Using MAMP for local Drupal development

I use MAMP for my local Drupal development on my Apple computer.

If you would like to do the same, first download the most recent version of MAMP and install it locally. When you are done, you should have directories for both MAMP and MAMP PRO in your /Applications directory.

To run the application, double click MAMP.app inside the MAMP directory. Once it's up and running, you should see a MAMP widget with a cute elephant icon.

Effective use of the drupal.org Issue Queue

I often hear from people that they are nervous about using the issue queue on drupal.org. This is understandable, the issue queue can be a scary place! Say the wrong thing in the wrong way, and your favorite drupal developers turn into grumpy curmudgeons and mark your issue as 'won't fix'.

Today, I walked to through the process of creating an issue with a friend over lunch, and thought it might be useful to post it here as well. Below you'll find the basic ingredients for creating an issue in the queue.

Patching Drupal core

Every once in a blue moon, you'll run into a problem with your Drupal site where the solution involves patching core. Start by making sure that you have a safe place to apply your patch. This would be a 'dev' copy of the website, either running locally on your own computer, or in a development environment on the same server (or one that's identical) to your live site. *Never* apply patches directly to your live website - *especially* core patches!!!

1) Start from the root of your Drupal site.

Applying patches from the command line

Applying patches is easier than you think! Start by making sure that you have a safe place to apply your patch. This would be a 'dev' copy of the website, either running locally on your own computer, or in a development environment on the same server (or one that's identical) to your live site. *Never* apply patches directly to your live website!!!

For the purposes of the example below, we'll pretend we are patching the panels module.

1) Start from the root of your Drupal site.

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