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Kim Pepper

Kim Pepper
Technical Director

Location

Sydney

Kim is the co-founder and Technical Director of PreviousNext. He enjoys experimenting with new technologies, and contributing to open source projects like Drupal.

My blog posts

Updating to Drupal 8.8.0 Beta with Composer

by Kim Pepper /

PreviousNext continue to be major contributors to the development and promotion of Drupal 8. As participants of the Drupal 8.8.0 Beta Testing Program, we thought it would be useful to document the steps we took to update one of our sites on Drupal 8.7 to the latest 8.8.0 beta.

Every site is different, so your mileage may vary, but it may save you some time.

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Goodbye aGov

by Kim Pepper /

The time has come to close the book on our government Drupal distribution, aGov. We are no longer actively developing sites using aGov, and instead are focussing our efforts on the new GovCMS Drupal 8 distribution. Here’s a short history of aGov and how we got to this point.

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How Drupal Contribution leads to Success

by Kim Pepper /

I recently had the pleasure of presenting my session 'How Drupal Contribution leads to Success' at Drupal South Canberra 2018.

Drupal adoption is still growing, but can the contributors keep pace? In this session I looked at how organisations can really benefit from contributing to Drupal.

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Decoupling the model from Drupal

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Back in the Drupal 6 days, I built the BOM Weather Drupal module to pull down weather data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) site, and display it to users.

We recently had a requirement for this in a new Drupal 8 site, so decided to take a more modern approach.

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Managing Composer Github access with Personal Access Tokens

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All PreviousNext Drupal 8 projects are now managed using Composer. This is a powerful tool, and allows our projects to define both public and private modules or libraries, and their dependencies, and bring them all together.

 

However, a if you require public or private modules which are hosted on GitHub you may run into the API Rate Limits. In order to overcome this, it is recommended to add a GitHub personal access token to your composer configuration.

 

In this blog post, I'll show how you can do this in a secure and manageable way.

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Workflows: A new tool in the toolbox

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At DrupalSouth 2017, I presented a session on the new Workflows module, which just went stable in Drupal 8.4.0. Workflows was split out from content moderation as a separate module, and can be used independently to create custom workflows. In this presentation, I gave a demonstration of how to create a basic workflow for an issue tracker.

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Skipper: Tooling for DevOps

by Kim Pepper /

Over the years we’ve embraced the idea of DevOps within our organisation. That is, bringing the developers closer to operations, and visa versa, to be more collaborative, embrace our agile processes, and become more efficient. When we designed Skipper, our Kubernetes-based container hosting platform, this was the focus of our attention.

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Faster Hierarchies with Nested Sets and the Entity Reference Hierarchy module.

by Kim Pepper /

In Drupal 7 we used Node Hierarchy module to keep track of a hierarchy of pages. Node hierarchy ties directly to the menu system. When getting a list of all ancestors or descendents, it is a O(n) operation, and at least one site we use it on has a lot of nodes in the tree. Performance was terrible. Add to that it has no notion of revisions or forward revisions, so changing the parent and saving a draft can cause all sorts of issues with your menu. When the time came to update the site to Drupal 8, we took a different approach.

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Enterprise Drupal Hosting with Skipper

by Kim Pepper /

PreviousNext has worked closely with a large government agency on their public portal for the last few years. As one of the most visited Drupal sites in Australia with more than 7 million page views per month, the agency was seeking higher performance and cost efficiency from their Drupal hosting provider. 

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