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This group is for everyone living in the Gainesville area who's interested in Drupal. You can post here about anything relating to Gainesville and Drupal, whether that's events, local job postings, or just a call out to talk shop over beers. To receive alerts about these events, join the group.

Meetups focus on connecting people. The target audience is Drupal developers, users, and people who want to learn more about Drupal. We start the meetups with a round of very focused lightening talks that discuss real world solutions to existing problems and Drupal news. These presentations don’t discuss code – anyone with a technical background can understand them.

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Florida Drupal meetups are in the top 10

Check out this infographic based on data from Drupical that shows that two of the Florida meetups (Miami and Cocoa Village) are among the top 10 Drupal event locations.

-mike

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Gainesville Drupal Meetup: TUESDAY, July 9th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-07-09 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join the Gainesville Drupal Users Group this TUESDAY, July 9th at the Alachua County Downtown Library in Gainesville!

Note!
This month we're meeting on Tuesday! Not Thursday! Got it??? :)

Another Note! Updated Meeting Room!!! We're going to be in Meeting Rm. B this month! Its a room set up with a nice new projector, tables, etc. Its all the way in the back right. Click here for a map of the library

1. Presentation: Panopoly and the future of Drupal's user interface

Panopoly is an awesome Drupal distribution that enables an amazing modern user interface. Through the magic that is panels (and its related modules), content editors can move content, reorganize blocks on individual pages, remove content from individual pages- and its all easy as pie. Many of these improvements are also making it into the Drupal 8 Blocks & Layouts initiative. Mike Herchel will be giving this presenation.

2. Presentation: Debugging with the witchcraft that is Xdebug!

In this presentation, Steve Clay will lay down the witchcraft that is Xdebug. X debug PHP extension for powerful debugging. It supports stack and function traces, profiling information and memory allocation and script execution analysis. Steve will explain how it can be used to fix general Drupal and performance issues.

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Tuesday July 9th, 2013 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in Meeting Rm B, which is all the way in the back right. Follow the right wall all the way back. Click here for a map of the library
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

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Proposal: Florida Drupal Trivia Night!

I'd like to propose a Florida Drupal Trivia night to be held at Ryan's Pub in Cocoa Village, Florida the evening of Friday, August 23, 2013.

This event would be open to all, and would utilize the Q&As from the DrupalCon Portland Trivia Night (if you attended the DrupalCon Portland Trivia Night, then congrats, you're one of the hosts!)

The idea is to provide a fun, easy-to-organize event for the Florida Drupal Community to get together and network and enjoy each other's company.

I have tentatively secured the venue with the following caveats:

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Florida Drupal Diver Pin Distribution

Hey everybody,

The bulk of the Florida Drupal Diver pins are in the process of being distributed to the local meetup organizers. If you'd like to get your hands on a pin, then get out to your local Drupal meetup!

  • Brevard - I handed some out at last night's meetup and will have them at meetups going forward until we run out!
  • Broward - Jay Epstein has pins to distribute at the next meetup.
  • Orlando - Andrew Riley will have pins starting today to distribute at Orlando Drupal co-working and future Orlando meetups.
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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, June 13th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-06-06 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join the Gainesville Drupal Users Group this Thursday, June 13th at the Alachua County Downtown Library in Gainesville!

Note! Updated Meeting Room!!! We're going to be in Meeting Rm. B this month! Its a room set up with a nice new projector, tables, etc. Its all the way in the back right. Click here for a map of the library

1. Presentation: Drupal 7 Render Arrays (of DOOM!)

In this presentation, Brandon Ratzloff will present on "Render Arrays" or "Renderable Arrays", which are the building blocks of a Drupal page. A render array is an associative array which conforms to the standards and data structures used in Drupal's theme rendering system.

*Image stolen from John Albin Wilkins

1. Presentation: Hook_future_alter(): A Preview of Drupal 8

Mike Herchel will give a presentation and demo of the future- specifically on Drupal. We'll talk about all the major initiatives including configuration management, web services, mobile, usability and more!

