REST Easy Part 1: And the RESTful is up to you!

So that brings us to this series: “REST Easy.” In this series I will take you through developing a REST API with Drupal 7 and the RESTful module. We’ll make sure you have a solid foundation and build up the API one step at a time. In this first session I’d like to cover creating an API endpoint for a simple content type in Drupal.

Weekly watercooler #128

In this issue: Todd is keynoting at Costa Rica Drupal Camp and the Web Chefs shared articles about ES2015, Gulp and UnCSS, and Node.js clustering; plus, touring the Tour de France, GitHub education and teaching, summer reading, Amazon’s newest offerings, and more on remote working.

Clustering your Node.js application

Node.js runs typically runs on a single thread, and doesn’t take advantage of the multiple cores that might be available within a system. It can actually handle a pretty large volume of requests with a single process due to its event-driven, asynchronous architecture. However, apps that receive heavy traffic stand to benefit greatly from using all available system cores. Node.js ships with a core cluster module, which allows an application to run on more than one core and achieve greater concurrency so that it can handle more load.

Use Gulp and UnCSS to slim down your CSS framework

CSS frameworks are a nice way to get started with a project. You can tell by the name of many popular frameworks: Bootstrap, Foundation, and Skeleton just to name a few. All of these names evoke a starting point — problem is, unless you take time to eliminate the pieces you did not use, you’ll ship bloated code to your users. Read on to learn how to eliminate the unused CSS from your frameworks when it is time to go live.

Four Kitchens is going to Costa Rica!

We’re excited and proud to have CEO Todd Ross Nienkerk keynoting at this year’s Drupal Camp Costa Rica! Todd will be giving his popular talk, Creating a Culture of Empowerment – which has been featured at DrupalCons Latin America and LA, Stanford DrupalCamp, Twin Cities Drupal Camp, and NYC Camp. If you’re attending this year make sure not to miss him on Friday, July 31.

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Elia Albarran
July 27, 2015

Weekly watercooler #127

In this issue: Four Kitchens is ready for Drupal 8, from client work to modules and new Headless Drupal frameworks, our thoughts on how to run better conferences, and DrupalCon Barcelona trainings are now open for registration; plus, a modern Drupal distro, working on a distributed team, dreaming about where to work (hint: it’s not home), voting with Slack, and making mix tapes.

Sign up for DrupalCon Barcelona training!

Have you heard the news? That’s right, Four Kitchens is offering two great trainings at DrupalCon Barcelona! If you plan on attending the European Drupal event of the year then don’t miss out on your opportunity to learn from the Web Chefs. Register today!

How to make your speakers happy

I love public speaking. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak at more than 50 conferences around the world, and I’ve seen it all: Large crowds, tiny crowds, people who interrupt, A/V equipment that magically stops working the moment I open my mouth. But there are lots of things public speakers take for granted that conference organizers may not be aware of.

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Todd Ross Nienkerk
July 23, 2015

Enlisting the services of Alfred, the robot butler

At Four Kitchens, we love our computers. The only thing we don’t love is the drudgery of computer use - hunting for applications or files hidden inside folders inside of folders, manually creating video chats for impromptu meetings, or even remembering to clean up our desktop before presentations. That’s why many of us have enlisted the services of our personal robot butler, who goes by the name of Alfred. Some of us Chefs wanted to share our favorite recipes (or Workflows in Alfred parlance) for success.

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Dustin Younse
July 22, 2015