After the beta version and the release candidate 1 it is time for the real deal! Drupal 8 is coming and it’s coming soon; on November 19, 2015.
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Now that the Release Candidate is about a few weeks old, it is time for everyone to start thinking of using D8 for more than playing around with it. At Amazee Labs we started with our own website about 2 years ago. We built, among others, gottardo2016.ch on beta10, MBA of University of St. Gallen on beta11 and Social Media Gipfel on beta15. Since the RC1 release we started two new projects and over the last year, we have gained a lot of experience with all the aspects of Drupal 8 websites.
Around one year ago I explained our usage of Elasticsearch. A year is a lot of time in the field of software industry. This also means, that our beloved setup needs to evolve over time.
DrupalCon is not only about sessions, though they are a big part of the conference. Up to 10 presentations at the same time ensure, that there is quality content for any audience. At the same time, many things happen alongside of the sessions.
Some of the side activities might be really familiar to anyone who has attended a Drupal event; some might be hidden gems that I would definitely recommend checking out.
Drupal is all about the people behind the great software we are using. Let's find out together what happens during DrupalCon.
Thursday started well, as I was past the stress of giving a talk in front of a room full of people. I barely made it to the keynote, but got there just in time to see the two community keynotes, by David Rozas and Mike Bell.
It’s Wednesday which is awesome because I had my talk delivered (please find all the resources here) yesterday and I dont need to get up as early as on the first day of the conference.
Tuesday is a very special day at any DrupalCon. This is the day when the conference officially starts. But also Tuesday is the day after the first meetings, greetings and parties with the community.
No matter how difficult it can be for one to get up early, you don’t want to miss the Prenote. It is just awesome. This time we learned the most important phrases in Catalan, enjoyed an excurse into Spanish architecture and learned, what it has in common with Drupal 8.
Even though DrupalCon (officially it's @DrupalConEur) officially only starts on Tuesday, we've already been busy at the Con on Monday. There are lots and lots of things to do on Mondays at a DrupalCon. Business Summit, Sprints and for me, setting up our booth.