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GLADCamp 2016 is at SCALE 14x on January 21, 2016!

Greater Los Angeles Drupal Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp (GLADCamp) is a full day of Drupal on January 21st, 2016, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

We've partnered with SCALE 14x, the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo, and are planning an all-day event that's packed with activities, including presentations and sessions.

GLADCamp has a focus on "Drupal for good" and civic engagement. We're still looking for a partner venue where we can feature either a non-profit summit or a Coder's with a Cause "barn raising" to benefit a local 501c3 non-profit, but for now we're ready to announce GLADCamp on January 21st, 2016.

Are you looking forward to warmer weather? Join us at GLADCamp, the sunniest DrupalCamp of the season!

Silicon Beach Drupal Meetup at Flipagram

We're excited to announce another Greater Los Angeles Drupal special event: Silicon Beach Drupal at Flipagram. This event focuses heavily on the needs of startups, innovative ways to use the Drupal framework and related technologies, and the nuts and bolts of product development and customer acquisition.

This time we're meeting from 7-9pm Pacific Time on September 17, 2015, and are being hosted by our friends at Flipagram in Century City, CA. There is free parking, free food and beer, ping pong, and like-minded people to meet and mingle with.

This event is free to attend! For those who'd like to attend via video conference, stay tuned to @GLADrupal on Twitter and the comments at https://groups.drupal.org/node/479038

There are two main presentations at this event, How to Host on the AWS 12 Month Free Tier and Flipagram’s UI/UX Problem Solving.

How to Host on the AWS 12 Month Free Tier

At this special event, Dylan Burris (wwwprola on Drupal.org), Lead Developer, will show you simple yet robust ways to create high traffic, business-grade websites on Amazon Web Services' 12 month free tier, further demonstrating the Drupal-based AWS management platform he introduced during his lightning talk at the LA Drupal meetup in August, 2015.

We'll show you our Drupal-based point-and-click tools for building infrastructure optimized for popular content management systems, including Drupal and WordPress, and effective workflows, which are built in a matter of minutes and will sustain your needs for the life of your website.

What's Amazon AWS Free Tier?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers new customers 12 months of free hosting. We’re going to show you simple ways to take control and build a web hosting platform you can start using in a matter of minutes, but will continue to scale with you in a professional environment.

This web hosting platform will give you freedom to create in your own personal way, and keep you and your clients happy with high performance, scalable and resilient infrastructure for the life of their website.

Even if you’re already familiar with AWS, you will discover new, simpler ways to create websites and manage resources. And, if you’re not familiar, members who show up will receive continued support for answering questions through our website.

Flipagram’s UI/UX Problem Solving

Adrian Lopez, Lead Front-end Architecht for Flipagram, will discuss the challenges Flipagram has encountered and the solutions they discovered on their mission to scaling to billions of users.

Looking to work with a company to solve meaningful problems? Check out their jobs and meet Flipagram decision makers at the event!

Drupalgeddon followup and Security Presentation on November 20th in Pasadena, CA

Drupalgeddon - image courtesy of TNG As you may have heard, Drupal has recently had a significant security announcement nicknamed "Drupalgeddon". You may not have heard, though, that here in Los Angeles, California, we're dedicating a portion of several upcoming meetups to web security and helping provide our group members with any resources they need.

If you can make it, please join us this week for a special presentation, Better Sleep Through Web Security. It's this Thursday, November 20th, at 6pm in Pasadena, California.

If you haven't heard of Drupalgeddon or don't know if your Drupal sites have been updated since the announcement, please stop reading and see the SA-CORE-2014-005 FAQ immediately. You need to take action and contact a service provider about protecting your Drupal site and hosting environment.

   Date and time: November 20, 2014 at 6pm Pacific Time
   Location: Fuller Theological Seminary, at 135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 (Building "Glasser 110")
   Video conference: https://glad.zoom.us/j/129319220
   Phone: +1 415-762-9988 or +1 646-568-7788
   Meeting ID: 129 319 220

This meetup will have a video conference for those who can attend only by video conference or phone. The video conference is with Zoom, one of our many great sponsors, and you can join with iPhone, Android, PC and Mac at https://glad.zoom.us/j/129319220

Better Sleep Through Web Security

Greater Los Angeles DrupalChristefano Reyes presents Better Sleep Through Web Security, an in-depth overview of web security, what to do do if your website is hacked, and how to sleep better by following basic web security best practices.

The "Drupalgeddon" vulnerability has been covered in mainstream news including Forbes, the BBC and The Register, and has brought web security, frequently an overlooked part of web development, back to the center stage.

This particular vulnerability, officially known as SA-CORE-2014-005, allows attackers with specialized knowledge to send requests to any unprotected Drupal website that result in arbitrary SQL execution, which in turn may lead to privilege escalation, arbitrary PHP execution and total server control.

