Downtown Drupal Meetup and Drupal Clinic

  • Posted on: 6 January 2015
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Greater Los Angeles Drupal The 1st Tuesday of the month is here again and it's time for another Downtown Drupal Meetup! Join us via webcast or in person at Droplabs near Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 between 7-9pm Pacific. This meetup is free.

Are you new to Drupal or the Downtown Drupal meetup? Come learn about Drupal and how others like yourself are using it for their project, business or organization. We promise not to talk down to you. Those who would like to attend remotely are welcome to join us via webcast.

Tonight we're doing something a little different and will be dedicating the entire meetup to a Drupal Clinic, also known as Users Helping Users. This 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!

  • Are you currently having a problem that you need help with?
  • Do you have a presentation or job announcement that you'd like to share with the group?
  • Is there a topic about anything you'd like to see a presentation on?
  • Did you recently attend a great Drupal or tech event that you want to tell us about?
  • Did you solve a problem recently and now have a solution to share with the group?

If you said "Yes!" to any of these questions, this meetup is for you.

Meetup for Meetup Organizers

  • Posted on: 17 June 2014
  • By: Christefano Reyes

The Greater Los Angeles Drupal group is having another organizers meetup on Tuesday, June 27, 2014 between 7-9pm. Join us earlier between 6-7pm at Droplabs for drinks, snacks and casual networking! Attendees who wish to attend this event remotely are welcome to join us via Zoom video conference.

In the spirit and tradition of the Greater Los Angeles Drupal group and events, this meetup is open to everyone (whether you use Drupal or not!) and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who's interested in getting involved or is just interested in meeting everyone and observing our open governance model.

Join us in person at Droplabs or remotely at 7pm via Zoom video conference!

Open House and DrupalCon Austin Live Stream Extravaganza!

  • Posted on: 3 June 2014
  • By: Lee Vodra

Droplabs is having an open house on Thursday June 5th and you're invited!

We have a bunch of fun announcements, including the launch of Droplabs Academy. Your hosts are Lee (that's me) and Joe Del Rivo. It's free coworking all day and our organized event portion starts at 1:00 PM.

For our Drupal friends, we're hosting the DrupalCon Austin live stream on our big screen for the Closing Session at 1:30 PM.

High Performance Drupal Meetup

  • Posted on: 19 March 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

The next High Performance Drupal meetup is on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, between 6-8pm Pacific Time / 8-10pm Central Time. We're meeting at Droplabs, a collaborative classroom, coworking space and hackerspace near Downtown Los Angeles.

Those interested in attending this meetup remotely are welcome to join us via WebEx. We're starting an hour early this time so that we can team up with members of the Austin Drupal user group and the web chefs at Four Kitchens! Stay tuned for further details.

Our meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, 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. We'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 8:00pm.

We're soliciting presentations and lightning talks for this meetup. If there's a topic that you'd like give a presentation on, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if there's a topic that you'd like to learn more about, you're welcome to make a request in the comments below. Thank you!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Droplabs Los Angeles This event is being organized with help from Droplabs (@Droplabs), a collaborative classroom and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. We're quickly gaining a reputation for being the only coworking space around with a with a low-cost business model: come work here and use our tables, chairs, WiFi and conference room with a low, daily or monthly membership fee and only pay more for the extras, such as 24/7 access, equipment rental and a locker for your belongings.

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Our video conferencing and raffle prize sponsor for this event is Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles. We create fun websites, mobile apps, virtual worlds and e-commerce sites. Follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.

Drupal Sprint Weekend

  • Posted on: 2 March 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Droplabs is happy to host Drupal Sprint Weekend: Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10, 2013. On Saturday, coffee and pastries are being sponsored by Exaltation of Larks. Lunch will be provided by Princess Cruises.

This event is taking place simultaneously across the globe. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/277768 for a list of other Drupal Sprint Weekend themes and locations around the world.

Those interested in attending this meetup remotely are welcome to join us via a Google+ Hangout.

What's a "code sprint"?

Code sprints are organized events where attendees meet online or in person (and sometimes both) and work toward a shared goal.

Local area organizers have produced several code sprints in recent history, including sprints focused on building the SCALE conference website, resolving issues in the Drupal 7 issue queue and updating the Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) project to Drupal 7.

