Category: Events

DrupalCamp alert: DrupalCamp Gothenburg 2013!

If you haven’t been following any of the calendars listing DrupalCamps, you may have missed the arrangement that’s coming up in Gothenburg, Sweden in a couple weeks. This wouldn’t be surprising, since it’s being marketed in Swedish. People of all languages are welcome, however, so I thought I’d somewhat rehash the post I made in Norwegian.

The camp’s pitch is: “A one-day conference focused on the Drupal CMS. Come along and learn more about Drupal and the web, and have a great day in Gothenburg in late Spring.”

Sessions are here: http://summer2013.drupalcamp.se/program/sessions

As with most DrupalCamp sites, volunteer work lies behind the site you see. A lot of people contributed really great work. Fantastic designs and solid development resulted in the site you see today. I was also involved, mostly behind the scenes. I helped with server administration, Git coordination, transferring the site to another server, and mostly with coordinating the web team’s efforts. It was the first time I had spent as much time helping organize a DrupalCamp (and I’ve been to quite a few; I’ve even volunteered at a couple).

If you’re in Europe or in the area, I encourage you to check it out. You can follow them on Twitter at @DrupalGBG.

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My mobile office is now in the Toolbox

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know all this. If not, however, allow me to explain.

When I’m away from home, whether at a cafe or a Drupal event, there are a few things I take with me to ensure a pleasant working experience. You may have encountered me with them at a Drupal event. I’ve had the setup since SANDcamp 2012 and also had it with me at DrupalCamp NJ, DrupalCamp Twin Cities, and DrupalCamp Sacramento.

These tools definitely increase my productivity (hint: one is a USB-powered monitor that you can carry around!).

So, without further delay, check out my mobile office!

I’m a mentor at the free DrupalCamp Sacramento training on June 8!

I haven’t been blogging enough recently, but I will try to keep you posted with short updates at least. It’s been a busy first quarter of the year!

But I wanted to post to announce that I’m mentoring this training, which as I write is tomorrow. It’s full, so this is sure to be an interesting experience on my part. BuildAModule.com’s site is here (affiliate link).

DrupalCamp Sacramento: link (Fill PDF Service is a Bronze Sponsor).

Hope to see you there!

WizOne Solutions Winter Update

Update:¬†I’ve also sponsored DrupalCamp NJ (http://www.drupalcampnj.org/sponsors/fill-pdf-service) at the Silver level.

I wondered what I should call this post, and the title I picked seemed to fit. It’s been some time since I’ve written a proper blog post about my attendance to (or sponsorship of) camps. I’ve definitely tweeted about it, but the blog posts have been lagging behind. Time passes, and opportunities do too. I think I’d be beating a dead horse to try and catch up now. I’d rather just list the highlights since around July:

  1. Was an individual sponsor of DrupalCamp LA (http://2011.drupalcampla.com/sponsors/wizone-solutions) and attended. Presented on hooks with Oliver Seldman and subbed in for Christefano’s presentation (http://2011.drupalcampla.com/sessions/professional-staging-and-deployment-todays-best-and-worst-practices). Also scored a great new photo courtesy of Sawako Leslie (thanks!).
  2. Attended my first DrupalCon…in London (ahem, Croydon)! I also did an individual sponsorship for that (http://london2011.drupal.org/sponsor/wizone-solutions) and ran a couple informal discussion sessions (BOFs).
  3. Experienced Drutober with nearly back-to-back DrupalCamps.The first was the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit. This was a pretty cool event (yeah, sponsored this also. See a trend? http://pnwdrupalsummit.org/sponsors/wizone-solutions). It was targeted more at developers, apparently, and it was really well organized. I mean really well. Everything just went so smoothly and was so professionally done. My paltry $50 (OK, $200 total) was worth every penny.

    The second camp was the Bay Area Drupal Camp, a.k.a. BADCamp. (Individual sponsorship in profile: http://2011.badcamp.net/attendees/wizonesolutions.) I had to work for this one (the Coder Lounge was around 15 minutes away from the sessions), but it was worth it, and I made some new acquaintances. My session on Fill PDF also made it in at the last second (http://2011.badcamp.net/program/sessions/fill-pdf-module-web-form-data-completed-pdf-form-out). That was surprising, but cool, and the presentation went pretty well.

    Drutober was interesting because it was the first time I went to DrupalCamps with concrete goals. I think that helped me get more out of it.

  4. SANDcamp 2012 (two sponsorships! https://www.sandcamp.org/sponsors#block-views-sponsors-block-11 and https://www.sandcamp.org/sponsors/fill-pdf-service) and DrupalCamp NJ (individual sponsor; see this page: http://www.drupalcampnj.org/event/attendees) are coming next.

