Weekly watercooler #117

In this issue: the new highcalling.org, DrupalCon Los Angeles accepted sessions; plus fun Scrum cards, CSS robots, HTML5 drum machine, streamlining proposals, and SVG pattern library.

Cecy Correa
March 27, 2015

Weekly watercooler #116

In this issue: 4K is getting excited about DrupalCon LA, we’re celebrating a year with Joe Tower on the team; plus, Cards Against Originality and Dear Data caught our attention this week.

Elia Albarran
March 20, 2015

Pitch(ing) perfect: 5 principles for a superior presentation

We’ve been talking a lot about showmanship at Four Kitchens lately. Anyone who’s watched Mad Men knows how important it is to have a good pitch when you’re selling work. However, in many ways a product demo is just as important as a pitch. The Sales team goes out and gets work, but an excited client is more likely to become a long-term partner if they’re engaged along the process.

Paul Benjamin
March 19, 2015

Weekly watercooler #115

4K news this week

  • It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Ian Carrico, who is moving on with his career. In his last blog post ever for Four Kitchens, he shares his thoughts on why open source is more than just development. Ian, you have been a truly amazing Web Chef and we wish you the best on your future endeavors!
Cecy Correa
March 13, 2015

Open source is not just development

There is a misconception amongst developers and companies alike that contributing to open source means writing code. Although there is certainly a lot of open source that revolves around the code, there is so much more work that can be done on an open source project to make it truly successful. No matter your skill set, your position, or even if you don’t know how to write code— there is a way you can contribute to open source.

This post is meant to show the many ways anybody can help out with an open source project and, hopefully, give you an idea of how you can contribute to your favorite open source projects.

Turds aren't always turds

Once every month we get together as a collective group of Web Chefs for a video meeting creatively called “Team meeting.” The purpose of this meeting is to have all-hands discussions or to share company news and announcements.

The Great Consolidation - ew.com migration case study presentation

At 1am Pacific on January 29th, 2015, Entertainment Weekly quietly switched to Drupal 7. Ten WordPress VIP blogs and a monolithic Vignette V6 Content Suite were deprecated. Over a half million articles and images were migrated to a new design and modern publishing platform, and Four Kitchens led the development.

On February 27th, 2015, three of the web chefs on the project presented a migration case study to a full room at SANDcamp 2015. Myself, Matt and Patrick fielded questions about the project. While no recording was available, I’d like to share the presentation with you.

Weekly Watercooler #114

In this issue: we went to the Nonprofit Technology Conference, Patricks shares his knowledge on writing performant Meteor applications, sing karaoke with us next Friday; plus, responsive Wired, cheaper retirement, purpose-driven organizations, Vivus animations, and movie soundtracks.

Elia Albarran
March 6, 2015

Building performant Meteor applications

In this post I’m going to show you some techniques for building performant Meteor-based applications. I won’t dig into server optimization or JavaScript optimization. Those are two completely different subjects that merit another (much longer) blog post. However in this post I am going to show you how to manage large data sets properly, and give you some basic optimization tips that will help you makes sure your app is quick and useable.