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Drupal SA-CORE-2014-005

Drupal Security threats and how we respond at NEWMEDIA! Here at NEWMEDIA! we are constantly learning and improving. Over the course of the past year we have been refining our continuous integration and hosting platforms as they relate to Drupal. A significant threat, and subsequent fix has been identifeid in all versions of Drupal 7 … Continued

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A Tool for Opscode Chef Cookbook Readme Generation

Consistency is the key to successful engineering teams. Here at Newmedia we are constantly seeking ways of providing tools to allow our engineers to be more efficient. The consistency is critical when understanding and managing the technical debt created by a team of intelligent people. One area we spend a fair amount of time focusing … Continued

Integration Testing with KitchenCI First Steps

Integration Testing with KitchenCI First Steps

When you want to test the integration of your snowflake data into your environments you should consider KitchenCI. You should understand Test Driven Development with RSpec and Chef to such a degree that you have exhausted it as a resource. In that post we created a set of acceptance criteria and tests that support a … Continued

Setting up to develop with Chef Data and Cookbooks.

Setting Up to Develop with Chef Data and Cookbooks

Think of the chef repo as your snowflake, or the data that makes your organization unique. One of the hardest challenges, at this stage, is keeping the unique pieces of your data contained in such a way that it supports the principles we touched on at the beginning of this series. When you work with … Continued

Getting Started with Chef Cookbooks

Getting Started with Chef Cookbooks

A challenge faced by users of Open Source lies in understanding how to properly evaluate and use a given piece of code. Let’s walk through evaluating and getting set up to work with an opscode chef cookbook in the context of our ideal system. These examples will focus on our nmdbase cookbook from a development … Continued

Ruby Dependency Management with Bundler

Ruby Dependency Management with Bundler

Managing dependencies is a difficult task in any system. Bundler makes it almost enjoyable for Ruby! Bundler is a dependency manager for Ruby. Projects that are cognizant of dependency management are more favorable than those that rely on manual management. Bundler creates project (or folder) specific bundles of gems with specific versions for that project’s … Continued

Ruby Version Manager

Ruby Version Manager

In this post we learn to manage Ruby versions with the Ruby Version Manager or RVM. Ruby is a useful language and we use it extensively. As developers we need the ability to quickly move between installed versions of Ruby as necessary to work against. This need was recently highlighted by the release of OSX … Continued