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Drupal NYC Group Report – Plus One Semi-Awesome Picture
Tonight I had the pleasure of sitting with about thirty Drupal folks of all experience levels down by the World Trade Center. This space will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first place I worked after college and lost a lot of friends on 9/11. It's always a bit emotional to go back there. So many tourists taking pictures and videos of the area.
Ok, on to the meetup. The meetup was hosted by Mansueto Digital. They produce magazines such as Fast Company, Inc., and IncTechnology. Awesome space, but where were the drinks! At least water in a cooler? Deduct 4 points for no water offering during the summer.
First up was a man who spoke about using Drupal for DNA research. Way over my head but it looked very interesting. Basically he has a 30 gig database of DNA "stuff" which he is using drupal to pull out his specific needed content and creating new content pages from the mashed-up content. It's not live so I can't link to it, but it was groovy.
Next up was Paul Maiorana from Mansueto Digital who took us thru the new FastCompany web site. I have a video but Paul asked me not to post it as it contains their development url which is not secured. From what I can tell, it's a start page plus a social network all built on Drupal with some external help from the Lullabot team. They are looking to hire two Drupal developers, if interested drop me a line and I will put you in contact with Paul.
Last up was a developer who seemed to be willing to make demands on the clients or pass on the work. He showed us his latest work at Thehotreportonline.com which uses a flash replacement option to create the text based on font switching – was pretty neat.
I am still so impressed by the amount of community we have around the software and programs we use online. Here are 30 people all willing to help others for free with their questions and concerns. We should never forget how great we have it. Get out to a meetup sometime and share your knowledge and learn something new.
Here are my pictures from the event – check out the last one – it's one of my best photos – awesome reflection off the buildings back inside to the wall.