DrupalCon London DrupalCon London Aug. 19th, 2011 Aaron Stanush

DrupalCon London

August 19th, 2011

DrupalCon London is next week and if you’re lucky enough to attend, get ready to have your mind blown by the top minds in the Drupal community. We’re sending two web chefs to escape the Texas heat and bask in the grey skies and rich culture of London*. Here’s what they’ll be presenting:

Mad skillz: Become the best in the world
Diana Dupuis – Wednesday, 15:00

Are you a themer or developer who wants to work on bigger, more complicated projects? Do you want to send your resume to top Drupal shops and get hired? Do you want to assess and improve your skills?

If so, come to this session and create your plan. You will leave with you a take-home list of essential traitz and skillz. You’ll also find out what a few top Drupal shops and in-house Drupal team leaders say are the “Most Important Skillz” their best developers possess.

Don’t design websites. Design web SYSTEMS!
Todd Nienkerk and Adam Snetman (Thinkso Creative) – Wednesday, 13:45

Drupal’s theme layer is very flexible and can accommodate just about any web design. It’s important for designers to remember, however, that they’re not really creating a page — they’re building a complete system to house the all of the site’s content. By creating the sitemaps, wireframes, and mockups, designers are actually outlining a site’s feature set. Designers, not developers, determine a site’s purpose and functionality.

In this session, we will talk about the importance of understanding a CMS during the initial design phase of a project, as well as how to create a Drupal-optimized design. Standard practices, tools, and Drupal-specific shortcuts will be discussed in detail.

UPDATE: The Economist: An informal technical case study
Diana Dupuis and developers from The Economist – Thursday, 14:45

For people interested in big websites and their unique challenges, this panel offers a behind the scenes look at The Economist site. A team of experienced Economist developers will talk about the complicated challenges, the innovative solutions, and the still-to-be-solved issues of this popular website. There will also be a (lively, no doubt) Q&A.

The presentation aspect of this session will focus on workflow challenges, testing, performance issues, necessary custom-coded solutions, and 3rd party integration. Sprinkled in, there will be tales of the complex migration from the legacy site to Drupal. The panel will then answer questions and discuss the issues attendees want to delve more deeply into.


  • Fish and chips. Monty Python. Scones. Colour.**
    **No, really. We love all these things.

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