We had an amazing Drupal meetup in Santa Monica a few days ago (link). Our turnout was much higher than it has been in quite a while (atleast 40 people showed up) and the atmosphere was very cheerful. Organizers like Steve Rifkin and Ishmael Sanchez have added a lot of positive energy since they joined and their efforts clearly showed last night. We had two presentations (I was one of the presenters) and two lightning talks - The other main presentation by Ishmael Sanchez and both lightning talks (by Justin Gossett and Chris Charlton were simply fantastic.
As part of a lightning talk, I did a lightning talk at a Drupal Meetup in LA on the Field Collection module for Drupal 7. For those that do not know, Field Collection is a successor to the multigroup module in CCK from Drupal 6. It allows a user to associate a grouping of fields as one field to for any type of entity (including another field collection so you can have nested field groupings inside other field groupings).
Over this past weekend (August 6 and 7, 2011), the LA Drupal User Group held its annual Drupal Camp. There were 55 sessions planned over the 2 days by various members of the LA Drupal community (with a few by those visiting LA just for this camp ^_^). I don't know what to say that hasn't been said by more eloquent bloggers but it was a whole lot of fun :D
Thanks to some of my projects being completed ahead of schedule, I was able to go to the Drupal Meetup in Santa Monica (LINK) last night. John Romine had a question for the community on how to alter one of the fields in his view to render the way he would like, Jeremy Stoller went about it by doing things at the theme layer while I (as usual) approached it by doing this at the module layer (depending on what you want to do, either way works).
While working on the one of the more content-heavy websites at my workplace (over 100k nodes consisting of galleries of photos, with some galleries having well over 2000 photos), I had noticed that while performance for logged in users (which isn't high since only site editors can log in) has mostly stabilized (there are areas where performance can improve), performance for all other site visitors was very inconsistent. Some of the galleries and gallery photos pages seemed to load fairly quickly while others took a few seconds for the page to show up.
On May 17, I did an inpromptu presentation on the Display Suite module for Drupal 7 written by Kristof De Jaeger (also known as swentel). For those that don't know, Display Suite allows you to take full control over how your content is displayed using a drag and drop interface. Arrange your nodes, views, comments, user data etc. the way you want without having to work your way through dozens of template files. A predefined list of layouts (D7 only) is available for even more drag and drop fun!
I have the pleasure of working on CalArt's Photo Archive. From the conversion as a flat-file website into Drupal, the site has come a long way. And for a mid-sized website (a little over 100k nodes) running on somewhat older hardware (at least 3 years old), we are fairly happy with the performance (using the boost module allows us to serve cached content at approximately 2k requests per second). However, I was noticing that some of our content type pages were loading quite slowly prior to being cached.
This evening, I had the pleasure of once again presenting at a Los Angeles Drupal meetup. This time, I changed focus from showcases and module demonstrations to a module howto. The migrate module is fantastic at migrating content into drupal but as has been noted, a bit lacking as far as documentation / presentations are concerned. Since I have been working at migrating a site at CalArts to Drupal 7, this was a good opportunity to present on how to implement content migration. The slides have now gone up on SlideShare (the slides will be embedded below as well) and John Romine should have the video up within the next few days. I am really happy with how the presentation went and look forward to talking more content migration with others in the community in the near future. I'm hoping to carve out some time and write out the node migration process sometime this week.