With some seasoned and new members of the Ixis team attending Drupalcon in Prague this coming September we wanted to share our suggestions on essential sessions to attend from our teams point of view.
Matt P in our support team has been working with Drupal 6 & 7 for the past year and feels brushing up on what's coming in Drupal 8 for a site builder will be helpful as a primer when existing clients are beginning to plan their site upgrades.
Also in our support team Adam T is keen to begin contributing back to the project so the session on becoming a contributor to the Drupal project looks like a good kickstarter coupled with the introduction to Your First Drupal 8 Module.
For the developers Paul B thoroughly recommends Alex Pott's talk about Not Invented Here a Drupal 8 Story which he previously saw at Drupal Dev Days Dublin. For those seasoned Drupal "developers" moving to Symfony and a more OO Drupal 8 framework will hopefully benefit from the Don't be Stupid Grasp Solid introduction to OOP talk.
In our DevOps team Michael A picked out some sessions around the current hot topic of containers with the Docker and Vagrant session by Acquia's Senior Cloud Systems Engineer Ricardo. We're looking forward to seeing where it goes when it eventually becomes production ready.
Designing Distributed Systems from CommerceGuys CTO looks to provide a good understanding the hard problems at play in distributed systems.
For myself there's so much variety on offer - from understanding and making sure Ixis will be ready for Drupal 8 next year through to learning from others on how to ensure doing Support is a Blast for the team looking after our clients.
If it's all getting a bit much for your brain then we can definitely recommended the light hearted look at the history of Drupal Blocks which got a lot of great feedback at DrupalDevDays Dublin earlier in the summer.
If you've not yet decided on attending Drupalcon Prague then there's still time to grab a ticket. We'll hopefully see some of you there in September!