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Render a menu tree from custom code in Drupal 8

Having menus rendered on a site in Drupal 8 is pretty simple. Most of the time this can be accomplished with site building, in a few clicks. And if you need some more advanced features on top of what the Drupal 8 core has, you can also have a look at modules like Menu Block, or have a look at this (a bit outdated) contributed modules for menus page.

However, you may have some special requirements, for example, to display some small portion of a menu inside the template of a node. There is no simple 'site building' solution for that. You most probably need to code a bit.

April 13, 2017

Debug Solr queries

Solr is great! When you have a site even with not so much content and you want to have a full text search, then using Solr as a search engine will improve a lot the speed of the search itself and the accuracy of the results. But, as most of the times happen, all the good things also come with a drawback too. In this case, we talk about a new system which our web application will communicate to. This means that, even if the system is pretty good by default, you have to be able in some cases to understand more deeply how the system works.This means that, besides being able to configure the system, you have to know how you can debug it. We'll see in the following how we can debug the Solr queries which our applications use for searching, but first let’s think of a concrete example when we need to debug a query.

June 30, 2015
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