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My latest game for Android: Haunted Mine Adventure - by Thierry Brochart

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 17 July 2014 - 2:01am
Today I published my new free game: Haunted Mine Adventure! [url]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamayun.hauntedmineadventure[/url] How deep into the cave can you go?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

GDC Europe adds expert talks on Early Access, second screen apps

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 17 July 2014 - 1:54am

Experienced Early Access and second screen app developers join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Overcoming Impostor's Syndrome

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 17 July 2014 - 1:07am

"You realize that you don't deserve to be here. You do not belong. You see amazing, talented people with more experience and talent, and you know you aren't qualified to work in their industry." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

It takes a village! - by Seth Sivak

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 16 July 2014 - 11:52pm
Discussion about our experience co-working with Harmonix and why it is important to talk/meet/share with other developers.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

YogsCast Kickstarter game “Yogventures!” cancelled - A legal perspective - by Zachary Strebeck

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 16 July 2014 - 10:46pm
California game lawyer Zachary Strebeck examines the cancellation of Kickstarter-funded game Yogventures! from a legal perspective.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Deeson Online: Deeson Online create Drupal 8 personas

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 9:30pm
Deeson Online create Drupal 8 personasBy Lizzie Hodgson | 17th July 2014

The momentum behind Drupal 8 is growing, and Deeson Online have been playing their part...

We in the Drupal community probably know something about Drupal 8 – even if it's just that we're aware it's coming!

But how do you clearly and simply highlight the benefits of Drupal 8 to a non-developer audience, or those beyond our community?

How can you then potentially create a non-dev community of Drupal 8 advocates and share good practice?

Introducing Drupal 8 personas What is a persona?

A persona is a ‘person' that represents a specific group of users.

Organisations and companies can use intel from personas to create, for example, 
a piece or pieces of content that will:

  • Highlight expectations and use of your site for your 
end user
  • Help drive the benefits in 
a way that will be immediately understood 
by the audience

Deeson Online have been working of a series of personas to help clearly articulate the benefits of Drupal 8.


How did we create Drupal 8 personas?

Using interviews with a range of Drupal and non-Drupal users, we got to grips with all the pain points for a range of potential Drupal 8 users. Using Dries Buytaert’s personas from his DrupalCon Prague Keynote speech as a starting point, we then focused on:

We then carried out a series of interviews via Skype and Google Hangouts asking people from across the globe from each of these user groups over 30 questions.

These questions ranged from "How many people work in the company?" to "From the time you wake up to the time you go to bed, what does a day in your working life look like?"

What did we do with the answers?

We then analysed all the responses, reducing them down to one 'persona' per user group, ensuring that we captured the persona needs and pain, then matching them against how Drupal 8 will help.

The result

A range of easy to consume dowloadable infographic persona fact sheets, that established and potential users can read and share.

The results so far have been really positive. The infographic personas are proving especially useful for those within our community to have something to refer to when talking not just about the power and benefits Drupal 8, but Drupal itself.

So learn more about Drupal 8, download the persona infographics and share the Drupal love!  
Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: Drupal continuous integration with Docker

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 6:03pm

Continuous integration platforms are a vital component of any development shop. We rely on it heavily to keep projects at the quality they deserve. Being early adopters of Docker (0.7.6) for our QA and Staging platform we thought it was time to take our CI environment to the next level!

Categories: Drupal

Instagram Realtime

New Drupal Modules - 16 July 2014 - 5:09pm

This module allows you to integrate real-time Instagram content with your Drupal site. This module was developed for the Alaska Salmon Project by ThinkShout.

To use this tool, you must create an Instagram "Client" through Instagram's Developer UI. After installing and enabling the module, you can then add your credentials Instagram Client credentials to the site at admin/config/services/instagram.

Categories: Drupal

Metal Toad: The Best Way to Learn Programming for Beginners

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 3:32pm

What is the best way to learn programming for beginners? I've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months thinking about this question, and as our firm has grown steadily from 19 to 39 people, I've reflected on what makes the difference between the people who walk in the door and knock things out of the park and those who struggle. Since my blog post on How to Become a Web Developer I have a number of people who regularly ask me this very question, I'd like to share my thoughts and observations.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal core announcements: Core contact module roadmap

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 3:27pm
Background

Now that we have a new release cycle, we have the possibility of new features in minor releases, i.e. although we are in feature freeze for 8.0, that doesn't mean we can't add new features until 9.0. Provided they are backwards-compatible, we can add new features in 8.1 and 8.2.
After recently taking over maintainer-ship of the core contact module, @tim-e and I, in consultation with @andypost and @berdir have formulated a draft roadmap for the features we'd like to see in contact module in the future.
We're publishing it here for wider community-input.

