Drupal.org blog: What’s new on Drupal.org? - August 2017

Planet Drupal - 19. September 2017 - 18:38

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

Announcement TLS 1.0 and 1.1 deprecated

Drupal.org uses the Fastly CDN service for content delivery, and Fastly has depreciated support for TLS 1.1, 1.0, and 3DES on the cert we use for Drupal.org, per the mandate by the PCI Security Standards Council. This change took place on 9 Aug 2017. This means that browsers and API clients using the older TLS 1.1 or 1.0 protocols will no longer be supported. Older versions of curl or wget may be affected as well.

Almost time for DrupalCon Vienna

DrupalCon Vienna is almost here! From September 26-29 you can join us for keynotes, sessions, and sprinting. Most of the Drupal Association engineering team will be on site, and we'll be hosting a panel discussion about recent updates to Drupal.org, and our plans for the future.

We hope to see you there!

Drupal.org updates 8.4.0 Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate 1

On August 3rd, Drupal 8.4.0 received its alpha release, followed on the 17th by a beta release, and on September 6th by the first release candidate. Several new stable API modules are now included in core for everything from workflow management to media management. Core maintainers hope to reach a stable release of Drupal 8.4 soon.

Improvements to Project Pages

We made a number of improvements to project pages in August, one of which was to clean up the 'Project information' section and add new iconography to make signals about project quality more clear to site builders.

In the same vein, we've also improved the download table for contrib projects, by making it more clear which releases are recommended by the maintainer, providing pre-release information for minor versions, and displaying recent test results.

Metadata about security coverage available to Composer

Developers who build Drupal sites using Composer may miss some of the project quality indicators from project pages on Drupal.org. Because of this, we now include information about whether a project receives security advisory coverage in the Composer 'extra' attribute. By including this information in the composer json for each project, we hope to make it easier for developers using Composer to ensure they are only using modules with security advisory coverage. This information is also accessible for developers who may want to make additional tools for managing composer packages.

Automatic issue credit for committers

Just about the last step in resolving any code-related issue is for a project maintainer to commit the changes. To make sure these maintainers are credited for the work they do to review these code changes, we now automatically add issue credit for committers.

Performance Improvements for Events.Drupal.org

With DrupalCon coming up in September we spent a little bit of time tuning the performance of Events.Drupal.org. We managed to resolve a session management bug that was the root cause of a significant slow down, so now the site is performing much better.

Syncing your DrupalCon schedule to your calendar

A long requested feature for our DrupalCon websites has been the ability to sync a user's personal schedule to a calendar service. In August we released an initial implementation of this feature, and we're working on updating it in September to support ongoing syncing - stay tuned!

Membership CTA on Download and Extend

We've added a call to action for new members on the Drupal.org Download and Extend page, which highlights some great words and faces from the community. Membership contributions are a crucial part of funding Drupal.org and DrupalCon, but much the majority of traffic we receive on Drupal.org is anonymous, and may not reach the areas of the site where we've promoted membership in the past. We're hoping this campaign will help us reach a wider audience.

DrupalCI sponsorship

DrupalCI is one of the most critical services the Drupal Association provides to the project, and also one of the more expensive. We've recently added a very small section to highlight how membership contributions help provide testing for the project - and in the future we hope to highlight sponsors who will step up specifically to subsidize testing for the Drupal project.

Infrastructure More semantic labels for testing

In August we added more semantic labels for DrupalCI test configuration. This means that project maintainers no longer have to update their testing targets with each new release of Drupal, they can instead test against the 'pre-release' or 'supported' version, etc. More information can be found in the DrupalCI documentation.

Started PCI audit

In August we also began a PCI audit, and developed a plan of action to reduce the Drupal Association's PCI scope. Protecting our community's personal and financial information is critically important, and with a small engineering team, the more we can offload PCI responsibility onto our payment vendors the better. We'll be continuing to work on these changes into the new year.


