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...

On Death 27 Mar 2013

The following was written and unedited on 13th March 2013 the day after my Grandma died. Death is never an easy subject to tackle, it’s something that everyone must face in their own time. Whether it be a close relative or friend death happens and you can’t avoid that. What perplexes me is why death is such a taboo subject, gone are the days when the thought of it used to paralyze me with fear. Yesterday my grandma passed away and I’m happy, yes happy. She was in a lot of pain and she wasn’t the person I knew her...

When does a camp become a conf? 03 Mar 2013

I’m on a train heading back from drupal camp London, after a great weekend it got me thinking what is a camp and where do you draw the line? With over 300 sign ups its rumoured to be one (if not) largest camps in the Europe. At what point so you say it was a conference? The Saturday saw 5 tracks (3 more than NW) with talks lasting 30 minutes. I’m inclined to say that the original idea of a camp has grown way bigger than expected as the rise in drupals popularity has increased. With the emphasis on community...

Drupal Deployment using deb packages and Jenkins 17 Feb 2013

I couldn’t sleep last night due to a stupid amount of coffee while my brother came round so I go to thinking how I could sort out the mess that is currently my production server. I first thought about using codebasehq/deployhq but decided I don’t need any more money going out of my account when I have the skills and knowledge (also hardware) to do this myself. After seeing how we deploy stuff at work I figured I’d try and port it across to Debian based servers and make quite a few changes based on my requirements. Here is an...

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