Hello Drupal 8

Drupal 8 should be released later this year and it is time to start preparing. Over the years our meetup group has hosted similar events for new versions of Drupal including 5, 6, 7, and now 8. To start we'll go through the new installation process as a group, move into Drupal 8 specific changes focusing on development, and finish by learning about the new theme system Twig.

Starting in 2014, we're meeting at a new location with room for more attendees than ever before.  National Association of Realtors (America’s largest trade association) opens their doors at 6:00pm for attendees to arrive, socialize, and hang out before meetups.  Presentations officially start by 7:00pm. RSVP is required to attend and feel free to bring a friend by registering for up to two guests.


• Hello Drupal 8 by Matthew Lechleider

• Drupal 8 Development by Fredric Mitchell

• Drupal 8 Themes and Twig by TBA

Fredric Mitchell - is a senior developer at Phase2 Technologies. Fredric is not only the man behind the technical implementation of client websites, but also the one who steps up when his team requires additional architectural, devops, or project management support. Adept at providing clear avenues of strategic communication, Fredric keeps everyone on the same page by focusing on reaching a mutual understanding of each project’s definition of success.

Matthew Lechleider - is a product of the Nintendo Generation and has spent 10 - 15 hours online daily since before the Internet was cool. Speaking at conferences, skateboarding, music festivals, Linux and Drupal are a few of his favorites things in life. Matthew provides high performance Drupal development with PhamilyDev.net.

Estimated Agenda:
18:00 - Doors Open
18:30 - Arrival and Socialize
16:45 - Meetup Starts, Welcome, and Introductions
19:00 - Presentation: Matthew Lechleider - Hello Drupal 8
19:15 - Presentation: Fredric Mitchell - Drupal 8 Development

20:00 - Break with Questions and Answers
20:15 - Presentation: TBA - Drupal 8 Themes and Twig
20:45 - Questions, Answers, Closing/Wrap Up
21:00 - Beer

The Chicago Drupal Meet Up Group is proud to present featured presentations about the hottest Drupal topics. We have room for 100+ attendees and all skill levels are welcomed. Please note we're meeting at a new location in 2014 with room for more attendees than ever before. Presentation meetups will not be taking place monthly, but with a new goal to gather 100+ people interested in Drupal every few months. RSVP is required to join the fun and hangout at one of the largest Drupal user groups in the world.

Matthew Lechleider will be presenting....Hello Drupal 8...as a group we will go through the updated installation process and see what is new in Drupal 8.  

Fredric Mitchell will be presenting....Drupal 8 Development...it's time to take the next step and jump into the Drupal 8 API. This session reviews the 30 API functions that you should know to begin your journey. Attendees will learn the behind-the-scenes functions that power common UI elements with the idea of being able to build or customize them for your projects.

TBA will be presenting....Drupal 8 Themes and Twig...

All meetups will be in traditional CDMUG fashion. No dress code, relaxed attitudes, open ideas, laptop encouraged, remember business cards, and we will go for a beer afterward. Contact us if you're interested in presenting, have ideas for the group, have any type of feedback - http://cdmug.org/contact or follow us on twitter @CDMUG.

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  • Anthony E. Scandora, J.

    Fredric gave an excellent presentation of material I need to know but didn't up until then. Thanks!

    April 11, 2014

  • Leo Robert K.

    Grateful for the beer and pizza!

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Todd

      And _thanks_ as always to Matt for his unending leadership w/ the meetup & community. *cheers!*

      April 9, 2014

  • Erich S.

    Good group of Drupal-heads! Frederic is an excellent presenter.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Matthew L.

    Thank you Jobspring Partners for sponsoring tonight's event with pizza AND beer! Need a job working with Drupal? Contact Jobspring @ jobspringpartners.com

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • Matthew L.

    REMINDER! Tonight's meetup is at a new location at 430 N Michigan Ave in the Realtor building. Check-in when you arrive. Meetup will be on the second floor two lefts off the elevator.

    I regret to inform you that our presentation about Drupal themes/twig will be postponed. Tonight we will focus on Drupal 8 from an install and module point of view. If anyone is interested in speaking about Twig, please step up and let us know!

    April 9, 2014

  • Alan K.

    National Association of Realtors is a great location. Good news.

    April 8, 2014

  • Matthew L.

    "UPDATE! NEW MEETUP LOCATION FOR TOMORROW'S EVENT @ National Association of Realtors (430 N Michigan Ave). I apologize for the late update, but we will now be meeting at an even larger facility!"

    April 8, 2014

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