Issue 160 - October, 16th 2014
Since I compose the newsletter on Tuesdays by the time you read this I hope you will in the process of updating you Drupal installations because I hear this security update is going to be a big one.
Nick Schuch of PreviousNext outlines the plans for a DrupalCI as well as the progress that has been made so far.
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Curious about DrupalCon Amsterdam? This post from the Drupal Association has the stats you crave. "More than 2,300 attendees showed up to 120 sessions and nearly 100 BoFs".
A nice list of great sessions from DrupalCon Amsterdam.
A nice overview of Drupal 8's REST API and it's weak points.
As the Drupal project and community becomes more connected with the PHP developer community we should also consider our counterparts in the Wordpress community. I agree with Brandon Savage that practice of throwing stones at the Wordpress project should stop.
John Ennew shares his experience being a mentor at DrupalCon Amsterdam.
Anyone building sites, setting up content types or doing discovery for a Drupal project should read this. This is one of the best articles on the subject of setting up a CMS I have ever read.
Drupal 8 maintainer Alex Pott outlines the changes in Drupal 8 and how Drupal agencies should approach them.
Great advice from Steve Burge and Dave Reid.
"You can now really easily add new assets in template preprocess functions."
"In Drupal 8, the logic for blocks is provided by so called plugins (annotated classes in a specific namespace).."
An update on Media module progress for Drupal 8.
Nice little improvement from Tyler Frankenstein that I hope will be submitted as a patch to the Commerce project.
Not sure how well this will work if you are using the In Place Editor with Panels but this is worth trying if you want to clean up the default markup that panels provides.
Sure, your host is backing up your server. Maybe you have your database and files being backed up on a cron run. But, if your backups are not offsite then you are in a risky situation. Off site backups are pretty easy to set up now as Blair Wadman illustrates in this tutorial.
This one line is music to the ears of any early user of CiviCRM, "civicrm now installs as if it were any other Drupal module".
Entity Reference module is one of those modules I use quite often. You should be using it if you need to have fields that reference nodes, or other entity types.
Steve Burge gives us a brief intro to the payment module. Looks like a great alternative when you don't need all of the features of the Commerce module.
Check out my buddy Mario Hernandez @designsdrive on the Drupodcast.
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