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…

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…

Strings to my bow

Last week I was lucky enough to gain maintainership of another Drupal module; Block Title Link. As long as there is time in the day and I haven't fallen asleep at my desk I find it hard not to learn something, fix things, break modules and experiment with other people's…

By invitation only

Whether it's for fun, tinkering around or for an actual purpose I like to keep up to date with contrib modules. It gives me the experience to say: There's a module for that!And actually know the module and functionality. It's even cooler when you can say you're a co-maintainer…

Don't mess with files

One thing that's been causing me some issues recently is storing managed files and the effects of changing various properties of them. Since the files have a number of things recorded in the database; changing these properties can have unwanted effects. The file_managed table is where records are stored…

Baader-Meinhof and Drupal

It's a phenomenon that I experience a lot. Once you learn about it and learn the word, you'll more likely than not experience a Baader-Meinhof phenomenon with the actual name of the phenomenon itself! I'm not going to repeat too much what this site says about Baader-Meinhof but I will…

My goodness, my spamness

For any individual or organisation that has a public facing website allowing comments and user interaction spam is a continual problem. Taking a look at some of my watchdog logs for this site over the past few days is probably quite indicative of the sheer volume of spam that even…

GitHub

For the past few years I've been using bitbucket as my git host for personal projects. What I most appreciate about it is the ability to have unlimited private repositories. This is especially useful when doing work that's either covered by an NDA or is otherwise not suitable for public…