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How YOU (yes, you!) can make Drupalcon's "Awesome Testing Party" awesome

Mon, 08/11/2008 - 01:20 -- webchick

The Drupalcon Szeged schedule just went up last week. It's jam-packed with interesting sessions ranging from low-level geeky goodness, to design and usability sessions, to Drupal business best practices. And the BoF schedule is filling up with tons of interesting stuff, too.

A list of the sessions I'm leading/partaking in follows the break. But first! I need your help!

Linux.com Interview

Sat, 08/09/2008 - 00:50 -- webchick

I just saw this float past the stream in #drupal...

A couple weeks ago, Amber Gillies had asked if she could interview me about Google Summer of Code and my experiences in the Drupal project as part of the piece, Open source technology is hungry for new college grads. Yeah... just *try* to get me to shut up about how awesome GSoC and Drupal are. :D She did a very good job of turning my firehose of an e-mail into coherent sentences. ;)

Edit: Holy crap, this has been Slashdotted, too.

Uh. Holy crap...

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 23:44 -- webchick

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2008/07/and-winners-of-2008-google...
http://drupal.org/webchick-wins-best-contributor-open-source-awards

I have lots I'd like to say about this, but am a bit overwhelmed just at the moment. Suffice it to say, my sincerest thank you to everyone who nominated me for this award, and to O'Reilly, Google, and the Drupal community in general for being so unbelievably awesome.

BlogHer Presentation: Open Source Participation: How to advance to the next level

Sat, 07/19/2008 - 17:58 -- webchick

Here's the presentation that Marianne Masculino and I did about how to contribute to both WordPress and Drupal:

Contributing to WordPressContributing to Drupal

It was really cool to see the overlap between how WordPress does stuff and how Drupal does stuff, and all the ways the communities are similar and how they're different in how they work. Also, Marianne was really awesome and nice. :)

Thanks to everyone who turned out to see it... It was great to meet you! :)

Also, I found a "live blogging" version of the session at http://www.sparkplugging.com/marketing/blogher-2008-open-source/.

Headed to BlogHer and OSCON

Thu, 07/17/2008 - 09:44 -- webchick

So the past couple months have been completely nuts trying to get Drupal Jumpstart out the door (one month left! eek!), I haven't had the chance to write about this.

I'm Speaking at BlogHer 08 Tomorrow, I'm headed to San Francisco, California for BlogHer '08, and will be co-presenting with Marianne Masculino from WordPress on Saturday about how to participate in an open source community; I of course will be talking about the Drupal community. :)


OSCON 2008
Then Monday, I'm headed out to Portland, Oregon for OSCON 2008 and will be hanging at the OSCON Welcome for the Drupal Community and hopefully the Drupal Media/Files Code Sprint. I also get to meet our book's editor, Julie Steele from O'Reilly, which I'm really excited about. :D

Anyone else going to be at either of those events?

Drupalcon Szeged helps make testing... fun?

Sun, 06/22/2008 - 21:30 -- webchick

Drupalcon Szeged
I'm officially headed to Drupalcon Szeged in August (thanks, Lullabot!), and so naturally submitted a few session proposals this weekend. :) Incidentally, if you haven't yet registered for Szeged, you really ought to do so soon -- the price goes up after June 30, and their website has a super smooth registration process.

So in addition to the "usual" Drupalchix BoF and Summer of Code showcase proposals, I also really want to try something new this year in support of spreading the testing love.

So I'm proposing.... Awesome Testing Party, a working session where coders from newbie to ninja gather in a room together and help each other to write tests for Drupal core.... and win prizes! :)

Introducing Billie

Fri, 06/13/2008 - 21:15 -- webchick

So this is about two months overdue, but...

Say hello to the newest member of our family. :)

Billie

So far the reactions from the other kids are:

Pickle: "Whatever. When are you going to feed me?"
Bebop: "You leave me alone, I'll leave you alone."
Oscar: "What are YOU looking at?"
Cooper: "DIE!!!!!!!!!!!"

Her hobbies include rolling around in the grass, swinging her tug-of-war toy wildly (which we've since dubbed her 'dog-chuk'), racing around excitedly in the park after she successfully does her business, and carrying rawhide bones around in her mouth gingerly, as though they were prized treasures.

We're not exactly sure what type of dog she is, since she was abandoned at the vet clinic Marci works at, but a flat-coated retriever looks pretty darn close.

She just got back from having a triple pelvic osteotomy (try saying that three times fast) to treat hip dysplasia. She has to take it easy for 8 weeks and then we'll go racing around the park again. :) (Yes, that's right. Webchick goes outside every now and again these days. ;))

Drupal 7.x itch of the week: fix the testing crisis

Wed, 05/21/2008 - 00:00 -- webchick

Earlier tonight, Jimmy Berry posted a plea for the Drupal community to clean up their messes in terms of testing. Since Jimmy did a whole bunch of the heavy lifting involved in getting the SimpleTest framework ready to commit to core, a major milestone in Drupal's development, we'd do well to listen to his words and his frustrations when he sees all of his hard work falling apart due to neglect.

It's the mooost... wonderful tiiime... of the yeeear...

Mon, 04/21/2008 - 18:55 -- webchick

Today, the Google Summer of Code 2008 accepted students were announced. 7,000+ applications to 175 mentoring organizations from nearly 4,000 students, of which 1,125 will be funded. Altogether, this means a $5.6+ million dollar investment in open source from our buddies at Google. Kick ass!

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