Adding a self signed certificate to your docker development environment

Submitted by daniel on Sun, 18/08/2019 - 14:59

These days some api's are restricted to access over Https. With Https being a standard requirement for most production sites these days, it is also worth enabling this on your development environment as well, to help you to check for any mixed content errors, and to test your apps with any apis that may insist on Https access.

Using Mail Jet Markup Language to help create your email template

Submitted by daniel on Thu, 20/06/2019 - 13:00

Earlier this year I was asked to set up an email newsletter template. While not necessarily appropriate for the task in hand, someone did recommend using Mail Jet Markup Language (MJML). On a more recent assignment I had to create an campaign email from scratch and as there were no specifications for how this should be done, I decided to give MJML a go.

Grey Listing Amazon Simple Email Service

Submitted by daniel on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 13:15

I have experienced issues either directly or indirectly with organisations that use Amazon's Simple Email Service.

After some investigation my plesk based mail server uses grey listing to cut down on spam emails. One consequence of this is if it does not recognise the mail server it will grey list it, essentially delaying the delivery of the said email. Eventually it will deliver it but chances are any token attached will have long expired.

Updating Drupal 8 Minor Version

Submitted by daniel on Mon, 10/09/2018 - 13:18

With the latest release from Drupal also including the latest security fixes, it was time to update again. One issue that experienced Drupal developers are probably quite used to by now are the continual stream of security advisories that need to be addressed, especially if you are managing a site that also includes peoples data. This means regularly maintaining your site to ensure it is kept up to date and secure.

To du or not to du

Submitted by daniel on Mon, 03/09/2018 - 11:56

Do you have a need for finding out what is taking up all the room on your server? Do you want to figure out what is eating up all your disk space. Of course there are different ways of doing this, for example the ls command. e.g 

ls -al

will lists all the files in your directory and where applicable gives you a nice list of the files and directories. It will even show you the size of the files. e.g. if I want to list the following folder:

Are Recruitment Agencies a dying breed?

Submitted by daniel on Tue, 21/11/2017 - 14:00

I have been working as a Web Developer since 2001. Until a couple of years ago I have worked as a contractor in a number of roles thanks in part to the army of Recruitment Consultants who are registered on the job boards gaining access and to my credentials and matching me with possible opportunities, arranging interviews and setting up contracts and of course making sure you get paid for the work that you do.