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Drupal Easy: DrupalEasy Podcast 126: Where is Yugoslavia? (Théodore Biadala)

Planet Drupal - 1 April 2014 - 3:40am
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Théodore Biadala (nod_), technical consultant with Acquia, and one of the Drupal 8 JavaScript maintainers, joins Andrew, Ted, and Mike to talk about the current (and future) state of JavaScript in Drupal core. Also discussed is Acquia’s new certification program, DrupalCon Latin America, and picks of the week that you’re not going to want to miss!

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The Gender Cocktail. Part II: Big chests and little waists? - by Dmitri Williams Blogs - 1 April 2014 - 2:52am
Part I of this looked at gender representations and found that they were heavily skewed male. In this installment, I’ll share the visuals for some context. We now know that females are underrepresented, but when they do show up, how are they represented?
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Wunderkraut blog: Taking the Acquia Certified Drupal Developer exam

Planet Drupal - 1 April 2014 - 1:59am

In the very recent period this new thing popped up in the Drupal community that has everybody talking: the Acquia certification for Drupal developers. I'm writing this article minutes after actually taking this exam to share with you my impressions.

Why did I take the certification?

One of the things that prompted me to it was Angie "webchick" Byron's article about her experience taking the exam. It sounded interesting but also relevant to me as a Drupal developer. It announced an exam that could determine my value in this field.

A second aspect I'd like to mention is the fact that I work with Drupal but do not have an IT background. I am, what you call, a self-taught. Therefore the idea of having a certificate to prove my worth sounded good to me. So I took the opportunity and the exam that came with it.


There are 2 ways you can take the exam: on site (physically) or online. To deliver its online exam, Acquia collaborates with Web Assessor, a secured testing environment.

I chose the second option which meant I had to install some software onto my computer and go through a substantial verification process. This included biometric baseline recording of the face and keystrokes in order to be able to authenticate when I start taking the test. I know, advanced stuff.

To a certain extent I understand the need for this highly secure exam taking environment that prevents people from cheating. However, Web Assessor could have made things easier for people to take these necessary steps. What do I mean by this?

For one, there are contradictory instructions on the site. In one place it says you don't need an external webcam and microphone and in another it says you are not allowed with the built in computer ones. So which one is it? In the end, I did it with my internal ones, so it is possible.

I finally got through the hurdles of installing the software, closing all my apps, creating the biometric baseline, etc to arrive to the booking of the exam. It was very flexible and I could book a time in the same day: that's what I did. I liked that very much. However, I had to wonder about the timezone, just select an hour and hope it corresponded to my timezone. There was no indication as to which one was being used. Luckily, it was the right one so there was no problem. Therefore, in case you are wondering, it will be the timezone you are in when you book.

The whole process of preparing for the exam with Web Assessor took about an hour. Not so much the settings themselves but reading and understanding what I have to do, what I can do and what I can't do.

But what about the test?

I'm going to go right out and say it: the test was hard. But I was expecting it to be hard because otherwise it's pointless. It had only multiple choice questions with only one correct choice most of the time. For the others, you have checkboxes instead of radios.

Timewise, I had 90 minutes which for me was enough. I even got a chance to review some questions to change the answers and submitted the exam with some minutes to spare. And I appreciated the option to flag questions I'd like to review later.

I can't really go into what questions I got or how they were formulated but they were well balanced with regards to the domains covered by the exam.

One problem I had though was with the code formatting. Some of the questions contained code snippets that were a bit tricky to read / understand. I believe a bit more effort can be dedicated to making them more readable - especially when they are in the available choices. I recommend therefore, if possible, putting all code snippets in code blocks and properly spacing them.

I submitted the test and immediately got my result. Passed. It gave me a very good feeling and made me happy to take it. One thing I was disappointed with was the fact that I couldn't see which questions I got wrong. This may be just me but I was left a victim to obsession over which were those battleground questions that made me think so much. But anywho, we move on and develop some more Drupal sites.

Congrats Acquia on this great new initiative!

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Amazee Labs: Amazee Labs - first agency to relaunch its website on Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 1 April 2014 - 12:00am

Today we are proud to announce that, our main website, has been re-launched ON DRUPAL 8.

After countless hours of emotional debate we came to the conclusion that we required a bold move to communicate our position as Switzerland’s #1 Drupal agency. To put this straight we actually are the proud owners of the first company web presence on Drupal 8 - on the entire web!

We strongly believe that a website isn't the final destination after all, it’s just the medium for the creation and promotion of a site’s content.

Gregory Gerhardt, Managing Director and Founder of Amazee Labs, commented: ”For too long our brilliant design has fought an uphill battle against the evil work of copycats. Our new website design shall rest uncopied - simple, authentic, close to its roots."

We hope you like our new face.

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Greetings from Magrathea: Introduction

RPGNet - 1 April 2014 - 12:00am
Why to create a big world.
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"Email Plus" Not "All That" for COPPA Compliance - by Roy Smith Blogs - 31 March 2014 - 11:30pm
Think "Email Plus" is your ticket to COPPA compliance? Here's why it probably isn't...
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Stepped on a Narrative LEGO - by Krystian Majewski Blogs - 31 March 2014 - 11:22pm
Bioshock developer Ken Levine held a talk at this year's GDC titled "Narrative Legos". He drafted a proposal for a procedural NPC relationship system. How does his proposal differ from existing systems and what are actually the problems with them.
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Oh! The Places I've Been! - by Matt Powers Blogs - 31 March 2014 - 11:03pm
Video game producers are known for their travel to visit developers, attend trade shows, and more. Travel is part of the job of the producer. Video game producer Matt Powers shares stories from some of his more interesting adventures on the road.
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Kids as Young as 4-Years-Old Need 14 Hours of Screen Time a Day - by Nancy MacIntyre Blogs - 31 March 2014 - 10:02pm
Fingerprint shares what's working for kids and games on this April 1st.
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Metal Toad: Pond Life - Pt.1

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 2:09pm
Assimilate and Elaborate!