High-level goal

To provide the 80% use-case of webform. i.e. allowing creation and submission of feedback forms from site-users; and providing editing, listing and administration of submitted form values.
Webform contains lots of features, we're only after expanding contact module slightly to add storage and administration and in the process meet the basic use-case of webform in core.
Note that some of these items are features and can be developed in contrib during 8.0 if required with the view to include in point releases eg 8.1, 8.2.

  1. Open issues
    1. Move subject/message fields to use widgets https://www.drupal.org/node/1856562
    2. Make contact message behave like normal entity https://www.drupal.org/node/2289063
    3. Rename contact category to form https://www.drupal.org/node/2285083
    4. Provide redirect option https://www.drupal.org/node/306662
  2. Key features/issues on roadmap
    1. Add (pluggable) storage of messages https://www.drupal.org/node/1856560 - we already have a test implementation of this (in a test module) in core, so it is already technically possible.
    2. Add views integration https://www.drupal.org/node/1856560
    3. Add admin listing of submissions w/ bulk actions to delete https://www.drupal.org/node/1856560
    4. Add ability to edit submissions
    5. Support for file-fields attached to emails - requires formatter for file-field.
    6. Ability to edit format of messages bodies including tokens
    7. Move email logic out of form submit handler to allow submission of messages via REST api that also send email
    8. Move email logic into own service and add events for other modules to interact
      1. Make email sending optional at category (form) level
    9. Path integration to allow simple alias management of contact categories
    10. Per contact-category permissions to allow granular access
    11. Provide a menu-link per category in a custom menu - auto builds menu of contact category links leveraging the menu link API to solve the category selector regression.
    12. Provide a configurable and themable block of selected contact forms. Probably needs views to query contact categories. https://www.drupal.org/node/1997692 and https://www.drupal.org/node/599770
Approach
Categories: Drupal

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick almost got fired over stock deal

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 16 July 2014 - 2:22pm

Court documents reveal that management at Vivendi were on the verge of ousting Kotick over a deal -- that's now the focus of a lawsuit -- that allowed his group to grab up Activision stock. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Get a job: Nexon America seeks a Localization Producer

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 16 July 2014 - 1:56pm

The free-to-play game company is looking to hire an experienced localization producer to oversee its Western game localization operations in its El Segundo, CA offices. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal.org frontpage posts for the Drupal planet: Drupal 7.29 and 6.32 released

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 1:37pm

Drupal 7.29 and Drupal 6.32, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.29 and Drupal 6.32 release notes for further information.

Download Drupal 7.29
Download Drupal 6.32

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. More information on the Drupal 6.x release series can be found in the Drupal 6.0 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 and 6 include the built-in Update Status module (renamed to Update Manager in Drupal 7), which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

Bug reports

Both Drupal 7.x and 6.x are being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports) more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

Changelog

Drupal 7.29 is a security release only. For more details, see the 7.29 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Drupal 6.32 is a security release only. For more details, see the 6.32 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 6.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Security vulnerabilities

Drupal 7.29 and 6.32 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:

To fix the security problem, please upgrade to either Drupal 7.29 or Drupal 6.32.

Known issues

None.

Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 6.xDrupal 7.x
Categories: Drupal

Acquia: I Dream it and I Drupal it – My Acquia Story

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 1:24pm

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new beginning which weaves more threads on to it like spider as it goes on. Acquia internship came as this new beginning to me that I always thought of and dreamt of. I admired startups with challenging ideas and read more and more about the entrepreneurs, about their success stories and the way they reached to where they are now and still envisioning in future. I loved to read and analyze what challenges these young entrepreneurs faced and how they overcome it.

Categories: Drupal

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips on improving your programming skills

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 16 July 2014 - 1:15pm

There are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; this post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

CivicActions: CivicActions is Hiring!

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 12:06pm

10 years ago we set out to create a company like no other.

Our vision was that team members could work from anywhere, collaborate with brilliant people, build cutting edge technology for the greatest civic institutions on the planet, and have a strong sense of purpose. We have exceeded all our expectations and our success is enabling us to scale even more!

We truly believe that the way we do business is as important as the product we create. We're looking to add new team members who also value quality, diversity, flexibility, healthy work/life balance, humor and supporting one another. Working for CivicActions is more than just a job - it's working with a team of people who are committed to transforming the world. 

We believe that the best team is made from those that love what they do. 

If this sounds like a dream work environment, we encourage you to reach out and share your vision with us, and explore how we can make it a reality together.

Currently we are looking candidates to fill the following roles:

Senior Engineer / Tech Lead / Drupal Architect

Drupal Site Builder / Developer / Themer 

If you're full of positive energy, desire a strong sense of community, looking for meaning and significance in your work, and crave opportunities to do what you do best, we'd love to talk!

