Elektroautos: Audi kündigt Sportwagen e-tron GT an

heise online Newsticker - 17. März 2018 - 9:30
Ab 2020 will Audi einen elektrischen Gran Turismo auf die Straße bringen – und damit die Marke "Audi Sport" in die Zukunft.

Amazon-Sonderangebote zu Ostern: So gut sind die Deals

heise online Newsticker - 17. März 2018 - 3:00
In den Tagen vor Ostern (mit Start am heutigen Freitag) bewirbt Amazon viele Schnäppchen mit hohen Rabatten. Von Ersparnissen bis zu 70 Prozent ist die Rede, doch sind die Angebote wirklich gut? Wir haben die Preise verglichen.

Community: Register Now for the Teamwork and Leadership Workshop at DrupalCon Nashville!

Planet Drupal - 17. März 2018 - 2:22

The Drupal Community Working Group, in partnership with the Drupal Association, is very excited to offer a special workshop at DrupalCon Nashville designed to explore leadership, followership, and teamwork as it applies to various roles in our community.

One of the most remarkable things about open source projects like Drupal is that they enable people from all over to come together and collaborate with others toward shared goals. In order to be successful, open source projects need to continually work toward building positive, supportive communities that enable everyone to be at their best. If you are someone who has, or is ready for a position of responsibility within Drupal (e.g., camp and group organizers, initiative leads, sprint mentors, module maintainers, etc.), we encourage you to attend.

This free event will be facilitated by incoming Drupal Association board chair Adam Goodman, who is also the head of Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership, and works as an executive coach and advisor to senior executives and boards of directors at dozens of companies and organizations around the world. A number of other community members, including Donna Benjamin, Shyamala Rajaram, Gábor Hjotsky, Mike Anello, George DeMet, Tiffany Farriss, and Jordana Fung will also be helping to co-facilitate.

The Teamwork and Leadership Workshop will feature a large group exercise about common assumptions and myths regarding teamwork and leadership, discussion of some best practices for effective leadership and teamwork today, and small group sessions where people can link those concepts with their own experiences within the Drupal community.

The workshop will be held from 2-5pm on Tuesday, April 10, and you can register now at: https://goo.gl/forms/7SWzVS4qhHqbiRrW2. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

We hope to see you there!

Mediacurrent: The New Mediacurrent.com: Adventures in Decoupled Drupal

Planet Drupal - 16. März 2018 - 22:20

In our first post that announced the new Mediacurrent redesign, we looked at the evolution of Mediacurrent.com over the years and talked through the over goals of the relaunch. Now let’s take a look under the hood to see some of the cool stuff we did and discuss what our development team learned along the way.Let's talk architecture

Now for the fun part, the technical architecture of the new website. First, the backend was upgraded from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 - that will probably not be a huge shock to anyone. The more interesting aspect of this build is that we have now implemented a fully decoupled frontend. We accomplished this using a static generator called Jekyll which has been integrated with the Drupal backend. More on that in a bit. First let’s answer the question, “Why decoupled?”

Why decoupled?

A decoupled architecture provides flexibility for constant evolution, opening the door to a variety of potential programming languages and design philosophies to accomplish your website goals. There are any number of articles that discuss the benefits of moving to a decoupled approach. For this post, I want to focus specifically on the points that were deciding factors for our team.


While we do have full confidence in the security features that Drupal offers, we have to acknowledge that a static public site does offer some advantages that make securing the application easier. First of all, we have the option to make the backend CMS completely walled off from the public site. It’s not a hard requirement that the Drupal admin is made publicly accessible. Second, there are simply fewer vulnerabilities that a static frontend will be susceptible to in comparison to a full PHP application. For example, it’s harder to DDOS a site serving only HTML/CSS/JS and there is no server side code running that could be hijacked by an SQL injection attack.


Decoupled sites often have a performance boost over a fully Drupal-rendered site because the frontend is more custom and lightweight. This is certainly true in our case. The static frontend requires no processing at the time of request so the page is served up immediately with no server-side execution required.


One of the things we liked about this particular solution was that it made the hosting architecture pretty simple and inexpensive. With only editors logging into the CMS and the static site being served by Gitlab, we were able to have a fast, reliable stack up and running relatively easily. Up-time is great in that you aren’t as vulnerable to a production error or traffic spike bringing the site down. That being said, all platforms are subject to downtime each year.

Eating our own dog food

As many other agencies will attest to, when you work on your own website it’s a good chance to try something different! We looked at what some competitors had done and we wanted to try an approach that would be a good fit for our needs without overcomplicating the end solution. This endeavor was a way to take some risks and learn along the way.

