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Phase2: It’s Almost Time for Capital Camp and Drupal Gov Days!

Planet Drupal - 9 July 2014 - 10:49am

We could not be more excited that two of our favorite DC events – Capital Camp and Drupal 4 Gov – are merging! The combined event, happening July 30th through August 1st at the National Institutes of Health, promises to be one of the most informative and inspiring conferences on Drupal and  open source in government yet. Phase2 is proud to be a platinum sponsor of what is sure to be an action-packed conference in the nation’s capital, our hometown.

We’ve lined up 10 of our all-stars to present sessions at this year’s event (we told you we were excited!). Whether you’re interested in design, collaboration, or custom government solutions, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a sneak peek at our speaker roster…

content management solutions for government

Kick off your Capital Camp experience with a case study on How San Mateo County Is Raising the Bar with OpenPublic. Experience Director Shawn Mole and Program Director Felicia Haynes will discuss the technical challenges that San Mateo faced as a local government, and how they utilized Phase2’s Drupal distribution to overcome those obstacles. For more details on OpenPublic, catch OpenPublic 1.0: The Next Generation of Open Source Government Sites, presented by Shawn Mole and Greg Wilson, Director of Public Sector Practice at Phase2. Then learn how to create a “Sleep at Night CMS” with Senior Developer Randall Knutson.

 design and user experience

Necessary Capital Camp preparation: put these three sessions from Phase2’s front-end masterminds on your agenda. Start with Senior Developer Mason Wendell, who knows that great design, like jazz, needs both harmony and discord. His session, Thinking Inside the Box X3, will focus on component-driven design. Senior Designer Joey Groh will expose a real projects’ collaborative design process in his session, Collaborative Design to the Rescue: Photoshop in a post-Photoshop World. Finally, in his talk Amazing Design Through Empathy, Senior Experience Analyst David Spira will illustrate how to use empathy to improve all aspects of product design, from requirements gathering to user research and everything in between.


Drupal has already proven to be a viable alternative to proprietary models for government CMS. Now Open Atrium is helping Drupal provide government agencies with an enterprise grade, open source platform to connect teams, departments and constituents. Learn from Greg Wilson and Mike Potter, Open Atrium’s Lead Architect, how OA2 addresses government collaboration needs in their talk, Open Source Collaboration for Government with Open Atrium. For a story of true open source collaboration and innovation, check out Director of Engineering Steven Merrill’s session on OpenShift and Drupal.

configuration, testing and site building

In recent years, Open Data has evolved from a buzzword to a reality to a requirement for governments, NPOs and NGOs globally. To explore what Open Data is, how to use it, and what it means to your organization’s website and its followers, stop by Senior Developer Robert Bates’ session, Open Data: Not Just a Buzzword. For more advanced developers, Steven Merrill will present on Open Source Logging and Metrics Tools, in which he will dive into the logging infrastructure of and how you can apply the same tooling to your own sites. Finally, learn Best Practices for Development, Deployment, and Distributions from Mike Potter.

Be sure to visit our exhibitor booth to learn more about Phase2 and our people,  and of course  to grab some infamous Phase2 swag!  Are you attending Capital Camp and Drupal Days? What sessions are on your must-see list? Let us know below!

Categories: Drupal

Liran Tal's Enginx: Migrate Drupal 7 to WordPress 3.9 – The Kickoff

Planet Drupal - 9 July 2014 - 10:38am
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Drupal 7 to Wordpress 3.9 Migration

The setting

With no specific reason, or maybe with regards to the strong editing capabilities of WordPress out of the box, I wanted to opt out of Drupal as my blogging platform for Even though I’m a seasoned Drupal developer, even authored a book on Drupal 7 Media, and presented the topic on a local Drupal conference, I decided to migrate Drupal 7 to WordPress. Drupal is suitable for many web applications, although it does require quite an effort to maintain and setup in order to fit it to your needs, while with WordPress most of the blogging capabilities are available out of the box with almost no hassle, and for a good reason – WordPress was primarily developed as a blogging platform.


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The Journey

So, off I go on my journey to locate an easy process for migrating my content from Drupal 7 to WordPress 3.9 (versions are critical) and the conclusion is quickly made apparent that while there are handful of procedures, modules and guides on converting from WordPress to Drupal, the opposite flow is quite an uncharted area. This is understandable, given that Drupal is a lot more complex in terms of content structure variety as well as having more of a framework nature than a simple blogging platform, but still, I was pretty sure I’m not the only one.

