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First day at DrupalCon San Francisco 2010

DrupalCon SF 2010 keynote

DrupalCon San Francisco has been great. Yes, its been only one day but I love the atmosphere.

There are several tracks going on at the same time during the day, so its impossible to see every talk. I hope that they publish videos of the ones I couldn’t attend. There’s about 3,000 attendees so the place is packed.

Drupalcon hallway

I’ve been a bit distant on Drupal development for a while, but its interesting to me to see that most if not all of the talks are about Drupal 7, the next stable release. I guess that the move to this new version is going to be a lot faster than the version 5 to 6 adoption. Yes, it was mainly because many of the cool modules were ported very slowly, but it appears that most of them are going to be ready for the version 7 release.

So for the ones who like me were disconnected from Drupal, here are some of the new features it will have:

– CCK will be in core, called Fields
– Improved usability and accesibilty
– Database connector is now PHP PDO
– Multiple database support
– Testing framework
– RDF support

Here’s a more detailed list of all Drupal 7 features.

There’s no official release yet, but there’s only 114 bugs left and for a big project like this its not so bad. So with enough help that can happen very soon. Get involved and contribute!

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Going to DrupalCon 2010

Drupalcon SF 2010

So thanks to Justia, I’ve spent the last week at Mountain View, or what is known as the Silicon Valley area. Next week I’ll be attending the Drupal Conference, Drupalcon 2010, in San Francisco, California.

Its been great working and hanging out in this area, specially when things in Mexico are not as easy these days. Its good to have peace and tranquility in a nice safe neighborhood for a while.

I’m really looking forward to all the Drupal sessions. I’ve been away from Drupal development for a little more than 6 months now, so its going to be interesting to get back into the mindset. I’ve been doing a lot of scripting lately and its been also good because I went back to the basics. I’ve also made things even more interesting or challenging by going back into using old tools like GNU Sed, GNU Awk and the like. I say they are old because nowadays I don’t see much people commenting about using them.

Sometimes developers forget about all these great tools, or new programmers never learn them. A task that nowadays someone would normally write a whole script to execute it, it has taken me one line of a bash command. This is a huge productivity boost, so I’ll be posting some of these old but often forgotten tools and tips I’ve picked up.

So if someone else is going to attend the DrupalCon in San Francisco, I’d be glad to say hi and maybe have a beer or two and hang around the town, I’ve heard its fascinating.