Learn Something New Everyday

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Recently, I realized that I learn a lot of new things for my vocation and general life experience, but I don't recognize and appreciate those learning moments. I noticed that days would pass and I couldn't remember what I learned. I am sure we all learn things every day, but much of those experiences are passive learning. While passive learning is a natural part of living, I want to have some planned and active learning in my life. Also, I want my study and learning to be multi-discipled.

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Vagrant Plugins

Vagrant logo Many developers use Vagrant to maintain development environments. Some may not realize that there is a Vagrant plugin architecture that can extended functionality. Plugins provide a wide range of functionality including, new commands, low level Vagrant interaction with action hooks, new providers to replace VirtualBox, and extended host and guest capabilities.

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Use Drush Policy to Prevent Overwriting Production Databases and Files

Drush logo There is no doubt that Drush is a magical tool in the Drupal community. Two very useful tools in the Drush "Swiss Army Knife" include drush sql-sync and drush core-rsync. These tools allow copying databases and files between Drupal instances.

If you need to have access to run Drush commands on a production server or via a Drush alias for a production server, policy.drush.inc can help prevent some devastating mistakes. Accidentally overwriting production databases and files can impact you and your clients negatively. The Github gist below shows how the built-in Drush policy functionality can prevent sql-sync and core-rsync from running against any Drupal instance that has a destination with prod in the name. This works for Drush aliases too.

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Creating Focus for Productivity

I want to share some things that I try to do daily to help me focus and remain productive. By themselves, these may seem like trite tips because the are not what's important. What's most important has to do with my immediate and long term goals. Using these suggestions help me create an environment of focus, which helps increase my productivity.

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vim-plug: A simple, fast, and intuitive plugin manager

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Vim setups can be very personal since there are so many configuration options available. While stock Vim can do much, it doesn't take very long to figure out that you need a plugin manager to quickly access a world of new functionality. Vim plugins can provide integrations, commands, syntax highlighting, and more. Check out VimAwesome to get an idea of what can be accomplished with plugins.

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