Aug 25 2012
Aug 25

The day started with a other nice breakfast. Then for the first time this week I to ride my bike to the Con on my own because my friends want to start the day a bit later. I went totally lost and need to ask the way several times.
The last time I need to ask I asked a very nice girl who seems to work close to the Sheraton so we biked together to the Sheraton. She told me she was a graphic designer and did sometimes designed website. So we talked shop while biking to the Sheraton.

Today I did less sessions and spend more time talking to all kind of people, and getting information about topics I was interested in from people at there stands. So for example know I know when to use mongoDB.I got a mug with mongoDB on it that actually is a bit funny because my initials are DB

But first the day started with again a very inspiring keynote. This time from Fabien Potencier.
He explained why it is a job that does not work as normal day job where you work from nine to five and then forget about it until the next working day. You need to be passionate and constantly want to learn. And that is so true. We (DrupalCon visitors) all do that. We visit Drupal meetings participate in forums or chat on the IRC. Trying new stuff out in our own time because it is so ******* awesome. And (and this is what I think is so very cool about this community) help each other with the problems we have and learn from each others.

So I missed the next session I had planned because the great conversations I had with all kind of guys and girls. What to think about a professional Opera singer who does Drupal to pay his bills. And I even learned a bavarian bachelors party joke. I really feel sorry for the poor guys :- )

Meeting the amazing fubhy.
One of my hero's is Sebastian Siemssen (fubhy). He is the guy behind the code from the Omega base theme. The base theme that we in our company use as the default base theme. He was working on version 4 and showed how you can very easy and very quick make a sub theme with it that is not only very flexible but also amazing fast. Can't wait to try it.

The last session was from the kind people of Erdfisch who where so kind to give me a ticket to this amazing event.
But be sure that it will not influence my opinion on there session. I will be brutally honest.

So here is my brutally honest opion
After this session I was very proud to be their guest.
There use case about the work done for Greenpeace is so detailed so well worked out it was a pleasure to look. It shows that our job is moved from doing a nice branding site for clients in to making online solutions for clients. So I think from now on it is no longer called web design but online solution design.
Fabian did a great job when making this presentation It had a look and feel that fitted perfectly with the branding of this use case. What was extra hard to do because he was not allowed to show anything about the actual site the are building.

So that was my last DrupalCon session. My head is full information and need time to sort it all out.

My thanks go to
Pascal Grott
For not only helped me to get a drupalcon ticket but also made me have a least one question right at the trivia.

Frank Holldorff
For actually getting me the ticket and even let me blog about this event.

Floris van Geel
For taking me in his car to Munich, being such a good friend and teaching me so much.

Serge Christiaans
For the nice time we had.

And all the nice people at this great event that I have talked to and sometimes shared a beer or cola with. Hope to see you all again next year.

Aug 22 2012
Aug 22

When you attending a DrupalCon it is sometimes hard to make a choice. Today I found that sometimes even the wrong choice can help you further to reach your coal. Smile

I will share my experiences with that sometimes difficult choosing process

The first timeslot of the day is not a problem because it is the keynote and there is no other session on the same time

The keynote is about open data and the effect on society.  
This I think is such a interesting subject that I decided to do a blog post just about this.
 
The first session was about the alfresco document management solution.
I soon find out it was the wrong choice for me.
So I left and start visiting al kind of stands.
That was not a bad idea because I have talked about all kind of drupal related products or products that are more general solutions. 
Like the product of New Relic. A very powerful solution to check on the health of your site.
It give you so much information it is to much to describe in a blog.
Maybe you can check them yourself.
 
The next one I choice was listed in the schedule as 
“Site building strategies based on panels and entities”
That was as we where told very early in the session not the case. I wanted to see this session because I have not used panels and it seems a good way to get a first impression.
So in this case it was not me that made the wrong choice but for some reason it came in the schedule with the wrong description.
The nice thing was that I actually enjoyed it.
And I realize that the thing a liked doing the most with Drupal is building the content architecture.
Something Karsten Frohwein who was given this session is very passioned about. And I need to check somethings he mentioned such as “Entity Construction Kit (ECK)”

The next session was “The Drush Ecosystem”
Because I use drush as much as I can this was certainly a good choice.
A did learn some stuff and discovered that some of it is to complicated for me right now.But there is still a lot of it I can use to make my work easier.  

 
The last one I attend was “Building for the editors experience”
A other good one we learned how to construct the content types form so that it is a tool” for the editors that work consistent and need almost no help files or documentation.  

Aug 21 2012
Aug 21

A blogpost from our bloggingguest Dirk Bazuin

After a good rest I did get up very early and get some breakfast in a real Bavarian bakery.
I did my breakfast with food I never eaten and it was very nice. Bavarian bakery++

After some kind welcome words and some jodel lessons I finally get to see Dries in the flesh.
Wow, what is that guy young for someone who did this much already. Or maybe it is just me getting old.

He showed some awesome demo's of drupal 8 and think it is getting very nice. The new admin/user is very cool but the separation of the content and the config is in my opinion the best thing and a absolute must.

Emmajane
Then I went to see and here Emmajane the main reason is that I know see is a brilliant teacher and hoped some of here skills would rub off on me. Time will tell.

For me omega is already the base theme of choice but it was nice to here her ideas about how to choose the one thats is best for you target.

The must be rules
This is a module where all I can are the classic words it can't make coffee. At least not yet I think
Can't wait to try some stuff when I am back home behind my imac.

Dominate the theme layer
Excellent presentation of woeldiche with beautiful styles sheets that shows in design clean and less is more.
He give me lot of things to think about. Most of his ideas I already use but not as complete as he described
I need to learn more hardcore theming stuff thats for sure.

Spark authoring experience
Those guys and girls are doing a great job improving the user experience for content editors.
I sure gone install it on a subdomain to play with it and maybe give some feedback the deserve this from use I think.

Drupal 8: Ux experience theme
I have very much respect for the work this team has done and still doing. Drupal 8 UX will be such a big difference for the admins and content editors I am sure we al would like it tomorrow but all good things take time so we just have to be patience. Lucky for me thats is my strong point :- )

In the evening we went to the biergarten
Something a had only seen in movies.
Again I meet lots of nice people had some very interesting conversation where we exchanged experiences and ideas about how to handle clients and there wishes and make sure we get paid for our work.

To sum things up
I learned a lot and meet all kinds of nice drupal people. It was a great first day. So I think it is a challenge for wednesday to beat that I wish him or here good luck with that.

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