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Basic Key Authentication

New Drupal Modules - 12 November 2019 - 4:49am

D7 Backport of the key auth module.

Provides simple key-based authentication on a per-user basis similar to basic_auth but without requiring usernames or passwords.

Categories: Drupal

Rosette API

New Drupal Modules - 12 November 2019 - 3:24am

This module provides functionality to connect to Rosette API and run analysis on text.

Categories: Drupal

Saferpay for Payment

New Drupal Modules - 12 November 2019 - 1:33am

Provides a Saferpay payment method for the Payment module.

Categories: Drupal

Amazee Labs: Our next Webinar: Test-Driven Development with Drupal & Cypress.io

Planet Drupal - 12 November 2019 - 1:25am
In our upcoming webinar – Test-Driven Development with Drupal & Cypress.io – we will demonstrate how to use Cypress (and the respective integration module for Drupal) for Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) to elevate the quality of your code and project.
Categories: Drupal

Business of Gaming Retail: How Much Do I Need in 2020?

RPGNet - 12 November 2019 - 12:00am
The numbers for opening a store in 2020
Categories: Game Theory & Design

ADCI Solutions: 7 reasons to migrate to Drupal 8 (and don’t wait for Drupal 9)

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 8:46pm

This is the first article in the series devoted to the Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 end of life and the Drupal 9 release.

Here we will talk about why migration to Drupal 8 is a good idea for Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 websites’ owners. Also, we will tell why it’s not necessary to wait for the Drupal 9 release.

Read 7 reasons to migrate to Drupal 8 (and don’t wait for Drupal 9)

 

Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: PreviousNext's engagement with DrupalSouth and the Drupal Association Board

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 8:20pm

Since co-founding PreviousNext in 2009 with Kim Pepper, our company has put a lot of focus into supporting the Drupal open source project and community at a regional and global level.

by Owen Lansbury / 12 November 2019

This has included a number of key initiatives, including:

  • Providing our team with up to 20% of their paid working hours to contribute code to Drupal core software and contributed modules. This has seen PreviousNext consistently rank in the Top 5 companies contributing code to Drupal at a global level, with several of our individual team members in the Top 100 contributing developers. 
  • Supporting our team to contribute time to voluntary groups that sustain the Drupal community, such as Drupal’s Security Team, running free Drupal training days and organising Drupal events.
  • Donating funds to the Drupal Association's supporting partner program, global initiatives like Promote Drupal, regional conferences and local meetups.
  • Funding our team to travel and speak or participate in regional and global Drupal conferences.

This support plays a key role in PreviousNext’s ability to attract and retain the best Drupal talent, facilitates trusted relationships with key members of the global Drupal community and maintains our reputation as Drupal experts in the eyes of prospective clients. In other words, strong support for Drupal pays dividends to maintain PreviousNext as a sustainable company.

After a decade of leading PreviousNext myself, long-term colleague Jason Coghlan took the reins as Managing Director in late 2018. Jason is responsible for all of PreviousNext’s operations and client engagements, which he manages in concert with our internal Leadership and Delivery teams. My ongoing role is to guide PreviousNext’s strategy, marketing and finances as Chair of our Executive Team, paired with enhanced engagement with the Drupal community.

The first initiative I’ve focused on in 2019 has been the formation of the DrupalSouth Steering Committee. DrupalSouth has been running as an annual conference in Australia and New Zealand since 2008 but had always been reliant on ad-hoc volunteers to take on the significant work to organise and run each event. The Steering Committee’s objective is to provide ongoing consistency for the annual conference whilst spearheading other initiatives that support and grow Drupal’s community and commercial ecosystem in the region. We’ll be presenting our initial ideas at DrupalSouth in Hobart in late November.

I’m also honoured to have been appointed to the global Drupal Association Board of Directors and just returned from my first board retreat before DrupalCon Amsterdam. The board works alongside the new Drupal Association Executive Director, Heather Rocker, on overall strategy and direction for her team of almost 20 staff to implement. I’ve been asked to chair the board’s Revenue Committee that oversees how the DA is funded through event attendance, sponsorships and other sources, and to sit on the Strategic Planning Committee that will define where the association's focus can be best directed. My initial term will run until 2022 with a frequent presence at DrupalCon North America and Europe in coming years.

Drupal Association Board & Staff at the Amsterdam retreat

Whilst in Amsterdam, I also sat in on round table discussions with other local Drupal associations from around the world, sharing ideas about how we can scale community engagement whilst leveraging common approaches and resources. A Supporting Partners round table focused more on the needs of Drupal services vendors and large users and a CEO dinner was a great insight into the state of Drupal businesses around the world. It was inspiring to see how professionally organised the global Splash Awards were and to understand how we might bring the initiative to our local region to recognise world-class projects being developed here. To cap things off, I had a talk accepted where I could share some of PreviousNext's experience winning and retaining long term clients - essentially all the things I wish someone had told me a decade ago!

