Our CapitalCamp workshop is all about getting people up to speed with various community tools. We're going to spend three hours walking through the basic things you need to get geared up, and while we're stoked to be able to do this live in DC at the camp, we figured we could also share the resources we're using for others out there who'd like to do this as well. Each session begins with a short, simple, 15-minute presentation, and then we move into demonstration and hands-on work.

If you receive our newsletter, you may have noticed that you recently got a HUGE list of posts we've written recently. Well, except that they weren't all really that recent — some of those we two months old, and every week in between. Our regular newsletter is sent out automatically based on our RSS feed, and it turns out that our RSS feed was broken. Once we tracked it all down and got it fixed, all of the posts that had never gotten queued up for the newsletter shot out in one big go. Sorry about that. Aside from the crazy long newsletter...

I'm very excited to be headed to Washington, DC next week to take part in CapitalCamp. We're doing a new kind of workshop. It is a free, three-hour workshop on getting up to speed with the Drupal community tools. Kyle and I are going to talk about the tools we have, why they are useful to you even if you don't want to contribute, and then get hands-on with actually using these things. It's gonna be a blast!

This week we are continuing the free Drupal Ladder series with two more steps on the ladder. In the first video in the series we got a local Drupal site set up. In these two videos we move on to the two most important community tools for jumping in: Git and the issue queue.

One of the best parts of doing an upgrade on an existing site is that it gives you the opportunity to fix things that need fixing. Of course, we’re very focused on our users as our first priority when it comes to working on the site, but we, as the site administrators, need some usability love too.

As some of you may know, we're in the process of upgrading the cuddly panda that we all know and love as Drupalize.Me to Drupal 7. There will be other blog posts giving a better insight into the actual upgrade but, I'll be talking about what that means for the design of the site.

An interesting thing occurred last weekend on Sunday morning. Really, really early. A leap second was applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Linux admins everywhere were suddenly awakened as their servers started pegging CPU's and setting off alarms. Oops. Looks like there is a bug in the current Linux kernel that caused a bit of havoc. You can read all about it, but I'll leave understanding the details of the bug as an exercise for those of you that are interested in those kinds of things.

Our latest launch, the Junebug sprint, brings us some changes and enhancements to the closed-captioning we introduced last month. We now have interactive transcripts and the ability to display translations. We also made a little interface tweak for our closed-captioning.

Interactive transcripts

Drupalize.Me trainers Kyle Hofmeyer and Michelle Lauer will be bringing Drupal learning to you live in Providence, RI on June 22! As part of Drupal Global Training Day, we'll be hosting a full-day Intro to Drupal workshop from 10am-5pm at the Lullabot Activity Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

We'll be covering:

An overview and background of the Drupal project Basic terminology How sites get built with Drupal Finding your way around the community A live site-building demo

This week our team got together and started to focus on a new project: upgrading our site to Drupal 7. Drupalize.Me was originally built on Drupal 6 back in 2010 and the site is running very well, but we’d love to move up to Drupal 7. Aside from just playing with the great new features in Drupal 7, we also want to take a fresh look at the site and clean up a few things.

We need to do a number of upgrades to our website server, so we will be taking the site off-line for two hours, from 03:00 to 05:00 UTC on June 6 (find your local time). The upgrades should not take the full two hours, but we want to make sure to give our team enough time to get it all shiny. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

For this Wednesday, we continue the Calendars with Drupal 7 series by diving in to a variety of things. First we look at adding multi-day striping and a legend block to our calendars, then we move on to creating iCal feeds so that people can add our calendar to their own personal calendar applications. We wrap up this week by digging in to ways to customize the calendar display.

Striping and Legend Block iCal Feed