We had an inspiring and educational time last week at DrupalCon Portland. As my first trip to DrupalCon, it was particularly exciting to see the synergy and ambition of the Drupal community firsthand. I was impressed by the community’s diversity, talent and creativity, as well as its ability to solve problems via collective momentum, such as the sprints for working on Drupal core.
DrupalCon is a big shot of Drupal Kool-aid to digest. Here are a couple tips from our past experiences to help you make sure all the sugar doesn't go to your head. Tip 1: It's About The People The opportunity to meet fellow Drupalists face-to-face can't be understated. The people around you are the folks who can excite you about new technologies, give you help on IRC, or maybe even become partners in your next business venture. I speak from experience; my relationships with fellow Kalamuna co-founders Mike and Andrew were cemented at a DrupalCon.
Kalamuna was proud to have been a Contrib sponsor of this year's Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp), the largest free Drupal camp in the world. Hosted at UC Berkeley, BADCamp gives over a thousand attendees the opportunity to network with fellow Drupalistas and to learn more about the platform's past, present, and future.
Last week I attended the HTML5 Dev Conference in San Francisco. While reasonably priced, the conference offered excellent workshops full of cutting-edge techniques and geeky humor. I enjoyed learning about new technologies and tools, as well as receiving confirmation of some best practices that I’ve been using.
This weekend Kalamuna drove up to UC Davis for Drupal Camp Sacramento to take part in the Drupal community. We ran into some old friends and made new ones, and had the opportunity to sit in on presentations from knowledgeable developers about what's new and improved, and tactics for making the development process more efficient. The most fascinating session for us was Jen Lampton and Nathan Haug's presentation on a new theme layer for Drupal 8, which will simplify theming in Drupal.
Pantheon's Matt Cheney wow'd the crowd with his presentation of Panopoly at Stanford Drupalcamp this past weekend. Panopoly is a full-featured, Panels and Chaos Tools-powered Drupal distribution, including 35-40 modules and custom configuration. So after the install process you go from literally nothing to a full-featured Drupal website. How convenient!