Deleting files in Drupal
August 28, 2019
I wrote a Drupal module to help users more easily delete files.
It's available now on the Drupal site. Drupal, a PHP CMS. Long time readers and avid scrollers will know I’ve had something of a hate-hate relationship with PHP. That's still true. PHP's got better over the years, sure, but not by much. There are some good, even great things built with it, yes, and Drupal’s almost one of those. Almost, but not quite.
This post was originally going to be called "Ten things I hate about Drupal, and how to fix them". I might still write that post, but it mostly boils down to the one thing really: gatekeeping. One of my great tech bugbears.
Drupal’s rough edges are old school rough. No casual blogger's even going to be able to update the thing, and mostly that's on purpose - all through its design decisions have been made that exclude people. Users can't possibly know enough to be allowed to delete files, so let's keep that at arm's length from them. Rinse, repeat.
So here's one step back towards giving users control. You want to delete some out of date PDFs? It's your site, do it. You don't need to hope the reference counts in the managed file table aren't askew, or that cron runs, or your developers have the time. Tick some checkboxes & hit the big friendly button that says send these files to hell, & you're done. (OK, it says 'Delete selected files', but same same.)
A month and a day
May 26, 2019
A month and a day after moving this site to an AWS S3 bucket I got around to dealing with S3 & CloudFront & Zine.
A month and a day sounds suitably whimsical, like something out of The Owl and the Pussy-Cat or Where the Wild Things Are (and you may be able to tell I have young kids). Whimsical is entirely suitable, today's been a great day of playing around with code. Somehow in the rush to get things done I've often lost sight of that as a goal recently. I need to remember how much fun this can be.
I had been putting off adding AWS support I suppose. A few weeks ago I thought about porting Zine to a Swift App, on iOS or Mac or both. I may yet, but in the meantime I'd still like to be able to blog. So now I've got Zine working again for my circumstances, and maybe serendipitously for a few other people, and had some fun doing it.
April 27, 2019
Some notable links from around the traps.
- Jerrie Cobb – took her final flight. Cobb was one of the Mercury 13, the women who qualified to be Mercury astronauts but who weren't given the chance to fly.
- Freedom – a paean to scripting, the crazy powerful stuff that I too have loved for so long, and the threat Marzipan seems to pose to it.
- Mac keyboards, part 563 – "These keyboards are the biggest mistake in Apple’s history." Yup.