Speeding up international Drupal versions

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Thu, 2006-04-13 00:16

Would you like your non-english Drupal site to be more responsive ? I just found two-minute hack to speed it up, by a factor of four on the new Riff hosting. Here's how.

While revising devel.module in order to update the french translation, I noticed the queries performed by locale() took on the order of 20ms to be performed, and there are a whole lot of them on most pages when locale.module is enabled.

Since this seemed abnormally slow, I looked at the structure, and saw why. The current MySQL code goes:

Themeing the search form

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Mon, 2006-04-10 21:41

In the recently introduced Drupal RC2, a pair of new functions have appeared: theme_search_block_form() and theme_search_theme_form(). They replace the ephemeral (some said "Easter Egg") theme_search_box() appeared and disappeared between RC1 and RC2, and raise important issues for themers.

Ideas for Drupal: trapping obsolete functions

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Mon, 2006-04-03 23:54

The recent removal of the quasi-official node_validate_title() function from 4.7 causing various errors with contrib modules, I wondered whether there wouldn't be a way to trap such errors in a way that would be helpful to newbies, instead of the current situation where all they get from their newly haphazard drupal install is a PHP fatal error.

The idea, then, is to register obsolete functions in some form of legacy maintenance module, to generate a useful help page pointing the user to a doc page on drupal explaining why there is an error in his configuration and what he should do. In node_validate_title()'s case, the help is a bit succinct: http://drupal.org/node/22218#node_validate_title.

Browser market shares, revisited

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Sun, 2006-03-26 22:23

A few days ago, the designer working on our sites asked me stats about the browsers visiting the sites. She already had the general data available, but this time what she wanted was the info about the "other" browsers.

Which is quite true: once a site has been designed to standards and the quirks of the two or three major choices, work has to be spent on the non-standard non-mainstream ones. But to what extent ? Here are the data.

Getting up to speed with Drupal

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Sat, 2006-03-25 16:00

As I've been working with Drupal since last august, a recent discussion with the designer for our new sites made me wonder how the cost of time was distributed during a project like this one. What portion of the time has been spent getting up to speed on Drupal itself, on developing/maintaining Open Source modules, on creating the value-added private code, on miscellaneous tools and integration tasks, and eventually on the content itself. Here are the results: