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Peter Anderson

Christian - Husband & Father - Web Developer

Introducing the first Backdrop challenge!

Block puzzle


I love puzzles! The little metal ones you have to disassemble and re-assemble, escape rooms (though I've only ever done online point-and-click ones), even Mastermind. I recently saw videos online of a guy solving 'sequential discovery' puzzles. These are intricate devices that, for example, require you to find a hidden pin, then use that pin to push a button, which releases a drawer containing a code that you can use to open the puzzle and find the treasure. Watching these videos I had the thought that I could create something like that in Backdrop CMS. And with Backdrop's 5th...

The Evolution of a Site designs over the years

This site just got a bit of a makeover. I changed the layout and the theme, and I wrote about the how and the why in a Backdrop CMS Showcase article.

That got me thinking about the previous designs this site has had in the past. So I went hunting and found the different versions of my site over the years. The dates are approximate, generally the year that version was last used before I changed to the next one. The earlier versions I got from static HTML files I have backed up on my computer, the rest were from the Wayback Machine.

Creating a GitHub-like editing experience in Backdrop

I'm a big fan of the editing experience in GitHub. Through using GitHub over the last few years for my contributions to various open-source projects (mainly Backdrop CMS), I've learnt to write posts in Markdown and love the way GitHub makes it easy to add syntax-highlighted code snippets, insert images, etc. I wanted to replicate some of that functionality in Backdrop, so here's what I did...

The Old Baking Dish

A pastor was giving the message to his congregation one Sunday morning when he recounted the following story:

"My wife and I have this old baking dish that we picked up somewhere many years ago. It's a good quality baking dish, which is why we like it, but it's stained and doesn't look very nice. We've tried cleaning it with all sorts of products and chemicals, but the stains simply refuse to come off. So now we've given up. We'll still use it for baking, but not as much as we'd like to."

"One night we had some friends over for dinner. My wife had cooked so much food that we'd run out of...