I am not particularly keen on book reviews unless it is an unputdownable read! most things penned by Mario Puzo or the White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and there are quite a few others… but am breaking the norm to comment on Michael Peacock’s Drupal 7Social Networking. As Aaqib pointed out Mr Peacock has not quite done his QA! on page 172 there is an example of a block and has written a piece of PHP code in the block description, no doubt the functionality is good but it is bad practice as it slows down the site.
Sort it out Mr Peacock and preach best practise!
Verdict, good reference guide thats about it but dont treat it like gospel if you know what I mean!
So DrupalCon Munich came to an end, the show is over in Europe for another year! and most of us are back in our respective timezones or on route!
… verdict? DrupalCon Munich was awesome it had its highs, highs and a low!
Being a Londoner I want to say DrupalCon London was better because yes it is a freaking pissing contest between our Awesome city and the other contenders to the throne! but I will say this… DrupalCon Munich was much better than DrupalCon Croydon.
Ikonami had a small contingent from our Drupal force attending including senior developers, our themeing lead and our Drupal Service line account manager. In a nut shell the team found the event very well organized (better than DC Croydon), the spread of sessions targeting beginners to experienced Drupalistas went down a storm with the developers a couple of whom were disappointed by DC Croydon’s not so advanced session mix… The community tracks went down a storm for our Islamabad team is struggling to bring local Drupalistas out of the woods and into the global community’s fold. Sessions covering new developments and structural changes in Drupal 8 were obviously the pick of the bunch by all our attendees! but Asghar hasn’t really stopped talking about them until this morning!
Khurram’s picks were sessions on The New Entity and Property API and Multi Region failover scenarios in the Cloud but the lows were Think like a hacker: Secure Drupal Code; it was declared as very basic but then Khurram’s expectations were too high for this session I think! ikonami has a tiny team of certified ethical hackers so our in-house security sessions are legendary and our guys seldom come across conference sessions that can beat Ali’s knowledge on breaking into digital residences!
Then the other let down for the developers was Dealing with Buggy Modules or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Issue Queue; it too was declared very basic and our guys already knew about the issues covered in the session.
The absolute high for the team was the core code sprints on Friday… it was the first opportunity they had to sit and work with the wider community and the team clocked two bugs too! (proud of the ikonami contingent!).
Personally for me the highs were plenty! meeting Dries has to be up there on top… then the mix of people at DC Munich was fabulous! in Croydon we had a few neighbours from the mainland but Munich it seemed brought them all out of the woods! then there was a partnership ikonami signed up with a leading mainland Drupal house that I can not mention right now but will do so in a post once we have dotted the ‘i’s and crossed the ‘t’s….
The CXO event was kick-ass, the format was great (it was straight out of how sessions are held at Cranfield SOM!) the mix of participants and the issues highlighted and discussed were pertinent to the community and the commercial challenges we all face. It was more than just a CXO networking event… it was a CXO brainstorming event and @BenFinklea‘s ideas and @gregster (Gregory)’s facilitation to keep things on track were spot on.
The only real low I had at DC Munich was learning that Liang and my session on Community building in China and Pakistan had no audio recorded! which given the fact that the AV guys had spent 15 minutes trying to fix it (and assure us it was working) was a real bummer and the only polite word for the alleged AV maestro that Liang and I agreed on was ‘incompetent’… and a Londoner too! tsk tsk…. it is ironic that the session where we spent more time talking to the audience (as opposed to talking at the audience) about why the Chinese and Pakistani Drupal communities are so silent had no audio recorded! divine intervention or sod’s law! can’t win them all I guess! kneehoo I will be posting my notes from the session on the blog as soon as I have had some time to catch up with everything else I had to put on hold for the week in Munich….
Lastly there is always time to mention Drupal Association‘s team and my favorite DrupalMachen in the Drupalverse Megan Sanicki who put up an awesome show and were there every time we needed something, were lost in the Conferencesphere or just needed some assistance, thank you DA and thank you Megan.
And yes there will be a dedicated post on how AWESOME Munich was, the locals (had been told how cold they are before we landed) and their hospitality, the Muay Thai grandmaster (Col. Amnat Pooksrisuk) I found and trained with in Munich at Kru Stefan Feldmeier’s Gym, the strangers my team and I had pleasant run ins with and an awesome stranger who gave me a lift into the city when I found myself out in the middle of somewhere lost in Munich with a dead mobile phone, no map and little sense of direction.. thank you.