A Drupalcamp London 2014 Roundup
Drupalcamp London 2014 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience which brought together something like 600 members of the Drupal community from the UK and indeed across Europe and a few welcome visitors from across the pond as well for three very informative and productive days about Drupal held at City University in Islington.
The CxO day on the Friday was full of interesting presentations and great discussion during the unconference afternoon session, particularly on some of the usual elephants in the Drupal room such as how best to sell Drupal both within an organisation and to clients, and the usual bugbears over getting good quality Drupal staff. It was also interesting to hear from one of the world's largest charities in Cancer Research about how they're using Drupal, and also interesting to know they're using many of the same tools I (in my last two jobs including my current one) have been using for a few years including Jira for issue tracking and Wiki's for documentation (as opposed to some more formal document set up) to allow collaboration more easily.
Something else interesting, though not directly Drupal based, was Giles Colborne's talk on incorporating user feedback into projects and how important UX testing can be for the success of projects (and also the various barriers to getting the testing done in the first place) - there were many things to take away from this that could be applied to projects of any sort.
Onto the main part of the camp and there were some fantastic presentations, particularly those from Morten on the process of getting Twig into Drupal 8 and some of the things you can do with Twig (all powered by anger driven development and from Jeni Tehan on the Entity Construction Kit â€“ look for both of those on the Drupalcamp London website when the session videos were published.
The session and live demo on Drupal Commerce and Rules also threw up a very timely bit of information for a great resource on getting to grips with Rules - the nice people over at Node One have got a set of screencasts with 30+ episodes covering almost every aspect you can think of, and you can find it at http://bit.ly/learn-rules.
Towards the end of the event on the Sunday Paul Reeves from MTV also presented a very interesting session about their history with Drupal and their solution when it comes to distributing content over multiple sites with their hub / spoke model - again something I'd fully recommend tracking down if the video becomes available for it. Megan Sanicki also deserves a special mention for her energy and enthusiasm in talking about the Drupal Association and where they want to help take Drupal by the end of 2014 - if there are more people like Megan coming on board then world domination will be ours before we know it!
Overall a brilliant weekend and I thoroughly recommend attending in 2015 if you can make it. A big shout out to all the considerable numbers of volunteers who helped make it such a success. If you're thinking of trying to start your own Drupalcamp where you live or near by, an article that was in the news feed on Drupal.org this morning might offer some pointers - http://www.mediacurrent.com/blog/six-resources-help-you-start-new-drupalcamp.