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Drupalgeddon followup and Security Presentation on November 20th in Pasadena, CA

Drupalgeddon - image courtesy of TNG As you may have heard, Drupal has recently had a significant security announcement nicknamed "Drupalgeddon". You may not have heard, though, that here in Los Angeles, California, we're dedicating a portion of several upcoming meetups to web security and helping provide our group members with any resources they need.

If you can make it, please join us this week for a special presentation, Better Sleep Through Web Security. It's this Thursday, November 20th, at 6pm in Pasadena, California.

If you haven't heard of Drupalgeddon or don't know if your Drupal sites have been updated since the announcement, please stop reading and see the SA-CORE-2014-005 FAQ immediately. You need to take action and contact a service provider about protecting your Drupal site and hosting environment.

   Date and time: November 20, 2014 at 6pm Pacific Time
   Location: Fuller Theological Seminary, at 135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 (Building "Glasser 110")
   Video conference: https://glad.zoom.us/j/129319220
   Phone: +1 415-762-9988 or +1 646-568-7788
   Meeting ID: 129 319 220

This meetup will have a video conference for those who can attend only by video conference or phone. The video conference is with Zoom, one of our many great sponsors, and you can join with iPhone, Android, PC and Mac at https://glad.zoom.us/j/129319220

Better Sleep Through Web Security

Greater Los Angeles DrupalChristefano Reyes presents Better Sleep Through Web Security, an in-depth overview of web security, what to do do if your website is hacked, and how to sleep better by following basic web security best practices.

The "Drupalgeddon" vulnerability has been covered in mainstream news including Forbes, the BBC and The Register, and has brought web security, frequently an overlooked part of web development, back to the center stage.

This particular vulnerability, officially known as SA-CORE-2014-005, allows attackers with specialized knowledge to send requests to any unprotected Drupal website that result in arbitrary SQL execution, which in turn may lead to privilege escalation, arbitrary PHP execution and total server control.

Topics that will be covered in this presentation include:

  • Security vs. Privacy
  • Common Attack Vectors
  • Drupal's security record and the Drupal Security Team
  • SA-CORE-2014-005 (also known as "Drupalgeddon")
  • I've Been Hacked! Now What?
  • Best Practices for Helping Others and Yourself
  • Resources
  • Questions / Answers

Christefano is one of the founders of Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal design and engineering firm with a worldwide team of Drupal experts; and Droplabs, an open source-friendly coworking space and business incubator near Downtown Los Angeles. As an advocate of open source software and self-declared meetup junky, he helps organize meetups and conferences all over the Greater Los Angeles Area, including the Los Angeles Chess meetup and LA Geek Dinners.

We hope to see you at Thursday's meetup!

Pantheon Development and Drupal upgrades

I have been developing migrations for a new site on Pantheon. The work flow is pretty easy. You clone the environment, make your changes on your local machine then push to the dev site. This allows you to install modules, change the configurations and then push this to Pantheon just using Git.

Drupal Migrate using XML in 0 to 35

Using Drupal Migrate is a great way to move you content into Drupal. Unfortunately the documentation for XML import can be obscure. This comes about when those that developed the module try to communicate how they did what they did to someone that did not do the work. Things that seem obvious to them are not to someone else.

I have spent some time recently importing content using XML. In no way am I an expert that is speeding down the fast lane, something more in the cruising around town at a comfortable 35 mph.

To use Drupal Migrate you need to define your own class. A class is php code that is used in Object Oriented Programming that defines your data and defines how you can manipulate your data. Most of the actual migration work is done with the classes provide by the migrate module, you simply have to define the details of your migration.

Constructor - The constructor modifies the migration modules classes to define your specific data. I was able to follow the SourceList method, this provides one XML (file or feed) that contains the ID number for all the content you want to import, and a second (file or feed) that contains the content. The wine example migrate has this but understanding what it really wants is more difficult to understand.

Greater Los Angeles Drupal Partners with Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark Greater Los Angeles Drupal has partnered with Microsoft BizSpark, a program that provides support to software entrepreneurs.

For a limited time, Greater Los Angeles Drupal startups can sign up and receive the Ultimate MSDN subscription (worth up to $13,000 in software licenses) and $150 / month of Azure.

That's right! These are seriously big discounts to startups in our community. Rumor has it, however, that the BizSpark benefits may change beginning in July, 2014, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

To qualify as a startup, you must be:

  • Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business
  • Privately held and in business for less than 5 years, and
  • Bringing in less than US$1 million in annual revenue

This program is not for consultants or agencies. For any questions about eligibility, see Microsoft's Support & FAQs.

Included in the MSDN subscription is Azure, Visual Studio and more, all of which can be used by Greater Los Angeles Drupal startups and entrepreneurs who are developing apps (either web or mobile). If you haven't considered Azure for your startup's infrastructure, see the Microsoft Azure page on Wikipedia for a quick overview.

To get started, sign in to Drupal.LA (or create an account if you haven't already) and select "Microsoft BizSpark Program" on our Contact webform. Telling us about your startup is optional and be sure you have a Microsoft ID (outlook.com, hotmail.com, etc.). A Microsoft representative will follow up with you with a personalized link so that you can sign up without the usual waiting period.

