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The entity content export allows site administrators to export content based entities. The module utilizes the serializer, so it's possible to expand to different export types with ease. The entity view display modes can be used to structure the exported content to the desired output.
Can you design a tutorial so good your players don't know they're in it? Those Awesome Guys' Nicolae Berbece thinks so, and in this GDC Europe 2016 talk he explores how to pull it off. ...
We're in the deep of winter in Minneapolis, but thinking about spring and the upcoming conferences we'll be attending. Or at least later this winter.
Here's a short list of what we've got scheduled so far, and where we could meet up.
Early registration for the 2019 Game Developers Conference endsÂ tomorrowÂ (Wednesday, January 30th) at 11:59 PM Pacific, so sign up now to save hundreds on your pass! ...
Unity has acquired Vivox, the company behind the text and voice-powered communication tools used in games like Fortnite, PlayerUnknownâ€ s Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. ...
Innovation within Canadian healthcare continues to provide better care experiences for those using the system. As the population ages and strains our facilities to care for those nearing their end-of-life, hospitals are looking at technological solutions to ease the burden on emergency rooms and give people access to accurate and timely healthcare. Nextide partnered with uCarenet, a Toronto-based e-health company, to create an innovative health and wellness application to monitor the condition of palliative care patients for a major Canadian hospital.
Simple auto logout provides an autologout functionality. A site administrator has the ability to set timeout to logout users after a specified time of inactivity.
This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog.
The European Commission worked with the Drupal Security Team to set aside 89,000€ (or roughly $100,000 USD) for a Drupal bug bounty.
The European Commission made an exciting announcement; it will be awarding bug bounties to the security teams of Open Source software projects that the European Commission relies on.
If you are not familiar with the term, a bug bounty is a monetary prize awarded to people who discover and correctly report security issues.
Like many other organizations, institutions like the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission build upon Free Software to run their websites and many other things. But the Internet is not only crucial to our economy and our administration, it is the infrastructure that runs our everyday lives.
With more than 150 Drupal sites, the European Commission is a big Drupal user, and has a large internal Drupal community. The European Commission set aside 89,000€ (or roughly $100,000 USD) for a Drupal bug bounty. They worked closely with Drupal's Security Team to set this up. To participate in the Drupal bug bounty, read the guidelines provided by Drupal's Security Team.
Over the years I've had many meetings with the European Commission, presented keynotes at some of its events, and more. During that time, I've seen the European Commission evolve from being hesitant about Open Source, to recognizing the many benefits that Open Source provides for its key ICT services, to truly embracing Open Source.
In many ways, the European Commission followed classic Open Source adoption patterns; adoption went from being technology-led (bottom-up or grassroots) to policy-led (top-down and institutionalized), and now the EU is an active participant and contributor.
Today, the European Commission is a shining example and role model for how governments and other large organizations can contribute to Open Source (just like how the White House used to be).
The European Commission is actually investing in Drupal in a variety of ways — the bug bounty is just one example of that — but more about that in a future blog post.
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This is a small utility module that complements Acquia's Varnish page caching implementation.
It's sole purpose is to maintain query parameters when requests are redirected by the redirect module whilst maintaining a high cache hit rate at the Varnish layer. You can read further documentation for the Acquia Cloud Varnish feature for Stripping query strings in Varnish
Agaric Collective: Agaric 2018 Year in Review - Expanding the Open Web, Building the Solidarity Economy
As it was for much of the world, 2018 was a combination of extremes for Agaric and the free and open web. Happily, we expanded our team, launched new sites, and empowered our clients through libre software. Unhappily, many of us and our communities endured health issues, political instability, and the effects of climate change.
For the open web, we disappointedly saw the United States officially end Net Neutrality while we excitedly watched the European Union begin enforcing comprehensive privacy laws with its General Data Protection Regulation. We were disgusted by tech giants like Facebook and Palantir diverting and deflecting from the abuses they carry out, but we were also inspired by workers at companies like Amazon and Google forcing their bosses to do better.
In looking back, we celebrate the victories and learn from the challenges—with our eyes set on serving our clients better, expanding the open web, and building an economy based on solidarity rather than exploitation.
