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Drupal 6 Performance Tips Paperback – February 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1847195845 ISBN-10: 1847195849

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195845
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,201,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Trevor James

Trevor is a Drupal developer based in Middletown, MD, USA. Trevor has been designing Web sites for 14 years using a combination of HTML, XHTML, CSS and ColdFusion, and has been using Drupal intensively for over four years. Trevor's focus is on building Web applications and portals for education, non-profit, medical systems, and small business environments.

He is interested in best methods of integrating Web services with Drupal sites; optimizing Drupal site performance, and using Drupal content types, Views, Panels and other contributed modules to develop front end interfaces that support data intensive websites. He loves teaching people about Drupal and how to use this excellent open source content management framework.

Trevor authored the Packt book Drupal Web Services, published in November 2010. For more on this title visit: http://www.packtpub.com/drupal-web-services/book

Trevor co-authored the Packt title Drupal 6 Performance Tips, published in February 2010. For more on this title visit: https://www.packtpub.com/drupal-6-performance-tips- to-maximize-and-optimize-your-framework/book

Trevor created an 11+ hour video tutorial series titled Introduction to Drupal 6 for VTC(Virtual Training Company) in 2009. The video is available via the VTC website here: http://www.vtc.com/products/Introduction-To-Drupal-6-Tutorials.htm. He has just finished producing new Drupal 7 video tutorial course for VTC to be released in 2011.

T J Holowaychuk

T J Holowaychuk, president of Vision Media is an avid contributor to the Drupal project as well as to other open-source applications. Contributing over 16 Drupal modules, several themes, and having fully designed, developed, and maintained hundreds of Drupal websites he has displayed a wealth of knowledge across different aspects of the industry.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on March 1, 2010
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This book is supposed to provide: "crucial performance-related information for users of all experience levels."

That is false. The book is a ripoff of content from the main Drupal site drupal dot org. Nearly the entire book consists of, here is module X, go download it from drupal dot org and enable it, oh and let's pad the pages by giving you the enabling steps for each module we suggest.

The book devotes 50, count 'em 50 pages to how to update Drupal. This is ridiculous. All of that information is available in the Drupal handbook pages online or in the API docs or in more concise format in books such as 'Using Drupal' which will give you a lot more value.

You would be better off to join the high-performance group on drupal dot org (Google for high performance group drupal, it is the first result, since Amazon removes links) and read the drupal dot org handbook pages.

You can find the rest of my review at nowarninglabel dot com, which is my blog.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Drupal Hound on March 2, 2010
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I bought this book the day it came out, since I work on Drupal performance problems for a living. Unfortunately, the book is often off topic (upgrades, etc), doesn't really address any of the serious issues well, and doesn't seem to be focused on any particular audience.

Unfortunately, I'd call it a flop. It's definitely a "dissapointing" rating: not worth the money, and not worth buying.

I hope the next effort is better.
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To make $80/ hour using Drupal, first spend $40 on this book :)

The highest paid Drupal consultants know how to scale the platform. Trevor lets you peek into that performance oriented world with this book.

Trevor covers caching, memcache, database optimization and serious developer tools for Drupal. Surprisingly, these topics are not covered in depth other places.

Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, says the Drupal community should focus on building Drupal's presence in shared hosting type environments, not the enterprise, in his DrupalCon keynote this year.

Drupal 6 Performance Tips is not a book about how to knock out many small Drupal sites quickly (though it would help you with the one off type sites, if they ever got traffic).

My point: Read this to get jobs at corporations running Drupal for large scale, production web sites. Upgrading, running multi-site Drupal installations and other big time consumer Internet topics are all covered.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anello on February 24, 2010
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From the opening chapter detailing how to upgrade your site to the most recent version Drupal to the final chapter covering multisite performance, this Drupal book fills an obvious void in anyone's Drupal library.

For anyone who is in charge of maintaining a Drupal site, this book is starts off as a good reference for understanding and modifying not only Drupal configuration settings but also PHP (via both php.ini and .htaccess) and MySql settings.

The book does a nice job of explaining all of the various caching and performance options that are available in Drupal core as well as how to leverage the Devel module to dive deep (really deep!) into your site's inner workings in order to troubleshoot problems.

Articles about Views and Panels caching is a subject that one rarely sees online, let alone on a printed page. An excellent step-by-step approach in the book explains to the reader not only how to use Views and Panels caching, but perhaps even more importantly, how to measure its effects using the Devel module. Great stuff.

For those site admins who really want to crank up the performance on their Drupal site, the book devotes almost two entire chapters to using the Boost module. This module creates a static file cache of your site's content often resulting in amazing performance gains. The authors clearly know much about this subject and go into great detail explaining how it works and how to best configure it for your site.

The latter chapters of the book cover advanced topics such as Memcache, Cache Router, as well as patches to Drupal core to add even more performance (not unlike what is done with the Pressflow Drupal distribution).
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