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Forum One: To the Pattern Lab! Collaboration Using Modular Design Principles

7 May 2015 - 7:15am

Come check out our presentation at Drupalcon 2015 in Los Angeles about modular design on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 1:00 – 2:00pm PST.

You’ll learn how to use styleguide/prototyping tools like Pattern Lab to increase collaboration between designers, themers, developers, and clients on Drupal projects. A focus on modular design early on in a Drupal project improves workflow and efficiency for the whole team!

After applying modular design principles into your design workflow you will have, guaranteed *:

  • Shinier, more polished sites: You’ll improve collaboration between themers and designers without relying so much on static photoshop comps, dramatically improving the end product’s quality at a higher detail level.
  • Happier clients: Clients will be able to see functional visual designs earlier in the project and be able to play with the site in an easy to use interface.
  • Happier developers: Developers can concentrate on the hard work of building the site while themers and designers concentrate on the visual design.
  • Project managers overcome with joy: Sites will be more easily themed, front-end bugs will be caught earlier, clients can see progress sooner, designers will be less bogged down in Photoshop iterations, and projects will be more successful.

We hope to see you there. It should be a lot of fun and we are genuinely interested in hearing your thoughts. If you are impatient and want to learn more about Pattern Lab and design patterns in general, take a look at this blog post by Brad Frost on designing pattern flexibility.

not an actual guarantee. Results may vary. Consult your doctor if your clients remain happy for over 4 hours

Categories: Drupal

ThinkShout: Meet the ThinkShout Team at DrupalCon LA!

7 May 2015 - 6:00am

It’s that time of year again - that’s right, DrupalCon! We’re excited to visit sunny (and warm, and apparently very dry) Los Angeles this year for DrupalCon 2015. We might have to dust off our shorts for this one.

The location for this year’s conference holds a special place in our hearts, as we have a handful of awesome clients and partners (and some friends, too) that we can’t wait to see while we geek out about all things Drupal. As always, we’ll all be running around during this four day event, but here are all the specific places where you can catch up with us:

Exhibit Hall

We’re partnering with our friends MailChimp at booth 800. Stop by for some cool swag, to talk shop, and learn about the exciting work we’re doing porting the MailChimp module to Drupal 8. We’re also hiring for several positions, so if you’d like to meet face tio face and get a better feel for what it would be like to join the ThinkShout team, come chat with us.

Official Sessions

Scaling Your Business Starts with the Right Spreadsheets: Performance Metrics

Join ThinkShout’s Sean Larkin and Forum One’s Chris Wolz as they discuss tools and techniques for collaboration and management that will help you make better long-term decisions for your business.

Tuesday May 12th, 10:45-11:45am

Room: 502B - Lullabot

If I Only Had a Frame(work): Crafting Experiences Across 3rd-Party Systems

Lev Tsypin and Brett Meyer will discuss creating and developing a create a cohesive experience across multiple platforms even when they aren’t all open source.

Wednesday May 13th, 1-2pm

Room: 515A - Phase 2

Building Your Drupal-Based Business, Or, What Keeps You Up at Night

This facilitated panel session will include ThinkShout’s own Sean Larkin, and will cover insights from agency owners on lessons learned, areas of focus, and what NOT to worry about. All that and some guidance on best practices, and ideas to sustain and support growth - with an active audience Q&A to boot.

Wednesday May 13th, 2:15-3:15pm

Room: Petree C - Acquia

Ballin' on a Budget: How to Create Great Design Without Breaking the Bank

Our Lead User Experience Designer, Josh Riggs, will give us the low-down on creating kick-ass designs for any budget by utilizing solid design fundamentals, great communication, and maybe a few tricks up the sleeve.

Thursday May 14th, 10:45-11:45am

Room: TBD

MailChimp and Drupal, The Anatomy of a Successful Partnership

In this Lightning Talk, ThinkShout CTO Lev Tsypin and MailChimp API guru Nathan Ranson will cover the evolution of MailChimp's support for Drupal, the basics of how the integration works, and hint at what's to come for Drupal 8.