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Thurs June 13th, 2013 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in Meeting Rm B, which is all the way in the back right. Follow the right wall all the way back. Click here for a map of the library
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

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Post all Florida meetups on meetup.com?

Hey everybody,

Erik Bladwin (yes, that's the proper spelling as far as I'm concerned) and I recently took part in a DrupalCon Portland session entitled <a href="https://portland2013.drupal.org/session/making-drupal-meetups-and-events-rock>Making Drupal Meetups and Events Rock. As part of our preparation we, along with the other panelists, set up an online survey about Drupal meetups. One of the more surprising datapoints that came out of it was over 50% of the 161 respondents indicated that meetup.com was how people learned about their meetups. Perhaps we're missing an opportunity to grow the Florida community even more.

I know that in Brevard County, we're not using meetup.com. I'm not sure about the other local meetups around the state, but I think it's time that we make sure that we're all reaching as many Florida Drupaleros as possible.

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(Re)Inaugural Drupal Tallahassee Meetup!

Start: 
2013-06-05 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Attention all web developers, designers and Drupallers living in/or around Tallahassee! We're kicking off the Drupal Tallahassee Users Group on Wednesday June 5th at 7pm!

In this first meetup, Mike Herchel will give an abbreviated version of the Drupalcon Portland session, "Secrets to Awesomizing® Your Editor's Back-end Drupal Experience."

In addition, we'll give you a sneak peek at Drupal 8! This includes a new configuration management system, new theming system, mobile-friendliness, web services and more!

This initial meetup will be held at Lofty Pursuits ice-cream shop (in the "party/meeting" room). The address is 1415 Timberlane Rd #410, Tallahassee, FL (map: http://goo.gl/maps/uoa4p). Wifi and a projector will be available.

During this meetup, we'll also discuss meeting times, topics and other potential locations going forward.

Looking to see you all there!

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Moving to ATL

I'll be moving to Atlanta soon for Work. Probably will be gone by the end of June.

Will miss FL.....

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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, May 9th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-05-09 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join the Gainesville Drupal Users Group this Thursday at the Alachua County Downtown Library in Gainesville!

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Florida DrupalCamp is This Weekend!

Florida DrupalCamp is this weekend! Registration runs between 8 and 9. If you’re not yet registered, do so now at http://fldrupalcamp.org/register. We’re currently on track to have >300 attendees, with many attendees flying in from across the US!

Be sure to stay at “Hotel Drupal” (aka the Comfort Suites Inn UCF)! We have a group discount available. For more information, see http://fldrupalcamp.org/conference/lodging

The after party will be rocking at Firkin & Kegler. With a huge selection of taps and all types of games and entertainment, this will be a great opportunity to hit up other Drupalers and grab some food and drink! More info at http://fldrupalcamp.org/community/after-party.

The Session schedule is up NOW! Check it out at http://fldrupalcamp.org/program/session-schedule. And don’t forget: Drupal Commerce Lead Ryan Szrama will be delivering the keynote session at this year’s FLDC. Ryan is a Drupal superstar and an excellent speaker!

Register Today Button

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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, Apr 11th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-04-11 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join the Gainesville Drupal Users Group this Thursday at the Alachua County Downtown Library in Gainesville!

1. Presentation: Part 2 of Simple Ways to Awesomize® Drupal's Page Load Times

In this presentation, Mike Herchel (@mikeherchel) will walk give part two of a presentation on optimizing load times in Drupal (frontend and backend). Topics covered will include tools, statistics, tips to optimize MySQL, caching mechanisms, Drupal problems, how to fix them, HTTP Requests, DOM, bandwidth and more.

2. Roundtable: Drupal Theming Best Practices

In this roundtable, we're going to discuss best practices for theming Drupal. This will include topics such as base themes, grid systems, resets, CSS organizations such as SMACSS, layouts (tpl.php, panels, Display Suite).

