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Santiago (Chile) Drupal Meetup this Thursday!

First Drupal meetup in Santiago, Chile this Thursday!
Hi Drupalers in Chile,
 
My name is Ben Kaplan and I’ve been a Drupal developer for the past 5 years. I recently moved to Chile as a part of the “Start-Up Chile” program (my website is www.scholaroo.com) and I'm happy to announce that we're organizing the first ever Drupal meetup in Santiago, Chile!
 
In preparation for this meetup, I also had a very interesting chat with another Chilean Drupal developer, Rafael Bravo of www.reclamos.cl. We talked about building a strong community of Drupal users in Chile and having monthly meetings, workshops, parties, and other events.
 
So we wanted to officially invite you to attend our first meeting. Rafael has generously agreed to donate his company’s office space to host the event. Here are the details:
 
Date: Thursday, 12 July, 2012
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (19:30 - 21:00)
Address: Eduardo Marquina 3937, Of. 1204
Directions: Vitacura, Near "Lo Castillo"
 
For complete event information visit:  http://groups.drupal.org/node/240348
 
Note: Let us know if you plan on coming so we can provide enough drinks and snacks for everyone. Please indicate that you will be attending on the signup form at the link above and also send a confirmation email to Ben@scholaroo.com. And bring your Drupal friends!
 
Here’s what we’ve got on the agenda for the meeting:
 
1. “Building a Strong Local Drupal Community” presented by Ben Kaplan
 
Ben Kaplan previously helped lead the Drupal Users Group in Portland, Oregon, USA (one of the largest local Drupal groups in the world, with over 750 members). In his presentation, he will discuss what we can do to build a strong Drupal community in Santiago and throughout Chile. More specifically, we’ll discuss the possibility of regular meetings, training and workshops, parties, and the recruitment of new developers at area universities and businesses.
 
2. “Drupal Lightning Talks” presented by the Chilean Drupal Community
 
Have you been working on a really cool Drupal project? Is it something you can share with others? We are going to open up the floor to short 5-minute presentations on the Drupal website, module, or topic of your choice. We will have a projector available, so come prepared to showcase your work.
 
After the formal meeting part of the evening, many of us will head to a nearby pub for drinks and more informal conversation. So if you can, plan to hang out for awhile.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Cheers,
Ben Kaplan
Founder + CEO, Scholaroo
E-mail: Ben@Scholaroo.com
Chile Mobile: +56 9 85011691
 
 
En Español (gracias Alberto Arancibia!):
 
Hola Drupaleros en Chile,
 
Mi nombre es Ben Kaplan y he sido un desarrollador de Drupal en los últimos 5 años. Me he movido recientemente a Chile como parte del programa “Start-Up Chile” (mi sitio web eswww.scholaroo.com) y me encantaría organizar un meetup regular en Santiago de desarrolladores Drupal haciendo cosas interesantes.
 
También tuve una muy interesante conversación por chat con otro desarrollador chileno de Drupal, Rafael Bravo de www.reclamos.cl . Hablamos de construir un fuerte comunidad de usuarios Drupal en Chile y tener encuentros mensuales, talleres, fiestas y otros eventos.
 
Así que queremos oficialmente invitarte a asistir a nuestro primer encuentro. Rafael generosamente ha aceptado donar el espacio de su empresa para ser la sede del evento. Aquí están los detalles:
 
Fecha: Jueves, 12 de Julio, 2012
Hora: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (19:30 – 21:00)
Dirección: Eduardo Marquina 3937, Of. 1204. Vitacura, cerca de “Lo Castillo”
 
Nota: Por favor haznos saber si planeas venir, así podemos tener suficientes refrigerios y bocadillos para todos. Por favor indica que asistirás en el formulario de inscripción de abajo y también un email de confirmación a Ben@scholaroo.com. Y trae a tus amigos Drupal!
 
Aquí lo que tenemos como agenda para el encuentro:
 
1. “Construyendo una Fuerte Comunidad Drupal Local” presentado por Ben Kaplan
 
Ben Kaplan lideró previamente el Grupo de Usuarios Drupal en Portland, Oregon, USA (uno de los mas grandes grupos locales de Drupal en el mundo, con sobre 750 miembros). En su presentación, el discutirá qué podemos hacer para construir un fuerte comundidad Drupal en Santiago y en todo Chile. Más especifícamente, discutiremos la posibilidad de reuniones periódicas, entrenamientos y talleres, fiestas y reclutamiento de nuevos desarrolladores en el área de universidades y negocios.
 
