High Performance Drupal Meetup in Brea, CA (Orange County) and via WebEx on January 21, 2014

christefano's picture
2014-01-21 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

The High Performance Drupal meetup is back! After taking a few months off, we're excited to announce we're meeting at Winkynet, a customer-focused, high performance webhost, at their Brea (Orange County) office on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, between 7-9pm Pacific. Join us!

Those interested in attending this meetup remotely are welcome to join us via WebEx.

About High Performance Drupal

The "high performance" part of the name is a catch-all to describe Drupal scalability, performance and benchmarking but we also discuss devops, deployment, infrastructure, high performance hosting, monitoring and highly repeatable processes.

We've been meeting since April, 2011, in a variety of locations around the Greater Los Angeles Area. Also, this meetup has been held at coffeeshops in the past and the addition of caffeine makes our meetings feel as if they go faster and faster as the night goes on.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Winkynet Our venue sponsor for this event is Winkynet, a customer-focused, high performance webhost with a datacenter in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Our raffle prize 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 www.larks.la 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 network of collaborative coworking spaces and classrooms around Los Angeles, California. We're the leading low-cost coworking space in the Greater Los Angeles Area and have shared and private workspaces that are uniquely designed for entrepreneurs, freelancers, lifelong learners and remote workers.

What to Bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to happy hour or the meetup, you're welcome to join us afterward for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub. Stay tuned to the comments below for suggestions for a Drupal After Dark location.


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 also 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'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:00pm.

We need offers and requests for presentations and lightning talks at this meetup! If there's a topic that you'd like give a presentation on, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if there's a topic that you'd like to learn more about, you're welcome to make a request in the comments below. Thank you!

We'll start our meeting promptly at 7pm, so if you are at happy hour please be sure to request your check along with your food order.

For any changes to our agenda for the evening, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign up button below (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

   Drupal Happy Hour

   Projector and Tables / Chairs Setup
   WebEx Meeting Begins

   News & Upcoming Events, including:
     Drupal Sprint Weekend
     SCALE 12x, the Southern California Linux Expo
     Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, March 7-9, 2014;
   Raffle Prizes!

   Lightning Talks
   Featured Presentations

   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and More Networking

Featured Presentations

At this meetup, we're having our usual news and announcements, raffle prizes, lightning talks (which are short, bite-sized presentations) and featured presentations.

Stay tuned to our agenda for more information.

Join us on WebEx and Twitter!


   URL: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M1G6KV2NUIRNFPTT2W0YDWFDCU-2J4J
   Short URL: http://ex.tl/Znw
   Meeting number: 191 577 591

To check to see that your WebEx software is installed and up to date, see http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html  

If WebEx isn't on your computer, try one of the mobile versions of WebEx for iPhone / iPad, Android, Kindle, BlackBerry or Windows Phone:



During the meetup, the event organizers will be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @GLADrupal.

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

If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers either before or during the meetup. Our raffle prizes at meetups often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs, books, and free seats to professional Drupal trainings. We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. Thank you!

Location and Directions

   135 South State College Suite 200
   Brea, CA 92821


To carpool with others, post an offer or request below in the comments.


There are acres of free parking and you can park in any of the visitor parking spaces next to the 135 building.

About Greater Los Angeles Drupal

With several weekly and monthly events, the Greater Los Angeles Area is one the most active areas for Drupal in the world.

Formerly named Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, we've been meeting regularly in and around Downtown Los Angeles, California, since early 2010, and now organize a large number of events in the area. Our signature events include the Drupal Job Fairs and the Downtown Drupal, Frontend Drupal and High Performance Drupal meetups.

Our members and organizers have produced hundreds of Drupal events, including job fairs, meetups and workshops, conferences, paid trainings, coworking days, study group sessions, movie outings, FREE tutoring sessions from Drupal professionals, and website barnraisings to benefit non-profits and members of our community.

Attending Drupal events in the Greater Los Angeles Area 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'd like. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Greater Los Angeles Drupal, it's easy to join our community. Our community calendar is on our "Events" tab on our home page at http://groups.drupal.org/node/219129  

We proudly participate in the California Drupal Travelers Program, which aims to connect businesses and community members who are visiting the area with our local community and events. Inquire within by contacting any of the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal organizers, or by joining the global Drupal Hospitality Network.


