16 April, 2009
Filed under Training

We're in the midst of preparing for a UK developer camp and meetup this June - an event where CiviCRM developers, administrator and users from the UK and Europe can get together around CiviCRM - and we'd like you to tell us what you want to see at the camp.

The developer camp is aimed at those that want to learn more about CiviCRM from the people involved in it's development. If you are interested in improving your CiviCRM admin skills, learning more about developing with CiviCRM or helping improve the product in any other way, then this camp is for you.

We'll also be holding a user meet up and CiviCRM showcase as part of this event. For both the developer camp and the user meet up, we'll follow a similar structure to the events (a meet up and a ...

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09 April, 2009
Filed under v2.2, Teams, Training
Penguin Day is coming to San Francisco on Saturday, April 25, 2009, right before the NTC. The agenda includes several CiviCRM-related sessions - both for folks just checking out CiviCRM, and for experienced users / developers. Several members of the CiviCRM core team and our new Community Advisory Group will be in attendance as well as - so it's a great way to make "civi-connections". You can register now at the Penguin Day site.  

Penguin Day Details

Penguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activists learn about free and open source software that can support their work and potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning. Full details are at www.penguinday.org. Thanks to the generosity of Google, we're delighted to grant fee waivers to anyone who needs one!... Read more
31 March, 2009
Almost every week folks ask whether there is a CiviCRM Book they can read to help them learn about all the cool things that CiviCRM can do. Thanks to a grant from the Information Program initiative of the Open Society Institute - we will soon have just that (a big tip of the hat to the Information Program Project Manager for making this happen!). We will be writing the book using tools and techniques developed and hosted by Floss Manuals - whose mission is to provide quality manuals about how to use free software. Adam Hyde, the founder of the Floss Manuals project will be guiding a team of CiviCRM users, integrators and core team members through the process of creating the book during a 5-day Book Sprint to be held during the week of May 4. The team will also have editorial support from Andy Oram who is an editor... Read more
05 February, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Training

I will be giving an informal presentation on CiviCRM and Drupal on February 19th at 5:30pm in Santa Clara, CA. If you're using CiviCRM with Drupal (or are considering it) - and you're in the Bay Area, it would be great if you could join us.

Given that this is a Drupal Meetup, the focus will be on CiviCRM integration with Drupal. We'll review user registration and my account integration, online contribution pages and event registration. Then, depending on what the participants are interested in and how techie the audience is, we may spend some time looking at some of the integration modules (OG CiviCRM, Groups / Roles, Member / Roles), as well as Views2 integration and hooks.

Meeting details and RSVP here

29 January, 2009

Introduction to CiviCase

Claire Sauve from Physician Health Program will be joining me in presenting an introduction to our new CiviCase component. The session will be an online web conference with phone dial-in, so participants can discuss interests and questions. No pre-registration is required - but drop me an email if you're planning on attending - dave at civicrm dot org. When: Wednesday, February 4 at 11:00am PST Toll Free Dial-in (U.S. & Canada): 1-866-740-1260 International Dial-in: click here for listings Participant Access Code: 8467471 Web Conference URL: https://www1.callinfo.com/prt?host=readytalk&an=8667401260&ac=8467471
Depending on participant interest, topics will include:
  • CiviCase background concepts
  • Physician Health Program implementation...
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06 January, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Joomla, Training

Joomla! Day UK is scheduled for March 13 and 14, 2009 in Kent. The organizers would like to include one or more CiviCRM-related sessions, depending on interest and availability of presenters.

If you are interested in or planning on attending OR if you are interested in helping to organize / present at a CiviCRM or NGO / Non-profit session - please post back to the forum topic.

If there's a decent number of folks planning on attending - we can look at organizing an additional user group meetup in Kent either before or after the conference (and possibly get one of our core team members to Kent to join in the fun).

You can read about the Joomla! Day UK on their event site.

11 November, 2008
Looking for an opportunity to network and share expertise with other folks in the non-profit technology eco-system? The Nonprofit Dev Summit takes place in Oakland, California next week - November 17-19. Depending on attendee interest, I'm prepared to facilitate several CiviCRM-related sessions - as well as a few training modules (intro, advanced and/or developer oriented). I'm also planning on sharing a first look at the upcoming CiviCase case management module. And... there are lots of cool-sounding session on topics ranging from cloud computing to security audits and hosting. You can browse the current list of proposed sessions on the Aspiration wiki. "The 2008 Nonprofit Software Development Summit will be the second annual convening of people and organizations developing software tools, web applications and other technology to... Read more
21 October, 2008
Filed under Training
We've begun our planning for CiviCRM trainings and meetups for 2009 - and we'd love to get feedback from folks in the community about interests and availability for these events ... We're considering three different types of events for the calendar:
  • Advanced User Training - We held several 2-day sessions this year - focused on the skills needed to configure, customize and use CiviCRM advanced features. These sessions were well received - so we're planning on doing several more in 2009. Fees for these sessions are based on operating expenses.
  • User Group Meetings - Half or full-day meetups where folks can share experiences and learnings, network, and discuss the future of the platform.
  • Developer Camps - These 1 or 2 day sessions are "learn by doing" events where developers can work together with core team members on specific projects
Tentative schedule for the first half of 2009 is... Read more
14 October, 2008
By shot
Filed under Training

Today was the second (and, unfortunately, last) day of the SF CiviCamp.

The day started with Rob Thorne’s presentation on using CiviCRM 1.x contacts as CCK fields and his work on CiviNode. Given that in the meantime all of CiviCRM, CCK and Views released version 2s, the outcome of the discussion was that it’s best to rewrite this code from scratch.

That led to a discussion about the stability, coverage and the general uses of CiviCRM APIs. The consensus was that the main users of the CiviCRM APIs are third-party developers, and it would be most useful if there was a way for them to write custom APIs covering their most popular use-cases. This, in turn, led to whether our internal classes (CRM_*) are stable enough to be a viable API by themselves; we’ve always considered them ‘private code’ and as so never strived to stabilise the various functions’ signatures, outcome – or even their existence between releases.

Another topic raised during the morning session...

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13 October, 2008
Filed under v2.2, Training
CiviCamp day1 started with good number of participants with a total count of 14. We started with introduction and complaints about civicrm. Most of the complaints were about APIs, upgrades and support of previous versions. Discussions on APIs are scheduled for day2. Regarding upgrades it looked that older version (1.9 or below) generally have problems with upgrades since it requires some technical expertise. Walt was working towards developing a tool which could tell in advance if there are potential problems with the db which could make the upgrade fail. With this interesting idea, the group figured out a way to tell in advance whether the data fulfill all the foreign key constraints required by schema, so that user don't have to attempt the upgrade multiple times. Dan and group, was working on jQuery and UI improvements. There were a few suggestions on improvements to the general CiviCRM UI, for example the bad user experience regarding tables that overflow... Read more