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. He's having a blast now with Golang and Kubernetes. Always something new around the next corner.

Posts by Randy Fay:

DDEV-Local Usage Statistics (Updated 2019-03-21)

We introduced opt-in instrumentation using Sentry.io in DDEV-Local v1.5.0 (December 2018). This feature sends some information about ddev usage so that we can understand our users better and help you do your best work. Now that we’re a few months in we’ve learned a number of things, and so appreciate those of you who opted-in to … Continued

DDEV-Local NFS Mounting Setup: macOS

In DDEV-Local v1.6.0 we’ve introduced NFS mounting, which really speeds things up over standard Docker mounting. We’d love to have you try it, but it does require just a little bit of configuration on the host side. In the above chart are some quick performance comparisons. Here you see times for a Drupal 8 install … Continued

DDEV v1.6.0: NFS Mounting and Chocolatey

We’ve just released DDEV v1.6.0! This release includes NFS mounting and Chocolatey for Windows. Install or upgrade now. Here are a couple of highlights: NFS Mounting – DDEV now supports NFS mounting into the container on all platforms. This provides nearly the speed increase of the experimental macOS webcache feature, but with far greater reliability. … Continued

DDEV v1.5.2: Linuxbrew, php-apcu, Ghostscript and more

We’ve just released DDEV v1.5.2! This is a minor release with a couple of very useful features. Install or upgrade now. Here are a couple highlights: Added Linuxbrew for DDEV installation – Linuxbrew is now our preferred install/upgrade technique on all Linux distributions. This makes installation easy and upgrades even easier. We would have loved … Continued

DDEV-Local’s new webcache feature

In DDEV-Local v1.5.0 we introduced a feature called “webcache” which substitutes a fast filesystem in the web container for the slower Docker mount that we’ve been using. Docker on macOS and Windows really struggles with direct filesystem mounts, and so this is a workaround. Here’s how it works: We introduce a Docker volume mount (which … Continued

DDEV v1.5.0 – PHP & MariaDB Versions, Experimental MacOS Webcache, Improved Windows Composer Symlinks

We’ve just released DDEV v1.5.0! Install or upgrade now. (Helpful hint! You can now watch for releases on GitHub). Here are some highlights, and a couple ways you can easily contribute: Support for MariaDB v10.1 & v10.2 – MariaDB 10.1 is available with “mariadb_version: 10.1” in your .ddev/config.yaml, or run: ddev config –mariadb-version=10.1 This will … Continued

Eight (more) ways to get the most out of DDEV-Local

In this post, I’m going to give you a quick overview of some tips, tricks, and a couple of cool geeky features DDEV-Local users often overlook. From the start, we’ve had a vision of building a dev-to-deploy toolset. We started with DDEV-Local to give you a stable, reliable, universal local development environment. To create a … Continued

Getting started with DDEV and Composer

Composer came into the PHP world to help with dependency-management—managing the growing network of external libraries that modern applications rely on. If you’re setting up a PHP development environment with Composer for TYPO3 or Drupal 8, DDEV-Local can help make it easier. DDEV now has built-in Composer commands so you don’t have to install Composer … Continued

Save-as-you-go and make backups in a jiffy with DDEV-Local

To us, the ideal local development environment should be fast and easy to use and give you what you need to get your job done. DDEV-Local’s ddev snapshot command helps you recover quickly, and the new `export-db` command makes you portable backups in a jiffy. Here’s how to easily save and restore databases with DDEV-Local, so … Continued

DDEV v1.4.0 – In-container composer commands, SSH authentication, database export

We’ve just released DDEV v1.4.0! Install or upgrade now. Here are some highlights, and new commands: ddev composer now provides in-container composer commands for just about everything you might want to use composer for. Many users, especially Windows users, were resorting complicated workarounds to get the composer functionality they needed. Plus, the composer cache is … Continued