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Posted Wednesday, March 25 at 4:48 pm
Adam Hoenich (phenaproxima), lead author and maintainer of the Drupal Module Upgrader joins Ryan, Ted, and Mike to talk about moving modules from D7 to D8, MidCamp, D8 Accelerate matching funds, ranking Drupal support mechanisms, and Ted's personal phone number. We also have some great picks of the week, and plenty of information on the upcoming Florida DrupalCamp 2015!
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A Different Kind of Drupal Community Contribution: Mentoring

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mentoring

The Drupal community has a problem, or perhaps it's better to say a perception problem. We tend to look at contributions to Drupal through code-tainted glasses.

This isn't really all that surprising, seeing how we are an open-source software project. We'd be nothing without the plethora of talented developers who, over the past 12 years, have helped make Drupal one of the top content management systems available today. It's also fair to say that two other types of contributions are well-known: documentation and community organizing. Both play a vital role in the health of our project. Without strong documentation it would be (even more) difficult climb the Drupal learning curve, and without community organizers, I doubt anyone would argue that our growth wouldn't be nearly as fast.

But there is another huge contribution that needs to come into view. It's one that I'd argue is equally as important as code, documentation, and community organization if the project is to grow and develop; and that is mentoring. A lack of guidance among newbies is creating longer paths to proficiency, and we are destined to keep struggling with seasoned-talent shortage if we, at least some of us, don't shift our priorities a bit. We've got plenty of awesome code, but it's no small issue that our supply of developers, at the level we are all looking to hire, is becoming a handicap to the development of Drupal.

We feel it is so key to Drupal's future, that we've made it an integral part of our 10-week Drupal Career Starter Program.

tl;dr version: we're looking for mentors, you should apply.

DrupalEasy Podcast 110: Oh, A Beta

Mike Potter (mpotter), a Software Architect from Phase 2, and the technical lead for Open Atrium 2.x joins a full slate of DrupalEasy Podcast hosts: Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, Ted Bowman, and Mike Anello to talk about the future of Open Atrium, migrating from Open Atrium 1.x to 2.x, the future of the Case Tracker functionality, and all the new hotness of Open Atrium. Along the way we also cover some Drupal Association news, get a NYC Camp report, and take a quiz about Drupal events around the world!

DrupalEasy Podcast 109: Gray Area

Rick Manelius (rickmanelius), a project architect from Newmedia joins Mike Anello and Ted Bowman to talk about how and why Drupal developers should care about PCI Compliance. Anyone who builds, or is thinking of building, Drupal Commerce sites should listen to this episode. In addition to all the scintillating talk about PCI Compliance, we also discussed DrupalCon Prague, the Drupal 8 API Freeze, and our picks of the week!

DrupalEasy Podcast 108: Panopoly, Pins, Prague, and Paper Plates

Matt Cheney (populist), maintainer of the Panopoly Distribution joins Ted Bowman, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello to dive deep into Panopoly, disect Drupal Association Board Meeting minutes, discuss the state of Drupal’s community tools, decide that the DrupalCon Prague logo is the best ever, and dream about getting our hands on a Florida Drupal Diver pin.

DrupalEasy Podcast 107: E%$#&prise

Mike Kadin (mkadin), creator and head-referee from ModuleOff.com, joins Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello to talk about his competitive Drupalizing web site, WYSIWYG in Drupal, the E#$@!prise, as well as some great picks of the week.

DrupalEasy Podcast 106: Demoception

Kristof Van Tomme (kvantomme), Lee Rowlands (larowlan), and Nick Schuch (nick_schuch) join (the uncomfortably echo-y) Mike Anello and Ted Bowman (tedbow) to talk about the Tour module and Walkthough.it. The Tour module is a recent addition to Drupal 8 that allows for contextual help in the form of a series of popups that can walk users through the various elements on a Drupal administration page. We get sidetracked by Lee’s Comment as Field potential Drupal 8 addition, DrupalCon Portland, a Drupal.org hacking, and a very special edition of 5 Questions.

DrupalEasy Content Migration Training at DrupalCamp Austin

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DrupalCamp AustinWe're super-excited to announce that we've been invited to present a half-day workshop during DrupalCamp Austin. The Camp takes place the weekend of June 21-23, 2013 and we'll be presenting "Getting Stuff into Drupal - Basics of Content Migration" from 1:30pm until 5:30pm on Saturday the 22nd. The workshop will cost $75 and we'll be covering the basics of three of the most common ways of importing content into Drupal: the Feeds, Migrate, and the Drupal-to-Drupal data migration (based on Migrate) modules. Interested? Check out all the details and then register today.

A Sneaky (Previously Undocumented?) Views' Feature

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I rencently spent a few quality hours with the Views interface trying to figure out how to add an Organic Groups Group ID contextual filter to a Views display and have the display's title overridden based on the value of the contextual filter. Actually, it's easy to do if you don't mind having the actual Group ID integer in the title. But, like most people, I actually wanted the Group name in the title of my display.

It took me more time that I'd care to admit, as well as some guidance from the most excellent maintainer of the Organic Groups module, Amitai Burstein, but eventually, I discovered a simple solution that didn't involve additional relationships, contextual filters, fields, or trickery. Well - maybe not the "trickery" part. The solution involved what I consider to be a previously undocumented feature (at least to me!) of the Views module.

DrupalEasy Podcast 105: Men in Tights

Bob Kepford (kepford) from The Weekly Drop joins Andrew Riley, Ted Bowman, and Mike Anello to talk about how Bob mines nuggets of Drupal goodness from the weekly Drupal firehose. Other topics discussed include Panopoly, open-source project statistics, the impending Google Reader apocalypse, Open Atrium 2.x, and a bunch of other mostly Drupal-related topics.

Import and Map Over 5,000 Points of Interest in 45 Minutes

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FarmersMarkets.com

At Florida DrupalCamp 2013, I presented a session (video included) that demonstrated how to utilize the Feeds, Feeds Tamper, Address field, Geofield, and other modules to create a fully-functional website for searching for Farmers Markets anywhere in the United States. While the session's intent was to inspire people as to what Drupal can do in a very short amount of time, this blog post will focus on the details of the process.