This is the second time Microsoft has sponsored Greater Los Angeles Drupal. In November, 2011, Microsoft sponsored Droplabs' Drupal Job Fair and introduced our developer community to their WebMatrix development tools.

Thanks, Microsoft! We're grateful for your support.

Los Angeles Announced as Host City for DrupalCon North America 2015

You are invited to DrupalCon Los Angeles!

DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015

We're excited to invite you to Los Angeles, home to Hollywood and Silicon Beach, where technology and creativity meet.

Some of the world's best and biggest museums, universities and entertainment giants are in Los Angeles — and they all use Drupal. A Drupal powerhouse, Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in the world. The Drupal community in and around Los Angeles organizes hundreds of Drupal events each year, including GLADCamp, Drupal Design Camp LA and DrupalCamp LA.

While you're enjoying DrupalCon, your family can enjoy Disneyland, bike rides at the beach, and culture and science at the Getty, Museum of Modern Art and the California Science Center. The Downtown area has a thriving nightlife, walkable streets and contrary to popular belief, is the heart of the LA Metro and can be enjoyed car-free.

We welcome you to DrupalCon Los Angeles and look forward to sharing our love for all the things that make Los Angeles spectacular.

Many thanks to CloudNYNE for the splash image and to Exaltation of Larks for writing the announcement used on the DrupalCon Los Angeles website.

GLADCamp Rebrands as VLADCamp; Focuses on Drupal for Evil

VLADCamp 2014

A new look for the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp has been unveiled. “VLADCamp” is the new name of the conference, co-organized by Greater Los Angeles Drupal organizing team member Christefano Reyes, who announced the name as it epitomizes the goals for the organization moving forward.

“GLADCamp was originally envisioned as being the Drupal community's marquee event of the year that heavily focuses on the needs of non-profits, education and civic engagement. After trying 'Drupal for Good' this year, we decided that 'Drupal for Evil' would be more fun,” he explained.

This marks a major shift in strategy for the user group, which for nearly 4 years has provided Drupal resources, including its Business Directory and Governance Policy, and events, including this year's inaugural GLADCamp conference.

"It's difficult growing a brand that's known for so many different things, such as meetups, job fairs, coworking days, study group sessions, workshops, code sprints and conferences," he said. "Now we stand for just one thing: Evil. We think our members will appreciate this simplification. Besides, being completely transparent and accountable is too hard."

According to Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, a non-profit whose mission is to foster and promote the Drupal software and community, "There is currently no other Drupal user group on our radar who is so blatantly dedicated to this behavior. We've been monitoring several user groups that have little transparency, little accountability or little consistency, but this is the first time we've seen a user group without all three," she said in a phone interview. "We're continuing to monitor the situation."

The VLADCamp organizing team is delighted with the impact of its new name and logo, which has been developed in consultation with Acquio, based in Burlington, Massachusetts. "We enjoy working with forward-thinking organizations who can pivot and provide value to underserved markets," said Acquio CMO Tom Wentworth, who featured VLADCamp as a successful launch partner of its content personalization service, Acquio Escalator.

Drupal and Droplabs are at SCALE 12x

Drupal once again has a one-two punch presence at SCALE, the Southern California Linux Expo, this year at the Hilton LAX with both a Drupal booth and a Droplabs booth. The expo floor, which is packed with thousands of conference-goers and dozens of exhibitors with interests in all things open source, opens tomorrow, Saturday, February 22nd, and is open until end of day on Sunday, February 23rd.

Droplabs is also a SCALE media sponsor of the expo this year and will have a session on Friday, February 21st about its open source business model and how Droplabs grew to become the world's Top Drupal Location, as recognized by Drupical last year.

If you want to learn more and talk shop about Drupal, head over to the Drupal booth on either Saturday or Sunday and talk with the awesome volunteers there. While you're there, be sure to sign up for GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, a free conference for All Things Drupal that's fast approaching on March 7th, 8th & 9th, in Pasadena, California!

If you're looking for a meetup venue for Drupal and other open source topics, head over to the Droplabs booth to learn how you can have your event hosted for free. You can also ask Droplabs about how to get unlimited access to the Drupal video learning sites that Droplabs has site licenses for (BuildAModule, OSTraining and Drupalize.me).

Both booths need help with volunteers and those volunteers may be able to attend the expo for free. Check with the booth managers for more information. For Droplabs, get in touch at https://droplabs.net/contact and for the Drupal booth, see https://groups.drupal.org/node/401543

See you at SCALE!

Pasadena Media Joins GLADCamp as Media Sponsor

GLADCamp is excited to announce that our media sponsor, Pasadena Media, is our official media sponsor for GLADCamp 2014 and will be recording our keynotes and many of our sessions!

A 501c3 nonprofit, Pasadena Media operates Pasadena's community media training center and television studio and produces, coordinates and promotes public service programming on behalf of all public and community access channels, including KPAS, The Arroyo Channel, KLRN, and PCCTV.

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