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.

Perils of a shared hosting platform

Once again I’ve been inspired by a stack overflow question, and it made me think about issues of a shared hosting platform.  You know the ones; the “host your site for £2.99 a month” sites.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it (I was using them for a long time until I decided I wanted my own server to play with, and still using one for a different project for the moment), but it brings its own risks.  Some of those risks are to do with the infrastructure, others are with the people who are hosted on it.

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Developers still lack security know-how

Earlier this week I was looking into RESTFUL web services and how to create them, so I set myself a small project.  The idea was to do something very basic, but that could be useful for someone rather than just a proof of concept.  i had no real direction.  With the news recently being about Apple locked in a battle with the FBI about whether or not they should be breaking their security for the FBI to access data on a particular iPhone, I started thinking about how much bad security I have seen in software applications over the years.  From this, I decided to build a web service which would take a hash string, and provide the original string for that hash where possible.

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Under Construction

I’ve left this site languish a little too long with no posts or improvement.  It’s time for that to change, so I’ve started some development on the back-end, which will hopefully lead to a better working front end.  Here’s a breakdown of what is in development:

  • Splitting “versions” of the site out into individual posts rather than one large post
  • normalising the database to introduce performance improvements
  • re-writing the gallery section completely from the mess it currently is
  • Adding some basic internal analytics (though I’ll still be using google analytics)
  • Updating the text editor I use for better code formatting

Once that’s done, some of the changes will be obvious on the front end, but I’ll then look at changing front end pages to improve the experience for all.

Enough for now, this code isn’t going to write itself…

Developers are the destroyers of hardware

I’ve had a few discussions with some of my colleagues and friends in software development, and one of the things we all agree on is that there is nothing worse than a slow development environment.  A lot of us work with IDEs, some need to compile their code, some just have a lot of things open at once.  Either way, when a machine grinds to a halt, we want to throw it out of the window and get a new one.  Ok, we will accept that sometimes it’s our fault.  A typo somewhere can cause an infinite loop, and we only have our selves to blame.  Bug usually it’s down to hardware.

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So you think you’re in control of your website?

I’ve recently been approached about a project for me to work on, part-time and on the side.  This itself isn’t unusual, but it’s one of a very small minority which I think is a good idea and has some promise.  I’ll not go into details about it, as I don’t know the full details of what role I would be involved in, and to what extent, but I had a look into it over the weekend and discovered something which probably affects many small businesses initially, and something which could be disastrous for them.  Their SEO sucks.

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