As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular we want to thank:

If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

USA: App-Betreiber verklagt Google auf Zugang zum App-Store

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 18:30
Die App des sozialen Netzwerks Gab ist aus Googles App-Store geflogen, weil es nicht gegen Hassrede vorgeht. Gab sieht darin einen Monopolmissbrauch und hat Klage erhoben.

init - der Wochenausblick: Deutschland wählt und der IT-Herbst beginnt

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 18:00
Nachdem der Apple-Hype der vergangenen Woche abebbt, können wir uns wieder den wichtigen Themen zuwenden, der Bundestagswahl zum Beispiel … obwohl, so ganz ohne Apple gehts auch diese Woche nicht.

Symbol der Rechten: Erfinder will "Pepe den Frosch" mit Urheberrecht zurückerobern

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 17:30
Mit den Mitteln des Urheberrechts will der US-Comicautor Matt Furie seinen Frosch Pepe aus den Händen der extremen Rechten zurückerlangen. Nach einem ersten juristischen Erfolg fordert er die auf, die Figur aufzugeben. Sonst werde geklagt.

Project Aslan: Roboterarm lernt Gebärdensprache

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 17:00
Buchstabieren und zählen funktionieren schon – künftig soll die Roboterhand Aslan der Uni Antwerpen komplexere Gebärden darstellen. Grundlage der Entwicklung sind 3D-Drucker und ein Arduino, um Motoren zu steuern.

Deeson: Deeson allocates 20% of my time to work on open source: here’s how I spend it

Planet Drupal - 19. September 2017 - 16:59

Last week, Dries Buytaert published a post detailing the organisations that sponsor Drupal. It’s an insightful report, and we’re proud to be represented among the top 30 contributing organisations globally based on the number of Drupal.org commit credits.

This is due to the hard work of our development team. We’ve written before about why we think businesses should pay developers to contribute to open source, and we continue to practice what we preach.

I spend around 20% of my work week contributing to open source, primarily Group – the Drupal 8 module I wrote to allow you to create arbitrary collections of content and users, and grant access control permissions on those collections. Check out all the reasons Group is awesome!

How much time I spend on open source.

Before I joined Deeson I worked almost exclusively on Group in my own time. My previous employer promised me time for Group but I could never really get round to it properly during office hours. It started putting a massive strain on my personal life. Since joining Deeson, I work one day a week on contrib or core.

My main focus is Group, which gets the most attention throughout the year. However, sometimes I need to add or fix something in core so I focus on that instead. That may take up several weeks but in the end I always return to Group.

I now only spend my personal time reading incoming issues, blog posts and Twitter about Group and coming up with architecture. The actual coding is done during office hours.

Employer buy in is key.

Deeson cares about what I work on, encourages me to work on high-visibility modules and issues, and generally gives me the space I need to properly contribute back to the project.

They recognise the fact that this type of work leads to a high level of expertise which in turn benefits the company in the quality of the work we do for clients. 

Deeson ranks top of the list for me, hands down, when it comes to agency commitment to encouraging developers to work on open source projects. When they say I get one day a week, I get one day a week. 

Only over the summer with people on vacation was I asked to cover for others for a couple of weeks. Which is only natural when you’re part of a team. The rest of the year I really get the time I need to keep up with my contributions.

Contributing to open source makes for better developers.

Open source is what I do. The inherent constant peer review is exactly what I need because I don’t have a degree in computer sciences. If it weren’t for the way open source works, I wouldn’t be the developer I am now. It has really helped my hone my skills in a way that education probably never could. 

In other words: My job would probably suck if it weren’t for the fun aspects open source software has to offer!

If you want to work for an agency that offers paid time to support open source projects, check out our current vacancies.

Roy Scholten: If you’re coming to Drupalcon Vienna to discuss a hard problem,

Planet Drupal - 19. September 2017 - 16:48
19 Sep 2017 If you’re coming to Drupalcon Vienna to discuss a hard problem,

Prepare to start in the middle

Help your peers get up to speed before Drupalcon so that while at Drupalcon you can more quickly go beyond “getting everybody on the same page” and move on to making decisions and defining next steps.

