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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Jul 18, 2011

By Heather James

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Jul 15, 2011

Yesterday, Mozilla announced a new initiative called Browser

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Jun 30, 2011

I’ve been at Acquia as the Director of Engineering Services for 8 weeks, and I’m really excited to announce a new release of the Dev Cloud documentation!

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Jun 20, 2011

I’ve only been with Acquia for three weeks as a intern and I have to say I love every moment of it.

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Jun 17, 2011

I've recently crossed my six month mark with Acquia and have to say that it is the ride of a lifetime.

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on May 23, 2011

As those that attended my last talk at DrupalCon know, I (and

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on May 20, 2011

Acquia, along with our partners Merlin International, Navigation Arts, Forum One Communications, and VML, is currently working with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in the Department

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on May 17, 2011

Yesterday, North Bridge Venture Partners announced the results of its annual

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on May 10, 2011

As one of the first things I'm doing as the new Director of Learning Services at Acquia, I'm proud to announce some (close to) FREE Drupal courses in Boston!

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on May 5, 2011

Drupal is powerful, it's undeniable. What's worrying is that you can get pretty far without understanding much about web development. This poses some challenges for novice web developers.

By simply installing the Acquia Dev Desktop you can quickly mock up a great new site with a dizzying array of features which would take you probably thousands of hours to code by hand. That is also not counting the years it would take you to build the relevant developer skills. The Dev Desktop includes a web server, scripts, database software, libraries - and all the components of Drupal itself wrapped into a nice little control panel package.

And that is the cool (also scary!) thing about Drupal, you can really hit the ground running if you're brand new to web development. What you want to avoid is hitting the ground with your face.

Recently, I received a question from a new Drupal user.

I am able to access my website from my computer Acquia Drupal Control Panel at localhost:8082 How do I pull my domain name example.com to localhost:8082 so the public can access? Also I would like to build multiple Drupal websites with different domain names. How do I accomplish this goal using Acquia Dev Desktop?

I've seen similar questions before. This person is a novice in web development and possibly just starting on a new career. While they have created a possibly magical and amazing website with Drupal, they are stuck because they don't know how to get it online. Or later, after they do get a host, they don't know how to maintain and update the site.

What do you need to know first?

When I get asked questions like this from novice, I am taken aback. So... where should we start? Even if you use the web everyday, no one expects you to understand how it works. I relate this to my knowledge of plumbing. OK, I can turn on the faucet, but I haven't got a clue of how that water gets from the reservoir.

However, as a novice web developer you need to start understanding the plumbing of the web as well. There are so many great resources about learning Drupal which jump right into using it as an end product, and don't carefully explain that underlying plumbing.

I made this short video to explain some of the concepts underlying Drupal to a novice developer. Sorry about the sound in the beginning, it gets a bit better. Before you watch this one, you might also want to check out this quick video from Doug Vann about How the Web Works.

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Apr 25, 2011

While I love life in the Internet Cloud, it was a gray, rainy few days at the end of last week.

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Apr 20, 2011

Acquia Cloud will be adding native support for git soon, but it is already the version control system (VCS) of choice for many developers.

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Apr 12, 2011

When we announced Acquia Dev Cloud at Drupalcon Chicago last month, we said it was primarily designed for professional developers who build and deploy

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Apr 7, 2011

On Monday we made a series of module and service releases to bring Acquia Search to Drupal 7:

  • The Apache Solr Search Integration project version 7.x-1.0-beta4 includes a number of new features, API improvements, and fixes, including changes to the Solr schema.
  • Acquia Network Connector project version 7.x-1.1 now includes the Acquia Search module which integrates the Drupal 7.x version of Apache Solr Search Integration with the Acquia Network
  • The Acquia Network was updated to auto-detect your module version and use the correct set of Solr configuration files when you first enable Acquia Search
  • The Acquia Netowrk also now offers a settings page where you can manually select from a list and your selection will be propagated to the Solr servers.

This release of Apache Solr Search Integration sets the stage for the virtual code sprint starting this Friday, April 8. The sprint will encompass topics including integration with Facet API, integration with Views, UI improvements, and expanded test coverage. Sign up to participate in the Sprints group. If you look at the CHANGELOG.txt you'll see that we had at least 58 different issues that we worked on for this release. If you are running Apache Solr yourself, you will need to update your configuration files and re-index your content.

This screen shot shows the administrative UI with Acquia Search enabled:

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Posted by Acquia Dev at Acquia on Mar 31, 2011

Yesterday, we made a shiny new beta release of the Media Gallery module on drupal.org.