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The State of Media in Drupal Core

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Matt and Mike talk with Drupal Media Initiative folks, Janez Urevc, Sean Blommaert, and Lullabot's own Marcos Cano about getting modern media management in Drupal core.

Mediacurrent: Infographic: Drupal vs Adobe vs Sitecore

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There’s a lot of information to sift through when comparing enterprise-level Content Management Systems (CMS) — features, functionality, cost, and more. In our recent whitepaper, we give you the pros and cons of Adobe, Drupal, and Sitecore through the lens of five different stakeholder perspectives.

To help give you an overview, we put together an at-a-glance view of how these three CMS's compare. 

Project Jengo Strikes Its First Targets (and Looks for More)

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Jango Fett by Brickset (Flickr)

When Blackbird Tech, a notorious patent troll, sued us earlier this year for patent infringement, we discovered quickly that the folks at Blackbird were engaged in what appeared to be the broad and unsubstantiated assertion of patents -- filing about 115 lawsuits in less than 3 years, and have not yet won a single one of those cases on the merits in court. Cloudflare felt an appropriate response would be to review all of Blackbird Tech’s patents, not just the one it asserted against Cloudflare, to determine if they are invalid or should be limited in scope. We enlisted your help in this endeavor by placing a $50,000 bounty on prior art that proves the Blackbird Tech patents are invalid or overbroad, an effort we dubbed Project Jengo.

Since its inception, Project Jengo has doubled in size and provided us with a good amount of high quality prior art submissions. We have received more than 230 submissions so far, and have only just begun to scratch the surface. We have already come across a number of standouts that appear to be strong contenders for invalidating many of the Blackbird Tech patents. This means it is time for us to launch the first formal challenge against a Blackbird patent (besides our own), AND distribute the first round of the bounty to 15 recipients totaling $7,500.

We’re just warming up. We provide information below on how you can identify the next set of patents to challenge, help us find prior art to invalidate those targets, and collect a bit of the bounty for yourselves.

I. Announcing Project Jengo’s First Challenges (and Awards!)

We wrote previously about the avenues available to challenge patents short of the remarkable cost and delay of federal court litigation; the exact cost and delay that some Blackbird targets are looking to avoid through settlement. Specifically, we explained the process of challenging patents through inter partes review (“IPR”) and ex parte reexamination (“EPR”).

Based on the stellar Prior Art submissions, we have identified the first challenge against a Blackbird patent.

U.S. Patent 7,797,448 (“GPS-internet Linkage”)

The patent, which has a priority date of October 28, 1999, describes in broad and generic terms “[a]n integrated system comprising the Global Positioning System and the Internet wherein the integrated system can identify the precise geographic location of both sender and receiver communicating computer terminals.” It is not hard to imagine that such a broadly-worded patent could potentially be applied against a massive range of tech products that involve any GPS functionality. The alarmingly simplistic description of the patented innovation is confirmed by the only image submitted in support of the patent application, which shows only two desktop computers, a hovering satellite, and a triangle of dotted lines connecting the three items.

Blackbird filed suit in July 2016 against six companies asserting this ‘448 patent. All of those cases were voluntarily dismissed by Blackbird within three months -- fitting a pattern where Blackbird was only looking for small settlements from defendants who sought to avoid the costs and delays of litigation. A successful challenge that invalidates or limits the scope of this patent could put an end to such practices.

Project Jengo’s Discovery - The patent claims priority to a provisional application filed October 28, 1999, but Project Jengo participants sourced four different submissions that raise serious questions about the novelty of the ‘448 patent when it was filed:

  • Research literature from April 1999 describing a system utilizing GPS cards for addressing terminals connected to the internet. “GPS-Based Geographic Addressing, Routing, and ResourceDiscovery,” Tomasz Imielinski and Julio C. Navos, Vol 42, No. 4 COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM (pgs. 86-92).

  • A request for comment from the Internet Engineering Task Force on a draft research paper from November 1996 on “integrating GPS-based geographic information into the Internet Protocol.” IETF RFC 2009

  • One submission included seven patents that all pre-date the priority date of the ‘448 patent (as early as July 1997) and address similar--yet more specific--efforts to use GPS location systems with computer systems.

  • And on a less-specific but still relevant basis, one submitter points to the APRS system that has been used by Ham Radio enthusiasts and has tagged communications with GPS location for decades.

Project Jengo participants who provided these submissions will each be given an award of $500!

What we plan to do -- Because this patent is written (and illustrated) in such broad terms, Blackbird has shown a willingness to sue under this patent, and Project Jengo has uncovered significant prior art, we think this case provides a promising basis to challenge the ‘448 patent. We are preparing an ex parte reexamination of the ‘448 patent, which we expect to file with the US Patent and Trademark Office in October. Again, you can read about an ex parte challenge here. We expect that after review, the USPTO will invalidate the patent. Although future challenges may be funded through crowdsourcing or other efforts, we will be able to fund this challenge fully through funds already set aside for Project Jengo, even though this patent doesn’t implicate Cloudflare’s services.

US Patent 6,453,335 (the one asserted against Cloudflare)

Project Jengo participants have also done an incredible job identifying relevant prior art on the patent asserted against Cloudflare by Blackbird Tech. Blackbird claims that the patent describes a system for monitoring an existing data channel and inserting error pages when transmission rates fall below a certain level. We received a great number of submissions on that patent and are continuing our analysis.

Cloudflare recently filed a brief with the U.S. District Court in which we pointed to eleven pieces of prior art submitted by Jengo participants that we expect will support invalidity in the litigation:

Bounty hunters who first submitted this prior art that was already used in the case will each receive $500. The Project Jengo Team at Cloudflare is continuing analysis of all the prior art submissions, and we still need your help! The litigation is ongoing and we will continue to provide a bounty to prior art submissions that are used to invalidate the Blackbird patents.

