SGV Drupal Meetup for November, 2013: Workbench, ThemeKey & GLADCamp Update

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2013-11-21 18:00 - 20:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

We have a great meetup this month in the San Gabriel Valley. Join us from 6-8pm at Fuller Theological Seminary Glasser Room 110 on Thursday, November 21, 2013, for Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes, community Q&A, lightning talks and full-length presentations.

Presentations at this event include Workbench and a novel implementation of Workbench moderation; Introduction to the ThemeKey module; and Continuing discussion on GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp.

Are you new to Drupal or the SGV Drupal meetup? Here's a testimonial from a happy attendee:

This is a very well organized and informative session. We got a good mix of senior developers and new comers and some in between. It is a pretty good turn out with 11 people considering it is in Pasadena right around rush hours. People are just terrific, very friendly and ready to help others. Feels like I have moved forward by leaps and bounds. Thanks everyone!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Sponsors help make our events happen. To learn more about sponsorship of our group and our upcoming events, please contact Christefano on or

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Our raffle prize and parking sponsor for this event is Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal design and engineering firm with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles. Visit us at and follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.

Droplabs Los Angeles Our organizing sponsor is Droplabs (@Droplabs), a Drupal-friendly coworking space, classroom and makerspace in Downtown Los Angeles. We're the leading low-cost coworking space in the Greater Los Angeles Area and have workspaces and services that are uniquely designed for small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers.

Presentations & Lightning Talks

Do you have a presentation or job announcement that you'd like to share with the group? Is there a topic about anything you'd like to see a presentation on? Post a comment below to let all the organizers and attendees know what you're interested in. Lightning Talks — brief, 5-minute long presentations on any topic related to Drupal — are very welcome.

Workbench provides overall improvements for managing content that Drupal does not provide out of the box. Workbench consists of several modules. We will look at the main module and Moderation. We will show how moderation can be use in a novel way.

ThemeKey allows you to define simple or sophisticated theme-switching rules which allow automatic selection of a theme depending on current path, taxonomy terms, language, node-type, and many, many other properties. It can also be easily extended to support additional properties exposed by other modules.

Announcing GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp

GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, is a free, 3-day event coming up on March 7th, 8th & 9th, and is at Hilton Pasadena & Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

After many months of planning, this meetup is our coming out party and we're excited to announce and discuss what we're planning, including sessions, BoFs, trainings, industry-specific summits, a job fair, a barn raising to benefit a local non-profit, receptions, and more!

Users Helping Users

The meetup this month will include Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal.

Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bona fide consulting from Drupal professionals that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!


Our meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, we'll have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks.

   We will post location details as soon as possible.

   We will begin at 6:00

   Introductions & Job Announcements
   News & Upcoming Events, including:
     • Drupal.LA Project Proposal;
     • Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp (March 7-9, 2014);
     • Interesting events listed at
   Users Helping Users
   Community Questions & Answers

   Raffle Prizes!
   Lightning Talks & Featured Presentations
     Workbench and a novel application of Workbench moderation by Paul Coleman
     Introducing ThemKey by Geoff Nutting
     More details about GLADCamp by Christefano Reyes

   Wrap-up, Clean-up & Close-up
   Drupal After Dark

Happy Hour

What to Bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. Extra points go to anyone who can bring power cords and extension strips.

Do you have a job announcement? Post your job announcement first and be sure to bring plenty of business cards and printouts of your job description to the meetup.

Are you looking for work? Update your profiles on and LinkedIn prior to the meetup and bring plenty of business cards and copies of your resume.

If you'd like us to print out copies of your job description or resume and have them ready at our "take a card, leave a card" table, please contact Christefano on or

Drupal After Dark

After the meetup ends at 8pm, we'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at a nearby restaurant or pub. Even if you can't make it to the meetup, going to the Drupal After Dark is a great way to meet your fellow Drupal community friends and colleagues. Join us!

Raffle prizes! Collect them all! Must be present to win!

Raffle prizes at this meetup have been provided by Filter Digital, Droplabs and Exaltation of Larks. Our raffle prizes often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs, books and tickets to attend professional, paid Drupal trainings. Some raffle prizes may be available to remote attendees (at the discretion of the meetup organizers and raffle prize sponsors).

We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup. Thank you!

Location and Directions

Fuller Theological Seminary Glasser Room 110. The campus is located between Walnut and Oakland, between Los Robles and Madison.

Fuller Theological Seminary
135 North Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA

Glasser is building G in the drawing. There is street parking on Madison or Green. There is a time limit but they expire at 6:00 so should not have a problem for the meetup.


Attendees are encouraged to save both time and fuel by carpooling to this event. The best way to find out how and who to carpool with is to post an offer or request with your location and contact information in the comments below.

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This is tomorrow night

pcoleman's picture

See you all at the Fuller Theological Seminary. For those using public transportation, this is just a couple blocks from Colorado Blvd and Los Robles.

See you tomorrow night!

fejn's picture

See you tomorrow night!

Meeting notes

christefano's picture

Thanks to everyone who came to the meetup, and a BIG thanks to Ryan at the Fuller Theological Seminary for hosting us!

Here are some meeting notes that I thought to write down as the meetup was happening:

  • Why choose Drupal over other tools? The virtues of content management systems and MVC frameworks.
  • Drupal 7.24 and 6.29 came out today — be sure to upgrade!
  • Drupal versioning system vs. semantic versioning
  • The different ways Drupal contrib project owners maintain (or don't maintain) their projects
  • Patches, using git diff vs. diff and git apply vs patch
  • Discussion of what Features does (and doesn't do)
  • Upcoming video sprint at UCLA and carpooling from Droplabs
  • Module Development Boot Camp class project
  • Raffle prizes, courtesy of Build a and Droplabs!
  • DaVita Careers and TravelStore demos by Eric Washburn, including GeoIP lookups, Apache Solr integration, the Field collection module, and custom JavaScript and use of Masonry JS library
  • The Bad judgement module and its related cottage industry of "bad modules"
  • ThemeKey demo by Jeff Nutting, with an impromptu demo of how it's used on the Sierra Club's website at

Themekey links/notes

fejn's picture

Themekey project page
admin/help/themekey - help/tutorial; one of the best & more complex help pages in Drupal 7 -- good model for you to copy
Other themeing techniques/modules Display Suite
Mobile Tools
In spite of issues with a possible D8 upgrade:
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We learned tonight that a D8 version came out 2 days ago.

Great meetup

pcoleman's picture

Thanks to Ryan Bolger and Fuller, this is a nice facility for a meetup.

We did not get to my presentation on Workbench so will move this to the December meetup.

There was a great deal of interest in ThemKey. Lots of questions, it is a nice extra tool in our belt.

The presentation Eric did on the two sites was well worth the time.

Remember it is the third Thursday in December as well, December 19, 20013. I will get something up soon.

LA Drupal [Los Angeles Drupal]

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