IIS Chef

IIS Chef is an infrastructure-as-code tooling utility for Windows environments, specifically targeted at deploying applications on IIS and Windows.

You describe your application needs (storage, IIS configuration, etc.) on a configuration file that is part of you artifact's/source, and Chef will deploy accordingly.

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To quickly install the powershell CMDLet in your system with the latest build place the following code in a .bat file and run it:

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Installing Magento on Windows and IIS

In this post we will explore the details of deploying Magento E-commerce on Windows and IIS. We will be focusing exclusively on elements and configurations relevant to that software stack, but the rest of the installation and deployment process will still be briefly covered. Note that being Magento a commercially supported product, the offical setup guides are detailed very thoroughly.

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Continuous integration and testing with Drupal on AppVeyor

You can now easily test your Drupal projects on AppVeyor. Currently, AppVeyor is the major player in CI regarding Windows Servers. On other CI systems (Travis, Bitbucket pipelines) you are limited to Docker containers for the *nix platform. (This will soon change as some CI will throw Windows containers into the mix).

Until then, the only tool to CI your Drupal (or any PHP project) on a Windows based environment using IIS is AppVeyor.

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Remote debugging production PHP applications with XDebug

In this post we will see how to debug a remote PHP based application using XDebug and SSH tunnels, with a setup that can be used even on production environments (because, yes, some edge case issues will only appear in production).

Xdebug on production environments? This is a no-go on most situations. But sometimes there is no other alternative. Directly hooking into a production environment to dig through an issue that you cannot reproduce locally can save you a lot of time, and reduce your application downtime.

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Profiling Drupal: XHprof, Uprofiler, Tideways with PHP7 on Linux and Windows

Being able to analyze and monitor - with ease - the performance of your application is a key part to the success of any web based project. Not only because a slow site might negatively affect conversions, but as Drupal 8 is shifting away from websites and more into complex web based applications, specific business transactions are becoming more important. Considering Drupal's historical poor performance when it comes to "backend" operations, having proper profiling tools is a must.

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Couchbase 4.5 released: now x6 faster than MongoDB

Last week the Couchbase team released the new 4.5 version of Couchbase Server.

You can see all the new introduced features here:

http://www.couchbase.com/binaries/content/assets/us/product/couchbase-se...

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Paidware Terms and Conditions

PAIDWARE LICENSE

PREAMBLE

This license is a trimmed down version of the GNU General Public License v3 open source license that explicitly limits the ability to convey the source code and any derivative works.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

0. Definitions.

“This License” refers to this license.

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Fighting Spam In Drupal: Big Pipe to the rescue

On a previous post I explained how we are using BigPipe in Drupal 7 (Cheap Pipe (sort of BigPipe) in Drupal 7). Besides all the known benefits of big pipe, there is a less known side effect that might help you fight spam.

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Google analytics done right: successful business analytics

The basics

If you run an online business you should take analytics very seriously. Improving sales, conversions and any other objectives your web application has is an iterative process that needs to be based on measurable and meaningful indicators.

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Running Drupal 8 on PHP 7

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