Nextide Blog: Maestro Overview Video

Planet Drupal - 8. September 2017 - 2:34

We've put together a Maestro overview video introducing you to Maestro for Drupal 8.  Maestro is a workflow engine that allows you to create and automate a sequence of tasks representing any business process. Our business workflow engine has existed in various forms since 2003 and through many years of refinements, it was released for Drupal 7 in 2010. 

If it can be flow-charted, then it can be automated

Now, with the significant updates for Drupal 8, maestro was has been rewritten to take advantage of the Drupal 8 core improvements and module development best practices. Maestro now provides a tighter integration with native views and entity support.

Maestro is a solution to automate business workflow which typically include the movement of documents or forms for editing and review/approval. A business process that would require conditional tests - ie: IF this Then that.

Nextide Blog: Maestro Workflow Engine for Drupal 8 - An Introduction

Planet Drupal - 8. September 2017 - 2:34

The Maestro Workflow Engine for Drupal 8 is now available as a Beta download!  It has been many months of development to move Maestro out of the D7 environment to a more D8 integrated structure and we think the changes made will benefit both the end user and developer.  This post is the first of many on Maestro for D8, which will give an overview of the module and provide a starting point for those regardless of previous Maestro experience.

Drupal Association blog: DrupalCon Europe: Where do we go from here?

Planet Drupal - 8. September 2017 - 0:23

DrupalCon Europe plays an important role in moving Drupal forward. However, with waning attendance and financial losses, it’s time to find a new path forward so it is sustainable and continues to provide unique value. This blog proposes a better path forward for hosting a sustainable and valuable DrupalCon Europe . This blog is part of a series that includes:  

  1. The problems we need to solve for financial sustainability

  2. The problem we need to solve to create unique value

  3. Results from a proposal based on community input

  4. A new path forward for DrupalCon Europe

We are now at the end of our blog series. Thank you for digesting so much content. Determining the strategic direction for a region’s event is rather complex and there are many facets to understand. It was important to us to share all of the details with you.

The Drupal Association is a mission-based organization and not a business that makes purely financial decisions. Rather, we employ staff who are personally invested in achieving our mission. We feel it is imperative to find the best way to serve the European community and we took great care over the last several months to find a path forward that would achieve this.

We don’t see this exercise as just determining an event’s strategy, but how can we further the special and profound human experience that takes place when Drupalers come together in person.

In the end, we see that Europe needs a clear goal for DrupalCon so that the energy put into creating it truly strikes at the community needs, strategically moves the project forward in a sustainable way, and creates the human experience that Europeans want. Currently, the community is expressing competing goals. We believe that the European community is best suited to determine what the region needs DrupalCon to achieve, and especially because of the feedback from the community discussions, we want to give the region more agency to drive DrupalCon’s programming.

A Little History

The Drupal Association became an official 501(c)3 U.S. non-profit in 2011, and our first focus was hosting DrupalCon London (ok, Croydon). Since that time, Drupal events have grown and matured, like DrupalCamp London, Dev Days, and Frontend United. We are thrilled to see Drupal events in Europe doing so well and we are thankful for the volunteers who are making that happen.

What this maturity likely means is that Europe has the ability to drive DrupalCon Europe forward, tailoring it more closely to the region’s needs. We just need an operational model that allows us to give the event to the community without negatively impacting the community.

When DrupalCon was produced by the community before DrupalCon London, the event became too big for volunteers alone to manage. It put a lot of strain on the community. That’s why the Drupal Association took over event production. In the process, we managed to professionalize the event, but we also applied a US model and we know that doesn’t feel authentic to attendees. The waning attendance and sponsorship reinforces that the event is not meeting needs, and the financial losses and staff working at over-capacity highlights that we are applying the wrong operational model.

It is time to break the mold and approach DrupalCon Europe completely differently. I believe the best approach to explore is a licensing model. That’s a contractual term for giving an entity the right to run a DrupalCon.

Licensing DrupalCon

There may be several operational models to explore and I want to hear about them from you. Until then, I’d like to share why we should consider the licensing approach.

Licensing gives the European community the agency they have asked for so they can create an event that is more European and has more desirable content. Once we get this model to work in Europe, we can leverage this creativity so other regions and countries can have DrupalCon too, like China, India, Australia, Brazil, or Costa Rica. This change expands DrupalCon’s reach and impact, moving the project forward in a strategic and global way.

