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Gotcha! Altering Search Queries in Drupal 7

When building a website, regardless of the technologies used, sometimes you want certain pages to be publicly accessible, but not show up in results from in-site searches for one reason or another. The problem with execution of this with a community driven content management system such as Drupal is that you are working with modules written by different developers and every one does things a littl... more »

7 Books You Need When Starting To Learn Drupal 8

When I first heard that Drupal was going to be a fundamental change in the entire architecture by being based on the Symfony framework for version 8, I was a bit concerned that I would not be able to get up to speed on the new features quickly. I actually sat on the sidelines about remaining in Drupal development during the alpha and most of the beta phases. I dabbled in some of the releases but d... more »
Using the Private File System In Drupal 8 r0nn1ef Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:30
The primary purpose of any content management system is to allow administrators to create content without having to have extensive experience with HTML or even an understanding of how a web server works, Drupal is no different. In today's online world, however, the definition of content has expanded far beyond text on the screen. Users want pictures, manuals, documentation, and audio and video con... more »
For the Record: Logging in Drupal 8 r0nn1ef Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:38
One of the most frustrating things about Drupal 8 is figuring out how to do things "the new way". watchdog() had been my faithful friend all through my development in D7. But, as famous Jedi once said, "You must unlearn what you have learned." Out with the old … In Drupal 8, watchdog() has been removed and replaced by a PSR-3 logging interface which is implemented as a Services. Out of the box, D8... more »
Understanding Core Search: Helping You Users Find What They Need r0nn1ef Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:34
Let's face it, it doesn't matter how pretty your new website is or what kind of bells and whistles you've built to get business done. If your users can't find what they are looking for, they will leave and find it somewhere else! That's why it's critical that your site have some sort of search capabilities. First, let me clarify, by search , I'm not talking about search engines such as Google or B... more »

Exit Stage Left – Simply Hired Ceases Service

The one thing about creating and maintaining a contributed module that integrates a third-party API is that sooner or later, that API may cease to exist. This, unfortunately, is the case for the SimplyHired jobs module . On May 27, 2016, I received the following email from Simply Hired job portal with the following notice about the termination of their Partnership Program which includes the API fo... more »

Top 4 Drupal 8 Features

As of last night (October 1, 2015), Drupal 8 beta had reached 0 critical issues . This was a major milestone to enter the release candidate cycle . I've been keeping an eye on the dev cycle and toying with development off and on for over a year now ... waiting to see what is in store for developers. Now that everything seems to be leveled off and somewhat stable, I have created my top four feature... more »

Drush Rush - Scripting Drupal Installation

I've been using Drupal for several years now and love the CMS. It seems that every day I find something else about Drupal or a specific custom module or add-on that makes it better and better. I've known about Drush, the command-line utility for Drupal , for awhile now but only recently starting using it and digging through the docs to see what it's actually capable of. Today was the day I unlocke... more »

Scuba: Drupal Style

Over the past few months, I've been enjoying my other passion, scuba diving. At the end of each dive comes the boring part ... logging the dive. Most everything is kept in my dive computer, but I still have to download it to my laptop using the manufacturer's dive log software which doesn't have the best UI experience in the world but it works. There are a couple of problems with it, more like one... more »