Monday, May 28, 2012

Drupal Global Training Days

Drupal Global Training Day is a worldwide training day designed to introduce people to the Drupal project. These are training courses that are designed to bring a student from no-Drupal knowledge to a place where they can choose to be a developer, themer, designer, site architect, engineer, etc.

Working with training providers from around the world, Drupal Global Training Day is a single day where a student can attend a training in most major cities worldwide.

For upcoming Drupal Global Training Days see:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Drupal Developers Expertise Helps Business to Be Competitive

Fremont based global technology services company DCKAP announced today it has up-shifted its Drupal development service keeping in pace with surging market growth.
Drupal 7, the advanced version of Drupal, has features like Better HTML5, Better mobile support, Improved multilingual features, Setting up Drupal 7 on a modern web development framework. Drupal experts can build the most effective and customized business web applications. Drupal is a widely used content management system (CMS) well suited for web applications of any kind from web logs (blogs) and micro sites to collaborative social communities. The versatile platform for Drupal development now comes with a new user interface, accessibility improvements, powerful image handling capabilities, support for rich content metadata, security features, scalability and database interoperability enhancements and automated tests to ensure stability.
Drupal 7 releases before 7.12 contained a bug which prevented the use of custom menus. Because the Menu Block module provided a workaround for this bug as it added dependency to this module. With the release of Drupal 7.12 and Menu Block 2.3, the bug was successfully removed. Upgrading the existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is however strongly recommended.
DCKAP Drupal developer team, using Drupal 7, 7.12 has successfully completed and delivered a diverse range of Drupal web applications for business, for its various clients,. DCKAP’s Drupalprogrammers now work from the new fully equipped development center and also on client site as required. 
Drupal is an excellent choice of a Content management system for any business site. A Drupal site built by an expert Drupal programmer can easily grow and expand to suit the needs of any business as the business expands. It gives the business owner complete control over content on the site.
Developing effective business applications requires specialized expertise in the technologies. For a business considering contracting a Drupal development company or a Drupal developer/ Drupal programmer, it would be of great significance to select the right Drupal developer resources and setting out the specifications with clarity and completeness.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Drupal 7 core co-maintainer: David Rothstein

I selected Angela "webchick" Byron as my co-maintainer for Drupal 7 back in DrupalCon Szeged in August 2008. Since then, together we shepherded efforts of 1,000 core contributors to create Drupal 7, got the release out the door in January of last year, and worked hard thereafter to stabilize Drupal 7, to the point that the number of Drupal 7 sites eclipsed the number of Drupal 6 sites earlier this year.

However, Angela's level of responsibility in the community has grown significantly in the past 3.5 years, and she wears many hats, from Drupal Association board member to code sprint planner to coordinator to evangelist to general community cat herder. We both felt that it was time to transition the role of Drupal 7 core co-maintainer off of her plate, in order to give her more time to focus on her other community roles.
When thinking about replacements for Angela, David Rothstein was at the top of my list. David was a key contributor to Drupal 7 and heavily involved in a wide range of issues throughout the code base. He was also on the Drupal Gardens team, developing against Drupal 7 while it was still in active development, and so has a very thorough and deep understanding of Drupal 7's internals. David is extremely conscientious and thorough in his reviews, and is incredibly calm and respectful in his communication style.

I'm thrilled to say that David accepted the invitation to join the core co-maintainer team, and will have time to work on managing Drupal 7 releases through community time provided by his current employer, Advomatic. David will not be committing to the Drupal 8 branch, but will be focused on guaranteeing the quality of Drupal 7.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Merits of Drupal and Updates on Drupal Camps

Drupal is developed into one of the most complex open-source content management systems (CMS) on the market and is represented by an array of top notch sites. Drupal is the perfect choice for large Enterprise websites that has high traffic. Drupal is famous for its relatively rapid build time. It is also known for its dynamic nature as websites designed on the Drupal framework can be altered by modifying modules. Drupal can be used to manage easily all aspects of a website, from adding content and images to updating a product catalogue, processing credit card payments or taking online reservations.