Thursday May 14th, 1:15pm

Room: TBD

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

ThinkShout team members will also be leading a couple of great BoF sessions. We hope to see you there!

Design and Prototyping Methods for Responsive Drupal Sites with Josh Riggs (@joshriggs)

Tuesday May 12th, 10:45-11:45am

Room: 410 - The Cherry Hill Company

Integrating Drupal with Salesforce with Tauno Hogue

Wednesday May 13th, 10:45-11:45am

Room: 505 - Chromatic

And finally, as we mentioned earlier, we’re excited about visiting LA this year because we’ll get a bit of face time with some of the great west coast clients and partners we’ve been working with over the last few years. We will be hosting a special happy hour reception celebrating these LA organizations and honoring one of our long-time clients and partners, the Los Angeles Conservancy, with a donation from our team.

We hope to see you at DrupalCon this year. If you can’t make it, get in touch with us and we’ll fill you in on what you missed! You can also follow along on all the social networks: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram - we’ll keep you posted!

To those of you heading down to LA, California or BUST!

Categories: Drupal

ERPAL: Relaunch

7 May 2015 - 12:45am

Finally: we're done overhauling our internet presence and proudly present you our new website! Our main goal in re-launching was to better to inform you, our web visitor, in a more targeted way about ERPAL. We've completely restructured the site, reducing it to the bare essentials.

We provide an overview of our two Drupal distributions, ERPAL Platform and ERPAL for Service Providers, and outline their main functions. At first glance you should be able to tell whether ERPAL could be of use to you, and, if so, how you'd benefit from it. If you need it, on the individual subpages you'll find more detailed information about these two distributions. Screenshots and graphical representations of the functions illuminate the explanations.

In addition, you'll find all the most important links on the topic of ERPAL. Whether you need access to documentation, downloads or the Issue Queue, it's all just a click away.
We also present additional products and services that could be of interest to you. For example, how Drop Guard can automate the application of your Drupal security updates, or how the ERPAL Time Tracker app could greatly simplify your time keeping.

Within the context of the website re-launch, we also take the opportunity to introduce our brand-new ERPAL Partner Program. On the website you'll learn how, as a Drupal agency, you could profit from this program. Joint sales and marketing activities, as well as comprehensive support, are just a few of the benefits.

Now we hope that you enjoy our new website and that you can quickly find all the information you're looking for. We look forward to your feedback!

Categories: Drupal frontpage posts for the Drupal planet: Drupal 7.37 released

6 May 2015 - 9:24pm

Drupal 7.37, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes), is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.37 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.37

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are no major, non-backwards-compatible features in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 7 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

There are no security fixes in this release of Drupal core.

Bug reports

Drupal 7.x is being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports), more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.


Drupal 7.37 contains bug fixes and small API/feature improvements only. The full list of changes between the 7.36 and 7.37 releases can be found by reading the 7.37 release notes. A complete list of all changes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Update notes

See the 7.37 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

Known issues


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Categories: Drupal

Drupal core announcements: Drupal 8 Question-and-Answer Core Conversation at DrupalCon Los Angeles

6 May 2015 - 4:05pm

Do you have questions about the upcoming Drupal 8 release (or Drupal 8.1.x or 9 and beyond)? On Thursday, May 14 at DrupalCon Los Angeles, I'll be moderating a question-and-answer core conversation with a panel of the Drupal 8 core committers. Questions can be submitted in advance online, and anyone can submit a question (or more than one). I will curate the submissions to ask the panel the most interesting and relevant questions.

Some suggested topics:

  • Drupal core's newly refined structure and decision-making process (see my earlier post for background information).
  • Contributing as a core subsystem or topic maintainer
  • The upcoming Drupal 8.0.0 release: what to expect and how we're going to get there
  • Any questions you have for core committers
  • Or anything else on your mind!

This is a rare opportunity for the community to communicate directly with the Drupal 8 committer team. Help us make the most of of it -- submit your questions now!

