Lullabot: Decoupled Drupal: Getting Started with Gatsby and JSON:API
Introduction Anyone who’s built a React app of any appreciable complexity knows how challenging it can be selecting and configuring the multitude of libraries you’ll need to make it fast and performant. Gatsby, a static-site generator built with React and GraphQL, alleviates these pain points while also providing a straightforward way to consume data from an API. On the back-end, we can leverage Drupal’s content modeling, creation, and editing tools along with the JSON:API module to serve that content to our Gatsby front-end.
Droptica: 11 lectures and presentations worth seeing at DrupalCamp London 2019
DrupalCamp London 2019 is approaching fast. Are you ready for another great time with Drupal? This year, 42 sessions on Drupal and related topics are scheduled. We hope, that with our help, you will choose the most promising lectures. Below are a few sessions you should definitely visit. We've picked topics both for experienced coders and beginners, as well as something for business owners, editors, marketers and others.  1. Visual regression testing This talk will cover:
Aten Design Group: Entity Import: A User Interface for Drupal 8 Migrations
If you’ve ever wished there was a way to easily import CSV data into your Drupal website then this post is for you. With the new Entity Import module, website admins can easily add and configure new importers that map CSV source files to Drupal 8 entities. Entity Import adds a user interface for Drupal 8’s core migration functionality. It lets you add importers for any entity in the system, map source data to entity fields, configure process pipelines, and of course, run the import. Why Another Drupal Import Module? In Drupal 8 there are already several good options for importing and migrating content using the admin interface. The Feeds module is one approach for importing content, with a great user interface and huge community of support. Feeds has been around for 7+ years, has been downloaded 1.8 million times, and, according to its Drupal project page, is being used on more than 100,000 websites. The Migrate module, a part of core for Drupal 8, is an incredibly powerful framework for migrating content into Drupal. With Migrate, developers can create sophisticated migrations and leverage powerful tools like rollback, Drush commands, and countless process plugins for incredibly complex pipelines. We use both Migrate and Feeds extensively. (Check out this recent post from Joel about getting started with Migrate.) Recently, though, we needed something slightly different:...
Acquia takes over a subway station
If you pass through Kendall Square MBTA station in the Boston area, you'll see a station "takeover" starting this week featuring the Acquia brand. Like our highway billboards introduced in December, the goal is for more people to learn about Acquia during their commutes. I'm excited about this campaign, because Acquia often feels like a best-kept secret to many. The Kendall Square station takeover will introduce Acquia to 272,000 daily commuters in one of the biggest innovation districts in the Boston area – and home to the prestigious MIT. In addition to posters on every wall of the station, the campaign includes Acquia branding on entry turnstiles, 75 digital live boards, and geo-targeted mobile ads that commuters may see while looking at their phones while waiting for the train. It will be hard not to be introduced to Acquia. What makes this extra special is that all of the ads feature photographs of actual Acquia employees (Acquians, as we call ourselves), which is a nice way to introduce our company to people who may not know us.
InternetDevels: Configuring REST export with Views in Drupal 8
Drupal 8 websites can easily exchange data with third-party websites or apps. These can be iOS or Android devices, applications on Vue.js, React, Angular, or other JS frameworks, and so on. Web services in Drupal 8 core take care of the smooth interaction. To share Drupal data, developers often use REST export with Views in Drupal 8. Today, we will take a closer look at Views REST export. Read more
Promet Source: Web Accessibility Overlays: True Fix or False Pretense?
With the increased number of accessibility lawsuits for inaccessible websites, it's no wonder that offers for quick fixes are a hot commodity. Unfortunately, the saying, “You get what you pay for” may not apply to accessibility overlay solutions. So, what do you do? First, let’s take look at how quick-fix web accessibility overlay solutions actually work.
