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From the dorm room to the boardroom - Ten years of Drupal growth and success

More than a million served! It’s been just over a decade since Drupal’s inception as an online message board in founder, Dries Buytaert’s student dorm in Antwerp, Belgium. It is now developed and supported by a vibrant, collaborative, international community of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of users. Drupal powers over a million websites of all kinds.

Acquia Cloud By the (Big) Numbers

The Acquia Cloud continues to flourish! We set new records in the last month, thanks to our customers' exceptional Drupal sites, delivering 1 billion page views from Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud alone. When you add in Drupal Gardens, it amounts to over 100 terabytes of content! We’ve set performance records for individual sites as well. A customer’s recently-launched Acquia Cloud site delivered over 25,000 requests/second during realistic load testing — the equivalent of over 1 million unique visitors in a single day.

Drupal's long warmth toward third party code

A friend asked why Drupal has such a Not invented here (NIH) syndrome. Here is my quick rebuttal:

Even before our recent commit of Symfony's Classloader and HttpFoundation components, Drupal core has long history of embracing third party code ...

Acquia Dev Cloud free developer tier

Visit http://www.acquia.com/dev-cloud-free-tier to register for your permanently free Dev Cloud developer tier account.

Higher education meet-up at DrupalCon

It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers, beer, and lots of face time with the best open source community on the planet.

There is one remarkable event that caught my attention and that speaks volumes about an important trend we're seeing: the Higher Ed Drupal Users meeting on Wednesday.

UX Research at DrupalCon Denver

Attending DrupalCon? Help us improve Drupal core, Acquia.com, Acquia Cloud and Acquia Network by participating in a quick one-on-one research session.

Dharmesh Mistry and I would like to meet with you individually for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, we’ll either do a short exercise online or just have a chat to hear about your experiences. Taking part in a session also a great way to decompress after lots of learning!

Say hi if you see us in the hallway, or let us know when you’re free, and we’ll schedule a time.

Your questions wanted for Distributions panel at DrupalCon Denver!

With the recent completion of major enhancements to the Drupal.org distribution packaging system, the tools for building great Drupal distributions are more democratized than ever!

Next Wednesday at DrupalCon, we’ll be holding a panel discussion on Drupal distributions that includes people from several companies who are actively involved in developing or adopting Drupal distributions in the enterprise:

Introducing the Acquia Cloud API and Drush CLI

Acquia Cloud has two brand-shiny-new interfaces today!

Using git subtree to Make a Distro Your Docroot

A cornerstone of good Drupal development is deploying your site’s code from a version control system like Git or SVN. A further best practice is to put all your code in a directory in the repository, instead of at the top level of the repository. Doing this allows you to put other things into the repository that are not intended to be served publicly. For example, Acquia’s Cloud Hooks are scripts you put into the hooks directory that run when you deploy code, databases, or files, but should never be served as site content.

When and how caching can save your Drupal site

This is the first of a series of blog posts debating caching strategies in Drupal. In this first post we will understand what Drupal is able of doing out of the box regarding caching, and what are the options to extend it to achieve sites that perform normally under high load.
Unlike a static HTML website, Drupal pages consist of small building blocks that are rendered independently of one another before they are bundled together and sent to the browser as an atomic unit. Because Drupal is a dynamic content generation platform, there are a series of complex events that are executed behind the scenes in order to generate the page that is sent to the browser such as establishing a database connection, loading settings and modules, initializing a user session, mapping the URL to a PHP page callback function to run the application’s business logic, and collecting the fringe elements that surround the main content of the page.

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