DrupalCon Denver Recap

The parties are over, the tshirts have migrated into our closets, and the swag has been artfully distributed through our homes and offices. Now that we've all settled back in to real life, it's time to get caught up on what we missed. Session videos are up, and I've pulled together the links to our team and client sessions.

But first, DrupalCon Denver in photos:

Ah...the memories.

acham
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The parties are over, the tshirts have migrated into our closets, and the swag has been artfully distributed through our homes and offices. Now that we've all settled back in to real life, it's time to get caught up on what we missed. Session videos are up, and I've pulled together the links to our team and client sessions.

But first, DrupalCon Denver in photos:

Ah...the memories.

Now, back to business. We had oodles of content from the pre-merger Phase2 and Treehouse Agency teams, and a couple of excellent case studies from our clients. The list below covers topics from case studies to design, to migrations and more. Bookmark this page and spend a few lunches going down the list for an array of Drupal insights...you won't regret it!!

The Session List

  • Robert and JAM's Intro to Drupal(Con) - This engaging DrupalCon opener takes an unexpected turn around 24:00 as Steven Merrill and Joe Bachana join in onstage for chanting from The Book of Drupal.
  • The Drupal Marketplace: How "What we Sell" and "How we Sell It" Affects the Community, our Clients, & Drupal - Panelists from four firms known in part for their "Drupal products" will weigh in on the issue of products, services, and the community in Drupal. Karen Borchert moderates (with Matt Westgate, Moshe Weitzman, and Ryan Szrama).
  • The Story of Energy.gov: The Ins and Outs of Turning Energy-Dot-Blah into Energy-Dot-Awesome - This summer’s launch incorporated eleven departmental program offices websites into the centralized Energy.gov platform. Work to move additional program websites and features to the platform is already underway. This presentation tells the story of what we did, how we did it and why. Presented by Cammie Croft (US Department of Energy).
  • We the People & Whitehouse.gov: Citizen Engagement Powered by Drupal - In October of 2009, WhiteHouse.gov was relaunched, powered by Drupal and open-source technology. In doing so, it leveraged over 100 contributed modules by over 800 public contributors. Presented by Tom Cochran (The White House).
  • Building Drupal Apps for Distributions - Frank Febbraro and James Walker walk you through the process of determining what functionality can be great ideas for an App, why Apps and Distributions are such a great fit, and even build one live. This session is great for developers who are curious about Apps or want to build Apps for Drupal distributions.
  • How Drupal is Transforming Government: 7 Case Studies - Jeff Walpole looks at seven examples of how Drupal is transforming government today in the areas of usability, visualization, platform development, accessibility, collaboration, engagement, and code re-use.
  • I'm Leaving You: The Risks of Dumping Your Old CMS for Drupal and How to Manage Them - There is a great deal of complexity in the reasons for migrating, but the decision is often not understood well amongst the various stakeholders. Nicole Lind discusses what to expect after the decision is made and techniques for managing the change given the various reasons you may have for doing so.
  • Drupal Distribution Case Studies: Leveraging Open Source Solutions - We know that Drupal and open source software are disruptive technologies, but the connection between awesome community contributions and market success against proprietary software is not always clear.  Ezra Gildesgame moderates this panel with Karen Borchert, Jeff Walople, Tom McCracken, Mike Shaver, and Marc O'Brien as they dissect this challenge and address its issues.
  • Zagat.com Case Study - In February, 2011, Zagat.com relaunched on Drupal, retiring an aging ASP.NET with a new site packed full of social features. Steven Merrill and Brian McMurray provide insights into the architecture decisions behind Zagat.com which enables the site to be incredibly fast, and you’ll learn how creative data visualization tools enable richer and deeper content interaction.
  • View Modes: The Many Faces of Your Content - View Modes give the themer the ability to show the same content in many different contexts and with the right display for each situation. Through smart use of View Modes, a themer can avoid having the huge stack of node templates and Views displays that we’re used to. In this session, Tim Cosgrove walks you through what a View Mode is and how to create custom View Modes both in code and with contributed modules.
  • Managing Highly Successful Drupal Migrations- From development, to data migration, to training, to transition management, Drupal migrations are fraught with challenges. Frank Febbraro and Mike Morris team up to walk you through best practices and lessons learned in leading successful Drupal migrations. (Illustrated by Laura Schoppa.)
  • A Responive Project Process - David Ruse goes beyond the ems, percentages and media queries by sharing how responsive design has affected how we approach and practice analysis, content, wireframes, design, testing and site delivery from a more holistic point of view.

Phew! See anything that sparks your interest?  Check out your top picks, and don't forget to browse through the entire schedule of content from DrupalCon Denver.  Have you watched any of our session videos? Were you there? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

 

acham