The Search Goes On… with new armor

These challenges to Blackbird patents are only the start. Later in this blog post, we provide an extensive report on the status of the search for prior art on all the Blackbird patents, and include a number of new patents we’ve uncovered. Keep looking for prior art on the Blackbird patents, we still have plenty of bounties to award and a number of patents ripe for a challenge. You can send us your prior art submissions here.

Even if you didn’t receive a cash award (yet), our t-shirts are about to hit the streets! Everyone who submitted prior art to Project Jengo will be receiving a t-shirt. If you previously made a submission, we’ve emailed you instructions for ordering your shirt. This offer will remain open for the duration of Project Jengo for anyone that submits new prior art on any of the Blackbird patents. Enjoy your new armor!

II. Elsewhere in Project Jengo...

Ethics complaint update

We know Blackbird’s “new model” is dangerous to innovation and merits scrutiny, so we previously lodged ethics complaints against Blackbird Tech with the bar disciplinary committees in Massachusetts and Illinois. This week, we sent an additional letter to the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline asking them to look into possible violations of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct. As with the other jurisdictions, the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit attorneys from acquiring a proprietary interest in the lawsuit (Rule §11.108(i)), sharing fees or equity with non-lawyers (Rules 11.504(a) and 11.504(d). Blackbird’s “new model” seems to violate these ethical standards.

Getting the word out
Cloudflare’s Project Jengo continues to drive conversation about the corrosive problem of patent trolls. Since our last blog update, our efforts have continued to draw attention in the press. For the latest, you can see...


“The hunted becomes the hunter: How Cloudflare’s fight with a ‘patent troll’ could alter the game,” -- TechCrunch


“Cloudflare gets another $50,000, to fight ‘new breed of patent troll,’” -Ars Technica


“This 32-year-old state senator is trying to get patent trolls out of Massachusetts,” -- TechCrunch


III. A Progress Report on Challenges to the Blackbird Patents

As you continue your search for prior art as part of Project Jengo, we’ve updated our chart of Blackbird patents, and identified a number of new patents and applications we’ve found that Blackbird has acquired.

As reflected on the chart (in red), so far 5 of the patents are being challenged or have been invalidated. In addition to our pending challenge of the ‘448 patent:

  • In June 2016, Blackbird Tech sued software maker kCura LLC and nine of its resellers for allegedly infringing U.S. Patent 7,809717, which was described as a Method and Apparatus for Concept-based Visual Presentation of Search Results. kCura makes specialized software used by law firms during document review. The judge in kCura’s case invalidated every claim in the ‘717 patent because the “abstract idea” of using a computer instead of a lawyer to perform document review cannot be patented.

  • US Patent 6,434,212 -- This patent seeks protection for “a pedometer having improved accuracy by calculating actual stride lengths.” Numerous challenges to this patent have been filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which adjudicates some IPR challenges. There are currently challenges against this “Pedometer” patent that have been filed by Garmin, TomTom and Fitbit.

  • US Patent 7,129,931 -- This patent for a “multipurpose computer display system” is undergoing IPR challenge brought by Lenovo, Inc.

  • US Patent 7,174,362 -- This patent for a “method and system for supplying products from pre-stored digital data in response to demands transmitted via computer network” was challenged by Unified Patents, Inc.

In the charts below, we’ve highlighted 11 Blackbird patents (in green) that seem ripe for challenge -- based on a combination of the fact that they seem broadly applicable to important industries, may have already been the basis of a Blackbird lawsuit, and/or already have some valuable prior art sourced through Project Jengo. We’ll take submissions on any Blackbird patent, but these are the patents we’re focused on and should get extra attention from Project Jengo participants seeking a bounty.

After our review is a bit further down the road, we’ll make all the prior art we’ve received on these patents available to the public so that anyone facing a challenge from Blackbird can defend themselves. We hope to have that information posted by the end of October.

And finally, Cloudflare is funding the first ex parte challenge fully out of funds it has set aside or had donated to Project Jengo. Should any of these patents hit home for you, and you are interested in supporting this fight financially, please reach out to [email protected].

-Happy Hunting!

