aApp Example Overview
12 Mar 2018

aApp Drupal 8 AJAX Application

I always wanted to write some small framework for Drupal, that would allow me to easily create simple AJAX applications. Import content, perform this or that action without page reload, etc. Drupal already has AJAX support through form API, but that still keeps most of the work on the back end. I needed a tool to call back end only if I need to. At last, I met a project where this was needed, a contact search app built for, the Drupal agency in Stuttgart. The app was then abstracted and made reusable, and I created a simple example module that shows its basic use.
9 Mar 2018

Drupal 8.5 is out, and it's blazingly fast!

Drupal Association has announced a new Drupal 8 version. Drupal 8.5 has been released. It has about 1300 fixes and enhancements, and introduces working Media module in core. One thing that I have noticed, though, is that it's blazingly fast. This makes Drupal 8.5 highly competitive on shared hosting, making it desirable for smaller sites (which I also build).
Location search map
4 Mar 2018

Drupal 8 is Great for Web Apps

I have been working on an interesting project with arocom web agency as of late. Their client requested a web application with search functionality. Offices and contact persions can be found either by clicking the office icons, or by searching by ZIP. It was when working on the app that I could not help but enjoy the ease with which Drupal 8 allows to incorporate Javascript apps, create response controllers, and query entities. Well done, Drupal! Doing back and front end, and integrating them has been a pleasure!

2 Feb 2018

DigitalOcean Doubles RAM

DigitalOcean as finally reached a decision to match the offer of Linode, and doubled RAM for all price plans. Now, the smallest plan is $5, 1 GB RAM (+100%), 25 TB SDD (+20%). All new droplets created per price plans, will have new RAM amount applied. This is great news for those of us who have been hosting custom sites running some heavier Drupal 8 setups. For the existing droplets, the increase will not be applied automatically. Existing droplets need to be stopped and resized to the corresponding updated plans for free.

WordPress vs Drupal Trends.
28 Dec 2017

Drupal and Thoughts of 2017

2017 is practically over. I am sitting with the family, thinking about the old year and the new, Of course I could write about more things than web development and Drupal, but I will limit myself to this topic for the sake of this blog. 2017 has been an interesting year for me as a web developer. Not as good as 2016 financially, but still quite interesting and educating. Here are my top points (very subjective, of course), written down below.

Latest Project

Baker Funeral Home

Baker Funeral is one of the best Drupal 8 web sites that we have built at InDigiMar. A funeral home web site, that publishes obituaries. It was this project that showed us that Drupal 8 is ready for complex and feature-rich web sites. The work for me in this project included:
  • Web server (LEMP) setup.
  • Migration from CSV into Drupal 8.
  • Theming of the obituaries.
  • Search (Search API).
  • Custom PDF generating module using wkhtmltox.
  • Custom recent obituaries RSS feed module.
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