Drupal

Drupal is a free, open source content management system, primarily aimed at websites but equally capable of providing content to frameworks like React, apps, services like Alexa, whatever you can think of.

Whilst I have really enjoyed building this little website, and slowly beginning to write a little more, one thing that has troubled me the whole time is how to facilitate conversation on the topics I bring up in a way that I can believe that the person making a comment is actually who they say they are. Or, at least, they are the same person I interact with on other platforms as that identity.

"Oh that's easy!", I hear you say, "Just use a tool that allows someone to login using their identity elsewhere - lots of ways to do that, such as OpenID."

Having had the joy of experiencing organised events etc from both sides of the coin, as a participant and as an organiser, I have had ample opportunity to notice one thing — people in open source communities can do one thing that makes the experience of organising so much more pleasant: commit early.

I see again and again organisers of conferences, from small meet-ups even up to DrupalCon itself, worrying whether people will buy the tickets they need for the event to be a success, right up until the last few weeks (and days!)

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The huge, huge advantage of using an off-the-shelf, soon-to-be-core theme is that the quality is high, like really high. 

Of course, there is always a possibility I would want to add something (and I have an idea for a little animation in the back of my mind) so I wanted to find a way to do that without making any changes to the actual theme.

When Lewis Nyman tweeted about a funky little way to add a "dark mode", I saw my opportunity...

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A whole team have people are working on a new default theme for Drupal 9, to be introduced in version 9.1, called "Olivero" and I think it is so beautiful, it finally prompted me to make a blog for myself simply so I could use it!

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Well, to be honest, I do rather like the default content we make on Drupal 9 site install these days:

 

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As Community Liaison, I find it important to liaise face-to-face whenever I can, and an opportunity presented itself to visit a community I have not been able to spend time with until now; that in India.

This was going to not only be the first time I’ve worked with the community in India but also my first time in India. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Will I see any elephants?”

I am happy to see that many people are doing a really good job of writing up about what happened at DrupalCon Vienna 2017. I can’t do a better job than that already done so I’m going to try and take a different approach and talk about how all the things that happened made me feel. Buckle-up, this might get emotional…

Or, why Dries’ interesting article is missing incredibly valuable data but that’s fair because that data is really hard to collect…

I’m very happy that Dries had had the opportunity to update his blog post, “Who sponsors Drupal development?” as it does create an interesting picture about the project and community I care so much about.

I don’t think it will come to the surprise to many, though, that I am left feeling frustrated that it concentrates on code-contribution, though.