Drupalcon San Francisco sessions are now set, including several Lullabot sessions. Lullabot loves you, and we especially love to see you in person! Come and see us there!


Lullabot is offering three Pre-Conference Trainings on Sunday. If you've ever wanted to attend a Lullabot workshop but never had one close to you, this is a great opportunity! And if you know someone else who could benefit from one of these all-day workshops, please point them this way. Spend a whole day with the 'Bots learning more about Drupal, what could be better than that?


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

How Drupal Works: An Architect's Overview by Jeff Eaton

Over the past decade, Drupal has grown from a hobbyist's side project to a world-class CMS framework. For those just joining the party, though, finding information about its design, architecture, and development philosophy can be difficult. Most information exists in API-specific silos, while birds-eye-view introductions focus on site builders rather than developers and architects.

This session will provide a high-level overview of Drupal's major architectural components, common development patterns, and key subsystems. More importantly, it will explain how these pieces fit together, what the current points of pain are, and where change is likely to happen in the future. In addition, we'll look at how "The Way Things Are" came to be, covering important events in Drupal's architectural history.

Whether you're an architect overseeing a Drupal project, a developer coming to the Drupal world after working with other frameworks, or an existing Drupal developer looking to get the big picture, this session will help put you on the right track.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lullabot Case Study by Liza Kindred

Ever wondered what goes on in the wild and wacky world at Lullabot? Come learn from one of the world's top Drupal companies - their secrets to running a successful business in the Drupal-sphere, how non-traditonal business models have helped them get ahead, and what lessons they've learned throughout the years that you can benefit from. From developing top Drupal sites (such as grammy.com and MTV.co.uk) to consulting with dozens of high-profile clients to the longest running Drupal workshops in the world, they've seen it all. Come learn their tips, tricks, and pick up a couple of Lullabot-isms along the way.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Drupal 7: What you need to know by Angie Byron

Since February 2008, the community has been hard at work on Drupal 7, which is rapidly nearing completion (or possibly already complete ;)). This revolutionary new release sports literally hundreds of improvements, and Angela Byron, the Drupal 7 co-maintainer, will lead you through the most important ones and how they'll impact your future site building endeavors.

Get answers to your frequently asked questions, learn about the changes are coming down the pipe for clients, site builders, designers, and developers, find out more about the core development process, and take away some action items for what you can do to help make Drupal 7 the most awesome release of Drupal yet.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CCK to Fields: Getting There From Here by Karen Stevenson

Fields in Core will be exciting and powerful, but we still have some work ahead of us. Now it's time to figure out how to get there from where we are now. Hundreds of developers need to update their CCK-related modules, and thousands of administrators will need to update their data. Plus not everything about CCK made it into core. Which modules and functionality were left behind, and why?

Karen Stevenson, one of the CCK maintainers and part of the team that got this code into core, will talk about the upgrade path and the 'left-behinds', and what those of us who have been using CCK in Drupal 6 will need to do to adjust to Fields in Core in Drupal 7.

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Token for Fun and Profit in Drupal 7 by Jeff Eaton

For years, the Token module has provided Drupal developers with a consistent, centralized API for replacing placeholders with dynamic content in user-facing text. Drupal 7 includes a new, advanced version of Token as part of core! This session will cover what's new, what's changed, and how your modules can make the transition.

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

The exodus: leading Drupal out of CVS by Angie Byron, Damien Tournoud, & Derek Wright

In those times, the children of Drupal served with rigour under the law of CVS. One week the test bot was down, and a poor, bored, core committer decided to show the way out of this oppression. And there we are. Drupal.org is moving out of CVS, and you can help make this real.

The answer is toward a distributed version control system, GIT. In this panel discussion, led by members of Drupal.org infrastructure team, we will discuss how to make the most of that tool and how we plan to improve the daily life of everyone coding, reviewing and committing on Drupal.org.


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Best Practices For Managing a Drupal Firm a Panel including Liza Kindred

Are you currently a sole practitioner providing Drupal services and would one day like to run your own firm? Are you a partner at an existing multi-developer firm looking for fresh ideas and suggestions? Are you interested in networking with other owners, who have a like-minded interest in building a practice around Drupal?

In this session, we will look beyond the technology side of Drupal and dig into the business end of what it takes to run a successful Drupal agency. We’ll touch on critical subject matter topics in areas like sales, recruiting, accounting, human resources, and how to effectively market your services.

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Karen Stevenson

Karen is one of Drupal's great pioneers, co-creating the Content Construction Kit (CCK) which has become Field UI, part of Drupal core.