Drupal for Developers Session at ConFoo

This week I had the chance to speak at ConFoo, Montreal's annual conference on web technologies. The conference attracts speakers and attendees from across Europe and North America, as well as locals from Montreal. On the list of speakers this year were Andrew Zmievsky who presented on Geotools and ElasticSearch and James Duncan from Joyent speaking about Node.js.

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Drupalcon Photo Contest, Take Two: Drupal IRL

Yesterday we posted an article on Drupal Planet about our plans for Drupalcon Denver. Aside from promoting Suzanne's session on i18n site building and the #d8mi codesprint, the post announced our Drupalcon photo contest, in which participants are asked to take a picture of themselves hanging out with other awesome Drupalistas, which for many people is what the conference is all about. To try to make the contest go viral, we gave it an ironic name ("Drupal Celebrity Photo Challenge"), included a pic of our star-struck intern Tavish meeting Dries at Drupalcon London, and asked that all entries are submitted via twitter.

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Hacking Health Event in Montreal

Last weekend, Alex and I attended Canada's first healthcare-themed hackathon. Hacking Health took place at Thompson House on McGill University's campus and attracted around 200 participants including healthcare professionals and developers.

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Evolving Web at DrupalCon Denver

There are only a few weeks left until DrupalCon Denver, and we’re getting pumped up at Evolving Web for the year’s largest Drupal hangout. With an estimated 4,000 participants in mile high Denver, March 19-23th promises to be a week teeming with exciting sessions, networking and skiing! Four of us will be heading down to Denver, and we hope to see you there. We have lots planned for the conference from contests to sessions to code sprints.

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Montreal Drupal Meetup February, 23

Last night we held Montreal's February Drupal meetup at Notman House. The meetup included a four presentations of Drupal modules and projects.

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Understanding the Entity API Module

Entities in Drupal 7 simplify and centralize common logic that, in earlier versions of Drupal, was duplicated in several places, or only usable in specific modules. There are, however, many features (such as saving entities!) that did not make it into Drupal 7. The Entity API module fills in these missing gaps in the core and goes a step farther by simplifying definition of new entity types, and integration with contrib modules such as Views, Rules, and Features.

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Drupal Training in Montreal

Over the past two months, we've held four public Drupal trainings out of our office in Montreal. It's been an amazing experience for building up the Montreal Drupal community, practicing our training talents, and introducing lots of people to Drupal.

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Simple Field Module: Introducing a Simpler UI for Creating Fields

Need a simpler UI to let administrators manage fields? We recently created a new contributed module called Simple Field. This module simplifies the UI for creating fields and adding them to content types and entities. It also provides granular permissions, so you're not stuck with a single catch-all permission for managing fields. You can see a demo of the module in action at simplefield-demo.ewdev.ca.

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