If you know me at all you have to know that a CMS is a Content Management System and, for me, the best one going is Drupal. That's why I am so excited to be heading out to Chicago and taking the short trip uptown to Evanston. The CMS-Expo is a 3 day event at the Hotel Orrington April 29th through May 1st. (Oh Man! My B-Day is May 1st!) Since Drupal is not the only CMS available, there will also be tracks for WordPress and Joomla.
Drupalcon ticket | $200
Flight | $178
My portion of a shared hotel | $432
Meals and Cab fare | about $200
I have started twice to post a new blog and found myself distracted by mounting tasks. Here's a quick update on everything I can think of.
Man...I finally got around to making my 1st blog since New Years Day, and what's it about? DRUPAL! [[AND a little catch up on how my year has been going]] I started the year off unemployed but by Jan 12th wound up enjoying my 1st day on the NEW job at www.SlingShotSEO.com where I write PHP code, administer severs, and develop in Drupal. Now it's January 24th and I've enjoyed two wonderful weeks at the new gig. SlingShot SEO does what its name implies as well as developing high end sites for businesses with a focus on E-Commerce. They deal with a custom CMS that a former employee developed. They have one Drupal site in current development AND a few more coming up. There were 3 developers in the company and then I came in to become the 4th. The other three were indoctrinated into Drupal by joining the Indiana Drupal Users Group that I lead. Thanks to meeting them at the meetings, they now work with Drupal and I now work with them! BIG NEWS!!! I have my plane ticket AND hotel set up for Drupalcon in Washington DC March 4-7. http://dc2009.drupalcon.com For those who don't know it... Drupalcon is the MAJOR convention for users and developers of the Drupal Content Management System. This years Drupalcon is being held in Washington DC in early March. I attended the 2008 Drupalcon in Boston last March. This years even is sponsored by MANY great organizations including www.sun.com , www.google.com , www.warnerbrosrecords.com , www.divx.com , www.princess.com, and www.pbs.org/engage A complete list can be found at http://dc2009.drupalcon.org/sponsors Why am I going?
I'm paying homage to 2008; the year that will go down in history as the most incredible year of my web development career. When 2008 started I had no idea that EVERYTHING was going to change. On the last day of 2007 I created my Drupal.org account http://drupal.org/user/222746 and days before that I downloaded & installed Drupal; a file that was barely 1Meg in size. For those of you who don't know... Drupal is a funny named but POTENT piece of software that doesn't run on your computer. It runs on a web-server allowing you to create amazing [OH SO AMAZING] websites. Check out this 16 page list of 100+ sites built with Drupal. http://buytaert.net/tag/drupal-sites Anyway... Back to my awesome year.
I spend a lot of time with people who have a desire to advance their Drupal skills. Whether its the good folks in #drupal-support IRC chatroom, the people in the forums and groups, or the members of my local Indy Drupal Users Group here in Indianapolis, they all have one thing in common. They find it challenging to navigate the tremendous wealth of resources available to Drupal users. I think you'll agree that this "problem" is a good one to have. It sure beats the other CMS communities who don't have anywhere near as many resources for their users. What to do?
The event was 7 days ago, but I finally got the pictures off of my camera.
btw... that gallery was built using Acquia-Drupal and the image-gallery that accompanies it. I LOVE IT. Every picture is a node and thus can have 5star voting, comments, etc.