Here's the WebEx meeting ID

christefano's picture

Here's the WebEx meeting ID and URL for those who would like to attend remotely:

   URL: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M1G6KV2NUIRNFPTT2W0YDWFDCU-2J4J
   Short URL: http://ex.tl/Znw
   Meeting number: 191 577 591

To check to see that your WebEx software is installed and up to date, see http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html  

If WebEx isn't on your computer, try one of the mobile versions of WebEx for iPhone / iPad, Android, Kindle, BlackBerry or Windows Phone:


FYI, the WebEx meeting doesn't actually have a password this time and I've removed it from the original post.

Hi everyone, for some reason

christefano's picture

Hi everyone, for some reason this event was scheduled for the wrong date. It's actually set for January 21st, which is the third Tuesday this month.

Meeting time

fejn's picture

I just noticed that the event time is 6-8 pacific (1800-2000) in one part of the announcement, whereas it is 7-9 (1900-2100) in a different posting.

HTH, Jeff

Thanks, Jeff! I've fixed the

christefano's picture

Thanks, Jeff! I've fixed the time. It's scheduled from 7-9pm.

I'm coming from Korea. :)

HappyJiyoung's picture


I've been sometimes checking out LA drupal meetups.
I decided to fly to LA to attend your meetup and see and learn how to run successful meetup as well as networking. :)

If you have recommendation of closeby hotel or accommodation, feel free to let me know.
It's my first time visiting LA. (I'm flying out to Miami on Wed)
Carpool would be nice as well... :)

Anyway! See you all soon.

Jiyoung from Seoul/Beijing

We'll be glad to have you!

christefano's picture

We'll be glad to have you! Where in the Greater LA area are you staying? This is an enormous geographical area and we can help you coordinate carpooling.

HappyJiyoung's picture

Christefano! Thank you so much for your kind carpooling offer coordination offer! I appreciate it a lot!

So I arrive on Monday 20 JAN 14 19:15 Local Time.
My plan is to check out your Lab (I am very interested in co-working space idea in Seoul) and attend the meetup on 21st.
Then flying out to Miami the next morning 22nd Wed.

My question is (if you can answer some...)
Do you have any hotel or accommodation recommendation?
Other drupal visiting member stayed or your guest stayed around droplabs or someone who could help me with carpooling?
I am afraid to rent a car and drive a city I don't know...
So I like to use public transportation.

I know you are not travel agency or anything...but just in case...if you had experience guiding/helping other drupalist visiting from other parts of the world...share some tips or ideas.

  1. How to get to DropLab from airport by public transportation?
  2. Is there nearby accommodation you recommend? (I can search google and book hotel but before that just checking...if you have any recommendation)
  3. I am grateful for the carpooling coordination help. So anywhere that is convenient for these coordination is fine with me as long as I can easily go between Droplabs and meetup location or carpooling location.

I'm little nervous on how to go around LA...from airport...
In Seoul, Korea, it's so easy to take subway from airport or anywhere in Seoul...
Bus or subway...any info would be highly appreciated... :)

Feel free to let me know things you know comfortably and no worries to answer all my concerned questions regarding travelling there. :)

I thank you. Or anyone sharing some idea or tip.
BTW, my email is jiyoung@mswebmatrix.com

LA transportation

fejn's picture

Hi Happy,

My 2 cents on your upcoming trip to LA, & a couple of comments on lodging/transportation:

  • Is there nearby accommodation you recommend?
    You might want to consider a place down at LAX as being (semi-) central to your trip. The first one that comes to my mind is the hotel where SCALE 11X was held (LAX Hilton, I think; down side is that it might be expensive). It is easy to get a bus line from right out front, that would take her over to the Blue line, from which she could get to Droplabs fairly easily.

How to get to DropLab from airport by public transportation?
Can be done, but not completely straight forward (~ take bus X (don't remember # now, but can get it later --> Blue line --> Red Line --> Union Station (walk or take a bus to DropLabs from there; I'd recommend that somebody just pick her up @ Union Station. Carpool of some sort would be much easier/less worry for her, especially being new to the area
Also, remember that 1/20/14(Mon) is Martin Luther King Holiday, so the public transportation schedule may be somewhat reduced.

