Ubercamp 2.0 Hosted by Drupalcamp Colorado

Been a while since I've had a chance to post... a nasty flu bug (sadly, not the swine flu) had me down for the count for a couple of weeks, and I'm just now catching up on the backlog of work and "things-to-do." However, my general lack of productivity couldn't stop plans to schedule Ubercamp 2.0 from coming together.

Several of us chatted at the code sprint in DC about where our next Uber-event would be, but I had no idea a wonderful opportunity would fall into my lap. The organizers of <a href="http://www.drupalcampcolorado.com">Drupalcamp Colorado</a> approached me about hosting an Ubercamp at their venue over the weekend of June 27-28. At first I was bummed, because I saw that I had plans for that week... then I realized a day later after sharing the bad news that I was looking at May on my calendar, and magically my schedule conflict cleared up!

So, Ubercamp 2.0 is a go for a joint venture with Drupalcamp Colorado. We'll be bringing as many Ubercart users and developers together under one roof there in Denver as possible. Ubercart sessions will focus on configuration walkthroughs and practical module demonstrations in the same vein as my <a href="http://dc2009.drupalcon.org/session/advanced-ubercart-usage">Advanced Ubercart Usage</a> session from Drupalcon DC. With a little more time, though, it won't be quite so rushed. They'll be up for voting ASAP, and hopefully others from the community (hint hint) will be proposing their own sessions once the site is open for proposals.

Basically... I can't wait! <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/cool.png" alt="Cool." /> <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/forum/announcements/10804/ubercamp_20_coming_jun... out this thread</a> for a little more info and to sound off if you can make it. The price will be dirt cheap, the community will be great, and I'm sure there's some good food to be had. If not, I vote the next Ubercamp happens in Ethiopia or India. Mmmm...

Lastly, if you can't handle waiting that long to see me, there are still a couple of seats left at my <a href="http://www.commerceguys.com/training/drupal-ubercart-training-chicago">U... training in Chicago</a> scheduled for May 27-29. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/wink.png" alt="Wink" />

Oh, and Christina and I found out we're having a girl! Name pending, but it's looking like it'll be Tolkien inspired.

Ubercamp Recap

<img src="http://www.bywombats.com/files/ubercamp-group.jpg" style="padding-left: 1em;" align="right" /> Well, <a href="http://www.bywombats.com/topics/ubercamp">Ubercamp</a> is now a couple days over and my sunburned shoulders are starting to heal. It's a small price to pay for an awesome weekend on the Lake with my wife, co-workers, and new friends from Michigan, California, and Tennessee. We were blessed to have such wonderful company, weather, and food!

A quick recap is in order... (If you don't feel like clicking individual picture links, feel free to check out <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982">Tim's Ubercamp galleries</a>.)
<li>We <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampFridayHeadingToTheLake/phot... tested/packaged</a> up the <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/news/jul-25-2008/ubercart_11_bug_fix_release">1.2 release</a>.</li>
<li>We spent Friday night in the dock getting used to the boat and to one another, chowing down on burgers and brats, and <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampFridayHeadingToTheLake/phot... dancing</a> our <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Dance_Revolution">revolution</a>.</li>
<li>Saturday we taxied out of the <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSunday/photo#52281400044493... and found a <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayOutOnTheLake/photo#... cove</a> perfect for <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayOutOnTheLake/photo#..., swimming, <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayAfternoonEvening/ph..., and <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayAfternoonEvening/ph... in peace.</li>
<li>Roundtable discussion over lunch (farm fresh chicken and sweet corn) and into the evening about where <a href="http://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a> is, where it's headed, and how we can more effectively enable and benefit from the community (and the Drupal community at large). Good notes here... action to follow. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/cool.png" /></li>
<li>I <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayAfternoonEvening/ph... into the sunset</a> and didn't want to return or go home (ever).</li>
<li>More <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSaturdayAfternoonEvening/ph... learning and discussion</a> time over an awesome steak dinner on Saturday and egg breakfasts on Sunday morning.</li>
<li>Sunday we had some final <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSunday/photo#52281389027407... and <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/TimH4982/UbercampSunday/photo#52281396139239... play time as we brought the houseboat back to port and lamented the end of Ubercamp 1.0. <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/smile.png" /></li>

So, all in all it was a wonderful wonderful trip...<!--break--> We made some good movement on Ubercart, got some feedback from developers/users (and one potential user), and were able to hash out some of the details for moving forward into Drupal 6 and beyond. If I would change anything in the future, I'd remember to take pictures of the food and try to block out more time for the informal learning time. I think everyone has something to learn and to share, and I found these times to be very fruitful.

In case you can't tell by the pictures, you missed a crazy good time if you weren't there. We hope to see more people in the future, and we hope the events encourage/enable more people to dive into developing Ubercart sites and modules.

Special thanks go to Mike and Tim for providing the food and the WaveRunner and to Andy for letting us use and enjoy the houseboat for the weekend.

Ubercamp Photos

Tim has posted a plethora of photos from the weekend to a public Picasa gallery. Those interested in seeing what they missed should check it out! <img src="http://www.bywombats.com/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/example/wink.png" />


Ubercamping it (Pt. 3)

Sunday morning was a little slower than Saturday morning. There's something about a day on the Lake with late night conversation and hacking (including e-mail... amazing) that just tires you out.

We had a staggered round of breakfasts followed by a little more tubing time and informal chat time. Unfortunately, while the WaveRunner was out the tree stump that anchored our boat on one side of our private cove (incredible, by the way...) decided to break free. This meant Mike and I had to swim to shore, rope in hand, and pull the boat back toward the center so it wouldn't get cozy with the opposite shore. We probably wouldn't have asked for this to happen, but I can't say I didn't enjoy the challenge.

On the way back to the marina, we decided there should be a Drupal boat permanently on the water with wireless internet access. Folks can come hang out for a week, work on a job, and then go on their way. Who wouldn't want to code in such conditions? It really was amazing, and I'm glad we got to hang out with the folks who came.