SCALE 10x Barn Raising

  • Posted on: 17 July 2011
  • By: Ron Golan
Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 10:00 to 18:00

SCALE 10x Cloud A barn raising is an event during which a community comes together to assemble a barn for one or more of its households, particularly in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America. (Wikipedia)

The same can be done for websites.

SCALE, the Southern California Linux Expo, is going to be a little earlier next year and this has moved forward the CFP (Call for Papers). We will be building the SCALE site on Drupal 7 this year.

In the past, the CFP was on a separate non-Drupal framework and importing the data was the source of some headaches. I hope by bringing the CFP into Drupal from the start, we can improve on that situation.

What we have now:

  • We're just starting out!
  • By the time of the event, I will create a Git repository with a base install and database.
  • I have screenshots of the old forms for reference.

What we need to accomplish:

  • Set up the site to accept submissions for the CFP (call for papers)
  • Work out the basic arrangement of data need to be captured and how it's shared/coordinated
  • Create some content types: Speaker, Presentation
  • Put as much configuration into Features as possible
  • Create some basic pages: I should have the text for the call for papers page in a few more days
  • Choose a base theme and do some light themeing

This website is using LDAP authentication and authorization and I had thought that would create some problems but I just heard that we will able to register new users without LDAP. That is going to make our task a lot easier and give us more options.

If you would like to participate help get the SCALE 10x site off the ground, please sign up. This event will be limited to 15 people. I would really appreciate it if attendees can stay for most if not all of the event. Getting up to speed may take some time and doing it multiple times will be disruptive.

If you will attend, please sign up and come with a the site installed on your development system. I'll post instructions here on cloning the repository soon. To access the repository you will need to send me your SSH public key.

Food will be served.

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