So it’s been an interesting year. In the coming year, I’m hoping to polish up Fill PDF Service¬†and make it properly rock. That’s part of the reason for trying to ramp up the marketing a bit. We’ll see how it goes!

(And I’ll try to write more.)

Multi-conference report coming

I’ve been to several camps this summer and early fall, but I haven’t really written anything about them since I mentioned sponsoring DrupalCamp LA 2011. I’ve decided that I’ll probably never document them individually but that a combined blog post would be reasonable. I’ll write this soon, probably next week (once things calm down a bit).

There will be pictures.

Code Sprint Report: San Diego, Conference Organizing Distribution (COD)

On May 7, I attended a code sprint in San Diego. Fortunately, Jerad Bitner has already blogged about this. Given that, I’ll share my experience and impressions rather than the event breakdown.

My previous code sprint was at SANDCamp 2011. That one was different in that the goals were planned out in advance and most of the time was spent writing code. In contrast, most of the time in this first COD sprint was spent planning, tweaking make files, and re-building feature modules. Porting an installation profile is a bigger job than writing a module, that’s for sure!

I mostly worked on researching the state of COD’s dependencies and updating the make file and groups.drupal.org wiki page accordingly.

The sprint was fun, and I’d do it again. It’s even better that the sprint helped move it forward.

I’ll be sprinting again at DrupalCon London, so look for me!

DTLA Re-Gifting

A neat thing about raffle prizes at Drupal meetups is the community aspect. Sometimes you win a prize for which you have no use and can give it back for use at another meetup.

This happened to me a couple months ago at the Downtown L.A. Drupal meetup. I won some online design-related training that I couldn’t use. I passed it on, and I suppose someone at the LA Drupal meetup received it.

Drupal Camp Sacramento Area 2011 Conference Report

This weekend, I attended the first DrupalCamp in the Sacramento, California area. It happened to be held in Davis, a location which worked for me.

Some of you might know that I was talking about taking Amtrak’s Coast Starlight up to the Bay Area. I indeed did. Here’s some pictures: (flickr link coming soon; I have to upload the pictures).

But as for the camp itself, it’s best to break it down into the sessions I attended and then give my overall impressions.

Day 1

As every attendee certainly did, I started off my day listening to Nate Haug (@quicksketch)’s keynote speech. He talked about the community, contributing, contributing productively, collaboration, and the care shown to community members. It was a good start. After that, I went to my first session.

10-11:30: VoIP for Drupal: Turning Drupal into a phone system

The title of this presentation had intrigued me, and I’m glad I checked it out. Adam Kalsey (@akalsey) of Tropo did a fantastic job of demonstrating the VoIP module and how command sets could be sent to phone systems using PHP code.

1:00-2:30 – Using Drupal as an Application Development Platform

This was a neat presentation as well. It was also presented by Adam Kalsey. His thesis was essentially that Drupal is an application development platform that ships with a great CMS as its default implementation. He defended this fairly, outlining many of the subsystems that I indeed deal with regularly.

2:30-4:00 – Building a Distribution using Features, Drush Make, Installation Profiles, and more

Ben Shell gave a fascinating presentation on the topic above. I found this very useful, as it cleared up some questions I had regarding the whole thing. I liked how he spoke a bit about how to get drupal.org to fully package your distribution or installation profile for download!

4:00-5:30 – Streamline your workflow with Fill PDF – fill your PDF templates with your site’s forms

Some dude who came from L.A. gave this one. I think his name was Kevin Kaland or something. Of course it was awesome; would I say otherwise? Fortunately, you don’t have to listen to me; Doug R. Wu has given a brief “str8up” account of the talk. That coupon code expires Monday, by the way.

Day 2

Morning-12 – Code sprint

Saturday ran late for some reason, and I got lost on the way back to campus, so I rolled in around 11 AM. I discovered that no organized code sprint was happening, so I worked more on adding Webform token support to Fill PDF on Drupal 7. This is completed now.

1:00-2:30 – Why Drupal uses hooks, and why you should too

I bumped into that Kevin Kaland guy again at this talk. Something about hooks in Drupal. People liked it or something. (If you blogged about this talk, can you link to it in the comments?)

2:30-4:00 – Know Where The Fire Is (Monitoring Drupal Sites)

I wrapped up my camp with Mike Hathaway’s Nagios talk. It was cool; Nagios is definitely a tool l will have to try some time, along with the Drupal Nagios module of course!

Conclusion

So ended my camp, and so began my transportational journey back…with a new sticker on my laptop!

DrupalCon London 2011 – WizOne Solutions Individual Sponsor Page Now Live!

That link in the other post shouldn’t be showing access denied anymore. They published my sponsor page and are showing Individual Sponsors on the main Sponsors page now!

Here’s the link to my sponsor page: WizOne Solutions DrupalCon 2011 Individual Sponsor Page

I appreciate it, DrupalCon team!