"Blade Runner 2049": Gelungene Rückkehr in die düstere Zukunft der 80er

heise online Newsticker - 5. Oktober 2017 - 8:00
Dreißig Jahre nach "Blade Runner" geht die Geschichte um die Frage, was uns zum Menschen macht, weiter. "Blade Runner 2049" knüpft nahtlos an das Original an. Die Technik ist oscar-verdächtig, die Story schwächelt bisweilen etwas.

Onlineambulanz für Internetsüchtige: Onlinespiele, Cybersex und soziale Medien

heise online Newsticker - 5. Oktober 2017 - 8:00
Seit einem guten Jahr bietet die Medienambulanz für Computersüchtige in Bochum eine Online-Ambulanz an. Jetzt gaben die Bochumer Betreiber einen Einblick in die Probleme ihrer Klienten. Das größte Gefahrenpotenzial geht demnach von Onlinespielen aus.

Zahlen bitte! Linux: mehr als 25 Millionen Zeilen Code

heise online Newsticker - 5. Oktober 2017 - 7:30
Der Linux-Kernel lernt ständig neue Funktionen und wird dadurch immer fetter. Aber ist das überhaupt ein Problem? Und wofür ist der ganze Code überhaupt zuständig?

CDU-Innenexperte warnt FDP vor Datenschutz-"Totalblockade"

heise online Newsticker - 5. Oktober 2017 - 7:30
Vor den anstehenden Koalitionsverhandlungen zwischen CDU/CSU, FDP und den Grünen appelliert der CDU-Innenexperte Armin Schuster an die FDP, die "Modernisierung der Kriminalitäts- und Terrorbekämpfung" nicht zu blockieren.

Lullabot: Lullabots Speaking at BADCamp

Planet Drupal - 5. Oktober 2017 - 1:24

Are you going to San Francisco for BADCamp? No need to wear some flowers in your hair (although that would be festive), but you should definitely check out these presentations brought to you by our Lullabots and the Drupalize.Me team. The event will be held October 18-21 at the University of California at Berkeley. And, if you haven't registered yet, here's a handy link for convenience! It's FREE!

Intro to Backdrop CMS Thursday, October 19, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

with Jen & Nate Lampton, Senior Technical Architect at Lullabot

If you aren't already familiar with Backdrop CMS, it's a simple and easy-to-use CMS built for the budget-conscious SMBs, educational institutions, and non-profits that need comprehensive CMS solutions that won't break the bank. Jen and Nate will give you an intro to Backdrop CMS and conduct a hands-on site building session from exploring pages and posts to deploying changes using Configuration Management. Check out the full details as there are pre-requisites for this session.

Theming Drupal 8 Thursday, October 19, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

with Joe Shindelar, Lead Developer & Lead Trainer at Drupalize.Me

Front-end developers: You're probably in a situation where you have an existing site that needs a little facelift or you're creating a new theme from scratch. Joe will show you everything you need to know about how Drupal 8's theme system works so you can make your websites beautiful. Also, if you attend this session, Joe has a little Drupalize.Me gift for your continued learning.

Debugging, Profiling, & Rocking Out with Browser-Based Developer Tools! Friday, October 20, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

with Mike Herchel, Senior Front-End Developer at Lullabot

Front-end developers have come to rely on browser-based tools for developing the modern web, but keeping up with the continuously evolving changes and features often presents challenges. Never fear! Mike will make it simple by walking you through live examples sharing tricks and tips for using Chrome, Firefox, and Safari developer tools, as well as common troubleshooting solutions.

So long and thanks for all the requests: Front-end performance in the age of http/2 Friday, October 20, 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

with Marc Drummond, Senior Front-End Developer at Lullabot

Curious to know how http/2 affects front-end performance when aggregating your CSS and JS? Marc says, "Don't panic!" New front-end performance techniques don't have to be drastically different from what you already know. In addition to recapping the basics of how http/2 is changing the way browsers process requests, Marc will take a look at performance strategies, stats, and studies on http/2 that will encourage attendees to continue the conversation and knowledge-sharing.

Big BADCamp Party Friday, October 20, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am 

And, of course, don't miss the party! We're proud to be a sponsor this year.

Photo by Changyu Hu

Drupal blog: Drupal 8.4.0 is now available

Planet Drupal - 4. Oktober 2017 - 22:20
What's new in Drupal 8.4.0?

This new version is an important milestone of stability for Drupal 8. It adds under-the-hood improvements to enable stable releases of key contributed modules for layouts, media, and calendaring. Many other core experimental modules have also become stable in this release, including modules for displaying form errors inline and managing workflows.

The release includes several very important fixes for content revision data integrity as well as an update to stop the deletion of orphaned files that was causing data loss for many sites, alongside numerous improvements for site builders and content authors.

