DrupalCamp Dallas has launched their website.
This is going to be an awesome opportunity to find out more about drupal. You don't have to be a drupal pro to come. In fact, you should come even if you are trying to figure out if drupal is right for you. It is going to be a two day barcamp which means it is about whatever you want to talk about. There will most likely be beginner and advanced tracks so no matter what your skill level is, there will be a place for you.
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When I started doing web development in the mid 90s, I did most of my development in Notepad. I just wanted something that did simple text editing and nothing more. What I didn't know was what more was possible. Since then I've bounced around between a bunch of different IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) which are essentially Notepad on steroids.