DrupalBASE: Communicate with your audience, make your content visual and interactive

Planet Drupal - 26. Dezember 2017 - 0:29

For content managers as well as developers Drupal provides a lot of tools and approaches to create content of different types and flavours, from simple text to structured layouts with much of graphics and media. Though still there is enough uncertainty and complexities with authoring experience. Some tasks are even hardly accomplishable without coding or require a sensible effort to. Here to the rescue comes VisualN. The VisualN module brings a generic approach to carry out many of those "painful" and daunting tasks with ease and fun. What is important, it hides the complexities from user to make interaction intuitive and joyful.

The drawing above as any other drawing in the article is fully created and configured via UI with no single line of code or extra modules. To embed drawings into content VisualN provides a rich set of approaches and their combinations so that user wouldn't be limited in his content structuring strategies and could stick to the preferred ones. For the examples in the article we've chosen to use visualn token functionality to embed drawings via simple tokens of [visualn:embed:drawing:id] format. Though you can choose to use Paragraphs or even embed drawings via iframes (which generally is more suitable to embed drawings into third-party sites content).

So what is a drawing and how it works

There is practically no limit on what a drawing can be. For purposes of the article though we can say that a drawing is basically a piece of content or markup with styles, scripts and settings attached generated by a drawer plugin or fetched by a fetcher plugin (which commonly relies on a drawer). Drawer may also need some data to generate drawings, e.g. maps need a list of points with geodata, charts may need some kind of statistics in which case data can be provided for it. Data can be provided as files or retrieved from many other types of sources, even generated on the fly - VisualN provides all required tooling and infrastructure.

erdfisch: Drupalcon mentored core sprint - get that Friday feeling!

Planet Drupal - 25. Dezember 2017 - 20:00
Drupalcon mentored core sprint - get that Friday feeling! 25.12.2017 Michael Lenahan Body:  Drupalcon mentored core sprint - get that Friday feeling!

This is the first in a series of blog posts on a subject I'm very passionate about. So much so, that it's actually quite hard to put down in words the way I feel about it. That subject is the Friday Mentored Core Sprint at Drupalcon.

Call to action: If you are planning to go to Drupalcon Nashville, please be sure to extend your stay to cover the Sprint Day on Friday, April 13. You will not regret it!

TL;DR: participating at a large-scale mentoring event like this is an incredible experience. In fact, it is one of the most valuable learning opportunities you will have in your career.

Take advantage of this opportunity. Come along, first as a participant - and then, in future, once you have seen how it works, you can join this team of mentors:

The Drupalcon mentored core sprint is not just for developers.

I think that is worth repeating:

The Drupalcon mentored core sprint is not just for developers. It's for sales people, project managers, freelancers, site builders - in fact anybody in the Drupal world who wants to learn about contributing.

If you are a sales person or a project manager or a site builder - the Friday at Drupalcon is meant exactly for you, and you are welcome to come along and join in. Whatever your skill set is, Drupal needs you!

The Friday sprint at Drupalcon is brought to you by an amazing team of volunteers. Everything they do is centered around creating a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere, so that everyone feels welcomed and productive.

So here it is. Your chance to make your first contribution to Drupal.

And - if that's not enough - you will simply meet great people, make new friends, and work together on Drupal Core with them. Friendships are made on this day which last for years.

So, what actually happens on Friday at Drupalcon?

I've been lucky enough in the past few years to have been supported by employer erdfisch so that I could go to Drupalcon.

If I didn't have a ticket for Drupalcon, I would travel there anyway, just to take part on the Friday, because it is the highlight of my professional year.

Three quick notes here:

  • You do not need a Drupalcon ticket to go to the Friday mentored core sprints.
  • If you are reading this and planning to be at Drupal Nashville then make sure you stay for the Friday!
  • Drupalcon Europe will, we hope, be replaced by a Drupal Europe event in 2018. We are certainly hoping that this will include a core mentored sprint as well.

So, what makes this day so special?

Well, here's what the Mentored Core Sprint Room looks like at 08:30 in the morning. If you look very closely you can see Sutharsan setting up his table.

