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Dec 13 2011
Dec 13

DrupalCamp NYC 10 was one of the best Drupal camps I've ever attended. With around 400 attendees, it was definitely the biggest. Somehow, it still had the intimate feel of a camp and there were lots of opportunities for conversations and networking, both during the day and at the after party.

By scheduling ten sessions during each time slot, the organizers allowed more people the opportunity to speak, ensured that there was always something for everyone, and gave sessions an intimate, bof-like feel. We really appreciated the many high-quality sessions in the dedicated track for sysadmin and performance topics, with Nathan Goulding's Chef session and Mark Sonnabaum's XHProf session stimulating a lively discussion during the long drive back to Montreal.

Julia and I had the opportunity to present sessions at the camp:

How to tell Views about your mongooses

Julia Evans presented a Views session about displaying custom data in Drupal using Views. She'll be doing a write-up soon to go along with the presentation.

Multilingual Site Building with Drupal 7

Drupal Camp NYC 10 The camp also featured one time slot for guided conversations (aka Birds of a Feather sessions) led by expert Drupalers who had presented throughout the day. These provided a place for Q&A amongst those with common interests. Setting aside a dedicated time slot ensured that there was a high level of participation.

A huge thanks to the organizers who put so much time and energy into planning the event. You guys made it look easy and fun! We're looking forward to heading back down to the tri-state area for Drupal Camp New Jersey in February.

Nov 03 2011
Nov 03

Last weekend, we headed down to Manchester for DrupalCamp New Hampshire. Building on last year's successful Drupal beginner training day, the local user group organized an awesome one-day camp with 30+ great sessions, training, and even a code sprint.

The camp had a great turnout, with over 140 hearty New Englanders (and two foolish Floridians!) braving an epic blizzard (dubbed "Snowtober") that knocked out power for much of the state.

I really enjoyed having a chance to present on Evolving Web's approach to Drupal testing and QA, which included Alex's impromptu demo of Evolving Web's custom Redmine plugins for Google Spreadsheet integration and simplified wiki editing.

Snowtober in New HampshireThe camp featured five session tracks, which meant there was always something for everyone. The after-party at a local microbrewery was a great way to reconnect with friends and catch up on Drupal gossip while drinking a locally brewed pumpkin ale and watching the snow fall. I'm very glad that the power didn't go out until midnight!

You can find photos and tweets from the camp via this Storify page.

Prep for DrupalCamp New Hampshire I'd like to thank Jake Strawn (@himerus) and Michelle Lauer (@bymiche), for organizing a great event, and for hosting me and other attendees at their place for two nights. They're simply an awesome Drupal couple.

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

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