2. “Drupal Lightining Talks” presentado por la comunidad Chilena de Drupal
 
¿Has estado trabajando en un proyecto Drupal realmente interesante? ¿Es algo que puedas compartir con otros? Vamos a abrir el piso para presentaciones cortas de 5 minutos del sitio web Drupal, módulo, o tema de tu elección. Tendremos un proyector disponible, así que ven preparado para mostrarnos tu trabajo.
 
Despúes de la parte formal del meeting, muchos de nosotros nos dirigiremos a un pub cercano para unos tragos y alguna conversación más informal. Así qué si puedes, planificate para carretear por un rato.
 
Esperamos verte ahí!
 
Saludos,
Ben Kaplan

Founder + CEO, Scholaroo

E-mail: Ben@Scholaroo.com

Celular de Chile: +56 9 85011691

Drupal Start-Up Company Wins Global Entrepreneurship Contest

Scholaroo founder Ben Kaplan and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

We've got some big news:  My Drupal-based start-up company, Scholaroo, was selected as a winner in the Start-Up Chile global entrepreneurship competition.  And because our site and service is built entirely in Drupal 7 (we're a global scholarship search platform), it's another big win for the entire Drupal community!

As a Start-Up Chile winner, we've received $40,000 in equity-free seed funding, free office space in Santiago (Chile), and an amazing network of mentors, advisers, and speakers.  (Yes, at a Start-Up Chile event last week I chatted with Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak and he even signed my iPhone in gold ink!  See the photo above.)

The most exciting part of the program has been the chance to work side by side with tech entrepreneurs from 40+ countries around the world.  Hundreds of start-up companies are currently gathered here in Santiago and I've been busy evangelizing the virtues of Drupal to other entrepreneurs (and have even had a few converts already).

In addition to working hard on Scholaroo, we've also been busy trying to strengthen the Drupal community here in Santiago and throughout Chile.  First, we're organizing the first ever Drupal Chile Meet-Up and using it as a launch pad for regular meetings and social events.  

Also, we've launched a special internship program that targets Drupal developers and have been actively speaking about technology and Drupal at many of the top universities in Chile.  Looking for a job?  We have several job openings as well for experienced Drupal developers.

So if you happen to be travelling to Santiago, please don't hesitate to drop by and say hello.  And if you have any developer friends in the area, we'd love it if you put them in contact with us.

Viva Chile!  Viva Drupal! 

 --Ben Kaplan

Authentication + data mapping + viral sharing with 18 social networks: The Janrain Engage module is now stable for Drupal 7

 

After three months of hard development work with George Katsitadze (geokat), we're very proud to announce the stable release of the Janrain Engage module for Drupal 7.  Hello version 7.x-2.0!

This new version is feature complete and chock full of point-and-click tools for integrating with 18+ social networks and web services including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Google, Yahoo!, AOL, and Windows Live.  Not only is there support for authentication, third-party profile data mapping, and social sharing, but we've also baked in strong Rules and Views integration.

So I thought I'd take this opportunity to take you on a tour of the most notable features.  (You can click each screenshot below to view the feature at a larger size.)
 

Login and Registration

Allow site visitors to quickly register and login with one of their existing accounts at popular third-party websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo!.  Support is included by default for both the Drupal user login page and the Drupal user login block.

Login and registration
 

Data Mapping

With permission of the user, you can map user profile data supplied by Janrain Engage to specific Drupal data fields.  Did a user update their real first and last name on Facebook, but didn't bother to do it on your site?  With just a few clicks to configure the data mapping, you can import this data automatically!

Data mapping
 

But what if a user has authenticated with multiple identity providers, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn?  How can you specify which provider profile data gets kept and which data gets overwritten?  With our module, you can simply rank the providers for each field you're mapping.
 

Provider priority


Linked Account Management

A "Linked accounts" tab is provided to any end user who is granted the appropriate permission. Using this tab, a user can easily add, remove, or otherwise manage the third-party identity providers connected to his or her Drupal website account.

Linked account management


Social Sharing

Make it easy for users to share their Drupal site contributions and activity with friends and followers on other social networks. A "Share" button or link may be included alongside specific Drupal content types and comments (which triggers the Janrain Engage social sharing widget).  Better yet, specific "tokens" can be used to completely customize the default text and links included when users share content (similar to "mail merge" fields).

Social sharing


Rules Integration

For those also using Drupal's Rules module, it's possible to create sophisticated logic that triggers certain website actions when a user registers or shares content via Janrain Engage.  

For instance, let's say that anytime someone registers with a Facebook account you want to send them a special e-mail message that suggests they invite their friends to join the site?  Just pick an event ("Linked account was added"), define a condition ("user has linked a Facebook account"), and implement an action ("send an e-mail").  A couple of minutes later, you're good to go!

