Whenever I hear the word batch, I think of a nice, delicious batch of homemade cookies, and while the Drupal Batch API might not taste as good, understanding how to use it is an essential part of every Drupal developer's toolkit. 


In my last post in this series, I started going down the theming rabbit hole for Backdrop. A lot of that was very similar to my experience with Drupal 7 (D7), but separating the regions from the theme files was a really nice addition. 

Now, we are going to dive into more of a back-end-related discussion. To do so, we'll be converting the XML Sitemap module to be able to run on Backdrop. It was the most popular module I could see, other than CTools, that hadn't been ported to Backdrop. Since it has no dependencies, I thought it would be good for me to start on this one. 


In my last post in this series, I went over my motivations for exploring Backdrop and a few of the differences between it and Drupal 7 (D7). In this post, I'll actually go over setting up Backdrop and pushing code up to a server. 


In my last post in this series, I went over setting up Backdrop on Pantheon and in a local environment. After I setup a Drupal site, or now Backdrop site, I usually head straight into the theme section. I've never actually left a site in Bartik that I can remember so I always begin the process of creating a sub-theme. 


I think I first heard about Backdrop CMS from the Weekly Drop. As many Drupal developers do, I have a Wednesday ritual of pausing and surfing through the weekly headlines over a cup of coffee. Usually, I save a few articles for reading later, but on this particular Wednesday what do I see but...whoa, a fork? 


Some people say it might be the altitude, some the sun, and some the Rocky Mountain Oysters, but I usually enter a certain state of bliss when I arrive in Denver...well after the initial lightheadedness and itchy eyes. But at least I'm a cheap date for the first night or so ;)

I glided into Drupalcamp Colorado on a bike on a gloriously sunny Saturday morning. The King Center wasn't hard to find and was a pretty proper venue IMHO. The best part was having pianos in some of the rooms...I'll get to why in a second. 


I know, I know...certification is a dirty word in the open source world. There are a lot of opinions out there on why you should or shouldn't try to get a certification if you primarily work with open source projects. Unlike other IT fields, open source web development is notorious for lacking decent certification programs a nascent developer can work towards getting to show employers they are worth something. In this post, I'll walk you down my reasoning for trying to obtain two PHP-based certifications and how I plan to accomplish my goals.