A couple nights ago was a pretty exciting “first” for me. I gave a presentation at the Downtown L.A. Drupal Drupal meetup in Downtown L.A. You may remember me posting about my first lightning talk(s) a few weeks ago. This was my first longer presentation. Granted, 17:25 is not that long, but it certainly is long-er.
In short, it was pretty awesome, and it was nice to refresh my theming skills and get some perspective on the latest trends. In fact, there’s a high chance already that I’ll be using what I learned about @font-face really soon to move a site away from using Cufón for the non-Web font.
Ah, and speaking of the typography presentation – at the end of it, I won a free license for Balsamiq Mockups! I can’t wait to take it for a spin. Thank you Balsamiq, and thank you Four Kitchens for getting ahold of it as a prize!
It seems like I attended most of the same presentations as Ashok…so see his thoughts for my thoughts.
One other experience I had, though, which was helpful, was getting to talk to Emma Jane Hogbin about a theming issue I was having. It quickly turned into bouncing it off a couple of the people at Top Notch Themes, and Sheena gave me a tip that I eventually wound up using – talk the client out of a certain part of the spec unless they wanted to pay for it. Ashok also sent me some code he had used and which I then modified to pretty much meet requirements.
It was pretty cool being able to take a real-world problem to a Drupal event and get some tips on it. I’ll definitely be attending the net local Design Camp.
And, as always, you can find me at the Downtown and Inland Empire Drupal meetups in the Greater L.A. area. Occasionally, you can find me at the Westside main meetup as well. You can keep tabs on when they are happening here: http://groups.drupal.org/la
Here’s my report from the “late” Drupal 7 release party in L.A. with Angie Byron (webchick) from Lullabot. Angie is also the branch maintainer for Drupal 7.
The party was definitely a good networking event, and I got to talk more with more of the LA Drupal members. I also had the chance to talk to Angie and ask her about how to get involved in contributing to core. Her advice was useful.
So, since about 3 days ago, I’ve started providing some support on IRC! Basically, ever since Four Kitchens presented on open-source and no-cost tools for collaboration and mentioned that serious Drupal professionals needed to be on IRC, I decided I’d leave ChatZilla on and hang around on IRC. This led to me starting to answer people’s Drupal questions, and before I knew it, I was suddenly giving support!
It’s actually been quite a good experience. I’ve helped a few people solve their problems. Best of all, I was able able to check the, “I give support on IRC” checkbox in my Drupal.org profile!
Without further ado, let’s look at what giving support on IRC is like!
(I almost named this, “Drupal 7 wants you to use $ for money, not your jQuery.)
I ran into an API change issue yesterday when working on upgrading Fill PDF to be fully Drupal 7-compatible, and just today, someone on IRC ran into the same issue. She suggested that “somebody” write a blog post about it, so I thought I would. I hope it saves some random Internet searcher a few hairs.
Basically, you can no longer use jQuery’s shortcut variable $ in Drupal 7 instead of the full jQuery variable.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting mini-camp. You may wonder what someone calling himself a Web Developer, generally meaning programmer, is doing going to a DesignCamp. The truth is…I’m also a themer! I’m pretty capable of turning designs into working themes. Thing is…I have been doing an awful lot of programming lately, and I wouldn’t mind shaping up my theming skills. After all, I do do a lot of theme tweaking.
And, as always, if you can track me down, feel free to hit me up with Drupal questions. You can even ask about non-design/theming-related topics! I won’t tell.
With Meetup’s new design, some people have also started talking about using the API to “skin” Meetup in ways people like better. I’m kind of hoping this leads to Meetup.com skin installation profile…but don’t know if it will. Wish me luck in advocating Drupal!
My SANDCamp report is late…it was over almost two Sundays ago. I am aware of this but have just been alternating between sick and busy. I’ll post it soon, so hang tight. Or just come meet me tomorrow at the Drupal 7 Release Party with Angie Byron (webchick) and Joe Shindelar from Lullabot! I’m not too big on the partying part, but the networking and Drupaling? Yeah! I am making the 45-odd-minute trek from my “office” in Covina, so again, don’t miss this chance to talk to me for free.