Next Maine Drupal User Group meeting: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Yarmouth

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Next Maine Drupal User Group meeting: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., at Energy Circle, 81 Bridge Street, Yarmouth, Maine (Sparhawk Mill).

Adam Shepherd: Deep Dive into Drupal Form API with a Dash of Git Flow

Drupal's Form API provides developers with accessible ways to create sophisticated and complex web forms. Through examples, this talk investigates what a back-end developer can do with the Form API in a custom module. Not forgetting our front-end developers, we will look at how back-end and front-end technologies can be loosely coupled - a sigh of relief for both parties. Finally, we will demonstrate how the Git Flow Methodology provides agility for software teams to address software release, bug fixes, and adding new functionality to code without increasing the risk of heart disease to our project managers.

Adam Shepherd is a software engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and co-chair of the Drupal Working Group for the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners. At WHOI, Adam has been developing web applications for the past thirteen years, recently focusing on how to promote the discovery and reuse of scientific data and knowledge. Adam enjoys learning new technologies, applying the right technology for the appropriate use case, and sharing what he’s learned. At Drupalcon Austin 2014, he presented Linked Data + Drupal for Oceanographic Data Management and survived. As a back-end developer, he is “front-end challenged”, giving him a huge appreciation and respect for “the team” and others who have helped him along the way of the web developer.

As usual, we will do a "beer swap" (entirely optional!). Bring a six pack of your favorite beer, and we'll split up and bring home whatever is left after the meeting. Energy Circle will pick up the tab for pizza.

Please let us know if you’re coming, so we can figure the pizza count. (Send a note to toddwoof or email me at todd (at)

Parking / finding the meeting: There is a gravel driveway on the left side of the mill building that leads down to a parking area behind the mill. Park there, and go up the exterior staircase on the back side of the building, right at the end of the parking lot. We’re on the third floor. You can also come in the front, if you want.


GitHub of Form API Talk

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Hi folks,

It was great meeting all of you, and I'm looking forward to being a part of the group in the future! I wanted to let you know that the source files and a drush archive of the database, codebase and files can be found on Github here:

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or just to stay in touch: ashep15 @ gmail . com or ashepherd @ whoi . edu

You can also find the drush archive and my wierd, rambling notes on Google Drive here:

Shout outs to Mike for his ideas on improving the "Send-a-Pin" and Adam C. for his idea on testing out a static function. Big thanks to our hosts Peter, Todd, and Tom @ EnergyCircle.

Finally, thanks so much for the warm welcome! Until next time...

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