While I have the rough concept in mind, I don’t have all the answers on how to license DrupalCon, but here are some broad brush strokes:

  • We want to give DrupalCon to a community-based entity that has proven event experience and demonstrated ability to serve the community. The entity needs to be grounded in the community so they can decide how to best serve the region’s needs and move the project forward in the right ways.

  • The Drupal Association would have some requirements that protect the brand experience such a Driesnote to kick off the event, the venue needs to meet certain needs like accessibility, the Code of Conduct must be applied so the event remains welcoming, there is diversity in speakers and attendance, and the official DrupalCon branding is used.

  • The Drupal Association would also have financial and reporting requirements, but we need to feel our way through what this looks like. We encourage the event organizer to make the event profitable and we would apply a license fee schedule as they become more sustainable.

  • The Drupal Association wants the event organizers to have freedom to tailor the event to the region’s unique needs. What Europe needs may be completely different from what Brazil needs, should they want their own DrupalCon as some point. The event organizer would pick who the target audience is, the programming structure, etc.

Clearly there are many details to work out if we go down this path. However, we can look to other Open Source Software projects who use this model to gain insights and best practices.

It will take time to set up this structure. The Drupal Association needs to work on this internally and as we mentioned before, we have a serious capacity issue that prevents us from working on this initiative while also producing DrupalCon.

The only way to free up staff capacity to work out a long-term solution is for Drupal Association to not host DrupalCon Europe in 2018.

DrupalCon Europe 2018

“What? Did she really just say what I think she said?” Yes, it’s true. I did say that the Drupal Association will not be hosting DrupalCon Europe in 2018. It doesn’t feel good saying this and I labored over this decision with others on the board and in the community for a long time. But, sometimes you have to take a step back to take a big step forward. Europe deserves a better DrupalCon that feels authentic and meets their needs. And countries around the world deserve access to this very special event.

We know that these changes could feel like Europe is being abandoned or not supported as much as the U.S. We empathize with those who may feel this way and that is certainly not what we want to convey. I want to be clear that the Drupal Association will definitely support Europe in 2018.

Supporting European Drupal Events in 2018

European Drupal events are strong and make a big impact. They are important Drupal contribution and adoption engines and we want to give those engines more fuel in 2018. In order to do that, the Drupal Association commits to the following:

  • Dries will keynote some European Drupal events

  • Drupal Association will aggregate and market European Drupal events to our lists and through our channels

  • Drupal Association will email our sponsors, encouraging them to sponsor camps

  • Drupal Association wil host 2-3 community organizer virtual round tables to foster knowledge sharing and problem solving.

What are other ways we can support Europe in 2018?

Here are some other ways we can support Europe in 2018. Let us know if these ideas could better serve the European community:

  • Camps bid to host DrupalCon Europe 2018. Camps have very similar programming to a DrupalCon and Dries could provide a Driesnote, While this is a viable option to keep DrupalCon alive in 2018, event organizers pointed out that this has some downsides to consider.
  • The camp will need to cap the attendance to the size for their venue.

  • Even though the expectation would be to run the camp as usual with the additional DrupalCon elements like a Driesnote, organizers and volunteers could get burnt out, and that helps no one.

  • Camps bid to be the “Official Camp of the Region in 2018”. I’m sure we can come up with a better name, but the idea is that camps bid for why community members should come to their camp. Then they get the “Official Camp To Go To in 2018” status and the Drupal Association will help promote that camp. Community organizers felt this idea has some merit because:

    • It doesn’t put pressure on camps to be something more. They can produce the program they are used to providing. Of course, more people may attend that camp and the organizers have to be prepared for this - or know when and how to cut off registration so they are not overwhelmed.

    • We create a new concept that can be leveraged in other regions

What do you feel is the best way to serve Europe in 2018? We want to hear. Tell us in the comments section and or meet us in the meetings listed below.

What About DrupalCon North America?

Community members asked me why we are only making a change to DrupalCon Europe and not to DrupalCon North America. It’s a good question. The simple answer is that DrupalCon North America is financially stable and growing. It provides 45% of our total revenue and that funds The Drupal Association needs to be very mindful that changes don’t impact this important funding source.

