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This is part 4 in a 5-part series on performance in the upcoming Drupal 8. Check out part 3, on performance in Twig templating, here. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer without writing a single line of code. But there's a reason that many programmers hate WYSIWYG editors: you see the result, but not the steps taken to produce it, and what you don't know might come back to bite you. While a WYSIWYG editor will get you broken links or weird formatting, WYSIWYG da... (more)

The FTC Is More Responsive than NASA

The United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute agreement. But the reboot's still in progress, and many federal government servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and Budget, and in particular their answer to this question: Q5: What if the cost of shutting down a website exceeds the cost of maintaining services? A5: The determination of which services continue during an appropriations lapse is not affected by whether the costs of shutdown exceed the costs of ma... (more)

TraceView’s Oboe Symfony No. 1

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 requires two oboes. Instrumenting Symfony only required one liboboe! Here at AppNeta we’re still recovering from an immensely productive DrupalCon Portland 2013. Our partnership with Acquia and our continuing support for the contrib TraceView Drupal module made sponsoring the event a natural decision. We’re glad we made the long flight out West, as there was a lot of interest in TraceView. In fact, on the plane ride back to Boston I brought back not only three Voodoo Dozens but a stack of business cards two inches high. (I’ll leave it to you to guess whic... (more)

Tracing Black Boxes II: Monitoring Solr

Your site is indexed on Google, but that doesn't mean you're done with search. Content-rich websites provide native search functionality to keep users engaged, maintain visual consistency, and provide content-aware filtering. But it's very hard to implement an effective, scalable search system, which is why Apache Solr is just about the most popular ‘black box' in web application infrastructure. This Lucene-backed search appliance has seen wide adoption due to its performance, reliability, and ease of deployment. In fact, it's become so widely used that many Solr deployments ar... (more)