-Project Jengo Submissions PatentProject Jengo SubmissionsCases Brought by BlackbirdPriority Date (M/D/YR)6175608 - - PEDOMETER 3110/28/986188683 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING LONG DISTANCE DISTANCE VOICE COMMUNICATIONS USING THE INTERNET302/19/97 6425349 - - BICYCLE PET CARRIER7136/14/016434212 - - PEDOMETER3710/28/986450222 - - NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING AN ELASTOMERIC HOOP107/14/996453303 - - AUTOMATED ANALYSIS FOR FINANCIAL ASSETS108/16/996557948 - - BRAKING APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE1312/15/976816085 - - METHOD FOR MANAGING A PARKING LOT111/14/006823036 - - WRISTWATCH-TYPED PEDOMETER WITH WIRELESS HEARTBEAT SIGNAL RECEIVING DEVICE209/24/036956338 - - ANALOG CONTROL OF LIGHT SOURCES108/12/037081036 - - BUTTOCK LIFT SUPPORT195/9/0364533335 - - PROVIDING AN INTERNET THIRD PARTY DATA CHANNEL10227/21/987086747 - - LOW-VOLTAGE LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR SATISFYING AFTER-HOURS LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS, EMERGENCY LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS, AND LOW LIGHT REQUIREMENTS12212/11/027086751 - - ILLUMINATED PRODUCT PACKAGING506/27/037106183 - - REARVIEW CAMERA AND SENSOR SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES158/26/047114834 - - LED LIGHTING APPARATUS5139/23/027129931 - - MULTIPURPOSE COMPUTER DISPLAY SYSTEM119/14/017162378 - - POINT OF PLAY TERMINAL103/12/047174362 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING PRODUCTS FROM PRE-STORED DIGITAL DATA IN RESPONSE TO DEMANDS TRANSMITTED VIA COMPUTER NETWORK2611/21/007230392 - - ANALOG CONTROL OF LIGHT SOURCES208/12/037752243 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND USE OF CONCEPT KNOWLEDGE BASE206/6/067752557 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS OF VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SEARCH RESULTS108/29/067788261 - - INTERACTIVE WEB INFORMATION RETRIEVAL USING GRAPHICAL WORD INDICATORS2012/14/067797448 - - GPS-INTERNET LINKAGE8610/28/997809717 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONCEPT-BASED VISUAL PRESENTATION OF SEARCH RESULTS1106/6/067830245 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING A VEHICLE OPERATOR103/14/057867058 - - SPORTS BRA454/17/078106569 - - LED RETROFIT FOR MINIATURE BULBS205/12/098996546 - - INTERNET BASED RESOURCE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM105/28/049620989 - - RECHARGEABLE BATTERY ACCESSORIES523/13/13 PUB20130141903 - - LED LIGHTING APPARATUS309/23/03PUB20130213082 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A DISTRIBUTED COOLING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ENCLOSURES2012/22/05PUB20140200078 - - VIDEO GAME INCLUDING USER DETERMINED LOCATION INFORMATION3404/12/116602045 - - WINGTIP WINDMILL AND METHOD OF USE002/5/006883927 - - FRAME ASSEMBLY AND LIGHT FOR AN ELECTRICAL WALL CONDUIT011/31/006552888 - - SAFETY ELECTRICAL OUTLET WITH LOGIC CONTROL CIRCUIT001/22/016705976 - - EXERCISE APPARATUS048/6/006460940 - - SUPPLEMENTAL BRAKE SYSTEM0011/8/94 -Newly Uncovered Blackbird Patents PatentCases Brought by BlackbirdPriority Date (M/D/YR)8478512 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT USING NETWORK TRANSMISSION DATA02/5/048489314 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT AND PRESENTATION OF USER-BASED ROUTE DATA02/5/048542111 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/008633802 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/008744761 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/048866589 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/008648717 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/006804225 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING LONG DISTANCE VOICE COMMUNICATIONS USING THE INTERNET03/3/977116657 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING LONG DISTANCE CALL CONNECTIONS USING A DESKTOP APPLICATION08/22/008094010 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/008548719 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT02/5/049424848 - - METHOD FOR SECURE TRANSACTIONS UTILIZING PHYSICALLY SEPARATED COMPUTERS06/9/008306746 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/048380429 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT USING GPS DATA02/5/047740234 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A LOW-PROFILE SUSPENSION SYSTEM012/22/059243927 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/049679286 - - METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENABLING SECURE NETWORK-BASED TRANSACTIONS09/20/057556271 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ELETRONIC EQUIPMENT RACK012/22/059400190 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT USING NETWORK TRANSMISSION DATA12/5/047636430 - - TOLL-FREE CALL ORIGINATION USING AN ALPHANUMERIC CALL INITIATOR 011/1/017611157 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ELETRONIC EQUIPMENT RACK012/22/058855905 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT USING NETWORK TRANSMISSION DATA 02/5/048424885 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-PROTECTED ELETRONIC EQUIPMENT ENCLOSURE112/22/057522995 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/047904240 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/047958214 - - METHOD FOR SECURE TRANSACTIONS UTILIZING PHYSICALLY SEPARATED COMPUTERS06/9/009086295 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITION MEASUREMENT USING NETWORK TRANSMISSION DATA02/5/048457871 - - REAL-TIME TRAFFIC CONDITIONS MEASUREMENT AND PRESENTATION OF SPONSORED CONTENT02/5/048715087 - - VIDEO GAME INCLUDING USER DETERMINED LOCATION INFORMATION04/12/118285832 - - METHOD FOR SECURE TRANSACTIONS UTILISING PHYSICALLY SEPARATED COMPUTERS06/9/007583197 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/009014972 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/047628409 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ELETRONIC EQUIPMENT RACK012/22/057461849 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ELETRONIC EQUIPMENT RACK012/22/056879678 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING LONG DISTANCE CALL CONNECTIONS USING A PERSONAL COMMUNICATION ASSISTANT011/13/006694007 - - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING LONG DISTANCE CALL CONNECTIONS USING ELETRONIC TEXT MESSAGES03/22/01US20130081778 - - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A CLOSE-COUPLED COOLING SYSTEM010/3/11US20170194800 - - BATTERY PACK03/13/13US20160102993 - - METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL TIME INFORMATION02/5/04US20150326992 - - PROGRAMMABLE COMMUNICATOR05/23/00

Redfin Solutions: CashNET module for Ubercart / Drupal 7.x

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CashNET module for Ubercart / Drupal 7.x

Redfin is happy to announce that thanks to the efforts of vetchneons, we have at long last released a -dev version of the CashNET module for Ubercart in Drupal 7. CashNET is a payment processor used by a lot of institutions in the higher education realm.

We would love for any folks using Ubercart in 7 to test it out, so the module can be promoted to a stable release. 

Chris September 21, 2017

OSTraining: Create a One Page Drupal Site with Views Infinite Scroll Module

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You most likely already navigated across some sites, blogs or galleries, that present the content in an infinite scroll mode.

Such scrolling can easily be implemented with the Views Infinite Scroll contribution module in Drupal 8. No additional libraries or plugins required.

In this tutorial, we’re going to create a gallery of article teasers of all countries in the Americas. Let’s get started!

Lullabots Coming to DrupalCon Vienna

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Several of our Lullabots and the team from our sister company, Drupalize.me, are about to descend upon the City of Music to present seven kick-ass sessions to the Drupal community in the EU. There will be a cornucopia of topics presented — from softer human-centric topics such as imposter syndrome to more technical topics such as Decoupled Drupal. So, if you're headed to DrupalCon Vienna next week, be sure to eat plenty of Sachertorte, drink lots of Ottakringer, and check out these sessions that will Rock You Like Amadeus:

Contenta - Drupal’s API Distribution Tuesday, September 26, 10:45-11:45

Sally Young, Cristina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner

Contenta is a decoupled Drupal distribution that has many examples of various front-ends available as best practices guides. Lullabot Senior Technical Architect Sally Young, Christina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner will bring you up to speed on the latest Contenta developments, including its current features and roadmap. You will also get a tour of Contenta’s possibilities that come with reference applications that implement the out-of-the-box initiative’s cooking recipe.

