John Locke's blog

November 19, 2015 - 6:03pm -- John Locke

Today marks the release of Drupal 8, and the birthday of its founder, Dries Buytaert. This release is more than just a new digit, it's an entirely new platform with something for everyone to love, but it's particularly big for web site owners.

October 11, 2015 - 11:48pm -- John Locke

Here are the slides from my 2015 Drupal Summit talk, Quality Drupal DevOps!

Dev Corner
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.

Ask Freelock
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.


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...

Ask Freelock
March 23, 2015 - 8:28am -- John Locke

... this statement applies to just about any endeavor you can imagine...

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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  1. If you are a user of business software and are interested in finding out more about open source options for your business or office, you may be a little bit frustrated about the lack of introductory-level information on this topic... The best single source of such information that I have found so far is John Locke's "Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems." It provides an excellent introduction to the concepts, advantages, and disadvantages behind open-source.

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