Regular readers might know that I’m a big fan of the Content Managment System Drupal. I’ve been actively promoting this system for 3 years, and I was active when Drupal Danmark, the Danish Drupal community, was established in the spring of 2006.
Despite this, I’ve never really managed to build anything useful using Drupal!
It’s not that I haven’t tried, actually I’ve ventured into a number of projects where I’ve tried to use Drupal as an application framework, because I, strongly, believe that Drupal is so much more than a CMS.
The projects haven’t failed completely, and I’ve learned valuable lessons, but I never really managed to finish them.
As a developer trying to work with a CMS for development is rather frustrating, since you get to spend most of your time configuring the system, and you constantly run into limitations, that mostly are related to the fact that developers and non-developers alike, has to be able to configure the system.
Why did the projects fail? Was it due to lacking skills on my part, or is Drupal not suited to use as an application framework or are there additional factors?
I’d like to explore this, so I’ve signed-up for the very first DrupalCamp Copenhagen, that will be held November 15th and 16th 2008 in Copenhagen.
I’ve also proposed a session: Using Drupal as a Web Application Framework, let’s see if that is accepted, but for sure I’m not going to be a tourist, and I’m going to actively pursue an answer to my questions.
You’ve come a long way baby
Like I mentioned, I was present when we took the first steps trying to establish the community back in spring of 2006, but since late 2006 I’ve been mostly absent from the community.
Since then Drupal, and Drupal Danmark, has grown stronger and stronger, and if you take a look at the sign-ups for DrupalCamp Copenhagen 2008, you can see how strong the community has grown.
The fact that there’s a significant number of international attendees is impressive. This has a lot to do with Drupal Danmark and evangelists like Morten DK’s and Mikkel Høgh’s very active participation in the international community.
So thank you all for growing the community, and having the guts to go ahead with DrupalCamp Copenhagen 2008. YOU ROCK!
Drupal Danmark: You’ve come a long way baby.
Hope to see you at DrupalCamp Copenhagen.
2 replies on “DrupalCamp Copenhagen 2008 – Drupal Danmark: You’ve come a long way, baby”
Sounds really interesting – hope I can make it to your talk. How about using Drupal as a collaboration platform? Do you have any experience in that regard? I’m specifically thinking about a combination of social networking, social media and information- and document sharing. I’ve looked (only superficially) at “Organic Groups”, but they seem a bit “rough” and not fully reaching their potential. Do you agree with this observation?
Yes, I have indeed toyed with exactly that – and this is actually one of the “failed” projects I’d like to address in my proposed session for DrupalCamp Copenhagen.
What I have running is actually a prototype that mimics, and to some extent, surpasses a service like Jaiku.
Where I got stuck was in implementing better usability, that’s tough, and even thougher if you’re trying to implement that in a standard system.