With the upcoming release of Drupal 9 in mid 2020 there’s a high degree of optimism and confidence around Drupal’s immediate future. The software is a clear choice for enterprise and large organisations, Drupal services businesses are doing well and there’s a huge number of fresh and enthusiastic members of our community. While there’s some clear challenges ahead, I’m excited to be able to play a role in helping solve them at a global and regional level.

If you ever want to connect with me to discuss how I can help with your own Drupal community or business initiatives, feel free to get in touch via Drupal.org or Drupal Slack.

Tagged Drupal Association, DrupalCon
Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: PreviousNext's engagement with DrupalSouth and the Drupal Association Board

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 8:20pm

Since co-founding PreviousNext in 2009 with Kim Pepper, our company has put a lot of focus into supporting the Drupal open source project and community at a regional and global level.

by Owen Lansbury / 12 November 2019

This has included a number of key initiatives, including:

  • Providing our team with up to 20% of their paid working hours to contribute code to Drupal core software and contributed modules. This has seen PreviousNext consistently rank in the Top 5 companies contributing code to Drupal at a global level, with several of our individual team members in the Top 100 contributing developers. 
  • Supporting our team to contribute time to voluntary groups that sustain the Drupal community, such as Drupal’s Security Team, running free Drupal training days and organising Drupal events.
  • Donating funds to the Drupal Association's supporting partner program, global initiatives like Promote Drupal, regional conferences and local meetups.
  • Funding our team to travel and speak or participate in regional and global Drupal conferences.

This support plays a key role in PreviousNext’s ability to attract and retain the best Drupal talent, facilitates trusted relationships with key members of the global Drupal community and maintains our reputation as Drupal experts in the eyes of prospective clients. In other words, strong support for Drupal pays dividends to maintain PreviousNext as a sustainable company.

After a decade of leading PreviousNext myself, long-term colleague Jason Coghlan took the reins as Managing Director in late 2018. Jason is responsible for all of PreviousNext’s operations and client engagements, which he manages in concert with our internal Leadership and Delivery teams. My ongoing role is to guide PreviousNext’s strategy, marketing and finances as Chair of our Executive Team, paired with enhanced engagement with the Drupal community.

The first initiative I’ve focused on in 2019 has been the formation of the DrupalSouth Steering Committee. DrupalSouth has been running as an annual conference in Australia and New Zealand since 2008 but had always been reliant on ad-hoc volunteers to take on the significant work to organise and run each event. The Steering Committee’s objective is to provide ongoing consistency for the annual conference whilst spearheading other initiatives that support and grow Drupal’s community and commercial ecosystem in the region. We’ll be presenting our initial ideas at DrupalSouth in Hobart in late November.

I’m also honoured to have been appointed to the global Drupal Association Board of Directors and just returned from my first board retreat before DrupalCon Amsterdam. The board works alongside the new Drupal Association Executive Director, Heather Rocker, on overall strategy and direction for her team of almost 20 staff to implement. I’ve been asked to chair the board’s Revenue Committee that oversees how the DA is funded through event attendance, sponsorships and other sources, and to sit on the Strategic Planning Committee that will define where the association's focus can be best directed. My initial term will run until 2022 with a frequent presence at DrupalCon North America and Europe in coming years.

Drupal Association Board & Staff at the Amsterdam retreat

Whilst in Amsterdam, I also sat in on round table discussions with other local Drupal associations from around the world, sharing ideas about how we can scale community engagement whilst leveraging common approaches and resources. A Supporting Partners round table focused more on the needs of Drupal services vendors and large users and a CEO dinner was a great insight into the state of Drupal businesses around the world. It was inspiring to see how professionally organised the global Splash Awards were and to understand how we might bring the initiative to our local region to recognise world-class projects being developed here. To cap things off, I had a talk accepted where I could share some of PreviousNext's experience winning and retaining long term clients - essentially all the things I wish someone had told me a decade ago!

With the upcoming release of Drupal 9 in mid 2020 there’s a high degree of optimism and confidence around Drupal’s immediate future. The software is a clear choice for enterprise and large organisations, Drupal services business are doing well and there’s a huge number of fresh and enthusiastic members of our community. While there’s some clear challenges ahead, I’m excited to be able to play a role in helping solve them at a global and regional level.

