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By Andrew McClintock 25th September 2013 Drupal

1) Johanna Bergmann and Megan Sanicki took the stage early this morning to discuss the importance of Drupal.org's Supporting Partner Program. With financial support from businesses worldwide, Drupal.org is able to employ a tech team, whose primary goal it is to continually improve the community's home on the web.

2) Lisa Welchman was Wednesday's keynote speaker. Her talk was about governing our community and how to strike a balance between too much control and not enough. She encouraged us to hold close our culture and our values as a community, but also warned us not to exclude outsiders, those that aren't hard-core tech.

3) Drupalcon Labs are new to the schedule this year, and very popular it seems. These two-hour, hands-on sessions have proven to be chock-full of relevant information. Today's lab Twig It — Ship It! demonstrated Twig as an effective and easier-to-understand alternative to Drupal's previous PHPTemplate theme engine.

4) Our very own Michael Schmid presented a Business Showcase today, where he explained our second-screen solution for The Voice of Switzerland. And be sure to check out his encore presentation tomorrow, where he will discuss the ins and outs of Translation Management

5) And finally, a few of us Amazee's joined the crowd at Vyšehrad Beer Garden to enjoy some cold drinks, brats, and beautiful views of Prague. 

 

By Andrew McClintock 25th September 2013 Drupal, Fun

Last year at Drupalcon, Munich we introduced The Periodic Table of Drupal Modules, much to the delight of the Drupal community. This year, we've updated our table with a current list of the most-commonly-installed modules and are providing it to you at the wallpaper size of your choosing. In addition, we're introducing a handful of other custom-designed, Drupal-related wallpapers for your enjoyment. If you'd like a custom-sized wallpaper for your device, please leave us a comment below and we'll try to accommodate those we've left out.

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By Gregory Gerhardt 24th September 2013 Drupal, Events

1) The lean booth: As you might know (from our previous blog post), we had to come up with a new booth concept. A visit to the do-it-yourself shop did the rest and it took us (just) an amazing 20 bucks to get our platinum cottage refurbished. A rejuvenation cure!

 
2) The community is growing: We have seen more visitors at a European DrupalCon than ever. Over 1800 tickets have been sold. This is good news for the European side of the success story. Rather unpleasant that the 1800 web addicts were put offline for about three hours today. But hey, the unspoiled view of Prague made up for my cold turkey.
 
 
3) Drupal 8: Dries' "We ship D8 by xx" has cleared way for a more relaxed "We ship when done" paradigm. Let us be the amplifier for Dries' message: It's not too late to join the D8-sprinters!
 
 
4) Contrib.to has had a shy start, but is gaining momentum: WE WANT YOU to contribute your Drupal pics to the community's cauldron of DrupalCon memories. If you're not on, you haven't been there. Kind of.
 
5) Spot this lady and talk to her if you haven't: Johanna Bergmann is new to the Drupal Association and supports Megan as account manager, a great hiring, full of positive energy.
 
 
 
By Gregory Gerhardt 23rd September 2013 Events

Amazee's DrupalCon experience didn't get off to the best of starts: Not one night in Prague and our booth equipment and all the irresistible goodies were already swiped from the car!

Below the assorted leftovers from the burglary. Broken glass, everywhere, but nobody was hurt and the Amazee morale is up as always: Should you spot any Amazee banners, trolleys, flyers and T-shirts pop up anywhere outside the Con, pay us a visit and collect your head money at right our naked booth.

You can find more images over on Contrib.to.

By Daniel Truninger 22nd September 2013 Drupal, Fun

Over 1600 Drupalistas will be heading to Prague and every single attendee will bring her & his story of traveling to Prague, getting infected by the Drupal flu and leaving with a ton of unique impressions: Stemming from late night sessions in the coder lounge, attending the trivia night or catching up with fellows in a beer garden! They are all valuable parts of the DrupalCon experience and illustrate the diversity of the community.

For this reason we have launched Contrib.to, a platform to share and preserve these memories.

The platform is built on the battle proven foundations of Drupal 7 and Likemag, a disruptive client project.

