Editor's Pick | Vol. 1 | Issue. 42

Break the Cage, Spread the Wings, Soar High!

Birds flying
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Dear Readers,

"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Film maker.

Literally? I doubt that. This quote by Alejandro Jodorowsky cannot be interpreted literally but metaphorically. It symbolizes the constraints and learned limitations prevalent in the human experience. The notion suggests that individuals accustomed to restrictive environments or societal norms may perceive natural behaviors as abnormal, not unlike the metaphorical birds in Alejandro Jodorowsky's insight.

Consider the story of a canary long confined within a cage. Upon release into the open, the canary might initially be intimidated by the freedom of the vast skies that other birds effortlessly navigate. Yet, in time, the canary adapts, spreads its wings, and takes flight. However, for us—humans like you and me—breaking free from our own mental and societal confines might not be as simple. This story illustrates how conditioning and familiarity with constraints can distort our perception of what's natural or possible. Some of us are like sharks; we only grow as big as our environment, and if it's a cage, we will forever remain caged. But once you break that shackle and find your niche, the growth can be monumental.

In a digital platform ecosystem, Drupal stands as a symbol of liberation from constraints, like the canary breaking free from its cage. In an ecosystem where popular software programs followed rigid and closed systems, Drupal was born to offer an open space for innovation and creativity. In website development, individuals constrained by traditional systems often face challenges when presented with the freedom and flexibility that Drupal offers.

Similar to the canary initially intimidated by the vast open sky, newcomers to Drupal may feel overwhelmed by its seemingly boundless possibilities. However, just as the canary adapts and embraces the open skies, individuals within the Drupal community, although initially daunted, flourish as they navigate and harness the platform's versatility.

Remember, the growth can be tremendous, but only if one breaks the shackles of constraints that hold them down.

On that note, we delve into last week's vibrant stories from The Drop Times (TDT):

DrupalCon Lille's echoes continue to resound within the Drupal Community, and TDT extends its gratitude for the overwhelming support received during our coverage. Despite numerous hurdles, particularly conducting our reporting remotely, The Drop Times embraced the challenge with ambition and soared high. Here's a recount of our successful execution of DrupalCon Lille coverage, "Way to Lille: How TDT Remotely Covered DrupalCon Lille 2023."

Throughout the week, attendees and organizations shared their invaluable feedback and experiences from DrupalCon Lille 2023. Tigin Öztürk, Irina Povjakel, SearchStax, SystemSeed, and ZenSource generously shared personal insights and event summaries. Furthermore, Scott Massey from Morpht discussed key strategies and challenges for Drupal migration in the light of Driesnote. Acquia conducted a webinar on DrupalCon Lille recap on November 02, 2023.

A new platform, "Innovation Ideas," emerged within the Drupal community, drawing inspiration from the successful Pitch-Burgh Innovation Contest. Our sub-editor, Elma John, conversed with Ricardo Marcelino to explore this initiative further.

TDT compiled a list of books aimed at decoding Drupal. Whether you're a developer or a marketer, these books have you covered.

The conclusion of Drupal GovCon Bethesda 2023 was marked with success. The Splash Awards and Drupal Business Day in Mannheim, Germany, set for November 10, will feature 28 selected Drupal projects competing across eight categories.

Notably, Drupal's debut appearance at Web Summit Lisbon and the forthcoming LocalGov Drupal Week 2023 are anticipated milestones for the Drupal community. TDT has also published a list of events within the Drupal Community for the week.

With the transition of Drupal 9 reaching its end of life on November 01, the focus has now shifted to Drupal 10 compatibility. Meanwhile, as Drupal 7 perseveres, Kristen Pol's recent blog post, shared by QuantCDN, navigates through the history of Drupal 7 and explores the available end-of-life (EOL) options. Tag1 Consultancy commenced a series on Scary Drupal migration stories featuring Janez Urevc in the past week.

On the security front, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) issued an advisory for Drupal on November 02, 2023, regarding a vulnerability affecting various operating systems and the Drupal content management system. Simultaneously, a security update for the Paragraphs admin module in Drupal addressed a moderate risk vulnerability. Vallic has shared a blog post on simplifying Drupal updates using GitHub Actions.

A growing momentum within the Drupal community highlights DDEV as the official local development environment for Drupal, as outlined by Kevin Quillen in a recent blog post. Furthermore, The Argyle Report spotlighted the thriving global Drupal Development Service industry, presenting insights from a new report by Global Market Vision titled 'Global Drupal Development Service Market: Size, Share, Price, Trends, Report, and Forecast 2023-2030'.

Several articles addressed the optimization of Drupal sites, focusing on fundamental SEO practices by Otatech and security checklists by Firas Gunhaim. Reuben Walker, in Dev, recently compared Symfony Flex's Recipes and Drupal's emerging Recipes Initiative, examining their respective functionalities and operational frameworks. The latest article by Golems gives an outlook into the future of Drupal themes.

This encapsulates the highlights from The Drop Times. We invite you to share any suggestions, contributions, or feedback, as we sincerely value your engagement within our community. Thank you for being part of this journey. Until our next edition, keep exploring, sharing, and embracing the power of knowledge!

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Warm Regards,
Alka Elizabeth
Sub-editor, The Drop Times