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Pedal to the Drupal metal: Views Accelerator

When caching is not an option, Drupal sites employing the Views module may find their performances bound by it. Getting to the bottom of this issue on a number of sites we discovered that performance benefits are to be gained in an unlikely corner of Views. We published a first version of the Views Accelerator module for everyone to reap those benefits. You’re invited to give it a burl. A couple of clicks on the UI could be all it takes to put a smile on the performance dial.

XHProf speedy install to pinpointing slow performance

XHProf is a great server-side performance profiler. And as we say in our Drupal community… "there is a module for that". Great as it is, the Drupal XHProf module comes with little documentation. So finding out how and where to install some of the unmentioned bits and pieces can be a chore. Especially when you find yourself faced with downloading and compiling various components on a machine that doesn’t have the full gamut of tools like pecl, apt-get or Homebrew, etc ready to go.

So this is what I normally do for Macs, greatly facilitated by Cameron Tod's very handy page.

"But that's easy in Drupal, isn't it?"

Many a time a customer’s casual challenge of “But that’s easy in Drupal isn’t it?” has resulted in us taking up the gauntlet and putting in some hard yards to indeed "make that easy”.

Clearly 8,500 D7 modules on is not enough.

Gorgeous Google map canvasses for your Drupal site: just Copy & Paste

I love maps.

I love gardens too.

Not keen on gardening, though.

So while the Google Maps API allows you to create beautiful map styles, that does not mean I enjoy spending hours or days doing that. Plus I don’t have the artistic prowess.

But the contributors to Snazzy Maps do.

Read more and drool...

Putting out our trash

Two modules that come in handy for sites viewed on tablets and phones -- and laptops too!

Table Trash: adds responsiveness and other bells and whistles to your tables —Sniff this garbage here.

Label Trash: applies the Float Label pattern to input fields and text areas — Sniff this garbage there.


Gut feelings about Drupal 8

When the question When is D8 ready? was asked during a leadership Q&A session at DrupalCon Prague, the responses were testament to an orchestration of unity. None of the house-trained members of the panel dared to go beyond the “it’s ready when it’s ready” response.

At flink we're not afraid of speaking out for the sake of some great debate.

So here are some thoughts we have. Caution: may provoke. The comment box is open!

Drupal 8: contrib roads, take me home

Let's start with some good news about Drupal version 8, in particular the D8 contrib space.

Backdrop proves the case for Top Shelf Modules

Less than a month after this, we saw last week the launch of a 60-day $50,000 fundraising campaign for Backdrop, the brain child of "founding forker" quicksketch, Drupal Evangelist at Lullabot (says his profile) and D6/7 module developer extraordinaire (says I).

Drupal 8: to embrace or to brace yourself?

Seven tips and traps that make D7 developers go :-) and @#$&*!

When a steam train like D8 rolls your way, resistance is futile. You either jump aside --and some "big" names have done so-- or you jump aboard.

For D7 developers wanting to join the D8 ride, this article critiques some common D8 misconceptions, hopefully making onboarding less precarious.

Combatting technical debt in Drupal 8

Emotive discussions have been and are being held about Drupal8, Symfony2 and "all that" in various forums and blogs. Examples can be found here and just this weekend here. The latter coincides with the sad withdrawal from D8 core by two "hero" contributors to both D8 core and contrib.