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  • Michael Krakovskiy 3:59 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Cross-platform software, , , , , , , software choices,   

    Varnished WordPress 

    As this blog comes closer to the 10th year anniversary, my blogging software choices continue to change. So far the path has been: Livejournal -> Movable Type -> WordPress -> Drupal 5 -> Pressflow Drupal 6. Since I had some time on my hands lately, as an exercise, I decided to upgrade to Drupal 7, but after a few hours gave up in complete disgust. Drupal community is very proud for keeping its technical debt very low, but they rarely talk about who pays it.

    It turned out to be quicker to export everything to the latest version of WordPress. I still like Drupal, but latest WordPress has some really nice features. I also took the time to install Varnish and trick out my sites with reasonably advanced caching via Memcached and APC. I also switched to Percona MySQL just for kicks.

    Webmaster Tools Crawl stats

    I’m still working on theming the blog, and tweaking, so things will break from time to time.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:59 pm on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cross-platform software, Fedex, , , , , Japan Post, Tracking number, UPS, USPS, , ,   

    Gmail and tracking numbers 

    Hunting around for UPS, Fedex,USPS, and Japan Post tracking numbers in Gmail is no fun. I really wish there was a way to aggregate all the shipping numbers in a single Gmail plugin which would at a glance tell me where all the crap that I ordered is at any given moment. Google already knows how to tell a tracking number from all other strings, and there are apps for iOS that aggregate tracking (unfortunately you have to manually type in all the tracking numbers). A Gmail plugin that would keep track of tracking numbers would be great – maybe anyone with a bunch of mythical %20 percent time at Google will implement this…

  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:19 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Cross-platform software, , John VanDyk, Matt Westgate, , PHP programmer, , Wiki software   

    Pro Drupal Development 

    Pro Drupal Development is strongly recommended for any PHP programmer who wants a truly in-depth look at how Drupal works and how to make the most of it.

    — Michael J. Ross, Web developer/Slashdot contributor

    Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture.

    Youll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You’ll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isnt effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book.

    • This book is written by Drupal core developers.
    • Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually.
    • Common pitfalls are identified and addressed.
    • Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how.
    • The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.
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