Topics that will be covered in this presentation include:

  • Security vs. Privacy
  • Common Attack Vectors
  • Drupal's security record and the Drupal Security Team
  • SA-CORE-2014-005 (also known as "Drupalgeddon")
  • I've Been Hacked! Now What?
  • Best Practices for Helping Others and Yourself
  • Resources
  • Questions / Answers

Christefano is one of the founders of Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal design and engineering firm with a worldwide team of Drupal experts; and Droplabs, an open source-friendly coworking space and business incubator near Downtown Los Angeles. As an advocate of open source software and self-declared meetup junky, he helps organize meetups and conferences all over the Greater Los Angeles Area, including the Los Angeles Chess meetup and LA Geek Dinners.

We hope to see you at Thursday's meetup!

Pantheon Development and Drupal upgrades

I have been developing migrations for a new site on Pantheon. The work flow is pretty easy. You clone the environment, make your changes on your local machine then push to the dev site. This allows you to install modules, change the configurations and then push this to Pantheon just using Git.

Drupal Migrate using XML in 0 to 35

Using Drupal Migrate is a great way to move you content into Drupal. Unfortunately the documentation for XML import can be obscure. This comes about when those that developed the module try to communicate how they did what they did to someone that did not do the work. Things that seem obvious to them are not to someone else.

I have spent some time recently importing content using XML. In no way am I an expert that is speeding down the fast lane, something more in the cruising around town at a comfortable 35 mph.

To use Drupal Migrate you need to define your own class. A class is php code that is used in Object Oriented Programming that defines your data and defines how you can manipulate your data. Most of the actual migration work is done with the classes provide by the migrate module, you simply have to define the details of your migration.

Constructor - The constructor modifies the migration modules classes to define your specific data. I was able to follow the SourceList method, this provides one XML (file or feed) that contains the ID number for all the content you want to import, and a second (file or feed) that contains the content. The wine example migrate has this but understanding what it really wants is more difficult to understand.

Los Angeles Announced as Host City for DrupalCon North America 2015

You are invited to DrupalCon Los Angeles!

DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015

We're excited to invite you to Los Angeles, home to Hollywood and Silicon Beach, where technology and creativity meet.

Some of the world's best and biggest museums, universities and entertainment giants are in Los Angeles — and they all use Drupal. A Drupal powerhouse, Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in the world. The Drupal community in and around Los Angeles organizes hundreds of Drupal events each year, including GLADCamp, Drupal Design Camp LA and DrupalCamp LA.

While you're enjoying DrupalCon, your family can enjoy Disneyland, bike rides at the beach, and culture and science at the Getty, Museum of Modern Art and the California Science Center. The Downtown area has a thriving nightlife, walkable streets and contrary to popular belief, is the heart of the LA Metro and can be enjoyed car-free.

We welcome you to DrupalCon Los Angeles and look forward to sharing our love for all the things that make Los Angeles spectacular.

Many thanks to CloudNYNE for the splash image and to Exaltation of Larks for writing the announcement used on the DrupalCon Los Angeles website.

GLADCamp Rebrands as VLADCamp; Focuses on Drupal for Evil

VLADCamp 2014

A new look for the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp has been unveiled. “VLADCamp” is the new name of the conference, co-organized by Greater Los Angeles Drupal organizing team member Christefano Reyes, who announced the name as it epitomizes the goals for the organization moving forward.

“GLADCamp was originally envisioned as being the Drupal community's marquee event of the year that heavily focuses on the needs of non-profits, education and civic engagement. After trying 'Drupal for Good' this year, we decided that 'Drupal for Evil' would be more fun,” he explained.

This marks a major shift in strategy for the user group, which for nearly 4 years has provided Drupal resources, including its Business Directory and Governance Policy, and events, including this year's inaugural GLADCamp conference.

"It's difficult growing a brand that's known for so many different things, such as meetups, job fairs, coworking days, study group sessions, workshops, code sprints and conferences," he said. "Now we stand for just one thing: Evil. We think our members will appreciate this simplification. Besides, being completely transparent and accountable is too hard."

According to Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, a non-profit whose mission is to foster and promote the Drupal software and community, "There is currently no other Drupal user group on our radar who is so blatantly dedicated to this behavior. We've been monitoring several user groups that have little transparency, little accountability or little consistency, but this is the first time we've seen a user group without all three," she said in a phone interview. "We're continuing to monitor the situation."

The VLADCamp organizing team is delighted with the impact of its new name and logo, which has been developed in consultation with Acquio, based in Burlington, Massachusetts. "We enjoy working with forward-thinking organizations who can pivot and provide value to underserved markets," said Acquio CMO Tom Wentworth, who featured VLADCamp as a successful launch partner of its content personalization service, Acquio Escalator.

