by kvantomme / 15 March, 2013
We want to open source the backend for Walkthrough.it and turn it into an open source Drupal distribution that makes it really simple to start your own WalkHub where people can create and collaborate on interactive tutorials for software that runs in a browser. Yesterday I blogged about the YAML export we want to create for Tour module, together with the open source backend we believe this project could become a key addition to your Drupal project toolset, especially for Drupal 8. At Drupalcamp London I was happily surprised how everyone I talked with was unanimously excited about the project. What was even more inspiring was that every second person I talked with, had some new interesting idea of how they want to use the project (e.g. testing documentation to see if it's still up to... Read more
by kalman.hosszu / 14 March, 2013
Thank you for showing up on the DUG distribution code sprint that we arranged for Drupal Sprint Weekend! We had lots of fun, but we also had serious progress in both the theme and feature development. On 9th March members of the local Drupal community gathered in the Pronovix office in Szeged (Hungary) to help with the development of the DUG distribution while enjoying some pizza and wine spritzer. Most of the main menu items are structurally done, we have fixed the issues that surfaced during development, and the basics for the theme layer are also finished. We worked on the description of the distro, too. On the next code sprint, we are going to focus on developing the theme, and after one or two sessions we are planning to publish an alpha release with the main features and the... Read more
by kvantomme / 14 March, 2013
Two weeks ago, the Tour module got committed to Drupal 8 core. With that commit a whole new exciting world of step by step tutorials and documentation opened up. At Drupalcamp London on the codesprint I worked with Heather James, Antje Lorch and Lee Hunter on a draft work plan for the Documentation sprint at the Drupal Dev Days in Dublin. At that discussion I've committed to adding an export function to WalkHub that generates YAML files for Tour module, if we reach our funding goal for Walkthrough.it. This should make it really fun and easy to create tours for Drupal 8 core and contrib. Last Saturday I organized a call to talk about Tour module and how the Walkthrough project could be made a 100% compatible with Tour in core. The recording of that meeting is available online, I've also... Read more
by kvantomme / 28 February, 2013
Today we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (kind of like Kickstarter) for our automated walkthrough project. The goal of the project is to enable the Drupal community to play, edit and comment on automated walkthroughs. We want to make an open source toolchain that helps you create walkthroughs that are more interactive than video. With the campaign we hope we'll be able to raise the funds to launch the tool for the Drupal community and to make an extensive set of step by step tutorials for a distribution our backers choose and to launch walkhub.net, GitHub for automated tutorials.
As part of the campaign we will do a popular vote for the Drupal distribution, product or site, that our backers want us to document. If there is a Drupal distribution (e.g. Open Atrium,... Read more
by kalman.hosszu / 28 February, 2013
In my earlier blog post about a distribution that all Drupal User Groups regardless of language and location could use, I invited you to a presentation and code sprint on DrupalCamp Bratislava. Thank you to those who showed up! If you couldn’t attend, read on for a summary of my presentation and an invitation to the next code sprint on Drupal Sprint Weekend on 9th March. As I wasn’t sure if all attendees have heard about the distribution, I presented the whole process starting with the concept to the first code sprint in Szeged.
Although we had a code sprint the next day, there is still some work to be done. Following the tradition of the global code sprint, I organized a sprint for the 9th March at the Pronovix office in Szeged (Hungary), where you can... Read more
by robert.kovacs / 26 February, 2013
The Radioactivity module provides a custom field type with a special radioactivity metric that can be assigned to content types. User interaction can maintain high-level radiation or - if interaction is not significant - a cool down mechanism can kick in. It can be used as a ‘hotness’ metric, a regular view counter, and even more. I explain the principles and walk you through the setup of this highly useful module. The first time I met the Radioactivity module in a project, my task was to display the three most read articles. The basic problem was that site visitors clicking on the promoted articles would increase the number of views and therefore keep them in the most read category, while other articles didn’t have the chance to get there. This is where the Radioactivity module came... Read more
by kalman.hosszu / 14 February, 2013
I had an earlier blogpost about our work on a design and distribution package that Drupal User Groups all over the world could use. After having the concept refined and the wireframes ready, we went on with creating the design and organizing a code sprint to get things going.
As we got useful feedback on the wireframes and feature list, we could continue with designing the desktop layouts. Mobile and tablet versions are still in progress. The design is based on the logo colours, which in turn are derived from the drupal.org brand colours. We didn’t exclusively use the blue palette, we made the look warmer by introducing green hues. The design itself is minimalistic and to the point.
When we had the final designs, I organized a code sprint in Szeged (Hungary), where 10... Read more
by kvantomme / 5 February, 2013
A few months ago at a product sprint at our company, Peter Arato showed me his proof of concept for a walkthrough broadcasting module that you could use on your Drupal presentations. It was pretty neat. So I asked Peter to make a prototype for a browser extension that would let you walk through a tutorial, step by step, with some description to explain what each step was about. A few months ago, at a Drupal meet-up, @KristofCoomans suggested that it would be even neater if we could use Selenium to generate the tutorials. That was an awesome idea. So we rebuilt our tool around this concept and this time around we also used Joyride.JS a JS library for site tours, that recently INT3C blogged about on the planet. The result is a tool that makes it really easy to create an interactive web... Read more
by tamas / 30 January, 2013
At Pronovix, we have a daily scrum blog. I don’t really like going to a separate webpage to write about the work I do at the given day. That’s why I decided to bring this closer to where I work: the command line. Creating a Go client for Drupal isn’t particularly hard to do, but there are a few pitfalls you can walk into. In this blogpost, I walk you through a simple client, that can update nodes on a Drupal site. This is an almost complete library, you can either integrate it to an existing software or write a little boilerplate code around it to be a complete program (a command line tool for example). The code below can be used well in REST clients that need to communicate with Drupal. For the Drupal part, you will need to download the services and the libraries module. Go to Drupal'... Read more
by kalman.hosszu / 22 January, 2013
As the organizer of the Drupal User Group in Szeged (Hungary), I’ve been working on a design and distribution package that all Drupal User Groups regardless of language and location could use. It all started when we needed a website for the DUG in Szeged, as we didn’t have a place where members could find information and materials, where all previous presentations and demo files could be collected and made available. As I don’t like ugly websites without a concept, I thought a logo would be the first step that we could then build a design on. And if we are creating a logo, why not make it customizable? So I briefed the designer to use an open source font for the name of the city, so that Drupal User Groups in other cities could easily adapt the logo. This approach led me to the idea of... Read more