With the introduction of Drupal 7 comes a wave of new and improved modules. One of which was being presented yesterday and peeked my curiosity. As a Drupal developer, one of my biggest headaches is trying to implement a user-friendly system that allows content managers to add photos, videos, and more to their content. This seems to be an area where WordPress has excelled and Drupal has been left in the dust.
The new Media module seems to be a definite step in the right direction. Multiple file uploading, video and audio uploading, photo galleries, drag and drop photo organizing, and third party service integration are just some of the cool features. And while this module is still in it’s development infancy, it may be ready to roll by the time we decide to make the leap to Drupal 7. Until then, I’ll just have to tinker.
After yesterday’s sessions Wesley, Tanya, and myself headed out for a short walk around the city. Chicago is truly amazing. Here are some shots (please excuse the poor iPhone quality).
Chicago is quite the place, and a perfect venue for DrupalCon 2011. Although it’s a bit chilly, it feels like summer after leaving the -20 degree Southern Alberta weather.
For a few hundred of us keeners, DrupalCon began today with a full day of Drupal training. I attended a session taught by Eaton from Lullabot, focusing on creating modules for Drupal 7. Overall, it was a useful session filled with hooks, forms, and API goodness. There are actually some really cool changes that have been implemented for Drupal 7 and I’m excited to get some time and try them out. Now, we just need to start developing our University sites using D7!
To this point, the conference seems extremely well organized, and everything seems to be running very smoothly. I’ve already collected a ton of great swag including the coveted Drupal pajama pants, a Drupal T-shirt, and the first ever issue of Watchdog Magazine (Drupal’s own mag – sweet!). Funny thing… as we were looking through the DC2011 program, we came across a great Microsoft ad. I’ve got to give ’em credit for owning up to their disastrous mistake. If only I was a drinker, I’d be more than happy to take them up on their offer.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be another great day. I’ve had my my eye on a few sessions and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be checking out these sessions:
On a personal note, I took some time this evening and ventured to the United Center to watch my first ever NBA game. The Bulls vs. the Hornets. It was an awesome atmosphere and luckily, the Bulls won so everyone around me was in a good mood. When I got back to my hotel room, Wesley had left a note on my door telling me he had some left over pizza from supper. Wow! Chicago has some great “za”. Talk about Dense! The one slice I had was probably 2 inches deep and must have weighed a pound. Pizza Hut just won’t be the same when I get home.