Researching the migration process it yielded a Drupal2Wordpress Github repository which featured a minimal, yet effective, PHP script which claims to do the job. Unlike other solutions that I found, the migration script doesn’t require an actual live instance of both sites up (the old Drupal site, and the new WordPress site), but simply requires to be configured with the database connection details for both platforms and be uploaded to the hosting account which hosts both. Without further adieu, I jumped on to the task, and as with most things open source (and unpopular or unmaintained) – things aren’t quite working out of the box and require further development effort to fine-tune and create a solid migration.

In a follow-up post I will share more details on the process of performing the actual migration to WordPress3.9, stay tuned!

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Frustration vs. Video Game Violence in Real-Life Aggression - by Jamie Madigan Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 9:57am
Does violent content in video games cause violence in real-life? Or might something more mundane like frustration over controls and difficulty offer an alternative explanation?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

F2P and the Future of Games - by Daniel Slawson Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 9:45am
For the F2P model to work, gameplay has to be diluted, or segmented, before it reaches players. This is acceptable to some audiences, but anathema to others. There is another viable model: developers needn't leave money on the table to compete with F2P.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Top Eleven: how Nordeus markets and monetises its football game - by Natasha Jaeger Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 9:24am
Nordeus is a publisher of a very successful Facebook and mobile game Top Eleven. Nordeus' Nebo Radovic told us about the business of Top Eleven, such as their partnerships with football clubs, and game promotion techniques.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Indie Content Problem - by Alistair Doulin Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 9:10am
How do indie game developers with small teams create enough content to engage players for a reasonable length of time? I discuss possible solutions to this problem and would like to hear other people's thoughts.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How to make an effective game trailer with no experience or budget

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 July 2014 - 9:02am

"A trailer can be your calling card. Putting together a nice-looking trailer can help showing the features of a game, without the need of having the game finished." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Appnovation Technologies: Three Easy Steps to Setup Google Analytics for Drupal

Planet Drupal - 9 July 2014 - 7:58am
This short tutorial will get you up and running with Google Analytics for Drupal. var switchTo5x = false;stLight.options({"publisher":"dr-75626d0b-d9b4-2fdb-6d29-1a20f61d683"});
Categories: Drupal

Life as an indie developer from India - by Arvind Yadav Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 7:44am
A story of how I made my own engine and released 3 games on PC while living in India.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Title Length

New Drupal Modules - 9 July 2014 - 7:32am

This module increases maximum length of node titles to 8000 characters.

Categories: Drupal

CrazyTalk Animator 2 to Unity: 2D Sprite-Sheet Character Animation - by MD McCallum Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 7:21am
Creating 2D Characters for Unity with CrazyTalk Animator 2 from Reallusion. Create the character in CrazyTalk Animator from there we go into Unity 2D and setup the character sprite sheet, animations and navigation.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Frequently Asked Questions About The Aztez Art Style - by Ben Ruiz Blogs - 9 July 2014 - 5:53am
Ben Ruiz of Team Colorblind discusses some of the art tips and tricks used in their upcoming game, Aztez. Traditional 3d outlines, shaders, 2d and 3d usage, and art styles in general.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Commerce Guys: 3 choses qui ralentissent le commerce mondial en ligne et comment les rectifier