Automated Testing 101 Tuesday, September 26th, 10:45 - 11:45

Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez

Lullabot Developer, Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez, will explore the current state of test automation and present the most useful tools that provide testing capabilities for security, accessibility, performance, scaling, and more. Zequi will also give you advice on the best strategies to implement automated testing for your application, and how to cover relevant aspects of your software.

Get Started with Voice User Interfaces Tuesday, September 26th, 15:45 - 16:45

Amber Himes Matz

Drupalize.me Production Manager & Trainer, Amber Himes Matz, will survey the current state of voice and conversational interface APIs with an eye toward global language support. She’ll cover services including Alexa, Google, and Cortana by examining their distinct features and the devices, platforms, interactions, and spoken languages they support. If you’re looking for a better understanding of the voice and conversational interface services landscape, ideas on how to approach the voice UI design process, an understanding of concepts and terminology related to voice interaction, and ways to get started, this is the right session for you - complete with a demo!

Breaking the Myths of the Rockstar Developer Wednesday, September 27th, 10:45 - 11:45

Juan Olalla Olmo & Salvador Molina

Lullabot Developer, Juan Olalla Olmo, and Salvador Molina will share their experiences and explore the areas and attitudes that can help everyone become better professionals by embracing who they are and ultimately empower others to do the same. This inspiring session aims to help you grow professionally and provide more value at work by focusing on fostering the human relationships and growing as people.

Juan gave this presentation internally at Lullabot’s recent Design and Development Retreat. It was a highlight that sparked a lively conversation.

Virtual Reality on the Web - Overview and "How-to" Demo Wednesday, September 27th, 13:35 - 14:00

Wes Ruvalcaba

Want to make your own virtual reality experiences? Lullabot Senior Front-end Developer Wes Ruvalcaba will show you how. Starting with an overview of VR (and AR) concepts, technologies, and what its uses are, Wes will also demo and share code examples of VR websites we’ve made at Lullabot. You’ll also get an intro to A-Frame and Wes will explain how you can get started.

Thursday Keynote - Everyone Has Something to Share Thursday, September 28th, 9:00 - 10:15

Joe Shindelar

We’re especially proud of Drupalize.me's Joe Shindelar for being selected to give the Community Keynote. If you’ve been around Drupal for a while, it’s likely you’ve either met or learned from Joe. In this session, Joe will reflect on 10 years of both successfully and unsuccessfully engaging with the community. By doing so he hopes to help others learn about what they have to share, and the benefits of doing so. This is important because sharing:

  • Creates diversity, both of thought and culture
  • Builds people up, helps them realize their potential, and enriches our community
  • Fosters connections, and makes you, as an individual, smarter
  • Creates opportunities for yourself and others
  • Feels all warm and fuzzy
Making Content Editors Happy in Drupal 8 with Entity Browser Thursday, September 28th, 14:15 - 15:15

Marcos Cano

Lullabot Developer Marcos Cano will be presenting on Entity Browser, which is a Drupal 8 contrib module created to upload multiple images/files at once, select and re-use an image/file already present on the server, and more. In this session Marcos will:

  • Explain the basic architecture of the module, and how to take advantage of its plugin-based approach to extend and customize it
  • See how to configure it from scratch to solve different use-cases, including some pitfalls that often occur in that process
  • Check what we can copy or re-use from other contrib modules
  • Explore some possible integrations with other parts of the media ecosystem

See you next week in Wien!

Lullabot: Lullabots Coming to DrupalCon Vienna

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Several of our Lullabots and the team from our sister company, Drupalize.me, are about to descend upon the City of Music to present seven kick-ass sessions to the Drupal community in the EU. There will be a cornucopia of topics presented — from softer human-centric topics such as imposter syndrome to more technical topics such as Decoupled Drupal. So, if you're headed to DrupalCon Vienna next week, be sure to eat plenty of Sachertorte, drink lots of Ottakringer, and check out these sessions that will Rock You Like Amadeus:

Contenta - Drupal’s API Distribution Tuesday, September 26, 10:45-11:45

Sally Young, Cristina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner

Contenta is a decoupled Drupal distribution that has many examples of various front-ends available as best practices guides. Lullabot Senior Technical Architect Sally Young, Christina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner will bring you up to speed on the latest Contenta developments, including its current features and roadmap. You will also get a tour of Contenta’s possibilities that come with reference applications that implement the out-of-the-box initiative’s cooking recipe.

Automated Testing 101 Tuesday, September 26th, 10:45 - 11:45

Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez

Lullabot Developer, Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez, will explore the current state of test automation and present the most useful tools that provide testing capabilities for security, accessibility, performance, scaling, and more. Zequi will also give you advice on the best strategies to implement automated testing for your application, and how to cover relevant aspects of your software.

Get Started with Voice User Interfaces Tuesday, September 26th, 15:45pm - 16:45pm Amber Himes Matz

Drupalize.me Production Manager & Trainer, Amber Himes Matz, will survey the current state of voice and conversational interface APIs with an eye toward global language support. She’ll cover services including Alexa, Google, and Cortana by examining their distinct features and the devices, platforms, interactions, and spoken languages they support. If you’re looking for a better understanding of the voice and conversational interface services landscape, ideas on how to approach the voice UI design process, an understanding of concepts and terminology related to voice interaction, and ways to get started, this is the right session for you - complete with a demo!

