Leapfrog the Drupal Learning Curve & Architect the Perfect Solution in 3 Simple Steps

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Sun, 09/10/2016 - 14:06

"Drupal has a steep learning curve" is something I hear time and again, however I feel this is a misguided perception and something we need to work towards changing - especially now focus is on the adoption journey. Learning how to 'Drupal' is actually incredibly easy - the trick is to understand exactly what Drupal is and how to mould it to your needs - this is what I'm going to show you how to do in three simple steps.

Short screencast intro to the new Drupal Console field:info command

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Fri, 07/10/2016 - 10:39

I am a big fan of Drupal Console, the CLI built on top of Symfony Console for use with Drupal 8. As well as the ability to generate skeleton code, Drupal Console has a heap of commands for a number of uses, routing, debugging, and now with the new field:info command you can gain an overview of what fields are on a site and where they are used.

Remote DrupalCon - Day 3

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Fri, 25/09/2015 - 23:14

"Talk is silver, contribution is gold"

It's the final day of sessions at the Real DrupalCon and these are the keynotes I've been waiting for! (click here for yesterday's blog if you missed it)

I say "keynotes" as in a departure from the norm there are two speakers today, both whom I've had the pleasure of seeing previously and both whom touch on subjects close to me -Contribution beyond source code in Drupal and Mental Health in Open Source.

Remote DrupalCon - Day 2

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Wed, 23/09/2015 - 23:11

Let's never do that again

Unlike when I was watching yesterday's Driesnote, I actually quite expected these sorts of words to come out of the mouth of Larry Garfield, aka @crell, long-time Drupal contributor and the reason I stayed up way too late last night after blogging so not strictly Day 2 but deserves a mention as was a superb, insightful session "Drupal in 2020".

Drupalaton 2015 - the memories

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Sun, 30/08/2015 - 10:15

"The advantages of variables in Drupal 7 is they're all loaded into memory. The disadvantages of variables in Drupal 7 is they're all loaded into memory".

With this, Károly Négyesi ('chx'), opened his Storing Data with Drupal 8 workshop at Drupalaton to a standing room only crowd - half whom chuckled knowingly, with the rest following shortly after once they'd had a little time to think about this technical juxtaposition.

Dropping in on the Brighton Homebrew Website Club

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Thu, 13/08/2015 - 14:35

Last night I attended the first meetup of the Brighton outpost of the Homebrew Website Club - I had planned on staying in and blogging about my recent Hungarian adventures at Drupalaton but very glad I popped my trusty Respect Your Freedoms-certified Libreboot X200 laptop into my lovely new Drupalaton tote bag & made the short but always eventful trip across the 

What is Drupal?

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Tue, 11/08/2015 - 12:23

Drupal is people. Drupal is figuring out people. Drupal is figuring out how to make things better. Drupal is about feeding yourself and your family. Drupal is about feeding other people's families. Drupal is about going to places you'd never considered going to. Drupal is about laying in the lake and watching the stars at night. Drupal is about making money for your business. Drupal is about making things easier. Drupal is about accessiblity for all. Drupal is about opportunity for all. Drupal will tell you what you need to know. Drupal is there for you to tell and show.

Case Study - NickJr. Colour CMS & API - Feedback sought!

Submitted by Steve Purkiss on Sun, 14/09/2014 - 12:05

It's been an embarrassing amount of time since I last blogged or did anything to my site so I've started to create some content, but before I submit it as a case study on Drupal's site I'd love to have some feedback, it's been years since I wrote case studies so a little rusty. Is it of interest? Does it help? Does it answer the right questions? Are there any questions you'd like me to answer?