Yay Drupal Camp Chicago

Submitted by matthew on December 15, 2009 - 2:36pm

Got home from Drupal Camp Chicago yesterday and had a great time. Got there on Saturday just as registration was over and mingled with a few old and new friends before I headed to the first session.

Up and Running with Ubercart was a fantastic session. Tim Hill with the Commerce Guys installed a Drupal website using their UberDrupal installation profile and had a nearly full ecommerce Drupal based website up and running within about fifteen minutes. It was great. All you really had to do is add products and a payment processor. They had an example project and image handling all setup ready to go. It was great. I look forward to giving it a run.

Next I headed to Drupal as a Web Service where CM Lubinski showed us how to you the services module to push data to and from a Drupal installation.

Views to the next level by the one and only Larry Garfield was a great session showing off some views kung foo. Also learned about some additional modules to make views even better. I do feel like a views ninja.

After lunch I had planned on attending the panels session, but so did 300 other peopled. I then moved over into Contribute to and build the Drupal community in ways that contribute to and build your success. which was a great discussion with Benjamin Melançon on how to contribute to the Drupal community with time, money, and love.

Next I moved down to Coming soon to a Drupal near you with Larry Garfield again. I had not really spend much time looking at D7 but after that session I have plans to checkout head and get that installed. It was quite an amusing session as Larry had to get through an hour worth of slides in 45 minutes. There is too much to list here but I can't wait to dive in and play with the new features.

The last session I went to was Building an Open Source Business with Drupal which was with George DeMet the founder and CEO of Plantir, one of the platinum sponsors of Drupal Camp Chicago. It was a great session on how he went from just a guy and computer back in 1996 to one of the finest Drupal consultation companies out there today.

After all those session was a short break then I went out with my friend Jamie to an after party where I got to mix and mingle with some great Drupal developers / designers / business people.

My favorite part of the evening was getting to talk with Matt Farina, drupal developer and co-host of Geeks and God. I had a great time meeting him and talking about getting married. It was really cool to see how much he lit up when he talked about how much being married was awesome. Just a neat time.

The next day was the UnConference. I sat in on a few topics here and there and had two sessions of my own on setting up a development and live environments using subversion. I should have some resources from those sessions up here in the next few weeks. I was a little bit bummed that while I was doing my sessions, I missed "Everything in Code" which solved a lot of the issues of having a two databases for development and live environments.

After that I stopped by a few more topics ending with the Interface Module which looks awesome.

Looking forward to the next Drupal camps coming up and DrupalCon of course!

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