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Do you love what you do with Drupal? How about going to speak to your alma mater to talk to students about starting a tech company? Evangelize to the next generation :) Suzanne from Evolving Web gave this preso at McGill http://j.mp/I8tS4r
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Drupal is going to be leveraging the architecture in Symfony to fine tune and evolve.

Some nice things... There's lots of attractive marketing and evangelism for prospective developers. The project website is clear and has great documentation, screencasts and demos. http://www.symfony-project.org/

Sensio Labs is the company behind Symfony. It seems like the Automattic/Wordpress relationship, but I'm not 100% sure.

The company behind Symfony has elevator pitches to "Convince your boos" http://symfony.com/symfony-explained-to-my-boss

Symfony in 5 minutes: http://symfony.com/symfony-in-five-minutes

Not so good... Conversation happens in several places. But at least you can see them ALL on the community page~ http://symfony.com/community

Interesting services: Get a guru for a day: http://guru.sensiolabs.com/
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I'm going to http://frontendunited.org/ And so excited! (that rhymes!)

And my husband is also coming along - so it's a bonus few days off before the event! I noticed things were booking up quick for April. So I started to look at Air BnB, and tonight just booked there for the first time, what a cool experience.

I've done lots of looking and wanted to share these great finds. I was looking for a whole flat for 2 with a kitchen and stuff. There's plenty of even cheaper single rooms in apartments.

Air BnB apartments for you...

I loved this one simply because of the great granny square afghan :)
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/29554

My other fave: Accommodates 4 people. So pretty!
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/108167

Artsy red light studio :)
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/132990

This living room looks so cozy
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/25552

Nice location!
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/23108

Canal view :)
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/282689

There's loads of others, where you could even share with 6 people.
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/22315

Hope that helps anyone else searching!

- Heather
Join designers, developers & drupalistas for three days of focused workshops, talks & sessions on design, frontend engineering & Drupal at the cool Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Gold sp...
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I'm at Dublin Startup Weekend. This is a total blast. Learning loads, and lots of things I already knew about myself too. I'd love to facilitate something like this someday.

I joined a team making a social property management solution: myneighbourhub.com

If you'd like to help support our team, here's a few quick ways!
Fill out our survey!! https://bitly.com/wNIszb

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mynhub
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyNeighbourhub

We're presenting the pitch tonight for this competition, your support is appreciated!
Sign up for Twitter to follow myneighbourhub (@mynhub). Snap, click, track. The social property management solution.
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OO! I see now on http://training.acquia.com/privatetraining we have a map showing our training partners globally. Nice to see them on a map together :) Looks like we need some more partners in Asia, South America and Africa.
Do you have a team that you are looking to train? We train government agencies, universities, non-profits and private companies. Training addresses the basic Drupal questions & concepts as well as...
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I'm trying out Udemy. Has anyone else tried it before? If you know someone who'd like to take a free 3 hours course on Drupal, please send them this link: http://www.udemy.com/learn-drupal/
Learn how to build a flexible website with an open source web development tool: Drupal.
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Hi do you have any plan for free course via coursera?
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Symfony has badges!

They have "Sensio Connect" which is a hub with badges, friend-relationships, gravatar https://connect.sensiolabs.com/badge/1/noob

You get badges for attending events, and if you match between your email on SensioLabs Connect and the one you used when registering on various websites (symfony-project.org, symfony-live.com, forum.symfony-project.org, groups.google.com)

It tracks your participation in the community... #want.
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I'm learning more about Symfony and Sensio Labs. Some notes here...


Some familiar things....

Symfony 1.x v Symphony 2 - if you knew 1, forget what you knew. This is similar to the "Drop is always moving" extreme innovation practiced in Drupal.
http://www.slideshare.net/pgodel/introduction-to-symfony2

"Symfony is a PHP Framework, a Philosophy, and a Community" This is similar to Drupal's idea that it refers to a community + software.

12 part tutorial http://fabien.potencier.org/ on "creating your own framework" with Symfony. This reminds me of the notion to "build your CMS" with Drupal.

Templating is miles better with Twig. It's made by people who understand how to communicate with a designer. Drupal needs a "tag based" templating system. I think this is why we lose designers to other systems like Expression Engine, WP, etc.
- Not only does it support Twig, the founding Symfony guy, Fabien, brought on Twig further.
http://symfony.com/doc/current/book/templating.html
- Wondering why it looks so much like templating in Django? It was written by a Django developer. Here's 2009 post about his decision to go with Twig.
http://fabien.potencier.org/article/34/templating-engines-in-php

If you're familiar with other PHP frameworks:

Social compare tool: CakePHP vs CodeIgniter vs Kohana vs Solar vs Symfony vs Yii vs Zend Framework vs Lithium
http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/php-frameworks-comparison

Versus CodeIgniter
http://www.slideshare.net/mobicules/symfony-vs-ci

Versus Zend
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5622572/zend-framework-or-symfony

Want to learn more?

Read the docs:
http://www.symfony-project.org/doc/

The Symfony training is a bit more expensive than our Drupal training. (Acquia training is roughly 300-450 USD per day).
http://trainings.sensiolabs.com/en/training/mastering-symfony2-framework

Lynda.coms intro to MVC frameworks, (free) video
http://www.falkonproductions.com/more-on-php-mvc-frameworks-cakephp-vs-codeigniter-vs-symfony-vs-zend/
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QOTD: "This means that all the things you built into the learner’s journey to support novices (careful guidance, lots of practice, slowly helping them build their mental model before adding in content) are pretty much guaranteed to make the expert absolutely nuts."

Love this book "Design for how people learn"... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Design-People-Learn-Voices-Matter/dp/0321768434
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Feedback welcome! I have a wide open door and wide open ears for feedback. If you can't email it, you can also call me, and I can take notes!

Got great feedback from a partner today. Not just "Good job" or just "Typo on page 2", but a detailed, reflective write-up. It took time for her to write that up, and time for her to consider it. And it shows that she obviously cares about the difference between showing mockups versus screenshots, or how things are sequenced that will have a big effect on the training experience for anyone in the courses.

Feedback makes such a huge difference not only on the materials, but myself included. Basically, I can't get better without it. And when I get it, I try my hardest to reach that proverbial raised bar and make my work better.

So here's a big +1 for feedback! Keep it coming.
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+Heather James if you need any help about the Google+ service you can ask me. I'm here since June 29, 2011 (first day of invitations) and I continuously do research.
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To make a Google+ hangout you need to install the video and photo plugin. http://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/res/talkvideo/hangouts/
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  • Tufts University
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