Jul 23 2012
Jul 23

We’re happy to announce that Exaltation of Larks is sponsoring, co-organizing and offering pre-camp training at DrupalCamp LA this July 27-29th. We hope that you join us!

Pre-Camp Training

The class that we’re offering is all about Drupal Best Practices, and it’s being offered together with Chapter Three on July 27th at 60% off our usual price. This is one of our most popular classes and is one of our favorites, too.

If you’ve taken one of our previous paid classes, you can use coupon code ALUMNI to get an additional 10% off! (In order to use this code, you’ll need to be logged in with your existing account at https://www.larks.la/training)

You don’t need to be registered for DrupalCamp LA to take our class, but why not sign up at http://2012.drupalcampla.com/user/register today? This gives the conference organizers an accurate headcount, and makes it easy for you to pick out your sessions and add your comments to the session proposals.

Presenting at DrupalCamp LA

Speaking of sessions, all of our session proposals were accepted this year and here’s what we’re presenting:

We’ll also be leading BoF (birds of a feather) sessions on coworking and timebanking, which are two topics we’re eager to share and hear from others about.

Meanwhile, several of our partners, including Chapter Three, Acquia and Build a Module, are also represented at DrupalCamp LA this year:

Upcoming Classes in and Around Los Angeles

Can’t make it to DrupalCamp LA? We have several upcoming trainings that we’ve scheduled throughout the Summer and into the Fall, from introductory Drupal Site Building and Layout and Theming to Module Development and Web Services and APIs.

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Apr 01 2012
Apr 01

The merger to end all mergers!

Today starts a new month and a fresh beginning for Drupal. After many discussions over many drinks at DrupalCon Denver, we’re proud to announce a strategic inflection point for the Drupal community. As of today, the following companies will be merging into one company - a new formidable force in the Drupal community:

These 13-ish independent companies will be joining forces to form a new paradigm-shifting meta-company: Bluemarine Synergistics. Employing over 850 individuals spread out across eight continents, the company’s name combines the popular and much-loved Drupal theme with the word “synergistic,” implying strategic partnership, enterprise-empowered logistics, and e-business efficiencies.

Finally, Drupal will have a single dominant company for enterprise customers to be their long term partner. By combining so many Drupal companies into a scalable, virtualized talent cloud, we can make it easier for customers to find us – they won’t need to shop around. And we can have a single, unified, sponsorship presence at DrupalCon and Drupal camps. It’s not only good for Drupal, it’s good for the Drupal community! Just think of the parties a company of this size can throw. It will be a lot of free beer – free, as in free beer.

With estimated combined revenues of $1.21 billion, Bluemarine Synergistics will be expanding over the coming year, hiring a 200-person sales force to create a giant “Drupal tuna net” to capture companies in new verticals such as cosmetics, agriculture, Amish social organizations, multilevel marketing, “waste management,” adult entertainment, online file transfer services, and even the hunting and fishing industries. It turns out that there are many companies, even entire industries, not yet using Drupal. For instance, the aging baby boomer population represents a huge market not yet tapped by Drupal. Bluemarine Synergistics will attack the baby boomers.

“We believe that there’s a great deal of money to be made here,” said former Lullabot CEO Jeff Robbins. “It turns out that everyone wants a website. Drupal makes websites! Bluemarine Synergistics can make your website for you, even if you’re old or Amish or whatever.”

“It’s amazing how quickly it all came together,” exclaimed Ben Finklea, former CEO of Volacci who will hold the title of Social Media Intern for the combined company. “Almost all 13 or whatever CEOs happened to be at Rock Bottom Brewery one night during Drupalcon Denver. We started doing tequila shots and yada, yada, yada – we merged! My title has changed but my job is basically the same as it always was.”

“Twice in one month... WE LOVE MERGING!” said Michael Caccavano, former President of Phase2, former CEO of Treehouse.

“Mergers are our way of showing we care about each other. We could just hang out at DrupalCon twice a year, but this way we are together all the time.” said former Phase2 Technology CEO, Jeff Walpole.

“This company has a lot of promise. It has a bright future, but I’m also proud that we’re looking back and rediscovering some of the best elements of our past. We always felt removing Bluemarine from core was a step backwards. It’s just so affirming to be a part of this giant leap forward,” said former Gorton Studios CEO Drew Gorton.

Glenn Hilton, the former CEO of ImageX Media added, "It's a great move for ImageX. All the clients we lost to our competitors, we've now gained back."

“We used to lose sleep at night, praying that potential clients would fax us their Drupal project RFPs. Now, with our powers combined, none of us will ever go hungry again!” – Aaron Stanush, former partner at Four Kitchens and newly appointed Strategy Strategist at Bluemarine Synergistics.

