The first ever (as far as we know) Florida-based Drupal code sprint is going to take place on Sunday, December 16, from 8am-6pm in Cocoa, Florida.
UPDATE: We'll be sprinting on the MediaFront module - with the goal of getting the module to the point where the 7.x-2.0 version of the module can be officially released by the end of the sprint day! Keep reading for additional information.
In an effort to increase our Florida Drupal developer talent level and to give back to the Drupal community, we've decided to start having periodic (bi-monthly?) code sprints that promote Drupal site-builders, developers, hobbyists, and novices gathering and learning from one another.
For those of you unfamiliar with the MediaFront module, it provides a modern way to play various audio and video media in a Drupal site. HTML5 is utilized when available, Flash players when necessary. The project page has some great information, and this 35-minute screencast should get you up-to-speed on what the module is all about.
We're going to be working with Travis Tidwell (travist), the maintainer of the MediaFront module, with the goal of working through all the open issues, with a focus on issues for the 7.x-2.x release. We anticipate that we'll need volunteers to help with tasks like:
- Answering support issues
- Attempting to reproduce reported bugs
- Improving documentation
- Testing patches
- Writing patches
Travis will be available during the code sprint all day via a Google+ Hangout and IRC. He is really excited about this opportunity and ready to assist us in any way he can. I've already started going through open 7.x-2.x issues in the queue and adding "Novice" and "Documentation" tags whenever possible. Travis and I will be setting up some guidelines for closing as many issues as possible based on their age and activity. As of this moment, there are 327 open issues for the module. I believe that we can close more than half of them, and respond to virtually all of them during the sprint.
Don't think you're qualified to help? You're wrong. Check out this great blog post about how everyone can lend a hand: http://larsolesen.dk/node/355
Want to help prep things before the actual sprint day? Let me know by leaving a comment below and I'll put you to work.
We're looking to make these code sprints a regular opportunity for Drupal folks from all over Florida. We would especially love to see Drupalists from other parts of Florida participate in our inaugural effort. According to my calculations, Cocoa is within 3 hours drive of Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. Let's use this as an opportunity to strengthen our Florida community!
My company, DrupalEasy, will be sponsoring the event. We'll pay for the venue and provide drinks and snacks. Participants will be on their own for lunch and any other meals they'd like to consume - luckily, there's about 13 restaurants (most reasonably-priced) within walking distance.
The event will take place at the Cocoa Village Civic Center
If you plan on attending, please utilize the "Sign up" functionality below so we have an idea of how many people to expect.
Finally, we think we need a cool name for these types of code sprints - some suggested names so far include:
- Florida Bug Squad
- Florida Bug Squashers
- Florida Bug Zappers
We're open to anything that helps promote Florida as a great place for Drupal developers!