Star Wars Battlefront 2: Gesperrter Darth Vader beschert EA Reddit-Shitstorm

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 9:30
Ein Community-Manager von EA verteidigt auf Reddit das fragwürdige Geschäftsmodell von Star Wars Battlefront 2 – und wird zum Sündenbock einer Branche, die immer dreister nach Zusatzeinnahmen greift.

Baden-Württemberg will mehr Frauen und ausländische Akademiker für IT-Berufe

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 9:00
Einer Studie nach gibt es im Südwesten zu wenige IT-Fachkräfte. Das liegt gleich an mehreren Faktoren. Frauen und ausländische Experten sollen die Lösung des Problems sein.

Supercomputer: China wieder first, America second

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 9:00
Die 50. TOP500-Liste ist da: 94 der 136 neu eingezogenen Supercomputer stehen in China.

Ordinypt: Vermeintlicher Erpressungstrojaner-Ausbruch in Deutschland gibt Rätsel auf

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 8:30
Die vor kurzem aufgetauchte Ransomware Ordinypt löscht Dateien, statt sie zu verschlüsseln und hat es mit Fake-PDF-Dateien auf deutsche Personalabteilungen abgesehen. Allerdings gibt es bisher kaum Anzeichen auf Infektionen in freier Wildbahn.

Ableton Loop: Dolby zeigt Atmos-Mixer als VST-Plug-in für Musik-DJs

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 8:30
Bislang kann man Dolby Atmos nur in Pro Tools mixen. In Berlin demonstrierte Dolby erstmals eine VST- und AU-Version, die sich in nahezu jeder DAW für dreidimensionale Musik-Mixe einsetzen lässt.

Accessibility Services: Google droht zahlreichen Apps mit Rausschmiss aus Play Store

heise online Newsticker - 15. November 2017 - 8:30
Android-Apps, die das API Accessibility Services nutzen, könnten bald aus dem Play Store fliegen. Darauf weist Google Entwickler in einer Mail hin. Wer dem Rausschmiss entgehen will, muss beweisen, dass seine App behinderten Menschen hilft.

Electric Citizen: Drupal 8 DevOps: Automation for happier teams and clients

Planet Drupal - 15. November 2017 - 5:10

How the DevOps movement is pointing the way forward to higher quality Drupal projects, faster delivery, happier team members, and satisfied clients for projects of any scale

Over the past several years, the best practices surrounding Drupal DevOps have expanded and improved, including continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment, and automated testing. In turn more organizations are discovering the benefits of these automated tools and deployment methods:

  • Faster development – developers can deliver more work in less time and reduce project costs (or deliver more work for the same budget)
  • Higher quality – with repeatable builds and automated tests against live production content for every change we reduces stress and uncertainty surrounding deployments of new features and bug fixes
  • Transparent development cycles – frequent builds mean any team member can check on the progress of any task at any time
  • Better collaboration – team members and stakeholders can focus on the features that matter instead of collaborating over the mundane details of builds and deploys

Whether a site is under active development or already in production, these benefits result in less stress, higher quality projects, happier developers, and satisfied stakeholders.

Dries Buytaert: An update on the Layout Initiative for Drupal 8.4/8.5

Planet Drupal - 15. November 2017 - 4:57

Now Drupal 8.4 is released, and Drupal 8.5 development is underway, it is a good time to give an update on what is happening with Drupal's Layout Initiative.

8.4: Stable versions of layout functionality

Traditionally, site builders have used one of two layout solutions in Drupal: Panelizer and Panels. Both are contributed modules outside of Drupal core, and both achieved stable releases in the middle of 2017. Given the popularity of these modules, having stable releases closed a major functionality gap that prevented people from building sites with Drupal 8.

8.4: A Layout API in core

The Layout Discovery module added in Drupal 8.3 core has now been marked stable. This module adds a Layout API to core. Both the aforementioned Panelizer and Panels modules have already adopted the new Layout API with their 8.4 release. A unified Layout API in core eliminates fragmentation and encourages collaboration.

8.5+: A Layout Builder in core

Today, Drupal's layout management solutions exist as contributed modules. Because creating and building layouts is expected to be out-of-the-box functionality, we're working towards adding layout building capabilities to Drupal core.

Using the Layout Builder, you start by selecting predefined layouts for different sections of the page, and then populate those layouts with one or more blocks. I showed the Layout Builder in my DrupalCon Vienna keynote and it was really well received:

8.5+: Use the new Layout Builder UI for the Field Layout module

One of the nice improvements that went in Drupal 8.3 was the Field Layout module, which provides the ability to apply pre-defined layouts to what we call "entity displays". Instead of applying layouts to individual pages, you can apply layouts to types of content regardless of what page they are displayed on. For example, you can create a content type 'Recipe' and visually lay out the different fields that make up a recipe. Because the layout is associated with the recipe rather than with a specific page, recipes will be laid out consistently across your website regardless of what page they are shown on.

