Acquia's new India office

This week, Acquia announced the opening of its new office in Pune, India, which extends our presence in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to Pune, we already have offices in Australia and Japan.

I've made several trips to India in recent years, and have experienced not only Drupal's fast growth, but also the contagious excitement and passion for Drupal from the people I've met there.

While I wasn't able to personally attend the opening of our new office, I'm looking forward to visiting the Pune office soon.

For now, here are a few pictures from our grand opening celebration:


Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Scrambling in Snowdonia

At the end of last week, Klaas (one of my best friends) and I drove to from Belgium to Wales dead-set on scrambling up Tryfan's North Ridge and hiking the Ogwen Valley in Snowdonia.

Scrambling means hiking up steep, rocky terrain using your hands, without the need for ropes or any other kind of protection. It's something between hiking and rock climbing.

Tryfan's North Ridge silhouette next to lake Lyn Ogwen.17 people died on Tryfan the past 30 years, and 516 parties had to be rescued. While the scrambling on Tryfan is rarely technically challenging, it can be dangerous and difficult at times (video of Klaas scrambling), especially when carrying heavy backpacks. Tryfan shouldn't be taken lightly.

It took us five hours to make it to the top — and it's taking me four days to recover so far. After we reached the top, we descended a few hundred meters and found a patch of grass where we could set up our tent.

Our campsite on a ridge on the back of Tryfan. The views were spectacular.

Carrying those heavy backpacks paid off not only because we were able to bring our camping supplies but also because Klaas carried up a steak dinner with cocktails — a late birthday surprise for my 40th birthday. Yes, you read that correctly: a steak dinner with cocktails on top of a mountain! It was a real treat!

During dinner, the weather started to turn; dark clouds came in and it started to rain. By night time the temperature had dropped to 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit). Fortunately, we were prepared and had hauled not only a tent and a steak dinner up the mountain, but also warm clothing.

The temperatures swung from 20ºC (68ºF) during the day time to 2ºC (35ºF) during night time. In the evenings, we were forced to put on warm clothes and layer up.

What didn't go so well was that my brand new sleeping pad had a leak and I didn't bring a repair kit. Although, sleeping on the ground wasn't so bad. The next morning, when we opened our tent, we were greeted not only by an amazing view, but also by friendly sheep.

The next two days, we hiked through the Ogwen Valley. Its wide glacial valley is surrounded by soaring mountains and is incredibly beautiful.

After three days of hiking we made it back to the base of Tryfan where it all started. We felt a big sense of accomplishment.

Selfie taken with Klaas' iPhone 8. Me pointing to the Tryfan's North Ridge where our hike began just three days earlier.We hadn't taken a shower in four days, so we definitely started to become aware of each other's smell. As soon as we got to Klaas' Volkswagen California (campervan), we showered in the parking lot, behind the car. I ended up washing my armpits four times, once for each day I didn't shower.

For more photos, check out my photo album.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Announcing a private beta of Acquia Content Cloud

Earlier this week at our Acquia Engage conference in London, Acquia announced a new product called "Content Cloud", a headless, SaaS-based content-as-a-service solution built on Drupal.

Years ago, we heard that organizations wanted to:

Create content that is easy to re-use across different channels, such as websites and mobile applications, email, digital screens, and more.

Use a content management system with a modern web service API that allows them to use their favorite front-end framework (e.g. React, Angular, Vue.js, etc) to build websites and digital experiences.
As a result, Acquia spent the last 5+ years helping to improve Drupal's web services capabilities and authoring experience.

But we also heard that organizations want to:

Use single repository to manage all their organization's content.
Make it really easy to synchronize content between all their Drupal sites.
Manage all content editors from a central place to enable centralized content governance and workflows.
Automate the installation, maintenance, and upgrades of their Drupal-based content repository.
All of the above becomes even more important as organizations scale the number of content creators, websites and applications. Many large organizations have to build and maintain hundreds of sites and manage hundreds of content creators.

So this week, at our European customer conference, we lifted the curtain on Acquia Content Cloud, a new Acquia product. Acquia Content Cloud is a content-as-a-service solution that enables simplified, headless content creation and syndication across multi-channel digital experiences.

For now, we are launching an early access beta program. If you’re interested in being considered for the beta or want to learn more as Content Cloud moves toward general availability, you can sign up here.

