This year’s DrupalCon marked the first in-person North American DrupalCon in two years. The atmosphere was electric the excitement was infectious (no pun intended) and seeing people again was energizing. We came together in Portland Oregon to talk Drupal, share ideas, and catch up with old friends. Here are some highlights from the week in the city of 7 bridges.
The Driesnote was inspiring and painted an amazing picture for the future of Drupal. First, the slide decks design almost stole the show. The visuals added a sense of wonder and magic to the topic. Dries spoke of smaller core, where some modules currently in core will be moved to the contrib space. A theme of Drupal being for Ambitious Site Builders really spoke to me. As I consider myself an ambitious Site Builder!
I had the pleasure of sitting in on a talk with Nick & Ruth from the Mautic community. They took the hefty task of demoing Mautic in an hour session. I will say they showed the great power of Mautic and left most with a desire to tinker more individually. You can find the slides and walk through here. We also had Ruth (one of the prresenters) on Talking Drupal #343 where we talked about Mautic.
The following Layout Builder talk really got me thinking of the possibilities with Layout Builder. They showed how they configured a site with Layout Builder to be more user friendly then core. Also, showed the ability to stage content on a production site.
Shameless Plug - Non Code Contribution Talk
Yours truly presented on Non-Code Contribution and how it powers open source. It was great talking to a room with actual people for the first time in two years.
While at DrupalCon I had the chance to work with the Project Browser team to help them push the initiative forward. I worked on two issues the first an intro to Project Browser and the second was working to improve the drupal.org project pages. I also worked to improve the category filters for projects in the contribution room. This was a great experience to help improve Drupal and I would recommend it to everyone.
Arron Winborn Award
Mike Miles delivered a great talk on Semantic Versioning and showed some of the process MIT uses to deploy updates to their site. He has some great examples in his slides and even does a live demo.
Food & Drinks
Lottie & Zula's
While in Portland I had some great food and drinks. Went to some great parties and had amazing conversations with a number of people. All the way across the country I found a place with a RI connection. Lottie & Zula's has great breakfast sandwiches and the owners are from RI.
Saint Simon Coffee
What would a DrupalCon be without a great coffee spot. For this trip I a rercommendation from a tweet by Froby (Avi Schwab) for my morning jolt.
One morning I walked to Saint Simon Coffee and had a lovely, peaceful, and amazing cup of coffee and a danish.
Last but not least was dinner with a few friends, both old and new. We went to Wayfinder Beer for great beer and amazing food. We had such a good time some of us went back to try more of the menu before leaving Portland.
DrupalCon Portland was without a doubt different from years past. However, at it's conclusion I left feeling reinvigorated, excited, and ready to make Drupal and the community better. To bring the community back together at events and to build new sites and platforms with the CMS we all know and love. This DrupalCon did exactly what I hoped it would for me and so many others. It brought us back together to move open source forward. Onward and Upward!