Planet Drupal - 9 July 2014 - 5:28am
Aussi attrayante qu’elle soit, l’expression « sensation mondiale instantanée » est une contradiction. La mondialisation exige de prendre des mesures stratégiques et celles-ci requièrent de la recherche et une certaine réflexion. Les sensations qui sont effectivement instantanées sont généralement des succès sans lendemain, et rares. Pour développer une stratégie mondiale réussie et durable, il vous faut prendre le temps de régler les choses qui ralentissent le commerce mondial, puis de pouvoir profiter de la vitesse à laquelle vous réussissez, une fois ces éléments de base en place.    Contraintes juridiques    La publicité et la vente au niveau international présentent une série complexe de considérations juridiques et logistiques. Vous avez besoin d’un accès continu et durable aux informations actualisées pour chaque pays, il vaut donc la peine de demander conseil à un avocat qui connait parfaitement vos pays cibles. Vous devriez également vous abonner aux bulletins ou blogs qui offrent des mises à jour annuelles sur la législation de chaque pays susceptible d’affecter les résultats.  Du type de produit que vous offrez à la façon dont vous faites la publicité de son caractère unique, les pays peuvent avoir des lois qui vous touchent. Il peut s’agir des règlements concernant le moment de la journée où une publicité peut être montrée par exemple, ou des taxes spéciales que vous devez payer pour pouvoir y faire de la publicité.    Paiements mondiaux   Tandis que le paiement par Visa et Mastercard est une bonne idée dans certains pays, celui par PayPal et Western Union est meilleur dans d’autres. Comparez les taux et faites attention aux types de paiement que votre public cible utilise le plus. Il existe plusieurs portails en ligne et emplacements physiques (pour les endroits tels que Western Union) où les paiements peuvent être effectués ainsi que des contrats temporaires. Le portail le plus économique pour les transactions monétaires peut également avoir des restrictions sur le montant d’argent à transférer. Prenez le temps de vous familiariser avec chaque pays et sa préférence de paiement unique, vous en tirerez avantage à long terme.    Traduction   Vous devez faire preuve de prudence pour tout ce que vous traduisez et comment vous le faites. Si vous ne traduisez pas suffisamment, vos utilisateurs seront frustrés et quitteront votre site web. Si vous traduisez tout, mais que vous le faites uniquement avec une traduction automatique, vous n’avez pas le bénéfice de la localisation, et vous risquez d’envoyer un message erroné.    Avant de traduire quoi que ce soit, assurez-vous que la technologie que vous utilisez est suffisamment intelligente pour utiliser les analyses afin de vous indiquer les pages à traduire, qu’elle fonctionne au sein de votre flux de travail et qu’elle vous offre l’occasion de faire vérifier toutes les traductions par des personnes, que cela se fasse par le biais d’une main d’œuvre collaborative ou par des traducteurs professionnels. De plus, assurez-vous que toutes les traductions sont stockées dans une base de données comportant des millions de mots, connue sous « mémoire de traductions » Vous pouvez utiliser la même base de données de traduction partout où sont stockés contenu, sites web, documents, groupes d’utilisateurs ou médias sociaux. Vous n’avez pas besoin de retraduire étant donné que chaque entrée est saisie perpétuellement dans la mémoire pour un usage réitérant.     Une fois vos systèmes en place pour répondre à vos besoins juridiques, de paiement et de traduction, le monde vous appartient, littéralement. Prendre le temps de répondre à ces besoins portera ses fruits pendant de longues années.       
Categories: Drupal

Commerce Guys: 3 Things that Slow Down Global Commerce Online, and How to Fix Them

Planet Drupal - 9 July 2014 - 5:27am
As attractive as it sounds, “instant global sensation” is a contradiction in terms. Going global requires strategic moves, and those require research and forethought. Those sensations that are indeed instantaneous are usually one-hit wonders, and rare. In order to build a successful, sustainable global strategy, you need to take the time to address the things that slow global commerce down—and then be able to enjoy the speed with which you succeed after having those foundational pieces in place.    Legal Constraints    Advertising and selling internationally presents a complex series of legal and logistical considerations. You need consistent, sustained access to updated information for each country, so it’s worth seeking the advice of a lawyer who knows your target countries well. You should also subscribe to newsletters or blogs that offer updates on legislation in each country that could affect your bottom line. These updates keep you abreast of upcoming legislation that may affect the bottom line. From the type of product you carry to the way in which you advertise its uniqueness, countries may have laws that affect you. There may be rules for the time of day that an ad can be shown, for example, or special taxes that you have to pay in order to advertise there.    Global Payments   While Visa and Mastercard are good ideas in some countries, PayPal and Western Union are better for others. Compare rates and pay attention to the types of payment your target audience uses most. There are several online portals and physical locations (for places such as Western Union) where payments can be made as well as temporary contracts. The most economical portal for money transactions may also have restrictions on the amount of money being transferred. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with each country and its unique payment preference; it’ll pay in the long run.    Translation   You want to be careful with what and how you translate. If you don’t translate enough, users will get frustrated and leave your website. If you translate everything, but do so only with machine translation, you don’t get the benefit of localization, and may send an inaccurate message.    Before translating anything, make sure that the technology you use is smart enough to use analytics to tell you which pages to translate, that it operates within your workflow, and that it gives you the opportunity to have people vet each translation—whether through crowdsourced labor or by professional translators. Also, make sure that it stores all translations in a database comprised of millions of words, known as “translation memory.” Anywhere content, websites, docs, user groups or social media is stored, you can use the same translation database. You don’t need to re-translate as each entry becomes perpetually entered into memory for repeated use.     Once you have systems in place to address your legal, payment and translation needs, the world literally becomes your oyster. Taking the time to address these needs will pay dividends in the form of future success.     
Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon Amsterdam: Membership: Giving back to the Drupal community

