Jan 09 2012
Jan 09

Evolving Web is excited to announce the start of our Drupal training program. As an Acquia training partner, we will offer training in site building, module development, and theming. So far, we have two trainings scheduled at our office in Montreal, Hello Drupal! on January 16th and Drupal for Developers on January 27th.

Drupal for Developers

Over the past few years, we've attended countless career fairs and events for computer science and software engineering students at local universities. One thing we've noticed is that a lot of students are interested in web development, but aren't learning it at university and don't know where to start learning it on their own. We've also met lots of programmers from the IT world who want to get into web development and want a way to jump-start the learning process. While open source projects like Drupal are easy to download and start hacking away at, they are also complicated pieces of software that can be intimidating.

To help address this, we're offering a Drupal for Developers course, the first of which is scheduled for January 27. This one-day course is targeted at developers who are new to Drupal but have a programming background. It will lead students thorough Drupal's hook API, basic module development, and how to build websites 'the Drupal way' by using APIs rather than writing a lot of custom code.

By offering steep discounts to students and promoting the trainings at schools in Montreal, we're hoping to attract a crowd of up-and-coming Drupalers to our first set of trainings.

Getting Started: Hello Drupal!

Hello Drupal! is a free intro to Drupal course. The goal of the course is to introduce people to Drupal and get them excited about delving more into Drupal site building or development. The Hello Drupal course attracts students with a wide variety of backgrounds from journalists looking to create their own blog to small business owners to programmers new to web development.

Hello Drupal includes a lot of hands-on exercises that get students right into building their first Drupal website. We offered this course at DrupalCamp Montreal in 2011, and are planning to continue offering it as a way to attract a larger Drupal community in Montreal. The first is scheduled for January 16th.

Site Building and Beyond

There's always a lot of demand for site building courses to get users off the ground building a robust site architecture with content types and views. In addition to site building courses, we also intend to offer courses with an emphasis on Drupal's multilingual features. There's a huge demand for multilingual websites in Canada, particularly in Montreal and Ottawa. To give you a taste of this, we will present a webinar on Building Multilingual Websites on January 11 as part of the Acquia webinar series. If you're interested in Drupal's multilingual capabilities or are in the process of building a multilingual website, please join us.

If you’re interested in attending other Drupal courses or in scheduling a private training for your organization, we encourage you to contact us. We’re excited about increasing our suite of training curricula and reaching out new Drupal adopters in the community.

Sep 23 2011
Sep 23

After 6 months of planning, DrupalCamp Montreal finally came together mid-September. We were all really excited for how this year would pan out. With a smaller, leaner organizational team, the core group of volunteers quickly secured a location, set up a website and selected keynotes. McGill University generously provided McIntyre Medical building as our venue, and we hosted a pre-Camp code sprint at the Notman House.

Gabor Hojtsy and Francesco Placella flew in from Hungary and Italy, respectively, for the sprint. Indeed, it proved to be a very productive week for those involved. Over 15 issues were created, UX improvements were logged, and the multilingual documentation received a major facelift. Despite being scheduled for only 3 days, most of the sprinters continued their effort during the Camp.
Code Sprint

The Camp itself went off without a hitch. Attendance, unfortunately, wasn’t as high as we had expected, but the smaller crowd created a more personal feel at the event. We had two powerful keynotes delivered by Jen Simmons and Angie Byron, and a host of presentations by knowledgeable speakers. Jen gave an overview of the progress made in responsive design and what the future holds with HTML 5. Angie talked about how every little bit goes a long way in the community, and how easy contributing to Drupal can be. Both were inspiring speakers whose presentations should be watched by everyone (videos are available here).

Despite the smaller crowd, the Camp generated a profit for the second year in a row. Montreal is a great place to get involved in technology, and our local Drupal community is steadily growing. The funding from the event will provide us with sufficient resources to host more code sprints, meet ups, community BBQs and to foster Drupal growth in the city.

Evolving Web presented 5 sessions during the Camp. All videos are up on the website, and our slides are available below:

Aug 04 2011
Aug 04

We're live! DrupalCampMontreal.com is now up and open for registrations to this year's Camp. Create your account now to propose sessions and BOFs. The success of the Camp depends on your participation, so please also sign up to volunteer and/or sponsor the Camp. You’ll find badges to spread the word about your attendance and sponsorship - show the Camp some love and post a badge on your site.

September is a beautiful time to visit Montreal - the trees are a medley of Fall colours, the weather is good (that doesn’t happen very often) and the living is easy. To take full advantage of this month, we’re holding both a code sprint and a camp between September 14th to 18th.

This year's Camp is taking place on September 16-18 at McGill University's McIntyre Medical Building. We’ll have 3 large rooms to accommodate over 150 people each, and 4 smaller rooms for break out sessions and BOFs. Sessions will be recorded, and we’re working on securing live translation for presentations in the larger rooms.

Planning for the Camp early meant that we were able to fit ourselves into the schedules of our very busy keynotes. We’re proud to have Angie (webchick) Byron and Jen Simmons present the keynotes.

Leading up to the event will be a 3 day multilingual code sprint led by Gabor Hojtsy on September 14-16. For this sprint we were able to secure a room at the Notman House, Montreal’s favourite tech space. Drupal multilingual experts from Europe will also be joining us at the sprint, so don’t miss out!

New this year will be training being offered on the Friday of the Camp. Evolving Web is partnering with Acquia to provide free training to beginners. Other local companies will offer training on more advanced topics as well. Check back on the website frequently for updates and specifics.

Registration for the Camp will cost between $20-30 at the door, depending on how much we raise through sponsorship. We will announce the final price closer to the date. Lunch will be included on Saturday and Sunday, and we’re finalizing venues for post-Camp festivities for Friday and Saturday.

This year’s event promises to be busy, fun and a great learning experience. Connect with old friends, make new ones, and contribute to Drupal this September 14-18th in Montreal. See you there!

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

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