The latest major release of Drupal 7.0 feels like a long-time coming. I was not one of those followers that was overly optimistic thinking it would have been released in 2009... they were crazy to think that. The overall changes seem well made and a natural progression of the Drupal platform. Since version 5.0 each release has been not just a cool update but something more of literal stepping stones where going back seemed archaic. The changes in Drupal 7.0 will help new users and old.
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I was invited for the third year in a row to present at the large Adobe MAX conference this October. It will be taking place in Los Angeles again, which works out great for me. Instead of a regular speaking session I will be instructing two hands-on labs, both about building Drupal themes (basics and advanced theme production).
Adobe MAX 2010 conference details area available at: http://max.adobe.com
My new Drupal related project, an add-on for Drush called "Drush Cleanup" is now online. It helps developers by cleaning out all the text files that are not needed when running a Drupal site (like README.txt). The project files and details are available at: http://drupal.org/project/drush_cleanup
The fourth annual DrupalCamp L.A. will be taking place from August 7-8 in Irvine again. It is free to attend but there is a cost for parking and lunch (unless you bring your own food).
The site last year was a big hit; we had an online scheduling system and announced raffle winners online. This year the site will be building on top of the one used last year.
DrupalCamp details available at http://drupalcampla.com
The game is changing again. Microsoft who originally was supporting Drupal by promoting it is now funding Drupal development. Their contribution to Drupal 7 will be a native Microsoft SQL Server driver was announced at DrupalCon 2010 in San Francisco. This will let customers have a Microsoft alternative to MySQL or Postgre. I applaud this initiative.
I got one. I got an Apple iPad. Many years ago I got my first iPod and just the other year I got the iPhone. I am happy about my purchase so far. With thousands of free books (I already downloaded 49 of them) there's plenty of reading at my fingertips. I plan to replace my physical book classics with digital editions to free up space in my office.
I do not plan to purchase a 3G edition since the Wi-Fi only iPad is good enough for me to use and develop with.
UPDATE: I now have over 700 e-books. I have only purchased two: The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings.
I am co-speaking at SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas this March. My co-presenter is Scott Fegette from Adobe; he is an Adobe Dreamweaver Product Manager or something like that. He's awesome and I was invited to join him to push forward the message that the web design and development landscape has changed and Drupal is in the front of that change. I will be presenting on designer challenges.
UPDATE: There is video available on www.sxsw.com, but my slides are below and available at http://www.slideshare.net/ccharlton/web-content-management-systems-from-...
I am taking a year off. Not really. This year for DrupalCon I am assisting as a track chair for the beginners track and out of choice I am not presenting any sessions. I have presented at a lot of conferences and camps and I felt this year I'll relax and try to enjoy the conference itself more.
DrupalCon 2010 takes place in April in San Francisco - http://sf2010.drupal.org
I am now a Lynda.com author. My first video title "Drupal: Creating and Editing Custom Themes" is out now and is an online exclusive. The course teaches the basics of Drupal themes - what they are, how to control them, and how to build your own theme from scratch. The course is a little over 4 hours long, so you should be able to complete the course in a day or less.
Watch how to theme Drupal online now at http://tinyurl.com/theme-drupal
This is a big one. Microsoft is now supporting Drupal (and Wordpress, no Joomla it seems). They offer PHP web app downloads to promote the fact that Windows Server now ships with PHP support, certified by Microsoft and Zend. Drupal is at the top of the lists. This is big.
I manage the Los Angeles Drupal user group and each year we throw a free DrupalCamp in or near Los Angeles. One of our key sponsors this year is Microsoft and they were great about it and ended saying a lot at the camp about their support for PHP & Drupal.
I will be presenting at the Adobe MAX 2009 conference in Los Angeles. My two sessions will be about designing with Drupal using Adobe Dreamweaver.
Adobe MAX 2009 takes place in October at the Los Angeles Convention Center. http://max.adobe.com
The release of PHP 5.3 comes to me with mixed feelings. On one hand I love keeping software up-to-date. On the other, more important hand, there are some major changes that are for the better of PHP but do not work with my CMS platform of choice - Drupal. At this time Drupal 6 is still only compatible with PHP 5.2 and while I'm optimistic I feel there is not a rush to upgrade.
I am on a DrupalCon 2009 panel discussing "Drupalcamp, How to and Q & A". I will be sharing tips on user group and event (DrupalCamp) organization and management. DrupalCon 2009 D.C. is in March.