Here on the Ubercart team we're developing a habit of making last minute decisions about Drupalcon attendance. Hopefully we'll learn to plan a little further ahead in the future, but doing it this way makes for a fun time finding lodging and flights. I'll be flying to Boston for my first time with Andy to represent the Ubercart project in the soon-to-be-enjoyed Drupalcon. We're excited about the opportunities to meet with more developers, say hey to some familiar faces (I'll be looking for you, Joe!), and spread the word about Ubercart. We benefited a lot from my trip to Barcelona, making improvements in security, internationalization, and core features (like file downloads and role promotions) as a direct result of developer feedback.
Ubercart is gaining ground within the Drupal community and other web development corners of the web as the e-commerce solution of choice. We're also helping build Drupal's image as the "CMS" (although I agree that term sells Drupal short) of choice for online stores, and we want that trend to continue. To that end, we're hoping to expose as many people as possible to the features and systems offered by Ubercart. We also hope to capitalize on as much collective brain power as we can to shore up some of our weaknesses as we start planning toward Ubercart 2.0.
Read on to see how we hope to make the best use of our time in Boston!
The main thing I hope to do is talk to as many people about Ubercart as I can. I look forward to meeting folks from the forums face to face, and I hope to present at least one formal session. Being able to showcase Ubercart sites and the administrative backend is essential to drawing new users and supporters as the results from Barcelona prove. Further, I look forward to doing some serious brainstorming on improving our deficiencies. For example, we know we're not internationally savvy, and meetings with other Drupallers in Barcelona and over the forums have improved our core offerings for international stores... but we're definitely not there yet.
My session proposals are as follows:
- Introducing Ubercart - For those just checking us out, this gives a brief overview of the project and showcases Ubercart's capabilities. This is a session designed for anyone to attend and benefit from.
- Ubercart Development - This session is a more in depth look at the systems, APIs, and integrations driving Ubercart. This is about folding more developers into the community.
- Ubercart Table Talk - This birds of a feather session is a more informal time where we'll field questions and brainstorm about all things Ubercart. If no one shows, I'll spend the time on my next Ubercart haiku.
Feel free to check them out, vote/comment on them, and let me know if I'm leaving something important out. I've opened a session discussion thread in our forums, although commenting here is just fine, too.
My other goal is of course to soak in as much as I can about the goings on of the Drupal community outside of the Ubersphere. While I've dabbled in Drupal 6 a little, I look forward to being exposed to all the benefits Drupal 6 will be bringing to the table that will make Ubercart that much better. I already know we're in for a heck of a time when we get to updating. (We're looking at forms API changes, a new schema API, and a new menu API... basically, everything Ubercart is built on will require change.) So, I'll be looking to learn how to make the transition as smooth as possible and lay out our guiding principles for the updated modules. I can't wait to divvy up includes based on menu paths. Kudos to chx and the others improving the menu system! It'll be awesome to have AHAH built into the forms API, too, instead of our various solutions to this in the existing modules.
So... pumping Ubercart, learning from everyone else, and certainly enjoying a few nights on the town with some good night calls to my wife (Mrs. Ubercart won't be attending :() sound like a good time in Boston. And I can't wait to slaughter some of you in laser tag given the chance.