S. M. Bjørklund (steinmb) is a Norwegian freelancer and Drupal developer, themer and general site builder. Currently based in lovely Bergen, right at the gateway to the Norwegian fjords.

How to migrate content from drupal 6 to 7 by using Migrate_d2d - Part 1

The normal way of performing a major upgrade in Drupal have traditionally been by running update.php, that fire off a lot of rather complex hook_update_N() tasks. They will try to upgrade configuration and content from one major version to another. Example Drupal 6 to 7. This is all about to change in Drupal 8. Drupal 8 have got the migrate module baked in, and upgrade is no longer a upgrade, but a migration of data and configuration from one system to another.

How to programmatically create a field in Drupal 7

Ever had a site not controlled by the features module or felt that using it, add to much administrative overhead? Or you simply want to learn how to use Drupal field API? This is for you.

In this example I will try to keep the amount of code to the very minimum. Putting too much features into a example have a tendency to put some people off with the amount of code it create. The example will not explain how you create new field types, but rather use one existing provided by Drupal core.

Install Homebrew to setup you local development stack in OSX

Local dev. setup by using homebrew

Note:An quick, stort and easy starting point. Does not provide any background information outside the needed steps getting PHP, Apache and the database server running.
Tested on OS X 10.8.x/10.9.x.

How to change the HTML markup in a field with a theme function in Drupal

Ever wanted to change the Drupal 7 markup? Get rid of all those pesky divs? If so, this is article for you. I will give you a simple example how to do this not by changing the site theme (template.php) but by using a theme function.

Yes, you have make a module, and yes, I will show you have to make it. You will also find, attached to this article, the complete code wrapped up in a zip-file. Using theme functions is not that hard so relative new Drupal users and themers should be able to follow, though, a basic PHP knowledge might come in handy.

How to build Apache 2.4, PHP 5.4 and MySQL/MariaDB from source on older Linux systems

Note: This is a blog post I wrote about 9 months ago but never actually never finished. The server this was for died upon me so I was not able to verify that this was bulletproof and kinda forgot about the hole post before today. I'll decided though to publish it as is.

Some of us (lik me) are stuck with old Centos 4.x installations. My web servers are located hundreds of miles away and gaining physical access make a Centos 4.x to 5.x/6.x upgrade more and less impossible. The second best way of fixing this is to compile your LAMP stack from source, should say AMP then the scope of this is not to compile the Linux kernel. Was original hoping for that someone had prepacked RPM/SRPM packages but could not find any repo. what where not out of date.

Not dead, just pining for the fjords

So I'm not dead. Just been to lazy or stressed out to write anything on my own blog. I'm still here and I'm still working full time with Drupal. I joined the University of Bergen, which is the second biggest university in Norway, in the end of February 2012 for a two/three year Drupal project. My ability to take on new projects have been temporary reduced. By all means, I have not stopped taking on other projects. I try squeezing in a few in when I can, then I find new projects both fun and existing. Nice breaks from the big system we are building at the University.

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