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Questioning the Ubiquity of Text Files

Text files are universal in computing. They can be found everywhere, being used to store our code, config files, logs, books, and sometimes even more esoteric places like font bitmap files, the Adobe BDF (Not PDF) format being a prime example. Whole operating systems,...

VueJS and $forceUpdate()

Recently I was assisting a Gorges developer with a challenging bug in a VueJS application where some of the state value changes were not being recognized, so a related part of the web page was not rendering correctly. We found several calls to this method in the code:...

Takeaways from Networking@Rev: Empowering the Ecosystem

Globally, women hold only about 24% of computing jobs, according to the American Enterprise Institute – a statistic that has in fact been decreasing, more or less steadily, over the past several decades. Gender equity and representation is a significant issue not only...

Responsive theming in Drupal 7 the GORGES way

Over the years of building Drupal 7 sites we developed a routine method of theming that provided the basic components (spare base theme, modules for responsive images) that we could build on for doing a custom design.   Mothership Theme After a bit of research we...

When Free Software is Too Expensive

When we build an application for a client, we need to select various technology components with which to build it – for example: An operating system for development and hosting A database server A web server A web development language and framework. In all of...

GORGES Begins Work for Child Care Solutions

GORGES, Inc. is excited to announce entering into a software development contract with Child Care Solutions. Child Care Solutions is the not-for-profit child care resource and referral agency that serves Onondaga and Cayuga Counties. They have offices in Syracuse, NY...

Improve performance by serving Google Fonts locally

Yesterday I encountered an unexpected problem. I was using the “Crimson Text” Google Web Font on a project, and the font did render. So I tried “Buenard” and had the same luck. The customary Stack Overflow search led to the conclusion that not all fonts work...

Do Views Make Your Drupal Site Slow?

The short answer is yes. I was able to shave 40% off the uncached response time of one page with four views by refactoring it to use the Entity Field Query API. The downside was moving quick and easy configuration through the Drupal Views admin screens into...
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