North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup September 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 6 August, 2014 - 19:00 to Wednesday, 3 September, 2014 - 21:00
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The September NWDUG meetup will take place on 3rd September at New Federation House from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Lorna Mitchell who will be talking about the OOP for Drupal Developers.
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A practical, no-rhetoric session on what objects are and why they might be useful to developers. We'll start with a little theory and then move on quickly to some practical examples of what you'll see in an OOP PHP project. From classes, objects and inheritance, we'll move on to file structure and autoloading code in PHP.
This session will also cover more advanced concepts such as traits and interfaces, and discuss how they allow us to build more powerful, flexible applications with less code to maintain. Developers who attend this session will be able to tackle their next OOP project with confidence.
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After the talk we normally break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup August 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 6 August, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The August NWDUG meetup will take place on 6th at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we invite members of the group to give a series of short lightning talks. These are small talks that last up to 10 minutes long or can be run in the Pecha Kucha format with 20 slides in 6 minutes (1 slide every 20 seconds). We have no set speakers so it is up to members of the group to step up on the night and give a little talk. This is a great opportunity to get started in the world of conference speaking in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Although this is a crowd of Drupal people the talks don't have to be about Drupal so you can talk on anything you want for 5-10 minutes.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup July 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Advanced

The July NWDUG meetup will take place on 2nd July at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Adam Evans who will be talking about the Using Fastly CDN To Turbo Charge Your Drupal Site.
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High traffic web sites often use content delivery networks to provide edge caching, removing load from your own servers and relying on 3rd party providers to distribute your content using there extensive network infrastructure.

Using a CDN with Drupal to serve both content and static assets is hard due to traditional CDN's not supporting things such as HTTP Form posts, and varying on cookies.

Fastly is a CDN provider that allows you to overcome the common issues using a CDN with Drupal and has the perfect architectural fit allowing you to serve your site to a massive world wide audience making use of their edge locations to provide a better user experience.

This presentation will aim to show the basics of architecting your site to work with Fastly and the why and how.
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After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup June 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 June, 2014 - 18:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Advanced

The June NWDUG meetup will take place on 4th June at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Jeremy Coates who will be talking about Testing with Codeception.
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We've probably all heard by now about Unit Testing, we may even have integrated Test Driven Development into our working practice. Less commonly known though are Functional and Integration Testing practices. Until now, at least in the PHP world, these have been quite hard to achieve. In this talk Jeremy Coates (@phpcodemonkey) will introduce these concepts and a tool chain to enable easy adoption.

Jeremy's Bio: For my day job, I am Managing Director of Magma Digital Ltd, a 22 strong team focussing on delivering business critical software development, using PHP, to enterprise.I am also the driving force behind the UK's PHPNW conference, user group and brand, I started the group in 2008 and have, with assistance from many others, helped the group to be able to deliver six years of high quality conferences, now with 400+ delegates. The passion for this comes from my personal drive to improve skills in those around me.
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After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup May 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The May NWDUG meetup will take place on May 7th at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Phil Norton (@philipnorton42) who will be talking about Managing Configuration in Drupal 8.
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The configuration management system in Drupal 8 seems like a great idea, but what is it? In this session I hope to show what configuration management is, why it is needed and how it will make all of our lives as Drupal site builders better.
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After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup April 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The April NWDUG meetup will take place on 2nd April at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Mike Bell who will be talking about How To Quit Vim, which will be all about command line wizardry.

After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup March 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The March NWDUG meetup will take place on 3rd March at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Paul Smith who will be talking about the Capturing client requirements on a sticky wall.
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Getting a group of clients and developers to agree on the main requirements for a project is no easy feat. Everybody has their own idea of what’s important, what the steps are and how one feature is actually completely different to that similar one you have. This talk will demonstrate one method for getting everyone to agree right at the start of a project in a practical session. Wall provided.
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After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup February 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Advanced

The February NWDUG meetup will take place on the 5th at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Matt Smith who will be talking about the the Drupal 8 Plugin API.
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If there is one API in Drupal 8 that you should learn, it’s the Plugin API. This simple yet flexible system is used throughout core and is bound to be used extensively in contributed modules as well. In this talk Matt Smith will demonstrate how plugins are used in modules to provide blocks, text filters and field formatters. We will also look at creating our own plugin manager to allow other modules to extend functionality.
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After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup January 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The January NWDUG meetup will take place on 15th January 2014 at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have don't have a scheduled talk and so we will be doing a question answer session. The idea is that we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group and hopefully find some solutions. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub.

Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup December 2013

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 December, 2013 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The December NWDUG meetup will take place on the 4th at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Yan Loetzer (@yanni_boi) who will be talking about the Flexiform Module.

"Flexiform Module - How to build powerful, simple, multiple entity create/edit forms in Drupal 7"

After the talk we will break off into groups so that people can talk through their Drupal problems with other members of the group. There is nothing formal planned for this, we will just ask if anyone has any problems and if anyone can help them solve it.

We usually wrap things up before 9:00 PM and move to a pub. Come along and join in the Drupal fun!

If you are interested then please sign up at meetup.com.

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