Breaking the Myths of the Rockstar Developer Wednesday, September 27th, 10:45 - 11:45

Juan Olalla Olmo & Salvador Molina

Lullabot Developer, Juan Olalla Olmo, and Salvador Molina will share their experiences and explore the areas and attitudes that can help everyone become better professionals by embracing who they are and ultimately empower others to do the same. This inspiring session aims to help you grow professionally and provide more value at work by focusing on fostering the human relationships and growing as people.

Juan gave this presentation internally at Lullabot’s recent Design and Development Retreat. It was a highlight that sparked a lively conversation.

Virtual Reality on the Web - Overview and "How-to" Demo Wednesday, September 27th, 13:35 - 14:00

Wes Ruvalcaba

Want to make your own virtual reality experiences? Lullabot Senior Front-end Developer Wes Ruvalcaba will show you how. Starting with an overview of VR (and AR) concepts, technologies, and what its uses are, Wes will also demo and share code examples of VR websites we’ve made at Lullabot. You’ll also get an intro to A-Frame and Wes will explain how you can get started.

Thursday Keynote - Everyone Has Something to Share Thursday, September 28th, 9:00 - 10:15

Joe Shindelar

We’re especially proud of Drupalize.me's Joe Shindelar for being selected to give the Community Keynote. If you’ve been around Drupal for a while, it’s likely you’ve either met or learned from Joe. In this session, Joe will reflect on 10 years of both successfully and unsuccessfully engaging with the community. By doing so he hopes to help others learn about what they have to share, and the benefits of doing so. This is important because sharing:

  • Creates diversity, both of thought and culture
  • Builds people up, helps them realize their potential, and enriches our community
  • Fosters connections, and makes you, as an individual, smarter
  • Creates opportunities for yourself and others
  • Feels all warm and fuzzy
Making Content Editors Happy in Drupal 8 with Entity Browser Thursday, September 28th, 14:15 - 15:15

Marcos Cano

Lullabot Developer Marcos Cano will be presenting on Entity Browser, which is a Drupal 8 contrib module created to upload multiple images/files at once, select and re-use an image/file already present on the server, and more. In this session Marcos will:

  • Explain the basic architecture of the module, and how to take advantage of its plugin-based approach to extend and customize it
  • See how to configure it from scratch to solve different use-cases, including some pitfalls that often occur in that process
  • Check what we can copy or re-use from other contrib modules
  • Explore some possible integrations with other parts of the media ecosystem

See you next week in Wien!

Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: DrupalCon Vienna sessions you don't want to miss

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There will be a lot of sessions on DrupalCon Vienna. That's nothing new to be fair. DrupalCons are the biggest Drupal events, so you don't catch all the sessions you want. Therefore, we have made a short list of the sessions you don't want to miss. We hope it will help you. But before looking at it, it's fair to say that the Business sessions were excluded because we have already presented them on the other occasion. Moreover, our commercial director Iztok Smolic was directly involved in selecting them, so if we pointed out any session from the business track, you may have argued about the… READ MORE

Bay Area Drupal Camp: 10 Things to Make Your BADCamp ROCK!

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10 Things to Make Your BADCamp ROCK! Anne Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:24pm

Here’s a list of the 10 important tips and tricks to help make your sure you have a magical BADCamp experience.

BADCamp is sure to be a great event. Tickets are FREE. Register today!

1. Wear Good, Comfortable Shoes

If you want to have a great time the whole time you’re at BADCamp, we STRONGLY recommend wearing shoes that are comfortable but give you lots of support. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun stuff we have planned because you have to take a break to rest your poor tootsies. Don’t wear brand new shoes either and you might want to also get insoles.

2. Dress in Layers

October in Berkeley is beautiful, but let’s face it, room temperatures are unpredictable. For this reason, bring a hoodie (or donate to get a special edition 2017 BADCamp hoodie) that you can throw on and/or take off as the climate requires. The historical average for that time of year is in the mid 70’s (about 22 – 25 Celsius).

3. Plan Your Schedule

Are you coming to learn specific skills? Check out the training classes, summits and sessions available and create your own schedule.

Do you want to find a new employer? Check out the job board and sponsors expo to meet awesome Drupal shops

Who do you want to meet with while you are at BADCamp? A famous podcaster or module maintainer? Find out who is coming on the attendee list and reach out to connect. Magical moments are frequent at BADCamp

4. Bring a Laptop

If you want to get the most out of your BADCamp experience, be sure to bring a laptop. You will want to follow along and try some of the cool things the presenters show you. Bring a notepad too. Sometimes getting to an outlet to charge your laptop can be tricky. So that you don’t forget something important while your laptop charges, bring a notebook or notepad and a pen and take some notes.

5. Bring a Water Bottle/Travel Mug

There will be water fountains and FREE coffee/tea. Bringing a refillable water bottle means that you can stay focused on what you’re doing longer and get the most out of the sessions you're attending. Not to mention, using a water bottle instead of buying bottles of water is far better for the environment.

6. Bring Chargers for ALL your Devices and a Mobile Charger

There’s nothing worse than being out and about with a dead phone/tablet/laptop. Bring chargers for all of the devices you intend to use at BADCamp. If you use a battery-operated mouse (or wireless remote for presenting), bringing an extra set of batteries couldn’t hurt either. Even if you don’t end up needing them, you could find yourself with a new friend when you share those extra batteries with someone in need.

7. Bring Business Cards

Make it easy to connect! You will meet lots of great people and some of them you will want to keep in touch with. Get in the habit of giving out a card when you meet someone.

8. Condense your Stuff

You will walk around campus, so a lighter load is ideal. Plus you will want room for SWAG!  Condense your backpack down. Pro Tip: Get a small tote or even a Ziploc bag to stick all of your conference swag in. That way all of the stickers and little bits and pieces are in one bag that you can stick in your luggage at the end of the conference.

9. Bring a Pair of Headphones

As much as we all want to be able to unplug from our jobs and just focus on the sessions, it’s not always possible. Sometimes you have to put your nose to the grindstone and get some work done. If you’re the type that needs to listen to some music while you work, bring along a pair of earbuds so that you can focus and not disturb others around you.

