This is another quick update to let you know that I will be presenting on two topics on Drupal Camp Sacramento Area. You can read the presentation summaries for full details, but I’ll give a little bit of info here too.
Why Drupal uses hooks, and why you should too
This presentation will introduce you to hooks – what they are, why Drupal itself uses them, and a live demo of hooks in action. If you want to learn to develop for Drupal or want to understand better what options your developers have, check it out: Why Drupal uses hooks, and why you should too
Streamline your workflow with Fill PDF – fill your PDF templates with your site’s forms
I’ve seen a lot of people working in or working for real estate and in sports-related areas using Fill PDF lately, and it was originally conceived for use with legal forms. I wanted to show how it can be used to populate these kinds of forms without forcing visitors to leave the Web site and hoping they come back. Do you think there’s a need for this? Search Twitter for “fill pdf”, and you will be surprised! People complain every day about having to fill out and send back PDFs. They too want the process to be easier! There’s a module for that! Check it out: Streamline your workflow with Fill PDF – fill your PDF templates with your site’s forms
WizOne Solutions is going to make Web attendee badges again for this camp…stay tuned over the next couple of days!
The amount is just $160. I think this would let me set aside the time to implement this feature or document how to achieve it with existing Drupal modules. I know this has been a “pain point” for a few people (I’ve even had two separate work offers for it!) That’s why I figured that, given a chance to sponsor this, people might be up for it.
All contributors will be thanked personally on my blog, Twitter account, and for a little while at least on the Fill PDF project page.
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.
Finally getting around to posting about this. On December 14 at the monthly Downtown Los Angeles L.A. Drupal meetup, I gave my first “lightning talk”-style presentation. The meetup was heavily lightning-talk oriented, so I joined in and shared some of my experience.
As Christefano put it, it was really four lightning talks in one. I covered:
Fill PDF – what is it, what did I contribute to it? (pdftk integration), and where is it going? (I may be taking on a bigger role in it…details soon.)
Views – views_get_view_result() function – this is a shortcut to the usual four or five lines of code needed when you simply want the results of a Views query but don’t want to render the view. It returns an object whose members are named after the Views database aliases, and paging is not an issue. Very useful.
Meetup API – what is it currently, where is it going, quick sample of it in action on my internal testing module. Keep an eye out for Meetup functionality showing up on ladrupal.org!
NX Client – Someone from the audience asked what I was remoted into while presenting. It was a physical Linux machine running NX Server Free Edition, and I was accessing it with the NX Client for Windows. Very useful, convenient, and fast way to remote into Linux machines. Works over SSH, so doesn’t require many port forwards on the router.