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Free Drupal4Gov Coding Sprint/Exercise/ Training November 23rd in DC

I’ve been organizing this amazing group of government open source practitioners. Mostly, it’s Drupal, but we do have some plone and joomla folks as well.

We have gotten together for show and tells and in September, we held our first coding sprint. At the end of the sprint, we built an open atrium site we affectionately call Betaspaces (if you’d like to join, sign up with your government email address, or if a contractor have your gov’t agency send me a note with your information to [email protected]) http://drupal4gov.betaspaces.com which is intended to share best practices, lessons learned and to connect drupaler to drupaler.

On November 23rd at 9 am, we will be holding the 2nd in a series (we hope) of coding sessions. It’s a hybrid event that brings in hands-on exercise and couples it with training and maybe even a really mini coding sprint. This time out we will be focusing on:

Features. A break down of how to build an export a feature:

We’ll start the presentation with a very brief summary of what Features does and jump quickly into some common questions:

  • Can I use Features module on a site I already built?
  • Should I be making one big Feature for my site?
  • How do I add a component to a Feature I’ve already created?
  • Can I include module X’s configuration in my Feature?
  • Can I change some setting a Feature provides without overriding it?

In addressing these questions we’ll discuss many stickier points of configuration management with Drupal. We’ll look at how to evaluate existing modules, options for managing configuration in custom modules, and including custom code and CSS with a Feature. Additionally we will discuss how a ‘user story’-based approach for Feature design can make Features stronger and easier to manage over

Demystifying Drupal Mapping
Will White, Developer at Development Seed

Drupal has become an excellent platform for creating custom online maps using your own data. This presentation will introduce the concepts and techniques of web-based mapping. It will then show how these techniques can be implemented using Drupal and a suite of contributed modules to make useful custom maps, using your own

We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Map tiles
  • Map features (points and polygons)
  • Base layers vs. Overlays
  • Storing your geographic data in Drupal
  • Using the OpenLayers module to bring everything together

The presentation will conclude with a step-by-step tutorial for building a geo-enabled blog that will show each individual post as a point on a map. The tutorial will help participants see how the components come together to create a custom map in Drupal.


LDAP and OpenID integration

Commerce will give a short presentation (10 minute I hope) about their move from LDAP to OpenID + LDAP using Development Seeds’ OSSO
Provider/Relying setup.


A discussion of best practices for migration, cloud, and Open Public


Government-wide single sign-on and provisioning with MAX Authentication Services (MAS).

If you are working on cross-agency solutions that need provisioning and authentication of users you will want to learn a bit more about the eGov Budgeting Line of Business’s MAX Authentication Service (MAS) Drupal module which allows automatic single sign on using the same user credentials as the MAX Federal Community, Justice’s CyberScope, eGov’s Data.gov, IT Dashboard, and various other government-wide systems. The Drupal module is designed to allow any Drupal instance to almost instantly become a federated partner in the 35,000+ user MAX Authentication ecosystem.

If you’d like to join in the Drupal event November 23rd, there are a few seats remaining. Please sign up ASAP.


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