Submitted by Dale on February 12, 2007 - 11:27pm
It's time for the 2007 Vancouver PHP Conference!
It was a full house this morning for Rasmus Lerdorf's keynote speech. I'm a member of the conference committee so I didn't get a chance to watch the whole thing. What I did catch was quite interesting. His discussion of the reason people contribute and happy hormones was quite entertaining. He demo'ed Pipes, of course, which has the coolest web interface. Rasmus has put the slides from his presentation on the web, but I didn't manage to copy down the URL.
This conference scored some very good presenters. I enjoyed the sessions I managed to catch. And thankfully the day went quite smoothly. There were some minor hiccups but no major disasters. Except for having to get up at 6am, the first time in a long time, it was a great day.
Submitted by Dale on February 1, 2007 - 12:28am
I thought February was supposed to be a slow and boring month. Another technology related event for consideration:
"TechFest's are about the community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers AND IT Professionals to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community."
Speaker list available on their website
Submitted by Dale on January 31, 2007 - 11:44pm
Django (www.djangoproject.com) is one more popular Python web frameworks, and is used by the likes of Google and the Washington Post. There's a couple of Python user group events happening over the next week if you're interested in learning more:
Introduction to The Django Web Framework: Sunday, February 4, 2007, 1pm-4pm
Adrian Holovaty: The Django Web Framework: Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 7pm-9pm
Complete information at http://www.vanpyz.org/Djangojam/
Submitted by Dale on January 27, 2007 - 2:32am
Thursday's Drupal meeting set an attendance record. It's hard to tell from the picture but around 30 people turned out. The meeting notes I took for posterity are hot off the press at: http://groups.drupal.org/node/2553.
A sizable number of people adjourned to a local watering hole afterwards. This is the first technology group I've been involved with that regularly attracts the people who are sponsoring the projects as well as the people they hire to implement them. I love hearing how people are using technology in general and Drupal in particular to meet their goals.
Submitted by Dale on December 21, 2006 - 12:41am
Northern Voice is one of the few local technology conferences not focused on technology. It's less about the technical fiddly bits of the technology and more about the social stuff enabled by the technology. Anyone that knows me knows I love the technology fiddly bits, but fiddly bits are pretty sterile unless they're doing something. Northern Voice is about the doing something part!
More importantly, Northern Voice has a great energy. Not only have there been good presentations but the majority of the people attending are passionate about what they're doing, creating a nice, positive vibe. And the diversity of people makes for a terrific melting pot. I loved seeing all of the different purposes, methods, ideologies and techniques. My idea hamster got a dose of adrenaline.
I've liked Northern Voice so much I decided to volunteer. I expected to do some general dogsbody type work but found myself somewhat more involved: Dale McGladdery joins the Northern Voice team as webmaster. And I'm having fun.
Submitted by Dale on December 18, 2006 - 4:47pm
February 2007 is a busy month. There are three Vancouver conferences, each focused on a different aspect of web technology. Two of them are very affordable, one is non-technical.
Web Directions North
February 7 - 9, 2007
Before Dec 31: Conference: $895, Optional Feb 8 Workshop: $395 ($495 without conference)
Vancouver PHP Association Conference 2007
February 12 - 13, 2007
$100 before Dec 31st./ $150 regular
Northern Voice 2007
February 23 - 24, 2007
$30 for 1 day/$50 for both days
Submitted by Dale on October 27, 2006 - 10:38am
One thing about the Vancouver Drupalier meetings, I'm never quite sure what to expect. Last night's meeting was the least technical so far and a lot of fun. Here are some notes with stuff left out to protect both the innocent and the guilty . . . . .
Submitted by Dale on October 16, 2006 - 3:52pm
At the September CIPS Security Special Interest Group meeting Robert Hawk spoke on patch management. A lot of what Robert had to say was pure project management and governance principals applied to the security domain. The value of Robert
Submitted by Dale on October 1, 2006 - 7:06pm
The last Drupal Vancouver meet up proved an interesting buffet of different things. I didn't take notes, but here is a list of things still lingering in my brain:
- DrupalCon Brussels Review, including:
- discussions of new Drupal 5 features
- the Drupal Association
- Walkah's presentation explaining the infamous Pants module
- Massoud presented an overview of his Asterix billing module
- New Drupal sites released into the wild
- “Stump the Drupal Ninjas” - A Q&A session of “how would I
implement function/feature x”
Joking aside, these are
incredibly useful. Drupal is so feature rich and new modules are
coming on the scene regularly enough I always walk away with some
useful tidbits of information, whether I'm looking for them or not. Some of the topics:
- A discussion of online payment options
- Mapping options
- Forum options
This meeting was one of our longer ones, with discussion taking us late enough there wasn't time
to adjourn to other environs.
Submitted by Dale on September 27, 2006 - 3:35am
The next meeting of the Vancouver Python/Zope Users Group is:
|Date:||Tuesday October 3, 2006|
|Time:||7:30pm to 8:30pm|
|Location:||Uniserve, Suite 1550, 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver [Map]|
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