If you decide you want to go the public transportation route, I can get you solid directions on just what lines to use. The best bus directions for LA I've run into are in Google maps. To do some preliminary research on how to get from ~LAX to DropLabs, tell it you want to go from LAX Hilton (5711 W.Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) to 651 N. Clover St, Los Angeles, CA 90031 --Droplabs)

HTH, Jeff Nutting (I look forward to seeing you at DropLabs next week)

To clarify what fejn

Techivist's picture

To clarify what fejn said:

From LAX to Droplabs:
1) Take shuttle (I think it's free) from LAX to Green Line Station
Once at Green Line Station, purchase the $5 day pass as that lets you ride the train/buses all day for $5. You will have to pay $1 extra to actually get the plastic transit card (there are prompts at the kiosks but the UI is terrible & I've submitted a free UI redesign to the MTA, cuz I'm always helping people having to navigate it, but they've never responded) (there might be prompts in your language to make it easier)
Once you have your TAP card & the $5 day pass, make sure to "tap" it on the kiosk- it should say something like 'day pass good until xx/xx/xx which should be the day you purchased it. It's good all day, until like 2am. You have to tap your card at every transition point so make sure you do that once you get to a new transition.

2) From LAX Green Line Station, take Green Line (going EAST towards Norwalk)

3) Get off at Rosa Parks Station (about 6 or 7 stops) (Imperial/Wilmington) & walk downstairs to the Blue Line ramp (you will see LOTS of people exiting here since it's a popular transition point)

On the Blue Line platform you'll see 2 areas. Make sure to take the Blue Line going to Downtown LA (i.e. 7th Street Metro station)
You ride the Blue ALL the way until it ends.

5) Follow the crowd downstairs to the Red Line Station

Once downstairs at the Red Line platform, make sure to take the train saying UNION STATION.

There's a few ways to do it, the point is you want to get on bus Line 76 (which drops you off 1 block from Droplabs). If you have a smartphone app, I suggest you download the Go Metro Los Angeles app (or try Google Maps as fejn suggested).

I take public transportation exclusively (I like being friendly to the environment) & LA's transportation/train system has improved dramatically since the trains started operating in the Summer of 1990.

You can plot your trip here:

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Thank you!! :)

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Hey @fejn @Techivist
Thank you so so much for your kind messages with valuable info!
I got airport pick up offer and also to DropLabs from friendly drupalist in the group! :)

So I will research accommodation and book!!

Thank you so much again for your kind research and info! I really appreciate your kindness!

See you in a few days!!!! Looking forward to meeting you all.
Drupalists are so cool! ;)

With gratitude

@Jiyoung - please take care

marcrobinsone's picture

@Jiyoung - please take care lots of pictures for us here in Asia! :)

Sure! Will do

HappyJiyoung's picture

And share my experience here with Asian drupal meetup groups. We could learn a lot. :) Thank you for your message!

Not to be confused with DCLA

philosurfer's picture

I just want to let people know this is a non- LA Drupal User Group event.

It seems Christefano is hell bent on forking the LA community.

The real Drupal Camp LA will be in the summer as usual. =)

          "we are the cult of personality."

Thanks for pointing that out,

christefano's picture

Thanks for pointing that out, philosurfer. I voted up your comment because I agree that this High Performance Drupal meetup, which is in Orange County on Tuesday, is not related to LA Drupal or DrupalCamp LA.

One Command Drupal Install

jae@winky.net's picture

I will be giving a short presentation on installing Drupal from scratch using our automated install scripts.

And an explanation of what "one command" install means vs "one click" install.

Thanks for presenting, Jae,

christefano's picture

Thanks for presenting, Jae, and thank you to you and Rick for having us at over at Winky Networks!

Another presentation we'll be having tonight is from Mike Carper (mikeytown2) on HHVM and what's involved in getting Drupal running on HipHop, the high performance PHP runtime from Facebook.

If there's time left and interest from tonight's attendees, I'm glad to present on how to set up a CDN with Drupal, or how to add Drush integration to Drupal modules (I know, this is more about devops than performance, but we can talk about those things, too).