10. Bring a Friend

While not required, having a friend tag along with you can make for a memorable BADCamp experience. If you’re like me and you’re road tripping to BADCamp, think of all of the awesome photos, sing-a-longs, and weird roadside attractions that you’ll see and get to enjoy together. If you’re flying, it’s always nice to have a travel buddy to keep you company while you’re waiting at the airport during the inevitable layover.

Pro Tip: Don’t use your buddy as a reason to shut out others. Go in with an open mind and you’re sure to find another new friend (or friends!) to share the experience with.

BADCamp is sure to be a great event. Tickets are FREE. Register today!

Drupal Planet

Lullabots Coming to DrupalCon Vienna

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Several of our Lullabots and the team from our sister company, Drupalize.me, are about to descend upon the City of Music to present seven kick-ass sessions to the Drupal community in the EU. There will be a cornucopia of topics presented — from softer human-centric topics such as imposter syndrome to more technical topics such as Decoupled Drupal. So, if you're headed to DrupalCon Vienna next week, be sure to eat plenty of Sachertorte, drink lots of Ottakringer, and check out these sessions that will Rock You Like Amadeus:

Contenta - Drupal’s API Distribution Tuesday, September 26, 10:45-11:45

Sally Young, Cristina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner

Contenta is a decoupled Drupal distribution that has many examples of various front-ends available as best practices guides. Lullabot Senior Technical Architect Sally Young, Christina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner will bring you up to speed on the latest Contenta developments, including its current features and roadmap. You will also get a tour of Contenta’s possibilities that come with reference applications that implement the out-of-the-box initiative’s cooking recipe.

Automated Testing 101 Tuesday, September 26th, 10:45 - 11:45

Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez

Lullabot Developer, Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez, will explore the current state of test automation and present the most useful tools that provide testing capabilities for security, accessibility, performance, scaling, and more. Zequi will also give you advice on the best strategies to implement automated testing for your application, and how to cover relevant aspects of your software.

Get Started with Voice User Interfaces Tuesday, September 26th, 15:45 - 16:45

Amber Himes Matz

Drupalize.me Production Manager & Trainer, Amber Himes Matz, will survey the current state of voice and conversational interface APIs with an eye toward global language support. She’ll cover services including Alexa, Google, and Cortana by examining their distinct features and the devices, platforms, interactions, and spoken languages they support. If you’re looking for a better understanding of the voice and conversational interface services landscape, ideas on how to approach the voice UI design process, an understanding of concepts and terminology related to voice interaction, and ways to get started, this is the right session for you - complete with a demo!

Breaking the Myths of the Rockstar Developer Wednesday, September 27th, 10:45 - 11:45

Juan Olalla Olmo & Salvador Molina

Lullabot Developer, Juan Olalla Olmo, and Salvador Molina will share their experiences and explore the areas and attitudes that can help everyone become better professionals by embracing who they are and ultimately empower others to do the same. This inspiring session aims to help you grow professionally and provide more value at work by focusing on fostering the human relationships and growing as people.

Juan gave this presentation internally at Lullabot’s recent Design and Development Retreat. It was a highlight that sparked a lively conversation.

Virtual Reality on the Web - Overview and "How-to" Demo Wednesday, September 27th, 13:35 - 14:00

Wes Ruvalcaba

Want to make your own virtual reality experiences? Lullabot Senior Front-end Developer Wes Ruvalcaba will show you how. Starting with an overview of VR (and AR) concepts, technologies, and what its uses are, Wes will also demo and share code examples of VR websites we’ve made at Lullabot. You’ll also get an intro to A-Frame and Wes will explain how you can get started.

Thursday Keynote - Everyone Has Something to Share Thursday, September 28th, 9:00 - 10:15

Joe Shindelar

We’re especially proud of Drupalize.me's Joe Shindelar for being selected to give the Community Keynote. If you’ve been around Drupal for a while, it’s likely you’ve either met or learned from Joe. In this session, Joe will reflect on 10 years of both successfully and unsuccessfully engaging with the community. By doing so he hopes to help others learn about what they have to share, and the benefits of doing so. This is important because sharing:

  • Creates diversity, both of thought and culture
  • Builds people up, helps them realize their potential, and enriches our community
  • Fosters connections, and makes you, as an individual, smarter
  • Creates opportunities for yourself and others
  • Feels all warm and fuzzy
Making Content Editors Happy in Drupal 8 with Entity Browser Thursday, September 28th, 14:15 - 15:15

Marcos Cano

Lullabot Developer Marcos Cano will be presenting on Entity Browser, which is a Drupal 8 contrib module created to upload multiple images/files at once, select and re-use an image/file already present on the server, and more. In this session Marcos will:

  • Explain the basic architecture of the module, and how to take advantage of its plugin-based approach to extend and customize it
  • See how to configure it from scratch to solve different use-cases, including some pitfalls that often occur in that process
  • Check what we can copy or re-use from other contrib modules
  • Explore some possible integrations with other parts of the media ecosystem

See you next week in Wien!

Lullabot: Lullabots Coming to DrupalCon Vienna

Planet Drupal -

Several of our Lullabots and the team from our sister company, Drupalize.me, are about to descend upon the City of Music to present seven kick-ass sessions to the Drupal community in the EU. There will be a cornucopia of topics presented — from softer human-centric topics such as imposter syndrome to more technical topics such as Decoupled Drupal. So, if you're headed to DrupalCon Vienna next week, be sure to eat plenty of Sachertorte, drink lots of Ottakringer, and check out these sessions that will Rock You Like Amadeus:

Contenta - Drupal’s API Distribution Tuesday, September 26, 10:45-11:45

Sally Young, Cristina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner

Contenta is a decoupled Drupal distribution that has many examples of various front-ends available as best practices guides. Lullabot Senior Technical Architect Sally Young, Christina Chumillas, and Daniel Wehner will bring you up to speed on the latest Contenta developments, including its current features and roadmap. You will also get a tour of Contenta’s possibilities that come with reference applications that implement the out-of-the-box initiative’s cooking recipe.

