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

Making reactive Headless Drupal 8 interfaces with Meteor

Meteor is a JavaScript framework that enables developers to quickly create reactive, highly accessible applications. Drupal is a great content management system that makes it really easy to create well-structured content models and interact with data. Why not combine the two and let Drupal provide Meteor with semantic data with Meteor rendering that data in a reactive way?

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.

Enforcing coding standards in Meteor

In this post, I’m going to discuss the importance of enforcing a strict and clear coding standard in your Meteor applications, and then provide you with some tools that will make the process easy.

Structuring Meteor applications

In this post, I will discuss the importance of implementing proper structure patterns in Meteor applications, and give some advice that may help you organize your codebase.

Scraping websites into Drupal using Feeds and Import.io

Recently, I was faced with an interesting challenge; develop a system for importing thousands of hand-build sites into Drupal. One of the tools that we encountered in our research was import.io, a web data platform and web scraping tool. This blog post will take you through the steps of using import.io to bring content into a Drupal site.

Getting started with Meteor

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a new JavaScript framework called Meteor, especially since the project just reached version 1.0. I’ve had the opportunity to build several Meteor applications using the beta, all of which are now running in a production environment. Through these experiences I’ve learned a lot about about how Meteor works, so I thought I’d share some of my knowledge.

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Patrick Coffey
November 6, 2014