Drupal Training

Jan 24 2014

Live Blogging: Preparing for Drupal Sprint Day - Jan. 25, 2014

Volunteers all over the world are contributing their time to fix bugs and test patches to build a better Drupal 8. For more info see: http://www.seascapewebdesign.com/blog/drupal-8-sprint-weekend-jan-24-25-2014

I’m excited about participating in the Global Drupal Sprint Day tomorrow, Jan. 25, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. I’ll be blogging about my experience here. In preparation for tomorrow's sprint, I’m following Sprint leader, Joel Pittet’s instructions found here: http://pittet.ca/drupal/sprint/2014-01-24
Dec 13 2013

Git for Grown-ups

Emma Jane Westby has written a good tutorial on Git, the version control system. It goes into the "why" of Git, not just the commands you need to know to use Git. It's easy to read and appeals to adults method of learning.

Jul 4 2013

Learn to Streamline your CSS code with Sass

I’m learning to use Sass. It stands for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. It’s a great way to organize and streamline your CSS code.

Here are some resources to get you started:

1.    Basic Introduction to Sass
This article gives a very good overview of what Sass code looks like.

2.    Installing Sass on Windows
This is a great tutorial on how to install Sass on Windows. This also works on Windows 8

May 19 2013

Drupalcon Portland May 20-23, 2013

DrupalCon Portland coming up soon! DrupalCon is short for Drupal Conference. It's an international event with over 3000 expected to attend. See http://portland2013.drupal.org

I’m looking forward to keynote by founder Dries on the State of Drupal 8. Dries will present his State of Drupal keynote, revealing the current state of Drupal 8 between Feature Freeze and Code Freeze, also giving a glimpse of what's beyond Drupal 8 after we have a successful release. Here’s a list of the keynote speakers: http://portland2013.drupal.org/speakers

Feb 13 2013

Drushmake.me : Handy tool – Beware of errors

I was excited to learn about this website, DrushMake.me. It generates a Drush Make file which is a script for Drush, the Drupal Shell. It allows Drupal developers to download and install Drupal core and contributed modules using command line.

I recently used DrushMake.me to generate a simple Drush make file to build a simple blog site. But it wouldn’t work due to the following errors:

1.    Error message: could not locate drupal version 7

Feb 13 2013

Surrey Drupal Meetup - Feb. 13, 2013: What’s New in Drupal 8?

Our speaker tonight is not able to make it due to illness. We will be watching a video presentation on "What's New in Drupal 8" by Chris Weber of  TheNerdery.com. He gave this presentation to his Drupal User group. http://vimeo.com/40266383

While I was searching the Internet for a good video to show tonight, I did some research on the new features in Drupal 8. The following article outlines what I found. Credits: http://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/whats-new-drupal-8

Drupal 8 has been in development since March 2011 and is now in Feature Freeze. This means that no new features will be added to Drupal 8. Drupal 8 is planned to be released in Sept. 2013. Here is a brief description of the new changes in Drupal 8:

Theming Changes
-    Drupal 7 uses PHPTemplate to produce themes
-    Drupal 8 will be using the Twig framework theming engine
-    Twig will simplify theming by using better code. See Jen Lampton’s talk at DrupalCon Sydney –
-    Twig allows templates to be compiled down to PHP code which is stored in RAM for superior performance as it reduces disk access

Feb 12 2013

Drush Make is now working on Vagrant/DLAMP server on Windows 8

I recently purchased a new Samsung laptop with Windows 8. The 16 GB SSD drive makes it quick to start up and the 8 GB of RAM makes all my software run smoothly. I haven't used many of the Apps; I click on a square and the familiar desktop appears.

I recently installed a Vagrant server using a chef script written by Jeff Eaton of Lullabot. It works great on my Windows 7 laptop. See my blog post: Installing Vagrant DLAMP server on Windows 7 PC

I installed the Vagrant/DLAMP server on my Windows 8 laptop last evening. I needed to do a Google search to find the Windows command line. (Press Windows button then R and type cmd). Windows 8 blocks even administrators from editing the hosts file. I did a search for Notepad and clicked 'Run as administrator' and I was able to edit the hosts file.

The Vagrant/DLAMP server comes with Drush installed. I used the command 'drush dl' to download Drupal 7.19. I installed Drupal and it works well.

I went to DrushMake.me and created a drush make file. I tried to run it on my new Vagrant/DLAMP server but it didn't work. I need help to troubleshoot this problem. Perhaps it's a path problem.

Update: Turns out the Drush make file generated by www.DrushMake.me had several errors in it. See upcoming blog post for the details. The Vagrant/DLAMP server including Drush make does work well on Windows 8 PCs.
Feb 11 2013

Part 2: Installing Vagrant DLAMP server on Windows 7 PC

In Part 1, we installed Vagrant with only Ubuntu. See: Part 1: Gettng Started with Vagrant on Windows 7 PC

In this tutorial, we will be installing Vagrant along with a DLAMP stack. (Drupal/Linux/Apache/PHP/mySQL) You will need to have VirtualBox, Git and Putty installed.
A hard connection to the Internet
VirtualBox needs to be installed.
Git needs to be installed.
Putty needs to be installed. (putty-0.62-installer.exe)
Recommended: 8 GB RAM is recommended to run VirtualBox on Windows PCs
We will be using a chef script written by Jeff Eaton to download the base box, precise32, instead of using lucid32 like the example in Part 1.
Feb 11 2013

Part 1: Getting Started with Vagrant on Windows 7 and 8

Before starting this tutorial, be sure to read this article: Introduction to Vagrant

In this tutorial, we will be installing Vagrant, a bare bones server with Ubuntu installed. Vagrant is a server that runs under VirtualBox. You will need to have VirtualBox installed. You will also need to have Putty installed in order to access your new Vagrant server via SSH. These instructions also apply to Windows 8.
Jan 28 2013

Introduction to Vagrant: Development environments made easy

Vagrant is a flexible, reproducible server.

Using Vagrant, you can set up a complete LAMP server in about 30 minutes
-          If you are working with a team and you want to ensure that each team member has the exact same server configuration, you can use Vagrant.
-          If you are working on custom PHP or Drupal core patches and you want to make sure that the recurring error message is from a code error and not a server configuration error, you can use Vagrant.