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Automatically Generate Barcodes for Users on a Drupal Site

What is the problem?

As a conference organizer for a few of Florida's past DrupalCamps, and an attendee of many other conferences, I've noticed a huge bottleneck during the attendee registration process the day of the conferences.

Organizations like to account for attendance, and often a group of volunteers assume the daunting task of asking an attendee their name, finding this name on a multi-page spreadsheet, finding the attendees pre-printed badge, and then handing them their swag-bag.

Drupal.org Project Application Perspectives - Another Way to Learn and Contribute Back

One of Drupal's most powerful and compelling aspects is that in addition to the core functionality offered from Drupal Core, the vast number of contributed modules allow you to customize and extend your Drupal site.

These contributed modules are community created modules that have been shared and are available free for anyone to use.

The process of approving who can create these modules, and then allow them to be accessed on Drupal.org may seem intimidating and confusing at first.

Using Netcat for UDP port troubleshooting

Using the nc command from your terminal, you can scan a port, or a range of ports, to verify whether a UDP port is open and able to receive traffic.

This first command will scan all of the UDP ports from 1 to 65535 and add the results to a text file:

nc -vnzu server.ip.address.here 1-65535 > udp-scan-results.txt

This merely tells you that the UDP ports are open and able receive traffic.

Perhaps a more revealing test would be to actually transfer a file using UDP.

How to Create A Simple Conference Site with Drupal 7, Signup, Regular Expressions, and Rules to Filter Attendees by Email Domain

The Drupal Conference Organizing Distribution is a great out-of-the-box solution for quickly setting up a conference site. If your conference site needs sessions, to sell tickets to the event, you want built-in management, and you are comfortable with Ubercart, you can save yourself a lot of time and work by using C.O.D.

Book Review: Web Performance DayBook Volume 2

Web Daybook Cover Image

Available from O'reilly Publishing

The second volume from O'reilly Publishing wasn't what I expected it to be at all. Having not read the first book, I didn't know what it might contain. I received the book from the publisher for review and was actually pleasantly surprised by its contents.

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