Automated Testing 101 Tuesday, September 26th, 10:45 - 11:45

Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez

Lullabot Developer, Ezequiel “Zequi” Vázquez, will explore the current state of test automation and present the most useful tools that provide testing capabilities for security, accessibility, performance, scaling, and more. Zequi will also give you advice on the best strategies to implement automated testing for your application, and how to cover relevant aspects of your software.

Get Started with Voice User Interfaces Tuesday, September 26th, 15:45 - 16:45

Amber Himes Matz

Drupalize.me Production Manager & Trainer, Amber Himes Matz, will survey the current state of voice and conversational interface APIs with an eye toward global language support. She’ll cover services including Alexa, Google, and Cortana by examining their distinct features and the devices, platforms, interactions, and spoken languages they support. If you’re looking for a better understanding of the voice and conversational interface services landscape, ideas on how to approach the voice UI design process, an understanding of concepts and terminology related to voice interaction, and ways to get started, this is the right session for you - complete with a demo!

Breaking the Myths of the Rockstar Developer Wednesday, September 27th, 10:45 - 11:45

Juan Olalla Olmo & Salvador Molina

Lullabot Developer, Juan Olalla Olmo, and Salvador Molina will share their experiences and explore the areas and attitudes that can help everyone become better professionals by embracing who they are and ultimately empower others to do the same. This inspiring session aims to help you grow professionally and provide more value at work by focusing on fostering the human relationships and growing as people.

Juan gave this presentation internally at Lullabot’s recent Design and Development Retreat. It was a highlight that sparked a lively conversation.

Virtual Reality on the Web - Overview and "How-to" Demo Wednesday, September 27th, 13:35 - 14:00

Wes Ruvalcaba

Want to make your own virtual reality experiences? Lullabot Senior Front-end Developer Wes Ruvalcaba will show you how. Starting with an overview of VR (and AR) concepts, technologies, and what its uses are, Wes will also demo and share code examples of VR websites we’ve made at Lullabot. You’ll also get an intro to A-Frame and Wes will explain how you can get started.

Thursday Keynote - Everyone Has Something to Share Thursday, September 28th, 9:00 - 10:15

Joe Shindelar

We’re especially proud of Drupalize.me's Joe Shindelar for being selected to give the Community Keynote. If you’ve been around Drupal for a while, it’s likely you’ve either met or learned from Joe. In this session, Joe will reflect on 10 years of both successfully and unsuccessfully engaging with the community. By doing so he hopes to help others learn about what they have to share, and the benefits of doing so. This is important because sharing:

  • Creates diversity, both of thought and culture
  • Builds people up, helps them realize their potential, and enriches our community
  • Fosters connections, and makes you, as an individual, smarter
  • Creates opportunities for yourself and others
  • Feels all warm and fuzzy
Making Content Editors Happy in Drupal 8 with Entity Browser Thursday, September 28th, 14:15 - 15:15

Marcos Cano

Lullabot Developer Marcos Cano will be presenting on Entity Browser, which is a Drupal 8 contrib module created to upload multiple images/files at once, select and re-use an image/file already present on the server, and more. In this session Marcos will:

  • Explain the basic architecture of the module, and how to take advantage of its plugin-based approach to extend and customize it
  • See how to configure it from scratch to solve different use-cases, including some pitfalls that often occur in that process
  • Check what we can copy or re-use from other contrib modules
  • Explore some possible integrations with other parts of the media ecosystem

See you next week in Wien!

Drupal Voices is Back!

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Drupal Voices is being revived and rebranded. We have a new name, an improved format, and some amazing interviews with members of the community.

Mediacurrent: The Race for Mobile Traffic: Facebook Instant Articles, AMP, Apple News, and the Responsive Web

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If you haven’t heard, Facebook’s often-criticized Instant Articles service recently received an update to support publishing to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP for brevity) and Apple News (still not supported as of the publishing of this article) all at once. At first glance this seems like big news—Facebook is one of the big three mobile content delivery platforms—this will obviously push some traffic to its competitors’ services.

myDropWizard.com: Agencies: How to Turn Micro-Tracking Off and Profit-Making On!

Planet Drupal -

All businesses have to track their income and expenses. That's the most fundamental axiom of business. We've all learned to think about this in terms of time or "billable hours" After-all, we track our success based on how many billable hours we either get paid or "save".

Is that working for you perfectly?

WTH is "Micro-Tracking" and Why is it Terrible?

I define "micro-tracking" as the "micro-managing of time and resources". We see a few things wrong with "micro-tracking" - specifically for support - but possibly other business expenses.

Do you bill clients by the minute? Even the hour?

It's almost always a terrible idea to watch the clock for support!

Below I'll attempt to outline a few of the downsides...

Dries Buytaert: Announcing Node.js on Acquia Cloud

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Today, Acquia announced that it expanded Acquia Cloud to support Node.js, the popular open-source JavaScript runtime. This is a big milestone for Acquia as it is the first time we have extended our cloud beyond Drupal. I wanted to take some time to explain the evolution of Acquia's open-source stack and why this shift is important for our customers' success.

From client-side JavaScript to server-side JavaScript

JavaScript was created at Netscape in 1995, when Brendan Eich wrote the first version of JavaScript in just 10 days. It took around 10 years for JavaScript to reach enterprise maturity, however. Adoption accelerated in 2004 when Google used JavaScript to build the first release of Gmail. In comparison to e-mail competitors like Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, Gmail showed what was possible with client-side JavaScript, which enables developers to update pages dynamically and reduces full-page refreshes and round trips to the server. The benefit is an improved user experience that is usually faster, more dynamic in its behavior, and generally more application-like.

