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Now that Drupal 8 is starting to use Drupal components I thought that it would be in my best interest to try installing Symfony 2 and read up on its components and how they work. From the start what you find is that it does nothing even after you have created a Bundle. Yaml is completely foreign. But after going through the Symfony 2 Cook Book things started to make sense. I love the command line tools and composer wow and to see it all in OOP, sorry Drupal but it just makes so much more sense and I don't feel like I need to belt my head up against a brick wall and then jump off a cliff.

Redirect rules in apache .htaccess are very useful. Below are some examples that allow you to achieve some simple tasks that I use on a regular basis.

Testing to see if htaccess is working?

The best thing to do in this circumstance is find or create a file called .htaccess in your root directory and add a whole lot of characters and then open your browser. Navigate to the url in the browser. Refresh the page and you will either see an error from the web server or you'll get a blank page.

The use of Less and Scss is almost becoming mandatory. What I have been finding is that different projects want to use Less or Scss when doing web development, this is a real pain to constantly setup especially if you want to do a small update on one development. Below I have created two Bash scripts to automate the process.

From our last post we worked out that a Drupal developer means different things to different people, but what does that mean for a new developer? I can give you some idea of the elements that make a Drupal developer that have helped me understand this large community. A Drupal developer knows a little about everything but their skill set is deep in certain areas. 

As this Drupaler has found the question What is a Drupal Developer? is not an easy one to answer. During the last few months what became more and more apparent to me is if you are new to Drupal this is a question that is asked a lot and because Drupal is a complex system it is not the easiest thing to explain. So here goes


After getting an StdClass() from a PDO database call you need to sort the data in some way, at times however you only need to access one property of the object. You could place the object into a foreach loop and search the object but if you know the property that you want to access there is an easier way.

The use of ternary operators in PHP is fantastic and even though I always forget to add the : when writing a ternary operator it is great to have in the arsenal when writing some PHP. As a complement to an if else statement when used in the appropriate way can really assist in PHP development and should not be over looked. I always like to use it when an if else or if statement will fit on one line.

Need to install xdebug on Ubuntu so you can test that really cool PHP web app that will wow users for a decade? The first thing you need to achieve that goal is have Ubuntu installed and the lamp stack ready to go. Next open the terminal and install xdebug by using the following command.

~$ sudo apt-get install php5-xdebug

Next open the php ini file on Ubuntu so that we can ensure that xdebug is being seen by the PHP engine, again from the terminal ensure you have vim installed or you can use gedit and open php.ini file

I wanted to shorten a url for social media reasons but all the providers of url shorteners have one issue, they don't allow you to keep your brand. But that does not affect the Drupal community there is a module called shurly it allows the user with the right permissions to create a shortened URL


How to use Drupal module Shurly

To use this module after it has been enabled is really easy, just log into your Drupal installation and then navigate to http://<your url>/shurly

I had an issue today trying to load a windows virtual machine image into Virtualbox on my Ubuntu desktop computer every time I started the machine I would get the error below.

VT-x features locked or unavailable in MSR.(VERR_VMX_MSR_LOCKED_OR_DISABLED)

To fix the issue I went to Virtualbox software then Settings–>System–>Processor(s)–> change the CPUs Number to  1