Promotions and hiring

This is just a quick note to say that I've been promoted to the manager of the Internal Tools team at Kiva. Hooray.

Trying out Drupal 8

Last week was BADcamp and like many I opted to join in on getting some Drupal work done before and between sessions. Step one, looking through my dashboard to see what's in the backlog. Lots of issues and patches for the delete all module. Got that cleaned up, mostly. On to Drupal 8. Now, I had worked on a couple patches way earlier this year for D8, but things have changed.

Examples of returning database query results as CSV

Have you ever needed a comma-separated list of node ids from your database to put into a query in another Drupal site? Or just for testing?

Before we get started, I should note, I was really happy with drupal.org today. I came back after a couple weeks of work stealing me away, and found 4 issues I was subscribed to or involved in that had patches reviewed and committed. Even some of my own! What a great feeling. So surely, I wanted to give back by reviewing some patches in my own queue.

Labels, Design, and Simplicity

A couple days back, I sat down to do my Christmas shopping. I'm not a big fan of shopping, but I do somewhat enjoy doing shopping for this one occasion, if only because I know I can it all in one place: Amazon. Plus, I've put in time over the preceding months marking off ideas for what to get people. This means the process should be relatively quick and painless. I went about gingerly putting items in the basket, along with my co-worker who decided now was the time to get hers done as well. I decided to get a Kindle for my aunt (shh...) and there was a checkbox for getting the power adapter and a $10 gift card for books for it so I went ahead and got those as well. We were going along at a good pace, and my co-worker finished up her shopping before I did. Finally, about 3 hours later, everything was ready to go with about $500 of gifts in my basket ready to be bought and sent. I put gift notes on each item, and proceeded along to what I thought would be the finishing step.

Interesting MySQL or How to make better architectural decisions

"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil" - Donald Knuth

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