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VIM + snipMate and Drupal

on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 16:27

I just happened across a very cool little tool the other day for developing code.

Leaving sh*t around for others to clean up

on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 07:34

Somedays I walk through my house and it looks as though a bomb has gone off, or a tornado has hit. There are shoes on the floor as though someone left them in mid-step, jackets thrown all over the place, backpacks and papers here and there. In the morning there are cereal bowls left at the table, but nobody around to eat the cereal soaking up the milk that’s left there.

Drush site alias groups

on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 19:08

Continuing from the last blog where we started using aliases for drush, we are going to group aliases together as keep things organized. Using our example from last time we could build aliases for a development, staging and live site so we can use commands such as drush sql-sync @live @stage to sync up the database from the live site to the staging site. This is a great idea but what happens when we take on another project such as herdrupalsite.com.

Drush site aliases

on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 10:28

You may already know that Drush is a great tool for maintaining your Drupal install or project. We are going to make things a bit easier through the use of aliasing. Aliasing allows us to go from
drush --uri="mydrupalsite.com" --root="/var/www/mds" status
to something simple like
drush @mds status

Installing Drupal with Drush

on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 12:09

This is a short introduction to installing Drupal with Drush in which we will start with an empty directory, download Drupal and change the default theme.

First you will need Drush installed. Installation of Drush is beyond the scope of this post but you can go to the project page or here. I currently have Drush version 4.4 installed for this post. You can check your version by typing
drush --version

Drush one liner

on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 06:46

I've been playing around with node.js a bit lately and ran across their package manager. Sure it's not as powerful as drush but it's got a really nice and simple install and it got me thinking of the steps required to install drush. Sure there aren't many (Download Drush. Make sure it gets to the right dir. Make sure you add the link or aliases so you can call it easily) and you can even use git to do it.

new interface design for the web

on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 14:44

Let me first start out by saying I am not a UI/UX designer but I do think about usability design quite often as I'm trolling through the Internet.

Fixing accidentally merging to master (instead of develop) branch

on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 17:33

Recently a friend ran into an issue where the branch they thought they were working on was the development branch when in fact it was the master branch. She was asking how to get the changes she had just made, back into the development branch since they were on the master. Since these branches had been at the same commit prior to the work she had done the solution was simple, checkout the development branch and run git merge master and this solved her issue.

Drupal.org issue queue and how to use it.

on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 23:14

At the DBUG meetup tonight we spoke about the issue queue on Drupal.org and how to use it. jyee and sreynen walked everyone through a theoretical case where a contributer and a user interact through the issues queue in order to resolve an issue. Though it was fun to watch as they went back and forth posting an issue to posting a patch to finally closing the issue there were some key things to keep in mind regarding the issue queue.

Drupal wants to be fast. or What Aaron learned today

on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 16:41

Today I took a class on Drupal Performance and Scalability and learned the following.

Drupal is slow

Out of the box it is. If you are running a Drupal site out of the box with no configuration changes and no caching set, your users are suffering. Sure you don't have to feel the pain because you aren't going to your own site everyday, but eventually you are going to feel the pain because your users are leaving your site and not returning.

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