North West Drupal Usergroup Meetup August 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 5 August, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The August NWDUG meetup will take place on 5th August 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 or elevator pitches. 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, although this will largely depend on how many talks we have. 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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 1 July, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The July NWDUG meetup will take place on 1st July at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Mike Bell who will be talking about the Mental Health and Open Source.
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Mental Health is a subject that touches every single one of us within the community. It's something that people find incredibly difficult to talk about and yet it's so important.

It uses my own experience with family, friends and colleagues to paint a picture of what depression and anxiety are and how it effects our work and behaviour. I also discuss my relationship with impostor syndrome and how my attitude towards development has changed.
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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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 3 June, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Advanced

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

This month we have John Cleary who will be talking about the Capistrano.
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Capistrano : Automate All The Things

For many years Capistrano has been the defacto deployment tool, but many organisations have yet to realise the benefits of automating their deployment process. Automated Deployments are fast, less error prone, easier to rollback and you can dish out the keys to other team members so anyone can deploy.

During this talk we’ll look at how to “capify” a simple PHP project and deploy it in a few minutes. And, as Capistrano is a “remote server automation and deployment tool”, we’ll also look at some of the other things Capistrano can do for you such as restarting apache or grepping server log (and more). We’ll also take a look at the various plug-ins available and see how easy it can be to write your own.

If you are deploying using ssh / git pull / apache restart? Then it’s time to make a change: automate all the things and live in a world of “repeatable success”.
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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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

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

This month we have Maurice Tomkinson who will be talking about the Securing a Drupal site.
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Maurice will lead a discussion on securing a Drupal site, using his own public and private sites as a case study. Maurice is running Drupal 7 on an Ubuntu system with Apache and MySQL. A particular challenge he faces is that the users accessing the secure site are starting from a very low base of computer literacy and security awareness.
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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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 1 April, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

The April 2015 NWDUG meetup will take place on 1st April at MadLab on Edge Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Ashley Johnson who will be talking about (FR)AGILE.
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Exploring the world of fixed price projects and agile delivery (whilst debunking some myths along the way).
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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 March 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The March NWDUG meetup will take place on 4th March at New Federation House (Dantzic Street entrance) from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Phil Norton who will be talking about the Drupal Performance.
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This talk will look at what can be done to improve the speed of a Drupal site, including profiling and benchmarking a site. The talk will also include a case study about the Drupal based BAFTA website and the recent Film and TV awards, which saw a large amount of traffic in a short amount of time.
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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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Beginner

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

We have no set talk for this week, but the room is booked so come along and feel free to chat about Drupal. There will be Drupal experts on hand to answer questions and discuss topics to anyone in the group. Things usually wrap up at about 9pm before moving to the nearest 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 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 - 19:00 to 21:00
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The January NWDUG meetup will take place on 7th January 2015 at New Federation House on Dantzic Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Adam Thomason who will be talking about the Headless Drupal with REST Services.
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This will be a talk on how to expose Drupal data for use by other webapps utilising Phonegap and AngularJS.
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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 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 3 December, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: 
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

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

This month we have Andrew Macpherson who will be talking about the Building a website in Drupal 8 - Lessons from annertech.com.
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This is a bunch of small demos gotchas and talking points on how to go about building a Drupal 8 site. The talk is quite informal and will be driven by what the audience is most interested in.
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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 November 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, 5 November, 2014 - 19:00 to 21:00
Main Talk Ability: 
Intermediate

The November NWDUG meetup will take place on 5th November at New Federation House on Dantzic Street from 7PM until 9PM.

This month we have Adam Thomason who will be talking about the Automated deployment and testing with Wraith.
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Wraith is a screenshot comparison tool, written by developers at BBC News, that shows the difference in changes that are made to front end code. The talk will encapsulate how to set up Wraith locally and remotely on a deployment environment (using Jenkins) and how to configure your build to pass/fail based on a Wraith result.
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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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