Monthly Archives: March 2015

Back to writing thanks to a blogging course

Monkey using a typewriter

Not an actual representation of myself

Yes, the title is right, and no, I’m not embarassed of saying that I’m finally making use of this blog, and that it all has happened, in part, thanks to a free 3-week blogging course from John Sonmez that I recently signed up for.

So who’s that John Sonmez guy? Well, I came across his website a few months ago, when reading one of Derick Bailey’s newsletters in which John’s site (Simple Programmer) was linked, or mentioned in some way. The first thought that struck my mind was that the site was probably some kind of developer community, given the visual design and the topics of some of the posts, but I was totally wrong. It was “just” his personal blog, and I have to say a rather good one, because all the materials and professional advice one can find in there have an incredible value.

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FTG: A Code Generator for Drupal 7 Field Types.

warcraft peasants building a town hall

Life before Code Generators

I love automation.

It’s something that lives deep inside me, and I always seem to seek it as hard as I can, even when dealing with the most trivial things. Yes, even those things for which automation might not even give huge benefits at all. That is, perhaps, because I just fit in the prototype of lazy developer who wants to reduce the work to do as much as possible, or simply because I like the challenge of grabbing a problem that requires some hours and several steps to get solved, and turn it into a trivial matter that can be done in less time, by anyone.

And that’s what I did a year and some months ago, when I wrote the Field Type Generator module for Drupal 7, which I’m releasing today. Depending on your background, and the processes and tools that you use for Drupal development, this might or might not be as great a tool as it is for me, but I can tell you that in my case, it’s a little gem that has saved me a lot of time over the last year.

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WP-CLI, where have you been all this time?

wp-cli

I’ve been recently trying to get back to blogging. In fact, I’ve beeen recently trying to do what I set out to do more than one year ago, when I created and launched this blog. For a number of reasons, which I may or may not cover in a future post, that intent has been replaced or delayed for quite some time, but it seems that I’m finally taking action to solve that.

One of the reasons that made me become a bit lazy on the matter, was the “hassle” to maintain the platform that I chose for blogging: wordpress. I’m not complaining about wordpress itself, which is a great blogging tool. However, having been a drupal developer for a few years now, I’m rather used to Drush. In the unlikely event you, the reader, don’t know what Drush is, I suggest you go and read the first paragraph of its readme, but to keep it quick, let’s just say that drush is “a command-line utility for drupal that let’s you tackle all maintenance and deployment aspects of a drupal project during its entire lifecycle.”. That’s the simplest definition I’ve come up with in a few seconds. If you don’t like it, I have others, too.

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