If you ever want to connect with me to discuss how I can help with your own Drupal community or business initiatives, feel free to get in touch via Drupal.org or Drupal Slack.

Tagged Drupal Association, DrupalCon
Categories: Drupal

Tag1 Consulting: Evaluating real-time collaborative editing solutions for a top Fortune 50 company

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 3:00pm
Table of Contents What makes a collaborative editing solution robust? Decentralized vs. Centralized Architectures in Collaborative Editing Operational Transformation and Commutative Replicated Data Types (CRDT) Why Tag1 Selected Yjs Conclusion In today’s editorial landscape, content creators can expect not only to touch a document countless times to revise and update content, but also to work with other writers from around the world, often on distributed teams, to finalize a document collaboratively and in real time. For this reason, collaborative editing, or shared editing, has become among the most essential and commonly requested features for any content management solution straddling a large organization. Collaborative editing has long existed as a concept outside the content management system (CMS). Consider, for example, Google Docs, a service that many content creators use to write content together before copy-and-pasting the text into form fields in a waiting CMS. But in today’s highly demanding CMS landscape, shouldn’t collaborative editing be a core feature of all CMSs out of the box? Tag1 Consulting agreed, and the team decided to continue its rich legacy in CMS innovation by making collaborative editing a reality. Recently, the team at Tag1 Consulting worked with the technical leadership at a top Fortune... Read more preston Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:00
Categories: Drupal

Gábor Hojtsy: The dramatic shift in how a Drupal upgrade is now done in Drupal 8 for Drupal 9

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 1:51pm

I've had various deep discussions with contributed module maintainers recently about their process to update code to Drupal 9 and one point struck me. We are so attached to "Make it ready for Drupal 9" that a key point of the message may be lost. Check out this section of the State of Drupal keynote from DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019 where Dries Buytaert showcases Johanna's relatively simple site that she prepares for the Drupal 9 upgrade entirely in Drupal 8. Notice that she does all the steps in Drupal 8 other than the final Drupal 9 upgrade itself:

This is the base principle of the process towards Drupal 9, making your Drupal 8 site better and more prepared, so the move to Drupal 9 itself at the end is a relatively small step and you got a better Drupal 8 site in the meantime. You are not jumping over the fence all at once, but in gradual steps. I thought a comparison with Drupal 6 to 7, 7 to 8 and 8 to 9 would help, since people may have assumptions or prior experiences with those, so its worth looking at how our new process compares to the two previous transitions.

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U.S. VA evaluating how more accessible games help veterans heal

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 11 November 2019 - 1:45pm

"Whether it†™s veterans [playing games]...with their families or to keep in touch with their fellow comrades, it†™s something that we really want to be on board with," says VA therapist Colleen Virzi. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Commerce Donations

New Drupal Modules - 11 November 2019 - 1:03pm
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Drupal.org blog: What’s new on Drupal.org - October 2019

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 12:54pm

   

Select members of the Drupal Association team have just returned from a wonderful DrupalCon Amsterdam. The revival of the European DrupalCon was a tremendous success, and we want to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible. 

The content at the conference was great as well. This year the core initiative leads provided a comprehensive update, followed by the traditional #Driesnote the next day, which laid out the vision for Drupal 9's key initiatives moving forward. The DA also shared an update from the Drupal Association board, held a community town hall, and provided our bi-annual update from the engineering team. 

While DrupalCon was action-packed, we also moved forward a lot of other initiatives on the community's behalf in October. 

Project News Reminder: Drupal 8.8.0 is coming soon! 

Drupal 8.8.0-beta1 was released in early November, to be followed by the full release in early December. A variety of great features are landing in version 8.8.0, including improved Composer support in core, an updated Media Library, and updates to JSON:API. This is likely to be the last minor release before the simultaneous release of Drupal 8.9.0 and Drupal 9.0.0 next June.  

If you want to help ensure a smooth release, we invite you to join the Drupal Minor Release beta testing program.

Time to get ready for Drupal 9

The time is now to get ready for Drupal 9. At DrupalCon Amsterdam the core initiative team put out the call for the community at large to get ready. 

If you are a site owner, the best way you can get ready is to make sure you're up to date on the latest version of Drupal 8. From there, it'll be an easy upgrade to 9. 

If you maintain a community module, or your own custom modules, you may have some work to do.  Many contributed or even custom modules only need a one-line change to be ready for Drupal 9. Check yours using: the upgrade status module, or the Drupal Check command line tool.

Drupal.org Update Automatic Updates Initiative needs your help!

