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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
   http://droplabs.net/surveys/drupal-school-at-droplabs

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  

Marketplace.org Case Study

  • Posted on: 7 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

On November 14, 2011, the public radio program Marketplace from American Public Media — heard by more than 10 million people around the country each week — launched a new website built on top of our new Drupal 7 content management system.

At the Downtown LA Drupal meetup on January 17, 2012, at Droplabs, the team behind that project gave an "under-the-hood" tour of the site, shared its features and talked about about how it was made from concept to launch. Other topics of discussion included:

  • How to migrate 52,000 pieces of content from two different legacy CMSs into Drupal
  • How to change domains while moving to Drupal
  • How to increase your traffic instantly by 35 percent with search engine optimization and good planning
  • How to design and code for future enhancements
  • and, most importantly, what you should do differently

Presenters include: Matt Berger, Marketplace Digital Director; Paul Brent, Marketplace Interactive Designer; and Abhishek Taneja, Marketplace Lead Web Developer

Video: http://blip.tv/ladrupal/episode/5944371  
Comments: http://groups.drupal.org/node/191653#comments  

Installation Profiles as an "Everything in Code" Development Process

  • Posted on: 5 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

It seems everyone is talking about using Features for "everything in code" development, but what about installation profiles? In this presentation at the Downtown LA Drupal meetup at Droplabs on October 18, 2011, Victor Kane presents how this oft-overlooked part of Drupal core is available to us all and provides the tools needed for successful, repeatable development and deployment.

Victor Kane (@victorkane) is an Drupal developer and trainer with deep roots in the Los Angeles Drupal community. He is the author of Leveraging Drupal: Getting Your Site Done Right. This presentation is a continuation of his articles on the subject at http://awebfactory.com.ar/node/448 and http://awebfactory.com.ar/node/458

Video: http://blip.tv/ladrupal/episode/5660107  
Comments: http://groups.drupal.org/node/178254#comments  

Field Collection in Drupal 7

  • Posted on: 2 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Ashok Modi (@BTMash) presents on Field collection, a Drupal 7 module that provides a "field collection" field to which other fields can be attached. This video was recorded at the Downtown LA Drupal meetup at Droplabs on November 15, 2011.

Video: http://blip.tv/ladrupal/episode/5743625  
Comments: http://groups.drupal.org/node/177624#comments  

AJAX and CCK Presentation by Steve Rifkin

  • Posted on: 1 March 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

In this presentation at the Downtown LA Drupal meetup at Droplabs on August 16, 2011, Steve Rifkin (@steverifkin) of Exaltation of Larks (@LarksLA), demonstrates the use of the Ajax module for Drupal. Steve defines a plugin to use with its API for both the module (PHP) and the Javascript API and demonstrates ajaxifying individual fields on a node that can be edited inline and then shows he did it.

If you've wished for inline editing on your Drupal website, this demonstration will be a good stepping stone for you.

Video: http://blip.tv/ladrupal/episode/5476649  
Comments: http://groups.drupal.org/node/168089#comments  

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