DrupalCampWisconsin is Coming!

Happy New Year to all! May you have a productive and pleasant trip around the sun in 2008.

I was updating michaelmccallister.com this morning (which is still little more than a placeholder, though it now has some color), and realized I had not yet blogged about DrupalCampWI. Bad me!

If you have any interest at all in Drupal and happen to be near Milwaukee on January 19, you should come.

You don’t have to be an experienced web developer to attend. You can even be a (shudder) technical communicator and learn something useful at DrupalCamp. Here is a newsletter article I wrote for my chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. It will tell you all you need to know.

Many of us are starting to work with different content management
systems (CMS) at work. Some of us are looking for easier ways of
building websites for our consulting businesses. We all are looking
to build skills and learn new technologies. Have I got an opportunity
for you!

DrupalCamp Wisconsin is a free one-day “un-conference”
Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering
Multipurpose Room, 1025 N. Broadway St. What’s that, you ask? Let’s
define our terms:

  • Drupal: Here’s what
    says: “Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual
    or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a
    wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people
    and organizations have used Drupal to power scores of different
    websites.” Here’s another way of looking at it: A content
    management system written in the PHP scripting language. It’s
    mostly used for creating dynamic websites with community aspects
    (weblogs, wikis, forums, etc.) built in. An active development
    community offers a host of contributed modules that pretty much let
    you implement any idea you might have without having to program it
    yourself. Best of all, Drupal is available free of charge at

  • Un-Conference: Technology
    conferences are too often places where people spend a large sum of
    money to sit in large rooms being lectured at by self-appointed
    experts. The most interesting stuff often happens in the hallways as
    people discuss issues and solve problems. Un-conferences try to
    bring the hallways into the lecture hall. Everyone is encouraged to
    participate in some way, from presenting sessions on subjects they
    know about to working the registration desk.

  • *Camp: BarCamps are
    do-it-yourself un-conferences, with some emphasis on creativity and
    spontaneity. Many sessions are scheduled on the spot when people
    gather. Want to learn something in particular? Post your idea on
    the conference wiki site, and those who know about that something
    will sign up to share that knowledge. Have something to share? Post
    your proposed session and people can sign up to attend. For more
    general information about BarCamps, visit www.barcamp.org.

Mollye Barrett and Mike McCallister will present a session of
particular interest to technical communicators. Other sessions will
cover everything from Drupal basics to something called “Druplash
and Druplex: Content Managed Flash/Flex using Drupal.”

Interested? Sign up to participate at
Registration for DrupalCamp Wisconsin begins at 9 AM January 19, with
sessions running from 10 AM to 10 PM. Come when you can, stay all day
if you want. Did I mention that all of this education, networking
opportunities, and chance to polish your own presentation skills
comes absolutely free?

DrupalCamp Wisconsin is organized by Web414, a group of Milwaukee
area web developers and other folks interested in the possibilities
of the World Wide Web.

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