Learn More at DrupalCon Vienna

Again, thank you for taking this journey with us to understand the challenges we have been facing with DrupalCon Europe and how we can solve them, together. I am encouraged by the many community members who have helped us and I look forward to moving this discussion forward in person at DrupalCon Vienna.

Please join me at the following sessions to discuss 2018 and beyond:

Community Summit

BoF 1

BoF 2

Drupal Association Board Meeting

Post DrupalCon Virtual Meeting

  • Thursday 16:00 CEST
  • For those that can not attend DrupalCon Vienna, we will host a webinar to share themes from the DrupalCon meetings, here your additions to the discussion, and talk about next steps.

„Heise@it-sa: Best of Security“

heise online Newsticker - 8. September 2017 - 0:00
Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Security-Messe it-sa auf dem Nürnberger Messegelände präsentiert sich Heise Medien am 10. Oktober 2017 erstmals mit einer eigenen Vortragsreihe.

Lullabot: Talking Performance with Pantheon's David Strauss and Josh Koenig

Planet Drupal - 7. September 2017 - 22:00
Matt & Mike are joined by Pantheon co-founder and CTO David Strauss, Pantheon co-founder and Head of Product Josh Koenig, as well as Lullabot's own performance expert Nate Lampton to talk everything performance. Topics include front-end performance, server-side PHP, CDNs, caching, and more.

Olympus Perspective Playground: Spielplatz für fotografische Experimente

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 19:00
Der diesjährige Olympus Perspective Playground wurde mit großer Vernissage im Kraftwerk Berlin eröffnet. c't Fotografie zeigt, was Kunstinteressierte und Fotografen dort entdecken können.

Phase2: How Digital Government Is Evolving with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 7. September 2017 - 18:39

In 2012 we wrote a blog post about why many of the biggest government websites were turning to Drupal. The fact is, an overwhelming number of government organizations from state and local branches to federal agencies have chosen to build their digital presence with Drupal, and government continues to adopt Drupal as the content management system of choice.

Nach Superfish-Debakel: Lenovo einigt sich mit US-Behörde auf Konsequenzen

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 18:30
Lenovo hat sich mit der FTC in den USA auf Konsequenzen aus dem Debakel rund um die auf PCs vorinstallierte Adware Superfish geeinigt. Solche und ähnliche Software darf nicht mehr installiert werden und Lenovo muss sich kontrollieren lassen.

Urheberrecht: Facebook will Musikfirmen wohl hunderte Millionen US-Dollar zahlen

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 18:30
Facebook verhandelt mit der Musikindustrie über den Umgang mit von Nutzern eingestellten Videos, die mit geschützter Musik unterlegt ist. Da eine technische Lösung lange dauern und Nutzer verärgern könnte, will Facebook wohl viel Geld in die Hand nehmen.

Sport 4.0: Wird E-Sport bald wichtiger als Fußball?

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 18:00
Zum ersten Mal seit Generationen ist ein völlig neuer Sport entstanden? In der Öffentlichkeit ist die Frage, inwieweit Computerspiele als Sport zu betrachten sind, durchaus umstritten. Nicht so bei Experten - und bei einigen traditionellen Sportlern.

IT-Branche protestiert gegen Trumps Stopp des "Dreamer"-Programms

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 18:00
US-Präsident Trump hat entschieden ein Programm seines Vorgängers zum Schutz junger Einwanderer zu beenden. Handelt der Kongress nicht, könnten Hunderttausende abgeschoben werden. Die IT-Industrie springt den betroffenen "Dreamern" nun zur Seite.

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Boston Drupal Meetup Considers Distributions

Planet Drupal - 7. September 2017 - 17:46

The topic was “Distributions” at the September Boston Drupal Meetup, which was held at Acquia HQ in downtown Boston, and attendees were treated to an unusually comprehensive session.

That’s because Drupal Project Lead Dries Buytaert kicked off the meeting by going waaay back, to the very first Drupal “distro.”

To back up a bit, a distribution is a combination of Drupal core + modules + configuration + documentation -- all bundled up and optimized for a particular purpose or group of users.

Tags: acquia drupal planet

Rasanter Anstieg dank Smartphone-Fotografie

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 17:30
2017 werden weltweit insgesamt 1,2 Billionen Fotos aufgenommen werden, schätzt die Bitkom in einer Anfang September veröffentlichten Studie. Das seien fast doppelt so viele wie 2013. Hauptgrund sei die Smartphone-Fotografie.