The basic functionality is already included in Drupal core as part of the experimental Fields Layout module. The goal for Drupal 8.5 is to stabilize the Fields Layout module, and to improve its user experience by using the new Layout Builder. Eventually, designing the layout for a recipe could look like this:

Closing thoughts

Layouts remains a strategic priority for Drupal 8 as it was the second most important site builder priority identified in my 2016 State of Drupal survey, right behind Migrations. I'm excited to see the work already accomplished by the Layout team, and look forward to seeing their progress in Drupal 8.5! If you want to help, check out the Layout Initiative roadmap.

Special thanks to Angie Byron for contributions to this blog post, to Tim Plunkett and Kris Vanderwater for their feedback during the writing process, and to Emilie Nouveau for the screenshot and video contributions. Blog: AGILEDROP: Hosting services specialised for Drupal

Planet Drupal - 15. November 2017 - 3:20
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Agaric Collective: How to declare hexadecimals on a PHPDoc Block

Planet Drupal - 14. November 2017 - 21:30

TL;DR: For PHP Hexadecimals, Decimals and Octals are all Integers, so they must be declared as @param integer

While I was working on a patch I had to write the docblock of a function which received a hexadecimal number and I wasn't sure what I was supposed to put in the @type param.

I went to Drupal's API documentation and comments standards page to see which is the best type for this param and I found the following:

Data types can be primitive types (int, string, etc.), complex PHP built-in types (array, object, resource), or PHP classes.

Alright, a hexadecimal number is not a complex PHP built-in type nor a PHP Class so it must be a primitive type, so I went to the PHP documentation page to see which primitives PHP has and I found the following:

  • boolean
  • integer
  • float (floating-point number, aka double)
  • String

So there wasn't a specific reference for a Hexadecimal number...

The solution:

In the end Pieter Frenssen helped me (Thanks!) with this, and he showed me that in PHP, it doesn't matter what the base number is and it can be an octal, hexadecimal or a decimal, for PHP they all are integers (which makes sense but I wanted to be sure) and he shared this small snippet where we can see that PHP sees the numbers as integers and the base doesn't matter:

$ php -a Interactive shell php > var_dump(gettype(0x0f)); string(7) "integer" php > var_dump(0x08 === 8); bool(true)

So if you are writing the documentation of a function in which one of its params is a hexadecimal number you must declare it as Integer.

Elevated Third: Elevated Third’s CEO Featured as a Drupal Expert

Planet Drupal - 14. November 2017 - 20:21
Elevated Third’s CEO Featured as a Drupal Expert Elevated Third’s CEO Featured as a Drupal Expert Ayla Peacock Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:21

Elevated Third’s CEO, Jeff Calderone, recently shared his insights with Clutch on Drupal, how to choose a platform and how to choose the right web developers to build your website. This is part of a series of interviews that Clutch has been conducting to educate businesses on the options they have when building a website.

Clutch is a B2B ratings and reviews website that ranks digital agencies to help business buyers choose the best partner for their next dev project. We’re currently ranked as a top 5 Drupal Development firm and a top 5 Denver web designer in their research.

Drupal is one of the most popular opensource CMSs. Its community of developers ensures that the platforms continues to evolve and improve. According to Jeff:

“Drupal is great because it gives you a lot of functionality out of the box, the core functionality that’s been built by thousands of developers over time. It’s really solid, tested, and secure. The modules that are created by the community are really where the power comes and where it stands out. We can start with a key suite of modules and core functionality and often get our clients 60-70% of the way to where they want to go, but then be confident that we can build custom modules and functionality to get them the rest of the way, and oftentimes, replicate the functionality of a fully custom website for much less because we’re using the opensource community that has created all this functionality over time.”

Each business has different needs for their website. When it comes to choosing a website platform, Jeff offered:

“Especially if they’re in the B2B space and have that longer sales cycle, I think they need to pick a platform that is going to be able to grow with them and integrate with their existing legacy systems as well as connect with marketing automation and Salesforce and CRM in a way that is user proof. Personalization is coming. Voice activation is coming. All of those exist in some form already. Building on a platform like Drupal allows you to get something up and running quickly and be modular both now and in the future and add onto a solid core as these technologies and trends become actual.”

Another challenge that companies face is choosing the right partner for their project. According to Jeff the key to finding the right company is:

“Focusing on an agency that’s going to understand your business and solve the right problem as opposed to just developers who are going to build what they’re told to build… There are a lot of shops that have good developers that will build whatever you tell them to. We focus on providing that strategic insight. Half our agency is strategy and UX and design and helping the company to solve the right problem trusting that the other side of our shop, the Drupal developers, can implement and build those things that we recommend… It’s key to have that integrated approach and not just one or the other.”

