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Get a job: CCP is hiring a Visual Effects Artist

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 April 2014 - 12:00pm

EVE Online developer CCP Games is looking to hire a visual effects artist to work on its science-fiction MMORPG alongside the team headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Blog: Can we make good games for everybody?

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 April 2014 - 11:18am

"I try to act as I perceive right and moral. Hence it's my opinion that what we seek is to treat everyone with equality." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Acquia: Sensio Labs UK - Lessons and chances from Drupal 8 early adoption

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 11:02am

Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online, www.sensiolabs.co.uk, what their goals were, how they built it and have kept it running since May 2013, and how Drupal 8 will change the way they design applications for clients going forward.

Categories: Drupal

Kabam expands European presence with new Berlin office

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 April 2014 - 10:34am

Free-to-play game publisher/developer Kabam has opened a new office in Berlin in an effort to expand its European presence. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal core announcements: Help unblock Drupal 8.0-beta1 at the NYC Camp Drupal 8 sprint

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 9:42am
Start:  2014-04-10 (All day) - 2014-04-12 (All day) America/New_York Sprint Organizers:  xjm Event url: 

http://www.nyccamp.org/event/d8-core-sprint

After three years of Drupal 8 development, we are finally closing in on a Drupal 8.0-beta1 release. Of about 150 critical issues that have blocked the first Drupal 8 beta release, only 32 beta blockers remain. Most of these remaining issues are too complex for any one developer to resolve alone, but we need help on numerous tasks that will accelerate them. Join us at the NYC Camp D8 Core Sprint to see firsthand the work that's in progress and contribute to our momentum. Look for the "IRL issue queue" on colored construction paper at the sprint. :)

(New to Drupal 8 or core contribution? Check out the Get Involved with Core sprint instead.)

Categories: Drupal

Ben's SEO Blog: Blue Drop Awards [Infographic]

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 8:44am

We'd like to share this infographic we've made depicting interesting facts about the Blue Drop Awards. Without the wonderful community support, The Blue Drop Awards simply would not and could not exist; we appreciate it.

Celebrating Drupal Innovationblue drop award, drupal, Planet Drupal
Categories: Drupal

Open Source Training: Add Links to Fields in Views

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 6:44am

This blog post is the answer to a common request we get from people learning how to use Views.

The question is: "How do I automatically add a link to a field"?

The answer is straightforward ... once you know how.

Categories: Drupal

Acquia: Live tutorial on using Bootstrap with Drupal today!

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 6:38am

Our old training site was looking a bit long in the tooth. It was not only Drupal 6, but also had an old Acquia design several versions behind the current main site. It was time for a major update.

Step by step tutorials

Dave Myburgh, Lead developer for Acquia.com recently gave two webinars about the experience. He shares specific tips on what modules he used to keep the development lightweight and flexible.

Categories: Drupal

Blog: Of money, games and trust

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 9 April 2014 - 3:32am

"What IS fair? What is that model to pay for games -- and game devs -- which is intrinsically ethical, honest, and rewarding towards true talent and dedication?" ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

.VDMi/Blog: Why does my file get removed after six hours?

Planet Drupal - 9 April 2014 - 12:29am
My managed image got removed after a certain amount of time. How did that happen? After searching a bit I figure out.

The Form API has a form element called managed_file. It uploads a file and adds it to the managed files table. This way Drupal has knowledge about and control over it. But now I got the situation that after a certain amount of time the image got removed. It just disappeared. What is happening here?

Well the managed_file works with Ajax. To smooth the proces it adds the managed file and leaves the status on temporary until some one specifies 'this is my file its managed'. You do that by adding this snippet of code to your submit handler.

$file = file_load($form_state['values']['file_element_name']);

// Change status to permanent.
$file->status = FILE_STATUS_PERMANENT;

// Save.
file_save($file);

If you have your form managed by

system_settings_form()

you want to add a extra submit handler. You can do that this way.

$form['#submit'][] = 'extra_admin_submit';
Categories: Drupal

Modules Unraveled: 103 Content Branching and Static Site Generation Using Zariz with Amitai Burstein - Modules Unraveled Podcast

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 10:00pm
Published: Wed, 04/09/14Download this episodeZariz
  • What is Zariz?
  • How did this come about?
  • How does it help content creators?
  • How is this different from Workbench Moderation, and the default revisioning system?
  • You mentioned that it duplicates nodes, how do the URLs stay in tact?
  • Talk a bit about how you can create static site from a Drupal site.
Use Cases
  • Content staging
  • Static site generation
    • What about authenticated users?
    • How does this help performance and scalability?
Questions from Twitter
  • Kate
    Is Zariz an alternative to drupal.org/project/sps?
Video

Screencast demo starts at about 40:23

Episode Links: Amitai on drupal.orgAmitai on TwitterZariz RepoTags: 
Categories: Drupal

Fuse Interactive: Watch as I try to upgrade this module to Drupal 8. What happens next you won't BELIEVE!