Drupal and Droplabs are at SCALE 12x

Drupal once again has a one-two punch presence at SCALE, the Southern California Linux Expo, this year at the Hilton LAX with both a Drupal booth and a Droplabs booth. The expo floor, which is packed with thousands of conference-goers and dozens of exhibitors with interests in all things open source, opens tomorrow, Saturday, February 22nd, and is open until end of day on Sunday, February 23rd.

Droplabs is also a SCALE media sponsor of the expo this year and will have a session on Friday, February 21st about its open source business model and how Droplabs grew to become the world's Top Drupal Location, as recognized by Drupical last year.

If you want to learn more and talk shop about Drupal, head over to the Drupal booth on either Saturday or Sunday and talk with the awesome volunteers there. While you're there, be sure to sign up for GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, a free conference for All Things Drupal that's fast approaching on March 7th, 8th & 9th, in Pasadena, California!

If you're looking for a meetup venue for Drupal and other open source topics, head over to the Droplabs booth to learn how you can have your event hosted for free. You can also ask Droplabs about how to get unlimited access to the Drupal video learning sites that Droplabs has site licenses for (BuildAModule, OSTraining and Drupalize.me).

Both booths need help with volunteers and those volunteers may be able to attend the expo for free. Check with the booth managers for more information. For Droplabs, get in touch at https://droplabs.net/contact and for the Drupal booth, see https://groups.drupal.org/node/401543

See you at SCALE!

Announcing the next Drupal Employers Summit

We're having another Drupal employers summit!

Our last summit was at Droplabs in January, 2013, and half a dozen Greater Los Angeles Area companies offering Drupal services were represented. This time, we're partnering with GLADCamp and are having our summit at the Hilton Pasadena & Convention Center on Friday, March 7th.

About the Employers Summit

This event is a roll-up-your-sleeves working meeting for companies and organizations who use and depend on Drupal, as well as its healthy business community and marketplace. We'll be meeting one another (many for the first time) and discussing the following topics:

  • Building a healthy marketplace of colleagues and potential partners;
  • Getting the most out of our recruiting and marketing dollar;
  • What we're doing now to staff up, from local recruiting and in-house training to outsourcing and hiring out-of-town or overseas;
  • Identifying the skills, job titles and qualifications of desirable candidates, employees and vendors;
  • Workshops, trainings and other programs that most or all of us can get behind in order to solve our business needs.

GLADCamp 2014 Call for Trainers, Presenters, Sponsors and Volunteers!

In case you haven't heard, GLADCamp is quickly coming on March 7, 8 & 9, 2014! It's in sunny Pasadena, California, and will be taking place at the Hilton Pasadena & Convention Center.

In addition to being a DrupalCamp for all things Drupal with keynotes, sessions, trainings and BoFs, we're having a non-profit Drupal summit on March 7th, a website speed test competition throughout the conference (called the Extreme Drupal Games), and a website barn raising on March 9th to benefit a local 501c3 non-profit.

We're also looking for session proposals and sponsorships. Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation? We do that, too!

Check out GLADCamp.org and sign up. We've negotiated a group rate at the Hilton Pasadena and have all kinds of venue information for those interested in attending.

Call for Trainings!

Training day at GLADCamp 2014 is on March 7th, 2014. We have room at our conference venue for 3 simultaneous trainings and are starting our call for trainings! Everyone is welcome to apply.

Space is limited and priority is given to experienced Drupal trainers and training companies. Don't let that discourage you, though. If you're a newcomer to the Drupal training scene and want to offer something no one has offered before, we'd love to hear from you!

If the training you'd like to provide is a paid training, please be sure to indicate that in your application. In order to create an even playing field for everyone, our preference is to either have all trainings be free or all trainings be paid.

Call for Volunteers!

This is a free conference that's action-packed with 3 days of activities and we can't do it without your help. We need volunteers to help with the following activities:

  • Join the session selection committee! We need a team that accuratey reflects our community and expected attendees;
  • Help with info/registration desk (2 hour shifts); answer questions, sign attendees in;
  • Picking up coffee and bagels on Saturday and/or Sunday morning;
  • Be a timekeeper at sessions in order to keep our sessions on schedule;
  • Join our video team and help record sessions and assist presenters with screen recording software;
  • Design and print signs, posters and badges for GLADCamp; we can provide logo and brand guidelines;
  • Wrangling volunteers for day-of tasks;
  • Organize evening reception, including help finding a location near the Hilton Pasadena;
  • Print designers: design and print common area signs, posters, badges;
  • GLADCamp set-up and breakdown!

If you or someone you are know are interested in any of the following, please fill out our volunteer information form and indicate what you'd like to help with.  

We have a lot planned for this event, so stay tuned to GLADCamp.org for details. You can also follow @GLADCamp on Twitter.

Thanks!

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