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Lullabot: Consultancy Scrum

Planet Drupal - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 11:30pm

In this episode, Addi is joined by Todd Nienkerk of Four Kitchens and Brian Skowron from Lullabot to discuss "consultancy scrum." We start off by briefly explaining what scrum and agile are, and then dive into the lessons learned about using this methodology in a client/vendor relationship, versus a completely internal product team.

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Mark Shropshire: Charlotte Drupal Drive-in - Feb 22nd

Planet Drupal - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 11:27pm

The CharDUG (Charlotte Drupal User Group) is hosting the Charlotte Drupal Drive-in on February 22nd at Classic Graphics in Charlotte, North Carolina.

What is a Drupal Drive-in? The idea is to have an un-conference-style one day event where attendees have the opportunity to propose topics for group discussions to fully prepared presentations. Each attendee will get to vote on the topics presented during the event.

If you want to learn more about the concepts and inspirations behind Drupal drive-in type events, check out the recent DrupalEasy podcast 119. Our very own Thomas Lattimore discusses his concept behind the Charlotte Drupal Drive-in event.

Whether you have a topic idea for the drive-in or not, you are invited to register today!.

I am really looking forward to seeing old Drupal friends and meeting new ones at the event. It will be a blast.

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Tyler Frankenstein: Build a Pebble Application to Record a Geo Position in Drupal

Planet Drupal - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 12:32pm

This tutorial describes how to build a Pebble "smart watch" application for a Drupal website using the PebbleKit Javascript Framework.

The application itself will be fairly simple. It will wait for you to click the "Select" button on the Pebble watch. Once the button is clicked, the app will grab your current latitude and longitude coordinates. It will then use the Services module to create an Article node and save the coordinates onto a Geofield on your Drupal site.

Let's get started!

Categories: Drupal News frontpage posts for the Drupal planet: Drupal 7.25 released

Planet Drupal - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 11:48am

Drupal 7.25, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.25 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.25

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are no major new features in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 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 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

There are no security fixes in this release of Drupal core.

Bug reports

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


Drupal 7.25 contains bug fixes and small API/feature improvements only. The full list of changes between the 7.24 and 7.25 releases can be found by reading the 7.25 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Update notes

See the 7.25 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

Known issues


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Acquia: 2013 Greatest Hits – "PHP is as secure as any other major language" – Anthony Ferrara

Planet Drupal - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 2:14am

I met Anthony, aka @ircmaxell, for the first time at the PHP BeNeLux conference in early 2013. He was among the first people I spoke with on mic about PHP. Our conversation about PHP being secure was one of the seeds that grew into the "Power of PHP" series on, though you'll notice we were still calling it "PHP Myths" at the time. The series will be continuing in 2014, stay tuned to the Acquia podcast and the Acquia blog for more!

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David Norman: Cinder block development

Planet Drupal - Thu, 02/01/2014 - 4:19pm

Classic Graphics bet big on Drupal. Our largest customers get their orders on time because we have built systems for them based on Drupal. Even though we're up to 300 employees now, with layers of management, the non-technical management still is aware that we use Drupal for custom development in part because Bryan and I heavily evangelized Drupal within Classic.

Thinking ahead

One of the concerns we discuss at infrequent intervals is what Classic would do if Drupal ceased to exist or if Drupal is still the best choice for doing our custom development now and in the future for the types of accounts we're pursuing. Our considerations also have to include our guesses about how the community will adopt things like Symfony or what Drupal 9 might look like.

The recent acquisition of Classic by Imagine! Print Solutions raised the discussion again. The guys at Imagine! have largely bet their development platform on .NET. Should Classic now look to adopt .NET platforms, or vise versa. We pretty quickly concluded that was not likely, at least in the short term.

As a "printing company", the Classic and Imagine! sales teams obviously look for opportunities to put ink on paper, but companies who have failed to adopt computerized order management to match their customers' needs have been becoming extinct in the printing industry. A lot of big business still operate using spreadsheets that get emailed around between departments and edited by people instead of systems. The companies which are excelling in becoming service providers in addition to being a "print shop" can adapt their print manufacturing to a customized list of retail locations or to a particular grouping of kits.


You shouldn't hire a new accountant until your current accountant is unable to complete their work in a normal workday. You ask your accountant to work a couple extra late nights and start looking for another accountant. Wait until the pain has reached its peak, then relieve it. In the meantime, there's a waiting period to put a job posting out, wait for responses, interview people, do background checks, hire them, let them give 2 weeks notice at their current place, and then train them. From the date you decide to hire a new accountant, you may be putting extra stress on your existing team for another 5-6 months.

In my experience, nobody spends big money on custom software development to manage sophisticated data workflows until they're screaming in pain. That's probably the result of some prudent money management, but it draws parallels to adding to your accounting department. By the time a software development budget is approved and a business analyst has writtens some vague specifications, the customer is already impatient. They're living their peak of pain. They won't want to wait for prototyping, agile sprint reviews, automated testing, continuous integration platform builds, VM spin-ups. etc. The better you can streamline all the overhead of project ramp-up, the closer you are to just working on solving the customer's problems.

