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DrupalCon Chicago Roundup

on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:40pm

I'm going to be posting videos and comments from DrupalCon Chicago, hopefully as close to real-time as possible. Please stay tuned for more!

Session: Core Conversation: Why our approach to the deployment problem is all wrong

There was a lot of discussion about getting rid of hook_node_load, and an excellent point about the need for a batching system that will allow a way to manage those processes that take longer than a user's normal "one-click" expectation.

Call to action: if you run across an action that a module implements that cannot be done in drush, please submit a critical issue in

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Drupalista Tena Murphy gives roundup of Houston's Southwest Drupal Summit

on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 8:28pm

Fellow Drupalista ( Tena Murphy, recently went to the Southwest Drupal Summit in Houston, and attended a great session on Rapid Module Development presented by Jason Smith ( Among his other great tips and tricks, he left the attendees with a couple of very useful links:

  • Jason suggested using Form Builder module ( to build a form and then export the generated PHP code so you can cut and paste it into your module!  
  • His full conference notes are to be found
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Mac OS X (DAMP) to Pantheon tips

on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 1:31pm

Pantheon is an amazing product. I am thrilled that we are able to participate as beta users in their product. However, as with all beta products, some of the "nice-to-haves" are not quite in place yet, as they focus on polishing the "must-haves" first (and the must-haves are truly delightful in Pantheon's implementation). As a Mac OS X users, and having become addicted to using DAMP for my local development environment, there are a few hurdles to overcome to make the workflow smooth and fast.

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Great Podcasts from Mustardseed Media

on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 12:52am

This is a wonderful collection of video podcasts presented by Mustardseed Media - excellent! Here's a partial list of offerings (reprinted from the URL above):

 DescriptionOriginally RecordedWatch

On this week's Drupal podcast, Bob tackles the nodequeue module. This module allows arbirary sorting of content for use in views (and other places), putting sort orders in the hands of clients and site operators, without the need for them to edit a view.  Good stuff!  August 17, 2010watch it!

On this week's episode, Bob talks about the Features module.
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"Build a New Feature" article from

on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 12:36am

This is an excellent post from Mustardseed Media on the entire Features process: Highly recommended. 

And, an old post by developmentseed on on context. Despite it being a little long in the tooth, it's still an awesome demo, and very informative.

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DAMP Stack Installer

on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 7:58pm

I'm always trying to find the download location for DAMP, Acquia's Drupal Apache MySQL PHP Stack Installer. For easy re-location, here it is:, and the Installer Guide is here: Enjoy!

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What Kind of Server Setup and Hosting do I Need for the best Drupal Performance?

on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 3:38am

We've talked about this vaguely a couple times but I thought I would briefly summarize "how things scale" in Drupal-land (true for every database-driven site stack though, pretty much), just to give you an idea of how it works:

Vertical Scaling
Vertical Scaling is fastest and easiest from a sysadmin standpoint, since it basically means "move to a bigger machine and/or more RAM and/or faster core processors. For a general guide, see the figures below.

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Drush Guides, Resources and Tutorials Collection

on Tue, 11/02/2010 - 12:46pm

Having become obsessed with Drush lately, I've assembled some of the most helpful and comprehensive resources for learning drush - what's about, what it does and tips and tricks for best use of the tool. Above all, I cannot recommend highly enough that you dive in and learn Drush, if you haven;t begun already. Your productivity will increase 1000-fold overnight, and you will be a much happier Drupalist.

If you already use drush, and have a resource or tutorial you'd like to add to this list, please drop me a comment below.