We had a meetup on High Performance Drupal last night (see link) and being a fan of high performance systems/applications, I attended. Robert Brown did a fantastic presentation on using newrelic to diagnose potential issues in your application stack (it has hooks specifically for drupal in addition to the other niceties such as apache, memcache, solr; I didn't realize you could also monitor your site with it). I look forward to talking with him more on the subject of performance in the future.
To get myself more fully acquainted with Nginx, I decided to finally take the plunge and move out of using Apache. To note, I do not have any real problems with Apache; it has treated me very well for years; It is flexible and very easy to configure. I've also been using Varnish as an HTTP accelerator on this blog for a few months and given that I'm dealing with anonymous folk viewing content, the setup was more than adequate. But I have also heard great things about nginx for the past couple of years...
As part of a lightning talk, I did a lightning talk at a Drupal Meetup in LA on the Field Collection module for Drupal 7. For those that do not know, Field Collection is a successor to the multigroup module in CCK from Drupal 6. It allows a user to associate a grouping of fields as one field to for any type of entity (including another field collection so you can have nested field groupings inside other field groupings).
Since the last time I posted on using the JQuery UI Datepicker for event navigation, we launched the site that I built out this functionality for (if you are interested, visit REDCAT). A few months ago, we received a feature request to extend the set of functionality by displaying (or highlighting) the list of events that occur in a given month.
I was recently tasked to import data from a deprecated database table (Q&A) into a Drupal 6 site. Regarding the data that was being imported in:
- It is a one-time import.
- It boiled down as one flat database file
- No new content of this type will be added again. Ever.
- It should not appear in search results
- They need an easy way to go through all the data.
- It would be great if it could be filtered through and made searchable.
Last week, Jakub Suchy proposed an action for Drupal developers to contribute 30 minutes each day for 5 days (this week) towards the Drupal community. This can involve anything from providing support on forums/irc to writing/reviewing patches to documentation (and so on and so forth). So I am laying out some of my plans and join us in making Drupal better for everyone.
A few years ago, Khalid wrote a wonderful script that would help make your apache server sane again after the opcode caching on the server started to throw segmentation faults (he aptly named it logwatcher). It was great because APC would crash for unknown reasons at the time and completely kill a website. It took care of an important issue (the one change I had made was to clear the apc cache instead of restarting the server but all in all, super ^_^).
Over this past weekend (August 6 and 7, 2011), the LA Drupal User Group held its annual Drupal Camp. There were 55 sessions planned over the 2 days by various members of the LA Drupal community (with a few by those visiting LA just for this camp ^_^). I don't know what to say that hasn't been said by more eloquent bloggers but it was a whole lot of fun :D
Thanks to some of my projects being completed ahead of schedule, I was able to go to the Drupal Meetup in Santa Monica (LINK) last night. John Romine had a question for the community on how to alter one of the fields in his view to render the way he would like, Jeremy Stoller went about it by doing things at the theme layer while I (as usual) approached it by doing this at the module layer (depending on what you want to do, either way works).
I am a big fan of the Display Suite module. Its quite flexible and gets you up and running with a look/feel fairly quickly. One of my favourite features of Display Suite is that you can create various build modes so that they can power your views or results or have then get used in a various areas of your site. Find out how I keep things speedy through the use of the Entity Cache module with Drush.