Rules integration

 

Views Integration

What if you want to quickly create an administrative page that shows all of the users on your site who have authenticated using Janrain Engage?  Using Drupal's Views module and a couple of point-and-click configurations, you can create a custom page that shows all linked accounts on your site and even allows you to filter these results by provider (such as Facebook or Twitter).

Views integration

 

Better yet, all of the features I've mentioned don't require writing a single line of code.  In fact, even a Drupal site building novice can quickly configure these advanced features--making it now possible to integrate with the larger social web in 10 minutes or less!

So please download the new 7.x-2.0 release of the Janrain Engage module and let us know what you think.  If it's easier for you to play around with a live demo site running the latest code, you can do so here.
 
For more complete documentation, see our project page (http://drupal.org/project/rpx) or view the module's README.txt file.
 
 

Janrain Engage Module RC1: Rules integration for sharing any Drupal event with 18 social networks!

Social sharing widget

As part of the recent release RC1 release of the Janrain Engage module for Drupal 7, I thought I'd do a series of blog posts highlighting some of the amazing new features.  Did someone say Rules integration for social sharing?

For those who have been following the Janrain Engage module's development, you already know that the module helps Drupal sites authenticate new and existing users with 18 social networks and service providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Myspace, and AOL.  You may also know that the module makes it easy to share Drupal nodes and comments with these networks via Janrain Engage's social sharing widget.
 
But thanks to our newly expanded Rules integration and the new "Launch social sharing widget" Rules action, your users can now share not only nodes and comments, but also any Rules event with their extended social network.  
 
So did a user just get bumped up to a new Drupal role?  Let them share it with the world!  Or did a user just make a new friend via the User Relationships module?  They can share that, too.  The possibilities for social sharing (and generating new traffic to your Drupal site) are endless!
 
To see this in action, let's say that we want our users to share the fact that they just earned points on our Drupal site (using the excellent Userpoints module).  To do this, we simply add a new rule on the "User was awarded points" event supplied by Userpoints.  
 
We then create a "Launch social sharing widget" Rules action on this event, which results in the following action configuration screen:
 
Rules configuration (top).
 
Rules configuration (bottom).
 
As you can see, the "Launch social sharing widget" action allows for full customization of the social sharing widget text, including modifying the default comment that will be displayed as the user's Twitter tweet or Facebook wall post.  This includes full support for all available tokens.  The result is that when a user earns points on your site, the Janrain Engage social sharing widget is automatically launched and looks like this:
 
Social sharing widget
 
And once the user clicks the widget's "Publish" button, here is the result, for example, on the user's Facebook or Twitter page:
 
Facebook wall post
 
Twitter tweet
 
 
Better yet, all of this was configured from the site builder's user interface in under 5 minutes without a single line of code!
 
I'll be focusing on other exciting features in subsequent blog posts, but if you're excited to try this out right away, please visit the Janrain Engage project page and take out our RC1 release for a spin.
 
Janrain Engage project page:  http://drupal.org/project/rpx
Release Candidate 1 download page:  http://drupal.org/node/1103468
 
Cheers,
Ben
 

DrupalCon BoF (Thursday @ 10): Social Network Integration -- Janrain Engage and Other Solutions

  • What:  Birds of a Feather meeting at DrupalCon Chicago
  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 10th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Room: Erie 

Are you interested in allowing your Drupal users to login with their accounts on popular social networking sites? Would you like these users to easily share Drupal content and comments on these networks and drive traffic back to your website?

Connect to Facebook, Google, and Twitter (plus 15 other web services) in 10 minutes or less!

Janrain Engage Login and Social Sharing Widgets

Do you want your Drupal site visitors to quickly sign-in with their accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo! or other popular websites?  Do you need to map user profile data from these third-party sites and store them in Drupal fields?  Want to instantly empower your users to share Drupal content and comments with all of their friends, followers, and fans?

If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the Janrain Engage module may be just what the doctor (or developer!) ordered.

I discovered the underlying Janrain Engage service about a year ago when I was trying to figure out how to most efficiently integrate my Drupal websites with the larger social web.  I also discovered that a contributed module for Janrain Engage (formerly RPX) already existed, but could use some serious love.  Since then, I've become very active in the development of the Janrain Engage module (and even signed on as a co-maintainer).

Using the Janrain Engage module and service, Drupal sites can authenticate new and existing users with popular third-party websites, map user profile data from these websites to Drupal fields, and share Drupal content with a user's existing social network on multiple third-party sites.  In particular, the module helps Drupal websites quickly integrate with 18 social networks and service providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Myspace, AOL, PayPal, Flickr, and Windows Live.

