PSR-3: Why Drupal’s Doggone Watchdog Is Gone

watchdog() provides Drupal’s out-of-the-box logging capabilities. Despite a reputation for a “learning cliff”, it’s much simpler to deal with logs in Drupal than in many other systems. Instead of dealing with confusing log files, site builders can visit the system log page in the GUI and look at neatly formatted table of error types, severities, and
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From Boston to Austin: DrupalCon 2014

Another year means another Drupalcon for AppNeta! We had a great experience in Portland last year and we’re looking forward to our week in Austin. This time around we’ve got four AppNetians attending: myself (James), Kristin, Rob, and Dan. Just like last year, we’ll be giving live demos of our products with a focus on
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The Many Faces of eCommerce: A Comparison

As software continues to eat the world, ecommerce is starting to reflect the diversity of, well, commerce. But this growing market is also growing more competitive, so there’s a lot of interest in technologies that can help push businesses past razor-thin margins and into profitability. It’s great that “faster sites convert better” has become common
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Snakes on a Road Trip: PyCon 2014!

PyCon is always a hotly anticipated event, and this year I’m quite excited to be headed up to Montreal with my coworkers Kristin, Ari, and Dan. Better yet, this is the first conference that we’re attending via road trip! I’ve done the same journey by train before, and we’ll have some nice scenery to look
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Comparison Views in AppView Web

Just before the holidays, we made a pair of big announcements: in addition to our first year on the Magic Quadrant for APM, we’ve just increased TraceView’s data retention to an industry-leading 90 days of full data. But we’re constantly releasing new features, and we didn’t want those stories to overshadow the launch of Comparison Views
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TraceView and Ruby: Now Open Source!

Open source is a big part of who we are at AppNeta. Take a glance at our public GitHub page and you’ll see some of our libraries (like TBone) and side projects (like Burndown). Until recently, though, we hadn’t released any of TraceView’s core components. We’re very happy to say that, thanks to Peter Lombardo’s
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The FTC is more responsive than NASA

Last night, the United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute agreement. But the reboot’s still in progress, and many federal government servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and Budget, and in particular their answer
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TraceView APIv2

Earlier this year my colleague TR wrote about the launch of our data API. I’m a big fan of making data more accessible, so I used our own API to write a Hubot script for exploring TraceView data without ever leaving HipChat. Even while I was writing that article, though, we were already lining up
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How do Drupal 8's frontend changes affect backend scaling?

Drupal 8: Front to Back

Over the past few months I’ve covered some of the many ways in which Drupal 8 is a large departure from its predecessors. While I’ve mainly written about the new backend architecture, Drupal’s frontend is also experiencing plenty of exciting changes. Its visual identity may still be the soft blue and white that we’ve come
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Tracing Black Boxes II: Monitoring Solr

Your site is indexed on Google, but that doesn’t mean you’re done with search. Content-rich websites provide native search functionality to keep users engaged, maintain visual consistency, and provide content-aware filtering. But it’s very hard to implement an effective, scalable search system, which is why Apache Solr is just about the most popular ‘black box’
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