After an hour or two, that very same room looks like this:

These photos make me feel hopeful and proud. They sum up for me what the Drupal community is about: people working together and helping each other to be successful.

I'd like you to take a moment and really look at these pictures for a while. The people you see in these photos have had a very long week, they are sleep deprived and very, very tired. (Last night was Trivia Night).

So what's going on? What's making them so engaged?

This is my favourite photo, because it describes perfectly the beautiful chaos of the sprint room on Friday.

Here's another thing: most of the people sitting next to each other did not even know each other a few hours before. That is beautiful. In my humble opinion, if you come to Drupalcon and miss out on this, you're missing out on something important, something potentially life-changing.

What are these people working on? How is this whole thing organized?

I'm glad you asked, because those will be the topics of the follow-up blog posts!

A final word in memory of J-P Stacey

While preparing this post, I saw this tweet.

Last year at Drupalcon Dublin, I asked J-P to be my "mentor mentor" because
I was so impressed by his gentle and unruffled style. He organized the team
at his table with exemplary grace and good humour. I was particularly struck
by how quickly he gathered a group of enthusiastic people around him. Bye J-P,
it was a true honour to have known you, if only once a year, in this particular
context.

Credit to Amazee Labs and Roy Segall for use of photos from the Drupalcon Vienna flickr stream, made available under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.

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Adups: Android-Riskware mit Déjà-vu-Effekt

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 17:00
Schon 2016 machte die Firma Adups negative Schlagzeilen, indem sie chinesische Billig-Smartphones ab Werk mit Spionagefunktionen versah. Nun entdeckten Sicherheitsforscher erneut Adups-Software mit fragwürdigen Zugriffsrechten.

Windows 10: Insider-Preview mit Ausblick auf viel neues

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 16:30
Mit einer neuen Vorabversion mit der Build-Nummer 17063 gibt Microsoft einen Ausblick auf Feature- und Designänderungen, die mit der nächsten Ausgabe des Systems fertig werden dürften.

Urteil gegen "Tagesschau"-App nun rechtskräftig

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 15:30
Der Bundesgerichtshof lässt keine Revision des OLG-Urteils gegen die App der Tagesschau zu, in dem sie als zu presseähnlich bewertet wurde.

Vergleichstest: AirPods & Co – 10 True Wireless Kopfhörer im Test

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 14:30
In den vergangenen Monaten haben wir diverse True-Wireless-Ohrhörer mit Preisen zwischen 30 und 200 Euro getestet. Welche wir empfehlen können und welche nicht, zeigt dieser Vergleich.

Einfache Mail-Verschlüsselung: PGP-Helfer Autocrypt in Version 1.0 vorgestellt

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 13:30
Eine benutzerfreundliche E-Mail-Verschlüsselung versprechen die Macher der Autocrypt-Spezifikation, die heute in Version 1.0 freigegeben wurde.

iX-Workshops: Programm für 2018 veröffentlicht

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 11:00
Das (fast) vollständige iX-Workshop-Programm für 2018 steht online, die Veranstaltungen können ab sofort gebucht werden.

Fake-News: Facebook schafft Warnhinweise wieder ab

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 10:30
Facebook will Falschmeldungen nicht mehr mit einem Warnhinweise kennzeichnen. Stattdessen zeigt das soziale Netzwerk nun weiterführende Artikel an, die den Nutzer mit Fakten versorgen.

Cybersicherheit: Notfallteam CERT-EU wird ausgebaut und verstetigt

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 9:30
Die EU-Institutionen haben das eigene Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) jetzt dauerhaft eingerichtet. Es soll alle Behörden und Agenturen der Gemeinschaft abdecken und helfen, Cyberangriffe besser abzuwehren.

Entwicklungsumgebung Eclipse Oxygen.2: Java-9-, Git- und C/C++-Verbesserungen

heise online Newsticker - 25. Dezember 2017 - 8:00
Die Version Oxygen.2 der Entwicklungsumgebung Eclipse bringt Fehlerbereinigungen und kleinere Verbesserungen für Java 9, vereinfacht die Handhabung mit der Versionsverwaltung Git und kompiliert C/C++-Code in Docker-Containern.

