These posts are only about web development, programming, and my meanderings of learning Drupal 8.

Where I've Been

Submitted by Marc on Sun, 12/02/2018 - 11:30

Seems that I've been pretty absent from the site for a while. The holidays crept up on us so quickly and I've been pretty busy on the weekend so not a lot of time to update the site. I figure that 2018 was a good introduction to the CodeChef Marc idea and my goal in 2019 is to really build out this vision and update it far more regularly. Updates from each piece:

BADCamp 2018!

Submitted by Marc on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 19:17

So very excited to be here at BADCamp 2018! This was day 2 and I've completed 2 full-day trainings. The first was theme development for Drupal 8 with TWIG and the second was component-based theming. While the first training was a good refresher in what I mostly knew about D8 theming, the course today was really a new avenue for me! Developing via components is quite a different way of doing theming and I really would love to try it out soon.

Preparing For Some Changes

Submitted by Marc on Fri, 10/05/2018 - 14:10

I'm finally ready to start working on an actual theme here at CodeChef Marc! No more bumming off of Bartik. I'm going to do this live and document my progress along the way. That means that for a little while, the site will look broken and odd.

What I'd like to work on:


Migration Mess

Submitted by Marc on Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:44

When I set out to learn Drupal 8, I wanted to do things in the recommended ways - of course! So, when I ran into the challenge of importing items into Drupal, I got a little stuck. In Drupal 7, I've used the Feeds module for MANY uses and it's worked very well. When it came time for D8, however, it seemed as though Feeds hasn't really been a big focus in favor of the core module, Migrate. So, I dove headfirst into the new migrate API and started writing code.

You Say Custom Field Formatter I Say Template Preprocess Field

Submitted by Marc on Sat, 05/19/2018 - 13:31

I must admit that in all the time I've spend developing Drupal 7 modules, I've never quite fully understood render arrays. Oh, I understand that it's basically an array of stuff with some objects mixed in for chaos and I've used preprocess functions to change some of the array adding custom functionality prior to it being rendered in the DOM. But, when it really came down to brass tax, I sort of always felt as if I were "hacking" it a little. Almost like I thought there was some Drupal API call that I was missing to get at the values, set custom values, etc.


Keep Talking

Submitted by Marc on Sun, 05/13/2018 - 16:05

I'm not sure when I started doing it. I'm not sure if my coworkers are annoyed by it. I certainly hope not. But, many years ago, I started whispering to myself while I was programming something new. Sometimes it was just a validation of something that I was working on, other times it was asking questions about what I was seeing or not seeing. I've researched this phenomenon a few times and thankfully I'm not crazy.

Dependency Injection or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love OO-PHP

Submitted by Marc on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 21:01

I spent much of the past 2 days deep in training on Drupal 8 module development. I'm using the fantastic and the articles on Even though I went though the OO-PHP training recently so more of the Drupal 8 stuff makes more sense than before, my head was still reeling from all of the new particles whizzing past.

Trusted Host Localhost

Submitted by Marc on Tue, 04/24/2018 - 20:29

So, the other day I ran into an oddity with Drupal 8 and local development. I've known about how to configure the Trusted Host Settings before. However, this was the first time I decided to try using the settings.local.php file and I thought why not put the trusted host for my local dev environment in there only. And of course keep my main server trusted host in the regular settings.php file. Well, as it turns out, that didn't work at all.


Where am I with Drupal 8?

Submitted by Marc on Sat, 03/17/2018 - 14:36

One of the original goals of this website was to help me train on Drupal 8 and I promise I will get there! I'm just involved with a Drupal 7 site build at the moment (which is going very well) and so I'm putting off my Drupal 8 training for a little bit. But I'll get back there! One thing to note about this recent build is I've incorporated two new technologies that I've not used in production before - CSS Grid and CSS Variables. I also started with the Tao theme so I could start with as base a level as possible.

Down to Basics - Replacing Frameworks with CSS Grid

Submitted by Marc on Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:24

Like many web developers, I've been using CSS frameworks for years - Bootstrap and Foundation being the main ones. Of course using these has been incredibly helpful when it came to layout and not having to worry about mobile responsiveness, layout percentages, mobile menu's built in, and some other extras like accordions and such. While I love these frameworks, I kept hearing about CSS Gris as a replacement and now that browser support has gotten really good, I thought why not give it a try?


Three Times An Object

Submitted by Marc on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:05

When I was in High School, I took trigonometry and failed miserably. It frustrated me because up until that point, math had always been so easy to learn for me. Perhaps it was my dad spending time with me when I was 8 going over algebra, or that I got excited when I learned a new theory in geometry, but I took to math up until that point with little to no issues. Trig seemed like a foreign language to me and the more the class went on, the more lost I became.

First Things First

Submitted by Marc on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 20:50

Starting off with Drupal 8 isn't much different than Drupal 7. Same installation process, same configuration, roughly similar interface once you're in. What's different for me at this stage is a change in hosting. I don't consider myself a "DevOp" in that I don't know much about and don't typically handle server configurations for websites. I'm a developer through and through so I focus on the specific web technologies like PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the like. So, when it came time to spin up a Drupal 8 site from scratch, I ran into a few bumps.