• Devel Releases 1.0 for Drupal 8

    With pride and pleasure, the Devel maintainers have released 1.0 for Drupal 8. Even at the ripe age of 14, Devel is an active, popular, and nimble project. Devel has been downloaded 3.5M times, and 200,000 sites currently report Devel as an enabled project. Devel’s whole codebase was deeply improved in this release. A few highlights are below, with annotated screenshots and gifs below each section. Please upgrade and report your success or failure using the new features!

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  • Debugging Drush commands at Acquia

    It is a repeating need for me to debug Drush commands that run at Acquia Cloud. When I say “debug”, I refer to step-wise debugging via Xdebug. This is the best and only way to slay hard bugs. Down with print_r() debugging!

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  • PHPStorm Remote Deployment & CLI Debugging

    I’ve long preferred doing web development on my local laptop. Unfortunately, my current consulting gig has strict requirements. Specifically, I’m again migrating content from an Oracle database into Drupal 8. This time, the Oracle database is behind an IP based VPN - I can only connect to it via a specific AWS instance that’s running our Drupal 8 site. My PHP has to run at AWS, and can’t run locally. Happily, PHPStorm thrives in this situation. PHPStorm Deployments sync code from my laptop to AWS via SSH. Further, I’ll show how to configure the Debugger to step through remote execution of PHP CLI scripts. Remember kids, the debugger is your friend.

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  • Improve drupal.org code workflow with git merge

    Drupal.org uses a patch based workflow in order to improve its software. Today I present a concrete instance where this significantly slowed us down. Views performance work is blocked when it didn’t have to be.

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  • Drush 6 Released, Moves to Github.

    The Drush team is thrilled to announce the release of Drush 6. Full release notes are there. The highlight of Drush 6 is the new outputformat system. You can now request Drush output in easily parsed formats like json, csv, yaml etc.

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