Download Drupal 8.4.0

Important: If you use Drush to manage Drupal, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before updating Drupal. Updating to Drupal 8.4.0 using Drush 8.1.11 or earlier will fail. (Always test minor version updates carefully before making them live.)

Inline Form Errors

The Inline Form Errors module provides a summary of any validation errors at the top of a form and places the individual error messages next to the form elements themselves. This helps users understand which entries need to be fixed, and how. Inline Form Errors was provided as an experimental module from Drupal 8.0.0 on, but it is now stable and polished enough for production use.

Datetime Range

The Datetime Range module provides a field type that allows end dates to support contributed modules like Calendar. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the Drupal 8.3.x experimental version and shares a consistent API with other Datetime fields. Future releases may improve Views support, usability, Datetime Range field validation, and REST support.

Layout Discovery API

The Layout Discovery module provides an API for modules or themes to register layouts as well as five common layouts. Providing this API in core enables core and contributed layout solutions like Panels and Display Suite to be compatible with each other. This stable release is backwards-compatible with the 8.3.x experimental version and introduces support for per-region attributes.

Media API

The new core Media module provides an API for reusable media entities and references. It is based on the contributed Media Entity module.

Since there is a rich ecosystem of Drupal contributed modules built on Media Entity, the top priority for this release is to provide a stable core API and data model for a smoother transition for these modules. Developers and expert site builders can now add Media as a dependency. Work is underway to provide an update path for existing sites' Media Entity data and to port existing contributed modules to the refined core API.

Note that the core Media module is currently marked hidden and will not appear on the 'Extend' (module administration) page. (Enabling a contributed module that depends on the core Media module will also enable Media automatically.) The module will be displayed to site builders normally once once related user experience issues are resolved in a future release.

Similarly, the REST API and normalizations for Media are not final and support for decoupled applications will be improved in a future release.

Content authoring and site administration experience improvements

The "Save and keep (un)published" dropbutton has been replaced with a "Published" checkbox and single "Save" button. The "Save and..." dropbutton was a new design in Drupal 8, but users found it confusing, so we have restored a design that is more similar to the user interface for Drupal 7 and earlier.

Both the "Comments" administration page at `/admin/content/comment` and the "Recent log messages" report provided by dblog are now configurable views. This allows site builders to easily customize, replace or clone these screens.

Updated migrations

This release adds date and node reference support for Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrations. Core provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data and can be used for migrating Drupal 6 sites to Drupal 8, and the Drupal 6 to 8 migration path is nearing beta stability. Some gaps remain, such as for some internationalization data. The Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration is incomplete but is suitable for developers who would like to help improve the migration and can be used to test upgrades especially for simple Drupal 7 sites. Most high-priority migrations are available.

Moderation and workflows

The Workflows module is now also stable, however it only provides a framework for managing workflows and is not directly useful in itself. The experimental Content Moderation module allows workflows to be applied to content and is now at beta stability. Content moderation workflows can now apply to any entity types that support revisions, and numerous usability issues and critical bugs are resolved in this release.

Platform features for web services

Drupal 8.4 continues to expand Drupal's support for web services that benefit decoupled sites and applications, including a 15% performance improvement for authenticated REST requests, expanded REST functionality, and developer-facing improvements.

Further details are available about each area in the 8.4.0 release notes.

What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners

Update to 8.4.0 to continue receiving bug and security fixes. The next bugfix release (8.4.1) is scheduled for November 1, 2017.

Updating your site from 8.3.7 to 8.4.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.3.6 to 8.3.7. If you use Drush, be sure to update to Drush 8.1.12 or higher before using it to update Drupal 8.3.7 to 8.4.0. Drupal 8.4.0 also has major updates to several dependencies, including Symfony, jQuery, and jQuery UI. Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site.

Drupal 7 site owners

Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout all minor releases of Drupal 8.

Most high-priority migrations from Drupal 7 to 8 are now available, but the migration path is still not complete, especially for multilingual sites, so you may encounter errors or missing migrations when you try to migrate. That said, since your Drupal 7 site can remain up and running while you test migrating into a new Drupal 8 site, you can help us stabilize the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path! Testing and bug reports from your real-world Drupal 7 sites will help us stabilize this functionality sooner for everyone. (Search the known issues.)

Drupal 6 site owners

Drupal 6 is not supported anymore. Create a Drupal 8 site and try migrating your data into it as soon as possible. Your Drupal 6 site can still remain up and running while you test migrating your Drupal 6 data into your new Drupal 8 site. Core now provides migrations for most Drupal 6 data, but the migrations of multilingual functionality in particular are not complete. If you find a new bug not covered by the known issues with the experimental Migrate module suite, your detailed bug report with steps to reproduce is a big help!

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 8.4.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features. Read the 8.4.0 release notes for more details on the improvements for developers in this release.

Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.3.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.4.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, and internal APIs (as well as more significant changes to experimental modules). This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. See the announcement of the 8.4.0 release candidate for more background information.

Hook 42: Hook 42 at BADCamp 2017 - Sessions, Trainings, and Summits!

Planet Drupal - 4. Oktober 2017 - 21:22

BADCamp is back and Hook 42 is embracing all the magical goodness! This year we are not only a proud sponsor of the largest free Drupal Camp, but we also have the awesome opportunity to share our expertise across several platforms. Join us at our Supercharged SEO & Accessibility training, the DevOps Summit, and four sessions.

Physik-Nobelpreis für Nachweis von Gravitationswellen

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 21:00
Anderthalb Jahre nach dem ersten Nachweis von Gravitationswellen haben drei damit befasste Forscher den Nobelpreis erhalten. Anlagen in den USA und Europa hatten erst vor wenigen Tagen einen ersten gemeinsamen Nachweis vermeldet.

aleksip.net: Values, community and technological choices

Planet Drupal - 4. Oktober 2017 - 20:10
Drupal needs to adopt a JavaScript framework for its administrative interfaces. The selection of this framework is an important decision, which should not be based on just technical merits or popularity. Drupal has been an open source project and a community for over 17 years, and when we make decisions like this, our values should weigh more than what is the hottest JavaScript framework at the moment.

Schleswig-Holstein läutet Abschied von Microsoft ein

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 20:00
Die schleswig-holsteinische Landesregierung setzt bei der IT-Beschaffung den Kurs auf Open Source und strebt langfristig eine „vollständige Ablösung“ von Closed-Source-Software an.

JavaOne: Trotz Veränderung kein Ende in Sicht

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 20:00
Allerlei Umwälzungen in der Java-Welt sorgen derzeit nicht unbedingt für Sicherheit in der Community. Die erste Keynote der von Oracle ausgerichteten Java-Konferenz legte den Fokus daher auf die Gemeinschaft und versuchte, Stabilität nach außen zu tragen.

10 Millionen Nutzer sahen mutmaßlich russische Anzeigen

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 19:30
Rund 10 Millionen US-Bürger haben vor und kurz nach der Präsidentenwahl in Facebook politische Anzeigen gesehen, die möglicherweise mit russischen Drahtziehern in Verbindung stehen. Das teilte das Soziale Netzwerk mit.

US-Gericht: Du sollst keinen #Hashtag verklagen

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 19:30
Der Versuch eines US-Polizisten, die Bürgerrechtsbewegung "Black Lives Matter" und den Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter wegen eines geworfenen Steins zu verklagen, ist gescheitert.

Microsoft gibt Groove Music Pass auf – Nutzer sollen zu Spotify wechseln

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 19:00
Nutzer des Microsoft-eigenen Streaming-Dienstes Groove will Microsoft zu Spotify umziehen. Die Windows-App Groove Music bleibt erhalten und kann weiterhin eigene Tracks von OneDrive oder der lokalen Platte abspielen.

Erst 220 Tesla Model 3 ausgeliefert

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 18:30
Teslas Gigafactory für das Model 3 läuft nicht rund. Nur 260 Stück wurden im 3. Quartal hergestellt. Bei Model S und X gibt es hingegen einen Auslieferungsrekord.

Last Call Media: Introducing Mannequin

Planet Drupal - 4. Oktober 2017 - 18:21
Introducing Mannequin Rob Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:21

Today, we’re excited to announce the first stable version of our new Component Theming tool, Mannequin. We’ve been working on this for months now, and couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made.

Thea sucht Sterne: Ein Elektronik-Bastelbuch

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 18:00
Ein Fantasy-Bilderbuch soll Kindern Elektronik-Grundlagen mit den Elektrostickern Chibitronics beibringen, auch wenn sie bisher wenig Interesse hatten. Die Sternensucherin Thea muss auf dem Planeten Penumbra Licht finden, um ihren Vater zu heilen.

MakerWeek in Bonn: von der Idee zum Prototypen

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 17:00
Vom 16. bis 20. Oktober lädt in Bonn die erste MakerWeek zum Basteln und Tüfteln ein. Im Popup-Makerspace gibt es Platz, eigene Ideen auszuprobieren.

Trotz Protesten: Bundesnetzagentur hält an neuer Form der Breitbandmessung fest

heise online Newsticker - 4. Oktober 2017 - 17:00
Die Kritik am Plan der Bundesnetzagentur, ein eigenes Programm für eine "gerichtsfeste" Breitbandmessung zu entwickeln, verstummt nicht. Die Regulierungsbehörde sieht aber keinen Spielraum mehr für große Änderungen.

drunomics: DrupalCon Vienna 2017 Recap

Planet Drupal - 4. Oktober 2017 - 16:53

Three days of sessions, discussions and meetings, one day for community, businesses, publishers and practices, and another day of code sprints - Drupalcon Vienna was a blast! It was very special experience for all our team members to have Drupalcon in town and we are proud to be among the supports of the event.


