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PHP @ TEKsystems - Lies: an introduction to the Drupal Content Management System

Allen Freeman will be talking about the developer ecosystem surrounding Drupal, the learning curve transitioning from PHP development to Drupal, common developer pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Allen Freeman is a Drupal Developer at Jackson River, a web services company specializing in supporting and strengthening non-profits, socially responsible businesses, cause-based initiatives, and progressive foundations. He has been active in the Drupal community for the last five years as a Drupal User's Group organizer and contributed module maintainer, and is part of the developer team supporting the Springboard Drupal distribution for non-profits.


TEKsystems will provide pizza and drinks.  Doors open at 6:45, Presentation at 7pm


Meetup Location Information For TEKsystems

1201 Edwards Mill Rd, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27607

  • It is on the corner of Edwards Mill and Trinity
  • The office building is called Trinity Place
  • Take elevator to second floor and go left
  • You will enter TEKsystems and the room is to the left, all the way to the back on the right

There should be some signs up to guide you, but if you have trouble finding us, you can contact Jason Austin [masked]) or Bryan Pearson [masked]) and we will help you out.


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  • edward i.

    Meetup was very useful & worth the drive in from Greensboro :-)

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Michael K.

      Thanks for driving all the way in :)

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very good experience as a first timer....definitely looking forward to attend many more PHP related meetups in the future....a personal thanks to the organizers

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Allen F.

    I would like to thank Michael and Teksystems for allowing me the opportunity to present. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was impressed with the turnout despite presenting on a niche topic like Drupal.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Michael K.

    For those who missed this, it was far more of a critical look at the (mis)conceptions around Drupal than a deep dive in to Drupal itself, and I think that was good. Allen was almost an 'anti-evangelist', yet still held firm at the end that he's continuing to use Drupal and does still advocate it, but under more stringent guidelines than (I presume) he used to. One can only imagine the respect for Acquia if they took similar steps in their own marketing material, although what it would do for their marketshare is not what they want. Drupal seems stuck in a situation where many of the advocates don't entirely know why they're advocating it, and end up providing their clients with something that doesn't fit their needs. It's nothing new - it happens in every industry - but it both gives Drupal a bad name and simultaneously inflates their usage numbers and community (happens in wordpress and other platforms too).

    March 22, 2013

  • Glenn H.

    Great talk

    March 22, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Really wish I could see this, but I have a conflict. Mike, any chance you will record? Video or audio? Slides available?

    March 21, 2013

  • Jason A.

    Sorry everyone, I have other plans that night.

    March 19, 2013

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