Preston So

What happens when you have a connection that isn't working, but you have a mission-critical document that you need to collaborate on with others around the world? The problem of peer-to-peer collaboration in an offline environment is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for editorial organizations and enterprises. As we continue to work on documents together on flights, trains, and buses, offline-first shared editing is now a base-level requirement rather than a pipe dream. Yjs, an...

Preston So

Quality assurance (QA) is no longer the phrase that drove developers to recoil in horror and customers to run away to examine their balance sheets. Testing is quickly transforming the way developers work as the number of solutions and approaches increases substantially, especially in recent years. Given the continued promulgation of compelling solutions when it comes to continuous integration (CI) and new software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors, testing is now a prerequisite rather than an afterthought. Nevertheless,...

Preston So

At the moment, real-time collaboration is one of the hottest topics in the content management space. After all, one of the key features still absent from many content management systems (CMS) is shared editing among multiple users that successfully handles a variety of conditions. Applications like Google Docs, for instance, leverage a centralized server that manages all operations, but emerging frameworks, Yjs the most prominent among them, are challenging this paradigm with peer-to-peer approaches instead....

Preston So

Decoupled Drupal has been a trending topic for years in the Drupal community as well as the larger CMS landscape. What do some of the pioneers of the decoupled Drupal phenomenon have to say about what's possible today for decoupled Drupal and what's in store for practitioners? From GraphQL v4, to live preview with Gatsby, to Web Components browser support, innovation in the Drupal community is now quickly challenging some of our initial assumptions and...

Preston So

Testing is becoming an essential keyword and toolkit for developers and development teams who seek to architect and implement successful and performant websites. Thanks to the unprecedented growth in automated testing tools and continuous integration (CI) solutions for all manner of web projects, testing is now table stakes for any implementation. That said, many developers find automated testing to be an altogether intimidating area of exploration. Fortunately, when paired with a development culture that values...

Preston So

Over the course of Drupal’s lengthy history, one of the most common feature requests has been automatic updates. A common complaint of Drupal site administrators, especially those who have smaller sites updated less frequently, is the frequently complex and drawn-out process required to update a Drupal site from one minor version to another. Updates can involve a difficult set of highly specific steps that challenge even the most patient among us. Indeed, many in the...

Preston So

WebRTC, a protocol that facilitates peer-to-peer communication between two clients via the browser, is now supported by all modern browsers. Since its introduction it has mainly been used for web conferencing solutions, but WebRTC is ideal for a variety of other use cases as well. Because of its wide platform support, creating peer-to-peer applications for the web is now more straightforward than ever. But how do you manage many people working together at the same...

Preston So

Automated tests are rapidly becoming a prerequisite for successful web projects, owing to the proliferation of automated testing tools and an explosion of continuous integration (CI) services that ensure the success of web implementations. Nonetheless, for many developers who are new to the space, automated testing can be an intimidating and altogether novel area that causes more than a few groans at weekly meetings. Luckily, with the right development culture and testing infrastructure in place,...

Preston So

With the release of Drupal 8.8, Drush is also due for an upgrade — to Drush 10. For this venerable command-line interface that many Drupal developers know intimately well, what does the present and future look like? What considerations should we keep in mind when selecting Drupal Console or Drush? What new features are available in Drush 10 that characterize the new CI/CD approaches we see expanding in the Drupal community? In this Tag1 Team...

Preston So

Testing has become an important topic in recent years thanks to the explosion of testing technologies and continuous integration (CI) approaches but also due to the need for an ever-widening range of tests for a variety of use cases. For many developers, understanding how to incorporate testing into their development workflows can be daunting due to the many terms involved and, worse yet, the many tools available both in software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and in open-source...