DrupalCon Vienna 2017 Sponsor

Here is a summary of our take-aways of the con:

Headless Drupal

One of the most discussed topics on DrupalCon Vienna was the idea of a headless CMS combined with a completely decoupled frontend. This way Drupal could not only serve as backend for a single website but as centralized data deliverer for applications of all kinds of devices. Combined with powerful JavaScript frameworks, like Angular or React, Drupal sites keep pace in the insanely fast changing world of web applications. Therefore Drupal should no longer be seen as an "all-inclusive"-CMS solution but as a single part in a modern Web-infrastructure and can return to its core strengths: Managing content.

As an example of how such a modern infrastructure could look like, kurier.at gave an insight of their system.


Adam Zielinski (CTO Telekurier Online Medien GmbH), © Amazee Labs

For further reading:

Contenta - API distribution
API-first initiative
Session: Headless, stateless, DB-less: how Kurier.at is transforming digital production with Drupal, NodeJS and Platform.sh

Accessibility

Andrew Macpherson, Théodore Biadala and Kristen Pol are part of the core accessibility team and it's always interesting to see what Drupal has achieved in all those years adressing persons with disabilities. The team briefly talked about some components of accessibility and the recent core accessibility improvements and what challenges they are facing. They gave half of their time room for discussions, which was very enlighning and informative. For instance automated testing can only cover around 40% of all accessibility issues. To get reliable test results many testss need to be done by real persons.

Another highly interesting, mind opening talk by Everett Zufelt was about how even little changes to the code can have a huge impact on a site's accessibility. Bringing in just a little more structure and semantic by using a wide variety of the available HTML5 tags, instead of just using <div> and <span>, is a big step forward for people depending on screen readers. The presentation also featured a list of good and bad examples which obstacles can be found and how most of them can be easiliy eliminated.


Andrew Macpherson, Théodore Biadala, Kristen Pol, © Amazee Labs

For further reading:

Session: JavaScript and Accessibility: Don't Blame the Language
Session: Core Accessibility: How are we doing, and what can we do better?
NYPL Design Toolkit
Manuel Matuzovic: Writing CSS with Accessibility in Mind

eleven Administration Theme

The current administration theme in Drupal 8 looks nearly the same as in Drupal 7. No large improvements have been made in Drupal 8. Although there is an initiative starting on developing a new administration them (with React) this approach will take some time before it will be part of Drupal core. However, there is already a modern administration theme on the way: eleven.

The eleven Administration Theme should be a modern way of how an administration should look like and behave with CSS variables, CSS grid and other CSS techniques supported in most modern browsers. As this is not intended for a wider audience and addresses solely administrators and editors backward compatibility with older browsers is not implemented.

There is also an own subchannel in the Drupal slack channel for the eleven theme.


Morten Birch, © Amazee Labs

For further reading:

Session: Admin Theming & design for a modern Drupal 8
BoF: Admin theme eleven
Drupal 8 Admin Theme: Eleven

UI Patterns

With UI Patterns it should be easy to get rid of the templates folder in the theme and connect the display of a field to a template in the administration backend directly. Advantages are a better overview and less Twig files.

For further reading:
Session: Introducing the UI Patterns module: use atomic UI components everywhere in Drupal 8
Drupal module: UI pattern

Landing Pages and Layouts

The Thunder team organized a BoF about "Landing Pages and Layouts" which lead to an interesting discussion on how layouts can be implemented in Drupal, as well as the tools & modules needed for editors to be able to have the necessary "content blocks" available for building good landing pages.
During the keynote, Dries has shown a demo of the new Layout Builder, which is currently worked on for inclusion in Drupal 8.5. As Tim Plunkett noted there will be an upgrade path of panelizer to the new layout builder in core, so panelizer can be considered a future-proof solution for layouts right now.


Driesnote at DrupalCon Vienna 2017, © Amazee Labs

For further reading:
BoF: Landing Pages and Layouts
Drupal Thunder Issue: Landing Pages and Layouts
Drupal Core ideas: Add a Layout Builder to core
Drupal Issue: Implementation issue for Layout Builder

Amazee.io: lagoon

Amazee.io demo-ed lagoon, their fully open-source docker production system. It's powered by docker compose, kubernetes and openshift and nice CLI and UI tools are planned for it. This and the branch-ed based auto-creation of new environments make it an interesting development that could be the base for the next version of our in-house docker CI system, which is able to create test-sites per feature-branch including initialized content. Amazing stuff! ;)

For further reading:
Introducing Lagoon, amazee.io’s fully open source Docker in Production system