We can always do with more feedback from people using the Drupal toolkit to tackle, specific, challenges.

Get a blog post out, tweet out those “plan” style issue links, share that google doc, let us know which BoF you’ll host, etc. Help more people understand what’s moving where and what’s needed now.

It helps getting this info out there before Drupalcon because Drupalcon itself is where you then get together to decide and agree on path(s) forward.

Help people prepare so that you can start in the middle.

Maybe the feedback forces a restart from scratch after all because the problem is actually a different one than initially imagined. That’s still a win :)

Drupalcon is a great way to connect with the known experts and to onboard new experts.

Let us know what you hope to achieve.

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Amazee Labs: We’re going to Vienna!

Planet Drupal - 19. September 2017 - 16:40
We’re going to Vienna!

In a bit less than a week's time of writing this post, I’ll be packing my bag and getting ready to fly from Edinburgh to Vienna for the annual DrupalCon event. 

Bryan Gruneberg Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:40

For those reading this who don’t already know, DrupalCon Europe is a community-focused event intended to bring existing community members together as well as encourage new participation in the project. There are a number of session tracks focusing on broadly accessible topics such as “Being Human” all the way through to the detailed and technical sessions. There are also sprint workshops focused on adding features and fixing bugs in the existing and future version of Drupal. In a very real sense, there is something for everyone.

 Compared with some of the other Amazee Labs team members, I am a relative DrupalCon newbie. I’ve only recently moved to the UK, so this will be my second DrupalCon. For some of the team members, this will be their 10th or even 15th DrupalCon!

Something that struck me last year, and that I’m really excited to see again this year, is the diversity of the attendees and how much work the organisers and community put into making the event accessible. I’m really looking forward to seeing people from all ages, races, and genders getting together under the banner of something we all have in common, namely our support (albeit in varied forms) for the Drupal Open Source project.

There is a growing sense of excitement in our daily standups and on our Slack channels as we draw closer to this year’s event. We have people coming from across Europe, South Africa, the UK, Taiwan, and the USA. While most of us are traveling to the event by way of planes, trains, and automobiles we can proudly boast that one of our team members is cycling all the way from Zurich to Vienna through the Alps! This is not the result of a lost bet between rivals but rather Amazee’s latest “Extreme Challenge” participant. Check out the Tour de Drupalps if you are (understandably) intrigued. You can also follow @dasjo or the #drupalps on Twitter.


Amazee submitted a number of session proposals this year and we are extremely proud of our team members who were selected to share their knowledge and ideas with the Drupal community.

Dania and Michael from the Amazee Group will present “How to go from one to seven companies around the world and how to run them”.

Lisa and Sarah will drop some creative styles and share “Motion Design - Improving UX with animations

Bastian and Tyler from Amazee.io will be showing us “Power to the People - How using containers can make your life easier”. 

John Albin (this being his 14th DrupalCon!) has a talk planned to shed some light on CSS-in-JS and share some of his unexpected lessons for Drupal component design. 

And finally “Everybody cheer! Here comes Media!” will be presented by Sasa and Tadej

With so many of our core team members working all over the world, we love to take these opportunities to have some real-world and in-person conversations. Our team dinner is a great opportunity to buy that person - who is usually on the other side of the world - a beer to say thanks for that one time where they made magic happen on that deadline that needed to get done that one Friday. It’s also a great opportunity to seek out that core or module developer and say thanks for all their efforts on the Drupal project.

Looking beyond ourselves, we’re also really excited to see what other companies and teams are doing and thinking. Josef is super excited for the Community Summit on Monday. Mary is excited to see the presentation on “Teaching Clients How to Succeed”, and I’m looking forward to seeing a presentation on Drupal & Ethereum as well as the Commerce 2.0 “Lessons Learned”.