To that end, here are the highlights of our work from last year and our intentions for the new year.
Every year, I sit down to write my annual Acquia retrospective. It's a rewarding exercise, because it allows me to reflect on how much progress Acquia has made in the past 12 months.
Overall, Acquia had an excellent 2018. I believe we are a much stronger company than we were a year ago; not only because of our financial results, but because of our commitment to strengthen our product and engineering teams.
If you'd like to read my previous retrospectives, they can be found here: 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. This year marks the publishing of my tenth retrospective. When read together, these posts provide a comprehensive overview of Acquia's growth and trajectory.Updating our brand to best reflect our vision
Exiting 2017, Acquia doubled down on our transition from website management to digital experience management. In 2018, we updated our product positioning and brand narrative to reflect this change. This included a new Acquia Experience Platform diagram:The Acquia Platform is divided into two key parts: the Experience Factory and the Marketing Hub. Drupal and Acquia Lightning power every side of the experience. The Acquia Platform supports our customers throughout the entire life cycle of a digital experience — from building to operating and optimizing digital experiences.
In 2018, the Acquia marketing team also worked hard to update Acquia's brand. The result is a refreshed look and updated brand positioning that better reflects our vision, culture, and the value we offer our customers. This included updating our tagline to read: Experience Digital Freedom.
This year, Acquia surpassed $200 million in annualized revenue. Overall new subscription bookings grew 33 percent year over year, and we ended the year with nearly 900 employees.
Mike Sullivan completed his first year as Acquia's CEO, and demonstrated a strong focus on improving Acquia's business fundamentals across operational efficiency, gross margins, and cost optimization. The results have been tangible, as Acquia has realized unprecedented financial growth in 2018:
- Channel-partner bookings grew 52 percent
- EMEA-based bookings grew 103 percent
- Gross profit grew 39 percent
- Adjusted EBITDA grew 78 percent
- Free cash flow grew 84 percent
In 2018, Acquia also witnessed unprecedented success in Europe and Asia, as new bookings in EMEA were up more than 100 percent. This included expanding our European headquarters to a new and larger space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor of Reading in the U.K.
Acquia also expanded its presence in Asia Pacific, and opened Tokyo-based operations in 2018. Over the past few years I visited Japan twice, and I'm excited for the opportunities that doing business in Japan offers.
We selected Pune as the location for our new India office, and we are in the process of hiring our first Pune-based engineers.
Acquia now has four offices in the Asia Pacific region serving customers like Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Muji, Mediacorp, and Brisbane City Council.Acquia product information, translated into Japanese.Acquia Engage
Our Engage conferences included presentations from customers like Paychex, NBC Sports, Wendy's, West Corporation, General Electric, Charles Schwab, Pac-12 Networks, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bayer, Virgin Sport, and more. We also featured keynote presentations from our partner network, including VMLY&R, Accenture Interactive, IBM iX and MRM//McCann.
Both customers and partners continue to be the most important driver of Acquia's product strategy, and it's always rewarding to hear about this success first hand. In fact, 2018 customer satisfaction levels remain extremely high at 94 percent.Partner program
Finally, Acquia's partner network continues to become more sophisticated. In the second half of 2018, we right sized our partner community from 2,270 firms to 226. This was a bold move, but our goal was to place a renewed focus on the partners who were both committed to Acquia and highly capable. As a result, we saw almost 52 percent year-over-year growth in partner-sourced ACV bookings. This is meaningful because for every $1 Acquia books in collaboration with a partner, our partner makes about $5 in services revenue.Analyst recognition
In 2018, the top industry analysts published very positive reviews about Acquia. I'm proud that Acquia was recognized by Forrester Research as the leader for strategy and vision in The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management Systems, Q4 2018. Acquia was also named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management, marking our placement as a leader for the fifth year in a row.Product milestones Acquia's product evolution between 2008 and 2018. When Acquia was founded, our mission was to provide commercial support for Drupal and to be the "Red Hat for Drupal"; 12 years later, the Acquia Platform helps organizations build, operate and optimize Drupal-based experiences.
