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

Ubercart 1.0 in the wild

Ahh, the sweet smell of a fresh release... if I could turn it into a drink, it would be a pumpkin spice latte (or perhaps a caramel frappuccino which doesn't smell as good but tastes great!). Today, 15 months after the initial alpha release, we've released Ubercart 1.0 for Drupal 5. As I said in our announcement, reaching the milestone is quite an achievement, but doing the work alongside a worldwide community of Drupal/Ubercart users and contributors has been a real joy. Many thanks to the countless folks who have made a 1.0 release possible.

There's still plenty to do, and we're learning so much as the project matures. However, the many donated hours from our users and developers along with encouragements like this keep spurring us on in development:

"... what they've put together in a year and a half surpasses many of the other shopping carts out there that have been stabbing at this ecommerce monster for almost a decade.

Personally, we are migrating from Xcart. It was good to us and I loved it until I discovered Drupal, now only Drupal will do, and for ecommerce, only Ubercart will do."

We look forward to continuing development on Ubercart with the many cool folks who have helped in the forums, chatted in IRC, and hung out with us at the last two Drupalcons. Porting the 1.0 to Drupal 6 is already well underway (way to go Lyle et al!) with a roadmap to come in the near future. Let the brainstorming continue as we consider how to improve the Ubercart core when we move on to 2.0 development.

Personally, I'm heading out of town for four days to help my folks move and attend the wedding of my wife's college friend. I hope you all enjoy the release while I'm away, and good luck to Lyle as he keeps up with the forum activity. Smile

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