PNW Drupal Summit, final thoughts

What didn’t show up in my notes, but was in my Twitter feed, is that C’s cold was, in fact, almost certainly the flu. Saturday he got a fever that left him delirious, but thankfully broke that night. Sunday he was doing better, but I still left a couple of hours early, since I had a long bus ride home. Honestly, I’m glad I got home at 7pm instead of 9pm. I’d be (even more of) a complete mess today getting home that late. I’m feeling torn about having been gone while he was sick. It would’ve been good to be around in case something really awful had happened, but I’m not sure how helpful I would’ve actually been, since mostly he just needed sleep and fluids. Plus the Drupal Summit was incredibly interesting and useful.

One thing I tried out that wasn’t actually covered in the sessions – MAMP. I kept seeing presenters using local installations for demonstrations, and so I finally looked up the MAMP project. And it rocks! Sunday morning I set up Managing News on the laptop, and on the bus ride home I fiddled around with some ideas for an ENA project. (I think I need to switch from CiviCRM 2.x to 3.x.) Super-easy.

Drupal 7 is looking quite interesting, lots of smart ideas coming out with the new release. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, but it even looks like more modules will be ready than were available at the beginning of D6. I spent a long time waiting for modules to come out before we could do Drupal for work.

I think I have a bunch of work to do reworking some panels implementations, but I’m okay with that. I’m also looking at exploring some new-to-me modules (features, context, deploy, admin, flickr, drush) and getting better acquainted with CTools.

The venue was quite nice, even if the wifi was totally busted. Food was good, although I wish there’d been hot water for tea; omnomnom donuts! The name tags were especially clever, with a space for “also known as”, which turns out quite useful in a community where lots of people have better known usernames than real names.

Of course, the people were fantastic — all the great volunteers setting up and getting things moving! Plus I met some fun interesting people. (Ashley & Syne were great to hang out with over by the power outlets.) Really, Drupal people are fabulous: friendly, curious, and helpful. I just wish Seattle wasn’t so damn far away. Somebody suggested that I organize a Drupal user’s group or a DrupalCamp in Olympia…oh, if only I had time and energy!