Feb 27 2012
Feb 27

There are only a few weeks left until DrupalCon Denver, and we’re getting pumped up at Evolving Web for the year’s largest Drupal hangout. With an estimated 4,000 participants in mile high Denver, March 19-23th promises to be a week teeming with exciting sessions, networking and skiing! Four of us will be heading down to Denver, and we hope to see you there. We have lots planned for the conference from contests to sessions to code sprints

Update: We've revised our contest, see evolvingweb.ca/drupalirl for the updated version!

DrupalCon Ticket Giveaway

We have one extra ticket for DrupalCon Denver to give away. If you're a Montreal Drupaler who's planning on attending the Drupal 8 Multilingual code sprint in Denver, give us a tweet @evolvingweb and let us know you're interested!

Photo Contest

Following on the heels of our Drupal Crossword in London, comes our Drupal Celebrity Photo Contest! Hunt down your favourite Drupaler for a photo-op, then tweet the picture with hashtag #drupalceleb for a chance to win a camera! More information and contest rules at evolvingweb.ca/drupalceleb. UPDATE: To address concerns raised about privacy, we've modified our photo contest, now called Drupal In Real Life photo challenge. For more info, see the follow-up blog post Drupalcon Contest, Take Two.

Session: Multilingual Site Building with Drupal 7

Curious about what it takes to integrate multilingual support into your website? I'm co-presenting a session on multilingual Drupal with Florian Loretan from Wunderkraut. We'll introduce you to Drupal’s multilingual architecture and help you get off the right foot when planning your next big project. Our session, Don't Get Lost in Translation: Multilingual Site Building with Drupal 7, will take place on Tuesday, March 20th at 3:45pm in Room 203.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Code Sprint

Gabor Hojsty will be leading a Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative codesprint on the last day of DrupalCon, as well the two days following DrupalCon. There has been a strong push towards greater multilingual support in Drupal 8, and we want to help as much as possible. We'll be at the sprint, so come by and help make this initiative a success. See Gabor’s post on groups.drupal.org for more information.

Silver Sponsors

We’re excited to sponsor DrupalCon Denver at the Silver level this year! Ever since DrupalCon DC, we’ve been showing our support for the conferences by pledging sponsorship at different levels. Join us in Denver at booth 103, where we’ll be hanging out for the week. Come by, say hello and grab some of our awesome swag.

While we’re busy getting ready for DrupalCon, we hope you’ve had a chance to review the schedule and fit in your favourite sessions. Tickets are still available, so get yours now. See you in Denver!

Dec 23 2011
Dec 23

After DrupalCon London, I was sitting on the banks of the Thames river sipping champagne when I remembered the time I told my friend I was joining the co-op program at Concordia. He launched into a story about his own co-op experience. One day, he had to do "pen testing".

"Ooh, you got to do penetration testing?" I asked. I find computer security interesting, so I was kind of excited. But then I remembered that my friend was a business major and that there is no way he would have been doing penetration testing.

"No, I mean... I was testing pens. My supervisor gave me a ziploc bag full of pens and told me to test each one to make sure it had ink." At that, I got a mouthful of coffee up my nose.

In May, I joined Evolving Web for a co-op work term that was to last eight months, and I am happy to say that my duties have not included testing pens, cold-calling charities to sell them snake-oil SEO packages, or doing Excel data entry.

During my time at Evolving Web, I've helped build real Drupal projects. One of them will be used by friends in the future. I had a real impact on these systems, and I've grown as an engineer by getting thrown head-first into them. Sometimes I made mistakes, but I had great mentorship from the entire team. I'm proud of the work I got done.

I was fortunate enough to travel with the company to New York, Boston, London (UK), and Toronto to Drupal Camps and Cons. At these events, I was introduced to an enthusiastic and friendly community of developers, designers, project managers, and entrepreneurs. For someone who has always had trouble "getting into open source", the warm welcome by the Drupal community meant I could gain the confidence to do real open source work. I also had the privilege to give my talk on custom fields and poutine. The chance to share my knowledge with the community was fun and rewarding.



Me on the road back from Boston with Evolving Webbers Logan and Simone



The Evolving Web team at DrupalCon London

At the code sprints in London and Montreal, I contributed a modest handful of patches to Drupal core and contrib — and I got to do it on company time. Evolving Web takes the community seriously, and I've been constantly encouraged to give back as much as I can. I'm no longer afraid to jump into issue queues and submit patches. For a novice developer, I'd recommend contributing to Drupal as a great way to get used to open source — the people are just too friendly.

As my co-op term draws to an end, and I return to the cold, unforgiving halls of academia, I'll look back on my time at Evolving Web fondly. I hope that other co-op students get a chance to experience what I've experienced, because if you've got to have a co-op job, this is the one to have. I'm happy to say I'll be coming back in the summer.

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

Evolving Web