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Erich Beyrent: "The Digital Mayflower - Data Pilgrimage With the Migrate Module"

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:30pm

Drupal Nights

Davenport Conference Room
25 1st Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

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In the year 1620, a collection of data left their proprietary database in search of a new, open ecosystem.  Okay, so maybe that's not quite how the story goes, but it works for a modern reboot of the classic saga.  

That moment of panic when someone assigns you the task of migrating a legacy site into Drupal.  It's a daunting project, fraught with undocumented data, mixed character sets, bizarre content modules, and impossible deadlines.  Fortunately, it's now easier than ever to migrate data from an existing source into Drupal, thanks to the Migrate module.  

In this session, we'll cover:

  • An overview of the Migrate module 
  • Common hooks for iterating and transforming your data
  • Migration from databases, CSV files, and static HTML
  • How to use Drush to control your migrations

Erich Beyrent

Erich is a software engineer employed by the Family Education Network at Pearson Education, specializing in PHP and Drupal development. Prior to joining the team at Pearson, he worked on the OpenScholar Drupal distribution at Harvard University.  Erich is active in the Drupal community, having contributed modules and patches to the community. He presented at DrupalCon in Szeged Hungary, and co-presented at DrupalCon in Washington, DC.