Planet Drupal - 8 July 2014 - 11:30pm

Attending DrupalCon for the first time is always a game-changer for Drupal community members. It’s a chance to see the people behind the project, put names to faces, and build stronger connections in-person. You might even feel inspired to do more for the Drupal project thanks to the new friends you make at DrupalCon!

One easy way to do more for the community and the project is to add a Drupal Association Membership to your cart when you buy your Amsterdam ticket. We don’t bundle membership with your ticket because the Drupal community is built on the spirit of giving: our members to join us because they want to give back and push the project forward.

We make it easy to sign up and here’s what you need to know:

  • Membership is annual for Individuals and Organizations
  • You can add membership to your ticket when you check out or buy it separately
  • You can renew an existing or lapsed membership here or on our membership page
  • You can buy memberships for your team. Just add a quantity of Individual Memberships and you’ll be contacted for the names to assign the memberships

All Drupal Association members get special graphic on their conference badge, and will receive discounts on merchandise at the Drupal Association store at the convention. So don’t wait! Sign up to be a member today or when you register, or anytime before DrupalCon to get your Drupal Association member badge and to give back to the Drupal project.

Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon Amsterdam: Now offering 9 world-class Drupal trainings at DrupalCon Amsterdam

Planet Drupal - 8 July 2014 - 11:01pm

If you have been thinking about increasing your Drupal skills, it's time to take the plunge and submerge yourself in a full-day course with one of our leading world-class Drupal training companies.

These trainings are designed to increase your knowledge and expand your skill set by providing you with:

  • a well-paced agenda to keep you interested during the day
  • real world exercises to put learning into practice
  • professional trainers who are active web experts
  • 12:1 student/trainer ratio, to both give students personal attention and keep the training on track

Whether you are new to Drupal, looking to gain a competitive edge in your career, or simply looking to increase your skill set, there is a training that's right for you.

The cost of attending a training is 400 € and includes a full day of in-depth learning, breakfast, lunch, and those ever-important coffee breaks.

Skip to training by experience level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

Beginner Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal

This class really is aimed at absolute Drupal beginners. You'll learn all of the key concepts you need to understand, navigate and use a Drupal site. You'll learn how to build a Drupal 7 site, from content and user organization, to working with modules and themes. One of our highest rated trainings three years running!

Company: OSTraining
Drupal Version: Drupal 7.x
Trainer/s: steveburge

Views from the Ground Up

One of the most important sessions I taught as a technical consultant was the one week Drupal Jumpstart. Here, my students learn how to do everything in Drupal from adding content, and installing modules on day 1, all the way to setting up complex multiple content-type relationships and combining their displays using panels and views on day 5.

Company: The Northcross Group
Drupal Version: Drupal 7.x
Trainer/s: netw3rker

Intermediate Drupal 8 for Drupalistas

Are you a site builder, themer, or backend developer who is comfortable with Drupal 7 (or 6) and worried about gearing up for Drupal 8? Want a headstart? This course will save you self-study time by walking you through D8 in a day. You'll build a site, getting a hands on experience of the anticipated Drupal 8 changes, and dive deeper into your own speciality.

Company: Amazee Labs
Drupal Version: Drupal 8.x
Trainer/s: dianadupuis, Schnitzel, dasrecht

Introduction to Symfony2: Getting Ready for D8

This comprehensive introduction to Symfony2 will help experienced and new PHP developers understand the power and flexibility of Drupal 8's new development framework. With hands on exercises throughout the day-long training, participants will learn basic Symfony2 concepts, build simple applications, and explore how Symfony2 is used in Drupal 8.