Insert: cinder block

In the situations where the project is already filled with hot, impatient people, the "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" scenario applies. I think the best thing you can do in that case is use your hammer, but I prefer a slightly different view on the common analogy - using a cinder block; a hammer is much too elegant. A cinder block is a clumsy thing to carry around. If you've ever worked with cinder blocks for a long period of time, you'd also find they have fragile points that cause them to leave cinder block crumbs everywhere they go.

I also extend the analogy by introducing oak, the hard wood. Most construction projects for buildings take advantage of softer wood like pine. They're cheaper because soft wood trees grow quicker and are easy to work with. Even when you have the right tools, like a standard claw hammer and some hard-wood nails, driving a nail into oak is a tough task; you have to hit the nail harder, probably a few more times, but the nails are also much more likely to bend. Driving nails into oak simply requires more skill and patience than does pine.

Put it all together now. I think of development like driving a used nail into an oak board using a cinder block. Picture some skinny desk geek gently "tapping" a nail while awkwardly straddling a block. That's development. Even though he might know just where to put the nails, he's going to bend a lot of them.

Using the ideal tools

The problem with development is that developers can't just drive to Lowe's, buy a claw hammer or an air compressor with nail gun, and return to the job site. Professional development is the culmination of years of practice, trial-and-error, and research. For a developer to leave their cinder block behind, they essentially engage in a process of researching all devices that could be used for hitting a nail, types of screws and screw drivers, rivets, whether its appropriate to be using wood or if they should switch to aluminum, then narrow down to one with is most appropriate for a specified budget, go to meetings about how to hold the hammer in the right place, how to apply safety equipment, and on and on.

Since the customer always wants their solutions now, as cheaply as possible, when all the developer has is a cinder block, it's best that they use it. Drupal has been my cinder block since 2004 and I continue to use it because it's been able to solve most of the problems brought to me. It may not be always the most elegant, but I know how to hold the Drupal cinder block in just the right angle to bend the fewest nails. I've built up muscles for holding the Drupal block. Drupal has a lot of flexibility to change and hook in custom code and I've spent a lot of time already figuring out how to use Drupal in a way to minimize project startup overhead.

I think in Classic's case, since we've invested heavily in Drupal and staff that specializes in Drupal, it continues to be the bet for our development in the next 3-4 year window.

Preventing stale

One day sales is going to bring our development guys a project for which Drupal is clearly not appropriate and I would be foolish to use Drupal blinders and not prepare for such an eventuality. Merging with Imagine! makes another whole skill-set available for us to use for solving problems, but I encourage the developers at Classic to spend "community time." I've never really defined community time clearly, but if they were to test the boundaries, I think they'd find there really aren't many. I've even gone so far as to openly encourage non-Drupal after-hours private consulting. Mark is hosting a Meteor meetup this month, a javascript tool built on node.js. I've already tried to shove another developer into learning enough node.js to implement some new print automation on our internal sites, though we don't have any immediate customer-linked need for it. I even recently became certified as a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, having used some of Classic's business hours to study, because the studying alone made me think of how we could do development differently.


Using your cinder block to hit all your nail problems isn't really all so bad because it's probably still the shortest, cheapest path to driving the nails. Keep researching and learning about other tools so you can occasionally hit the nails with a sledge hammer, the back of an ax head, or even a rare, standard claw hammer. PHP developers should probably be able to read some .NET code, try to take on some bug bounties for a node.js server, and write their own devops scripts in bash instead of trying to get a server admin to do it.

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Edison Wong: Announcing TWBS jQuery: Simple jQuery Update for Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - Thu, 02/01/2014 - 3:46pm

During TWBS development upgrade Drupal 7 core jQuery libraries into its latest version for Bootstrap is a must. BTW jQuery Update seems not my cup of tea because it give me too much trobule within previous site building experience: too complicated, bundle everything within its own archive (which I love to manage 3rd party libraries with drush make and Libraries API), and it is really too much for my use case. So why not just work out a simplified version?

After some research and development during Christmas holiday, I would like to introduce my helper module named "TWBS jQuery". The goal of TWBS jQuery is to provide a handy support for jQuery upgrade and act as the helper module for on going Drupal-Bootstrap-Remix development.

All replacement will be handled automatically. No additional configuration is required.

Key Features Getting Started

Download and install with drush manually:

drush -y dl --dev twbs_jquery drush -y make --no-core sites/all/modules/twbs_jquery/twbs_jquery.make

Package into your own drush .make file (e.g. drustack_core.make):

api = 2 core = 7.x projects[twbs_jquery][download][branch] = 7.x-3.x projects[twbs_jquery][download][type] = git projects[twbs_jquery][download][url] = projects[twbs_jquery][subdir] = contrib Live Demo

TWBS jQuery is now integrated into DruStack distribution, so you can try it in a live sandbox with

Why Another jQuery Module?

For general and generic jQuery update functionality, you should always consider another jQuery Update module which started since 2007-04-26.

On the other hand you should consider about using this module because of:

  • Purely design for assist TWBS, which means you will have the best compatibility when using both together
  • Fetch libraries directly from original repository and handle initialization with Libraries API; jQuery Update bundle all libraries into it's own code repository and initialize manually
  • Only support latest official version of libraries which result as no additional configuration required; jQuery Update support multiple version of jQuery
  • Much simple implementation which handle all upgrade and replacement automatically; jQuery Update provide more customization options

Please feel free to test it out and comment with your idea. Let's enjoy simplified jQuery update experience ;-)

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