2018 was one of the busiest years I have experienced; it was full of non-stop action every day. My biggest focus was working with Acquia's product and engineering team. We focused on growing and improving our R&D organization, modernizing Acquia Cloud, becoming user-experience first, redesigning the Acquia Lift user experience, working on headless Drupal, making Drupal easier to use, and expanding our commerce strategy.Hiring, hiring, hiring
In partnership with Mike, we decided to increase the capacity of our research and development team by 60 percent. At the close of 2018, we were able to increase the capacity of our research and development team by 45 percent percent. We will continue to invest in growing our our R&D team in 2019.
I spent a lot of our time restructuring, improving and scaling the product organization to make sure we could handle the increased capacity and build out a world-class R&D organization.
As the year progressed, R&D capacity increasingly came online and our ability to innovate not only improved but accelerated significantly. We entered 2019 in a much better position, as we now have a lot more capacity to innovate.Acquia Cloud
Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory support some of the largest and most mission-critical websites in the world. The scope and complexity that Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory manages is enormous. We easily deliver more than 30 billion page views a month (excluding CDN).
Over the course of 10 years, the Acquia Cloud codebase had grown very large. Updating, testing and launching new releases took a long time because we had one large, monolithic codebase. This was something we needed to change in order to add new features faster.
Over the course of 2018, the engineering team broke the monolithic codebase down into discrete components that can be tested and released independently. We launched our component-based architecture in June. Since then, the engineering team has released changes to production 650 times, compared to our historic pace of doing one release per quarter.This graph shows how we moved Acquia Cloud from a monolithic code base to a component-based code base. Each color on the graph represents a component. The graph shows how releases of Acquia Cloud (and the individual components in particular) have accelerated in the second half of the year.
Planning and designing for all of these services took a lot of time and focus, and was a large priority for the entire engineering team (including me). The fruits of these efforts will start to become more publicly visible in 2019. I'm excited to share more with you in future blog posts.
Acquia Cloud also remains the most secure and compliant cloud for Drupal. As we were componentizing the Acquia Cloud platform, the requirements to maintain our FedRAMP compliance became much more stringent. In April, the GDPR deadline was also nearing. Executing on hundreds of FedRAMP- and GDPR-related tasks emerged as another critical priority for many of our product and engineering teams. I'm proud that the team succeeded in accomplishing this amid all the other changes we were making.Customer experience first
Over the years, I've felt Acquia lacked a focus on user experience (UX) for both developers and marketers. As a result, increasing the capacity of our R&D team included doubling the size of the UX team.
We've stepped up our UX research to better understand the needs and challenges of those who use Acquia products. We've begun to employ design-first methodologies, such as design sprints and a lean-UX approach. We've also created roles for customer experience designers, so that we're looking at the full customer journey rather than just our product interfaces.
With the extra capacity and data-driven changes in place, we've been working hard on updating the user experience for the entire Acquia Experience Platform. For example, you can see a preview of our new Acquia Lift product in this video, which has an increased focus on UX:Drupal
In 2018, Drupal 8 adoption kept growing and Drupal also saw an increase in the number of community contributions and contributors, both from individuals and from organizations.
Acquia remains very committed to Drupal, and was the largest contributor to the project in 2018. We now have more than 15 employees who contribute to Drupal full time, in addition to many others that contribute periodically. In 2018, the Drupal team's main areas of focus have been Layout Builder and the API-first initiative:
- Layout Builder: Layout Builder offers content authors an easy-to-use page building experience. It's shaping up to be one of the most useful and pervasive features ever added to Drupal because it redefines the how editors control the appearance of their content without having to rely on a developer.
- API First: This initiative has given Drupal a true best-in-class web services API for using Drupal as a headless content management system. Headless Drupal is one of the fastest growing segments of Drupal implementations.
Adobe's acquisition of Magento has been very positive for us; we're now the largest commerce-agnostic content management company to partner with. As a result, we decided to extend our investments in headless commerce and set up partnerships with Elastic Path and BigCommerce. The momentum we've seen from these partnerships in a short amount of time is promising for 2019.The market continues to move in Acquia's direction
In 2019, I believe Acquia will continue to be positioned for long-term growth. Here are a few reasons why:
- The current markets for content and digital experience management continues to grow rapidly, at approximately 20 percent per year.
