Come to MidCamp and kick off contribution sprints for DrupalCon Seattle

Published on Monday 14, January 2019
MidCamp, the Midwest Drupal Camp, is coming around the corner! March 20th through the 23rd, hundreds of Drupalistas will converge in Chicago for training workshops, contribution sprints, and sessions! This is one of my favorite conferences. The organizers put together so much thought and effort into each detail.

Writing better Drupal code with static analysis using PHPStan

Published on Tuesday 8, January 2019

PHP is a loosely typed interpreted language. That means we cannot compile our scripts and find possible execution errors without doing explicit inspections of our code. It also means we need to rely on conditional type checking or using phpDoc comments to tell other devs or IDE what kind of value to expect. Really there is no way to assess the quality of the code or discover possible bugs without thorough test coverage and regular review.

Two Zero One Nine

Published on Saturday 5, January 2019
2018 was a weird year. It felt like it just zoomed by and nothing eventful happened. In fact, I feel like most people I have talked to this year felt the same exact way. But, then I sat down to my end of year write up and realized that this year was way more packed than I thought.

Running Drupal's FunctionalJavascript tests on DDEV

Published on Tuesday 16, October 2018

This is part two of a series on running Drupal’s testing suites on DDEV. We left off last time with trying to execute a FunctionalJavscript test and having every test case skipped because no browser emulator was available. In this post, we will run through getting set up to execute Drupal’s FunctionalJavascript tests inside of your DDEV web container.

Running Drupal's PHPUnit test suites on DDEV

Published on Friday 12, October 2018

DDEV is a local development stack built on top of Docker. It gives you all of your environment needs without messy configured on your host machine, without needing to know Docker or configure your own containers. Which is great, and makes life easier. Instead of just using DDEV to develop your site or application locally, why not also run your tests within it?

OK PhpStorm, what methods does my entity have?

Published on Wednesday 10, October 2018

Working in object-oriented programming is great. You can define interfaces which specify a contract that implementers need to fulfill. You can then extend these to define your end requirement and provide the implementation. This also means you can guarantee an object that implements that interface will have a guaranteed set of known methods. In Drupal, all entities implement EntityInterface, this is how we know that an entity can return its identifier, label, language, and other common methods.

Test driven development in PhpStorm with auto-testing enabled

Published on Saturday 6, October 2018
When I work, I try to follow the principles of Test-Driven Development. I have found it to aid me in writing cleaner code, identifying odd coupling of components or crazy accidental dependencies between components. It also lets me write my API first by using mocks against interfaces I have defined. PhpStorm's auto-test functionality speeds up my test-driven development process.

Tracking changes in Migrate with dynamic row hashes

Published on Thursday 27, September 2018

When it comes to Drupal and external data, I use Migrate. A lot. Like a lot, lot, lot. Many times this data is being imported over CSV files that are pushed to a server at some defined interval. Usually, the data can be derived directly from the CSV file itself, other times a custom process plugin derives data from other information. Drupal's Migrate system has two steps to check if new data should be imported or skipped. First, you can tell the migration source to track changes for each row. Then, if you are tracking changes, it hashes each row of data to see if it has been changed.

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