Minimum Skillset for Using BLT

BLT is a tool that reaches far beyond Drupal development, and because of this developers planning on using it should working knowledge of the following technologies in order to be successful.

See the System Requirements for installing / using BLT. It is strongly urged that you use a Mac for local development, although certain versions of Linux and Windows 10 can also be used. Other operating systems should not be used for BLT development.

Enterprise Web Development

Development Environment

BLT can be operated on any "LAMP" stack that will run Drupal.


This project aims to make spinning up a simple local Drupal test/development environment incredibly quick and easy, and to introduce new developers to the wonderful world of Drupal development on local virtual machines (instead of crufty old MAMP/WAMP-based development).


Acquia Dev Desktop is a free app that allows you to run and develop Drupal sites locally on your computer and optionally host them using Acquia Cloud. Use Acquia Dev Desktop to evaluate Drupal, add and test other Drupal modules, and develop sites while on a plane or away from an internet connection.

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Dependency Management


Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage (install/update) them for you.

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Common Commands

Version Control


Git is a version control system (VCS) for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. It is primarily used for software development, but it can be used to keep track of changes in any files.

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Common Commands

Deployment Management

Continuous Integration / Deployment

Travis CI

Travis CI is a hosted, distributed continuous integration service used to build and test software projects hosted at GitHub.

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Additional / Optional Skills


GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, and wikis for every project.

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Automated Testing


Behat is an open source Behavior-Driven Development framework for PHP. It is a tool to support you in delivering software that matters through continous communication, deliberate discovery and test-automation.

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PHPUnit is a programmer-oriented testing framework for PHP.

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Back End Technologies


PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

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We also strongly recommend an IDE for PHP Development Such as

Front End Technologies

These are technologies used by the COG theme and while not directly part of BLT, they are often integrated directly into BLT commands.


gulp is a toolkit for automating painful or time-consuming tasks in your development workflow, so you can stop messing around and build something.

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Common Commands


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npm is the package manager for JavaScript. Find, share, and reuse packages of code from hundreds of thousands of developers — and assemble them in powerful new ways.

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