If your business goals and website requirements are planned out early on, choosing the right platform and partner for your company will be simple. To learn more about Drupal, you can read the full interview here.

Acro Media: Video: Making Migration to Drupal Commerce 2 Easier

Planet Drupal - 14. November 2017 - 19:47

Moving to a new e-commerce platform can be a massive undertaking, but Drupal is making it simple. Whether you currently use Commerce 1, Ubercart, Shopify, or Magento, there is (or will soon be) an easy way to move over to Commerce 2 and see what it can offer you. Watch the latest High5 video here to learn more.

What moving means

There are a ton of different parts that make up your e-commerce site: products, product variations, orders, customers, account balances, user logins, etc. One of the first things you need to decide is which parts you're going to migrate. Maybe you want to pull order data, but not discounts, which can be notoriously difficult to move over. Products are obviously essential, but moving tax rules over is not nearly as crucial, since you could probably set those up yourself (and if you work with a third party for that anyway, migrating tax rules is a waste of time).

What migrate tools can do

Migrating your site manually is incredibly labor-intensive and prone to failure (you try moving 10,000 products manually without screwing any of them up.) Automating the process with migrating tools that have been thoroughly tested will give you a lot more consistency when moving your data around. And the best part is that this is all open source; we're releasing these tools so that anyone can migrate their site on their own at no charge.

How the tools were developed

We started from the most common stuff (products, orders) and worked our way out to customers and discounts and product classes and all the rest. We have sample sets that we test for each of those aspects. So we have full databases of Ubercart sites, for instance, that we migrate over so we can see which parts are missing and what needs to be improved. We continually work to build those missing pieces and fill out all those edge cases.

What's ready and what's coming

We have all the basics done for Ubercart; if you want to do an Ubercart to Commerce 2 migration right now, you can do it, though you might have to do a little bit of configuring and customizing to get the edge cases. We're trying to get to a point where you can literally just push a button and have everything move over, but that's still a couple months away. Commerce 1 is close to that, Magento is pretty basic, and Shopify is more of a prototype right now.

YouTube-App saugt iPhone X leer: Google verspricht Abhilfe

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 19:30
Das Anschauen von YouTube-Videos lässt bei mehreren Nutzern das iPhone X heiß laufen und wirkt sich deutlich auf die Akkulaufzeit aus – unter Umständen passiert dies sogar im Hintergrund.

SC17: ARMv8-Supercomputer von Cray

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 19:30
Ab Mitte 2018 will Cray Compute-Blades mit Cavium-ThunderX2-Prozessoren für den Supercomputer XC50 ausliefern.

VW Käfer als Elektroauto: VW könnte Beetle elektrifizieren

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 18:00
VW-Markenchef Herbert Diess meint, Elektroautos müssten auch emotional sein. Der Beetle könnte vielleicht diese Bedingung erfüllen.

Chromatic: Taxonomy Term Shuffles - Hook Updates with Batch API in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - 14. November 2017 - 18:00

Clare breaks down how to reassign nodes from one taxonomy term to another. Code samples included.

Uber ebnet Weg für Milliarden-Investition aus Japan

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 17:30
Uber steht kurz davor, eine Milliarden-Finanzspritze aus Japan zu bekommen. Der IT-Konzern Softbank hatte zuvor gedroht, das Geld sonst in den rivalisierenden Fahrdienst-Vermittler Lyft zu stecken.

Weltweiter Kohlendioxid-Ausstoß steigt 2017 wieder an

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 17:30
Akteure aus 195 Ländern ringen derzeit auf der Weltklimakonferenz in Bonn um die Umsetzung des Pariser Klimaabkommens. Konsequente Beschlüsse sind nötig, belegen derweil aktuelle Studien. Sie zeigen: Der CO2-Ausstoß ist im Jahr 2017 wieder gestiegen.

Bitkom-Leitfaden: Softwareentwicklung braucht Digital Designer

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 17:00
Der Bitkom-Leitfaden "Rollenideal 'Digital Designer'" spricht von einer Wende in der technologisch geprägten Softwareentwicklung, zu einer mehr Gestalterischen. Der Ratgeber des Digitalverbands Bitkom wurde jetzt vorgestellt.

Nachholbedarf im Handel bei Digitalisierung

heise online Newsticker - 14. November 2017 - 17:00
Die Digitalisierung ist aus der Wirtschaft nicht mehr wegzudenken. Trotzdem gibt es immer noch Betriebe, die keine Strategien für den Digitalumbau haben. Eine neue Studie kommt zu dem Ergebnis: Im Handel verläuft der Prozess zum Teil viel zu langsam.