Categories: Drupal How we could monitor Twitter (if we had to)

6 May 2015 - 2:00pm

Monitoring your live site is a pretty good idea - that's generally agreed. Same goes for visual regression testing. Doing it, however, is hard. Enough so that very few companies actually do visual regression testing/monitoring, so don't feel bad if you haven't either until now. But after reading this post you should seriously consider doing it. Or at least give it a try.

For example, here's an overview of how we could monitor Twitter, if someone would actually ask us to (as always you can jump right into the repository):

Visual regression on a Twitter page. So much functionality has been asserted in this simple screenshot

Continue reading…

Categories: Drupal

Drupal core announcements: Drupal core updates for May 6th, 2015

6 May 2015 - 11:42am

Congratulations to Alex "effulgentsia" Bronstein and Jess "xjm", who became core committers as part of the Evolving and documenting Drupal core's structure, responsibilities, and decision-making policy (which could still use your review)!

What's new with Drupal 8?

Since the last Drupal Core Update, the minimum version of MySQL needed to run D8 was raised to 5.5.3, and Drupal 8.0.0-beta10 was released in time for DrupalCon Los Angeles (which is next week).

Some other highlights of the month were:

How can I help get Drupal 8 done?

See Help get Drupal 8 released! for updated information on the current state of the release and more information on how you can help.

We're also looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. Contact mparker17 if you'd like to help!

Drupal 8 In Real Life Whew! That's a wrap!

Do you follow Drupal Planet with devotion, or keep a close eye on the Drupal event calendar, or git pull origin 8.0.x every morning without fail before your coffee? We're looking for more contributors to help compile these posts. You could either take a few hours once every six weeks or so to put together a whole post, or help with one section more regularly. If you'd like to volunteer for helping to draft these posts, please follow the steps here!

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Jim Birch: No more usernames! Setting up Drupal 7 for Email Login

6 May 2015 - 10:00am

Sorry, the user name 'Super Incredibly Good Looking Jim' is already taken...

I don't need another username.  I really don't need another username on a site that I am not going to have a public profile.  There are sites where having a username makes perfect sense, and then there are those that don't.

Reasons you may need to have a Username:
  • If the site offers a public profile
  • For use in internal commenting
  • For use in internal forum
  • For use in internal messaging

Even in some of these cases, we could get away with using a display name.  We will explore how to set up a Display Name that is separate from core's login funtionality below.

I am not building Twitter.  Nor am I building Ello, Reddit, Pinterest, or Periscope. In most cases, I only have administrators and content creators accessing the site.  Trying to keep the login process as painless as I can for my users, I will use an email address field as the unique identifier.  I would venture to guess that everyone online has at least one of those.

Read more

Categories: Drupal

Promet Source: Melding AngularJS With Drupal Sites: Retrospective

6 May 2015 - 9:28am
Let's start with the template file. A brief tour of the template file If you pull up the template file, you will see something similar to the following:
Categories: Drupal

Drupal Watchdog: VIDEO: DrupalCon Amsterdam Interview: Tom Erickson

6 May 2015 - 9:17am

In Drupal Watchdog’s proprietary corner, we have a lively chat with TOM ERICKSON (CEO, Acquia), who reveals himself as a pop-music maven, Napa oenophile, and passionate proponent of diversity in the technology field, particularly among women and millennials.

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Categories: Drupal

Annertech: Let the world know: #DrupalOpenDays Ireland is fast approaching (and we're sponsoring)

6 May 2015 - 5:37am
Let the world know: #DrupalOpenDays Ireland is fast approaching (and we're sponsoring)

Drupal Open Days - the largest meeting of Drupal developers, users, and enthusiasts in Ireland - is fast approaching. This year is looking like it's going to be the biggest and best one yet.

Biggest - checkout who is coming

Best - checkout the great line up of speakers

Categories: Drupal

LevelTen Interactive: Five Drupal Modules That Will Save You from Mobilegeddon

5 May 2015 - 10:00pm

Mobilegeddon has arrived. I hope your site was one of the survivors.... Read more

Categories: Drupal

flink: Take your Maps to the Max

5 May 2015 - 8:40pm

We’ve always loved maps. Google, Openlayers, Leaflet... bring them on!

