In part 2 of the 3 part series, we are looking at how get a Drupal website and database setup and running. If you followed part one, you will remember we are doing this all on our local environment using MAMP. As the video will show, we begin by going to Drupal.org/project/drupal and downloading the newest version of Drupal. At the time of this DDoD, Drupal is at version 7.36.
It’s our 200th episode! For this video, I wanted to take a look at how to set up a local development system and then configure that to build a Drupal 7 site. In this video, I show you how to download MAMP, a local solution stack. For those not familiar with MAMP, MAMP stands for Mac OSX, Apache, MySQL, and Php. This full stack allows you to run a server on your local computer.
As developers we always are looking for ways to become more efficient. After all, time is money.
One of things we found that always cost us more time than needed was remembering Drush commands when building our Drupal websites. Obviously, Google will find thousands of sites with this information, but just having a sheet laying on our desks seems to provide the answer faster. Remember time is money.
The big 100th episode! In this episode I go over my company's Drupal development environment (http://beginr.com). I discuss how we use Aegir (http://www.aegirproject.org/) to manage and deploy our Drupal websites. I also mention how the development process works using development and live environments spread across multiple servers dedicated to hosting Drupal websites. I mention what operating systems we use along with my personal preference for browsers.
One thing I didn't mention is that I use Komodo Edit for my code editor. I think it is pretty awesome.
Nov 14, 2014 - Update My development environment and process has changed drastically over the last few years. However, take a look at the 5 Secrets to Becoming a Drupal 7 Ninja Ebook as I cover setting up you Drupal Development Process extensively.
I have recently been wondering how a "perfect" development and deployment environment might look like for me if I had time to put the necessary pieces together. I am planning on working on this eventually, but I thought it might be wise to get my ideas out there to see if others had opinions or advice.
Nov 14, 2014 - Update: In my ebook called the 5 Secrets to Becoming a Drupal 7 Ninja, I discuss the concept of crafting your Drupal Development process in much more detail. Check that out if you like the ideas below. A lot of my ideas have changed since this original post over 2 years ago, but it's still a good reference article.
If you are a Drupal developer and are not using the Drupal features module to help with your workflow, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. What kind of opportunity you may ask? How about an opportunity to make your life easier, allow you to develop Drupal websites faster, and provide you with simple ways to version control your exportables (views, cck, panels, variable settings, etc). I am going to give a brief recipe of how I use features in my workflow in hopes that maybe you will get some new ideas (and perhaps send ideas my way as I am always looking to improve the development process).
If you want a complete walk through and introduction to the Features module as well as more information on crafting a Drupal development process. You can check out my 5 Secrets to Becoming a Drupal 7 Ninja Ebook.
If you are interested in a video on the Drupal 7 features module, check out my Drupal 7 Features module introduction.