Only local images are allowed.

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Thurs Apr 11th, 2013 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in the Foundation Room, which is up the stairs and to the left (follow the wall until you see the sign. Ask for help if needed).
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

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3 Reasons to Register for Florida DrupalCamp Today!

Florida DrupalCamp is less than 1 month away, and the early-bird price of $20 is currently in effect! Register Today!

This is our fifth year, and this year's camp is going to be bigger and better than ever before - here's just a few things to look forward to:

1. Keynote: Ryan Szrama from Commerce Guys!

Ryan Szrama will be presenting this year's keynote session! If you have done anything remotely related to e-commerce and Drupal, you have used Ryan's code. Ryan is the VP of Community Development at Commerce Guys, Drupal Commerce Project Lead, and a contributing author to "The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7" book. For more info on Ryan, see http://fldrupalcamp.org/news/fldc-2013-pleased-welcome-ryan-szrama-keynote-speaker

 

2.  Six session tracks including "Site Building", "Design, Theming, and Usability", "Sessions off the Drupal Island", and a dedicated beginner track!

Florida DrupalCamp will have 6 sessions tracks to meet everyone's needs. We've already had over 20 session submissions (including some really amazing ones!). Take a look at http://fldrupalcamp.org/program/sessions

 

3. Beautifully Designed, Limited Edition T-shirt!

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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, March 14th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-03-14 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

1. Drupal Distribution Roundup

Roland Riddell (@r0ls) will be giving a 10,000 feet overview of the Drupal distribution landscape. Drupal distributions are full copies of Drupal that include themes, modules, and libraries that enable you to quickly set up a site for a specialized purpose such as academic, business, government, nonprofit, publishing, social, etc in just a few steps.



PS. No bovines were harmed in the making of this presentation.

2. Simple Ways to Awesomize® Drupal's Page Load Times

In this presentation, Mike Herchel (@mikherchel) will walk both the sysadmin and front-end developer though optimizing load times. Topics covered will include tools, statistics, tips to optimize MySQL, caching mechanisms, Drupal problems, how to fix them, HTTP Requests, DOM, bandwidth and more.

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Thurs March 14th, 2013 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in the Foundation Room, which is up the stairs and to the left (follow the wall until you see the sign. Ask for help if needed).
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

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Florida DrupalCamp Open for Registration!

Florida DrupalCamp Open for Registration!

The FLDC team has been working long hours on the new website, and we're proud to say that we're open for registration!

What you need to know:

  • Register now at : http://fldrupalcamp.org
  • How much: $20 through April 1st, $25 after
  • Date of Conference: April 20th, 2013
  • Location of Conference: Florida Technical College in Orlando
  • Keynote: Ryan Szrama (Lead Maintainer of Drupal Commerce)!
  • At least 6 tracks of sessions, included food, t-shirts, swag!
  • More info: http://fldrupalcamp.org

Coding for a Cause: We need your help!

On Sunday, April 21st, participants at Florida DrupalCamp will volunteer to build websites for 3 nonprofit organizations as a way to build skills in the Florida Drupal community, and provide a benefit for the selected organizations.

We are looking for Project Managers to coordinate with the selected agencies prior to, and the day of the event. You'll be responsible for gathering the required information from one of the selected non-profit organizations and getting that information back to the volunteers who will be building the website for them.

We also need a technical lead and themer to assign to each organization.

This is a great way to help a worthy organization and to build up some drupalkarma.

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Good Workspot

Hello All,

While working on Sites I realize I usually get too distracted if I work from home. Does anyone know of a good area in the Northern Part of Town (around 53rd Ave) where one can sit down, have wifi, and perhaps even coffee?

Any idea's Appreciated

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Moving to Gainesville

What companies or organizations would you suggest be the best place to work?