Drupal is a cost effective CMS solution as it allows Drupal programmers to develop complex websites in minimal time period compared to what it would take using other commercial CMS technologies. There are thousands of community-contributed modules that extend the flexibility of Drupal, so the chances of Drupal supporting almost all the features is high; and if at all a drupal developer can't find a module that suits the requirements, the developer can program new modules quickly and efficiently. After installing a Drupal website and is made to run, it is simple for non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and to manage the critical data. Basic word processing skills is enough to manage a Drupal site

In addition, to above advantages Drupal offers strategic capabilities for search engine optimization and infrastructure flexibility:

•    Friendly URLs – Drupal uses Apache’s mod_rewrite to enable URLs that are both user- and search engine-friendly, which can help your search rankings.

•    Permalinks – All content created in Drupal has a permanent link or “permalink” associated with it so users can link to content freely without fear of broken links, another feature that is likely to boost search ranking and page views.

•    Taxonomy and Tagging – Drupal enables you to define hierarchical categories that can be used to tag and organize content, as well as fields for content authors to apply free tags. Tagging content can help enhance your site’s organization, enable related content linking, and assist in the definition of meta-keywords that can boost search rankings.

•    Platform Flexibility – Drupal was designed from the start to be multi-platform. It can be installed and run on Apache, Linux, Solaris, Windows, and Mac OSX platforms.

2012 is indeed a great year for Drupal Developers as they get opportunity to get together with other developers in the same field to share their ideas and enhance their insights about Drupal programming and its updates. Drupal camps are held all over the world this year. This article will give you details where the Drupal camps were held and where all it is going to conducted. The following is the list when and where various Drupal camps are held:

Maryland Drupal Camp February 10th - 11th, 2012
Stanford Drupal Camp May 1, 2012
Baltimore Drupal Camp May 8, 2012
Dublin Drupal Camp May 18-19, 2012
Lyon, France Drupal Camp May 26-27, 2012
Vancouver Drupal Camp, Canada June 2, 2012
Madison Drupal Camp, 26 & 28 July, 2012
Delhi, India Drupal Camp November 1st week

During these conferences Drupal developers / programmers will be immersed in the world of Drupal. Through a wide range of presentations one will learn more about all the latest Drupal development. Tricks and tools to easily keep tabs on your website's usage, performance, security, and content, leveraging existing data, practical decisions based on Drupal data, visualized and various other valuable thoughts will be shared by Drupal expert.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New maintainers and plans for Drupal 7

Back in 2009, Groups.Drupal.Org (GDO) went through a major transition including upgrading from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6, a redesign, and adding new maintainers. We are currently in the process of a similar transition. The site has already gone through a redesign, and as we make plans to transition to Drupal 7, we will also be moving to new maintainers for the next year.

Making it easier to contribute to GDO
Between the Drupal Association’s initiative to improve *, the community brainstorming on site improvements, and feature requests in the Groups.Drupal.Org issue queue, there is clearly a lot of interest in making improvements to GDO. However, for folks who want to roll up their sleeves and help by filing a patch, the path to replicating GDO for development purposes hasn’t always been clear. As a strategy for making it easier for anyone in the Drupal community to file a patch and streamlining maintenance efforts for the site, we have proposed that GDO will run the Commons distribution of Drupal for Drupal 7. Of course, this means that improvements made to GDO benefit sites powered by Drupal Commons and vice-versa, that generic improvements to Commons will benefit GDO.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Google announces Summer of Code results for 2012

We are thrilled to announce that Google will be sponsoring 13 Drupal projects for Summer of Code 2012. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Google, who are investing over $72,000 in the Drupal project.

As always, we had many more projects that we would have liked to accept than we were able to. The mentoring team deliberated fiercely over the past two weeks, and arrived at the final acceptance list.

Drupal will benefit from microdata support for contrib field types, help topic module for documentation team, sales reports integration for drupal commerce, materialization plugin support for views, search api statistics etc.

If you would like to keep up to date on Summer of Code happenings, would like to volunteer to help test students' projects, and/or would like to help students as they find their way in our community, please join the SoC 2012 working group and help out in whatever ways you can.
Here's to another great summer! :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Drupal 7.14 and Drupal 6.26 released

Drupal 7.14 is now available, which contains bug fixes as well as fixes for security vulnerabilities from Drupal 7.13.

Drupal 6.26, which fixes known bugs (no security issues) is also available for download.

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement, more information on the 6.x releases can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement. Drupal 5 is no longer maintained, upgrading to Drupal 7 is recommended.