Presenting Ubercart and more at Drupalcon Szeged

As I posted before, I'm super excited about the upcoming Drupalcon in Hungary. I've never been further east than Barcelona, and I never imagined I'd get to spend my first anniversary with Christina in Budapest... I'm definitely up for any sightseeing recommendations for our time there. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/smile.png" />

The Uberdevs have set some goals for <a href="http://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a> at <a href="http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/">Drupalcon</a>, and one of them is to present and share as much information and knowledge as possible. To that end, we've proposed two sessions and a BoF that I hope folks will find useful (and vote for accordingly).

I'll be doing my <a href="http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/program/sessions/introducing-ubercart">I... Ubercart</a> session for the third time running, presenting attendees with a brief overview of Ubercart, a look at some advanced feature configuration, and an update on Drupal 6 development (with an eager eye toward the future).

Lyle and I are also planning to present <a href="http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/program/sessions/hands-guide-module-deve... Hands-On Guide to Module Development</a> aimed at beginner and intermediate developers. We're looking to walk through our module development "best practices" that go beyond coding and security standards into the things we've done wrong and are starting to do right when it comes to structuring/writing code and using Drupal and contributed module APIs. Code samples will be provided... check out the description for more info on the format.

Lastly, we've scheduled a BoF to talk about <a href="http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/program/sessions/ubercart-drupal-6">Uber... in Drupal 6</a>. We're looking to brief folks on where things stand and where we hope to be in the coming months. Hopefully there will be some good brainstorming and collaboration to make Ubercart's core more solid, consistent, and easy to work with on Drupal 6 and beyond.

We're eager to share and to learn, and we're looking forward to a good time once again. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/cool.png" />

Introducing Ubercamp, July 25-27

<img align="right" src="http://www.bywombats.com/files/uberbadge.gif" style="margin: 0em 0em 1em 1em;">I made an earlier limited <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/news/jul-03-2008/introducing_ubercamp">announcem... about this event to gauge interest and availability, and now I'm casting the net a little further. Plans have been laid for an Ubercamp on July 25th - 27th to be hosted by the <a href="http://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a> team in <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=louisville,+ky&ie=UTF8&..., KY</a> and at <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=lake+cumberland&sll=37.... Cumberland</a> (ideally enjoying Andy's houseboat and some water sports). <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/cool.png" />

The tentative schedule includes a pre-camp hackathon at the Ubercart office during the day on Friday. In the evening, depending on crowd size and wireless availability, we'll head down to the lake and spend the weekend sharing, learning, discussing, and hacking on Ubercart.

While our primary focus will be Ubercart planning/development and testing the Drupal 6 port (codenamed <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/forum/development/5115/ubercart_development_road... Tuber</a>), Drupallers looking to learn and help where they can are welcome to join us. If you're interested, you can find more scheduling/pricing information and RSVP in the <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/forum/announcements/5441/ubercamp_july_2527_2008... thread</a>. Mike O'Connor will be coordinating things through there as the plans unfold.

We're excited about the chance to meet and spend time with the folks who can make it. We had a great time with other Drupallers interested in and working with Ubercart in <a href="http://www.bywombats.com/blog/ryan/03-08-2008/ubercart-drupalcon-winning... and hope to have a wonderful time at the Ubercamp. No official word on the Camp Song yet, but I bet it involves <a href="http://www.bywombats.com/blog/ryan/02-14-2008/drupalcon-haiku-and-free-b...... <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/wink.png" />

Heading to Drupalcon Szeged

Ahh, for once in my life I've registered early for an event. I spent a couple hours over the last few days nailing down the details of an <a href="http://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a> excursion to <a href="http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org">Drupalcon Szeged</a> and am happy to report that the new company credit card works just fine. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/smile.png" />

Registration on the Drupalcon website is quite an experience. It took me a few minutes to orient myself to the whole process (lots of pages to flip through), but once I got it down I was able to register myself and the other Ubercart devs for the event at the awesome <a href="http://drupal.org/node/274989">discounted rate</a>. Not only that, I got us rooms in a <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=110048347618064178204.00044b29... a few blocks away from the venue (no 2 mile hike a la Boston <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/evil.png" />) and easy travel between Budapest and Szeged at the same time. The organizers were even able to accommodate the trouble I'm causing by bringing my wife along who needs a shuttle bus ticket but won't be attending the conference.

Of course the best part... <a href="http://eowyns-heir.blogspot.com/2007/09/mrs-bercart-indeed.html">Christi... will be joining me again, and we'll celebrate our first anniversary in Budapest before shuttling down to hang out in Drupaltown. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/lol.png" /> We're totally excited, and I can't wait to see the folks I know and the new people I'll meet in Szeged.

Linux Problem Solving: locate

So, I've been working with setting up a virtual environment on a server at work that I can use for development. Particularly, I'm using it to do my testing and work on Ubercart in Drupal 6. While I enjoy learning new things, the whole experience has been quite a hassle. My container kept hitting a memory limit (which I thought was sufficient) every time I tried to install something new with yum, causing things to go awry. It's been a long two days.

Anyways, I just figured I'd share solutions to difficulties I encounter in case anyone else out there has the same troubles. Smile

This post will briefly cover the locate command. I'm quite green when it comes to grokking the file structure of a Linux install. Not a huge deal... I should be able to find anything I want with the locate command. Unfortunately, I kept running into this wall...

[ryan@ryan ~]# locate httpd.conf
locate: can not open `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db': No such file or directory

My server admin didn't have any quick ideas, but Google usually turns up nice results. Wink I found a few pages with tips, and the second one did the trick. I have to run updatedb to build that database. I recommend running it as a background process, since it may take a while for the initial construction... I believe it has to index all the files on disk.

There... I hope that helps someone else and saves them some frustration. Cool

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