Dividing the work

The great thing about decoupling is that you break apart the work that needs to get done. The frontend team can focus on the frontend stuff without being tied too much to the backend work (although there will always be some overlap). Our agency spends a lot of our day delivering solutions to our clients so being able to break apart some of the work streams was an advantage. We like that in the future we don’t necessarily need to do a big redesign and Drupal upgrade at the same time. With a decoupled approach, we have the flexibility to tackle each separately.

Technical Overview

Now that you have seen the “Why” behind this approach, let’s look at the “How.” We have kept our Drupal CMS in Bitbucket, which gets deployed to a Pantheon server. That piece is still the same as its been for many years. The new wrinkle is that the public frontend is served on GitLab Pages. If you haven’t heard of Github Pages (which run on Jekyll), Github, GitLab and many other services allow you host Jekyll source files which they can auto-compile into HTML pages and host for you for free or cheap. Pretty neat huh? We ended up going with GitLab Pages because GitLab allows you to add more build customizations than Github. We have also looked at potentially using Netlify in the future as the host for our Jekyll files.

The question you might be asking is how does Drupal content make its way to GitLab? Put simply, we translate node content to markdown and push to the GitLab API on every node save. For user files, we actually still use Drupal uploads and reference the path within Markdown files. If you are familiar with Markdown files, these are the “content” files that Jekyll compiles into pages. The diagram below illustrates the basic flow.

The concept is pretty simple: have Drupal manage your content, write to Jekyll markdown files and deploy those files to a static host.

Why not [Insert favorite Node framework here]?

You might be saying, that's all well and good but why go with a static generator over a server-rendered JavaScript framework like Next.js or Nuxt.js?

The short answer is that we reviewed several options and concluded there wasn’t a framework we felt was a fit at the time we were planning development (around mid-late 2016). Going with a JavaScript-only framework was ruled out for SEO reasons and the options for Isomorphic (server + client side js) frameworks weren’t as stable as we would have liked. Jekyll was the most popular static framework (and still is) with a variety of plugins we could utilize. After doing some POC’s we opted for Jekyll in order to keep the page rendering lean, simple and speedy. The overall complexity of the integration was also a deciding factor in choosing Jekyll over other options.


One of the fun challenges with a static only site is that you need to learn how to get around the lack of server side rendering. The files are of course static, thus if you want anything dynamic looking you are limited to mostly JavaScript-based solutions. A couple quick examples are forms and the site search. For forms, we were already using Pardot hosted forms for marketing automation, so that wasn’t a big tradeoff. For site search, we went with a pretty cool solution that leverages https://lunrjs.com/ to handle searching the site. Essentially we have Drupal push an index file that Lunr.js can search against using only Javascript in the browser. For RSS, we still generate the RSS feed from Drupal and push to GitLab.

Lessons learned and looking forward

Now that we have the shiny new website up and running, it’s time to look ahead. Would we recommend taking this exact approach in 2018? I would say not exactly. While we are still intrigued by the power of static generators serving as a front end we think something like Gatsby.js (Node/React-based) might have more upside than Jekyll. Further, we aren’t sold on this type of static-only being able to scale in comparison to Node-hosted solutions. The options for server-rendered JavaScript frameworks increase by the day and many have matured over the last few years. Mediacurrent.com will continue to be our place to try new approaches and share with you everything we’ve learned along the way. Thanks for joining us in this journey and enjoy the new site!

Additional Resources
The 3 C’s and 1 D of Drupal: Why Decoupled Matters | Mediacurrent Blog
Relearning Accessibility for a Decoupled Front End | Mediacurrent Blog
4 Benefits of Decoupled Architecture for Enterprise Marketers | Mediacurrent Blog

Stromausfall ruiniert Teil der Produktion von Samsungs NAND-Flash-Speicher

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 19:00
Strom weg und schon sind die Wafer hinüber. Samsung soll dadurch rund 11 Prozent seiner Monatsproduktion an NAND-Flash-Speicher im März verlieren. Der Produktionsausfall könnte sich auch auf den Weltmarkt auswirken.

Tank fast leer: Weltraumteleskop Kepler hat wohl nur noch Monate

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 19:00
Das NASA-Teleskop Kepler hat das Ende seiner Mission nun wohl fast erreicht. Nachdem die Ingenieure die Sonde mit einem Trick am Leben hielten, geht ihr nun langsam der Treibstoff aus. Ohne den kann sie gesammelte Daten nicht mehr zur Erde schicken.

