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Andrea Pescetti
3 Sep 2013
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Andrea Pescetti
3 Sep 2013
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Andrea Pescetti, 3 Sep 2013 - 7 Comments
What CMI will bring to D8 and "Poorman's Features" for packaging configuration in D8

We have always told attendees of our Drupal 7 "Code-driven development" trainings that embracing the idea that configuration must be stored in files and not in the database would make their Drupal development future-ready: the specific processes would necessarily change but the concept would stay and be reinforced in Drupal 8, thanks to the nice work being done in the Configuration Management Initiative.

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Andrea Pescetti
18 Oct 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
18 Oct 2012
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Andrea Pescetti, 18 Oct 2012 - 5 Comments
And new opportunities for the Drupal community?

Effective today, I (Andrea) have become an officer of the Apache Software Foundation, in my new role as Vice President for the Apache OpenOffice (commonly known as "OpenOffice") project. This might be an occasion for the Drupal community to take a closer look at the Apache Software Foundation and its projects.

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Andrea Pescetti
12 Sep 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
12 Sep 2012
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Nuvole organizes a free event in Parma

After the successful experience from last June, Nuvole is proud to join again the Drupal Global Training Day initiative on September 14th. This time we will hold the event in Parma, Italy, and, following the initiative guidelines, we will give a free generic introduction to Drupal, focusing on Drupal as a platform, its community, what can be easily done with the available modules and what can be reached with a bit (or a lot!) of customization.

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Andrea Pescetti
24 Aug 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
24 Aug 2012
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BoF sessions and ideas from the European DrupalCon 2012

The DrupalCon Munich 2012 is just over. There were quite a few inspiring sessions, but here are a few highlights of the moments and topics where the Nuvole team was mostly involved: out Code-Driven Development training and BoF sessions about automating Drupal development and the future of Open Atrium.

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Antonio De Marco
27 Jul 2012
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Antonio De Marco
27 Jul 2012
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Public sites, private groups and organization of events with Open Atrium

At Nuvole we have always supported the idea that Open Atrium can deal with complex use cases. Modules like Spaces, PURL and Organic groups can push the limit of the platform far beyond being a simple-yet-powerful intranet software. We were already experimenting with building public websites and simple distributions-like mini-sites with Open Atrium for quite some time, but now the new Alfa Puentes project gave us the opportunity to blend together all those customizations in one powerful platform.

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Andrea Pescetti
25 Jun 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
25 Jun 2012
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The Nuvole presentation at Drupal Dev Days Barcelona

Features are a well-known and very useful tool to streamline Drupal development and write reusable components. However, if you get serious about automating as much as possible in your Drupal development, you need to add other tools to your daily practices, and master them properly: forget the tedious, error-prone, point-and-click and embrace Code-Driven Development.

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Antonio De Marco
5 Jun 2012
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Antonio De Marco
5 Jun 2012
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Nuvole organizes a free event for NGOs in Brussels

Nuvole is proud to join the Drupal Global Training Day on June 22nd but this won't be our usual, highly technical, training about streamlining Drupal Development that you may have seen at Drupalcon Chicago 2011, DrupalCon Denver 2012 and that is scheduled for DrupalCon Munich 2012 too. This time we will focus on Drupal as a platform, its community, what can be easily done with the available modules and what can be reached with a bit (or a lot!) of customization.

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Andrea Pescetti
3 May 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
3 May 2012
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Help shape the future of Open Atrium

Our review of Tracy Smith's Open Atrium book just made it to Slashdot, confirming there is a widespread interest in this popular Drupal distribution. (By the way, the book is not, and is not meant to be, useful to developers, but if you build Open Atrium projects you should definitely recommend it to your clients: it will save a lot of time to you and them).

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Antonio De Marco
7 Feb 2012
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Antonio De Marco
7 Feb 2012
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Antonio De Marco, 7 Feb 2012 - 5 Comments
Features, taxonomy and other beasts

An extract from the new teaching materials we are preparing for our DrupalCon Denver 2012 pre-conference training, Code-Driven Development: Use Features Effectively.

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Andrea Pescetti
18 Jan 2012
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Andrea Pescetti
18 Jan 2012
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Everybody uses Features, but using them properly makes a big difference

Nuvole built some respectably sized projects in 2011: a few large international projects (including a heavily customized Open Atrium installation for Higher Education experts and a portal for collaboration between Europe and Latin America on educational matters) and a bunch of ordinary websites, besides our other activities such as trainings and general consultancy.

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Antonio De Marco
28 Nov 2011
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Antonio De Marco
28 Nov 2011
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A single Open Atrium installation to serve minisites from different domains with a common backend

You can use a single Open Atrium installation to create minisites, i.e., minimal websites with a simple structure, served at different domains, but sharing a centralized backend. Each minisite can be public or private and can have a specific theme and specific features. An anonymous visitor will only see a small, self-contained site, while site editors will be able to manage content on all minisites from the same backend.

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Andrea Pescetti
24 Aug 2011
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Andrea Pescetti
24 Aug 2011
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Our presentation at DrupalCon London 2011

Our DrupalCon London 2011 presentation Building and Maintaining a Distribution in Drupal 7 with Features can be found as a Slideshare embed below; you can also find the final slides in PDF format on the session page on the DrupalCon site or attached to this post.

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Antonio De Marco
25 May 2011
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Antonio De Marco
25 May 2011
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A file repository for Open Atrium

Open Atrium's default set of features covers most of the common needs of an average organization, except one: a file repository with the familiar look and feel of a folders tree. The idea behind Atrium Folders is to have a very simple file repository application with no external dependencies that users can just download, enable and start playing with.

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Antonio De Marco
12 Apr 2011
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Antonio De Marco
12 Apr 2011
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Antonio De Marco, 12 Apr 2011 - 3 Comments
Our presentations from Drupal Government Days Brussels

The Drupal Government Days held last week in Brussels were a good occasion to showcase two solutions by Nuvole, born as services for local and European institutions. Public Works Monitoring in Drupal Nuvole built a dedicated platform, based on the widely used Drupal system, to make it easy for municipalities to monitor public works in real time and optionally share selected information with citizens.

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Andrea Pescetti
25 Mar 2011
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Andrea Pescetti
25 Mar 2011
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Andrea Pescetti, 25 Mar 2011 - 1 Comment
From our DrupalCon Chicago training

Our Code-Driven Development with Features training in Chicago was a very interesting experience for us: people with different levels of Drupal expertise were able to appreciate the benefits of code-driven development and the most experienced attendees managed to experiment with the

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