John Locke's blog

October 6, 2016 - 6:17pm -- John Locke

When choosing any service provider, a crucial question is, "What happens if something goes wrong?" When you're choosing a hosting provider, we like to dig a bit deeper, and ask what risks are likely to be an issue for you?

Here are some of our questions:

Sustainable/Open Business
September 12, 2016 - 4:55pm -- John Locke

[Update: a few days after I published this, rebranded as It's the same project, just a new name...]

Tags: Drupal 8, IPFS, Matrix
September 5, 2016 - 10:39am -- John Locke

I learn best when I have a problem to solve, and with one of our D8 upgrade projects, we had a mess to clean up in the menu system. This provided an excellent oppportunity to get hands-on in Drupal core, learning some of the major differences from earlier versions, and three things in particular:

Dev Corner
August 4, 2016 - 3:10pm -- John Locke

So there are definite "gotchas" to migrating content from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, when you take away the assumption that the ids throughout the system will remain the same.

Dev Corner
July 14, 2016 - 11:11am -- John Locke

Richard asks:

Just a question after reading an article posted here back from January 21, 2016 on Drupal 8, why has not moved to Drupal 8?  Just wondering if there was a particular reason we should avoid before jumping in?  Thanks.

Ha! What a great question!

Ask Freelock
July 13, 2016 - 12:42pm -- John Locke

Yesterday the Drupal security team gave a dire warning about extremely dangerous security vulnerabilities in multiple contributed modules. The fixes, and the details, would be released at 9am Pacific Time today.

Sustainable/Open Business
July 8, 2016 - 5:14pm -- John Locke

Our branch strategy based on Git Flow did not survive. It was getting a bit old in the tooth, but the final blow was automation.

Dev Corner
July 1, 2016 - 12:08pm -- John Locke

We have several Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 upgrade projects going on, which is particularly challenging given how quickly the Drupal Migration system is changing. Given that a couple of them are nearing launch, and were missing some node references, I set out to get the content updated from the production sites before launch.

Dev Corner
June 23, 2016 - 11:57am -- John Locke

It's really a shame. Drupal Gardens has announced to its users that it's shutting down completely on August 1, and users need to move away from the service before it disappears.

Ask Freelock
June 17, 2016 - 6:45pm -- John Locke

Its name is Watney. Watney lives in Matrix. Watney is a bot I created about 6 months ago to start helping us with various tasks we need to do in our business.

Watney patiently waits for requests in a bunch of chat rooms we use for internal communications about each website we manage, each project we work on. Watney does a bunch of helpful things already, even though it is still really basic -- it fetches login links for us, helps us assemble release notes for each release we do to a production site, reminds us when it's time to do a release, and kicks off various automation jobs.

Dev Corner


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