Emojis, ganz automatisch; Polygram erkennt Reaktionen und macht daraus Emojis

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 17:30
Wem das Heraussuchen von Emojis für Sozialmedien zu umständlich ist, für den gibt es jetzt ein automatisiertes Angebot. Allerdings muss man sich dazu beim Betrachten von Beiträgen von der eigenen Telefon-Kamera filmen lassen.

Mediacurrent: Autocomplete Deluxe Released for D8

Planet Drupal - 7. September 2017 - 17:11

I am excited to announce that the D8 port of the Autocomplete Deluxe module has been released in “beta”!

What does it do?

The Autocomplete Deluxe module provides a widget that enhances the default autocomplete field in Drupal. It uses jQuery UI autocomplete and provides a slick visual element for content editors to reference terms - displaying them inline, drag-n-drop reordering, and creation of new terms from the field itself. It works out-of-the-box and no 3rd party libraries are needed.

#heiseshowXXL am Mittwoch: Vorsicht, Kunde! Fake News und IFA-Fazit

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 16:00
Am letzten Tag der IFA präsentiert Georg Schnurer noch einmal das Beste aus der Rubrik "Vorsicht, Kunde!". Holger Bleich diskutiert mit Jürgen Kuri über den Umgang mit Fake-News und Jürgen Kuri zieht gemeinsam mit Georg Schnurer ein Messefazit.

Afrika träumt von der E-Mobilität – und fährt vorerst weiter Diesel

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 16:00
Im Ringen um sauberere Luft stehen Dieselfahrzeuge hierzulande unter Druck. Elektromobilität lautet das Motto der Zukunft. Doch auf dem Nachbarkontinent Afrika sieht man die Debatte um die Zukunft von Diesel-Autos eher skeptisch.

Berliner Vintage Computing Festival im Zeichen der Computerclubs

heise online Newsticker - 7. September 2017 - 15:30
Vom 7. bis 8. Oktober findet in Berlin das Vintage Computing Festival statt. Erstmals ist das Deutsche Technikmuseum der Austragungsort, wo sich mehr als 80 Aussteller mit historischen Geräten einfinden wollen.

Drupal blog: Drupal 8.4.0-rc1 is available for testing

Planet Drupal - 7. September 2017 - 14:47

The first release candidate for the upcoming Drupal 8.4.0 release is now available for testing. Drupal 8.4.0 is expected to be released October 4.

Download Drupal-8.4.0-rc1

8.4.x includes new stable modules for storing date and time ranges, display form errors inline and manage workflows. New stable API modules for discovering layout definitions and media management are also included. The media API module is new in core, all other new stable modules were formerly experimental. The release also includes several important fixes for content revision data integrity, orphan file management and configuration data ordering among other things. You can read a detailed list of improvements in the announcements of alpha1 and beta1.

What does this mean to me? For Drupal 8 site owners

The final bugfix release of 8.3.x has been released. A final security release window for 8.3.x is scheduled for September 20, but 8.3.x will receive no further releases following 8.4.0, and sites should prepare to update from 8.3.x to 8.4.x in order to continue getting bug and security fixes. Use update.php to update your 8.3.x sites to the 8.4.x series, just as you would to update from (e.g.) 8.3.4 to 8.3.5. You can use this release candidate to test the update. (Always back up your data before updating sites, and do not test updates in production.)

For module and theme authors

Drupal 8.4.x is backwards-compatible with 8.3.x. However, it does include internal API changes and API changes to experimental modules, so some minor updates may be required. Review the change records for 8.4.x, and test modules and themes with the release candidate now.

For translators

Some text changes were made since Drupal 8.3.0. automatically offers these new and modified strings for translation. Strings are frozen with the release candidate, so translators can now update translations.

For core developers

All outstanding issues filed against 8.3.x were automatically migrated to 8.4.x. Future bug reports should be targeted against the 8.4.x branch. 8.5.x will remain open for new development during the 8.4.x release candidate phase. For more information, see the release candidate phase announcement.

Your bug reports help make Drupal better!

Release candidates are a chance to identify bugs for the upcoming release, so help us by searching the issue queue for any bugs you find, and filing a new issue if your bug has not been reported yet.