Mounting Acquia locally with sshfs

One of the things that I've been working on recently as part of my MBOs with Acquia is related to learning and teaching Drupal 8. My latest self enforced task it to port the SimpleSAMLphp Authentication module and create a new and shiny D8 version. After migrating most of the…

Playing with augeas for fun and profit

Contrary to what Wikipedia says, the Augeas I'm using isn't at all related to the 5th labour of Hercules. Rather, it's a configuration editing tool and Puppet resource type used primarily to alter and control config files. After recently adding control of /root/.my.cnf to the manifests managing all…

Becoming Acquia Backend Specialist Certified

For the most recent Acquia Professional Services All Hands in Boston I took the Acquia Backend Specialist certification and passed! Following the helpful blog articles about the general certification from Tanay Sai and Webchick, I felt it was only responsible to speak about my experience during the backend exam. One…

Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal

With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in. A brief look at this chart from the…

Why Pound is awesome in front of Varnish

We all know Varnish is awesome. I went as far as presenting a topic on Varnish then writing about it. This is a known fact. However, what happens to all that caching goodness when you want to run your entire site over SSL? Out of the box, Varnish doesn't support…

DrupalGov Canberra 2014

To those who know me, the past couple of weeks in my schedule have been fairly jam packed with DrupalGov items. Like an aperture window, each part of the pre-planning stage relies on its neighbour before carefully interlocking in place. DrupalGov Canberra, Asia Pacific and Australia’s only Government centric…

PRD suck

For anyone who is in the process of renting a property in Canberra and are looking at properties advertised by PRDnationwide I'd advise a little caution prior to signing the contract and finalising the deal. Moving InIn around November 2012 I started looking for a new place to rent so…

Tracing errors in Drupal

I get to see a lot of different Drupal issues in my day to day at Acquia. From relatively simple problems that can be fixed with altered configuration, a cache clear or a little custom code, to almost untraceable bugs with roots deep in the Drupal bootstrap; where those debugging…