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Lee Rowlands
Senior Developer



Lee has 17 years professional development experience with PHP, is a member of the security team and maintains the forum, comment, contact and block content modules in Drupal core along with at least 30 contrib projects. He is also the framework manager for core.

My blog posts

The Drupal 8 Patch a Day Challenge

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We've entered the clean-up phase of the Drupal 8 release cycle. Drupal 8 is shaping up to be the best Drupal release to date - with a raft of new features and a less Drupal-centric developer experience.

So the question on everyone's lips is, when will Drupal 8 be released? The answer is the same as it has always been, 'When it is ready'!

We can't wait to start working with Drupal 8 on a daily basis. The new features will make our day-to-day jobs so much easier and our development workflow so much cleaner.

So to this effect, I'm aiming to work on one patch per day from now until the Drupal 8 release.

Will you join me in the Drupal 8 Patch a Day Challenge? Read on for more details.

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Understanding Drupal 8's config entities

by lee.rowlands /

Drupal 8 comes with a new type of entity, a config entity.

Those working with Drupal 7 will be familiar with entities for their content.

Drupal 8 introduces the concept of a config entity, which is very similar to a CTools exportable in Drupal 7, but with much of the entity system goodness.

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Collecting and writing configuration settings to setting.php from an install profile

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We've recently been working with one of Australia's television networks to build an installation profile that will form the basis of migrating many of their existing sites to Drupal. One of the interesting challenges in the project has been handling collecting additional configuration and settings during the installation profile, but before the database is installed.

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Migrating content from Solr to Drupal

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Taking data from Drupal to Solr is common-place these days with the well-established Apache Solr and Search API Solr modules. But what happens when you need to take data the other way. This article explores migrating legacy data from a Solr Index to Drupal nodes.

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