To date, those three are the most popular engines to fetch and assemble the tiles that make up your maps and deliver them to the browser.

We love all three, and through IP Geolocation Views & Maps, we support all three.

We have a penchant for Leaflet because its code is open-sourced, well-written and from the ground up made to suit mobile. It is also extended easily. This is witnessed by the great number of handy map widgets and plugins that float about on GitHub and as module add-ons on

With all of these rapidly gaining popularity, we thought it might inspire if we'd show-case a number of these goodies on a single interactive map page for you to play with.

As you hover and click around we hope you become just as convinced as we are, that maps not merely constitute stylish page elements, but also enhance content navigation and reporting, in ways that cannot be achieved through menus, search boxes and spreadsheets.

The best news is that you can now click all of this together in Drupal without any coding whatsoever. To make it totally easy for you to produce a map like the one below, we've made screenshots of the complete map configuration.

And that's enough from us. Time for you to PLAY !

Produced in collaboration with RegionBound.

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Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon News: Developer Contest at DrupalCon!

5 May 2015 - 1:10pm

Are you ready to create a great shopping experience and possibly win some fun prizes?’s Developer Contest at DrupalCon Los Angeles is your chance. Build a working Webshop (responsive, of course!) by developing a Drupal extension that integrates Drupal 8 and SPHERE.IO. Submissions are due Monday, May 11th at 9:00pm PST!

About the Mission:

Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon News: Build Lasting Connections at Women in Drupal Event

5 May 2015 - 11:55am

At my first Women in Drupal event, there were approximately fifteen women gathered in the corner of a temporarily-unused DrupalCon room. We turned on the lights, circled the chairs, and talked comfortably about our work. At the time, I was a backend developer and almost always the only woman on my teams.

Categories: Drupal

Lullabot: Lullabot's 7th Annual DrupalCon Party

5 May 2015 - 11:33am

Lullabot's annual party has become a DrupalCon tradition – fun friendly people hanging out and having a good time. If you're new to DrupalCon, it's a great place to meet people. If you're an old-timer like most of us, it's a great place to see old friends and make new ones.

Categories: Drupal

Acquia: Four Final Questions You Should Ask Your Drupal Cloud Host

5 May 2015 - 9:48am

You know how when you're buying a car, and the questions just keep on coming? And the salesperson keeps making roundtrips to the manager's desk?

It's kind of like that when you're considering where to host your website. There's always time for more questions. It's one less surprise later on.

That's why I keep adding to my list.

It started, you may recall, with just five questions. A week later, I added five more. Now, before closing out this series, I've got a final four.

Ask now, avoid unpleasant surprises later. That's my motto, and it should be yours.

1. What is your level of Drupal expertise?

Acquia offers the industry's highest level of technical Drupal expertise. Our support organization is larger than most hosting companies––over 60 professionals worldwide with over 250 years of combined experience. And Acquia’s overall level of in-house Drupal expertise is unparalleled with over 150 Drupalists, including core owners, security team members, and module contributors. Furthermore, Acquia’s wealth of Drupal knowledge is being expanded continuously. Closed loop processes between our support and engineering organizations help to drive new tools and add to our Help Center, which we then share with the Drupal community.

2. If my site turns into a volcano of errors, will you proactively notify me?

Acquia monitors the health of customers’ servers, and we proactively notify customers of the nature of any issues we detect. When the problem is server-side, we mitigate it, and when the issue is caused by something on the application side, we provide recommended steps to resolve the issue (though we do not usually implement them ourselves unless the customer cannot for some reason).

Acquia also gives customers access to advanced monitoring at the application level, via partners like New Relic or features like our Uptime Monitoring tool—both of which can be used to alert customers in a self-service fashion whenever the application is suffering. If the root cause is server-related, we will notify the customer proactively, but some issues are application-only (meaning they do not trigger server health alerts on our end), so that is why we recommend that customers utilize application-level monitoring whenever possible.

