provide policies, terms and conditions which need constant updating.

This project provides:

  • Document Versioning
  • Document Scheduling

It provides a configurable download path for your documents:


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Airsuggest Tracking Code

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2019 - 2:29pm
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Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association collaborates on new groundbreaking tech initiative as featured on TagTeamTalk

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2019 - 9:40am

The Drupal Association collaborated on Automatic Updates, one of the Drupal Core Strategic Initiatives that was funded by the European Commission. We are excited to partner with MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program on this new initiative and share information with you about its features.

Automatic Updates has three components.

Public safety messaging

This feature pulls a feed of alerts from Drupal.org directly into Drupal's administrative interface. This helps ensure that critical Public service announcements (PSA) or Security Advisories (SA) from the Drupal security team will be seen directly by site owners. 

  • This provides yet another communication mechanism before an update so site owners can verify they are ready for an upcoming update, before it lands.

  • The feed of alerts comes directly from the feed of PSAs and SAs that the security team and release managers are already producing. 

  • This will vastly increase the ability of the Drupal project to get the word out about critical and highly critical updates - ensuring the community can respond fast. 

Readiness checks, or “Pre-flight” checks

These automated and extensible readiness checks are built into the Automatic Updates system to verify that a site doesn't have any blockers that would prevent it from being updated.

  • These checks are slated to run at least every 6 hours on a site via Drupal Cron and will inform site owners if they are ready to auto update their site.

  • Examples of the readiness checks include:

    • Is the site is running on a read-only file system?

    • Have any files included in the update been modified from what they should be? 

    • Does the site still need to run database updates, etc.? 

There’s about 8 or 9 of these readiness checks and some are warnings (Cron isn’t running frequently enough to automatically update the site in a timely manner) and some are errors (the file system is read-only). Warnings won’t stop automatic updates, but errors will.

In place updates

Finally, the key pillar of the automatic updates feature is the update itself. Drupal.org generates a signed and secure package of files which can be overlaid atop the existing site files in order to apply the update. 

  • This update package is downloaded as a signed zip file from Drupal.org. The automatic updates module on the site then compares the signature of the zip file using drupal/php-signify, which is based on BSD’s Signify and libsodium to verify the package.

  • It then proceeds to backup the files about to be updated and updates the site.

  • If all goes well, the site is upgraded. If something fails, the backup is restored.

  • Many workflows are supported and you can customize how the updates are performed. Updates can flow through your CI/CD system, be staged for review and approval, and or automatically go live.

In the past few weeks, the Drupal Association has been invited to participate in TagTeamTalks, a new recorded talk series about various tech projects supporting the Drupal project. This bi-weekly format provides real-time shared collaboration and informative discussions. 

TagTeamTalk launched its webinar focused on Automatic Updates this week. The group dives deep into the nuts and bolts of Drupal's groundbreaking Automatic Updates feature, and the strategic initiative sponsored by the Drupal Association, MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission. Guests include Preston So (prestonso), Contributing Editor at Tag1 and Moderator of the TagTeamTalks; Michael Meyers (michalemeyers), Managing Director of Tag1; Lucas Hedding (heddn), Senior Architect and Data and Application Migration Expert at Tag1; Fabian Franz (Fabianx), Senior Technical Architect and Performance Lead at Tag1; and Tim Lehnen (hestenet) CTO at the Drupal Association. Read the TagTeamTalks blog.

Content marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote your brand and capabilities - it has been a really powerful approach for the organizations that I’ve worked for,” said Michael. “The goal is to give our team an opportunity to talk about the cool things they’re working on and excited about and to share it with people. It helps get the word out about the latest developments in the open source communities we contribute to, and it promotes Tag1’s expertise - it helps us recruit new hires, and drives new business.” 

