Module Filter module and autotranslation

I’m back to working on the multilingual stuff. i went through all my changes to quality so that i could replicate them to prod. one of the modules that i installed that is really helpful is the Module Filter module. even with judicious installation of modules, i have still wound up with more than 100 installed and enabled modules. my sandbox is even worse. it’s really easy to be that kid in the candy store and install everything that you might like. this module allows several filtering options and summary details like enabled out of installed. very helpful. get it. you’ll like it.

this module for multilingual stuff looks promising.

http://drupal.org/project/comment_translate

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SSL on Production

I was able to install the SSL cert on prod in less than 5 minutes. that is the advantage of setting up a quality environment that truly matches prod; you can make the prod changes so easily and help keep your prod environment pristine.

now back to the multilingual stuff. i hate to get distracted but i really hate creds in clear text. ssl had to be done.

SSL installed on Quality

this link was fantastic and worked perfectly. I now have ssl running on my quality site.

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Https – this is applicable to centos, which is what i am using in qual/prod

this is why centos is such a great choice for linux. great support!

SSL, Linux and you

Today I am going to place an SSL cert on my quality site and then, following change management BPs, my prod site.

i’ve worked with ssl for years in the corporate environment and relatively easy to do. and simpler than a lot of people realize. you don’t need to spend four figures with verisign to leverage ssl. ssl can be free and the only trade off is that you’ll need to install the cert in your local store (not hard to do at all) so that your browser will recognize and trust it, or just deal with a message that the cert may not be valid because it doesn’t “chain” in the local store.

Here’s one good link:

http://slacksite.com/apache/webserver.php

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Https – this is applicable to centos, which is what i am using in qual/prod

if you want to see all the certs in your local store you can do it with the certificates snap in for the mmc on your windows box. i won’t go into all the steps but if someone has questions, post and i’ll help.

the bottom line is, use ssl. you don’t want to use a user name and password field over port 80. that is just inviting trouble. and even the cheap certs like digicert are fine. with verisign, you’re paying for a cert that will be recognized by as many browsers worldwide as possible. and you’re paying for their cust service. which is really good. if your site will be local to the us, buy a cheap cert and use it.

WAMP and Aptana code editor

well, i have all my great drupal environments setup. but as i started working with php code in aptana, i realized pretty quickly that i was going to need a local web server to test the php pages. so, install apache for windows xp. let me digress. windows xp is one of the best OSs ever developed. this MCSE isn’t big on MS much these days but XP is still a masterpiece. it will run so much stuff and run it well. i have a nearly ten year old dell running XP and it works great. it will run all the modern open source crap that i want and it is as solid as a rock. there is a reason that the biz community ran XP for as long as it did. and DOES. there are still millions of PCs out there in offices all over the place that run xp. there just isn’t a good reason to get rid of it when it will do 96% of what you need on hardware that is now pretty old. the only thing it won’t run that i actually care about is IE9. and i would never use that anyway if i didn’t have to plan my development around its css quirks.

i love XP. it’s great and it is a product like americans used to make: no planned¬†obsolescence.

so, i’m installing a full WAMP server. most of the config for WAMP was pretty easy. the hard part was getting aptana to work properly with apache and the installed browsers so that the preview features could be used. for clues on that i am attaching a SS of what my server config looked like in aptana. it was a pain and i don’t believe that it was well documented. so, i posted what i did to stackoverflow here:¬†http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12188045/aptana-studio-3-generic-server-doesnt-support-start/14402908#14402908