About Me

Born in United Arab Emirates & raised in Pakistan. Have accumulated 12 years of experience in Opensource Software Research & Development.

Specialized in Enterprise Portal and Collaboration Suites' Development. Currently working as a Consultant (Drupal) at OSCE/ODIHR and Lead Developer at StudentRoads.com >>>

Enterprise Portal in Saudi Arabia's Leading IT Organization

Last week we successfully implemented Drupal as an Enterprise Portal for one of the largest IT Organization (Saudi Business Machine - SBM) in Saudi Arabia. Portal is very much optimised to support  50,000+ user base, portal has been developed over the course of six months with handful of resources.

Government's blunder on Higher Education Commission Issue

Devolving Higher Education Commission (HEC) and transferring it to provincial level means All four tires of car going in different directions, was this done on purpose? can we call it an educational conspiracy linked to some international conspiracy for destabilizing Pakistan? or some hidden agenda?. Last night I heard former Chairman of HEC Dr. Atta ur Rehman on one of Pakistani Satellite channel  saying "If you want to break a country break its education in to pieces" and I agree with his words.

Intranet of 90K+ developed on Drupal for a Fortune 20 company

I am glad to be part of a team who deployed Drupal as an Intranet platform for a Fortune 20 telecom company.  This is the first time that Drupal was used on an open surce LAMP stack to create a corporate Intranet for over 90,000 employees. The project was a complete rewrite of the existing intranet that had been in operation for over half a decade. It was accomplished in less than 12 months from conception to full deployment, ramping up from just a one member team to a 17 person group with only 5 full time developers

With lots of Cheers and Tears - Happy New Year

Last year was AWESOME, I cannot let it go with out mentioning that I was blessed with lots of Happiness and Joy. I am really very thankful to my Lord Allah Subhanawtallah that HE blessed me with a Son, we name him Saad. Then I came back to my Home Country Pakistan after spending three years in United States, I donot have words to mention about my feelings the first time I stepped out of the aircraft when I landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore. I came to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, and paid visit to Haram-Makkah (House of Allah) twice. The first sight was magnificant, it was full of attraction, and your heart feels some kind of energy that tells you that this is the House of Allah who is the creator of all creations.

Optimizing/Caching Poll's Block

We all know that Poll is a core module which ships with Drupal. After installing this module we can setup poll and we can place a "most recent poll" block any where in region, usually its on a front page. I investigated this module and I found that it takes 20-25 queries to load most recent poll block and when a user submits a vote on that poll it does a cache_clear_all. Which was like WOW, in addition to submitting a vote users were also clearing my cached data. Optimizing or Caching poll's block for any kind of user (authenticated or anonymous) is like piece of cake, but figuring out how to do it was really a big pain in a neck.