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Setting Up Drush Aliases And Using sql-sync

2nd May 2018 - 8 minutes read time

Drush sql-sync is a very easy way of grabbing a copy of a Drupal database from one site and installing it on another site. The normal application of this task is to copy the database from the production site to your local environment for facilitate local development. There are one or two steps to sort out before you can use the command

This post assumes you have Drush 8 installed on your machine as Drush 9 uses a different syntax for sotring Drush aliases. This also assumes that you have setup SSH key access to all servers you need to get access to.

Setting Up Aliases

The first thing you need to do is set up your Drush aliases, this allows you to connect to the remote Drupal instance from your local machine. Drush aliases are kept in your ~/.drush directory. To see what aliases you have on your system use the command.

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DrupalCamp London 2018

18th March 2018 - 13 minutes read time

It's been a couple of weeks since DrupalCamp London 2018 so I thought I would try to write up my experiences for the weekend. DrupalCamp London ran from 2nd to the 4th of March and consisted of a CxO day before a 2 day conference.

Getting to the conference this year was a little more troublesome than usual. The snow and frost from that week had caused chaos on the trains (not to mention the roads) and so after many cancellations and delays I eventually made it to London the night before the Saturday/Sunday conference. The snow didn’t just affect me though, a few people couldn’t make it and a few sessions had to be rearranged. Thankfully, everyone made it to the camp in the end.

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Drupal 8 : How To Avoid Block Caching

11th February 2018 - 5 minutes read time

I was struggling with a problem on a Drupal 8 project that was in development recently where a block used to show information to anonymous users was cached for the first user who saw it. This meant that the special message meant for the first user was then being seen by all subsequent users who visited that page. This only happened when page caching was turned on, but as it's best practice to do that I didn't want to turn that off just to solve one little problem.

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NWDUG Unconference 2017: A Review

20th November 2017 - 9 minutes read time
For the past few months I have been organising an unconference event with †he other organisers of the North West Drupal User Group (NWDUG). An unconference is just like a normal conference, with the exception of the sessions. All of the sessions are selected on the day and then presented by the delegates. Thankfully, everything came together and on November the 4th at MadLab in Manchester we had 55 people show up for the day. Once we introduced the day and got some sessions on the wall we started out.
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PHPNW17: A Review

10th October 2017 - 13 minutes read time

The PHPNW 2017 Conference was run over the weekend of the 30th September to 1st October at the Manchester Conference Centre and I went along to participate. PHPNW has now been going for 10 years and it looks like this will be the last (more on that later) but this year was just as good as ever.

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BSides Manchester 2017

8th October 2017 - 7 minutes read time

I recently attended the BSides Manchester conference, which was held at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on 17th August 2017. This was a security and hacking conference that was free to attend, but had a very limited number of tickets available. After missing the first two releases of tickets I managed to get one from the waiting list.

After some introductions we got started with the first talk of the day, which was Dominic Chell & Vincent Ylu talking about A Year In The Red. As a non-security professional I had to Google exactly what some of the terms in this talk meant. So apparently red team refers to a security consultancy who are hired to attack a system or network. Conversely, blue team is a security team that is resident within an organisation. A funny talk with some good demonstrations of hacking attacks.

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DrupalCamp London 2017

12th March 2017 - 7 minutes read time

DrupalCamp London 2017 was held on the 4th and 5th of March at the newly refurbished main hall of City, University of London. The new facilities are really nice and keep the conference in the same area, but they aren't too small that it feels cramped.

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Drupal 7: Update Field Definitions For Lists

17th November 2016 - 4 minutes read time

I had to update a Drupal 7 site recently and needed to change the field keys of a list field to be different values. This wasn't possible from within Drupal as it does a pre-check to make sure that the key doesn't already exist. If it finds any values present in the database with that key then it will reject the change. This is absolutely correct but causes a little bit of an issue when you need to update these values.

The solution to this is to alter both the field definition and the field data via directly altering them in the database. The following function provides a neat little way of doing this to a field by just passing in the field name and what the key values need to change to.

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PHPNW 2016

6th November 2016 - 10 minutes read time

The 9th PHPNW was held on the 1st and 2nd of October 2016 and I was in attendance with around 400 people. The venue was the Manchester Conference Centre, which is where the event has been for the past few years. It's a nice place with helpful and friendly staff, lots of rooms, great food and even a good bar. After a quick introduction from the organizers Jeremy Coates and Rick Ogden) and a session from the platinum sponsors UKFast we started the conference proper.

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DrupalCon Dublin 2016

4th October 2016 - 9 minutes read time

The European DrupalCon was held in Dublin from 26th - 30th September and I went along with a couple of colleagues to learn a few things about Drupal. I have been back from the conference for a few days now, and I wanted to write down some of the highlights of the conference in a blog post. There is a lot going on at DrupalCon and with 2000+ people, 3 full days of sessions, 2 tutorial days, multiple parties and over 10,000 cups of coffee consumed there is too much to write about here. So this will be a few random highlights and stand out moments of the conference.