Remodeling Four Kitchens: A look inside our new brand
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Why Drupal.org lacks good themes (and why CVS has nothing to do with it)
There's been a lot of talk lately about how Drupal designers shouldn't have to learn CVS. Nothing new to see here, really -- just the same tired, self-fulfilling arguments about how much CVS sucks, how developers also hate using it, and how designers shouldn't be expected to learn something so... technical.
Drupal does Dallas: DrupalCamp Dallas gets it right
In early August, David, Todd, and I took a road trip to Dallas, TX to attend the first ever DrupalCamp Dallas. It was a two-day event organized by several Dallas-based Drupal shops: LevelTen Interactive, Koine Media, and Tarakan Design. We had a lot of fun meeting fellow Texas Drupalers and saw some excellent presentations as well.
Benchmarks, hot off the Pressflow
Independent benchmarks by Josh Koenig from Chapter Three show a moving from plain Drupal to Pressflow + Varnish. His testing was performed on a small demonstrating how Pressflow can deliver internet-scale performance on modest, inexpensive hardware. Pressflow is able to deliver this class of performance because it's optimized to support Varnish and other enterprise-grade web infrastructure tools in ways that standard Drupal cannot. With Pressflow's API compatibility with Drupal, Josh's move from Drupal to Pressflow on his project didn't require any coding or extensive testing. He just replaced Drupal core with Pressflow. (It's no harder than a minor Drupal update.) For single-server setups in the Amazon EC2 cloud, Josh's Project Mercury AMI provides a click-and-run, configured setup with the Pressflow + Varnish stack. For more complex setups, Four Kitchens provides infrastructure consulting services on the Pressflow system.
Need to scale Drupal on EC2? Check out Chapter Three’s Mercury project
Josh Koenig from Chapter Three has made pre-release EC2 AMIs (pre-packaged virtual machine images) for Mercury, a project to combine Four Kitchens' Drupal-derived, high-performance Pressflow with Varnish, Cache Router, and memcached. Initial results show it easily saturating the EC2's pipe. Mercury instances directly update their Pressflow releases from the Four Kitchens Bazaar server. Mercury is an exciting project for anyone who needs to run a high-traffic, Drupal-based site without having to configure a bunch of caching systems.
Giving schema back its good name
For modern applications, the word "schema" has become synonymous with the tables, columns, constraints, indexes, and foreign keys in a relational database management system. A typical relational schema affects physical concerns (like record layout on disk) and logical concerns (like the cascading deletion of records in related tables).
Pressflow 6 now offers direct downloads
For quite some time, Four Kitchens has provided Pressflow releases to its large-scale clients and anyone interested enough to request a copy. We provided limited access to copies so that we could understand what organizations expected of Pressflow, how they wanted to use it, and so that we could keep all users updated with the latest security, bug-fix, and feature releases.
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