- Digital transformation is top-of-mind for all organizations, and impacts all elements of their business and value chain.
- Open source adoption continues to grow at a furious pace and has seen tremendous business success in 2018.
- Cloud adoption continues to grow. Unlike most of our CMS competitors, Acquia was born in the cloud.
- Drupal and Acquia are leaders in headless and decoupled content management, which is a fast growing segment of our market.
- Conversational interfaces and augmented reality continues to grow, and we embraced these channels a few years ago. Acquia Labs, our research and innovation lab, explored how organizations can use conversational UIs to develop beyond-the-browser experiences, like cooking with Alexa, and voice-enabled search for customers like Purina.
Although we hold a leadership position in our market, our relative market share is small. These trends mean that we should have plenty of opportunity to grow in 2019 and beyond.Thank you
While 2018 was an incredibly busy year, it was also very rewarding. I have a strong sense of gratitude, and admire every Acquian's relentless determination and commitment to improve. As always, none of these results and milestones would be possible without the hard work of the Acquia team, our customers, partners, the Drupal community, and our many friends.
I've always been pretty transparent about our trajectory (e.g. Acquia 2009 roadmap and Acquia 2017 strategy) and will continue to do so in 2019. We have some big plans for 2019, and I'm excited to share them with you. If you want to get notified about what we have in store, you can subscribe to my blog at https://dri.es/subscribe.
Thank you for your support in 2018!
If you’re like me, you really enjoy having visual aids at the gaming table. While I enjoy 3D terrain made by companies like Dwarven Forge and Mantic Games, their products are both expensive and tedious to transport and set up. These products require a lot of financial investment if you’d like to create an engaging and reflexive tabletop experience.
So what’s the solution to this conundrum?
This is where the Index Card RPG (ICRPG) comes into play (pun intended). An easy to learn game in its own right, what I love most about ICRPG is just how relevant it’s become in ALL of the RPGs I play.
What is the Index Card RPG? ICRPG is a simple, easy to learn take on classic games that gives players tools to tell stories and create dynamic and responsive challenges. While there are many simple systems like Black Hack and pretty much any Powered by the Apocalypse Game, what intrigued me most about this particular product was applicability of the namesake card sets. There are currently four volumes of the ICRPG card sets. Volumes 1 & 2 feature sword & sorcery-themed art while volumes 3 & 4 feature science fiction and weird west respectively. Each set features 100 unique pieces of art that can be cut out for use as locations, props, story building tools, and more! As a professional GM, I’ve found myself playing games with clients around the city. In 2018, I ran 5 in-person sessions PER WEEK across the Greater Toronto Area! Transporting and setting up complicated terrain is not only costly and a hassle for a mobile GM, but also incredibly limiting.
Say I’d like to set a game in a small town. I would absolutely LOVE to use a Dwarven Forge City Builder set, but that’ll set me back several hundred dollars. Alternatively, I could draw the entire town (or important sections) on a grid. If only I had the money and artistic talent. This is why I love ICRPG cards – they allow me to focus on the story while still providing a cool visual experience for players. As I narrate and describe a town to the table, I lay out individual cards – the fountain, the gates, the market stalls, the blacksmith, etc. In a matter of minutes, I have the entire town laid out for everyone at the table! For players that like using miniatures, I have them place their pieces on the icon cards themselves. The best part is that the “set up” is all part of the narrative experience. No time is wasted, and every moment is spent telling stories together.
Stay curious and game on!
Daniel Kwan is a storyteller, media professional, and game designer based in Toronto, Canada. He is one of the co-founders of Level Up Gaming, an organization that provides individuals with autism and other disabilities opportunities to develop their social skills through group gaming experiences. His first educational RPG, Zany Zoo, was released in 2018. He is currently working on Ross Rifles, a Powered by the Apocalypse RPG about the lives and experiences of Canadian soldiers stationed on the Western Front during the First World War. Daniel co-hosts the Asians Represent! podcast on the One Shot Network.