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LA Drupal monthly meetup

  • May 31, 2011 · 7:00 PM
  • Media Temple

Mark your calendars for our LA Drupal meetup: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at the corporate headquarters of Media Temple in Culver City, CA.

Theme for the night: User Interface - Configuring Friendly and Client-Scalable Drupal Sites.

The meetup will begin at 7:00pm sharp, but the doors will open at 6:30pm if you want to come early and network or work with a community member on a Drupal related project!

Please note the time change - we are starting at 7pm in order to get more into the evening!

This event is free!
And there will be raffle prizes, food and drink!!!

No RSVP is required, but if you signup you will receive any last minute details, and have our undying gratitude for helping us know how many to expect in order to arrange adequate seating, food, drinks, and so on. So… please let us know you'll attend here or go to GDO and click the signup button:

We want your feedback!

During the meetup, we'll be gathered in the #drupal-la IRC channel and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be checking Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.


Theme for the Night: User Interface - Configuring Friendly and Client-Scalable Drupal Sites.


There will be two theme-related shorter (30 minutes or so) presentations that build on each other:

1. Node Hierarchy: Using Parent / Child Relationships to Make Client Updates Easier 

Rain Breaw will talk about how node hierarchy, with a small amount of views and block magic, can be used to ensure that your site scales gracefully once it goes into client hands and they begin adding pages willy-nilly! We will look at how this can save you with things like submenus and breadcrumbs as well.

2. Panels

Oliver Seldman will then talk about the panels UI, demystifying it and making it accessible. He'll also cover why you may or may not want to use Panels from a site-configuration and client-handoff standpoint (update on this talk coming soon... :)).

3. Lightening Talks 

We will also open the floor up for **lightening talks** related to our theme after the presentations, so comment below and/or come prepared if you'd like to give one!

If you'd like to give a lightning talk, presentation, announce a job position or ask any questions of the group, please leave a comment below and plan to come a few minutes early. If presenting, be sure to bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

Users Helping Users

The meetup begins at 7:00pm but the doors open a little earlier at 6:30pm for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal. Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bonafide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Lightning talks

We have time as well for lightning talks, which are 5 minute presentations from attendees who would like to share something with the group. It'd be great if you have a lightening talk that fits with the evening's theme!

As always, please feel welcome to leave a comment below and let others know what you'd like to present ahead of time.

Job announcements and open Q&A

Everyone has a problem every now and then and the open Q&A session is a chance for attendees to divine answers from the collective wisdom of the group. This is also an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

Breakout Groups

Time-depending, at the end of the evening we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

Wrap up and Drupal After Dark

Several of us may be going to a local restaurant or bar for a Drupal After Dark afterward. Leave a comment below if you have ideas of a possible bar or restaurant that is nearby.

Looking Ahead

For next month, if you have an idea for something you'd like to learn, post a comment below, or better yet suggest a presentation idea! ... and if you see a topic you'd like to present, post a comment or contact us! Depending on remaining time, we'll have lightning talks, job announcements, break-out groups, and networking. Oh, and of course raffle prizes!

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  • Kevin K.

    It's getting even better and more organized! I wish that we could actually fit in BoFs, though. Maybe instead of speed networking next time.

    June 6, 2011

  • Rain B.

    sorry about that... thanks, romy, for catching it! i'm an early morning person and my brain was in AM mode at the time... :)

    May 24, 2011

  • Mike S.

    good catch! changed! but please take note we're starting 30min earlier.

    May 22, 2011

  • romy

    In the red italicized text here it says, 'please note we are starting at 7AM sharp'!! I'm sure nobody will think it's at 7AM because it's clear everywhere else when it really is, however, this gave me a start for a second! :) :)

    May 22, 2011

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