If you’re attending, I hope to see you around! If you’re not attending you’ll be able to follow along with us. During the course of DrupalCon we will be posting at least one blog post per day on our Amazee Labs blog about the various events and highlights of our team’s experiences, so check back here and keep an eye out for our various social media posts.

Drupal Modules: The One Percent: Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Module Sitemap (video tutorial)

Planet Drupal - 19. September 2017 - 16:37
Drupal Modules: The One Percent — Module Sitemap (video tutorial) NonProfit Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:37 Episode 36

Here is where we seek to bring awareness to Drupal modules running on less than 1% of reporting sites. Today we'll investigate Module Sitemap, a module which will help you navigate through pages associated with modules you have enabled on your site. We also briefly review the Coffee module.

W3C vereinfacht das Bezahlen im Netz

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 16:00
Das Payment Request API soll den Checkout-Prozess auf E-Commerce-Sites standardisieren und für Händler wie Kunden vereinfachen.

Oracle-Chef träumt von autonomen Datenbanken

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 16:00
Autonome Autos brauchen keinen Fahrer, autonome Datenbanken keinen Admin – so stellt sich Larry Ellison die Datenbankzukunft vor. Schon Ende des Jahres soll es in der Oracle-Cloud soweit sein.

Kunstprojekt: Kryptogeld harvesten gegen den Klimawandel

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:30
Der Medienkünstler Julian Oliver hat eine Konstruktion entwickelt, die vom Klimawandel verursachte Winde nutzt, um Kryptogeld zur Förderung der Forschung zu sammeln.

Nissan, Renault und Mitsubishi wollen Mobilitätsdienstleister werden

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:30
Im Rahmen ihres "Alliance"-Projekts arbeiten die Unternehmen schon heute zusammen. Beim Thema Roboter-Taxis will man bis 2022 gemeinsam als Mobilitätsdienstleister auftreten.

Volkswagen-Händler: Software-Update taugt nicht

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:30
Der Verband der VW- und Audi-Händler hat hohe Schadenersatzforderungen gegen den Konzern angekündigt. Das schlechte Krisenmanagement führe zu Wertverlusten bei Diesel-PKW.

Beratungsstelle gegen Hass im Netz in Österreich startet

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:30
Eine neue Beratungsstelle steht österreichischen Opfern sowie Zeugen von Hassrede, Sexismus und Mobbing im Internet zur Seite. Das Angebot ist gebührenfrei.

Energy Harvesting: Strom erzeugen beim Spazieren gehen

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:00
Wissenschaftler wollen Körperbewegungen dazu nutzen, um unbemerkt Strom zu gewinnen. Dieser soll Kleingeräte wie Smartphones oder Uhren versorgen. Ein Problem bleibt die Menge an erzeugter Energie.

Aufwendige Momente: die Bilder der 37. Kalenderwoche

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:00
Beim Fotografieren genau den richtigen Moment zu treffen, ist nicht immer einfach - zumal es oft auch noch den richtigen Ort braucht. Für ein gutes Bild haben die Fotografen unserer Bilder der Woche einigen Aufwand getrieben.

"Missing Link": Den menschlichen Faktor ausschalten

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:00
Wir sind besessen – und umzingelt – von Apps und Geräten, die still und leise unsere Interaktion mit anderen Menschen reduzieren. Ein Essay des Musikers David Byrne.

Was war. Was wird. Von Überwachungstätern und ihren Gegnern.

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:00
Überwacher werden überall gebraucht, auch im Verschlüsselungsstandort D, stellt Hal Faber fest. Und er freut sich umso mehr über die Antwort Edward Snowdens auf die schmierigen Aussagen hiesiger Verfassungsschützer.

Pokémon Go Safari Zone: In Oberhausen sind die Monster los

heise online Newsticker - 19. September 2017 - 15:00
Mehrere tausend Pokémon-Go-Spieler haben sich zum ersten offiziellen Event in Oberhausen eingefunden: Im Einkaufszentrum Centro und der direkten Umgebung gab es seltene Pokémon im Überfluss – und auch die Serververbindungen liefen größtenteils problemlos.