Jacob Rockowitz: Open email asking organizations to back the Webform module and Drupal-related Open Collectives
Following up from my previous blog post, "Asking organizations to back a Drupal-related Open Collective."Below is the email I am sending to organizations within the Drupal community asking them to become a $10 monthly backer of the Webform module and Drupal-related Open Collectives. This email will be sent to people I have spoken to directly at Drupal camps and meetups, as well as organizations listed on the Drupal marketplace.Read More
OPTASY: 3 Types of Content Management Systems to Consider in 2019: Traditional CMS vs Headless CMS vs Static Site Generators
3 Types of Content Management Systems to Consider in 2019: Traditional CMS vs Headless CMS vs Static Site Generators radu.simileanu Tue, 02/26/2019 - 18:37 Kind of stuck here? One one hand, you have all these software development technologies that are gaining momentum these days —  API, serverless computing, microservices — while on the other hand, you have a bulky "wishlist" of functionalities and expectations from your future CMS.  So, what are those types of content management systems that are and will be relevant many years to come and that cover all your feature requirements? And your list of expectations for this "ideal" enterprise-ready content infrastructure sure isn't a short one:
Optimizing site performance by "lazy loading" images
Recently, I've been spending some time making performance improvements to my site. In my previous blog post on this topic, I described my progress optimizing the JavaScript and CSS usage on my site, and concluded that image optimization was the next step. Last summer I published a blog post about my vacation in Acadia National Park. Included in that post are 13 photos with a combined size of about 4 MB. When I benchmarked that post with, it showed that it took 7.275 seconds (blue vertical line) to render the page. The graph shows that the browser downloaded all 13 images to render the page. Why would a browser download all images if most of them are below the fold and not shown until a user starts scrolling? It makes very little sense. As you can see from the graph, downloading all 13 images take a very long time (purple horizontal bars). No matter how much you optimize your CSS and JavaScript, this particular blog post would have remained slow until you optimize how images are loaded. "Lazy loading" images is one solution to this problem. Lazy loading means that the images aren't loaded until the user scrolls and the images come into the browser's viewport. You might have seen lazy loading in action on websites like Facebook, Pinterest or Medium. It usually goes like this: You visit a page as you normally would, scrolling through the...
Two internet entrepreneurs walk into an old publishing house
A month ago, Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, visited me in Antwerp, Belgium. While I currently live in Boston, I was born and raised in Antwerp, and also started Drupal there. We spent the morning together walking around Antwerp and visited the Plantin Moretus Museum. The museum is the old house of Christophe Plantin, where he lived and worked around 1575. At the time, Plantin had the largest printing shop in the world, with 56 employees and 16 printing presses. These presses printed 1,250 sheets per day. Today, the museum hosts the two oldest printing presses in the world. In addition, the museum has original lead types of fonts such as Garamond and hundreds of ancient manuscripts that tell the story of how writing evolved into the art of printing. The old house, printing business, presses and lead types are the earliest witnesses of a landmark moment in history: the invention of printing, and by extension, the democratization of publishing, long before our digital age. It was nice to visit that together with Matt as a break from our day-to-day focus on web publishing.
Why the EU Copyright Directive is a threat to the Open Web
After much debate, the EU Copyright Directive is now moving to a final vote in the European Parliament. The directive, if you are not familiar, was created to prohibit spreading copyrighted material on internet platforms, protecting the rights of creators (for example, many musicians have supported this overhaul). The overall idea behind the directive — compensating creators for their online works — makes sense. However, the implementation and execution of the directive could have a very negative impact on the Open Web. I'm surprised more has not been written about this within the web community. For example, Article 13 requires for-profit online services to implement copyright filters for user-generated content, which includes comments on blogs, reviews on commerce sites, code on programming sites or possibly even memes and cat photos on discussion forums. Any for-profit site would need to apply strict copyright filters on content uploaded by a site's users. If sites fail to correctly filter copyrighted materials, they will be directly liable to rights holders for expensive copyright infringement violations. While implementing copyright filters may be doable for large organizations, it may not be for smaller organizations. Instead, small organizations might decide to stop hosting comments or reviews, or allowing the sharing of code, photos or videos. The only for-profit...
Promet Source: 4 Key Success Factors for Driving Change
A commercial came on the radio recently advertising a software application that would, basically, revolutionize data management and enable employees to be more efficient. My first thought was, “How can they possibly promise that when they don’t know their customers’ data management processes?” Then, it became clear. The business processes would have to be changed in order to accommodate the software. Is that appropriate? Is it right that an organization should be required to change the way it conducts business in order to implement a software application? 

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22 Mar 2019