DrupalCons are not only a great place for sessions and parties, they also provide a great source for training, "Birds of a Feather" sessions, general discussions and sprints.
Let's illustrate the power of the latter: Sprints mostly happen in a large room with a lot of working space, fast internet and enough power. The Drupal community leverages the opportunity of having so many people working together, in person, to accomplish things that would be more difficult to achieve while collaborating online.
The biggest sprint at DrupalCon usually takes place on Friday. This year there were over 400 Drupalistas working together on Drupal 8 and other topics such as documentation, usability, contributed modules, etc.
There is also an initiative called "Get Involved with Core", which helps beginners contribute to the core of Drupal. Because many beginners think that being a core contributor means you need at least five years of experience with Drupal, this is a great opportunity to show them that this is not the case. Of course there is a lot of deep and interminable discussions, but there are also many issues which are easy tasks for beginners to start with. Check out the novices issues here.
A tradition which evolved in the last few years is that Drupal creator, Dries Buytaert, commits a patch directly on stage at the sprint. Last year at DrupalCon Denver he committed a patch which was contributed by Kathryn and me.
Last week nearly 2,000 lovers of Drupal descended on Munich, Germany for Drupalcon Europe 2012. From keynotes and code sprints to sponsor booths and beer gardens, the Amazee Labs team had the four-day event covered from every angle. What follows is a cinemagraphic look back at our time in Munich. We'll see you all next year, in Prague!
Dear reader as you probably will have gathered, we attended the DrupalCon Munich this week. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Drupal will be the dominating subject of this week's edition.
DrupalCon Munich 2012: Keynote Dries Buytaert
The traditional opening of every Drupalcon is the Dries-note.
During the conference Michael and Boris took photos of the event. Get a glimpse of the conference through their lenses.
Heise: DrupalCon: Drupal-Projektleiter spricht über Drupal 8
One of Germany's best known IT news platforms interviewed Dries Buytaert during Drupalcon. (Unfortunately this interview is only available in German)
xkcd: Star Ratings
A tongue-in-cheek view of star ratings.
Tweets that cut through the noise.
If you want to build a blog, use Wordpress; if you want to build Wordpress. use Drupal; if you want to build Drupal, use Symfony…
— Forest Mars (@forestmars) August 22, 2012
This tweet was often retweeted during Drupalcon and beautifully sums up our favourite content management framework.
At 7am several Amazee Labs team members went out for a 5K/10K run together with some other Drupalistas.
Modules are the basic structural elements of the Drupal web sites we build. As in chemistry, every one of them has specific characteristics. To help the rookies of our Drupal Community get a quick overview and the experienced site builders remember the basic modules, we created the Periodic Table of Drupal Modules. Each of the 106 most popular modules is featured it’s own square, with its name, symbol, and ranking, based on the number of downloads from Drupal.org.
The Periodic Table of Drupal Modules was introduced as a limited edition poster at DrupalCon Munich. By popular demand we decided to provide three additional versions for the community.
<p><a href="http://www.amazeelabs.com" title="The periodic table of Drupal modules by Amazee Labs."><img src="http://www.amazeelabs.com/sites/default/files/the-periodic-table-of-drupal-modules.jpg"/></a></p>
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After a "beerfull" bavarian night out we managed to get ourselves up and running for a beautiful second day at DrupalCon Munich. The morning keynote was held by Anke Domscheit-Berg as she took the stage to talk about the benefits of open data and how governments and citizens alike should embrace the idea as we move towards a more collaborative world of eDemocracy and eParticipation.
The day was followed by many interesting DrupalCon sessions, BoFs (Birds of Feathers) and of course the Core Conversations where the team split up to visit topics of their interest and likings, sometimes even finding themselves in the same room.
Brian Teeman (@brianteeman), Co-Founder of Joomla!, unfortunately didn't give us any insight into his newfound career as a tech-influenced fashion designer, but rather explained how the community in Joomla! works and differs from the one that we know so very well and love.
Open ears at the Day Stage heard our very own Michael Schmid (@Schnitzel), discuss development best practices with Gijs Nelissen, Sébastien Lissarrague, Venky Goteti and Florian Loretan.
Our successful contests continued throughout the day and so did the lucky recipients of our sought-after Periodic Table of Drupal Modules, this included both happy Dries Buytaert (@Dries) and Angie Byron (@webchick).
After having a continuous beer garden streak we found ourselves in a more traditional restaurant for the evening (well for me at least) because after all, it was pizza Wednesday…
Amazee Labs was out in full force today as Drupalcon Munich got underway. Our dentist blue t-shirts were an unintended hit, quite unique and hard to miss there in the second row.
The opening act was themed the "ABC's of Drupal," an alphabetized rundown of all things Drupalcon Munich. B was for "Beautiful bavarian blondes with beards."
The crowd favorite was not surprisingly F for "free beer," during which our very own Dania Gerhardt helped show everyone how to pour a proper cold one. What didn't spill on stage was handed out to the crowd for breakfast.
The most startling letter was Y for "yodeling lesson." This authentic yodeling guru belted out a classic for the crowd to echo. Every guest in the Westin woke up this morning at 9:30 whether they wanted to or not.
After our ears stopped ringing and we managed to regain our sense of direction, we shuffled outside for the official group photo, and the day began.
And so it was, day one in the books. Day two starting now...
In the Drupal universe, modules are the basic structural elements of the web sites we build. As in chemistry, every one of them has specific properties. To help the newbies of our Drupal Community get a quick overview and the experienced site builders remember the basic modules, we created the Periodic Table of Drupal Modules. Every module features it’s own square, with its name, its symbol, and its ranking, based on the number of downloads from Drupal.org.
Here we are at the first official session of Munich's DrupalCon! Michael and me are kickstarting the week with the Cxo event.
Refreshed after a short summer break this week's Essence of a web week will take a look at how the world looks through Instagram's eye, at one of the biggest lies on the internet and finally illustrate how the web never forgets. Enjoy!
stuffly.posterous.com: DrupalCon Munich mega news roundup
Paul Johnson wrote a comprehensive roundup of Pre-DrupalCon Munich.
This is now!
If you want get a taste of a city's flow, without being there, this site might be down your lane. This is now! provides a real-time visual composition of geo-tagged Instagram photos. (via Webmonkey)
Socialbakers: Socialbakers: CheerMeter2012
London 2012 were the first games where social media certainly had an influence, on and off the fields. Socialbakers have monitored the social web during the Olympic fortnight and published the data.
Terms of Service; Didn't Read
Let us be honest Terms of Service are often accepted, while signing up, without actually being read. This website tries to break down the most popular Terms of Services on the web, in to a comprehensible overview, and gives them a classification. (via TechCrunch)
Tweets that cut through the noise.
Twitter is SO confusing.
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) September 29, 2006
This almost six year old tweet by Twitter's Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey was heavily retweeted after it was announced that the latest version of the social network's API will come with some severe restrictions.