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Search Patterns - New from O'Reilly - Design for Discovery

As we all drown in today's unparalleled access to mostly disorganized information, the holy grail for many has become to perfect search. O'Reilly Media (site) has released a new book to help those following this path.

Search Patterns

The book Search Patterns is designed to help the reader:

  • Discover a search pattern language that embraces user psychology and behavior, information architecture, interaction design and emerging technology
  • Boost enterprise efficiency and e-commerce sales
  • Enable mobile users to achieve goals, complete tasks and find what they need
  • Drive design innovation for search interfaces and applications

Expected pattern design issues such as auto-complete, best first and faceted navigation are included, but the book aims to move past these concepts as well and get you thinking about "the future of discovery."

The Authors

Search Patterns was written by Peter Morville, one of the fathers of the field of Information Architecture, and Jeffery Callender, Vice President and Design Director of Q LTD.

Together, these authors hope to help the search and discovery industry advance faster. "Our understanding of what does and doesn't work is advancing rapidly," says Morville. "Yet we're often forced to use clumsy search interfaces that should never have escaped the 1990s. Users are invited to speak Boolean and then wait patiently for irrelevant results."

Morville states that this problem exists because the expertise required to build truly great search crosses multiple disciplines, and the best design patterns are only the best for their particular context. "Our book," he says, "aims to bridge these gaps and help design teams to make search better through incremental improvement and radical innovation."

Drupal 6 Performance Tips From Packt

Packt Publishing (site), one of our favorite providers of IT books for professionals, has just kicked out a book to help you boost Drupal 6 performance.

The book is aimed at users of all experience levels—that includes you, beginners!—as well as, designers, themers and webmasters.

Once you get your Drupal site and up and running, this book will help you to implement performance modules and solutions for keeping track of site performance as well as kicking overall speed up a notch. 

The book starts off easy by covering introductory topics such as upgrading and maintaining your site, and enabling core Drupal page compression and caching. Afterward, a shift in the advanced direction for a look at contributed modules for helping speed up performance. Lastly, you'll learn how best to implement and run a Drupal multisite environment.

Here's a breakdown of the topics covered:

  • Upgrade your Drupal 5 site to Drupal 6 using best practice upgrade paths
  • Back up and maintain your Drupal 6 site using core and contributed modules and utilities
  • Configure the Drupal core and contributed modules for high traffic
  • Run core Drupal page compression, CSS and JS compression, and use Drupal page caching
  • Run scheduled cron tasks to perform crucial garbage-collection processes
  • Use the Development (Devel) module to monitor page loads and queries
  • Use the Boost module for anonymous page caching, tweak Boost settings, and use Boost blocks and advanced Boost settings to monitor site performance
  • Install and use Memcache API and Integration module, and Authcache and Advanced Cached modules to enhance and monitor site performance
  • Configure a Drupal multisite environment for best performance

Normally it'll cost you about US$ 39.99, but there are currently some discounts available. Check it out.