High Performance Drupal Meetup at the Yahoo! Center Santa Monica and via WebEx

The High Performance Drupal meetup is meeting once again on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Please join us on August 7, 2012 at Citrus Studios at the Yahoo! Center in Santa Monica. That's right, for the month of August, 2012, this meetup is in Santa Monica and not Downtown Los Angeles.

At this meetup, we're featuring a presentation by Alon Girmonsky of BlazeMeter, who is presenting on the Drupal integration with BlazeMeter, a self-service, load and performance testing cloud that's 100% compatible with Apache JMeter, the popular, open source performance testing framework.

We'll also hear from engineers at Riot Games (developer and publisher of the popular League of Legends) about how and why they are using Drupal to power a number of their systems, from their marketing site and discussion forums to in-game announcements.

For any changes to our agenda, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign upbutton below (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

citrus studios - design with a twistThis month's High Performance Drupal meetup is being hosted and catered byCitrus Studios, an award-winning Santa Monica-based interactive design, development, and consulting firm that specializes in providing integrated design & programming.

Citrus Studios is hiring! Follow us at @CitrusStudios to learn more.

BlazeMeter, a self-service, load and performance testing cloud.Sponsorship of this meetup is provided by BlazeMeter, a self-service, load and performance testing cloud that's 100% compatible with Apache JMeter, the popular, open source performance testing framework.

BlazeMeter offers their user base a free JMeter plugin and a Drupal module for simplified load testing.

Riot GamesAdditional sponsorship comes from Riot Games, the developer and publisher of the insanely popular League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena video game.

Riot Games uses Drupal to power a number of their systems, from their marketing site and discussion forums to in-game announcements, and will be presenting at this meetup on how and why they use Drupal. Riot Games is hiring!

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and trainingThe projector, raffle prizes, video conferencing and organizing support for this event are being provided by Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles.

We create fun websites, mobile apps, virtual worlds and e-commerce sites. Follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.

Exaltation of Larks is hiring!

What to Bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

This meetup is being catered by Citrus Studios. Please sign up by clicking the Sign up button below to help us get a head count. Food is not guaranteed for those who don't sign up.

Citrus Studios is hiring!

Do you have a job announcement? Bring a copy of your job description and several business cards for our "take a card, leave a card" table.

Agenda

Our meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, breakout sessions, raffle prizes and full-length presentations.

As always, we'll also have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks. We'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:00pm.

6:55pm
Start of WebEx Meeting

7:00pm
News and Upcoming Events
Breakout Sessions

8:00pm
Raffle Prizes!
Featured Presentations
Introducing BlazeMeter for Drupal, by Alon Girmonsky

9:00pm
Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
Drupal After Dark and more networking

This is an meetup that focuses exclusively on advanced topics and there will not be a Users Helping Users portion to the evening.

Join us on WebEx, Twitter and IRC!

This meetup and its featured presentation will be broadcasted via WebEx, courtesy of Exaltation of LarksExaltation of Larks is hiring!

WebEx works in your browser, whether you use Linux, Windows or Mac OS X. To join the meeting, click the Sign up button below to receive the meeting URL and password (a Drupal.org account is required).

During the meetup, several of us will be in the regional #drupal-la channel on IRC and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @DowntownDrupal.

Breakout Sessions

We have several spaces available for breakout sessions. This is an opportunity for a open, multi-track format where we break into groups and discuss a variety of topics, such as high performance hardware (SSDs, SSL accelerators, etc.), monitoring and alerts, hosting and infrastructure, and so on.

Each breakout session is led by a volunteer who picks the topic, picks the space and can optionally report back to the larger group in the form of an announcement or lightning talk.

Featured Presentations

Introducing BlazeMeter for Drupal, by Alon Girmonsky

Alon Girmonsky of BlazeMeter is presenting on the Drupal integration with BlazeMeter, a self-service, load and performance testing cloud that's 100% compatible with Apache JMeter, the popular, open source performance testing framework.

BlazeMeter offers their user base a free JMeter plugin and a Drupal module for simplified load testing. Signup to BlazeMeter is free and no credit card is required. A lifetime free tier enables users to run limited size tests free of charge.

How and Why We Use Drupal at Riot Games

Riot Games is the developer and publisher of the popular League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena video game. At this meetup, we'll hear from Rioterz Alan Doucette, Michael Thorne and Brian Smith on how and why Riot Games uses Drupal to power a number of their systems, from their marketing site and discussion forums to in-game announcements.

Riot Games is hiring!

Raffle prizes! Collect them all! Must be present to win!

Raffle prizes at this meetup have been provided by Exaltation of Larks. Our raffle prizes often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs and books. We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support.

Exaltation of Larks is hiring!

If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup. Thank you!

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub. Options this time include the Wine Expo winebar, which has a beer night the same evening of this meetup with tastings from all around the world for $15.

Location and Directions

Citrus Studios at the Yahoo! Center
2500 Broadway, Suite F-125
Santa Monica, CA 90404

http://g.co/maps/8dzd6

There is free on-street parking after 7pm as well as validated parking in the parking structure. You can get your parking validated at the Daily Grill.

If you have trouble finding the location, see http://blog.citrusstudios.com/2012/03/02/our-new-santa-monica-office for pictures.

Remember where you parked! This is the largest parking structure on the Westside and several people had trouble finding their cars the last time we had an Drupal event here.

The Yahoo Center is accessible by public transportation. Take the #1 Big Blue Bus line to Santa Monica and 26th.

About High Performance Drupal

What is the High Performance Drupal meetup about? The "high performance" part of the name is a catch-all to describe Drupal scalability, performance and benchmarking but we also discuss hosting, infrastructure, deployment, monitoring and highly repeatable processes.

Also, this meetup has been held at coffeeshops in the past and the addition of caffeine makes our meetings feel as if they go faster and faster as the night goes on.

We've been meeting regularly since April, 2011, in a variety of locations in and around Los Angeles, including Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles.

 

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  • Christefano

    Just a quick reminder to everyone tuning in via WebEx: to join the meeting, click the Sign up button at http://groups.drupal.org/node/2...­ to receive the meeting URL and password (a Drupal.org account is required). Thanks!

    August 7, 2012

  • Christefano

    Thanks to Riot Games for co-sponsoring tonight's event!

    Riot Games is the developer and publisher of the insanely popular League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena video game. They use Drupal to power a number of their systems, from their marketing site and discussion forums to in-game announcements, and will be presenting at this meetup on how and why they use Drupal.

    August 7, 2012

  • Christefano

    Many thanks to BlazeMeter for sponsoring and presenting at this meetup! If you haven't heard of BlazeMeter, check out their free JMeter plugin and a Drupal module in advance of the meetup. Alon Girmonsky will be presenting on how to use BlazeMeter with Drupal and how it's the "holy grail of cloud testing".

    August 5, 2012

  • Benjamin F.

    We are an LA-based education technology startup looking for a talented front-end Drupal developer to help with a code sprint through August so we can launch in time for the fall quarter. We've basically got a sandbox that needs configuring, so nothing hardcore. Message me for more info!

    August 3, 2012

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