While working on a project with Acquia Dev Desktop (ADD), we needed to run a specific version of PHP which is not included with ADD by default. We started hacking ADD and came up with our own solution.
The Drupal Console has become a great command-line tool for managing Drupal 8 sites. In our Drupal 8 Module Development Trainings, we use it to automatically generate boilerplate code, so our trainees can get a quick start! Even though Drupal Console has been out for just one year, it already has over four hundred thousand downloads.
We noticed Evolving Web's shiny new Drupal 8-powered blog was loading slower than in D7, and using the blackfire.io PHP profiler we were able to narrow down the bottleneck to Drupal 8's block visibility approach.
Drupal core is pretty well optimized. But after you've finished building your Drupal 7 or 8 site, you might find some pages are loading slower than you'd like. That's not surprising—you've probably enabled scores of contrib modules, written custom code, and are running over 100 SQL queries per uncached request.
The web is full of information! Your web sites probably already use many APIs for maps, Twitter, IP geolocation, and more. But what about data that's on the web, but doesn't have a readily available API?