Meyers is the Managing Director of Tag1, and has been involved with the Drupal community for over 15 years. He was Founder and CTO of the first venture backed drupal based startup, CTO of the first Top 100 website on Drupal, and VP of Developer Relations at Acquia before joining Tag1.  “The great thing about TagTeamTalks is that it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of effort or energy. Our engineers are subject matter experts. We decide on a topic for the week, spend 15 minutes brainstorming a rough outline as a guide, and then record the talk. We don’t want to be rehearsed. The conversation is what makes it dynamic and enjoyable for us to do, and for people to listen to. And, the team loves it because they want to talk about what they are working on, and this format doesn’t take a lot of time away from what they enjoy doing most - writing code.” 

Hedding is one of the top 20 most active contributors to Drupal 8, and is also the Drupal Core Migrate Sub-system Maintainer, a core contribution mentor, and a D.O. project application reviewer. “Auto Updates has long been one of the most requested Drupal features, it is a capability the platform really needs that will help everyone using Drupal. Now that the alpha is available, we need to early adopters to start using it, we need feedback so we can continue to improve it. We also need to get more people involved in development, and we need to raise more money from organizations to support the project - it might sound like a simple feature, but it is actually really complex and requires a lot of effort. TagTeamTalks are a great way to get the word out and to enlist support from the Drupal community.”

Lucas added, “The European Commission provided generous funding for this initiative. The focus has been exclusively or largely around the European Commission’s features and functionality. The funding is running out very soon. There is a need for other people to help continue to build Automatic Updates by adding the features they need with their developers or by providing funding.”  

“It is critical for us to spread the message and make that call to action; that this is a community-driven effort and that without continued community support, it is not going to be as successful or as robust in the timeframe that we would like,” said Meyers.

The first year of funding from the European Commission provided for readiness checking, delivery of update 'quasi-patches,’ and a robust package signing system. The focus of this first phase of the Automatic Updates initiative has been on support for security updates in particular. 

In the second phase, as yet unfunded, we hope to extend this foundational work in the following ways:

  • Provide more robust composer support. The first phase of the automatic updates project should be compatible with composer-ready sites, but as the site’s composer.json file and vendor directory of a site change from the default, then more controls and though need to be implemented. 

  • Create an A/B front-end controller for the site being updated to further increase our confidence in the success of the update, allow for additional post-update testing and provide an easy mechanism to roll-back the update. This is also when updates will be able to move into Drupal core from the contrib project.

  • Expand to more types of updates (particularly further support for contrib updates), and also handle multiple updates in a row, for sites that are several versions behind. 

To accomplish all of this, we will continue to seek more funding and more partners. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes now that we have the first release out, ” said Hedding. “ There’s a larger community needed to get this initiative completed.”

The initial alpha version of the Automatic Updates module can be tested by the community right now. The plan is to: demonstrate Automatic Updates at DrupalCon Amsterdam this month, complete the scope of the funded work by the European Commission by the end of this year, and stabilize Automatic Updates by DrupalCon Minneapolis in May 2020. 

“The Automatic Updates initiative is designed to reduce the friction in keeping a Drupal site secure and up-to-date. The team behind the initiative is architecting a robust system, secure by design, and building components that can be shared with the broader PHP community,” said Tim Lehnen.

Many thanks to MTech, Tag1 Consulting, and the European Commission FOSSA program for funding this initiative. The Drupal Association is proud to be a part of this initiative.

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Custom SQL Migrate Source Plugin

New Drupal Modules - 3 October 2019 - 9:28am

Existing database entered in the settings.php file.
In this example:

$databases['mg_legacy']['default'] = array ( 'database' => 'mg_legacy', 'username' => 'xxx', 'password' => 'xxx', 'host' => 'localhost', 'port' => '3306', 'driver' => 'mysql', 'prefix' => '', 'collation' => 'utf8mb4_general_ci', );

Enable module

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wishdesk.com: Access control in Drupal 8 with the Rabbit Hole module

Planet Drupal - 3 October 2019 - 9:24am
In this post, we describe how your website can benefit from one of the most interesting Drupal 8 modules for user access and page display control — the Rabbit Hole.
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