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High Performance Drupal: Fast and Scalable Designsby Jeff Sheltren
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How can you help your Drupal website continue to perform at the highest level as it grows to meet demand? This comprehensive guide provides best practices, examples, and in-depth explanations for solving several performance and scalability issues. Youll learn how to apply coding and infrastructure techniques to Drupal internals, application performance, databases, web servers, and performance analysis.
Covering Drupal versions 7 and 8, this book is the ideal reference for everything from site deployment to implementing specific technologies such as Varnish, memcache, or Solr. If you have a basic understanding of Drupal and the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) stack, youre ready to get started.
High Performance Drupal is an essential, comprehensive guide to designing Drupals supporting infrastructure and scalability, as well as a handbook for improving Drupal website performance. Drupal beginners will quickly learn a set of best practices in how to deploy a growable site which will withstand traffic surges. Intermediate and expert users will find this book to be the ultimate go-to reference source during initial planning for a site deployment or when implementing specific technologies such as Varnish, memcache, or Solr. The book will focus on Drupal versions 7 and 8, with Drupal 8 planning to be released in late 2013.
About the Author
Jeff has been involved with open source for over eleven years. He started using Linux professionally at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Senior Systems Administrator and Programmer for the Computer Science department. He most recently worked at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) as the Operations Manager, providing technical and organizational leadership to the OSL while working closely with the many open source projects hosted there, including Drupal.org, the Linux Foundation, and the Apache Software Foundation.
Jeff has extensive infrastructure experience, gained over the years. As the Operations Manager at OSU Open Source Lab — the largest open source hosting infrastructure of its kind — he led the infrastructure and development teams; he is deeply involved in the CentOS Linux build and release process as a member of the QA team; and he works as a volunteer for the drupal.org infrastructure team. Jeff currently maintains a number of packages for the Fedora Project and Fedora's Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), and serves as the Lead Systems Engineer for multiple Tag1 clients. He lives in Vancouver, Washington.
Narayan is a co-owner of Tag1 Consulting, who joined the team in 2008. He was introduced to Drupal during his tenure at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab where he was the co-lead system administrator — and served as their Database Administrator of over 180 MySQL databases — the Freenode Server Administrator, and the Drupal.org Server Administrator. He is a permanent member of the Drupal Association, as their Systems Coordinator, and is the lead Systems Administrator for the Drupal.org Infrastructure Team. He is also a co-maintainer of the Pressflow high performance Drupal distribution.
Nathaniel Catchpole has been using Drupal since version 4.5, and has been a regular contributor to Drupal core since 2006; along with extensive code profiling, he has contributed over 400 patches to the Drupal 7 release. Nathaniel also maintains the core entity, cache and taxonomy subsystems, as well as the memcache and entity cache contributed projects. In September 2011, Nathaniel became branch maintainer and release manager for the Drupal 8 release cycle.
Table of Contents
Praise for High Performance DrupalPrefaceChapter 1: Beginning a Performance ProjectChapter 2: Frontend PerformanceChapter 3: Drupal Performance Out of the BoxChapter 4: Drupal Coding for Optimal PerformanceChapter 5: Drupal Coding for Abysmal PerformanceChapter 6: Verifying ChangesChapter 7: Infrastructure Design and PlanningChapter 8: Service MonitoringChapter 9: "DevOps": Breaking Down Barriers Between Development and OperationsChapter 10: File Storage for Multiple Web ServersChapter 11: Drupal and Cloud DeploymentsChapter 12: Failover ConfigurationChapter 13: MySQLChapter 14: Tools for Managing and Monitoring MySQLChapter 15: MySQL Query OptimizationChapter 16: Alternative Storage and Cache BackendsChapter 17: Solr SearchChapter 18: PHP and httpd ConfigurationChapter 19: Reverse Proxies and Content Delivery NetworksChapter 20: Load TestingChapter 21: Where to Next?IndexColophon
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