Instead of having to integrate with each of these sites on your own (and manage API changes over time), Janrain Engage does the heavy lifting for you.

And best of all, there is a free version of the Janrain Engage service that has a surprising number of high-end features.  (If you're working on an enterprise-level site—NPR, Sears, and Get Satisfaction all use Janrain Engage—you can also purchase higher-level service.)

On the Drupal side of things, we've worked hard on the module so that any Drupal developer or site builder can quickly enable it the usual way, configure its settings in under 10 minutes, and then have it "just work."

In the remainder of this blog post, I will describe some of the cool features and UI enhancements we've added to the Janrain Engage module in the last couple of months.

FEATURES IN THE DRUPAL 7 VERSION

Led by the excellent coding work of George Katsitadze (geokat), the Drupal 7 version of the module includes:

Login and Registration

Allow site visitors to register and login with one of their existing accounts at popular third-party websites.  Support is included for both the Drupal user login block and the user login page. Quickly and easily converting anonymous site visitors into active registered users.

User Login Page

User Login Block

Data Mapping

With permission of the user, you can map third-party user profile data to specific Drupal fields. A variety of fields are now supported, including User fields, old-style core Profile fields (for those upgrading from Drupal 6), and Profile2 module fields.

Field Mapping Page


Import Profile Picture

You can instantly import a user's profile picture from a third-party site and use it as the user's Drupal profile picture.

Import Picture Setting


Social Sharing

Make it easy for users to share their Drupal content and comments with friends and followers on other social networks. A "Share" button or link may be included on specific content types, which triggers the Janrain Engage social sharing widget. When a user submits a comment, this widget can be automatically triggered (suggesting to the user that he/she should share the comment).

Social Sharing Link


Linked Account Management

A "Linked accounts" tab is now provided to the end user (who has the appropriate module permission). Using this tab, a user can add, remove, or otherwise manage the third-party accounts connected to his/her Drupal site account.

Linked Accounts Tab


Rules Integration

For those using the popular Rules module, you can configure the full range of Rules-based actions to occur (change a role, send an e-mail, etc.) whenever a user adds or removes a third-party linked account via Janrain Engage.

Rules Configuration


Better yet, we've re-written the code to be more modular:  Just enable the features that you need.

TRY IT OUT. . . AND GET INVOLVED

We've recently released a 7.x-1.0-beta1 version of the module and would love to get your suggestions, bug reports, feature requests, and general feedback.

To make it easy for you to check out the module's capabilities, we've got the latest stable code up and running on the following demo site:

http://plugins.janrain.com/drupal7

You can login both as a regular Drupal site user and as an administrative user (so that you can see the module configuration settings, too).

If you'd rather just quickly look over more screenshots (including all of the configuration settings), you can do so here:

http://plugins.janrain.com/drupal7/?q=screenshots

And feel free to leave a comment on this blog post or else I'll see you in the issue queue!

Userpoints for Drupal 7: Three Cool UI Enhancements

Userpoints for Drupal 7: Three Cool UI Enhancements

Over the past few months, I've put a lot of work into the Drupal 7 version of the Userpoints module. Using the module, you can award or deduct points for user participation on your site. Combined with some cool recognition or prizes, the module can help provide a strong incentive for your users to get involved.

Led by the excellent coding work of Berdir (Sascha Grossenbacher), we've totally revamped the user interface, added tons of new features, and cleaned up a lot of the bugs in the Drupal 6 version. So I thought I'd take a moment to point out some of the most noticeable changes and how it can enhance your points-driven website.

Making Module Administration More User Friendly (in 30 seconds or less)

Making Module Administration More User Friendly (in 30 seconds or less)

For those of us with a bit more Drupal experience, it is easy to forget that most Drupal newcomers don't automatically know where to go to find a certain configuration screen or settings page.

And given that Drupal 7 changed the default paths to many notable administration pages, it's more important than ever to make it easy for Drupal newbies to get where they need to go after installing a module (especially if the module's README.txt file is not particularly up to date).

Contributed Modules Unite! Working in Harmony on the Drupal 7 User Account Page

Contributed Modules Unite!  Working in Harmony on the Drupal 7 User Account Page

If you have more than a few Drupal contributed modules on your site (especially ones related to enhanced user features), you may soon discover that a bunch of modules want to add content to the user account page.

Getting Git for Your CentOS or Red Hat Server

With the Drupal.org Git Migration just around the corner, more than a few Drupal community members are going to need to get Git installed on their Red Hat or CentOS server. Even though Git isn't included by default, there's an easy way to install it from the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository.

To do so, just type the following commands (assuming you're using RHEL 5.x or CentOS 5.x):

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm'


su -c 'yum install git'

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