January 2014 SGV Meetup

pcoleman's picture
2014-01-16 18:00 - 20:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

Last month we had a good meeting with presentations on Workgroup and GLAD a year in review. Because of the ways the dates fall this month the meeting is early the 16 th is the third Thursday. I will be good to get together again and kick off the new year.

We do not have any presentations at this time but I we will discuss these in the comments. Normally we run out of time before we run out of topics so there should not be any worries of a dead meeting.

GLADCamp is just around the corner. This is taking place in the San Gabriel Valley so there should not be any reason us to not be involved. Besides attending we need to look for ways we can volunteer to help make the event amazing!

Come ready to share all your tips.

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 Drupal.org or Meetup.com.

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 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.

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 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 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 http://groups.drupal.org/events
   Users Helping Users
   Community Questions & Answers

   Raffle Prizes!
   Lightning Talks & Featured Presentations
     • Getting Started with Drupal 8
     • Comparison of Cloud Storage resources, especially OwnCloud
     • Cron Key
     • Performance Tips

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

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 Drupal.org 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 Drupal.org or Meetup.com.

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 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 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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Getting started helping Drupal 8

pcoleman's picture

Last night Oliver Seldman gave a lightning talk on getting started in helping Drupal 8. I do not know if we can twist his arm to do this again for us, if not I can plagiarize him or we can watch the video. What do you think.

With Drupal 8 starting to get close the discussion is a low investment way to learn some more details about parts of Drupal 8 and help it happen.

Good idea, but the most

fejn's picture

Good idea, but the most effective way to get people to learn Drupal 8 might be for various people in the group to start building D8 sites, & then get together & discuss the pros & cons -- at that point we will probably understand the issues with D8 better, & be able to better help with it.


This can trigger a little discussion

pcoleman's picture

Oliver covered this in his presentation but we can discuss this as well.

Good idea, but the most

fejn's picture

please delete this comment (I haven't figured out how to do it)

Not Drupal but I can talk about OwnCloud

pcoleman's picture

Lately I have been looking at alternatives to FTP. I came across OwnCloud. OwnCloud is an open source file sharing application, think of your own drop box or iCloud. I can present an introduction to OwnCloud, it may help you solve a problem for your customer/boss.

I'd love to see a

christefano's picture

I'd love to see a presentation on OwnCloud. Have you been using it yet? If so, are you using OwnCloud.com or the self-hosted OwnCloud.org?


pcoleman's picture

I have been testing the self hosted solution from OwnCloud.org.

Using OwnCloud

realEuph's picture

I have been using OwnCloud for a year or so, with the most usage coming in the last month. I installed the software on my server. Installation was easy, but there were a couple of gotcha's.


pcoleman's picture

This sounds like an interesting conversation. Would you like to present or should I present and you can add to the discussion.


fejn's picture

I'd be interested in hearing about OwnCloud, as well as how it stacks up against other cloud storage solutions anyone may have tried out.

Cloud Presentations

realEuph's picture

It must be best to have a mini-panel discussion on cloud storage options and capabilities. I have not used ownCloud with Drupal, but it is used (in one case) as a separate installation in a Drupal site.

Any more topic ideas

pcoleman's picture

We have a couple going any more ideas for presentations / discussions.

If there's time and interest,

christefano's picture

If there's time and interest, I can do a 15 minute walkthrough of the Cron Key module, what it does, and specifically how it works:


I wrote it 2 weeks ago as an instructional example for the Module Development Boot Camp and it was just nominated to be added to Drupal core:


dankegel's picture

I could give a really quick talk on low-hanging performance fruit if anyone's interested.

Yes! +1

christefano's picture

Yes! I'd be interested in this.

If you would so kind, please let us record your talk so we can share it with the larger group via our video channel. Do you have any screen recording software?

I'll see if I can get

dankegel's picture

I'll see if I can get screencasting working.

This morning I found a couple

christefano's picture

This morning I found a couple emails from the Drupal security team and learned that Cron Key has been reviewed for security vulnerabilities.

This is the first time a contributed module of mine has been reviewed and it was an interesting experience. I'd be happy to share the process of this particular review and its outcome.

ps. Editing to say that no vulnerabilities were found. :)

Good program for tonight

pcoleman's picture

Looks like a good program for tonight, lots of good topics for discussion.

sand camp

rbolger's picture

I'm also wondering if we can briefly chat about sandcamp next week-- the different seminars on offer there, etc.

How about we dedicate 15-30

christefano's picture

How about we dedicate 15-30 minutes to SANDCamp instead of our usual news and announcements?

Update on OwnCloud

pcoleman's picture

I am still working on getting ownCloud 6 working. Installed again the ubuntu install per instructions, installs 5.04.

One thing I noticed is this seems to be a Suse project. Note the link to the install routines. I tried the Suse appliance. Came up but could not get the network working. Next install suse and install ownCloud on this. Could try downloading the application instead of the apt-get install.

February Meetup

pcoleman's picture

We did not discuss the meeting for February. The third Thursday is the 20th. SCALE21x starts the next day. How about it is the 20th good? Please reply to this comment with your feedback.

Meetup date

fejn's picture

20th works OK for me also. I'd say that the only thing to watch out for would be that we don't run the meeting too late, so those working at SCALE12X (probably will include myself) don't get shorted on sleep. In general, I'd expect it woul;d work fine.


Shall we continue with the

christefano's picture

Shall we continue with the third Thursday even though the November and December holidays are behind us?

My preference is to return to the original schedule of 4th Thursdays. I'll be at Droplabs and then at SCALE very early on the morning of the 21st (a few of us will presenting on how Droplabs started and how to replicate its business model) and would appreciate having the night of the 20th off.

By the way, anyone going to SCALE 12x can use coupon code DROP when registering to get 50% off the already low price of admission.

So the question is 3rd or 4th Thursday

pcoleman's picture

So far we have two for the 20 and one not so much.

How about the the 27 is this good for all or does someone not like the 27th?

Either is fine with me.

Either OK with me.

fejn's picture

Either OK with me.

feb meetup

rbolger's picture

20th works for me...

OwnCloud 6

pcoleman's picture

I got OwnCloud6 up and running. Seems like the ubuntu install files are still 5, so I used the webinstall option and ran the script that downloaded and installed on a webserver. After I did this I moved the data folder out of the web root, configured it for ssl and allowed for large uploads. I have not tried the inplace editing of OpenDocument files will get to this.

This is great stuff, keep the

christefano's picture

This is great stuff, keep the updates coming! I hope to test OwnCloud 6 soon and would love to hear which issues you encounter and what their solutions are.

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