Peter Wolanin

Momentum Specialist (principal engineer)
Acquia, Inc.

Peter Wolanin made the leap (or perhaps just one step in a biased random walk) from being Senior Scientist at a bio-tech to working on what he truly loves, Drupal. Peter spent a large fraction of his non-working waking hours in the couple years before joining Acquia re-working Drupal core and maintaining contributed modules. Since joining Acquia in 2008 he's worked on helping many of Acquia's products and services, while continuing to contribute to Drupal and help promote it by organizing meetups and Drupalcamps. In the free time that he doesn't devote to Drupal he's involved in political campaigns and organizing. Peter graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Physics and a certificate in Engineering Physics and then went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Michigan where his research focus was biophysics.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 17:53
As a demo for my local Drupal meetup, I offered to show how to use an origin pull CDN to serve the static assets of a Drupal 7 site installed on Acquia Cloud. If you are not familiar with basic CDN concepts and terminology, start by reading this More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 14:47
Update: a textual representation of the first half of this video has been posted. Two weeks ago I had a great opportunity to spend a few days working with Moshe Weitzman (moshe weitzman), Justin Randell (beejeebus), Alex Bronstein (effulgentsia), More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 20:13
Last week the Acquia Engineering team assembled in the office for a week of brainstorming, coding, and fun. One full day (24 hours) was devoted to a hackathon, and we vetted ideas and jockeyed to recruit teammates right up to the 9 a.m. starting More...
Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 12:54
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. More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 17:30
Acquia Cloud will be adding native support for git soon, but it is already the version control system (VCS) of choice for many developers. You can develop and host existing projects on the Acquia Cloud right now using git–or many other VCS’s: More...
Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 08:19
On Monday we made a series of module and service releases to bring Acquia Search to Drupal 7: The Apache Solr Search Integration project version 7.x-1.0-beta4 includes a number of new features, API improvements, and fixes, including changes to the More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 00:12
Would you like to help get the Apache Solr Search Integration module to a stable and feature-full release for Drupal 7? We are planning a virtual code sprint for Friday April 8 through April 13. That spans a weekend with the expectation that some More...
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 17:02
At Drupalcon Chicago, Chris Pliakas and I presented Attain Apache Solr Coding Chops to an enthusiastic audience. While some of the content was similar to past presentations, we updated it to highlight more of the changes in the Drupal 7.x-1.x More...
Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 - 22:38
The Apache Solr search server that powers Acquia Search has many powerful features. One of the less appreciated ones is the ability to specify at query time that documents matching certain criteria should get an extra "boost" in their relevancy More...
Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 - 21:51
It sounded like a really simple request: "Is it easy to add a search filter for 'My posts'?". In other words, add a search result facet for posts by the current (logged in) user through the Apache Solr Search Integration module APIs? But then the More...
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:02
It is day two at Drupalcon Copenhagan, and Robert Douglass and I presented this afternoon on Apache Solr Search Mastery. While the concepts in this talk apply to the Drupal 6 versions, all the code examples are taken from the Drupal 7 port of the More...
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 05:16
Drupalcon has started! I had the pleasure this morning of giving one of the sessions in the first time slot at Drupalcon Copenhagen. It was treat to present "Drupal Security for Coders and Themers" with Jakub Suchy from Dynamite Heads and one of my More...
Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 23:33
We have marked the one year anniversary of the our hosted search service by rolling out a significant update with new features and some fixes. This was released Wednesday night (June 30). Changes for all subscribers: Attachment indexing To index More...
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:15
If you are reading this and Drupal 7 is not yet released, pop over to the critical issue queue and roll, review, or comment on a patch before you go any further! Ok, done? Drupal 7 is the top priority, but getting people together for the core More...
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 21:07
In the run-up to our talk "Apache Solr Search Mastery" at Drupalcon San Francisco, we decided that we would not have time to really cover all the advanced topics in the session. So we're going to put up a couple blog posts before hand to invite some More...
Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 20:23
In Drupal Gardens 2 month update Chris wrote about a number of the improvements to Drupal Gardens in our last sprint. I want to focus on our solution for a system that now lets us perform Gardens site upgrades with only a couple minutes of More...
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 - 21:13
As of the final Drupalcon Paris code sprint, http://groups.drupal.org was upgraded to Drupal 6, and its site search has also started running on Apache Solr. Since last summer we have used a scrubbed groups.drupal.org database dump which we updated More...
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 08:56
On July 26 and 27 I participated on behalf of Acquia in a code sprint with a great group of other Drupal contributors at the Zivetch offices in Philadelphia. Aaron Winborn has already written a good summary of the event. I want to focus here on a More...
Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 09:15
Yesterday (March 4th) Gábor Hojtsy and I presented a Drupal Module Development Kickstart session at Druplcon DC. This session was part of the "Launch Pad" series of presentations for newcomers to Drupal. While this session required a little bit of More...
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 - 14:53
We did a security release of Acquia Drupal yesterday in order to incorporate the security fixes in the core Drupal 6.5 release. One of the internal goals of the Acquia engineering team is to respond to security releases of Drupal core, or any of More...

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