John Locke's blog

July 25, 2015 - 9:16am -- John Locke

Faster, more secure, more maintainable. Three nice benefits we get from our new standard Drupal server architecture.

Dev Corner
July 1, 2015 - 2:34pm -- John Locke

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!

Well, in Drupal you can do it yourself, exactly the same way you might in WordPress. Add a block, use an input format that doesn't strip out Javascript, paste in your code, put the block where you want it on your page, and away you go.

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June 16, 2015 - 10:10pm -- John Locke

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.

Why?

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:

Dev Corner
June 3, 2015 - 11:24am -- John Locke

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?

Sustainable/Open Business
May 7, 2015 - 4:30pm -- John Locke

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.

Sustainable/Open Business
April 3, 2015 - 1:51pm -- John Locke

We're starting to recommend Drupal 8 for some new upgrade projects, with the following notes...

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March 6, 2015 - 5:25pm -- John Locke

Mike, looking for information about integrating a data collection Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, asked:

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February 19, 2015 - 6:04pm -- John Locke

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.

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December 4, 2014 - 6:41pm -- John Locke

Just a quick note of how we resolved an issue related to an upgrade to Date.

Dev Corner
October 9, 2014 - 9:57am -- John Locke

"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.

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    Eric Leung, Director of Information Systems
    Outdoor Research

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