Drupal 8 site is now live

Submitted by sharique on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:26

I've recently migrated my site from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. This was long overdue. I've used core migration module to migrate content, the delay is due to make a new theme, I could not decide what to do with the theme. After spending much time on finding a new theme, I finally decided to create a similar theme as previous with some changes. The new theme based on the Foundation framework, while D7 theme was based on adaptive base theme.

OpenSuse Leap 42.3 review

Submitted by sharique on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:34

On July 26, OpenSuse project releases the latest version of OpenSuse distribution – OpenSuse Leap 42.3. It is powered by LTS kernel 4.4 with many features backported from a newer release, particularly related to latest hardware support. Among the key packages are gcc 4.8.5, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS and Gnome version 3.20. Other desktop environments like XFCE or LxQt can be downloaded from repos. It shared the base with Suse Enterprise (SLE) 12 Service pack 3, so it is extremely stable and secure. Firefox version is 52 ESR (ESR is enterprise release channel) and LibreOffice 5.3.

Configure Atom editor for Drupal development

Submitted by sharique on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:25

Atom editor (or just Atom) is free and open source text and code editor build by GitHub. It is build using Chromium, nodejs, CoffeScript and Less. There are few other editors build using nodejs, second most popular project is Brackets. I've tried both and found Atom stable among two. Another advantage Atom has more plugins than Brackets. Recently I'm started to using it as alternate for Sublime Text.
It has many plugins for Drupal also. I'm using the following plugins

Using disqus for comments on the site

Submitted by sharique on Sun, 05/08/2016 - 15:28

Few months back I started using disqus commenting system on my site, so far my experience is good. Disqus is very is easy in install and configure. Download and install disqus module from Drupal.org enable it, get api key for your site from Disqus.com and that's it.
For the end user the biggest advantage it that you don't have to create a separate account for each site, you can comment using an existing Disqus account. It really saves a lot of time for the end user as well.

How do I setup my local development environment

Submitted by sharique on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 18:36

In the following blog post, I'm going to tell you how I set up my development environment. I hope people will find it useful.

Currently, my work is mostly focused on Drupal, but I've worked with C++, C#, and Asp.net. First I'm going to tell you about the general setup which is common for all technologies, after that I'll tell you about items specific to technologies.

Installing drush 7 in windows

Submitted by sharique on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:04

The Drush team recently released rc1 for version 7 of Drush, in this release they added a nice batch script to install it on windows. For this you have download latest 7.x release from https://github.com/drush-ops/drush/releases, extract zip in a partition other than OS partition (like D drive, I extracted it in D:\install\). Now start command prompt as administrator, for this search for cmd in the start menu, on result list right click on cmd and choose "Run as Administrator".

Drush 7 installation script

Submitted by sharique on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:07

To work with Drupal 8, we need Drush 7, which is in alpha stage of development. So there no package available for distribution (like Ubuntu, OpenSuse). Installation of Drush 7 is not as simple Drush 6, if you not familiar with composer, you may find it difficult to install, so I've written a shell script, which can be used to install Drush 7.

This script install drush 7 for normal user, you don't need root access to run it.

Mango Linux - Plasma/KDE 5

KDE5 development is in full speed, so I've created an appliance for people to test and report issues. This appliance contains packages from the unstable repo, so be cautious. Please test and report issue to KDE. I've built 2 appliances for it, one contains packages from factory repo, which contains packages from latest git snapshot, so it less stable and not suitable for using on production environment and another contains packages from the stable repo, which is more stable for try of plasma 5 desktop.

Creating a custom block in Drupal 8

Submitted by sharique on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 19:51

Block is a very basic building block of any site. Blocks in drupal 8 are very different from what we are using in d7. In D8 blocks are plugins (like ctool content type plugin) and also entity. One more major improvement from site builder is that now you can have more than one instance of a block on same page, all instances can have different configuration, which was nightmare in d7. In d7 to achieve this you have to use either use panels or delta + context modules. Even in this way you can’t have different configuration for each instance.

Installing Ralink 3090 wifi driver

Submitted by sharique on Thu, 11/28/2013 - 16:29

I installed Kubuntu 10.10 on my new laptop, my laptop is Compaq CQ62- 308AX. It has Ralink 3090 wifi, which is not automatically detected by Kubuntu. Even the restricted driver manager does not show any option for this device. So I downloaded the driver from Ralink site (http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=2).  It is in the source format. I thought I might have to patch the kernel source. I went through the readme file and I found that I don’t have to compile the kernel ( yippee an hr saved). Only the device driver source is needed to be compiled.

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