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CDMUG May 2011 Meet Up

  • May 19, 2011 · 7:00 PM
  • Duo Consulting


Duo will start opening doors at 6:00pm for attendees to arrive, socialize, and hang out before meetups.  We are hoping to officially start presentations by 7:00pm. Comment your RSVP with name and bring photo ID to gain authorized access to Duo's office downtown.


  • What I learned on my way to Drupal 7 by Joel Finkel (postponed)
  • Andrew Kucharski from Promet filling in for Joel
  • Drupal as a framework for iOS mobile development by Rachel Jaro

Joel Finkel started writing computer code in 1348, when he created a database to track population collapse during the Black Plague.  His first iPhone app was designed to help Ulysses S Grant procure whiskey in a timely manner.  In the 1930, he created an fine-tasting social- networking site for 5-year-olds called Pastebook.  Operating as a confused alter kocker, Mr. Finkel now freelances under his company's name: Systems by Design of Illinois.  He has been using Drupal since 1962 and thinks that every day is April 1st.

Andrew Kucharski is the CEO and founder of Promet Soltions has more than 15 years of technical and project management experience from startups to Fortune 50 firms with industry experience in banking, telecommunications, government, and association technology management. Mr. Kucharski's eCommerce experience dates to 1998 with the implementation of highly scalable enterprise solutions for telecommunications providers. Representative clients include Yahoo, MSN, Best Buy, Sony Ericson, Sprint, Bank of America, and Texas Instruments.

Rachel Jaro is a Solutions Architect for Promet.  Rachel has been with Promet for 5 years and her experience helps her lead a talented team of developers and provide creative solutions to clients needs.  Rachel has worked on open source and Drupal web development.  Some of Rachel 's project highlights include large scale data migration to Drupal,  community deployment in Drupal for and Drupal and mobile application integration.  Rachel loves working with Promet because of the wonderful people that she is surrounded by.  In her free time she tries to convince her friends that she can be the next American Idol.

Estimated Agenda:
6:00 - Doors Open
6:30 - Meetup Starts, Arrival, and Socialize
7:00 - Presentation: Joel Finkel - What I learned on way to Drupal 7
7:00 - Presentation: Andrew Kucharski - TBA
7:45 - Break with Questions and Answers
8:00 - Presentation: Rachel Jaro - Drupal as a framework for iOS
8:45 - Questions, Answers, Closing/Wrap Up
9:00 - Beer @Dick's Last Resort (315 N Dearborn St)

The Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group is proud to present at least two featured presentations about the hottest Drupal topics each month. We have room for 75 people and all skill levels are welcomed. If you are brand new to Drupal we recommend attending one of our free monthly training workshops.


Joel's presentation is postponed.
Joel Finkel
will be presenting....What I learned on my way to Drupal 7....I will demonstrate a new, very simple website that I am working on for a local photographer.  Looking under the hood, I will demonstrate the following:

  • Understand the business rules
  • Why 12 columns and 64 regions is not always a good thing
  • Starting with your own theme can be a challenge, but not a hard one
  • HOOK_node_presave() is your friend
  • Integrating Javascript and D7 is fun, fun, fun
  • How to roll your own image gallery

Rachel Jaro will be presenting....Drupal as a framework for iOS mobile development....Mobile development is the rage. How can drupal play a role? We'll discuss SDK options for mobile development, HTML5's role and how we used Drupal as a framework for the mobile apps to check home for enterprise mobile web application development.

  • An introduction to the mdot, hybrid and native apps
  • How your site can be part of the mobile world
  • Using services module and json

We'll discuss mobile development that goes beyond games and displaying your content on a mobile device. We'll provide examples of real time two way communication, geo tracking a fleet of devices using openlayers and google apis. Intended audience: This presentation will speak to a wide audience, from  developers looking to learn about tool sets and methods to decision makers who want to see how to take the iPad from a media consumption device to a powerful workforce communication tool.

Questions answered by this session:

  1. What is mobile development?
  2. What are the available development tools for mobile development?
  3. How to use services and openlayers to create an integrated mobile and web application?
  4. What are possible challanges with using Google maps API and openlayers?


Almost every CDMUG presentation is recorded and now available online @

If you are not able to physically attend, join us virtually in our #cdmug IRC chat room on freenode. Members hang out in the chat room on a daily basis even when meetups are not happening. If you are unfamiliar with IRC view feel free to utilize our web based chat client @

All meetups will be in traditional CDMUG fashion. No dress code, relaxed attitudes, open ideas, laptop encouraged, remember business cards, and we will probably go for a beer afterward.

Contact us if you are interested in presenting, have ideas for the group, have any type of feedback - or follow us on twitter @

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  • Roy

    Another well-attended and informative meeting! Thanks again to Duo for hosting!

    May 22, 2011

  • Mike C.

    Very nice. Great space for a meet up. Pizza was wondeful and I learned a lot. This was my first meetup, I'll be back and I want to present!

    May 21, 2011

  • David B. S.

    As the organizer of another Meetup group, I can only say that this is one of the singularly most impressive groups that I have seen. The group was large, involved, interested and well run. The presentations were excellant and the audience engaged.

    May 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very informative.

    May 20, 2011

  • Kevin A.

    Another awesome meeting: expert presentations, informative discussions, and pizza to boot!

    May 20, 2011

  • Alicia G.

    Great new ideas on cloud storage, speed and mobile. Thanks!

    May 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    CDMUG is an excellent place to get a perspective on Drupal.

    May 20, 2011

  • Anthony E. Scandora, J.

    My second meeting, again useful. I'll definitely be back next month.

    May 20, 2011

  • John S.

    Very good group!

    May 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Rachel

    May 20, 2011

  • akucharski

    Great meetup - and I am not just saying that because I presented.

    May 20, 2011

  • jv

    Thank you Promet Source for your presentations. I enjoyed them both. Also, thank you for the free Drupal Bible book and the free pizza. very awesome. AND thank you Duo Consulting for hosting CDMUG again.

    May 19, 2011

  • Sandeep

    It was great presentation and came to know about lots of tools related to performance. Good job on the mobile presentation too!

    May 19, 2011

  • Matthew L.

    Sandeep, Yes, Rachel will be presenting about mobile/drupal/ios.

    May 19, 2011

  • Sandeep

    Do we still have the mobile presentation?

    May 19, 2011

  • Matthew L.

    Joe Moses will also be presenting tonight about his brand new module: Cloud Files. (still waiting for module approval)

    May 19, 2011

  • Matthew L.

    Joel is unavailable Thursday night and his presentation will be postponed. Andrew Kucharski from Promet will be filling in.

    May 18, 2011

  • Matthew L.

    Wiley Publishing sent us a copy of the "Drupal 7 Bible" to give away during our meetup on Thursday.

    May 16, 2011

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