HTML 5 and Drupal Themeing

These are my notes from a talk at DrupalCamp LA 2010 given by Scott Vandehey of Metal Toad Media (@spaceninja on twitter.) I arrived a few minutes late, so the introduction is not included. Thanks to Scott for the great talk!

New Video Tag

This includes a Controls attribute, which says that when the video is shown, give the user a way to control it. It doesn't specify which controls or how they should look, which is up to the browser manufacturer.

Debugging Drupal

These are my notes from a talk given by Rich Yumul at DrupalCamp LA 2010. Rich is at Sage Tree Solutions.

Steps for Debugging

  • Reproduce the bug in the wild
  • Reproduce the bug in your development environment
  • Identify where it's failling
  • Identify why it's failing


  • Local dev/testing environment, MAMP or WAMP
  • IDE - Netbeans or Eclipse
  • XDebug/Zend Debugger
  • Firebug/Webkit/IE Developer Toolbar
  • tail -f, grep, less, vim, ssh

Scalable Infrstructure for Whitehouse.gov at DrupalCon SF 2010

Frank Febbraro is the CTO of Phase2 and the architect of the transition of whitehouse.gov to Drupal. He gave this talk at DrupalCon San Francisco.

Due to NDAs I can't go into great detail about the things I'm presenting, but I'm happy to be able to share what I can with you guys.


Whitehouse.gov scales to lots and lots of page views. Scaling means more than adding servers and increasing page views, it means planning and processes, and growing and maturing the process of delivery. We'll be talking about infrastructure, but other stuff as well.

iPhone, Drupal and Web Services at DrupalCon SF 2010

iPhone, Drupal and Web Services by Kyle Browning, Senior Engineer at WorkHabit. He's been working with Drupal since version 5, and doing work with the iPhone for the last year.

Drupal really needs an entry point into the iPhone market, so our users can utilize the information that Drupal provides on the go. Drupal needs an easy path to share information through the iPhone, Cocoa, the iPad and all that. I want to bridge the gap between Drupal and the iPhone.

Build bridges instead of walls and you will have a friend.

Trends in Design and Architecture of Drupal at DrupalCon SF 2010

Nick Lewis gave this talk about what's happening in Drupal's Design and Architecture at DrupalCon San Francisco 2010. You can find him on Twitter at nicklewisatx

The Kitten Methodology

When I first encountered Drupal, it was a weird box that I didn't really understand, and I just pawed at it for a little while. Now I'm a Drupal expert, and I got here by just playing around with Drupal like this.

Spy on the natives

  • Understand the Drupal Culture. Get on IRC and pay attention to what the contributors are saying.

The Future of MySQL at DrupalCon SF 2010

Narayan Newton is the lead sysadmin of Drupal.org. He gave a talk called The Future of MySQL at DrupalCon 2010 San Francisco. My notes are below.

What Just Happened?

For a long time, MySQL was a stable project to track. There was one place to get it, there was one vendor, there were no really popular patch sets, and the biggest question was what minor version to run.

It changed about a year ago, when things started getting interesting.

What led to this?

There are lots of theories, here's a few:

  • Long release cycles


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