Waiting on the airport for 12 hours seeing your flight getting delayed every hour isn't fun at all. I always had a romantic view on the aspect of sitting and waiting at the gate, but that is now a great illusion. To make it worse: I have boarded two times in the airplane and exited it twice after the captain announced we couldn't take off, the second time our flight eventually got cancelled due to fog on JFK. God damn, I should have been standing on Times Square right now with my sunglasses on watching all the billboards! Oh well, second try tomorrow.
Apart from the Code Sprint at the MIT tomorrow, DrupalCon Boston is officially over. It was a great experience and a confirmation that I've made the right choice for this wonderfull development framework - not a real cms as some people would like to call it. Some personal hightlights.
Dries' keynote on monday was impressive and inspiring at the same time. Recognizing that Drupal is in fact in it's early stages, he adressed a very strong vision on where Drupal should go. The part where he showed a video about the integration of RDF and sparql combined with his definition of web 3.0 - yeah, it's an ugly word which he also knows - was mindblowing. Another great moment was when Károly Négyesi stood up and applauded (almost like a child) when Dries announced he would extend the development cycle for D7 to 9 months *if* we somehow integrate (simple) unit testing into core (and contrib). Anyone not supporting this idea is just a fool.
Open source is insecure
This is of course not true as you know. It's a quote from the hilarious keynote from Chris Dibona, former editor of /. , now Open Source manager at Google. Leslie Hawthorn also joined the keynote as she is responsible for the Summer of Code and the Google Higly Open Participation Contest which sponsored a lot of drupal students, so hurray for google! Also fun: anyone remember matrix reloaded where Trinity sat in front of a terminal typing 'nmap' ? Well, a gui for nmap was made during the summer of code called UMIT - Use Me Instead Trinity. Fun right ?
Instead of thousands contrib modules with scattered functionality, more modules are released every day giving us developers a strong api and several of them eventually end up in core also. This not only reduces the huge overhead of having to many contrib modules, it also ensures updates of modules won't break our sites. Modules like AHAH, actions, triggers, messages, notifications and many others all make our life much easier.
There were other worthy moments to remember like seeing a lot of new people, meeting some folks from irc, Roel and I having our own small code sprint with DAST and the Acquia party at the Felt with a gig of Orbit. Drupal rocks! Even literally. Anyway that's it, I'm off to New York on saturday. See you all back on wednesday with a gigantic jet lag!
Being almost adapted to the 6-hour time difference and the cold here in Boston, we went out to explore the city today. One thing I like about the US is that people try to make it easy for you, also for tourists asking oneself what interesting places you need to visit. Boston has a concept called Freedom Trail, which is a red (mostly brick) path through downtown leading you to significant historic sites. Learning a bit about history, culture and at the same time a good walk - with a stop at the pizza tent - is a cool way of spending your time usefull. Apart from Havard and MIT, I'm pretty sure I've seen the most interesting stuff around here so I can concentrate completely on the DrupalCon which starts tomorrow.
So I finally arrived at my hotel in Boston after 9 hours to NY, endless waiting at the immigration queue and a short flight back to Boston. I got a mail from Jo (one of the Krimson brothers) with a short message that we will share a room with 2 double queen-size beds - if that ain't cosy! Maybe not that bad since it's freezing over here. Yes, there is actually snow in Boston, the climate isn't that borked up in the US I guess.
So my work played host to the 3rd Girl Geek Dinner last night. My first reaction was that I didn't really want to stay untill the start of this event, so I left early at work. What a mistake to make! The evening was marked as "Robots and other smart companions" and included a live demo of the Tux Droid. Man, if I were there at that moment, Tux would be reported missing in Drongen. Anyway, I'm a few months away from my 30th year on this planet, so I expect some cool presents that day, but he/she/they who buy(s) me that droid will have his/her/theirs photo on a special place in my house forever!