Randy Fay

Randy Fay

Randy loves dueling with computers and his career has spanned Apple ][ home automation, Unix/Linux kernel driver development, Windows, Drupal, and loads of fun system administration and DevOps work. After years of Drupal work he's delighted to be working on DDEV-Local, which provides an easy way to do web development locally.

Posts by Randy Fay:

What’s so different about DDEV-Local?

In 2020, users from designers to developers to testers and open source contributors have a wide variety of local development environments to chose from. Because most of the tools and platforms we use will run in many different operating systems and environments, we have the option of rolling our own, using a commercial project like … Continued

DDEV-Local and PHPStorm Debugging with WSL2

WSL2 with DDEV-Local is a wonderful new world for Windows developers. The performance is incredible (on a par with native Linux installations) and the WSL2 command-line environment is fresh and clean. As noted in the WSL2 blog article, Visual Studio Code is doing great with WSL2, but PHPStorm is lagging a bit behind. However, it … Continued

Congratulations on Drupal 9 ?

Congratulations to the Drupal community on today’s release of Drupal 9! It’s another amazing milestone in the 20-year story of Drupal. Drupal 9 is set up to make migration from Drupal 8 easy, and is very much an incremental step, incorporating newer versions of Symfony and modernizing Drupal with a cleaner, leaner codebase. Thank you … Continued

DDEV-Local Usage Statistics (Updated 2020-05-18)

Many of you allow DDEV-Local to use telemetry to collect statistics about DDEV usage. Thanks! We last shared these stats with you way back in March, 2019, so it’s time for an update. Here’s a report about usage patterns from recent months. Operating System Usage: Because DDEV-Local works the same on macOS, Windows, and Linux, … Continued

Open source collaboration: signing_tools for macOS Catalina

As Apple has ratcheted up the pressure on developers with new security requirements, we wanted the users of both DDEV-Local and DDEV-Live to have command-line tools they could depend on without macOS Catalina randomly disabling them and making life difficult. It’s been a challenging task, with Apple first requiring code signing and then later increasing … Continued

DDEV, Docker, Chromebook!

Updated 2021-01-25 with input from @ops-andy (thanks!) DDEV-Local and Docker work fine for local development on an inexpensive Chromebook! I’d been wanting to try out a Chromebook for DDEV-Local development for a while and I confess that I did an impulse buy on Amazon and got the 8GB Asus C425 for $329, which is a … Continued

Controlling CMS Settings Files in DDEV-Local

One DDEV-Local feature that lots of people love is DDEV’s creation and management of CMS-specific settings files. This makes starting and installing a new project a breeze, and is a fantastic time-saver for many users. People can follow one of the many DDEV-Local Quickstart Guides and have a project up and installed in no time. … Continued

Customizing DDEV-Local images with a custom Dockerfile

Did you know that you can customize DDEV-Local Docker images with some very simple changes? We talked about web container customization a little with the release of DDEV-Local 1.8.0, and now we’re back with more details! There are two major ways to customize your DDEV-Local web image, but they’re mutually incompatible: Add a Debian package … Continued

DDEV-Local Database Management

Updated 2020-12-07 DDEV-Local provides lots and lots of flexibility for you in managing your databases between your local development, staging and production environments. Most people know about ddev import-db and ddev export-db but those tools now have more flexibility and there are plenty of other adaptable ways to work with your databases. Remember, you can … Continued

Ten more ways to increase your efficiency with DDEV-Local

Sometimes as the releases go by not everybody ends up noticing new features in DDEV-Local. People liked it the last time we did a “remember these simple new features” article, so here comes another one: Built-in docs: Never forget you can just type ddev (which shows all available commands) and ddev help <command>. Those are … Continued