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#drupalcon Day 1 Session Highlights


The day got off to a good start with an excellent keynote speech by Dries on The State of Drupal.

After a short break the rest of the day unfolded with some great sessions and here are my highlights from the day. The bangers and mash wasn't one of them so I might try the veggie option tomorrow!

If you're heading to Croydon College for a session it's a bit of a rat run, up 3 levels, turn right and keep walking then it's a right for BOF or a left Business Day sessions. Make sure you sign in at reception or you'll have security on your back.

Doing Drupal Security Right

A must read according to speaker Gábor Hojtsy is the book Cracking Drupal, I don't think he's on commission but he made a good case for buying it!

A list of security risks relevant to Drupal sites:

  • Misconfiguration
  • Avoid FTP
  • Site might be secure but server could be vulnerable, especially shared hosting
  • Avoid php input format
  • Most vulnerabilities are in themes

Liveblogging #drupalcon: Keynote By Dries Talks Of Large Scale Goals

The first keynote speech of DrupalCon 2011 was delivered by Dries Buytaert, the original creator of Drupal, which spelled out a very bright future for Drupal and his goals for the system, more of that later.

He started off with the figure of attendees, a massive 1,750 making this the biggest DrupalCon held in Europe!

Dries went on to emphasise the adoption of Open Source by large media firms and how Drupal is at the forefront of this. But not only media, government offices are also getting involved. Data.gov.uk and London.gov.uk are just two UK sites that use Drupal.

If you think Drupal is only for small scale websites then you might want to check out Symantec which has over 240,000 users making this a huge success story for the company.

Drupal 7 Adoption

Dries highlighted concerns in the community that apparent adoption of Drupal 7 has been slow but this is not the case. Drupal 6 took twelve months to reach 100,000 users, whereas Drupal 7 only took half that time to reach the same number.

DrupalCon Live

The State of Drupal Survey Results

Liveblogging #drupalcon: Badge and T-Shirt Collected - Ready To Go

Drupalcon London

I've just visited the venue for this years DrupalCon, collected my badge, programme, t-shirt, wrist band and Batman Live ticket, so we're ready to go!

Liking The Jam style tshirt very much.

All that's left to do now is to check through the schedule of sessions and nail down a final list to go to over the next 3 days.

Hopefully I'll see you there.

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DrupalCon tshirt

Drupal Developers at DrupalCon

Drupalcon London

Drupal developers and front end users will be coming together this week at DrupalCon and it's looks like it going to be the biggest European DrupalCon yet!

There's going to be some great keynotes and sessions to listen to and we'll be there to report back with live tweets and blog posts all week. So if you want to keep up to date with all things Drupal make sure you follow me on Twitter and subscribe to this blog (top right hand column).

Drupalcon 2011 Europe Comes To London

Drupalcon London

Drupalcon 2011 Europe is coming to London in August and we can't wait. The week of the 22nd August sees all things Drupal, code sprints, Drupal theming, modules, parties! heading to Croydon in South London.

It couldn't be easier for us as we're just a short drive, with the top down, to the venue. There's going to be plenty of opportunities to meet some key players in the market and discuss Drupal all day long. My girlfriend will be happy to have a break from Drupal this, Drupal that talk!


Tuesday 23rd August sees the opening keynote from Dries Buytaert, the original creator of Drupal. Day 2 opens with Tom Standage author and digital editor of the Economist followed on day 3 by The Stanardistas, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson.

Great iPhone Running Armband

Belkin DualFit Armband - iPhone 4

As I've stepped up the running since the football season ended I was on the look out for an armband to hold my iPhone. Having read various reviews of armband screens cracking or not allowing access to the screen properly I picked out the one I wanted carefully.

The great people over at Mobile Fun supply some cool iPhone 4 accessories and they were happy to send me the Belkin DualFit Armband to review.

First impressions were good, the phone fitted snuggly into the sleeve so there was no worries of it popping out again during a run. The next test was to try using the phone whilst in situ, this being an important aspect of the armband. I was wary of reports of other armbands not allowing you to use your phone but the Belkin passed the test with flying colours.

I've used it twice and can safely say the plastic cover seems quite flexible and doesn't look like it's going to crack either, which is a bonus. The armband comes with a secure velcro strap with two eyelets, one for muscle bound hunks, the other for the more lithe arm.

6 New Drupal Modules To Check Out

Drupal logo

I've selected 6 new Drupal modules below that caught my eye when scanning the modules list.

From those picked out I'd have to give special mention to two modules, CSS Live and Webform A/B Testing.

For web designers and themers CSS Live lookers particularly useful allowing you to not just edit the CSS but save it at the same time. So no need to go back and forth between Firebug and your CSS files saving time.

The second module which looks really attractive is Webform A/B Testing which allows you to spilt test forms and determine winning conditions. When those winning conditions have been met the winning form is then shown to future visitors to that form.

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