At Breakthrough Technologies we use Drupal to develop a majority of our Association and Non-Profit websites (and even some web applications). Drupal is one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems and has a large community of professionals supporting it.
Every year the Drupal Association organizes DrupalCon – a mass gathering for the community to learn, collaborate and ultimately improve the CMS. This past May our Drupal developers, project managers and designers traveled to Portland Oregon to sharpen their Drupal skills and mingle with fellow Drupal ninjas.
Drupalcon is an opportunity for us to meet other members of the Drupal development community, participate in the advancement of the platform, learn from our peers and share our experiences. This year Drupalcon had well over 4,000 attendees connecting during the four-day event.
In the opening keynote Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal pointed out that over 969,500 people in 228 countries speaking 181 languages work together to power Drupal. The open source system continues to serve as the content management tool of choice for some of the world’s highest profile sites, including Sony Music and the White House.
With the impending release of Drupal 8 there was a lot of excitement centered around the new functionality being added to the system core and the community sprints to finalize the codebase.
Some of the new features being hinted at for Drupal 8 include:
A comprehensive mobile initiative that includes mobile friendly administration tools, responsive themes and performance optimization for lower performing mobile devices.Interface enhancements making Drupal even easier to use for new users.New in-line editing features that will allow admin users to edit content directly on the page.
Drupal 8 development started in March 2011 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013. Our developers participated in the code sprints and in addition to attending sessions ranging from advanced ecommerce to managing large-scale university installations of Drupal.
Once back at Breakthrough’s office we wasted no time in sharing our experiences and newfound Drupal knowledge with the rest of the team. Between the engaging sessions, amazing people and pinball pub-crawl we can only label this year’s DrupalCon as a clear success.