DrupalCon Barcelona - Day 4
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.
A lot of topics this year turned around the health of the Drupal community, and the two smaller keynotes didn’t disappoint.
David Rozas spoke about his PhD research on the Drupal community and Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP). Some of the points that came out where the fact that affective contribution like organising event is underrepresented and undervalued in the open source community, although this affective contributions are essential to help it scale and grow without losing the sense of community.
Mike Bell then went on stage and stunned everyone with his raw and honest keynote on his mental health condition. He spoke very openly about a subject that is taboo, especially in the work-life, but also talked about the cost of depression for the company and what can be done to help people you work with.
After the coffee break I went to watch my colleague Josef Dabernig and Adam Juran’s presentation Building layouts from 7 to 8: Coding vs Clicking. The talk was fast-paced and looked at different types of templates like landing pages or simple pages, and showed us the different approaches to building these with the Drupal interface or in the theme with code. The code was full of in-depth information the state of modules like panels, page manager and display suite in Drupal 8 and what methods are already available in D8 and what still needs workarounds.
After lunch I went to see the presentation about Visual Regression Testing by Amitai Burstein, which is something that has been on my mind a lot in the last two years with the growing complexity of front-end code.
The last talk I watch, but this time online, where the usability results presented by Angie Byron, Bojhan Somers and Lewis Nyman Making Drupal a better out-of-the-box product: Report on usability testing results and how we can make 8.1.x+ shine.
The day ended with a great Closing session and the much-loved Trivia Night!