See https://drupal.org/node/247982 for more information.

What's this code sprint about?

Good question! There will be 4 separate themes at this event:

  • The Droplabs Operations Management Group (OMG) is hosting a code sprint for advancing Otto, a Drupal-based coworking space management system, towards its first public release;
  • Jen Lampton, who ran the Twig code sprint at Drupal Design Camp LA (the last code sprint before Twig was committed to Drupal core!), has asked Droplabs to be a remote location for Twig Sprint. Droplabs is providing a venue and resources for anyone who's interested in participating;
  • Members of the Greater Los Angeles Area Drupal Camp (GLADCamp) organizing team will be working on the GLADCamp website and adding content about the conference, including sponsorship levels, hotel information, and local attractions;
  • Droplabs will also provide a FREE mentored Drupal training using Build a Module videos. Just bring your laptop and a pair of headphones. A Droplabs staff member will set up you with a day pass.

We're following up on Sunday with a virtual sprint. Below is the IRC channel and Google+ Hangout information:

   IRC: #gladcamp on freenode
   Google+ Hangout: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/4a4d7c5f754a472fe50db4e09bd1d23330f69387
   Short URL: http://ex.tl/ZM8  

Learn Drupal with Droplabs' Drupal School

  • Posted on: 26 December 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

With help from our corporate and training partners and sponsors, we're preparing a 10-week series of hands-on, exercise-driven classes and workshops designed to teach participants how to become Drupal developers. This series is under active development is will be launched in 2013.

Please help us make this a success for everyone by giving us your feedback and completing a brief survey.

   Drupal School at Droplabs Survey

Droplabs hosts Drupal meetups, trainings and coworking Fridays every month and is the host of next month's two signature events, the Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair and Drupal Employers Summit. To hear more about these events, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/DroplabsLA or sign up for our newsletter at http://droplabs.net  

Using HTTPRL for Parallelization: PHP Multitasking Without Forking With stream_select()

  • Posted on: 12 May 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Did you know that PHP comes with a very powerful function called stream_select()? In short it's a wrapper for the select() system call. This allows for synchronous I/O multiplexing, or in sudo-code, a way to read multiple input/output streams without blocking; only selecting streams that are ready for I/O. In English this means that you can do parallel work from a single PHP thread without forking (forking a process is slow and complex in PHP).

In this talk at the High Performance Drupal meetup at Droplabs on May 1, 2012, Mike Carper (@mcarper) went over some code called the HTTP Parallel Request & Threading Library — or HTTPRL in short. Using PHP's stream_select() HTTPRL can send http requests out in parallel. These requests can be made in a blocking or non-blocking way. Blocking will wait for the HTTP response; Non-Blocking will close the connection not waiting for the response back. Non-Blocking requests are what make this better in comparison to cURL, better control over redirects is the other reason.

Banking on Drupal at the Echo Park Time Bank

  • Posted on: 12 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

In this presentation at the Downtown LA Drupal meetup on February 21, 2012, Autumn Rooney of the Echo Park Time Bank (@EPTimeBank) and Christefano Reyes (@christefano) of Exaltation of Larks (@LarksLA) presented on the concept and the practice of time banking and how Drupal is used in the organization to fully manage its currency system and economy.

As the recession and Occupy movement encourage people to reimagine work and how they get their needs met in the new economy, time banks are really catching on. Time Banking is a simple concept: you work for an hour, earn an hour credit, and spend an hour with someone in your time bank community. Time banks don't get penalized in benefit reductions or pay taxes because unlike market-based national currencies, time banks are more like charitable volunteering circles of mutual aid or relationship-based gift economies.

Autumn Rooney is a Los Angeles-based activist and community builder. In March, 2008, she co-founded the Echo Park Time Bank, a community collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. It's a pay-it-forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. Recently, the Echo Park Time Bank migrated its time banking software to Community Weaver, a hosted Drupal platform provided by Time Banks USA, a non-profit that is dedicated to promoting and supporting time banking around the world.

Video: http://blip.tv/ladrupal/episode/5976671  
Comments: http://groups.drupal.org/node/205663#comments