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Web Wash: Using Environment Indicator in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 12:46pm

Every Drupal site builder will at some point experience the dread of accidentally making configuration changes on production thinking it's their local site. This sort of thing can easily happen when you have 20 tabs opened and forget which site you're currently browsing.

Luckily there's a module you can use to indicate which environment (local, staging, production, etc.) you're currently viewing and it's called Environment Indicator.

The module helps to separate each environment by displaying a coloured indicator. The indicator itself is fully configurable. You can change its colour, position and text.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create an indicator in two ways: through the module's UI and with some code in settings.php.

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Drupal core announcements: Drupal 8 alpha 11 on Apr. 23

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 12:19pm

The next alpha for Drupal 8 will be alpha 11! Here is the schedule for the alpha release.

Apr. 20-22, 2014 Only critical and major patches committed Apr. 23, 2014 Drupal 8.0-alpha10 released. Emergency commits only. Apr. 24-27, 2014 Disruptive patch window
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Blog: The Unity Asset Store and the hidden cost of doing it yourself

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 March 2014 - 11:51am

"One of the things that we often forget when developing a game, especially when you are an indie, is that everything has a cost. EVERYTHING." ...

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Blog: Are there moral limits to monetization models?

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 March 2014 - 10:15am

"The fun in most games comes from this trust that the game is fair at its core. Meaning: equal chances to win for all participating parties. That's the reason why balancing a game is so delicate." ...

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Drupal Commerce: Quick and Dirty Price & Stock Updater with Editable Views

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 10:01am

Have you ever wanted to be able to have a single page where you could update pricing and/or stock for your entire store? Look no further! Today you'll learn how to create a price and/or stock updater in 5 minutes with Views and the Editable Views module. It isn't perfect, but it can save you a bunch of time!

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Mediacurrent: A Guide to Drupal Terminology

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 9:51am

Getting started in Drupal can be daunting.  The first hurdle most people encounter is the terminology Drupal uses.  Some terms may be completely unfamiliar while others have a different meaning depending on the context.  The faster you learn to understand and speak Drupaleze, the easier it will be to communicate with other Drupal developers more effectively. To that end, here are a list of terms commonly used in the Drupal world:

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Blink Reaction: Being the Best Drupal Shop on the Planet

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 9:47am

Preview of: A Complete Guide to Being the Best Drupal Shop on the Planet  - A session delivered by Kenny Silanskas at NYC Camp 2014

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Blink Reaction: Drupal for the .NET programmer

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 9:46am

For years Drupal has been known for its powerful content management capabilities. Many large companies leverage Drupal for its rich features and vibrant community of contributors. More recently Drupal has caught the eyes of many developers as a viable framework for web application development. Enterprises shifting from a .NET development environment may find some of Drupal, PHP’s, and the LAMP stack in general a bit challenging to fully adopt.

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Drupal Association News: Thank You, Supporting Partners!

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 7:51am

We’ve been sharing lots of big news at the Drupal Association lately. From hiring a CTO to lead the Tech Team, to implementing a content delivery network (CDN) for parts of, we’re making big, exciting improvements at the Association — and they wouldn’t be possible without our Supporting Partners.

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Commerce Guys: 5 Ways to Prepare Your eCommerce Site for Globalization

Planet Drupal - 31 March 2014 - 7:28am
Thanks for Calvin Scharffs from our Marketplace partner Lingotek for sharing some industry insight. Globalization is all about planning. One forgotten detail can mean major headaches down the road—you end up replicating content across languages, and hit a “garbage in, garbage out” situation that could take a long time to clean up. Here are five ways to prepare for smart, tidy global growth.   Set the right foundation. Be sure to launch your globalization efforts on an adaptable content management system that is designed with extensibility in mind. Drupal is the perfect starting place, with its community-generated add-ons that accommodate the versatility crucial in international eCommerce.
  Go multilingual. Your biggest markets are most likely non-English speaking. To maximize your online presence, offer at least two language options. Find out if any of your systems aren’t equipped with multilingual capabilities, so you can address the challenge before you transition.
  Accommodate many currencies. Check to see if your currencies are converting correctly. Make sure that the currency and date displays always reflect a user’s local currency, so that they’ll have the simplest possible path to purchasing from you.  
  Be agile. Time is of the essence when it comes to penetrating potential international markets. Strategize your globalization with an eye for efficiency. Adopt the tools that will help you stay fast, including translation management, which enables companies to capture, reuse and recycle their online content—providing the best efficiency for current, consistent content for all customers, everywhere.
  Localize. When you translate content, make sure that you also localize—use the appearance and colloquialisms that your audience is familiar with. Otherwise, you risk alienating your customers with cultural faux pas, such as using a color that signifies bad luck, or translating a phrase that works in English, but means something unbecoming in your target language.
  By addressing these five aspects of global-ready eCommerce, you’ll jump on the fast lane to effective globalization. 

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