Get issues you care about ready for Global Sprint Weekend

Submitted by YesCT on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:06


Drupal Global Sprint Weekend is January 30 and 31, 2016, and so far we have 34 locations all over the world.

This post will talk about what organizers and experienced contributors can do to get issues ready for sprint attendees to work on.

There is still time to add your small local sprint. Read the post and get your location listed!

Preparation tips for organizers of local Drupal Global Sprint Weekend 2016 sprints

Submitted by YesCT on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 07:50


My previous post describes how you can list your local sprint as part of Drupal Global Sprint Weekend. This year it is January 30 and 31, 2016, and so far we have 24 locations all over the world. (There is still time to add your small local sprint.

Drupal Camps should have live captioning to benefit all attendees

Submitted by YesCT on Sun, 12/06/2015 - 11:28

In 2015, MidCamp published our accessibility information early on and At the camp, I personally talked to many people who attended the camp because they knew in advance that they would be able to navigate the venue, *because* we gave them information in advance. It is not enough to be accessible; people need to know in advance.


Submitted by YesCT on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 06:15

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Run xhprof with enable in the index.php and without the and then get Flamegraphs (on a MAC)

Submitted by YesCT on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:27

Because I am at Drupal Dev Days, I read the note from webchick asking people who wanted to help with performance to get some things set up. Flamegraphs: was one. It is late tuesday night/ wednesday morning. And, I'm having trouble figuring out where to put the enable and other xhprof code in index.php ... maybe it will be clearer in the morning. ...

Identifying Mentors at Sprints (example: creative t-shirts at DrupalCon Latin America)

Submitted by YesCT on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 05:56

DrupalCon Latin America Sprint was Big

DrupalCon Latin America took place in Bogotá, Columbia this past February. 270 people attended the conference. There was a training day, two days of sessions and the last day was the big sprint day. It is tradition at Drupal events (and many other Open Source events) for people to gather together and work to improve the software we use. We had lots of people from the conference attend the big sprint day, 101 people, 37% of conference attendees.

Making MidCamp more accessible

Submitted by alimac on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 01:10

Even though it's still two months away, I know that MidCamp 2015 (March 19 - 22) is going to be special. The venue hosting MidCamp this year is the University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC is both my alma mater and present employer. Student Center East (where the training and conference sessions will take place) may be familiar grounds to me, but these days I am looking at it from the perspective of a visitor who is completely unfamiliar with its layout.

Prepping for DrupalCon Amsterdam Sprints and Mentoring

Submitted by davidhernandez on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:38

Here we go!

DrupalCon Amsterdam is happening now, and, in keeping with the spirit of a Drupal event, there will be lots of sprinting! If you are interested in contributing—and we encourage you do so—there are many resources online and onsite at the event. If you have never contributed before, don’t fret or assume you don’t have the skills necessary to contribute. Many of the projects being worked on need people experienced with coding, design, user experience, testing, project management, writing, dev ops, or just plain helping-hands.

Moved to be hosted on a BlackMesh server

Submitted by YesCT on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:48

Last year, I found a host that would work for a Drupal 8 site. And wrote about setting it up.

Now, I've moved this to BlackMesh. :) of the benefits for working at a company that does hosting.

It was a mix of me doing things on my own (documented so the support people at BlackMesh know also for future d8 sites they might set up), and also using the BlackMesh support.

Jersey Short Sprint very productive

Submitted by YesCT on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:30 was a great event. One night on the way to dinner, we took a picture of all of us wearing Drupal shirts: me, kgoel, weal, crowdcg, wheatpenny, pwolanin.

The Jersey Shore Sprint had great local organizers, and all I had to do was show up. I was able to focus on working. And one of the best parts: was I worked on something I didn't yet know a lot about. So I learned a ton.

Sustainable Drupal Core development? Drupal Core Gittip Team, a new funding effort.

Submitted by YesCT on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 13:49

On May 2, 2014 the Drupal Core Gittip Team was somewhat quietly launched. There was a helpful quick round of questions on twitter and in IRC, and more details were added to the Drupal Core Gittip Team profile page and the @DrupalCoreGT twitter account. This post is a follow-up with even more details. We hope this answers more questions people have, and continues the discussion.