3. Do you offer advanced platform analysis tools to help ensure that my application is running at its best?

Every Acquia Cloud Subscription comes with a suite of tools that make managing your Drupal sites easier than ever before. Drupal site developers, administrators, and site owners can quickly identify problems, eliminate costly mistakes, simplify processes, and improve overall site performance. Acquia’s monitoring tools analyze and measure the quality of your site based on security and performance parameters. Dozens of tests ensure your site’s conformance with best practices for security, performance, and general Drupal and web application development. Monitoring over 50 settings, these tools provide real-time analysis and proactive alerts for issues with your Drupal code and configuration. You can identify code issues and modifications fast, easily download patch files, and view needed updates at-a-glance. You’ll receive a site score to help you improve the quality of your site. You’ll get clear, actionable recommendations to help solve problems and expand your Drupal knowledge.

Acquia provides several additional tools that help you quickly troubleshoot problems with your application. The Uptime Monitoring tool monitors your site’s uptime and responsiveness. It checks your site every minute to see if it’s online and serving pages. For a developer looking to quickly and easily get visibility into a problem, log streaming is a solution that allows for easy access to information without having to download a full day’s log file. It provides real-time access to server logs from within the UI—making troubleshooting more efficient.

4. What is your uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA), and how do you ensure that you meet it?

Acquia commits to 99.95 percent platform, infrastructure, and application uptime. To ensure this, we operate monitoring services 24x7. Acquia uses the Nagios monitoring platform to provide instant access to over 50 vital real-time and historical metrics. We also maintain robust home-grown monitoring tools to ensure performance. Our team of Cloud Operations professionals is always standing by—proactively monitoring your environment and responding to critical issue alerts. With coverage in all time zones and fluency in five languages, the team is available 24x7 for critical, site-impacting issue response.

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Categories: Drupal

Drupal Watchdog: VIDEO: DrupalCon Amsterdam Interview: Cathy Theys

5 May 2015 - 9:09am

CATHY THEYS (Drupal Community Liaison, Blackmesh) runs sprints. She also mentors young Drupal sprinters. Go, Cathy!

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Drupal Watchdog: Protecting Your Drupal 8 Resources

5 May 2015 - 7:05am

Drupal 8 incorporates a Modular Authentication System which, given a request, attempts to identify a Drupal user by inspecting the HTTP request headers.

Authentication comes in handy when we want to restrict access to a resource in Drupal. It can be applied to any route, although the method to implement it may differ. It is most commonly used to identify requests when we are exposing data through an API from our Drupal site.

Authentication and Authorization

Imagine you are going through airport security. The security agent asks to see your ID – a passport or driver’s license, say. The act of showing your ID is what we call Authentication. In Drupal – as in almost all websites – your authentication credentials are your username and password.

Next, the security agent checks your boarding pass to verify that you are in the right place and have clearance to get on a plane. That’s called Authorization. In Drupal your role (and therefore the permissions assigned to that role) are your Authorization credentials.

To summarize: authentication means who are you?; authorization means may you proceed?.

Enjoy your flight!

Authentication in Drupal 8

In Drupal 8, Authorization is handled by the Access System and won't be covered in this article; there is an internal system to handle Authentication, so let's start with the following statement:

Thanks to the Modular Authentication System, different Authentication Providers may extract a $user out of a given $request object.

There are a few keywords in that statement. Let's dissect them briefly:

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ThinkShout: Monkeying Around with D8

5 May 2015 - 2:00am
Leading the Charge

I have used A LOT of email marketing service providers over the years and my opinion of them was twofold: they were all similar and none of them were particularly great. Was it possible that this was just a category of business that would never be exciting or innovative? Was I destined to be a project manager who half-heartedly recommended whatever email service provider I was using most at the time to clients?

Enter the chimp...

Despite its playful name, MailChimp made a serious shift in a category that had always had potential but lacked a champion. My first thought when I used the tool was that even if the feature set was identical to all its competitors, MailChimp’s user interface alone set it apart. But once I dug into its capabilities, I became a bona fide fan (dare I say ambassador) of the brand. From automated email workflows and slick segmentation capabilities, to the Chimpadeedoo tablet app that facilitates email sign-ups without an internet connection, MailChimp became the new king of the jungle.

