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I presented this opening keynote "Drupal FTW" on April 26, 2014 at DrupalCamp St. Louis 2014 hosted by Washington University. The presentation was intended to address a broad audience from Drupal ...

I presented this opening keynote "Drupal FTW" on April 26, 2014 at DrupalCamp St. Louis 2014 hosted by Washington University. The presentation was intended to address a broad audience from Drupal newcomers to current developers via a brief history of Drupal, a review of some key reasons people choose Drupal, and advice for achieving success with Drupal from the perspectives of strategy, design, and technology.

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Opening Keynote - DrupalCamp St. Louis 2014 Opening Keynote - DrupalCamp St. Louis 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Drupal FTW! ! Keynote: DrupalCamp St. Louis 2014
  • hi. Brad Nowak Business Development Manager
  • Brad Nowak Business Development Manager
  • Thank You(s)!
  • •What is Drupal? •Why do people choose Drupal? •How can I be successful using Drupal? What is this session about?
  • •Dru-what? •I’m starting to work with Drupal •I’d like to convince my client or company to use Drupal •I need a place to sit and have coffee Is this session for me?
  • ?
  • You?
  • What is Drupal?
  • In the year 2000 http://buytaert.net/album/miscellaneous-2000/student-room
  • http://buytaert.net/album/press-photos/inc-500-2012
  • • Born of developers and “hackers” • Released into the wild and grew into an open-source community • Continued to be a developer-driven project for a number of years • Recent years have seen a greater inclusiveness in the community;
 Bring me your FEDs, your designers, your project managers, business owners, and content owners.. An evolving project
  • But What is It?
  • www.flickr.com/photos/sailorwind/170499556/
  • • To-date this is the primary use-case • We use it to develop sites • It is the public-facing front end that visitors use • And of course, it is the back-end (content management) system • Distributions may be the most straightforward examples of Drupal as a pre-packaged CMS A Content Management System
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/streetfly_jz/2770303823/
  • www.flickr.com/photos/kurafire/2484025115/
  • http://www.geocities.jp/jun_brick/yamato_m.html
  • “A tool for building your own dream CMS” ! Larry Garfield
  • • Is this where Drupal is headed with version 8, or where it’s already at in version 7? Many would argue the latter. • BYO CMS using core and contributed modules and a sprinkle of custom code where you need it • A content management hub - integrated with various systems pushing content to some systems and ingesting it from others ! A Content Management Framework
  • 13 years!
  • Drupal 8
  • Why do people choose Drupal?
  • It’s Free
  • It’s Free
  • It’s Flexible https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/4744894272
  • It’s Powerful https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/5035459038/
  • • Easily handle small to medium sized sites with CMS needs • Build large sites • Future-proof if you know (or think) your needs are going to grow in the future • Create multi-site installations • Support enterprise-level platforms ! So you can..
  • • Course management systems (colleges & universities) • Collections management systems (museums) • Digital Asset Management systems • CDN • CRM • HR systems • Social networks And Play Nice with Others
  • Drupal 8
  • • Symfony2/PHP • HTML 5 • Responsive • Web Services and Content Context Initiative (WISCCI) • Configuration management • Twig templating engine ! More Flexibility and Power
  • Oh and..
  • The Community
  • • Apr 26 2014 Western NY State Drupal MINI-CAMP (US) • Apr 26 2014 DrupalCamp St. Louis (US) • May 16 - May 18 2014 DrupalCamp Spain 2014 (Spain) • May 16 - May 18 2014 Drupal Camp Wrocław (Poland) • May 17 - May 18 2014 Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria (Slovenia) • May 31 - Jun 012014 DrupalCamp Yorkshire Leeds (UK) • Jun 02 - Jun 06 2014 DrupalCon Austin 2014 (US) We’re not Alone http://buildamodule.com/drupal-camps-calendar
  • • Jun 14 2014 DrupalCamp Singapore 2014 (Singapore) • Jul 03 - Jul 06 2014 DropCamp ’14 (Netherlands) • Jul 17 - Jul 20 2014 DrupalCorn Camp 2014 (US) • Jul 25 - Jul 27 2014 DrupalCamp North East (UK) • Jul 26 - Jul 27 2014 Drupalcamp Wisconsin (US) • Aug 02 - Aug 032014 Drupal Camp Pennsylvania (US) • Aug 07 - Aug 10 2014 DrupalCamp Twin Cities 2014 (US) We’re not Alone http://buildamodule.com/drupal-camps-calendar
  • • Sep 06 - Sep 07 2014 DrupalCamp LA 2014 (US) • Sep 29 - Oct 03 2014 DrupalCon Amsterdam (Netherlands) • Nov 14 - Nov 15 2014 DrupalDay Italy (Italy) • Nov 15 - Nov 16 2014 DrupalCamp Gothenburg (Germany) ! ! ! We’re not Alone http://buildamodule.com/drupal-camps-calendar
  • Succeeding with Drupal
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/loozrboy/3064187103/in/photostream/
  • • DrupalCons • DrupalCamps • Meet Up Groups • Drupal.org • Blogs • Social Media • More.. Community Resources
  • • Developers • Themers • Designers • Content Strategists • Project Managers ! ! Multiple Communities • Business Owners • Product Owners • Site Administrators • Content Contributors • Editors and Publishers ! !
  • • Trust • Empathy and Understanding • Transparency & Communication • Partnership and Collaboration • Accountability • Remember it’s the code that’s free ! Client Relationships
  • Strategy and Planning
  • • Understanding the organization/client • What does success look like? • What are the priorities of the project? • Budget and timeline considerations ! ! ! Strategy and Planning
  • Good Design
  • • It doesn’t matter what CMS you use if the user experience sucks • User centered design • Responsive design ! ! ! ! Good Design
  • Best Practices
  • • Think sustainability • Leverage core and contrib first • Well written and commented code • Make it a module (or a patch) and give back ! Best Practices-Driven Development
  • Drupal FTW!
  • Brad Nowak nowak@palantir.net @bnoax Thank you! Questions? @palantir