Mark your calendars, next year MidCamp is St. Patrick's day weekend, March 14–17, 2019. Join us for the fun and add "saw the river dyed green" to "learned all the things".
MidCamp 2018 is in the books, and we couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks to our trainers, trainees, volunteers, organizers, sprinters, venue hosts, sponsors, speakers, and of course, attendees for making this year's camp a success.Videos are up
By the time you read this, we'll have 100% of the session's recordings from camp up on our YouTube Channel. Find all the sessions you missed, share your own session around, and spread the word. While you're there, check out our list of other camps who also have a huge video library to learn from.Tell us what you thought
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The Maestro Workflow Engine for Drupal 8 is now available as a Beta download! It has been many months of development to move Maestro out of the D7 environment to a more D8 integrated structure and we think the changes made will benefit both the end user and developer. This post is the first of many on Maestro for D8, which will give an overview of the module and provide a starting point for those regardless of previous Maestro experience.
We've put together a Maestro overview video introducing you to Maestro for Drupal 8. Maestro is a workflow engine that allows you to create and automate a sequence of tasks representing any business process. Our business workflow engine has existed in various forms since 2003 and through many years of refinements, it was released for Drupal 7 in 2010.
If it can be flow-charted, then it can be automated
Now, with the significant updates for Drupal 8, maestro was has been rewritten to take advantage of the Drupal 8 core improvements and module development best practices. Maestro now provides a tighter integration with native views and entity support.
Maestro is a solution to automate business workflow which typically include the movement of documents or forms for editing and review/approval. A business process that would require conditional tests - ie: IF this Then that.
This is the first in a series of articles that will document lessons learned while exploring using Ember as a decoupled client with Drupal.
You will need to have Ember CLI installed and a local Drupal 8 (local development assumed). This initial series of articles is based on Ember 2.14 and Drupal 8.3.5 but my initial development was over 6 months ago with earlier versions of both Ember so this should work if you have an earlier ember 2.11 or so installed.
You should read this excellent series of articles written by Preston So of Acquia on using Ember with Drupal that provides a great background and introduction to Ember and Drupal.
Templates and tasks make up the basic building blocks of a Maestro workflow. Maestro requires a workflow template to be created by an administrator. When called upon to do so, Maestro will put the template into "production" and will follow the logic in the template until completion. The definitions of in-production and template are important as they are the defining points for important jargon in Maestro. Simply put, templates are the workflow patterns that define logic, flow and variables. Processes are templates that are being executed which then have process variables and assigned tasks in a queue.
Once created, a workflow template allows the Maestro engine to follow a predefined set of steps in order to automate your business process. When put into production, the template's tasks are executed by the Maestro engine or end users in your system. This blog post defines what templates and tasks are, and some of the terms associated with them.
This is part 2 of our series on developing a Decoupled Drupal Client Application with Ember. If you haven't yet read Part 1, it would be best to review Part1 first, as this article continues on with adding authentication and login form to our application. Shortly, we will explore how to create a new article but for that we will need to have authentication working so that we can pass in our credentials when posting our new article.
The Maestro Engine is the mechanism responsible for executing a workflow template by assigning tasks to actors, executing tasks for the engine and providing all of the other logic and glue functionality to run a workflow. The maestro module is the core module in the Maestro ecosystem and is the module that houses the template, variable, assignment, queue and process schema. The maestro module also provides the Maestro API for which developers can interact with the engine to do things such as setting/getting process variables, start processes, move the queue along among many other things.
As noted in the preamble for our Maestro D8 Concepts Part 1: Templates and Tasks post, there is jargon used within Maestro to define certain aspects of the engine and data. The major terms are as follows:
This is part 3 of the Maestro for Drupal 8 blog series, defining and documenting the various aspects of the Maestro workflow engine. Please see Part 1 for information on Maestro's Templates and Tasks, and Part 2 for the Maestro's workflow engine internals. This post will help workflow administrators understand why Maestro for Drupal 8's validation engine warns about the potential for loopback conditions known as "Regeneration".
Many organization still struggle with the strain of manual processes that touch critical areas of the business. And these manual processes could be costlier that you think. It’s not just profit that may be slipping away but employee moral, innovation, competitiveness and so much more.
By automating routine tasks you can increase workflow efficiency, which in turn can free up staff for higher value work, driving down costs and boosting revenue. And it may be easier to achieve productivity gains simpler, faster, and with less risk that you may assume.
Most companies with manual work processes have been refining them for years, yet they may still not be efficient because they are not automated. So the question to ask is, “can I automate my current processes?”.