Drupal Camp North 2015: The Aftermath

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Ok, that sounds a little dramatic. But it was pretty cool and we hugely enjoyed being involved, so it’s only fair we give you the low down and share the benefits of #DCNorth15 in all it’s bloggable glory.

Ok, that sounds a little dramatic. But it was pretty cool and we hugely enjoyed being involved, so it’s only fair we give you the low down and share the benefits of #DCNorth15 in all it’s bloggable glory.

Drupal Camp merchandise
Drupal Camp merchandise

Gold Sponsors of the event, we rolled up our sleeves and got stuck in. From Michael hosting a talk titled ‘A year working with Drupal’, to Mark having a bash at reviewing issues in the live ’Sprint Room community.’ Not to mention booze, BBQs and nail polish! Will explain later...

Planes, trains and automobiles, transported Drupal gurus and enthusiasts to the North East to join the ever welcoming Drupal Community at this years Drupal Camp North.

With an undeniable ‘creative buzz’ in the air, we greeted new and familiar faces to Hydrant’s goody laden stand. In fact, our latest travel mugs were a big hit. We hope they make it back to the far reaches of many a developer's den, all over the world!

The big question: Is it ready yet?

‘It’ being Drupal 8. Short answer, no. But… while it’s not front-end ready, it could be used in a “headless” capacity, for example, powering the back end of a mobile app.

What should we know about it in terms of being different to Drupal 7.x?

Drupal 8 is much more mainstream, in terms of the approach to developing it. Based on the popular Symphony framework, Drupal 8 embraces OOP (Object Oriented Programming) which is a better and more standardised way of developing, for a fast and efficient system. This should make the learning curve for accomplished developers already familiar with PHP frameworks less steep, while making development and troubleshooting more logical.

Being the latest release it’s also future proof - it embraces the latest standards, and addresses issues with Drupal 7, so all in all, it’s the latest tech.

It also does more ‘out of the box’ than Drupal 7 did. Drupal 8 encompasses many features that would need to be bolted-on to Drupal 7, so theoretically simpler to spin up a site with a standard set of core features. This also then lends itself to more of a builder role for spinning up more simple sites, with standard features. However the framework-based approach means that developing bespoke features on top of Drupal 8 may need a higher calibre of developer than Drupal 7.

It’s also worth noting that Magento 2 is also based on Symphony, and so for agencies that support both Magento and Drupal, there should be a better cross-over in terms of developer skill set.

We loved this part...

The apprenticeship scheme, used to help enthusiastic developers into the industry, is an initiative we’ll be watching closely. As passionate ambassadors of Carlisle and the surrounding Cumbria area - and with room for developers to join our team - we hope to get involved with a suitable scheme soon. Watch this space.

Oh, yes.. the nail varnish.

Well, we couldn’t possibly name names, but you’ll have to take a look at our Twitter page to see who we caught orange handed.

If you didn't make it along, the next Drupal Camp will take place in Scotland on 7th November. See you there!