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Blog articles by Dthorne

Blog articles by Dthorne

Developer burnout is real, we need to talk about it

Submitted by dthorne on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 14:04

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional, nor have I ever claimed to be. This post is about my experiences with burnout, and steps I have taken that have worked for me. Your mileage may vary and if you are considering getting outside help, make sure it is with an accredited mental health professional in your local area.

Mental health awareness has received a big push in mainstream media over the last few years, particularly in the UK. There has been a similar push in the web development community, including many great (And incredibly brave) talks at conferences such as Mike Bell's DrupalCon Barcalona Community keynote [drupal.org], which like my article drew from personal experience.

In a change to a norrmal blog article on David Thorne.net, I detail my own experiences with mental health, with particular reference to burn out, and how I have been able to at least for now beat it.

Now officially Drupal 8 certified

Submitted by dthorne on Tue, 27/09/2016 - 17:11

Today (27 Sept 2016) I took and passed the Acquia Drupal 8 certification. At DrupalCon, there is usually the option for a single retake exams in the event of failure. Thankfully I didn't need that, but it was a nice safety blanket to have. Surprisingly I did best in terms of result by section in front end (Which is usually my weakest subject) Which was a really pleasant surprise!

Davidthorne.net :: Drupal 8 upgrade

Submitted by dthorne on Tue, 18/08/2015 - 18:30

Well the time has come for me to trial Drupal 8. I'm wanting to upgrade "early" as due to wrk pressures I probably won't have massive amoutns of time to do so in the near future otherwise. My initial aim is to do a direct upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 "As is" (Including sticking with Bartik as my default theme). Then once stable I will look to build my theme out. I have yet decided if I am going to build a "from scratch" Drupal 8 twig theme, or whether I will be using a base theme.

Pet Projects

Submitted by dthorne on Fri, 18/04/2014 - 12:07

We all have pet projects. I've started using a few to play with various FOSS projects such as Symfony 2 or Zend 2 Frameworks, as well as with Drupal 7 (And eventually Drupal 8) Read more to find out what my project is, and why I like using it to teach me about a framework or CMS