“Originally, our promise to the Drupal community was that we would exclusively focus on professional services. In only a couple weeks’ time, we realized that customers would appreciate a comprehensive offering that includes infrastructure. Pantheon is proud to consider itself a cornerstone in fulfilling the Bluemarine Synergistics promise. Can you put ‘cornerstone’ in italics for the press release? Thanks.” – David Strauss, former CTO at Pantheon Systems.

"All of the former Aten Design Group team members are ecstatic about becoming a part of Bluemarine Synergistics. The BS product line is so bleeding-edge. Who can say no to the 24-hour-a-day website package? Just think about it – websites, any time of the day." – Jon Clark, former Business Development Director at Aten Design Group, now Assistant to the Director of Execution, BS Products Division.

Bluemarine Synergistics finally solves the “coopetition” problem once and for all. We’re all friends. We’re all working on the same software. Why do we need to compete for employees? Why do we need to compete for clients? Heck, why do we all need to decide what to charge? Think of all the good we can do if we just band together! One big company running Drupal for the good of everyone – that’s Bluemarine Synergistics.

Company headquarters are currently being built on property located approximately two miles west of New Amsterdam, Indiana – the geographic center of all the previous headquarters when weighted by employees, revenue, and contributions to Drupal core.

Please share your excitement about Bluemarine Synergistics on your favorite social media outlets. Use the hashtag #bs4drupal because Bluemarine Synergistics is B.S. For more information, please visit http://www.bluemarinesynergistics.com. Thanks!

Sep 22 2011
Sep 22

Tomorrow is the last day of Summer but the Drupal training scene is as hot as ever. We’ve scheduled a number of trainings in Los Angeles this Fall that we’re excited to tell you about, and we’re happy to publicly announce our training assistance program.

First, though, we’re sending out discount codes on Twitter and Facebook. Follow @LarksLA on Twitter, like Exaltation of Larks on Facebook or sign up to our training newsletter at http://www.larks.la/training to get a 15% early bird discount* toward all our trainings!

Los Angeles Drupal trainings in October and November, 2011

Here are the trainings we’ve lined up. If you have any questions, visit us at http://www.larks.la/training or contact us at trainings [at] larks [dot] la and we’ll be happy to talk with you. You can also call us at 888-LARKS-LA (888-527-5752) with any questions.

Beginner trainings:

Intermediate training:

Advanced trainings:

All our trainings are $400 a day (1-day trainings are $400, 2-day trainings are $800, etc.). We’re excited about these trainings and hope you are, too. Here are some more details and descriptions.

Training details and descriptions

   Drupal Fundamentals
   October 31, 2011
   http://ex.tl/df7

Drupal Fundamentals is our introductory training that touches on nearly every aspect of the core Drupal framework and covers many must-have modules. By the end of the day, you’ll have created a Drupal site that looks and functions much like any you’ll see on the web today.

This training is for Drupal 7. For more information, visit http://ex.tl/sbd7

   Drupal Scalability and Performance
   October 31, 2011
   http://ex.tl/dsp1

In this advanced Drupal Scalability and Performance training, we’ll show you the best practices for running fast sites for a large volume of users. Starting with a blank Linux virtual server, we’ll work together through the setup, configuration and tuning of Drupal using Varnish, Pressflow, Apache, MySQL, Memcache and Apache Solr.

This training is for both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. For more information, visit http://ex.tl/dsp1

   Drupal Architecture (Custom Content, Fields and Lists)
   November 1 & 2, 2011
   http://ex.tl/ccfl1

Drupal Architecture (Custom Content, Fields and Lists) is our intermediate training where we explore modules and configurations you can combine to build more customized systems using Drupal. You’ll create many examples of more advanced configurations and content displays using the popular Content Construction Kit (CCK) and Views modules.

This training is for Drupal 6. For more information, visit http://ex.tl/ccfl1

   Developing RESTful Web Services and APIs
   November 3, 4 & 5, 2011
   http://ex.tl/dwsa1

Offered for the first time in Southern California, Developing RESTful Web Services and APIs is an advanced 2-day training (with an optional third day of additional hands-on support) for those developers seeking accelerated understanding of exploiting Services 3.0 to its fullest. This is THE training you need if you’re using Drupal to create a backend for iPad, iPhone or Android applications.

This training covers both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. For more information, visit
http://ex.tl/dwsa1

Training assistance program

In closing, we’d like to tell you about our training assistance program. For each class, we’re setting aside a limited number of seats for students, unemployed job seekers and people in need.

For more details about the program, contact us at trainings [at] larks [dot] la and we’ll be happy to talk with you. You can also call us at 888-LARKS-LA (888-527-5752) with any questions.

