Agiledrop.com Blog: Interview with Taco Potze: Why Drupal was the CMS of choice and what potential open source has
We had a delightful talk with Taco Potze, co-founder of GoalGorilla, Open Social and THX. Taco revealed to us why his team decided for Drupal among the various possible CMS choices and what Drupal initiative they are most excited about. He thinks open source has the potential to balance out the power of tech giants and give people all over the world equal opportunities. Take a look to find out more about his projects and his contributions to the community. READ MORE
Jacob Rockowitz: Asking organizations to back the Webform module and Drupal-related Open Collectives
BeginningAt the beginning of the New Year, I set up the Webform module's Open Collective. I knew that in order to persuade organizations to back the Webform module or any Drupal-related Open Collective would require directly asking organizations to join the Webform module's Open Collective. Additionally, I also needed to listen to what an organization might want to get out of their financial contribution to an Open CollectiveAskingAt DrupalCampNJ, I paid a visit to the event's sponsors that I was friendly with and asked them to join the Webform module's Open Collective. I also decided to broaden my pitch to include asking people to consider backing any Drupal related Open Collective. The Simplytest.me and Drupal Recording Initiative collectives provide invaluable services that our community needs and everyone should help support them.Everyone was familiar with the Webform module, and most people knew that I was maintaining the Drupal 8 version, but no one knew what an "Open Collective" is. Gradually, as I spoke to people, I managed to put together a concise explanation for the question, "What is Open Collective?"The above explanation leads to the next relevant question which is "How is this money going to be spent?" My response is this: Spending the collected funds is going to be determined by what the backers want and the Webform module needs.As the maintainer of the Webform...
Drupal core announcements: 8.7.0-alpha1 deadline moved to March 11
Last fall, we adjusted our minor release date for Drupal 8.7.0 from March 6 to May 1. This was done as part of moving Drupal's minor release schedule toward a consistent schedule that will have minor releases in the first weeks of June and December each year. (See Plan for Drupal 9 for more information on why we are making this change.) However, the change to the 8.7.0 release date means that DrupalCon Seattle now falls in the middle of important preparation phases for the minor release. In order to ensure community members have adequate time to prepare and test the release without interfering with DrupalCon Seattle events, we've moved the alpha and beta phases for the release one week earlier: 8.7.0-alpha1 will now be released the week of March 11. The alpha phase will last two weeks until the release window for beta1. 8.7.0-beta1 will now be released the week of March 25. The beta phase will now last three weeks (including the week of DrupalCon) instead of two. The beta phase will still end when the release candidate window begins. The release candidate (RC) and release dates are unchanged. The RC window still begins April 15 and the scheduled release date is still May 1. (Read more about alpha, beta, and RC phases.)
Acquia Developer Center Blog: Building Usable Conversations: Conversational Content Strategy
In this fourth installment of our series on conversational usability, we're turning our attention to conversational content strategy, an underserved area of conversational interface design that is rapidly growing due to the number of enterprises eager to convert the text trapped in their websites into content that can be consumed through voice assistants and chatbots. Tags: acquia drupal planet
Dries Buytaert: Headless CMS: REST vs JSON:API vs GraphQL
The web used to be server-centric in that web content management systems managed data and turned it into HTML responses. With the rise of headless architectures a portion of the web is becoming server-centric for data but client-centric for its presentation; increasingly, data is rendered into HTML in the browser. This shift of responsibility has given rise to JavaScript frameworks, while on the server side, it has resulted in the development of JSON:API and GraphQL to better serve these JavaScript applications with content and data. In this blog post, we will compare REST, JSON:API and GraphQL. First, we'll look at an architectural, CMS-agnostic comparison, followed by evaluating some Drupal-specific implementation details. It's worth noting that there are of course lots of intricacies and "it depends" when comparing these three approaches. When we discuss REST, we mean the "typical REST API" as opposed to one that is extremely well-designed or following a specification (not REST as a concept). When we discuss JSON:API, we're referring to implementations of the JSON:API specification. Finally, when we discuss GraphQL, we're referring to GraphQL as it used in practice. Formally, it is only a query language, not a standard for building APIs. The architectural comparison should be useful for anyone building decoupled applications regardless of the foundation they use because...
Headless CMS: REST vs JSON:API vs GraphQL
The web used to be server-centric in that web content management systems managed data and turned it into HTML responses. With the rise of headless architectures a portion of the web is becoming server-centric for data but client-centric for its presentation; increasingly, data is rendered into HTML in the browser. This shift of responsibility has given rise to JavaScript frameworks, while on the server side, it has resulted in the development of JSON:API and GraphQL to better serve these JavaScript applications with content and data. In this blog post, we will compare REST, JSON:API and GraphQL. First, we'll look at an architectural, CMS-agnostic comparison, followed by evaluating some Drupal-specific implementation details. It's worth noting that there are of course lots of intricacies and "it depends" when comparing these three approaches. When we discuss REST, we mean the "typical REST API" as opposed to one that is extremely well-designed or following a specification (not REST as a concept). When we discuss JSON:API, we're referring to implementations of the JSON:API specification. Finally, when we discuss GraphQL, we're referring to GraphQL as it used in practice. Formally, it is only a query language, not a standard for building APIs. The architectural comparison should be useful for anyone building decoupled applications regardless of the foundation they use because...
