In the world of CTools and Panels there's often a bunch of magic that happens in the shadows that does a lot to help you out without your knowing about it.
If you were to shed some light on the shadows and look into the world of CTools plugins, you might find another world of leverage where you can easily bend your content and business logic to your will.
We'll talk about the more basic ones, contet type and access plugins, and then delve inot the fun world of contexts and relationships. There will be code, and death-defying live demonstrations.
Hey, if you're going ot have to use Panels, you might as well like it at least a little bit, right?
Since chances are you're building Drupal 7, we'll talk mostly about Drupal 7 but have an eye to the future.