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…

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…

DrupalSouth Wellington 2014

DrupalSouth, over the weekend of the 14th-16th February 2014 was another occurrence of the annual series of larger scale antipodean Drupal meet ups. Decision makers, developers, sysadmins project managers and more from all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond came to Wellington in the North Island to learn about and…

Acquia and Drupal in APAC

The original timestamp on this post was back in April, shortly after I started with Acquia. However, as has been the case with a number of my commitments, I'm only getting round to writing this now. An entirely non-technical article, I decided I'd like to get some thoughts down on…

When APC appears to fail Drupal

There are quite a large number of resources on the internet that exist due to the error that springs up on Drupal sites with APC enabled: Cannot redeclare class insertquery_mysql in /path/to/drupal/includes/database/database.inc on line 1774.Whilst many of them provide work arounds like…

Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge; without me to talk over it, there aren't a huge amount of words to explain Varnish more…

Using git & drush to win at workflow

As a sole developer or even as part of a small team (2-5 developers), setting up a development workflow seems on the face of it like a waste of time. Every minute that you're configuring version control, writing backup scripts, manicuring new environments, or simply tagging and pushing code around…

Best practices, workflow and how not to break your site

On Friday August 23rd, I was part of a contingent of Acquia employees attending a Drupal conference in my current home city of Canberra. DrupalGov Canberra was a day long event with speakers and attendees from all over Australia. With Drupal already having a strong foothold in the private sector…