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Views Configuration Training at DrupalCon Portland

Evolving Web is running a Views configuration training at DrupalCon Portland this year. Views is the most popular contributed module on and an essential tool for any Drupal website. It allows you to create dynamic listings of content with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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Ottawa's First Ever DrupalCamp a Success!

Ottawa held its first DrupalCamp on February 22-23rd. The camp included a summit about Drupal for government, a codesprint, and sessions. Being in Ottawa, the themes for the camp included the Drupal Web Experience Toolkit (WET) distro and adoption of Drupal by the Government of Canada. The WET distro has been adopted by many government departments, and the camp provided a venue for people to discuss progress of and the direction of the distro.

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DrupalCamp Toronto 2012

Last week, I headed to Toronto for DrupalCamp Toronto 2012. Toronto has a thriving Drupal community and the camp attracts a mix of Drupal developers, site builders, designers, and end users. With more and more organizations in the city using Drupal, the camp is a great place to share knowledge, do networking, and find out what's going on in the larger Drupal community. This year's camp was held at the recently renovated Burroughes Building at Queen and Bathurst. The venue's open concept layout promoted lots of interaction among attendees.

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Upcoming Drupal Global Training Day: December 14

Drupal Global Training Days are a recent initiative in the Drupal community, created this year by the Drupal Association to help spread Drupal adoption. The concept is to organize free or at-cost intro Drupal training on a given day, to grow the Drupal community. Drupal companies and local user groups are encouraged to organize a training session in their area as part of the event.

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Evolving Web at DrupalCamp Montreal 2012

DrupalCamp Montreal 2012 was a great success! There was a great turnout, an awesome presentation by our keynote speaker Amitai Burstein, plus 24 other sessions by Drupalistas form Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City. The camp ended with a party at Thomson House with live music, food, and drink.

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Montreal DrupalCamp + Codesprint: October 12-13

This Saturday is DrupalCamp Montreal 2012! It's not too late to signup through the DrupalCamp website for $20, or at the door for $25. This will be Montreal's fifth camp, and it promises to be an awesome day full of interesting sessions, good networking opportunities, and a fantastic party to wrap up the day. The camp will be held at McGill University at the Schulich School of Music (555 Sherbrooke St. West).

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Import hundreds of thousands of records in 15 seconds with custom entities

Recently we needed to import a fairly large dataset into Drupal. There were 200,000 items to import, the data changed relatively frequently, and we needed them to be Drupal entities so that we could make them searchable with Apache Solr. We would normally import data using Feeds or Migrate. This time, however, we had higher speed requirements, so we tried something different: importing directly into the database.

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Multilingual Drupal at DrupalCon Munich: Training, Code Sprints, and More!

There will be a hive of activity around multilingual Drupal at DrupalCon Munich 2012! Whether you're new to multilingual Drupal or a developer wanting to change how Drupal works with language, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

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