Archive - 2011

November 21st

Installing Acquia Commons on an Amazon Web Services EC2 instance


Main site:

Console overview, tour, all categories of info:

For example, Amazon EC2 Features at

I watched the EC2 tutorial at

AWS Documentation:

EC2 Documentation (Getting started (recommended), user's guide, etc.):

Signing up

Go to and click on the button which says Sign up for a free Amazon Web Services Account – Sign Up Now.

You can use your existing Amazon customer account email and password if you already have one.

November 19th

Updating npm, node.js and express.js globally

There are lots of bubbly install howto's on the web concerning the Node programming environment. But what are the best practices for updating, really?

Updating npm

First of all I tried the obvious:

October 24th

My Los Angeles presentation Installation Profiles as everything in code Drupal process strategy (video, slides and code)

So I'm back in L.A. and gearing up. No better way than to present at a local Drupal User's group.

We look at Features (actually a lot) vs Installation Profiles as everything in code process, which is necessary for the adoption of best practices in development.



"It seems everyone is talking about using Features for "everything in code" development, but what about installation profiles? This oft-overlooked part of Drupal core is available to us all and provides the tools needed for successful, repeatable development and deployment. Victor Kane is an Drupal developer and trainer with deep roots in the Los Angeles Drupal community. He is the author of Leveraging Drupal: Getting Your Site Done Right. This presentation is a continuation of his articles on the subject at and "


I would really love some feedback on all of this.

If your business depends on adopting an agile Drupal devlopment process in Southern California, I can help. Contact me. See Mentoring at AWebFactory.

August 3rd

Find me on GitHub

Seem to be spending more and more of my time on GitHub:


June 23rd

Updated code in a repo ready to run for two great and useful Node.js Express CouchDB (and MongoDB) tutorials

Up-to-date, executable code for two great tutorials on rolling a blog with express, Node.js and a noSQL database:

The first, Blog rolling with mongoDB, express and Node.js, takes you "through the steps required to get a fully-functional (albeit feature-light) persistent blogging system running on top of node. It was first published on February 18, 2010 by Ciaran Jessup and last updated May 14, 2010.

The second, Blog rolling with CouchDB, Express and Node.js, was published on February 7, 2011 by Ian Wootten, and was commented on just this last April.

This pedagogical repo brings it up to date (as of June 22, 2011), makes a MongoDB branch basing the persistence on MongoDB; and a CouchDB branch (ultimately merged into Master) after the more recent article.

Node.js and Express on Eclipse IDE and the Couch