It’s Raining Nerds! OpenCamp Dallas Begins

Ladies and gentleman, today is the day. Eight months of grinding after-hours work, biweekly meetings, and mental sweat are finally paying off. Today is the first day of OpenCamp Dallas, the successor to WordCamp and DrupalCamp Dallas, and the first big .NET and Joomla! event in our area. All combined into one weekend of common ground and synergy.

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OpenCamp Ho!

It’s the most-wonderful time of the year, at least for WordPress knurds like myself. Yep, I’m’a talkin’ about OpenCamp!

It’s the most-wonderful time of the year, at least for WordPress knurds like myself. Yep, I’m’a talkin’ about OpenCamp!

The successor to WordCamp Dallas, OpenCamp is an event of badassitude, with two days of sessions related to not only WordPress, but also Joomla!, Drupal, .NET, and Multi-Media. We’re hanging half-a-hundred speakers on you, for an insanely-low price. Believe me, you won’t want to miss this event.

Although I’m hitched for life to WordPress, I am über-excited to get some exposure to those other CMS platforms. I figure the more I learn from them = the more-rounded of a social media consultant I will be.

If you haven’t registered, you can find more information here. And if you have any OpenCamp questions, give us a shout on the contact form.

Over the next few days, I hope to blog a bit more about OpenCamp, including a run-through of the sessions I look forward to the most.

Gettin’ the Band Back Together: OpenCamp 2010 Dallas 2010 LogoThis past week, OpenCamp 2010 was announced. From the people that brought you the Dallas WordCamps and DrupalCamps, OpenCamp will be the southwest’s first multi-platform web conference, and we hope that it represents the best of what our open-source community has to offer. I have been fortunate to serve on the core team planning the event, and I think you should get your tickets ASAP before they sell out. I’m sure you have a few questions.

What the Heck is OpenCamp?

OpenCamp is the giant event that will host under its umbrella several other area Camps: WordCamp, JoomlaCamp, DrupalCamp, and more. With top speakers covering topics ranging from social media to technical development, content creation, revenue generation and more, webmasters and web developers, bloggers, podcasters and technologists on any platform are welcome. Camp-specific tracks will be provided, meaning those interested in WordPress can attend an afternoon’s worth of WP-centric sessions each day. The same goes for Joomla and Drupal, as well as tracks that will appeal to all attendees. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the OpenCamp website for more details!

But What About WordCamp?

As noted above, this is the 2010 WordCamp. It’s also the 2010 JoomlaCamp, the 2010 DrupalCamp, etc. In short, all of these Camps are occurring simultaneously. This allows each to share both resources and audiences. This provides you, the participant, a unique opportunity to get cross-pollinated in the leading content management systems. Personally, I’m excited — I don’t know jack-shit about anything except WordPress, and I can’t wait to attend in-depth presentations on Joomla and Drupal.

Besides this synergy, having a combined event just makes sense for our community. The DFW area is blessed to have large Meetups dedicated to these different CMS packages, and we believe that what we have in common is worth celebrating more than what makes us different. Check out our Manifesto to learn more about our hopes and dreams.

Why Should I Attend?

If you’ve attended a WordCamp in the past, you already know the answer to this. But for you newbies, it’s a weekend packed full of excellent educational opportunities and networking possibilities. We’re aiming for an audience of 1000 people, who will be addressed by the cream of the crop in terms of speakers.

We’re positioning this conference to be the biggest of its kind within the southwest (after all, everything is bigger in Texas). This means large attendance. Large attendance translates to kick-ass facilities and rock-star speakers. Trust me, it’s going to be huge: an event of Biblical porportions.  Just keep track of how our Attendees and Sponsors lists growing.  Wouldn’t that Attendees list look great with your name on it?  I think so.

What’s Your Role, Matthew?

Like everyone else on the OpenCamp core team, I’m playing many roles. First and foremost on my plate is the OpenCamp website — hopefully it will be a good delivery source of current information, especially when we start sharing our confirmed speakers. Many people besides myself have contributed to it, so please let us know how you like (or don’t like) it.

I’ll also be helping with everything between now and then, hoping that we can deliver a unique conference experience. I might even speak again, if I can think of anything to talk about. Got any ideas for me? 🙂

There’s lots to do, and we would love the help. If you want to volunteer or present, fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you. We also have opportunities to man our genius bar, where conference participants can get experts like you to answer questions regarding their blogs and websites.

Anything Else?

Nope. Except register now!

WordCamp Dallas 2009: Creating Local WordPress Installs

At last year’s WordCamp Dallas, I provided a short demonstration on creating local installations of WordPress.  By local, I mean having WordPress run on your computer vs. a web server. In my particular instance, this was done using MAMP on a MacBook Pro, but in theory it can be done on any computer that’s capable of meeting the minimum WordPress requirements.

There are several advantages to this, including but not limited to:

  • Testing the latest versions of WordPress before applying them to your live site
  • Running a development environment, from which you might apply changes to production
  • Having a portable WordPress install on a USB stick, which you can then take from client to client

All of the sessions were broadcast live and recorded.  And thanks to the volunteer work of Dave Curlee in both editing and hosting, I now have that video to show you! (Thanks, Dave)

At some point in the future, I plan to turn my presentation into a comprhensive, one-stop-shop page on this site for installing WordPress locally, as there is no one best way to do it and you might benefit from seeing alternatives.

Without further ado, here is my slidedeck:

And here is my presentation.  Any feedback is appreciated:

DFW WordPress Google Wave

Google Wave LogoAs I and many other local WordPressians are just now getting their feet wet with Google Wave, I thought I would create a public Wave that served as a whiteboard for DFW-area WordPress and social media discussion:

DFW WordPress Google Wave (requires Google Wave account to view & participate)

Update 2009-11-20: using the Wavr plugin, I’ve embedded the Wave below. If you cannot see it, ensure you are logged into your Google Wave account.

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Update 2013-04-04: Google Wave is dead, as is this post!