Cliché alert: I love it when a plan comes together.
But seriously, I do. At a couple of recent Drupal camps in Austin and New Orleans, we heard from multiple organizations using the Apps and Appserver modules for their Drupal distributions. With similar questions and needs around these new modules, we had a couple of lively "birds of a feather" sessions at the camps.
Very often, "lively" BOFs end then and there at the camps, but this one continued into the issue queues and ongoing conversations. Ultimately, it resulted in organizing a multi-organization sprint on the Apps and Appserver modules this Friday, January 20th in Austin, TX. Phase2 and our fellow Austinites at 4Kitchens will be co-hosting the sprint space, and the day's looking at a pretty full agenda.
Developers from Level Ten, Four Kitchens, Pantheon, Media Current, Volacci, and Phase2, as well as some individuals from the community, will be working to address issues marked for the sprint in the Apps and Appserver modules on drupal.org. It's not an app-production sprint -- you won't see a whole bunch of new "apps" coming out of it. Rather, you'll see the underlying structure and module of the Apps and Appserver modules improve, making it easier to build apps and use them in your distributions.
If you're interested in joining us remotely (or you're in Austin and want to bring your Apps knowledge to the table!), drop us a line and we'll add you in. And if you can't make it but want to see what we worked on, check back here next week and we'll give you the low-down.