Some highlights from Drupalcon San Francisco

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Drupalcon San Francisco was great. Here is some of what stood out to me, in no particular order:

  • Tim O'Reilly's keynote was great (see link for it in comments). It put perspective on where Drupal fits into the larger world and reminded me that I actually came to Drupal for a reason, not just for technology or Drupal itself. While listening to the keynote, I couldn't help but think that Dries' personal push for RDF in core (which I've seen some head-scratching about from some) might owe part of its genesis to his own talks with O'Reilly.
  • The presentation YOU SHALL NOT PASS: Managing Expectations and Boundaries of Clients is one of the hidden gems of Drupalcon. If you're not project managing your clients/work the way they describe, you're doing it wrong (or at least for less money, more aggravation, and less satisfaction!).
  • Larry Garfield's session Objectifying PHP was a wonderful session for anyone who is ready to move to the next level with object oriented methods (pun intended) and practices.
  • The money, as well as the number of people, and type of people involved with Drupal these days has definitely changed the feel of the conference as compared to earlier ones I've attended. This is true even comparing it to DC which was only last year, let alone the first one I went to 4 years ago (OSCMS). There is no good or bad implied here, just worth noting since it has implications (and things will likely continue in this direction for a while).
  • For the past year or so it's been cliche to say, 'No one person one can know everything about Drupal anymore'. For me the new saying is, 'No one person would even *want* to know everything about Drupal anymore'. There are vast, vast knowledge areas within Drupal that have their own following, experts, and activity levels. Don't get me wrong, it's *all* extremely interesting, but gazooks...
  • For now videos/screencasts for presentations (they don't all seem to have them) can be found by going to this page and clicking through to the individual presentation page you're interested in. UPDATE: Videos posted here too.
  • Hottest Drupal-related career: Project/QA manager. The need for developers and themers, is plenty hot of course, but I'd be willing to bet that at least some of the larger Drupal-based companies/shops would choose a competent project/QA manager over a competent developer if forced to choose only one.
  • The way Drupal 7's $page array, hook_page_alter, and drupal_render works, simultaneously makes me want to use Drupal 7 RIGHT DARN NOW, as well as makes me wonder just how horrifically these features will be abused. (who needs a custom theme anymore - Garland with a bunch of hook_page_alters should work just fine, right) ;)
  • If you want the sneak peak for the next North American Drupalcon, look no further.

If you have a highlight you'd like to share please leave a comment.

22 April, 2010


I'm curious what made you want to add "unofficial" to the description of the certification.

We feel it's about as official as anything else, especially considering that our tweaks to the algorithm should make it much more accurate now that we've got a lot of great feedback on scores that are out of whack.

Anyway, thanks for your time discussing the site at the Con - great to see you again - and thanks for mentioning CertifiedToRock here!

Hi Greg - no disrespect, was only pointing out that it wasn't decreed by the Drupal Association or anything along those lines! Honestly, I'd be just as happy if certifiedtorock is as "official" as certification gets (but I doubt it will be based on some of the programs I'm seeing in the pipeline at Acquia and other places).

Almost all sessions are up at and can be viewed at the session pages . The wmv versions are of better quality than the mp4's. Tim O'Reilly's keynote is available for download at and I can suggest vlc (videolan) to watch it.