SacProNet Members Participate in Tech Summit

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionMembers current and former of Sacramento Professional Network’s Computer Committee participated on Saturday, November 3, in the Bay Area Drupal Camp, or BADCamp.

The three current members were Ronnie Norwood, Ron McClure, and Arthur Ringwalt. Joining them was former member Charlie Russell, who helped to assemble SacProNet’s Web site.

Taking place on the University of California, Berkeley campus, the free conference, described by its organizers as the “culmination of the brightest minds in the technology hub of the world,” hosted a wide array of events catering to users of Drupal. Drupal is a popular open-source content management system, and it is the system SacProNet uses for its website. Keynotes, summits, training, and other various sessions were held from November 1st through the 4th.

The SPN members attended for one day in order to keep up-to-date on developments in Drupal. They learned the new building blocks of Drupal, known as modules and explored ways of keeping the SPN Web site current. As of now, the Web site uses Drupal 6 and the SPN members used some of their time at the conference making an effort to migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, a major task. While they were unable to enroll in some of the free seminars (as many were all booked by the time that they left), the members made a few steps in that regard at the BADCamp.  Even better, the group was able to attend a keynote by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert.

Dries Buytaert, a young Belgium programmer, has been named one of the top 35 world innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology review. His Drupal software now even powers the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov.

Since Drupal is open-source software, it depends on the efforts of volunteers. Drupal is a community, not just a content-management system.  with the slogan, “come for the software; stay for the community.” Learning Drupal is a good way of meeting individuals who are like-minded programmers and designers, and events like BADCamp help facilitate this.

Additional info on 2012's BADCamp can be found here. More info on Drupal can be found here.