The first day of Drupalcon began in the traditional way with a keynote by project lead Dries Buytaert…
In this presentation Dries showed the current status of Configuration Management in D8, he played a video made by webchick in which she was able to make configuration changes in the UI, and then export them to a file which could be imported into another site. That file could also be managed in a git repository. That was a very popular demo with the audience!
In a change of format that I thought worked very well Josh Koenig then interviewed Dries on stage.
Videos of the sessions will be up in the next 24 hours or so, so here’s my very quick and dirty guide to what to watch. However, there’s so much good stuff that it’s really worth browsing today’s schedule for yourself too.
For business geeks the key sessions were on negotiating sales and contracts for open source projects, a case study from Palantir of a project for Environment America, and one in which the presenters examined how to tackle the talent shortage in Drupal with some lateral thinking.
Devs will be interested in the session on Drupal Security, Debugging Techniques for Drupal, developing with Drush, Vagrant and Aegir, and in a surprising twist Larry Garfield gave his presentation on Functional PHP.
Frontend folk will enjoy Mark Boulton’s tales of redesigning the CERN site, a presentation on responsive design using SASS+Compass, and options were outlined for a new designer-friendly theme system for Drupal 8, with some good demos of Twig.
This track is for those involved with or interested in, core development to discuss and plan the work on Drupal 8. Today one the key sessions was Webchick outlining the work of the Drupal Spark project to bring a better content editing experience to Drupal. Moshe also outlined his idea for an import/upgrade API.
The Conference Vibe
There’s a great atmosphere around the Drupalcon venue. It feels a bit like a smaller version of Drupalcon Chicago, with most people in the same hotel as the event, and there bing lots of lounges and bars for people to go and meet and code. The one downside is that there isn’t a big venue for everyone to all fit into at the same time to watch the keynote live, so many people were in overflow rooms - but no-one seemed to mind too much.
Everything is very well thought out, and the food is served all over the hotel giving delegates the choice of standup buffets or sitting in one of the restaurants or bars. The food is tasty with lots of choice. It’s also been a popular move to have good coffee and tea served pretty much all day from dozens of drinks bars around the building, and the afternoon drinks had cakes too.
It feels like there’s a lot of buzz, and that the European community is thriving.
Last night MortenDK organised a night out at the Hofbrauhaus beer hall. It lasted until closing time, and most of the delegates I bumped into today had been there at some point in the evening. As could be expected, Morten was seen enjoying plenty of steins, as well as getting into a beermat throwing fight.
Tonight’s opening party is at the Restaurant am Chinesischen Turm. This is one of Munich’s largest and most popular beer gardens, which can fit in 7000 people!
I’ll be back with another roundup tomorrow, when I’ll take a look at what’s going on in the BoF sessions, as well as the main sessions.