Don't go low

Submitted by Larry on 16 April 2017 - 2:09pm

This is a very uncomfortable time for Drupal. It seems there has been a great deal of concern and discomfort lurking just below the surface for a while, and recent events surrounding me have brought them all to the forefront at once. It's going to take some time to unravel it all. Hopefully it can be a learning process for many.

For the moment, though, there's one particular point I want to address, and particular people I want to address it to: Don't be an asshole, not even in my defense.

Regarding the continued mystery

Submitted by Larry on 5 April 2017 - 10:34am

Since my last post Dries and Megan have issued a new joint statement on the ongoing mystery regarding my removal from DrupalCon and the gossip campaign against me. To date, I have focused my public posts mainly on my experiences, my beliefs, and the prejudice with which I have been treated by select members of the Drupal community and by select (if powerful) members of Drupal's leadership. However, I feel the latest joint post from Dries and Megan last Friday deserves a more direct response.

Response to conversations about me

Submitted by Larry on 27 March 2017 - 12:26pm

It's been an eventful couple of days, that's for sure... Eventful enough that I feel it's necessary to clarify a few points.

First off, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone that has reached out, in public or in private, to express their support in this situation. I genuinely appreciate it, even if I haven't had a chance to respond to everyone directly. Thank you all.

TMI About me

Submitted by Larry on 22 March 2017 - 4:49pm

Recently, I've become aware of a whisper campaign going around the Drupal world, discussing details about my personal life. I do not know where it started or who all has been part of it. However, it's become apparent that it's not going to settle down, and has now had a major, direct impact on me and my professional career. Only a few people have bothered to speak to me directly, but there's been enough back-chatter that I feel I have no choice but to clarify some private details about me, in public, and address the actions of some fellow members of the Drupal community.

Put your IT money where your mouth is

Submitted by Larry on 29 January 2017 - 10:01pm

Most of the time I try to stick to technical topics on this blog, rather than political. However, as this past week has shown we do not have the luxury of being a-political. We have a political system where rampant institutional corruption has been suddenly overshadowed by a new administration that has a complete and total disregard for the rule of law, American citizens, people in need (domestic or foreign), the future of our planet, and the basic facts of reality itself.

This does not bode well for us as a people.

Start Git with an empty commit

Submitted by Larry on 16 January 2017 - 6:45pm

Recently I've had reason to start several new projects with Git. That's nothing exciting (except for me), but it means I've been making a lot of first-commits, and often rebasing my early commit history before making it public. That, however, runs into an interesting problem: You can't easily rebase the first commit.

Sometimes that doesn't matter. Lately, though, I've repeatedly found myself wanting to change that first commit, often to remove a file that I included in the initial commit inadvertently.

PHP 7 Explained: A review

The team over at thePHP.cc recently published an ebook entitled PHP 7 Explained, "Everything you need to know about the next generation."

A few weeks back, I received an email from them stating "As a token of our appreciation for your involvement in the PHP community we would like to gift you a copy of our eBook." Yay, free stuff! Since I'd gotten it free, and it's of timely use to the PHP world, I decided to publish a formal review.

Larry 31 December 2016 - 2:50pm

New Drupal, new Platform, new PHP, new year

Submitted by Larry on 31 December 2016 - 1:19pm

OK, well, it took a while, but I've finally gotten my blog off of Drupal 6. :-) Welcome to the new and improved Garfieldtech.com! My blog is unsurprisingly rather bland, as it's, well, a blog. That made updating to Drupal 8.2 using the Drupal migrate module reasonably easy. It wasn't hiccup free, and a few not-yet-updated modules got lost along the way, but it wasn't an epic struggle, either. There were only two major hiccups:

HTML Application or Network Application?

Submitted by Larry on 19 May 2016 - 2:45am

There has been much discussion in the last few years of "web apps". Most of the discussion centers around whether "web apps" that do not degrade gracefully, use progressive enhancement, have bookmarkable pages, use semantic tags, and so forth are "Doing It Wrong(tm)", or if JavaScript is sufficiently prevalent that a JavaScript-dependent site/app is reasonable.

What I fear is all too often missing from these discussions is that there isn't one type of "web app". Just because two "things" use HTTP doesn't mean they're conceptually even remotely the same thing.