Topics
Categories: Drupal

Mediacurrent: Upcoming Webinar: Improve the ROI of Your Drupal Site

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 11:01am

Companies are seeing lower success rates on social media and diminishing conversion rates on the web - a trend that has put us all, especially content marketers, in the position to prove the ROI or face severe fiscal cuts. Unfortunately, reporting metrics like “increased impressions” and “better brand awareness” won’t be enough because companies are looking for hard before/after numbers.

Categories: Drupal

Freelock : Performance problem: N! database calls

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 9:34am

Kicking off some posts about various performance challenges we've fixed.

N Factorial

During a code review for a site we were taking over, I found this little gem:

<?php

function charity_view_views_pre_render($view) {
  // this code takes the rows returned from a view query after the query has been run, and formats it for display...
  // snip to the code of interest:
  usort($view->result, 'charity_view_sort_popular');
}

PerformanceTechnicalDrupalDrupal Planet
Categories: Drupal

Creating a Collective pitch? Here are some tips. - by Phil Elliott

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 16 July 2014 - 9:28am
We get a lot of questions from devs asking how they can optimise their pitch for Collective (http://www.collective.square-enix.com) - here are some tips based on the data we've gathered so far.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal Association News: How Your Membership Gives Back to the Community

Planet Drupal - 16 July 2014 - 8:05am

When people ask me, “What’s Drupal?” I find it a complex answer. Of course, in a technical sense, Drupal is a CMS— but to me, and to many others, it’s far more than that. It’s a community full of amazing people with inspiring leaders and huge hearts.

At DrupalCon Austin, I was able to share several stories about community members who really pushed the project further, all with the help of community cultivation grants selected and financed by the men and women who love Drupal. I want to thank Gabor, Sheng, and Tatiana for letting me share their stories and I'd like to share these stories with all of you.

Drupal Dev Days: A Week of Sprints in Szeged

Earlier this year, Gábor Hojtsy organized a dev days event that was a huge success. From March 24 to March 30 this year, three hundred people gathered in Szeged to sprint together on Drupal 8 core, Drupal 8 Search and Entity Field API, Documentation, Migration, MongoDB, REST and authentication, Rules for Drupal 8 and, of course, Drupal.org.

There was so much happening, they almost brought D.O to a halt— but fortunately, everything came out OK, and we had huge improvements to Drupal.org as a result.

There were big benefits to Drupal 8 at Szeged, too. Some of the things that our great sprinters accomplished were:

  •  115 core commits with 706 files changed, 10967 insertions(+), 6849 deletions(-)
  •  19 beta blocker and beta target issues fixed

It was the community that made Dev Days Szeged so great. By turning out and sprinting, they made big improvements to the project, while a community development grant funded part of the Internet fees. It's an important element of any sprint, but the real significance is that Drupal Association members who could not attend the sprints or are not in a role to contribute code were still able to help achieve this success by funding it through their membership.

DrupalCamp Shanghai

Sheng is the community leader of the Shanghai community, and as an ex-New Yorker, he knew firsthand how important Drupal meetups and camps are for networking and learning. After he moved to Shanghai, he decided that he wanted to share the valuable experience of face-to-face time with his new local community, which had skilled developers who were mostly disconnected from each other and the wider global community.

After building momentum through holding a number of meet ups, Sheng applied for grants in 2013 and 2014 to put on a Shanghai Drupal camp. With the funds, he flew in a Drupal Rock Star to come keynote each of the camps — Forest Mars and John Albin — and the camp doubled in size and there are now hundreds of people who come out to these camps.

While the investment of flying John Albin out to Shanghai from Taiwan was relatively small, the impact and ROI was huge both for the camps and for the greater Drupal community: camp attendees learned to contribute back to the larger global community, almost like a small R&D investment. It wouldn’t have been possible without a community grant.

DrupalCamp Donetsk

Tatiana of the Drupal Association worked with her colleagues in Donetsk to put together a DrupalCamp in Donetsk, in spite of the revolution. A lot of people came together and connected both to each other and to the global community, and used a grant to pay for the food and coffee— and for us at the Association, that grant stands as a sign of positive support from the greater Drupal community in spite of the strife that was going on in Donetsk.

In the end, lots of thanks needs to go around. First, I’d like to thank Gabor, Sheng and Tatiana and all community leaders for turning your vision into reality and for the time and passion you pour into Drupal. We are appreciate all that you do to unite and grow Drupal.

Secondly, none of this would be possible without the three community leaders who manage the volunteer program: Mike Anello, Amy Scarvada, and Thomas Turnbull. Your passion for growing the community is doing great things.

Finally, I want to issue a big thank you to our Drupal Association Members for making these stories a reality. If you want to be come a member and help more of these programs around the world come to life, please sign up today at https://assoc.drupal.org/membership.

Categories: Drupal
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