In 2009, Google invented the V8 JavaScript engine, which was embedded into its Chrome browser to make both Gmail and Google Maps faster. Ryan Dahl used the V8 run-time as the foundation of Node.js, which enabled server-side JavaScript, breaking the language out of the boundaries of the browser. Node.js is event-driven and provides asynchronous, non-blocking I/O — things that help developers build modern web applications, especially those with real-time capabilities and streamed data. It ushered in the era of isomorphic applications, which means that JavaScript applications can now share code between the client side and server side. The introduction of Node.js has spurred a JavaScript renaissance and contributed to the popularity of JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS, Ember and React.

Acquia's investment in Headless Drupal

In the web development world, few trends are spreading more rapidly than decoupled architectures using JavaScript frameworks and headless CMS. Decoupled architectures are gaining prominence because architects are looking to take advantage of other front-end technologies, most commonly JavaScript based front ends, in addition to those native to Drupal.

Acquia has been investing in the development of headless Drupal for nearly five years, when we began contributing to the addition of web service APIs to Drupal core. A year ago, we released Waterwheel, an ecosystem of software development kits (SDKs) that enables developers to build Drupal-backed applications in JavaScript and Swift, without needing extensive Drupal expertise. This summer, we released Reservoir, a Drupal distribution for decoupled Drupal. Over the past year, Acquia has helped to support a variety of headless architectures, with and without Node.js. While not always required, Node.js is often used alongside of a headless Drupal application to provide server-side rendering of JavaScript applications or real-time capabilities.

Managed Node.js on Acquia Cloud

Previously, if an organization wanted to build a decoupled architecture with Node.js, it was not able to host the Node.js application on Acquia Cloud. This means that the organization would have to run Node.js with a separate vendor. In many instances, this requires organizations to monitor, troubleshoot and patch the infrastructure supporting the Node.js application of their own accord. Separating the management of the Node.js application and Drupal back end not only introduces a variety of complexities, including security risk and governance challenges, but it also creates operational strain. Organizations must rely on two vendors, two support teams, and multiple contacts to build decoupled applications using Drupal and Node.js.

To eliminate this inefficiency, Acquia Cloud can now support both Drupal and Node.js. Our goal is to offer the best platform for developing and running Drupal and Node.js applications. This means that organizations only need to rely on one vendor and one cloud infrastructure when using Drupal and Node.js. Customers can access Drupal and Node.js environments from a single user interface, in addition to tools that enable continuous delivery, continuous integration, monitoring, alerting and support across both Drupal and Node.js.

On Acquia Cloud, customers can access Drupal and Node.js environments from a single user interface. Delivering on Acquia's mission

When reflecting on Acquia's first decade this past summer, I shared that one of the original corporate values our small team dreamed up was to "empower everyone to rapidly assemble killer websites". After ten years, we've evolved our mission to "build the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences". While our focus has expanded as we've grown, Acquia's enduring aim is to provide our customers with the best tools available. Adding Node.js to Acquia Cloud is a natural evolution of our mission.

Drupal core announcements: Core topic discussions at DrupalCon Vienna

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DrupalCon Vienna includes a full track of core conversations where you can learn about current topics in Drupal core development, and a week of sprints where you can participate in shaping Drupal's future.

In addition to the core conversations, we have a few meetings on specific topics for future core development. These meetings will be very focused, so contact the listed organizer for each if you are interested in participating. There are also birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, which are open to all attendees without notice.

Time Topic Organizer Monday, 25 Sep, 13:00 Coding standards fails and automated interdiffs on Drupal.org xjm Tuesday, 26 Sep, 12:00 Media initiative (BoF) chr.fritsch Tuesday, 26 Sep, 15:45 Out of the Box initiative (BoF) kjay Tuesday, 26 Sep, 17:00 Composer bojanz Wednesday, 27 Sep, 11:30 Workflows initiative dixon_ Wednesday, 27 Sep, 14:30 JavaScript drpal, nod_ Friday, 29 Sep, 11:30 API-first initiative Wim Leers Friday, 29 Sep, 13:00 Migrate initiative Gábor Hojtsy

Also be sure to watch Dries' keynote for ideas about Drupal's future!

#FuerzaMexico: A way to help Mexico Earthquake victims

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Photo Credit: United Nations Photo (Flickr)

On September 19, 1985 Mexico City was hit with the most damaging earthquake in its history. Yesterday -exactly 32 years later- Mexico’s capital and neighbouring areas were hit again by a large earthquake that caused significant damage. While the scale of the destruction is still being assessed, countless people passed away and the lives of many have been disrupted. Today, many heroes are on the streets focusing on recovery and relief.

We at Cloudflare want to make it easy for people to help out those affected in central Mexico. The Mexico Earthquake app will allow visitors to your site to donate to one of the charities helping those impacted.

The Mexico Earthquake App takes two clicks to install and requires no code change. The charities listed are two well respected organizations that are on the ground helping people now.

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If you wanted to add your own custom list of charities for disaster relief or other causes, feel free to fork the source of this app and make your own.

#FuerzaMéxico: Una manera de apoyar a los damnificados del SismoMX

El 19 de septiembre de 1985 la Ciudad de México fue afectada por uno de los peores sismos en su historia. Ayer - exactamente 32 años después - la CDMX y áreas circunvecinas fueron afectadas por otro fuerte sismo. Aunque la escala de la destrucción todavía no se conoce a fondo, muchísimas personas han sufrido daños. Miles de héroes mexicanos se enfocan en búsqueda, rescate y reconstrucción.

En Cloudflare queremos poner nuestro granito de arena y asegurarnos que los donativos para los afectados puedan llegar de forma fácil. Nuestra app Mexico Earthquake permitirá a aquellos que visitan tu sitio web que donen a asociaciones civiles que apoyan a los damnificados.

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Si quieres agregar otras organizaciones y/o caridades, puedes modificar el código fuente disponible aquí.

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