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 6:05pm
Drupal 8 is coming with more API changes than ever before. Are you ready?? Prepare yourself by upgrading your first Drupal 8 module right here on the Fuse Interactive blog. Learn by doing and follow along as we explore the new Routing component, OOP Drupal, PSR autoloading... and more!
Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: Secure your infrastructure with Docker and Puppet.

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 5:10pm

I recently spoke at the Drupal Melbourne meetup about running Puppet and Docker to increase security for running multiple sites on the one host. It's alot of work to get setup properly for a remote speaker so I would like to thank the organisers for allowing me to present.

Categories: Drupal

Metal Toad: Pond Life Ep.2

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 4:09pm

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to the pond! Last week we touched on the importance of mentoring juniors and Github best practices. In this week's episode, we'll be following up on the junior workflow from last week by discussing two tools you should definitely have and how to install them, exploring new ground by touching on some entry level SCSS techniques, sharing my AHA! and FAIL moments of the week, and lastly, our weekly query for you good people out there to ponder. So lets jump right into it shall we?

Categories: Drupal

Q& A: Hearthstone heralds new challenges for Blizzard on mobile

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 8 April 2014 - 12:56pm

Gamasutra sat down to chat briefly with Blizzard's Jason Chayes and Bryan Chang about the trials and triumphs they faced while developing and launching Hearthstone for iPad. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

DrupalCon Austin News: Symfony Community: A Special Invitation to DrupalCon Austin

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 12:49pm


With the rapidly approaching release of Drupal 8, many Symfony developers may be considering going to Austin for DrupalCon in June. Our advice? Do it!

Categories: Drupal

Apogee Software: When the sultans of shareware went retail

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 8 April 2014 - 10:50am

In this reprint from the February 1995 issue of Game Developer magazine, editor-at-large Alexander Antoniades describes Apogee Software's attempt to move beyond shareware development. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Julian Granger-Bevan: Improving SEO using Drupal Similar by Terms

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 9:00am

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of altering your website to maximise the exposure of your website via search engines such as Google and Bing.

The aim is to bring more visitors to your website.

If your website is built using the Drupal CMS, this article will give you an easy tip that will both improve the experience for your visitors when they are on your site and help boost your search engine rankings.

The method is made easy using the Similar by Terms module for Drupal, and exploits the need for visitors to be able to find other relevant content when they are on your website.

Why use Similar by Terms?

Search engines such as Google are looking at hundreds of factors when they decide which pages to display prominently in search engine results pages (SERPs).

These factors include content, quality and context.

Your site is more likely to be placed highly in SERPS (leading to more traffic) if Google identifies that it is authoritative on a particular subject. Links around between pages on your website will help Google recognise the topic that each page on your website covers, and means that it is more likely to rank highly for that searches on that topic.

Do not get confused, this is not the same as link building from other websites (for which care needs to be taken as search engines will penalise you if these are unnatural).

Similar by Terms provides an automated means of displaying related content links on your website. It does this by comparing the taxonomy terms that each node is tagged with, and creating a simple ranking based on the overlapping terms  from which it can draw the top few nodes to show to your visitors as links.

Links to relevant content also improve the experience for your visitors, by giving them suggestions for what to read next. A visitor is much more likely to find links useful (and continue to browse your website) if the links are relevant to the page that they are already on.

How to install Similar by Terms

To install Similar by Terms, download the code from http://drupal.org/project/similarterms and enable on your website by visiting the /admin/modules page.

You will need to have also installed two dependencies: Chaos Tools Suite and Views.

Similar by Terms exposes a view to your website, and the next thing you will want to do is edit this to suit your needs. The view can be found at the page /admin/structure/views.

The default view is quite basic, and simply returns a list of the titles of the related nodes. You will likely want to edit this (perhaps to also show a teaser or image from the node). These edits can be made just like any other view.

One setting that is unique to Similar by Terms is the taxonomy vocabularies that are considered when ranking nodes for similarity. You can opt to include just one, or all of your vocabularies in the comparison.

To do this, click "Advanced" on the right hand side of the edit screen, then click on "Similar By Terms: Nid" in the contextual filters section.

Now a dialog appears where you can choose which vocabularies to use.

You can also create your own views utilising the functionality provided by Similar by Terms. Simply copy the relationships and sorting rules that exist in the default view that Similar by Terms provided.

One last hint

The default behaviour of Similar By Terms will only show nodes in the list that share one or more taxonomy terms with the node being viewed.

This means, that you might only see one related node, or even none at all.

For the styling of your website you're likely to want to always show the same number of nodes in the list. Whilst there is a feature request in the issues queue for this, there is a simple method that will solve this for you straight away.

The answer is to create a new taxonomy vocabulary called "Included in Similar By Terms", with a single term called "Included". Let that term default on all nodes on your website. This way, all nodes will have at least one taxonomy term in common, and the real similar nodes will rise to the top of the list above those that aren't really related.

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Categories: Drupal

Acquia: Using Composer Manager to get off the Island Now

Planet Drupal - 8 April 2014 - 8:28am

On the eve of 2013, prolific Drupal contributor Larry Garfield put forth a challenge to "get off the island", and judging by the adoption of non-Drupal projects in Drupal 8 core I would say the community has responded.

Categories: Drupal
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