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27 Dec

Rambo Architecture Vs The Chaos Monkey

Published by Mark W. Breneman

Ok you had me at Rambo Architecture.... but Rambo Architecture vs Chaos Monkey gotta read....

Here is a fantastic article about netflix using Amazon Web Services and maintaining uptime even if the cloud hosting is having issues. This article introduces "Rambo Architecture"- "Each system has to be able to succeed, no matter what, even all on its own.” And it also introduces "The Chaos Monkey" test scrips, that randomly turns off servers and data bases to make sure the Rambo Architecture keeps running. Stop I my inner server admin is 1/2 crying and 1/2 laughing.

20 Dec

mobile web best practices

Published by Mark W. Breneman

One site that has piles of resources for mobile web, including strategy, visual-design and development
http://mobilewebbestpractices.com/

03 Nov

Dynamic Field - Good or Bad?

Published by Mark W. Breneman

My mind is reeling over the possibilities of this module. ... err ah.. my mind is really reeling over the abuses this modules could enable me to do. Wow... mind explodes.

Dynamic Field is a CCK field that returns a textarea where you can enter custom PHP code.

http://drupal.org/project/dynamicfield

So, this enabled you to really neat hacks via PHP like, if this field is X then do Y. ON the flip side, you could embed a view into a field OR run a SQL Query.

15 Oct

Smart search suggest box

Published by Mark W. Breneman

I have a request for a smart search box that will be the make-it or break-it interface for a product database. After a bit of research it looks like Finder views and Computed Field might be the answer.
http://drupal.org/project/finder

07 Oct

css gradients from colorzilla.com

Published by Mark W. Breneman

I am starting to really like css gradients.
Check out the Amazing gradient-editor by colorzilla.com
http://www.colorzilla.com/gradient-editor/

07 Oct

Custom thumbnails for Views Slideshow

Published by Mark W. Breneman

My task was to build a slide show that had custom button thumb nails. After several hours of research I found this post that exposes an undocumented feature in Views slideshow. This technique requires a shameless CSS hack unless you do some preprocess work. Add a little css transparency to the active slide and you have a rather full featured slideshow.
http://drupal.org/node/910540#comment-3452224

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