Fast forward a few years, and here I am working at ThinkShout, MailChimp’s Drupal partner. We built and maintain the MailChimp Drupal module, which is used by nearly 22,000 websites.

If you are familiar with MailChimp’s motto - listen hard and change fast - (or if you just read the first couple paragraphs of this blog post), then it should come as no surprise that innovation is at the heart of MailChimp’s culture. With the release of Drupal 8 looming this Fall, MailChimp and ThinkShout saw a unique opportunity to lead the charge by porting one of the most popular email modules to be D8 compatible.

The Only Way Through it is Through it

Being a trailblazer isn’t easy, and MailChimp understood that pushing the envelope on D8 development would require an investment of time and resources. While the core MailChimp module is relatively simple, the bundled submodules are feature-rich and technically complex.

Let’s recap what the MailChimp module allows you to do:

  • Any “object” in Drupal that has an email address, say a User, Contact, or even a Comment, can be automatically subscribed to a list and segmented based on other attributes, like their zip code.
  • Display a list subscription status on an entity or a subscription form.
  • Map Drupal Data, such as name and address, to merge fields in MailChimp.
  • Create forms to allow site visitors to sign up for any Mailchimp List or combination of Lists.
  • Create Pages, Blocks, or both to display forms.
  • Create campaigns containing any Drupal entity, or entities, as content.
  • Send campaigns created in Drupal through MailChimp or Drupal.
  • View campaign statistics and email activity for all list subscribers.

Luckily, one of the greatest aspects of our partnership with MailChimp is our shared passion for recognizing opportunity in challenges and giving back to the community. With that spirit, a couple of ThinkShout engineers dove in head first with the goal of porting the majority of the popular D7 module’s features over to D8 in time for a beta release at DrupalCon LA. During the process, they realized that the available Drupal 8 documentation wasn’t keeping up with the speedy pace of D8 development. Over the course of several weeks, our engineers updated documentation and created examples to make life (or at least development) a little easier for the next developer looking to create something similar.

It’s a Sprint, Not a Marathon

With the conference approaching, it was time to call on the ThinkShout village to help put the polish on the new module. Since nine heads are better than two when it comes to user testing and QA, we scheduled a sprint to focus our engineering department on providing that critical perspective needed at the end of a large development project.

During our afternoon sprint, our engineering department ran a battery of tests (both human and automated) to document and resolve bugs. Our engineering staff has grown quite a bit recently, so the sprint also provided an opportunity for knowledge sharing about MailChimp and D8 development across the team. As a non-engineer fly on the wall, it was exciting to witness the energy at the sprint table, as bugs were closed and high-fives were thrown.

The Future is Now

So far, I’ve focused on what some of the challenges of early D8 development have been, and you’re surely wondering by now “So, what do you think about D8?” Short answer: we’re excited, and we think you should be, too.

Drupal 8 standardizes module development by enforcing PSR-4 compliant namespaces. Whereas D7 allows developers to dictate where a form or entity is placed, for example, D8 loads files in the correct path automatically. What does this mean for developers? Well, it means time saved by not having to search an entire codebase to find where the developer before you placed a form. And because this structure is more in line with general engineering practices, it will be easier for any developer to ramp up for Drupal development.

But the benefits aren’t just for developers. We are also excited about the efficiencies that will be created for our nonprofit clients. Not only do they stand to benefit from the streamlined development approach, but that shift in approach will also make it easier to find resources to maintain and enhance their sites.

Learn More About the New MailChimp Module

Come and see us at DrupalCon LA, where our very own Lev Tsypin will be giving a lightning talk about the evolution of MailChimp's support for Drupal, the basics of how the integration works, and a hint at what's to come for Drupal 8. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the talk because we’ll also be hanging out in the MailChimp booth. And if you spot one of us (you’ll recognize us by our ThinkShout hoodies), stop us! We’d love to chat about what we’ve learned about D8 and why were are excited for its release. Also, be sure to check out past blogs we've written about our work on the MailChimp module.

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