My First Attempt at Open-Source Contribution

I’ve always wanted to contribute to an open source project, so I thought it was time to finally start.  I’ve been investigating different CSS frameworks, and came across Bulma.  I saw the contribute link and figured I’d see what issues there were in Github for it, and there was an issue about some typos.  I figured that was a good place to start; check if any more remained.  I forked and clones the repo to my machine and blasted it through “Inspect Code” option in PhpStorm, but found a different issue to look into, a one not raised currently as an issue, but still as part of the title.sass file.  It was to do with the following on line 14:

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Encrypting the site

I’ve just moved my site from HTTP over to HTTPS.  It’s not a huge deal for something like this, but it’s something which I’ve really needed to do for a while, and something which is becoming more and more popular.  For most people this won’t mean much, and for this site it doesn’t amke much difference, but given that encrypting web pages is a simple process, there’s no real reason not to be doing it.

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Introducing Charon File Uploader

I’ve wanted to build a useful javascript library for a while, but never found any of the ones out there lacking.  I’ve been working on a new project recently and one of the things I needed to do for that was be able to upload an image via AJAX, along with the alt-text and other information for the image.  There’s libraries out there for uploading files and images, but I’ve not found one which lets you add other information to the post easily.  That’s when I figured I could build it myself.  Charon was born!

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Joomla 3.5.1 released

Joomla has announced the release of their open source CMS system, version v3.5.1.  The latest version fixes the following issues which were found in v3.5:

Joomla 3.5 Released

A little over a week ago, the Joomla! Project anounced the release of Joomla 3.5.  The major advantage this has is that the widely used CMS has PHP7 support, allowing webmasters to upgrade their server installations and take advantage of the performance improvements that PHP7 brings.

The new version comes with an e-mail update plugin to allow site admins to know when there are patches and bug fixes; hopefully they will then patch their sites to the benefit of everyone.

A run down of the listed major changes are:

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NEVER trust user input

I’ve had the joys recently of being part of a code audit for a potential client for a change or re-build of a system.  The code in itself was complete textbook…of how not to code a system.  It looked like it had been built long long ago when OO principles didn’t exist, and when no-one knew about security unless they were in that field.  Certainly developers knew nothing about security.

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Drupal 8.0.5 Released

Open source and widely popular CMS Drupal released a maintenance fix to their 8.x branch a little under a week ago.  This release fixes some bugs in the branch, but there’s no security fixes as part of it.  The list of changes is available here.  The change log also lists April 20th as the release date for Drupal 8.1.0 which should have further fixes and new features.

For those people running a CMS site, keeping up to date with the security and bug fix patches is good practice, and therefore you should look to update as soon as possible.