Preston So

In this multi-part blog series that covers Fabian's session in detail from start to finish, we summarize some of the key ideas that could promise an exciting vision not only for the front-end developer experience of Drupal but also for the user experience all Drupal developers have to offer their customers. In this fifth installment in the series, we continue our analysis of some of the previous solutions we examined and consider some of the...

Preston So

Among the most pitched debates currently in the Drupal community is the discussion over the future of Drupal's front-end and whether decoupled Drupal marks how front-end development in one of the world's most popular content management systems (CMS) will look for years to come.

Preston So

Drupal is quickly approaching a critical inflection point in terms of its ability to adapt to and outperform other technologies in the web development space, particularly in the front end. Trends like decoupled Drupal, are rapidly gaining adoption in the Drupal community, but such architectural approaches do not resolve the issue of how Drupal's front end can contend with the increasing focus on popular front-end technologies like React and Vue.

Preston So

The question of where Drupal's front end is headed has led to much handwringing in the community, with a variety of ongoing discussions about whether decoupled Drupal is the future for Drupal's presentation layer. Out of all the debates in the community, few have engendered as much consternation and spilled ink as how, when, and whether to replace or augment Twig's functionality as the default theme engine for Drupal.

Preston So

One of the most formidable challenges of implementing any large-scale enterprise website is the choice of a framework that will ensure both high performance and long-term maintainability. Tag1 recently chose Laravel to serve the needs of a customer that is a national organization providing for millions of users and hundreds of affiliate chapters across the United States. Laravel was selected not only because of its favorable developer experience and ability to simplify business logic but...

Preston So

What does the future of peer-to-peer real-time collaboration look like? Thanks to the spread of emerging web technologies like WebRTC, a protocol for communication between browsers on discrete systems, Yjs, an open-source real-time collaboration framework, and y-webrtc, the Yjs connector for WebRTC, a new range of use cases is entering the picture. While there are limitations, such as certain ceilings on the number of simultaneous collaborators, developments like y-webrtc are sure to reshape the landscape...

Preston So

In the PHP landscape, perhaps no framework has made as daring of decisions and as innovative of choices as Laravel, the PHP ecosystem that has long not been afforded the spotlight offered readily to CMS ecosystems like Drupal and WordPress and the lower-level Symfony. Laravel has displayed some unconventional directions, including adopting Vue.js as its JavaScript framework of choice and eschewing some of the common features available in other web frameworks. Fortunately, with the rich...

Greg Lund-Chaix

Recently, we were working with one of our clients to diagnose high load on their web servers. We traced the cause of the load to an opcache_reset() call used after code deploys as a way of preventing the PHP OpCache from overfilling as new code was deployed to the servers. The issue was due to (and resolved by) bug #72590, but troubleshooting the problem prompted us to look at ways to non-intrusively restart PHP-FPM. While...

Károly Négyesi

While coding the MongoDB integration for Drupal 8 I hit a wall first with the InstallerKernel which was easy to remedy with a simple core patch but then a similar problem occurred with the TestRunnerKernel and that one is not so simple to fix: these things were not made with extensibility in mind. You might hit some other walls -- the code below is not MongoDB specific. But note how unusual this is: you won’t...

Rudy Grigar

I have created a centos/rhel Yum repository for x86_64 architectures containing all of the necessary packages for using HipHop. It depends on the EPEL and IUS repositories. All of the packages are tracked in a GitHub project, and are hosted in a Yum repository at pkg.tag1consulting.com. I recommend installing the repository and hiphop and giving it all a try. Follow the instructions provided in the README on GitHub to get started. Any and all feedback...