My first Drupal 7 Distribution and what I learnt

I’ve been using Tumblr for a few months now as a simple way of sharing the images I find interesting and beautiful (can be found at ayil.co.uk). I found it was lacking in a few features that would be nice, being a Drupal developer I thought hell why not try and recreate it in Drupal 7. I’ve been here before. I’m not new to profiles, I started playing around with them at the start of 2010 in Drupal 6 for a clients site....

January 24, 2012 · 5 min · Mike Bell

Using Jenkins CI and Drupal

While building my Drupal 7 profile I started playing around with Jenkins CI. My reasons for doing so were two fold: Code Quality I believe in code quality, there are multiple tools out there that will analyse code and report back using various different metrics. CI allows me to run these metrics on a repeatable basis, if my code changes then the quality changes. This makes me a better developer overall....

January 24, 2012 · 4 min · Mike Bell

Using ack with Drupal projects

I decided to move to Ack for searching as it has nice switches like –php and –nosql. By default ack doesn’t recognise .module, .install or .inc files so you have to add them. Create a .ackrc file in your home directory and add the following: --type-set=drupal=.module,.install,.inc...

October 13, 2011 · 1 min · Mike Bell

DrupalCon London 2011 Wrapup

It’s that time again now that I’m well and truly full of drupalflu. This years pickings were slim to none, not that there wasn’t anything great out there but I just didn’t have the time to go out and grab any. My time was spent attending sessions and talking to potential new clients on our booth (which was awesome!). I did however grab a conference t-shirt which is great, as someone who collects a lot of cool and interesting shirts this one was pretty amazing, so congrats to the designers....

August 29, 2011 · 1 min · Mike Bell