Install Solr 6 for Drupal 8 on Ubuntu 16.04

Submitted by christophe on Wed, 26/10/2016 - 21:55
This setup is intended for production use on a dedicated server (VPS, ...). For development purpose it should be preferable to use Drupal VM, it comes with a default Solr configuration that can be enabled via the config.yml file. If you are using Drupal VM and want to configure Search API for Solr, you can jump to point 4.

Alter Views sort by taxonomy weight

Submitted by christophe on Mon, 03/10/2016 - 19:10

The use case is that we want to sort a list of users by job title, where job title is a term reference to a dedicated vocabulary.
The sort is done by the job title term weight (defined via the vocabulary list).

I choosed to apply a custom sort function on a view, instead of a custom dynamic / entity query for two reasons :

Zero configuration Let's Encrypt under Virtualmin

Submitted by christophe on Sat, 10/09/2016 - 09:50

It has been there for a while under Virtualmin, but I was hesitating on using the GUI configuration of Let's Encrypt from Virtualmin on an existing manual configuration. Let's Encrypt does not allow you to make any change afterwards, yielding this error :

Request failed : The native Let's Encrypt client was used previously on this system, and must be used for all future certificate requests.

Kickoff a Drupal 8 development environment

Submitted by christophe on Mon, 08/02/2016 - 10:01

Drupal 8 evolves quickly, and it's easy to get lost amongst the several documentations that have been written since the beta releases, Drush and PHP version needs upgrade. Some things that I have learned.

Option 1 : No VM setup on Mac OSX, via Homebrew

Okay, VM's are easier to maintain solutions, but in some situations you just don't have enough RAM for having Virtualbox running all the time.

VLAD (Vagrant LAMP Ansible Drupal)

Submitted by christophe on Thu, 19/11/2015 - 15:41

After trying the latest dev release of VDD (needed to run Drupal 8, because at the time of writing this, the stable release is stucked to PHP 5.3), I decided to give a try to VLAD, another Vagrant alike solution.
Main reasons : git and drush are not already installed on th VDD dev, and sometimes I got stucked on the vagrant provisioning.

First reaction after installing VLAD : Woooooow !

Here are some of the sweet goodies that awaits you : 

Let's Encrypt, free SSL certificates

Submitted by christophe on Tue, 10/11/2015 - 14:53

Be ready for the opening of free ninety-day lifetime certificates !

The objective of Let?s Encrypt and the ACME protocol is to make it possible to set up an HTTPS server and have it automatically obtain a browser-trusted certificate, without any human intervention. This is accomplished by running a certificate management agent on the web server.

Behat : affordable testing for small to medium client projects

Submitted by christophe on Sun, 08/11/2015 - 13:46

One of the many amazing sessions given at the DrupalCamp Leuven 2015 was about tests applied to small / medium sized projects. I was a bit sceptical, we all agree that testing should be part of any development process, but it can run you quickly out of budget on small projects. @pfrenssen has just proven the opposite.