Thanks Cheppers for 5.5 months of funding Drupal core, mentoring and sprint planning

Submitted by YesCT on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:18

Cheppers has stepped up big, and has since the middle of November 2013 sponsored me 20 hours a week. That sponsorship is ending the end of April. Without them I would not have been able to do all the work contributing to Drupal: Drupal 8 Core, mentoring, sprint planning, etc. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! 5.5 months of 50% time is a big commitment for any Drupal business to make and it is much appreciated. -c ps. (This also means I'm looking for sponsors for May.)

Report, Week 3 April 2014, Thanks! Highlights: Multilingual issues and Reporting Drupal as: beginner-friendly open source projects

Submitted by YesCT on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:47
Thanks to my Gittippers for last week's $68.97 (April 17 2014), to Cheppers for 15 hours at $25/hour, and Breakthrough Technologies for 15 hours at $25/hour.

Here is a quick partial report of what your sponsorship helped make possible:

NYCCamp session: Mentoring the Mentors, Community building and Issue picking video

Submitted by YesCT on Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:37
Mentoring the Mentors Orientation for NYCCamp mentors, visiting mentors, sprint participants, potential mentors to view the presentation. reveal.js source: (caution, notes not updated for nyccamp. and video recording crashed.)

Report, Week 4 March 2014, Thanks! Highlights: Drupal Dev Days Szeged Sprinting and Mentoring

Submitted by YesCT on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:48
Thanks to my Gittippers for last week's $77.00 (March 27 2014), to Cheppers for 15 hours at $25/hour, and Breakthrough Technologies for 15 hours at $25/hour and Kafei (Ryan Weal) for 4 hours of d8mi core issues at $25/hour..

Here is a quick partial report of what your sponsorship helped make possible:

Drupal Dev Days community/mentoring keynote talk (audience was mostly Drupal Developers)

Submitted by YesCT on Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:14

Cheppers Drupal shop in Hungary sponsoring me 15 hours/week

Submitted by YesCT on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:59
Super news! I've been talking with Gergely Csonka from Cheppers. And they are sponsoring me 15 hours a week, $25/hour to work on Drupal, starting with the last two weeks in November, and planning to continue during December.

Cheppers is a Drupal shop located in Budapest, Hungary, with about 15 people.

Targeting potential sources of supporting core contribution

Submitted by YesCT on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 14:08


Problem: Contributors to Drupal are not, in general, excellent fundraisers.

Proposal: Hire people excellent in fundraising and use the money to fund Drupal contributions.


How do we fund people contributing to Drupal? Do we have to find new sources? How do we find new sources that would get the most benefit from *starting* to contribute and sponsor the Drupal community.

There are a lot of different groups that support the community, take even one group: companies, and two kinds: those already supportive and those not yet supportive.

Why hire me?

Submitted by YesCT on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 13:58

So after writing Needs work? Nope. Needs to get paid. I thought, "Hey I should tell people why they should hire me, not just why I don't want a regular job."

If I'm already doing the things unpaid that I want to get paid for, why would anyone hire me? Good question. (And if anyone has ideas on how to expand this explanation, ping me.)

Benefits to a company if they hire me:

Needs work? Nope. Needs to get paid.

Submitted by YesCT on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 14:02

I'm looking for a job. Ideally it would be 15 hours a week, $25/hour. What makes it a difficult job to find is that I want to get paid to do what I'm already doing. What I'm already good at: making Drupal better. Specifically, working on Drupal 8, mentoring, sprinting, and talking to others about those things. And those are not directly "client billable" for a company that might hire me.

Why don't I just get a regular Drupal job that includes 10% time for contribution? Or just a regular job and do the 15 hours for free on top of that, like a bunch of people do?

Drupal 8 live sites (a WIP list)

Submitted by YesCT on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 15:06

See the Drupal 8 Multilingual site showcase for a better list of Drupal 8 sites.

This list was from 2014 and earlier.

I know of a few blogs people are running on Drupal 8. Having just had trouble setting up mine, I thought it would be helpful to get a list of more sites that are live and in the wild on d8. When I could find posts about the why or how of launching a d8 site, I included it in parenthesis.

I did it! D8 on a server!

Submitted by YesCT on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 03:38

Took shopping around for a hosting company, and then trying different server configs, but I finally have d8 hosted somewhere! 

For now, this is on with the Apache 2.2 PHP flex (5.4.20, safe_mode off) server type. 

What I would have loved to have happen would have been for Acquia Dev Cloud, Pantheon, or WebEnabled to have a Drupal 8 install option, that would give me a (shared) hosting environment that is just ready for Drupal 8. I hope those become available soon, maybe after rc1? 

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