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Shea Ross McKinney

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An Open Source Moment

There are times where I curse open source software but those times are far outweighed by the times that I am reminded why I love it so much.

Normally my blog posts are on the technical side because that is where I feel safe and comfortable writing in a public space but I felt compelled, okay, urged by the boss and team, to write about a moment that I gushed about during a recent staff meeting.

A better search for Drupal

Drupal comes with a built in search module that provides some pretty basic search options. Like everything else we do, we ask ourselves, "how can this be better?" One of our recent projects has given us the opportunity to evaluate some new options for search. 

Note: This evaluation has a specific case of needs/wants and my notes on them are below. 

Cherry Picking - Small Git lesson

Small commits allow for big wins.

Something that I have been using a lot lately is GIT's cherry-pick command. I find the command very useful, and it saves me bunches of time. Here is a quick lesson on what it does and an example use case.

What is GIT cherry-pick? man page

Git cherry-pick allows you to merge a single commit from one branch into another.  To use the cherry-pick command follow these steps:

Views Exposed Filters Multiple Field Search

Views offers the ability to expose filters to the end user so they may filter and sort through a views listing to find what they want in a large list of content. If you have used exposed filters before you will be familiar with exposing a filter on a specific field, such as the title field, for example. But what if you want the end user to be able to search in multiple fields at the same time?