A Tale of Christmas Testing 24 Dec 2013

Once upon a time there was a project lead working on a big project. As it got closer and closer to christmas projects were due and deployed to the magical kingdom of testing, the winds of change requests and testing blew strong. On the eve of christmas as everyone sat around watching servers glowing, heating their hands on the charred sticks of ram and the still clicking hard drives. Unable to do anything but look on, the project lead hung his head wishing that Santa would bring him a full test suite tomorrow. Merry Christmas and may all your tests...

End of 2013 review 20 Dec 2013

I’m sat hear listening to the new Burial Ep - Rival Dealer and thinking about the year that’s past. This year has been quite a ride for me. I met Hannah who has become a huge part of my life. I turned down a job I would later regret and rectify. Watched as loved ones passed away. Held Hannah close. Decided to quit my job and move on to harder challenges. This means I’m in a much better place. 2014 will prove to be pretty damned awesome.

Rough and Ready phpcs in PHPStorm 29 Nov 2013

Make sure you have pear installed: sudo pear upgrade-all - If this fails then install pear, if it works then congrats on updating all your pear extensions sudo pear install PHP_CodeSniffer OSX Only - sudo cp /private/etc/php.ini.default /private/etc/php.ini Add include_path = ".:/php/includes:/usr/lib/php/pear/" to php.ini, not to change your includes directory to where pear is installed! Now for Drupals cs patterns: Download Coder module - https://drupal.org/project/coder Untar to a directory e.g. ~/Projects/coder PHPStorm Config: PHPStorm > Settings > PHP > Code Sniffer To find the phpcs path type which phpcs Then use that path in PHPStorm Click validate to test whether...

Unofficial Social Friday Night - Drupal Camp NW 2013 16 Nov 2013

On Friday the 22nd there will be sprints at Techhub which run in parallel with the business day at Drupal Camp NW 13. I’m hoping to be there for the sprints pending confirmation of my holiday! After the sprints/business day it makes sense for everyone to get together and go grab some food and drinks. Since everyone will be around the northern quarter we should make the most of it. For food/drinks we’ll head to A Place Called Common, they serve great burgers and have food suitable for vegetarians (not sure about vegan). If your not fussed about drinking then...

Drupal Sprints around the World 30 Oct 2013

On the 22nd October Manchester saw it’s very first Drupal Sprint, this was run in parallel with London Sprints. Regular sprints are now becoming a great way to help out with Drupal Core and Contrib. In the UK there are now two sprints covering London and Manchester. In India there are 3 user groups all sprinting regularly. No doubt there are some in the US and in other countries. Sprints unlike regular user groups are an ideal place to flex your code knowledge and get your hands dirty. With initiatives such as the Drupal Ladder it’s proving that everyone can...

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