Watching From the Outside In 26 May 2013

A few years ago I adminned a large IRC channel for indie music, during my time as OP I meet a guy called Garrett (film42) we started chatting over our like for indie music and technology. Over the years we kept on chatting and our focus moved away from music and further into technology. We both have a love for computers and internet technology. From the start of our friendship I knew there was something special about him, he’s driven more driven than most people of that age are. Over the past year it’s been really interesting listening to him...

An update to DrupalCamp 2013 20 Apr 2013

There’s no easy way to put this but as of this post I’m withdrawing from organising DrupalCamp NW 2013. A lot of things have changed over the past 4 months some good some not so. I intend to spend as much time with my friends and family and avoid the stress of organising the event. Where does this leave the event? Pretty much in the same place as it was a few months ago, I’d love for more people to step up and take charge of the event. Nothing would make me happier than attending DCNW 2013 as an attendee...

Webinar is a dirty word 17 Apr 2013

As a developer it’s in my best interest to keep up to date with the current technologies and techniques industry leaders are using. Over the past few years I’ve been signed up to many lists from companies that provide webinars. Every so often one crosses my increasingly unmanageable inbox that peaks my interest. At first I was all wide eyed and eager looking to see what these so called “experts” (a word that no longer has the correct meaning) had to say on the given subject matter. Now not so much. Webinars have become a bit of a joke for...

Testing with Codeception and Drupal Projects 12 Apr 2013

As part of my increased like of agile development and the control it gives you over your estimates and deliverables I’ve become increasingly aware of the horrible fact our code coverage sucks. There’s no real way to sugar coat it we don’t do proper testing, it’s bugged me for years. ##Technical Debt I first read of technical debt over 5 years at my previous job, the basics of technical debt are that every hack/bodge job will bite you in the ass and you will spend more time fixing things in the long run that implementing it correctly. Now this is...

We Went Big... 30 Mar 2013

This is hopefully going to be the one of the first of many posts going through the motions of organising DrupalCamp NW 2013 or project “WTF are you doing???” The full title of this post is “We went big, now to go bigger”. What do I mean by this? Well for start 2012 was amazing the fact that we managed to pull it off and provide such a great event means that we have a lot of work to do. So what next? Well… Money - no one likes to talk about it, but these things don’t come free or...

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