* Our early bird discount is not valid toward the Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED training and 2-year certification that we’re organizing. It’s already being offered at nearly 33% off, so sign up today. You won’t regret it and you might even save someone’s life. ^

Aug 05 2011
Aug 05

Drupal Camp Los Angeles 2011 - August 6-7th This weekend, August 6-7th, we’re at University of California, Irvine (UCI) for DrupalCamp LA. This is our 4th DrupalCamp LA and this year we’re sponsoring, providing a pre-camp Site Building with Drupal training, at last count, presenting (and co-presenting) 12 sessions.

Exaltation of Larks’ executive team, including Lee Vodra, Cary Gordon and myself, Christefano, will be there with members of our team and close to 250 other attendees who are attending more than 50 presentations, activities and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions.

Here’s what we’re up to this weekend:

Pre-camp Training

Today’s pre-camp training is Site Building with Drupal 7 and we filled the classroom to its capacity. This training marks the first occasion that Chapter Three’s curriculum for Drupal 7 has been used in Southern California and the response was tremendously positive.

We’re already preparing to offer this training again in Los Angeles immediately following DrupalCamp LA. We’ll continue offering Drupal 6 trainings for the foreseeable future, too, but this class showed us that the community is hungry for more Drupal 7 training.

Sessions and BoFs

Oliver Seldman is leading our pre-camp training and is presenting, as well:

Steve Rifkin is presenting a number of sessions, participating on several panels, and is coordinating conference volunteers each day:

Lee Vodra and I will be leading a Drupal Coworking BoF and we’re looking forward to sharing the experiences we’ve had since founding Droplabs (the Drupal event and coworking space that Lee proposed during the opening announcements at DrupalCamp LA 2010) with 5 others in the LA Drupal community.

I have a few sessions and BoFs, as well, and I’m leading the Sunday code sprint:

Sponsoring

This is our 4th DrupalCamp LA and our 3rd time sponsoring. We’re very involved in local communities and sponsoring DrupalCamp LA this year was even easier than before. Since last year’s camp, the LA Drupal user group formed an unincorporated association and has its own bank account, managed by the LA Drupal Association.

Putting together a DrupalCamp is a lot of work and DrupalCamp LA 2011 is no different. I’m grateful to all the organizers, but especially to John Romine, this year’s lead organizer, sponsor liason and venue coordinator. John’s contributions have been invaluable, to say the least, and DrupalCamp LA 2011 wouldn’t be possible without him.

I have no doubt this will be another great camp. Drop by our sponsor booth and say hello!

Jun 01 2011
Jun 01

We’re offering Los Angeles Drupal and Drupal Association members a discount code that’s good toward our June trainings in Los Angeles. Use coupon code TRAINME and get 10% off!

These two trainings, Drupal in a Day and Drupal Module Development, are being offered by the Drupal experts at Exaltation of Larks and Chapter Three and will be taking place at Droplabs, a new Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Droplabs was created this year for and by members of the LA Drupal community.

Here’s what we have coming up in June in Los Angeles:

   Drupal in a Day
   June 20th, 2011
   http://ex.tl/diad-june-20

This introductory workshop will touch upon almost every aspect of the core Drupal framework:

  • Discover how to add, edit, and moderate content.
  • Learn how to create user accounts and understand Drupal’s permissions system.
  • See how to set-up menus, and position blocks on a page.
  • Create human-readable URLs, and categorize your content using Drupal’s taxonomy system.

Drupal in a Day is on June 20th, 2011, and is $400. At the end of this one-day class you’ll have a completed Drupal site, which looks and functions a lot like many sites you’ll see on the web today!

   Drupal Module Development
   June 21-23rd, 2011
   http://ex.tl/dmd-june-21-23

This three-day workshop teaches you how to create a comprehensive Drupal module. We’ll use and explain each of the top ten Drupal hooks, the menu system and the Form API. You’ll learn how to conform to Drupal coding standards. You’ll write secure code by using Drupal’s built-in functions to sanitize data for display.

You’ll learn the correct way to save and retrieve data, including how to add your own custom database tables. We’ll also practice using theme system from your module. Depending on interest, we’ll show you how to expose your custom data to Views, demonstrate how to create SimpleTests for your module, or teach you the proper way to upgrade your custom database schema.

What you will learn:

  • Drupal coding best practices
  • Understanding hooks
  • Using the Form API
  • Saving custom data
  • Providing themable output from your module
  • Techniques for keeping your site secure

Drupal Module Development is on June 21-23rd, 2011, and is $1200. Enroll today, and if you’re a member of Los Angeles Drupal or the Drupal Association you can use coupon code TRAINME to get 10% off!

We’re excited about these trainings and hope to see you there. If you have any questions, contact us at trainings [at] larks [dot] la or visit us at http://www.larks.la/training

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