Spiele-Engine Unreal Engine 4.19 vereinheitlicht das mobile AR-Framework

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 18:30
Mit dem Unified Unreal AR Framework lassen sich Anwendungen für Android und iOS mit einheitlichem Code erstellen. Außerdem passt die Spieleengine die Auflösung auf der XBox One und PS4 dynamisch für stabile Framerates an.

Google: Demo zu Lichtfeld-VR auf Steam verfügbar

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 18:00
Mit Lichtfeldfotografie aufgenommene VR-Schauplätze versprechen mehr Räumlichkeit als herkömmliche VR-Szenarios. Dank einer kostenlosen Google-App auf Steam kann man das Potenzial der Technik jetzt selbst ausprobieren.

Trojanisierte Version des BitTorrent-Clients MediaGet infizierte 400.000 Computer

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 17:30
Unbekannte haben MediaGet mit einer Backdoor ausgestattet, um Windows-Nutzern einen Krypto-Miner zu verpassen.

Historischer Meilenstein: Microsoft-KI übersetzt Chinesisch so gut wie Menschen

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 17:30
Die maschinelle Übersetzung ist eine große Herausforderung. Nun hat ein Forscherteam bei Microsoft einen "historischen Durchbruch" verkündet: Ihr System überträgt chinesische News ins Englische genauso akkurat wie menschliche Übersetzer.

Gesundheitsminister Spahn will Digitalisierung zu einem Schwerpunkt machen

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 17:30
Drei Themenfelder sind dem neuen Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn besonders wichtig.

Via Thunderbolt 3: Notebook-Dockingstation für zwei 4K-Displays

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 17:00
Über die Dockingstation TB3DOCK2DPPU lassen sich 4K- und 5K-Displays ansteuern, Notebooks laden und allerlei Peripheriegeräte über USB anschließen.

Google veröffentlicht Open-Source-SDK für Spatial Audio

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 17:00
Resonance Audio bietet Anbindungen für die Entwicklung von Webanwendungen, Spielen und mobilen Apps. Zielgruppe sind vor allem Entwickler, die AR- und VR-Anwendungen erstellen.

Matt Glaman: Creating better Drupal module release notes

Planet Drupal - 16. März 2018 - 17:00
Creating better Drupal module release notes mglaman Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:00 Every software release needs to have release notes. End users need to be able to understand what it is that they are upgrading to and any associated risks, or risks mitigated by upgrading and receiving bug fixes. Across the board proprietary and open source software projects either hit or miss on delivering decent release notes. During MidCamp I decided to help fix that problem for Drupal.org projects.

Lyft entwickelt mit Magna Technik für Roboterautos

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 16:30
Zusammen mit dem Auftragsfertiger Magna will der Fahrdienstvermittler in den kommenden Jahren Technik für autonomes Fahren entwickeln.

Bitcoin-Kurs fällt unter 8000 US-Dollar

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 16:00
Der Bitcoin hat seit Mittwochmorgen etwa 15 Prozent an Wert verloren, seit Beginn des Jahres 45 Prozent.

IBM Cloud Container Service: Kubernetes aus der Bare-Metal-Cloud

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 15:30
Mehr Leistung und eine verbesserte Sicherheit bei einem gleichsam simplen Cloud-Dienst – IBM verspricht einiges mit seinem neuen Bare-Metal-Kubernetes.

Skyrim VR: PC-Version unterstützt Oculus Rift, aber kein Modding

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 15:00
Bethesda hat Skyrim VR auch für den PC angekündigt. Ab dem dritten April können Steam-Nutzer in der virtuellen Realität auf Drachenjagd gehen – mit Vive, Windows Mixed Reality oder Oculus Rift.

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Experience Express in Chicago: Inclusion and Drupal 8 in the Spotlight at MidCamp

Planet Drupal - 16. März 2018 - 14:59

Every time I leave the Windy City, I feel something pulling me back. This time, it wasn't the gusts that whip around the skyscrapers towering over Lake Shore Drive. Instead, it was the renewed excitement I could feel in the air on the heels of Wednesday's release of Drupal 8.5, and the mood at MidCamp, held at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University, was celebratory and animated.

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Bluttest-Startup: Theranos-Gründerin entgeht Klage wegen möglichen Investorenbetrugs mit Vergleich

heise online Newsticker - 16. März 2018 - 14:30
Eine Einigung mit der US-Börsenaufsicht rettet Theranos-Gründerin Elizabeth Holmes vor einer Klage. Sie soll Investoren wissentlich mit falschen Versprechungen getäuscht und damit Gelder für ihr Bluttest-Start-up eingesammelt haben.