We want to invite you to share your impressions with the rest of the community!

Dear reader, in this edition next week's DrupalCon takes center stage, while a question about free speech and some iOS 7 related hints complete the mix. Enjoy!

DrupalCon

The folks at Axelerant have collected twelve tips for DrupalCon Prague. Michael's, our Head Technology, tip made the list. Can you guess which one is his?

Marek Sotak: DrupalCon Prague tips - local guide at your service
One of the most valuable assets, when it comes to traveling is knowledge. Marek Sotak shares some of his local knowledge about Prague in a blog post. Děkuji!

iOS 7

The Verge: The best hidden features in iOS 7
This week saw the release of iOS 7. Once you got over the new look and feel you can check out these hidden features.

Internet

New York Times: A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link
Sir Tim Berners-Lee aptly said on the topic that to link is a right without which democracy rots.

Tweets that cut through the noise

 

 

Will you be able to spot Michael and his quadcopter at DrupalCon?

By Daniel Truninger 19th September 2013 Drupal, Events, Team


(Image: DrupalCon Prague)

The majority of the Amazee Labs team will be heading to Prague. Here are you chances to meet up with us:

Sunday, 22 September

Monday, 23 September

Tuesday, 24 September

Wednesday, 25 September

Thursday, 26 September

Friday, 27 September

Saturday, 28 September

Sunday, 29 September

For real-time updates of our whereabouts, especially for our evening outings, check our Twitter account.

The upcoming DrupalCon is gaining momentum and producing a glut of interesting stories. Since it makes our web work we'll dive into them in this edition - it's the "Essence of a Drupal week" if you will.

Drupal 8

Dries Buytaert: Why the big architectural changes in Drupal 8
Drupal founder Dries answers a few architecture questions related to Drupal 8.

Tweets that cut through the noise

If his blog post didn't answer you your question, here's your chance to get it answered by Dries live at DrupalCon.

Backdrop

Backdrop CMS
Lullabot's Nathan Haug took umbrage at Drupal's direction and announced to fork the content management system. We'll certainly keep an eye on future developments.

Creative Engineering: Backdrop: Forking Drupal
An additional resource related to this subject is the blog post by Laura Scott, who researched the story as it broke. 

DrupalCon

Drupal Association: Making of a DrupalCon - How Sites Are Selected
The Drupal Association provides some transparency regarding how future DrupalCon host cities are selected.

By Daniel Truninger 11th September 2013 Drupal, Events, Fun

Our preparations for DrupalCon Prague are slowly reaching fever pitch. Since it's less than a fortnight to go we want to share some of our enthusiasm with you. Here is an exclusive preview of two goodies we'll be giving away at the conference.

The first item are gorgeous stickers which certainly will visually enhance any object and spread the message of what Drupal does.

The second one is a super limited edition t-shirt with the same 'Making your web work' motive.

The major question that remains is how you'll get your hands on them. For a sticker just swing by our booth and pick one up, regarding the t-shirt let's just say: watch this space.

Hopefully these two items will have whet your appetite, but remember there is one further item we'll keep under lock and seal until Prague...

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Dear reader, this week's edition takes a glance at a chocolate based technology story, gives an update on Drupal 8's progress and three other items that caught our attention. Enjoy!

Business

BBC: Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move
This week Google announced the name of their next version of Android. The BBC's Leo Kelion peaked behind the curtain of this decision.

Drupal

Dries Buytaert: Drupal 8 APIs are freezing but not frozen
Drupal's creator Dries Buytaert shared some insight on the progress of the content management framework's next major release. On a related note the latest Drupal 8 alpha (drupal 8.0-alpha3) was released this week.

Search Engine Optimization

Amazee Metrics: The Future of SEO – from Keyword to Context
Evelyn Thar, CEO of Amazee Metrics, explains why context will replace keywords in the future of SEO.

Extreme

The Atlantic: Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013
While Dania returned successfully from her extreme challenge, Red Bull published the winners of their photo contest. Incredible images.

Tweets that cut through the noise

A stand out sentence in a reply to the question: "What explains the success of iTunes?" on Quora.

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