Gizra.com: Selling an Item for $1.6M with Elm and Headless Drupal

Planet Drupal - 25. Dezember 2017 - 0:00

If you happen to know Brice - my colleague and Gizra’s CEO - you probably have picked up that he doesn’t get rattled too easily. While I find myself developing extremely annoying ticks during stressful situations, Brice is a role model for stoicism.

Combine that with the fact that he knows I dislike speaking on the phone, let alone at 6:53pm, almost two hours after my work day is over, you’d probably understand why I was surprised to get a call from him. “Surprised” as in, immediately getting a stomach ache.

The day I got that call from him was a Sale day. You see, we have this product we’ve developed called ״Circuit Auction״, which allows auction houses to manage their catalog and run live, real-time, auction sales - the “Going once, Going twice” type.

- “Listen Bruce,” (that’s how I call him) “I’m on my way to working out. Did something crash?” I don’t always think that the worst has happened, but you did just read the background.
- “No.”

I was expecting a long pause. In a way, I think he kind of enjoys those moments, where he knows I don’t know if it’s good or bad news. In a way, I think I actually do somehow enjoy them myself. But instead he said, “Are you next to a computer?”

- “No. I’m in the car. Should I turn back? What happened?”

I really hate to do this, but in order for his next sentence to make sense I have to go back exactly 95 years, to 1922 Tokyo, Japan.

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USA: Erneut Teenager wegen freizügiger Selfies angeklagt

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 20:00
Wegen des Verbreitens von Kinderpornographie steht ein 14-jähriges Mädchen in Minnesota vor Gericht. Es hatte ein Intim-Selfie gemacht und einem Mitschüler geschickt, der es weiterverbreitet hat.

G20-Akkreditierungsentzug: Datenschutzaufsicht sieht rechtswidriges Verhalten der Polizei

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 15:00
Der Skandal um entzogene Akkreditierungen von Journalisten, die über den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg berichten wollten, zieht eine gründliche Überprüfung nach sich. Ersten Prüfergebnisse zu Folge war das Vorgehen der Polizeibehörden rechtswidrig.

Telekom kooperiert mit weiteren Stadtnetzbetreibern

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 15:00
Der Bonner Netzbetreiber weitet seine Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Anbietern im Glasfaserbereich aus. Im kommenden Jahr nutzt die Telekom regionale Glasfasernetze in Bamberg, Coburg, Passau, Regensburg und Ulm.

12. IGF: Keine Hintertüren – dafür: auf zum staatlichen Hacking

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 14:15
Regierungsvertreter aus drei Kontinenten geloben auf dem Internet Governance Forum, dass sie für harte Verschlüsselung und gegen Hintertüren sind. Staatliches Hacking müsse dann aber schon sein.

EU-Staaten befürworten breiten freien Datenfluss im digitalen Binnenmarkt

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 11:45
Der Ministerrat hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, Vorgaben zur nationalen Speicherung von Daten abzuschaffen. Ausnahmen sind nur für die nationale Sicherheit vorgesehen. Die geplante hiesige Bundescloud steht damit in den Sternen.

TYPO3: Updates für verwundbare Extensions verfügbar

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 11:15
Mehrere Extensions ermöglichen Remote-Angriffe auf TYPO3-Installationen. Bis auf eine Ausnahme stehen Updates bereit; eine zügige Aktualisierung ist ratsam.

JavaLand 2018: Frühbucherrabatt bis 18. Januar

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 10:45
Die Java-Konferenz von DOAG, iJUG und Heise Medien findet von 13. bis 15. März erneut im Phantasialand statt. Rund 110 Vorträge und zahlreiche Community-Aktivitäten warten auf die Teilnehmer.

Digitale Handelspolitik: Datenschutz gegen Bananen?

heise online Newsticker - 24. Dezember 2017 - 10:00
Auf dem 12. Internet Governance Forum steht das Thema digitale Handelspolitik ganz oben. Dabei steht unter anderem zur Frage, was in internationalen Handelsverträgen geschützt werden soll: Datenströme oder Datenschutzregime?