LA Drupal meetup on November 16, 2010 in Downtown Los Angeles

christefano's picture
2010-11-16 19:30 - 21:30 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

Join us for another LA Drupal meetup at the offices of at on November 16, 2010 in Downtown Los Angeles. There will be several presentations as well as open discussions, job announcements and time for networking. Several of us may be going to a local bar or restaurant for a Drupal After Dark afterward.

This event is free – in fact, there will be raffle prizes and food and drinks will be provided – and no RSVP is required. To breeze through security and get free or discounted parking, however, you can sign up by logging in and clicking the Sign up button below.

The first 35 people to sign up will get free parking and anyone who signs up after that can get discounted parking. All who sign up will also have instructions and last-minute details (if there are any) sent to them before the meeting.

Be sure to update your profile with your full name so that a name badge will be ready for you at the front desk. To do this, log in and click My Account → Edit → Personal and fill in the "Real name" field. If you don't follow these instructions, be prepared to show a valid photo ID at the front desk.

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 7:30-9:30pm
Where: in Downtown Los Angeles at 515 S. Flower St. (Suite 4400), Los Angeles, CA 90071

We want your feedback!

During the meetup, we'll be gathered in the #drupal-la IRC channel and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be checking Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.


If you'd like to give a presentation, announce a job position or ask any questions of the group, please come a few minutes early or leave a comment below. If presenting, be sure to bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

   Job announcements and open Q&A

Everyone has a problem every now and then and the open Q&A session is a chance for attendees to divine answers from the collective wisdom of the group. This is also an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

   Pantheon demonstration

Pantheon is a Drupal hosting service from our friends at Chapter Three. This new service has the usual stack of Drupal, Apache, MySQL and PHP but comes with extra high-performance goodness like Pressflow, Memcache, Varnish and Solr. If that weren't enough, Pantheon accounts have a complete environment where code and databases can be moved up and down from dev, test and production.

Sound complicated? It actually isn't, because all this functionality is managed with a pleasant point-and-click interface.

Pantheon just went into private beta and we have an invite code to give away to a lucky winner at our regular raffle drawing.

   Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers at managers at

   Lightning talks

We have time as well for lightning talks, which are 5-10 minute presentations from attendees who would like to share something with the group. If you'd like to give a lightning talk, be sure to come a few minutes early and bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

As always, please feel welcome to leave a comment below and let others know what you'd like to present ahead of time.


Google MapWe're meeting at the offices of in Downtown Los Angeles. owns a large portfolio of online properties, including Moniker, SnapNames, DomainSponsor, and, to name a few, and is using Drupal extensively for their emerging businesses division. is hiring a Senior Drupal Developer to join them in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more about and their open positions, come to the meetup or visit


Our venue is easily accessible by bus (see for bus lines) and by commuter rail (the Red Line connection is Pershing Square and the Blue Line connection is 7th and Wilshire).


There is almost no on-street parking in the area but free parking is being provided to us by in the A level of the John Hastings Tower at 515 S. Flower St. The parking entrance is a very quick right turn heading underground, immediately after 5th St. To qualify for free parking, you must sign up by logging in and clicking the Sign up button below. Those who sign up will also have instructions and last-minute details (if there are any) sent to them before the meeting.

About LA Drupal

The LA Drupal community in and around Los Angeles, California, is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups. With regular Drupal trainings, monthly meetings and social gatherings, LA Drupal is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal. LA Drupal is also the producer of the annual DrupalCamp LA conference, the largest independent Drupal event in the world for three years running.

Attending LA Drupal events is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend as many meetings and special events as you can, including the LA Drupal meetups on the Westside and in Downtown Los Angeles. Whether it's about finding solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member. We have several meetings every month that are free and open to everyone. There are also social gatherings and formal working meetings that sometimes happen throughout the month. Events are announced at



lunitare's picture

Ok, as embarrassing as this is...I know we can park underground, I had no problems finding that. But, once we get underground where do we park? Just anywhere down there on that main level when you first drive in? I got ridiculously confused last time lol. The very nice valet guy found me a spot though.

They said anywhere along a

wizonesolutions's picture

They said anywhere along a wall is OK. Naturally, I avoided double-long spaces (or parked such that I couldn't be blocked from getting out). But, yeah, it seemed anywhere along any wall was open season. And probably most practical season as well.

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Fantastic, thanks so much!

lunitare's picture

Fantastic, thanks so much! Now I won't be late driving around in circles lol

If anyone still has any

christefano's picture

If anyone still has any doubts, just tell the parking attendants you'd like to park (or have your car parked for you) on the 515 Flower St. side.

Statistics Module Disabled

stevenator's picture

Can someone write up a brief explanation of why the stats module should be disabled and what the alternatives are. This came up in Tuesday's meetup when discussing performance and hits to the db. I make a few calls to the accesslog table to track user page views (the other modules I saw that gave content counts didn't give specific user profile counts...and no I am not using the content profile module and maybe should).

Please move this over to a general discussion if it deserves more weight than I am thinking.

Basically, the core

christefano's picture

Basically, the core statistics module adds extra MySQL queries per page load. This isn't necessary when other metrics programs are available that are more feature-complete (like Google Analytics) or may already be self-hosted on the same server that Drupal is running on (like AWStats and Webalizer).

Do a search for drupal "statistics module" performance and you'll find a lot of interesting stuff. This is from

The Access Log

The Drupal Access Log is provided by the core statistics module. When this log is enabled, each time Drupal displays a page it logs the session ID of the user visiting the page, the title of the page visited, the internal Drupal path, the complete URL, the IP address of the visitor, the user ID of the visitor, the length of time it took Drupal to display the page, and a timestamp as to when the page was actually displayed. Drupal can then provide several useful administrative reports from this data.

As a website grows in popularity, the amount of data being written to the accesslog can quickly become an unnecessary performance bottleneck. It can help to configure Drupal to discard old access logs more frequently, minimizing the size of the accesslog database table. However, from a performance standpoint the best thing to do is to completely disable the statistics module and instead utilize the logs provided by your web browser.

The last word should actually read "server" and not "browser".

If you'd like to talk more about this, please post a new discussion and post it in both the LA Drupal and High Performance groups.

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