Agiledrop.com Blog: Our blog posts from January 2019
We've prepared an overview of all our blog posts from January 2019; have a look! READ MORE
OpenSense Labs: Small enterprises, Rooting for Goliath? Here is How to Bag Big projects
Small enterprises, Rooting for Goliath? Here is How to Bag Big projects Vasundhra Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:59 Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It’s true that some wines improve by age but only if the grapes were good in the first place. 
-Abigail Van Buren A reflection of the life experiences adds generously to the whole box of one’s wisdom because let’s face it, being wise and savvy can come from anyone and anywhere. So yes, famous quote “Age is just a number” has done justice to the whole scenario of erudition.  Just like natural misconception “ bigger the better” proved right by small agencies handling bigger projects. Gone are the days where large enterprises use to rule in the market kingdom bagging all the big projects. Today, small agencies are winning big-name accounts and cool projects far more often. And the trend is forecast to continue.
For the Drupal agency with big aspirations deciding on the projects to opt for can be a bit of a task sometimes, but attaining the trust from CxOs of big organizations that is even bigger than the projects itself.  Thereby, solving this issue of handling and winning - here are some of the ways which would help you to seize those big projects in your vanity.  First things First - How to meet big clients? Just because you are a small agency or organization...
OpenSense Labs: Leveraging NightwatchJS in Drupal
Leveraging NightwatchJS in Drupal Shankar Sun, 02/10/2019 - 22:04 The night watchman can get a new image as an alert guard if he senses correctly that something does not look right. Imagine a man dressed like a stockbroker and carrying a soft leather briefcase and a valise. His walking style is sort of tentative and squirrelish which is not the way a stockbroker walks. On being asked for an ID by the watchman, he scurries off towards the entry gate of a building and drops his valise on to the floor before being finally captured by the watchman who later finds out that he was trying to rob someone from the building.
Much like the night watchman and his brilliance in judgement that makes sure that the building is kept safe from any such robbers, there is another solution in the digital landscape that helps in writing browser tests easily and safely. NightwatchJS is an exceptional option to run browser tests and its inclusion in the Drupal core has only made things easier for the Drupalists. Understanding NightwatchJS
NightwatchJS is an automated testing framework for web applications and websites. It is written on NodeJS and uses the W3C WebDriverAPI (formerly known as Selenium WebDriver) for performing commands and assertions on DOM elements. Nightwatch.js is an integrated, easy to use End-to-End testing solution for browser-based apps and...
OpenSense Labs: Improving remote communications: Rocket.Chat for Drupal
Improving remote communications: Rocket.Chat for Drupal Shankar Sun, 02/10/2019 - 21:24 Virtual private servers are fantastic for running your own cloud applications and gives you the authority over your private data. Potentially, your private data may be leaked when you communicate via services like text messaging. One way to ensure greater privacy is by hosting your own messaging system. This is where Rocket.Chat comes into picture.
Rocket.Chat has the provision for an actual open source implementation of an HTTP chat solution that provides convenience and gives greater freedom at the same time. It can be a marvellous solution for remote communications, especially for open source communities. Rocket Chat: A close look
The official site of Rocket.Chat states that it’s an open source team communication software which offers an alternative to remote communications by replacing the likes of email, HipChat and Slack. It aids in improving productivity via efficacious team communication and team collaboration. It helps in sharing files with the team, real-time chatting or even leveraging audio or video conference calls with screen sharing. Being an open source solution, It gives you the option of customising, extending or adding new functionality to meet your expectations. Rocket.Chat is an open source team communication software which offers...
OpenSense Labs: Filling your Organization’s Traffic Canvas with the Colors of CRO.
Filling your Organization’s Traffic Canvas with the Colors of CRO. Vasundhra Sat, 02/09/2019 - 13:29 Ever attended an art gallery and witnessed how modern artists use canvas to speak their thoughts? By looking at the art and paying attention to their creation a lot of “Ohhs” and “Ahhs” and expressions of awe with wonder tells us whether it has sufficiently aroused the engagement or not. But at the core of this practice, the whole idea of thinking an endless number of ways in which visitors attend an art gallery always sustain in the mind of an owner.  More visitors means more conversions, which results in better progression.  Customer experience and engagement - 2 things thrived by every art gallery owner. Right?
Today most marketing teams are structured to drive traffic towards websites that seek to generate traffic and hopefully even more profit.  Yes, it might be an oversimplification of the trend, but that’s the standard marketing playbook. That’s where Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) comes in.  But, What exactly is CRO? Let's discover.  Everything about CRO In internet marketing, conversion optimization, or conversion rate optimization is a system for increasing the percentage of visitors to a website that converts into customers, or more generally, takes any desired action on a webpage. The whole process involves understanding how...
Craft of Coding: Drupal on OpenShift: Deploying your first Drupal site
Learn how to deploy your first Drupal 8 site on OpenShift. We saw the business value of running OpenShift in the last post. Now we will look at how to build and deploy your first Drupal 8 site on OpenShift. Docker vs OpenShift First, we have to understand the relationship between Docker containers and OpenShift. […] The post Drupal on OpenShift: Deploying your first Drupal site appeared first on Craft of Coding.

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