Vancouver

Welcome to VANDUG!

The Vancouver Drupal Users Group is the local meeting place for Greater Vancouver people interested in Drupal. We were formerly known as the Vancouver League of Drupalers, but that's a long story. We generally meet once a month (typically the 4th Thursday) on a variety of topics, both technical and non-technical. There is no cost to join the group or attend our monthly meetings.

We have a sister group in the Lower Mainland, the Surrey Drupal Users Group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Many people are members of both groups.

Drupal Sprint Weekend in Vancouver 2017

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Start: 
2017-01-27 17:00 - 2017-01-28 17:00 America/Vancouver
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Friday, January 27th and Saturday Jan 28th is the Drupal Sprint Weekend, with local sprints being held around the world! Vancouver is no exception, The Jibe will be holding an all-day sprint at their offices on Friday Jan 27th @ 5pm-9pm'ish and Saturday Jan 28th @ 9am-5:30pm'ish. The address is:

The Jibe

202 - 311 Water St. Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit 2017

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Start: 
2017-02-25 09:00 - 2017-02-26 17:00 America/Vancouver
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The Summit

The 2-day conference will feature sessions covering a range of Drupal topics from site building, development and code, design and theming, to business and project management. Most sessions will be intermediate or advanced with some suitable for beginners too! Aside from planned presentations, we'll also have space for breakout sessions, and of course there will be lots of time to catch up with your Pacific Northwest Drupal friends. Register today for only $55!

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Recent Posts

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Drupal Meetup: get your Drupal site tuned and ready to take the stage!

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2017-04-20 18:30 - 20:00 America/Vancouver
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Your new site is ready to go! It's built, developed, themed, and integrated. Breakpoints break gracefully, you've got zilllions of tests passing, and the client has QAd and signed off. You're ready to launch!

...not so fast. Er, the site, that is... is not so fast. On launch, under real load, sometimes nasty surprises await.

High-traffic sites, sites with external integrations, or sites that have large numbers of authenticated users often run into unexpected performance issues. But with the right planning and tools, we can give our site a full dress-rehearsal. Those issues can be simulated and fixed before the curtain goes up.

What you'll learn

This session will discuss how to:

  • do iterative performance testing
  • build robust and realistic load test scenarios using jMeter
  • find and address performance issues using tools like XHProf and New Relic, and
  • quantitatively measure to improve backend site performance.

The talk will be based around case-studies from real enterprise-scale sites, and discuss specific steps you can take to assess, diagnose, and fix performance problems on sites of all sizes.

About the speaker

Renée Stephen has been making Drupal sing and dance for a decade in the education, non-profit, and government space. She's now a Technical Consultant at Acquia, where she does a bit of everything: hands-on coding, troubleshooting site performance, and leading architecture and infrastructure workshops for clients of all shapes and sizes.

Examples

A repository of example jMeter files demo'd is available here: https://github.com/reinette/loadtest

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Drupal Meetup: Which Type Of Testing Is Right For Me?

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2017-03-30 18:30 - 20:00 America/Vancouver
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User group meeting

There are so many types of testing nowadays! Code static analysis checks, unit testing, functional testing, front-end performance testing, load testing, visual regression testing. But which one shall I use in real life project with limited time and budget? There is no easy answer.

We will talk about many types of testing and what kind of projects you would need them. This talk is not going to be about comparing tools for testing but rather about principles of each testing. Specifically what you should take into account when starting thinking about introducing automated testing to your project and how you can achieve coverage with minimal efforts.

Also we will touch topic of how to set up flexible testing environment into your process, Continuous Integration techniques.

This is a technology agnostic presentation with a focus on concepts though we will be touching on systems such as Jenkins, Code Sniffer, PHPUnit, Drupal Test Runners, Behat, Selenium, JMeter, Speed Curve, backtrac.io

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Your New Drupal North Board!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the election, both nominees and voters. We (the community) truly appreciate that you are interested in the success and progression of Drupal North and we are excited to see how many votes were cast. What a great voter turnout!

That said, we now have our first official Board of Directors for Drupal North!

It's weird that I am the one writing this, but we want to congratulate the Board elect:

Pat Gilbert - President
Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/pat-gilbert

Bill Wu - Vice President

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Planning underway for 2018 PNW Drupal Summit in Portland

In case you missed it, the 2018 Pacific NW Drupal Summit will take place in Portland, Oregon. We will aim for February 2018, but dates and venue will be the amongst first order of planning.

Your Portland Summit planning committee:

Amber Matz (Project Manager)
Jakob Perry
Emilie Nouveau
Jesse Hofmann-Smith
Greg Boggs

If you are interested in the early planning activities, please contact a committee member for more information.

More information including vision, website, dates, and venue to come.

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Reminder to Vote for Drupal North Board

Hi Everyone,

Just a friendly reminder to cast your votes for who you would like to see form the first official Board of Directors for Drupal North.

Polling closes on Friday March 3rd at 5pm, so you only have a few days left!

Voting polls and more information found here:
https://groups.drupal.org/drupal-north-regional-summit

Thanks to everyone for showing your support and voting on the future of the organization and the event!

Cheers

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Drupal North Board Election is finally here!!

What is Drupal North?

Drupal North is a FREE annual conference focusing on how to make amazing websites with Drupal. Drupal North's mandate is to showcase Canadian Drupal talent and to business, nonprofit, education, and government audiences.

In 2015 Drupal North was held in Toronto. In 2016 Drupal North was held in Montréal. The next Drupal North is in Ottawa!

Drupal North Board Elections

Drupal North is forming a new governance board and non-profit organization to coordinate and organize the annual Drupal North Regional Summit.

A number of candidates have been nominated and accepted their nominations.

The new Board's mission will be to:

  • Create the organisation’s bylaws
  • Incorporate a new non-profit organization
  • Assemble the organizing team and then kick off planning the 2017 event.

Who Can Vote?

You can vote if...

  • You have a Drupal.org account and
  • You have interest in attending, helping, or the success of the event.

Candidates

Candidates for Board positions are below (in alphabetical order).

Aidan Foster (nominated for Vice President)

Experience

I was on the organizing committee for both past Drupal North events. I am the VP of the Drupal Toronto Non-profit that runs local meet-ups. Finally I'm a small business owner so I know how get #%$@ done ;)

Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/afoster

Pat Gilbert (nominated for President and Vice President)

Experience

  • I started with Drupal in 2011
  • Founding member and current President of the Ottawa Drupal Association
  • Involved in organizing/planning Drupal North and now currently working to create this board and implement some governance

Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/pat-gilbert

Steve Lavigne (nominated for President and Vice President)

Experience

I have been a developer for 12 years and have been working with Drupal for 3. I am currently the VP of the Ottawa Drupal Association and the Chair and President of Kids & Code. I have the experience needed to succeed.

Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/nugg

Erin Marchak (nominated for Vice President and Treasurer)

Experience

I will bring a new perspective to Drupal North event organization, informed by years of experience in group event management. I’ll also prioritize inclusion of underrepresented groups to help strengthen & grow our community.

Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/emarchak

Bill Wu (nominated for Vice President and Treasurer)

Experience

I love Drupal. I like people who are using Drupal. I am willing to contribute something to make it even better.

Drupal.org User Profile: https://www.drupal.org/u/wuinfo

Cast Your Vote

Please vote using the polls that are linked below:

(Edited: February 28 by Chris Luckhardt.)

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