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.

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.

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