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.
A quick update to report that, as of today, I’ve become a co-maintainer on the Features Extra Drupal module.
This time, I just wanted to get some patches committed, and since I’ve got the process down fairly well after my experience with Fill PDF and Meetup API.
Features Extra lets you export blocks and node queue definitions into code and works in conjunction with the Features module. It lets you export taxonomy vocabularies, too, but Features has native support for that now…so don’t use Features Extra for that.