Company: Blink Reaction
Drupal Version: Drupal 8.x
Trainer/s: rgs, jmolivas

Professional Agile Project Management For Drupal Projects

Recent high-profile IT project failures have shown that traditional project management isn’t working, with regularly missed deadlines, budget overruns, and a failure to deliver what users actually need.

Company: Wunderkraut
Drupal Version: N/A
Trainer/s: steveparks, wesku, demeester_roel, fuber

Search API with Apache Solr

Heard good things about Search API but haven’t had time to set it up? Have experience with ApacheSolr module but rely on hosted Solr? Wish you could develop locally on your own local Solr instance? Want a tour of all the power and possibilities Search API can provide for your sites?

Company: Zivtech
Drupal Version: Drupal 7.x
Trainer/s: Jody Lynn, tizzo

Advanced An Effective Development Workflow in Drupal 8

It’s been a long time since Features made news. Most Drupal developers are now familiar with a development workflow based on Features, and possibly Profiles and Makefiles (a “code-driven workflow”, as we call it). But Drupal 8 is coming, and it will be revolutionary. How will you be able to be as effective in Drupal 8 as you are now in Drupal 7?

Company: Nuvole
Drupal Version: Drupal 8.x
Trainer/s: pescetti, antoniodemarco, bircher

Design, Prototype, and Style in Browser

Responsive Web Design is on everyone's mind at the moment, and for good reason. With more mobile device activations per day than human births and full internet browsers coming to television sets and gaming consoles (both home and portable), the old techniques we have used to create pixel perfect sites for desktop audiences have already become a thing of the past.

Company: Four Kitchens
Drupal Version: N/A
Trainer/s: iamcarrico, rupl

Introduction to Headless Drupal

Do you want to manage content in Drupal but use something else to deliver it to your users? This is the class for you.

Company: Four Kitchens
Drupal Version: Drupal 7.x
Trainer/s: drpal, mirzu

Class sizes are limited and these trainings will sell out, so don't wait to register!

New this year

If you're not sure what training you want to attend, or are buying on behalf of multiple people in your organization, we now offer prepaid training tickets, which work just like DrupalCon prepaid tickets. Simply purchase a prepaid training and we'll send you a coupon code which your team can use to register for the training of their choice for free when it's convenient for them. No more wrangling staff before summer holiday!

Register for Training or Buy Training Tickets

Categories: Drupal Headless Drupal, One form at a time

Planet Drupal - 8 July 2014 - 2:00pm
  • Form API is great, but Form API is hard when you try to do fancier stuff - like wizards and other things that clients often want.
  • Angular forms are great, but Angular forms are hard too - you need to write your own custom endpoints and server side validation.

But now that RESTful integrates with Entity Validator, I would change the equation and simply say something rarely heard in the Drupal community: Forms are Fun!

This form is not Form API, it's angular!

Go ahead, try it yourself on

Continue reading…

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Drupal Association News: A Great Reason to Join the Drupal Association: One Month of Free Training!

Planet Drupal - 8 July 2014 - 1:01pm

We’ve joined forces with several Drupal training companies to convince you that there is no better time to join the Drupal Association. And if you are already a member, here is a great reason to encourage your Drupal friends to join: free training!

This July 24th, look for announcements on:

Twitter @DrupalAssoc

IRC channels #drupal-association, #drupal, and #drupal-watercooler.

Sign up as one of the first 25 members to join after each announcement and you will receive a coupon for free online training from one of the participating companies. We’ve ensured all the trainers will provide you with training whether you are a novice or advanced learner. You will be supporting Drupal Association programs as a new member and you will learn new skills. Mark you calendar for July 24th.

Thanks to BuildAModule, Drupalize.Me,, ModulesUnraveled, and OSTraining for generously providing training for this event.

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Categories: Drupal

Get a job: Blizzard seeks a User Interface Designer

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 8 July 2014 - 1:01pm

Blizzard is looking to bring on an experienced UI designer to work on Starcraft II and the upcoming Heroes of the Storm MOBA from the company's Irvine, CA headquarters. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

GameStop wants to participate in your game's development

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 8 July 2014 - 11:28am

As sales of new software sink, the retail chain seeks to expand its partnerships with developers in order to secure larger swathes of gameplay it can brand as "exclusive" to its customers. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design
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