Facebook Albums 2.0.5

After a few months I decided to give Facebook Albums some love. With 2.0.4 I implemented WordPress's caching mechanism to cache Facebook API responses for better performance. Will it never occurred to me about clearing said cache if the widget or that post updates.

So now if you update your Facebook Album widget, it will clear the cache and reflect your changes (such as image limit.) Ditto goes for posts, anytime a post saves the plugin checks for the shortcode (<3.6.0 compliant ;)) and clears that albums cached output.

Sort Drupal Commerce Shipping Services

If you are using Drupal Commerce and are allowing customer's two or more shipping services you'll notice that the order may not make sense. By default the shipping services are displayed by how they're output in grouping of shipping provider then some other sorting that isn't cost based. There is a hook within Commerce Shipping that allows reordering of all shipping services.

Designing for Drupal: Wireframing

Solid web design requires a well planned wireframe of the website's design outline. A wireframe depicts a page's layout and helps organize the content and get a feel for how the website should hold its content. If you aren't familiar with the idea, think of how animators being using sketches on a storyboard. Each sketch is a penciled drawing of a frame and it helps tell the story. The wireframe tells the story about the site's content and how it will be displayed.

Commerce Reports 4.x

I spent a few hours this evening and knocked out a few updates for Commerce Reports to kick off the 4.x version of the module. It separates the module from the non-maintained Visualization API for the maintained Charts module. This version also removes the granularity filter we've all come to know and love with using Views Date Format SQL module. This cuts back on module code to maintain for this module and better usage of the SQL query. Not to mention more reliable (I always seemed to get an extra month or day rolled in.)

Drupal and New Relic, pure winning.

I use my personal server as a guinnea pig to push my server administrative skills to the edge and help bleed as much performance out of Drupal. So not even an hour and a half ago I signed up for New Relic and installed their monitoring daemon on my server. And I'm in love. The installation was ridiculously easy that even a novice who is scared of the terminal could pull it off.

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