Articles related to Drupal, our favorite content management system at Four Kitchens.

Case study: Big gains from small changes

One of our clients came to us with a performance issue on their Drupal 6 multi-site installation. Views were taking ages to save, the admin pages seemed unnecessarily sluggish, and clearing the cache put the site in danger of going down. They reported that the issue was most noticeable in their state-of-the-art hosting environment, yet was not reproducible on a local copy of the site — a baffling scenario as their 8 web heads and 2 database servers were mostly idle while the site struggled along.

Node.js and Drupal

Drupal is a great platform, but it can’t do everything. As your site grows, you’ll likely encounter use cases that Drupal can’t or shouldn’t do. Some examples include interacting with third-party APIs while preserving good page loads, or performing repeated actions (polling, etc) that result in site updates. Fortunately, separating these kinds of problems from Drupal and moving them to specialized “sub-stacks” within or near your Drupal stack is easy to do.

DrupalCamp Austin goes mobile

With DrupalCamp Austin coming up this weekend, the web chefs have been working overtime to make things a bit easier on everyone at the camp. We’ve relaunched the website so that it works on everyone’s mobile devices while they hustle about between sessions. Instead of building a separate app, we’ve baked this mobile friendliness straight into the website using responsive web design.

DrupalCon Denver sessions: Web Chef edition

It’s about that time again! Although it’s six months away DrupalCon Denver is ramping up, and session submissions are ready to be voted on by the wonderful Drupal community members. There are almost 600 submissions this year covering every aspect of design, development, mobile, and business strategy. Read on for the informational feasts prepared by the Web Chefs for Denver 2012:

Mad Skillz Self-Assessment Experience

mad skillz sheet

Want to find out how mad your skillz are? Attendees of the DrupalCon London session, Mad Skillz: Become the Best in the World, will be rating their skillz in eighteen Drupal development categories. Points are also given for essential traits, like good communication skills.

DrupalCon London

DrupalCon London is next week and if you’re lucky enough to attend, get ready to have your mind blown by the top minds in the Drupal community. We’re sending two web chefs to escape the Texas heat and bask in the grey skies and rich culture of London*. Here’s what they’ll be presenting:

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