Editor's Pick | Vol. 1 | Issue. 41

Do What Makes You Happy

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In a world filled with a cacophony of opinions on how we should live our lives, it's essential to develop a discerning filter. Pay heed to the voices and advice that resonate with your own vision, embracing what aligns with your path while respectfully disregarding the rest. MK Gandhi effortlessly puts it in words,

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

Mahatma Gandhi, Proponent of 'Ahimsa' in Indian Freedom Struggle.

This reminder serves as a compass to guide us through the noisy maze of external expectations. By adopting this approach, we shield ourselves from the risk of losing our sense of self and falling into the trap of living according to others' standards. It empowers us to maintain our focus on personal growth and well-being, preventing the weight of others' opinions from leading us down a path of self-doubt or depression.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Marcus Aurelius, Former Roman Emperor.

Within the vibrant and diverse Drupal community, this reminder echoes with a special resonance. The Drupal community, like the broader world, is a place where a multitude of voices and opinions can sometimes overwhelm individuals. The Drupal community embodies a spirit of collaboration and open-source innovation, where individuals from all walks of life come together to contribute to a common cause. However, amidst this diversity of voices and ideas, it's easy to lose sight of one's unique path and values. In this context, it's crucial for community members to remember such sane voices as they navigate the land of Drupal.

By embracing the notion of prioritizing personal happiness and well-being, community members can strike a balance between embracing the collective wisdom of Drupal and staying true to their own vision. It reminds them to contribute and engage in a way that resonates with their unique strengths and passions, without falling into the trap of conforming to external expectations. In doing so, they can thrive in the Drupal community, finding fulfillment and purpose while contributing to the growth and success of the platform.

Let us look into last week’s stories by The Drop Times (TDT).

A new platform for generating and showcasing ideas within the Drupal community has emerged, drawing inspiration from the successful Pitch-Burgh Innovation Contest named "Innovation Ideas." I had the opportunity to converse with Ricardo Marcelino, one of the minds behind the project, for an insightful article.

Drupal is making strides towards presenting a more unified brand experience for local associations by introducing a shared codebase and theme for localized Drupal websites. At DrupalCon Lille, Binny Thomas, our committed volunteer, had an in-depth live discussion with Esmeralda Tijhoff on the concept of a shared codebase, which was subsequently crafted into an article.

DrupalGovCon, a two-day extravaganza, takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. There is also an extended learning contest as part of this event, sponsored by Drupal4Gov, the NGO organizing the conference, through which you may gain up to 9 Acquia certifications. Join the GovCon for an illuminating session featuring Aten's CEO, Justin Toupin, as he showcases a user-friendly Drag-and-Drop Publisher. Promet Source is providing a free Drupal Crash Course for Non-Developers at the GovCon. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Berlin Drupal User Group Meetup on November 2, 2023. Local Drupal enthusiasts in Minneapolis are gearing up for a networking and discussion opportunity as they prepare for the November 2, Drupal Happy Hour event at Venn Brewing. 

In other great news, if you're considering speaking at DrupalCon Portland 2024, you have more time! The proposal submission deadline has been extended, offering a fantastic opportunity to share your expertise with the Drupal community.

As the end-of-life date for Drupal 9 fast approaches on November 1st, website owners and developers are actively gearing up for the crucial transition to Drupal 10. Annertech provides insights to ensure a smooth shift from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10. 

Drupal 10 is set to be a pioneering force, reshaping the web development landscape not only in 2023 but also in the years to come. Orion Web has thoughtfully compiled a list of Drupal 10's most essential features. Senior Backend Developer Juan Delgado Salmerón recently shared his experience of addressing a critical security issue in a Drupal 7 project through his blog post. Matt Glaman's crucial documentation represents a significant advancement in the development of Retrofit for Drupal. 

In a Halloween-themed conversation, Tag1 Consulting treated their audience to two eerie Drupal migration stories told by Benji Fisher in episode #102 of Tag1 Team Talks, a podcast series hosted by Michael Meyers. Additionally, Vardot has crafted a comprehensive guide for seamlessly integrating GA4 with GTM within Drupal, offering valuable insights for website optimization. RoseHosting provides a comprehensive guide on installing Drupal on Debian 12.

Altudo has introduced an eBook on the key considerations, benefits, and the journey involved in migrating from WordPress to Drupal.

So these are the highlights from TheDropTimes. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions, contributions, or feedback. Thank you for being a part of our community. Until the next edition, keep exploring, sharing, and embracing the power of knowledge! Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

Elma John    
Sub-editor, The DropTimes