This week Drupal fans gathered in Colorado for DrupalCon Denver.
Dries Buytaert gave the keynote address. He talked about the mobile web and the plans for Drupal 8.
There were just over 3000 people at DrupalCon this year and most of them were in the huge auditorium at the Colorado Convention Center.
Keypoints of the Keynote
Video of the Keynote
Yesterday's innovators no longer lead today. Drupal needs to keep taking risks, innovating and moving forward.
Companies fail because they stop innovating. Kodak is a great example. They invented digital photography but weren't bold enough to disrupt their own existing business.
Drupal needs to keep embracing big jumps forward.
A SWOT Analysis of Drupal
Dries jumps into a SWOT analysis of Drupal today:
SWOT Analysis: Strengths
SWOT Analysis: Weaknesses
SWOT Analysis: Opportunities
We are now in the 5th major tech cycle of the last 50 years: mobile. There are 1.5 million Drupal sites and from this point forward there are three big opportunities for growth
SWOT Analysis: Threats
Time to kick ass with D8. Focus will be on three audiences: developers, site visitors, authors.
They spent months thinking on how to update the framework. Their conclusion was to leverage Symfony much more than expected: "we found out we wanted to use more of it than we expected". It's a huge decision. It's similar to the decision to use JQuery for the backend. He hopes that sing more Symfony will help attract more devs.
2) Site Visitors
Needs to be great mobile experience. In 2010, only 3% mobile. The prediction is that the vast majority of traffic will be mobile by 2015. That traffic will consist of two types: apps and browsers. We need to address both.
Need to embrace a mobile culture. Need to do it before everyone else.
Drupal wins on technical strength but loses on authoring which he defines as layout, media, content staging, workflow, in-line-editing, layouts, localization, mobile authoring.
To address this:
What's the Plan?
Two big questions:
Here's the schedule for Drupal 8:
Time is short for authoring improvements. Here's the schedule for UI improvements:
Drupal initiatives are going well on the design but not on the implementation yet. Here's a detailed overview of the iniatives. Needs help. Here's where they are today: