Yesterday I went to Drupal Camp. In part for my masters thesis and in part to try and become more Drupalized.
Brian kroski from the New York Observer was there, as a sponsor, and told a quick story: It was after the second Drupal Camp in NYC that he decided the Observer was going to switch. A story I never told — it was after the second Drupal Camp that I decided I would do my thesis on it too.
I wasn’t feeling too well at the second Drupal Camp. At one point I put my head down on a desk to try and take a quick nap. While I was trying to make myself feel better I overheard someone talking about the history of Drupal — from DeanSpace to CivicSpace. My ears perked up overhearing it all. What an interesting story: The popularization of Drupal in the U.S. can trace itself back to the Dean campaign. I went home, did some research, and decided that was what I was going to write about.
I’m still not a hacker by any means. But there was a class on PHP for beginners by this guy. In the past I’ve often explained myself as a translator between editorial concerns and development. During the tutorial I found myself able to interpret and understand everything that was going on. I don’t think I can write code myself yet — but I was definitely able to read and understand it. Similar to someone who can understand a foreign language when it’s spoken to them, but couldn’t form a complete sentence to save their life. That’s where I’m at.
I also learned how to install a Drupal site, which actually looks much easier than I thought. It honestly looked like something I could do on a lay Sunday.
But the really exciting part was the reporting for my masters thesis. Drupal Camp might even be the opening scene. It
seems to lend itself. I’m writing a lot about historical events — so Drupal camp will lend itself to bringing everything to the present time, showing the further spread of Drupal and although it was never blatantly said — there is still a progressive liberal vibe to the whole event.
Anyways: Today I’m going to go to the McCarren Park Pool Party — and after that. You guessed it. I’ll be writing more for