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Gatsby and the JAMstack: An introduction for the Drupal/LAMP minded nicklewisatx Wed, 08/22/2018 - 22:39

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The "JAMstack" is some great branding that describes websites that are built entirely by javascript, API calls, and served as completely static pages.
Compared to LAMP platforms like Drupal and Wordpress, JAMstack has four huge things going for it:

1. High traffic sites that cost thousands of dollars a month could transition to a single server + CDN on low tier hosting (under 100 dollars a month)

Case Study: Massive performance wins at rbayliss Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:30

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Over the past year, Last Call Media has been working with the development team at Massachusetts Digital Services on improving the stability and performance of the platform.  One phase of this journey was to realize some massive performance gains on both the front and the back end of the site.  In the first part of this session, we’ll talk about the backend performance, discussing:

  • How we used Blackfire and New Relic to identify issues

Checking Under the Hood: Auditing Your Website for a Smooth Ride sean_e_dietrich Tue, 08/21/2018 - 21:15

We often talk about websites the way we talk about cars. Are you driving a flashy sports car or a stable hatchback? And is yours a lemon, no matter how pretty the paint job? And if you just got one used, what’s going on under the hood? There’s a way to address these questions about your website, and it’s called a technical audit.

Database Query Optimization in Drupal Kristen Pol Tue, 08/21/2018 - 03:13

Drupal has been criticized as "being slow" and, it's true, performance can sometimes be an issue. Some performance improvements are made easily by turning on core caching and leveraging a good hosting platform that provides things like Varnish and Redis support. Once you get through the easier wins, tuning can get more challenging and, often, the issues lie with slow database queries.

In this session, we will cover:

A Case Study - The Bunny Farm dwanta Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:41

I'd like to present the case study at…, detailing how I came up with the architecture, how it works, and why it would be useful.

The module and architecture encapsulates what I've learned over the years on how to create maintainable, fast and secure systems, supporting both decoupled (JSON) and normal Drupal output.

Introduction to Pragmatic Functional PHP bbujisic Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:41

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Functional programming is a paradigm with origins in lambda calculus and the 1930's. Stack Overflow's developer surveys from both 2017 and 2018 show that the languages optimized for functional programming are low in popularity. However, the same survey recognizes that developers actually working in Elixir, Clojure, F#, and Haskell, actually love their languages much more than PHP or C developers.

So functional programming is unpopular but fun!