Downtown LA Drupal meetup

  • Posted on: 1 September 2011
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 19:30 to 21:30

Location

90031 Los Angeles
United States

The next Downtown LA Drupal meetup is on September 20, 2011 and will be at Droplabs, a Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, Droplabs is the host of LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party and LA Drupal's first-ever Drupal job fair.

LA Drupal meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. We'll also have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks. Light food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and we'll finish off the night with networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:30pm.

For any changes to our agenda, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign up button below (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

Agenda

   6:30pm
   Users Helping Users
   Projector and tables / chairs setup

   7:30pm
   Introductions and job announcements
   Community questions and answers

   8:30pm
   Blake Senftner presents "Remote Web APIs with Services 3.x"
   Steve Tchorwezski presents "Front-end performance for fun and profit"
   Raffle prizes!

   9:30pm
   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and networking session

Users Helping Users

The meetup begins at 7:30pm but the doors open a little earlier at 6:30pm for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal.

Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bona fide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Presentations

Remote Web APIs with Services 3.x

Blake Senftner (@bsenftner) will give a talk describing his dual Services 3.x setup for a remote web API on a Rackspace Cloud server and an Ubercart site set up at Hostgator.

This system sells on-demand custom products created by the Rackspace servers at one end of the web API. The online store is a 3D animation element store and the web service is auto-generated 3D head models of YOU for animating within Maya.

Drupal front-end, custom and cloud servers, RESTful web services, real-time 3D rendering, neural nets, mad ambition all in the soup for this talk.

Front-end performance for fun and profit

Did you know that search engines now rank fast websites higher in search results? Do you want to get the most out of your site's performance but are limited by the options from your shared hosting? Steve Tchorzewski (@stevethewebguy) introduces the YSlow and Google Pagespeed browser tools that measure page load time and explains their checklists of performance-enhancing suggestions.

This presentation is geared toward getting 100% validation with YSlow and Pagespeed and includes tips and tricks that are valuable for everyone (goblins not included). The Parallel module, cookie domains and Apache rewrite rules will also be covered in this presentation.

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub. In the past, we've gone to a variety of locations, including Barbara's at The Brewery (at 620 Moulton Ave., just a 5 minute walk away) and Carnitas Michoacan (on 1901 N. Broadway, just a 5 minute drive away).

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Location and directions

   Droplabs
   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for LA Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

What to bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

We share a large parking lot with Big Art Labs and there's plenty of free parking. After you pull into the parking lot, park to the left of the entrance and follow the signs to Droplabs.

Please note that our guest wireless network is limited to 1Mb per client, so bring your MiFi router or a phone you can tether with if for some reason you need a lot of bandwidth. Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

About Droplabs

Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater LA Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice.

We have been open to the public since May, 2011, and the use of our equipment and facilities, including conference room, tables and chairs, espresso machine and high-speed WiFi network, is free until our official launch. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/145934 for more details about our open beta period.

Droplabs is the host of the monthly Downtown LA Drupal meetups, LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party and LA Drupal's first-ever Drupal job fair.

To learn more about Droplabs, follow Droplabs on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Droplabs or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DroplabsLA

About LA Drupal

LA Drupal is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups and is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal. In addition to scheduling 4 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings, LA Drupal members produce special events, code sprints, and the annual DrupalCamp LA and Drupal Design Camp LA conferences.

Attending LA Drupal events is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend meetings and special events regularly. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member and find events in our community calendar at http://groups.drupal.org/la/events

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