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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, Feb 21st at 7pm

Start: 
2013-02-21 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Event type: 
User group meeting

**Please note that this meeting is delayed one week due to Valentines Day**

1. Sass, Compass & Integration via the Zen & Omega base themes

Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rulesvariables,mixinsselector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin such as Compass. Mike Herchel will give a presentation on both SASS and Compass, and how they integrate into theming Drupal through either Zen, Omega, or a do-it-yourself theme!

2. Views Plugins Universe

The ubiquitous Views module has [seemingly] hundreds off plugin modules that extend it to the limits. Brandon Ratzloff will explain and demo various plugin modules and how to bend Views/Drupal to your every whim.

3. Sheetnode Presentation

Sheetnode integrates the JavaScript spreadsheet engine SocialCalc as a new node type in Drupal. Martin Boecken will walk our group thought the ins and outs of this module.

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Thurs February 21st, 2013 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in the Foundation Room, which is up the stairs and to the left (follow the wall until you see the sign. Ask for help if needed).
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

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Florida DrupalCamp 2013

Start: 
2013-04-20 08:00 - 17:00 America/New_York
Event type: 
Drupalcamp or Regional Summit

Florida DrupalCamp 2013 will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Orlando campus of Florida Technical College.

The organizers are hard at work making this the biggest and best DrupalCamp Florida has ever seen, check out all the latest details at: http://fldrupalcamp.org/

Interested in helping out? Leave a comment below!

Follow @fldrupalcamp for updates.

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Weekly Gainesville Drupal Lunch?

Hey Everyone,

Who's onboard for having a semi-regular weekly webdev/Drupal lunch? Here's what I'm thinking:

  1. We can decide on what day fits everyone best.. this will be flexible
  2. We can alternate restaurants based on what everyone feels like
  3. Informal. No presentations or anything. We just sit and discuss whatever we feel like
  4. No attendance or anything like that. Friends and family are welcome to come!
  5. Not necessarily Drupal (or Drupal people) only... we can discuss whatever the hell we want :)
  6. If you miss the current week, no worries. Meet next week!

My reasoning is that I don't have anyone here at work that I can talk drupal/web/nerd to.

Plus, I made this freaking fantastic logo! :)

Thoughts?

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Gainesville Drupal Users Group: Thurs, Jan 10th at 7pm

Start: 
2013-01-10 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
Organizers: 
Event type: 
User group meeting

This is 2013's inaugural meetup! Come join the fun, learn Drupal and have a few beers!

1. Arbitrarily Sorting Content: NodeQueue vs. Draggable Views

Are you looking for a way to arbitrarily order your data? Do you need to do any of the following?

  1. Sort your slideshow pictures into an order that only makes sense to you
  2. Put your ecommerce products in a specfic order
  3. Organize your FAQs the way that you want them

Within the Drupalverse, there are two popular ways to do this: NodeQueue and Draggable Views. Both have different but similar feature-sets. In this presentation, Mike Herchel will walk you through the pros and cons, configurations and use-cases of each module.

2. Roundtable** Discussion

Have something new and cool that you've done? Need help with a particular topic? Stuck on a View? Bring it up at the roundtable**. This is your chance! Bring it up!

In addition, we'll have

  • A [free] 20 minute Drupal beginner session/training for any newbies that attend
  • A rundown of the top X Drupal modules - this is always one of our favorites
  • Roundtable discussion - What have you done or learned in the last month that's worth showing off?
  • A happy-hour / social event afterwards - probably at Harry's or The Top (both are within walking distance)! This'll give us a chance to nerd-talk over a beer or three :)

Details:

  • When: Thurs January 10th, 2012 7pm-9pm EDT
  • Where: the Alachua County Downtown Libary (401 East University Ave) Click for Map.
  • Room: We'll be in the Foundation Room, which is up the stairs and to the left (follow the wall until you see the sign. Ask for help if needed).
  • Afterwards: We'll be going out for food/beer/socializing at a restaurant/bar within walking distance.
  • What to bring: Bring your laptop if you have one, if not, don't worry!

**Disclaimer: The table is actually kind of rectangluar.

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