John Locke's blog
Faster, more secure, more maintainable. Three nice benefits we get from our new standard Drupal server architecture.
We hear it all the time:
Why do you recommend a 6 hour budget for a simple integration? Here's an embed widget right here -- if this were WordPress I could do it myself!
More and more I keep running into assertions that Git is a version control tool, and that if you use it for deployment, you're doing it wrong.
At Freelock we find it to be a very effective deployment tool, and I'm not seeing a solution that meets our needs any better.
Two presentations in particular caught my attention recently mentioned this:
For many years, we've organized our development around user stories. What exactly is each user trying to accomplish, and what does that look like when they try to accomplish those tasks?
Another sales call today, with a prospective start-upper who thought Drupal might lower his costs to get a web startup launched.
And I didn't really answer the question directly -- because in the long run, if you're building something successful, you're going to spend as much on your Drupal site as you would building from scratch.
We're starting to recommend Drupal 8 for some new upgrade projects, with the following notes...
Mike, looking for information about integrating a data collection Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, asked:
Lately at Freelock, we've been improving our Drupal site assessment. For years we've analyzed Drupal sites built by others to identify how well they are built, what pitfalls/minefields lurk there, and where we need to be extremely careful with budget recommendations when extending functionality.
Just a quick note of how we resolved an issue related to an upgrade to Date.
"Hey, since the upgrade, I can't use the power edit feature anymore!" came the request. Ok. There have been several different upgrades over the past few months. The menu editor module has been updated. The server has been upgraded. The site is in heavy use, so there are lots of content changes.
I recommend you use Linux for your server(s). Mine are so reliable, it shocked me that after years of Microsoft-based expectations, I have no complaints now after many many years experience with Linux servers supporting a mixed Win2K and Apple OSX workstation network. Freelock has really opened my eyes to what I should be expecting from enterprise software. Linux is simply much better than anything Microsoft has done, and even on Microsoft's best day, Microsoft is too expensive, too proprietary and too unreliable. There is just no reason to keep putting ourself through that grief, constant change, and endless high cost.George Roberston & Associates