[SIGN UP] Boston Full Day Sprint Jan 25, part of the Global Sprint Weekend 2014

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2014-01-25 10:00 - 17:00 America/New_York
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Sponsored by Genuine Interactive and Acquia
Come be a part of the global Drupal Sprint Weekend 2014

Save the Date!

Please sign up: RSVP by Monday, January 20!
We’d like to plan for event resourcing, including building access. All contact information and names will not be used for any marketing purposes and only needed should we need to contact you about any last minute event changes.


If you have built a site in Drupal, you can contribute. We will split into pairs or small groups and work on Drupal core issues. Bring your laptop. For new folks: you can get a head start also by making an account on Drupal.org and taking a look at the Drupal Ladder http://drupalladder.org/ If possible, install git before coming and git clone Drupal 8 core (git instructions).

Can't join us physically in Boston? We will have limited Google Hangout spots to sign into, first come, first serve. Review this Boston Sprint Weekend doc with hangout connection details.

After sprinting, we’ll wind down at a nearby watering hole for casual drinks and conversation. Should folks need lodging after or can offer, comment below; sprinters should self-match with opportunities.

Time & Location

Sprint time: 10am until 5pm, Saturday, January 25
Location: Genuine Interactive, 500 Harrison St. 5R, Boston, MA

Parking is available for $5 per car - just let the parking attendant know you’re here for the Drupal Sprint at Genuine Interactive. This building is also conveniently a 6-10 minute walk from the Broadway Red line T stop or you can hop on the number 9 or 11 bus from Broadway T and get off in one stop at the Harrison Ave. stop.

Who it's for

Anyone with Drupal site building experience can contribute to Drupal core. We'll have tasks suitable for programmers and non-programmers alike.

Why come

If you're like some Drupal developers or site builders, you've been telling yourself for months that you should start contributing to Drupal core. This sprint is your chance to get started with in-person training and mentoring from friendly, experienced core contributors. It's also a great way to start becoming familiar with Drupal 8.

If you've already started to work on core, come meet other contributors, hang out in person, and work on manageable tasks in the Drupal core queue. The goal is to help you help with core.

What to expect

We'll kick things off with a brief introduction and agenda for the day. We'll help match people with issues that are right for their skill levels and areas of interest. Mentoring is also provided to help new contributors set up a development environment and learn about the contribution process.

What to bring

  • An interest in Drupal contribution
  • A laptop with wireless connectivity and a long power cord (multi-plug extension cords encouraged)

What to prepare

If you plan to contribute documentation or try patches only, all you need a browser thanks to the simplytest.me service which allows you to install Drupal and apply patches online. If you plan to contribute code, we encourage you to prepare your laptop for Drupal 8 development in advance so you can save time on the day of the sprint. Follow the steps below if you have time before the sprint. We can help in the morning if you get stuck on any of these steps.

  1. Create an account on drupal.org if you don't have one yet.
  2. Download Dreditor, a browser plugin for Firefox and Chrome.
  3. Install an IRC client like ChatZilla, a browser plugin, or Pidgin for Linux and Windows, or Adium for Macs. We will hang out on #drupal-contribute (read more on IRC and Drupal).
  4. Try out a shell. Macs have terminal in Applications/Utilities. For Windows, cygwin is common.
  5. A local web server. Some options:
  1. A code-friendly text editor. (Sublime Text 2 is a free, cross-platform text editor.)
  2. Git (install and configure; video).
  3. Install the latest version of Drush 7. One liner installer:
  4. bash <(curl -s https://gist.github.com/scor/7843568/raw/install-drush7.sh)


Sprint mentors

Whether you’re from New England or happen to be passing through, we're looking for additional mentors if you are familiar with setting up a development environment or with the core contribution process. People who can help pre-select issues are encouraged to reach out to the organizers in advance (always great to have a list of novice issues lined up the day before).


finkatronic's picture

** Hello New England! **

Folks are getting really excited for the Drupal Sprint Weekend 2014 - have you checked out all the cities participating? The list keeps growing every time I check. Boston is very much rallying on Saturday January 25th as part of the global event and we want to invite everyone to come on over. If you have not signed up, please take a moment and let us know you're coming so we can plan the details.

We're looking to gather people from all over New England so Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Western Mass Drupalists, come on by! Carpool and come squat with us! As an alternative transportation option, the sprint will be held within reasonable commuting distance of South Station train/bus terminals.

We'll start the day with an introduction of sprint breakouts, ranging from "newbie/how do I possibly get started" to thematic project issue areas like Migrate, RDF, Search, and then general issues. Commit a patch or write some documentation! We'll end the day with presentations and then head around the corner for drinks and socializing (heck, bring some games even!) = read: no agenda.

If you can't make it, you can still help us by spreading the word - promote to colleagues, clients, and/or tweet about the event, using the hash tag #SprintWeekend. This is important - make it happen!

Lastly, check out our recent blog post describing ways a coder and non-coder can contribute.

Hope to see you there!

Helping with migration?

mikeryan's picture

If you'd like to help at the development level with the migration support being added to core for Drupal 8, note that at the moment this work is happening in chx's IMP sandbox. So, rather than getting a git clone of core, you'll want to clone that sandbox. See the IMP group for more information.

If you'd like to help with the documentation, see https://drupal.org/node/2127611. We have some good pages on details such as process plugins, but could use help on providing a higher level view.


Mike Ryan

Missing Boston data

YesCT's picture

Could someone who went to the Boston sprint...

Please go in irc #drupal-contribute and ask: sprint weekend? And the bot will give you a link to the google spreadsheet. Pretty please?

Cathy Theys

I updated the document with

mikemiles86's picture

I updated the document with the Boston Sprint information, for the 2015 sprint.



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