In time, I plan to write more about Content Cloud, especially as we get closer to its initial release. Until then, you can watch the Acquia Content Cloud teaser video below:


Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Web personalization made simple: announcing the all-new Acquia Lift

Today, we released a new version of Acquia Lift, our web personalization tool.

In today's world, personalization has become central to the most successful customer experiences. Most organizations know that personalization is no longer optional, but have put it off because it can be too difficult. The new Acquia Lift solves that problem.

While before, Acquia Lift may have taken a degree of fine-tuning from a developer, the new version simplifies how marketers create and launch website personalization. With the new version, anyone can point, click and personalize content without any code.

We started working on the new version of Acquia Lift in early 2018, well over a year ago. In the process we interviewed over 50 customers, redesigned the user interface and workflows, and added various new capabilities to make it easier for marketers to run website personalization campaigns. And today, at our European customer conference, Acquia Engage London, we released the new Acquia Lift to the public.

You can see all of the new features in action in this 5-minute Acquia Lift demo video:

The new Acquia Lift offers the best web personalization solution in Acquia's history, and definitely the best tool for Drupal.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Drupal interview on Dutch business news network

Recently I was interviewed on RTL Z, the Dutch business news television network. In the interview, I talk about the growth and success of Drupal, and what is to come for the future of the web. Beware, the interview is in Dutch. If you speak Dutch and are subscribed to my blog (hi mom!), feel free to check it out!


Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Commercial sponsorship and Open Source sustainability

Recently, GitHub announced an initiative called GitHub Sponsors where open source software users can pay contributors for their work directly within GitHub.
There has been quite a bit of debate about whether initiatives like this are good or bad for Open Source.
On the one hand, there is the concern that the commercialization of Open Source could corrupt Open Source communities or harm contributors' intrinsic motivation and quest for purpose.
On the other hand, there is the recognition that commercial sponsorship is often a necessary condition for Open Source sustainability. Many communities have found that to support their growth, as a part of their natural evolution, they need to pay developers or embrace corporate sponsors.
Personally, I believe initiatives like GitHub Sponsors, and others like Open Collective, are a good thing.
It helps not only with the long-term sustainability of Open Source communities, but also improves diversity in Open Source. Underrepresented groups, in particular, don't always have the privilege of free time to contribute to Open Source outside of work hours. Most software developers still have to make a living before they can meet self-actualization. Without funding, Open Source communities risk losing or excluding valuable talent.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Drupal Mumbai Monthly Meetup & Global Training day - June 29, 2019

Start: 
2019-06-29 10:00 - 16:15 Asia/Kolkata

Organizers: 

ashishdalvi

manasiv

rachit_gupta

Event type: 

Training (free or commercial)

https://www.meetup.com/Drupal-Mumbai-Meetup-Group/events/262074759

Hello Drupalers,
We are excited to announce that the “Drupal 8 In a Day” training session will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 on Drupal Global Training Days.
What is Global Training Days?
• Drupal Global Training Days is an exciting initiative from the Drupal community to introduce new and beginning users to Drupal.
• Trainers from companies and local groups around the world make newcomers to the Drupal community feel inspired and empowered to start great work.
• Follow Global Training Days with #DrupalGTD on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hashtag/DrupalGTD?src=hash)
Who Should Attend?
• This training is intended for PHP/Web developers, Career switchers, and Students who wish to begin their career in Drupal.
• This will also benefit the Tech and Business Managers who wish to evaluate Drupal 8 as open source software.
Syllabus/Agenda:
• 11 am to 12:30 pm: Introduction to Drupal CMS
• 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM - Drupal Terminology (Entities, Hooks, Plugins & Events)
• 1:30 - 2:00 PM -Lunch Break
• 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Drupal 8 site building
• 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Extending Drupal
• Writing a custom module using Drupal console
• Theming - Twig - Render API
• REST with Drupal 8
• 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Drupal Contributions
System requirements:
1. Running Local Server :
* Download and Install MAMP/XAMPP/LAMP on your system.
* Windows User: XAMPP would be preferred (Faster and Easier) Install XAMPP for Windows
* Linux User: LAMP would be preferred. Run following command:apt-get install lamp-server
Gather knowledge about following :
* Content Management System
* Open Source
* PHP
* Mysql
How to register: This event is free but with limited seats. Registration is mandatory. RSVP!!
https://www.meetup.com/Drupal-Mumbai-Meetup-Group/events/262074759
Source: https://groups.drupal.org/node/512931/feed