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7 Sep 2018

When we Sell Drupal, we Sell Power

Drupal 8 has been dropping in it's market share for two years, but not it's drop seems to be smoothing out. I expect it to stop. Drupal 8 has been more complex thatn Drupal 7, but also more powerful. It has been made from a 200hp engine into a 400hp engine. You may want a 200hp engine in your car, and then you can choose something simpler and cheaper. But then, if you will want to use it for something more powerful, you would actually need to buy a new, more powerful car, and end up paying more.

To be or not to be
22 Jul 2018

Drupal or not Drupal?

Should I use Drupal for my website? Should I use Wordpress or Wix instead? Or, maybe, hire a team and build my site with NodeJS or Python and Django? This will address the technical complexity behind this question. The general rule of thumb is this: The more flexible the system is, the more work it will take to create something of it. Imagine Duplo vs Lego. Duplo is easier, with larger parts. It's easier and it's better suitable for kids, but if you want to make something advanced, you will find yourself too limited. Lego is much for flexible, but also much harder, you probably won't give it to a three-year-old. If you need a very custom thing and have enough money, you may 3d-print a thing for yourself, which is much harder than Lego, if you will also design it in a 3d editor. With web sites, the situation is roughly the same.
7 Lessons from Drupal Updates with Composer.
5 Apr 2018

7 Lessons from Drupal Updates with Composer.

While many of the facets of early Drupal 8 version have been optimized and chiseled out, updates remain a constant problem. I constantly read even from experienced developers, how they have conflicts and issues when trying to update the code base. Composer is a tool from outside of Drupal team's control, and having delegated management to it, Drupal has lost control over much of its update process complexity. THere has been a security release recently, that some called Drupalgeddon. Many web sites had to be updated ASAP.

Drupal 8 SPAM Protection with aSpambot
25 Mar 2018

Drupal 8 SPAM Protection with aSpambot

Sometimes when smart solutions don't help, and spammers shit all across your website, you can wish you had some hammer to just hit the problem hard. This is why I have written aSpambot. It hits the issue hard, and can be used to quickly put a halt to a flood of spam, and just give you time to find for a more delicate solution meanwhile. As of now, it has two function that I have found extremely useful: block the country by IP and check the IP against the AbuseIPDB database.

Vue is Beating React in 2018
22 Mar 2018

Vue is Beating React in 2018

I have been watching the struggle between Vue and React, and it now seems quite obvious to me that Vue will win. React started with a low start, as pushed by Facebook, while Vue started small and worked it's way to the top through much opposition. Vue is more complete (React is mostly a view functionality), simpler to learn, and faster (1.5x to 2x faster in most tests on the Internet). I have been cheering for Vue myself all this time, and glad that it now begins to gain the traction it deserves.

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 arocom.de, 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!

DigitalOcean
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.
Minimize Expenses with Drupal 8
16 Oct 2017

Minimize Expenses with Drupal 8

Development and maintenance times for Drupal 8 can be strongly optimized, saving 20% or even 30% development cost for smaller websites thanks to using the tools wisely and using ready-built distros for lower start. The hosting, however, can not be the same as it used to be for Drupal 7. Having a cheaper hosting will mean higher maintenance times, which is not worth it. Hosting needs to be optimal, even though somewhat more expensive.