For the last year we've been working together with the European Commission to bring automatic updates to Drupal. The first phase of this work covers updates for Drupal Core only, and only in non-Composer scenarios, but even so it should be able to protect many Drupal 8 and especially Drupal 7 site owners. 

The module is ready for testing now. Your feedback is welcome to help us make this first phase stable for production use by the community. 

You can also help by supporting Phase 2 of this initiative, which will include more advanced features like support for Composer-based sites, database updates, and a robust roll-back capability. We're looking for sponsors for this next round of work now. 

Forming a Contribution Recognition Committee

The Drupal Association's contribution credit system is an industry first in open source, and so we want to take great care on each step on this new journey. 

During the conference we also announced the formation of a Contribution Recognition Committee to govern the contribution credit algorithm which weights the order of the Drupal services marketplace on drupal.org. 

We are now seeking applications from community members who would like to sit on the committee. 

When will we enable GitLab merge requests?

When we migrated Drupal.org's git repositories to GitLab, it was the first step on the road to modernizing and improving the project's collaboration tools. The most significant step in that journey will be enabling merge requests, and we know it's a feature that the community has been waiting for. 

So what's the hold up? 

There are a few factors that have held us back from enabling the feature sooner. First, we were waiting for the GitLab team to add support for Git object de-duplication. Beta support for this feature was added in GitLab version 12.0, and then enabled by default beginning with the release of GitLab version 12.1.

While waiting for these features, the Drupal Association engineering team focused on other major commitments: moving forward the Automatic Updates initiative, in partnership with the European commission, co-leading the Composer Initiative to improve support in Drupal core, and preparing Drupal.org to support the release of Drupal 9. 

While these other initiatives have overtaken much of our internal capacity, we're hoping to get back to the merge request feature very soon, and we're just as excited to release the feature as you are to begin using it! 

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who make it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular, we want to thank: 

  • Zyxware - Renewing Signature Supporting Partner
  • EPAM - Renewing Premium Supporting Partner
  • Datadog - Premium Technology Supporter
  • KWALL - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • ANNAI - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • SymSoft - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Forum One - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Catalyst IT - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Old Moon Digital - Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Authorize.Net - *NEW* Classic Technology Supporter
  • SiteGround - Renewing Classic Hosting Supporter

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Categories: Drupal

Commerce Memberships

New Drupal Modules - 11 November 2019 - 12:39pm
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Tag1 Consulting: Modern Rich Text Editors: How to Evaluate the Evolving Landscape

Planet Drupal - 11 November 2019 - 12:00pm
Table of Contents What is a Rich Text Editor? The Modern Rich Text Editor and Emerging Challenges How we Evaluated Rich Text Editors Why Tag1 Selected ProseMirror Conclusion Among all of the components commonly found in content management systems (CMSs) and typical editorial workflows, the rich text editor is perhaps the one that occupies the least amount of space but presents the most headaches due to its unique place in content architectures. From humble beginnings in discussion forums and the early days of the web and word processing, the rich text editor has since evolved into a diverse range of technologies that support a lengthening list of features and increasingly rich integrations. Recently, Tag1 embarked on an exploration of rich text editors to evaluate solutions for a Fortune 50 company with demanding requirements. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what impact the choice of a rich text editor can have down the line, some characteristics of the modern rich text editor, and Tag1’s own evaluation process. In the end, we discuss some of the rationales behind Tag1’s choice of ProseMirror as a rich text editor and some of the requirements leading to a decision that can serve... Read more preston Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:00
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Interview with a Senior Game Producer - by Riley Roberts

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 November 2019 - 8:36am
This is an interview with Christin Overton, a Senior Producer at Big Fish Games.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Should I Know 'X'? | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#2) - by Stanislav Costiuc

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 November 2019 - 8:34am
A lot of times I get asked if one needs to know one particular field or another to become a Game Designer. In general, the question doesn't have a simple and straightforward answer, but we'll try to discuss it here.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

31 Days of Game Development on Linux - by Tim Beaudet

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 November 2019 - 8:26am
A tale of using Linux for game development through-out October. What was awesome? What issues occurred? And thoughts on the practicality of long-term development on Linux.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Composing Iconic Theme Music for The Dark Eye video game - by Winifred Phillips

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 November 2019 - 8:25am
Composer Winifred Phillips shares her creative process in composing the iconic main theme for one of her most recent projects, The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes. In-depth structural analysis of the theme music composition is included.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Hidden Level Design of Undertale - by Sinden Enter

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 11 November 2019 - 7:17am
As a young game developer, I take a look at a few aspects of the massively popular indie title 'Undertale', and see what aspects of its level design are otherwise easily overlooked and discarded.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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