Drupal Day Patras 2017

We've just returned from the second Drupal Day Greece that took place in Patras on Saturday, 18 Februrary 2017. 

Drupal Days are country-wide community meetups, aiming to exchange knowledge and technical know-how, introduce new people to the CMS and the community, as well as strengthen the bonds between the people behind the local Drupal communities. The Patras community that hosted the event this year almost converted the Drupal Day to Drupal Week, with a host of activities the days before. 

The topics of the event were wide and varied, including workshops, sprints and six interesting presentations. 

The official schedule started on Friday with a very interesting workshop titled "Git down and Dirty - Git Workshop" by Bill Seremetis, followed by a Translation sprint for the greek community. Kostas Kourakis presented the Drupal translation process and the sprint mentality to newcomers, while the rest of the translation team worked on submitting and approving translations. As any respectable sprint, this one also ended in a cool beers session!

Saturday was dedicated to presentations:

  • Symfony in Drupal8 by Bill Georgitzikis
    Symfony is now part of Drupal 8, making it of immediate interest to us. Bill presented the mentality and approach of Symfony and several of its components.

  • How to build an effective workflow with Drupal 8 and React by Christina Kaloudi and Thanos Korakas.
    A presentation of the tools and best practices used by the Human Factor team in a decoupled Drupal project already in production.
  • Drupal 8 Plugin System by Thanos Nokas
    Hooks have (almost) disappeared in Drupal 8. Thanos presented the new Drupal 8 plugin system as well as approaches for those seeking a more modern programming method in Drupal 7.
  • Create a CKeditor plugin in Drupal 8 by Thanos Poulitsas
    After the presentation of the D8 plugin system, we were shown how to create a plugin from scratch. In 20' Thanos showed the process to create a full CKEditor plugin. 
  • Gitlab+Cloudmin+Redmine+Netbeans by George Bouleros
    From code to the production process in a team. George toured us around the tools and processes that his team uses to streamline their production process. 
  • Applied Progressive Decoupling by Nikos Kostopoulos
    Back to React.js, Nikos showed us how to create a simple react app using Drupal 8 in the back end.
  • Cooperative Business Model by Stelios Kourakis
    From our team, Stelios Kourakis presented a cooperative business model based on the experience of Point Blank during the last 9 years. The short talk was followed by a rich discussion on the practices and processes of a collaborative business, which we hope has served as food for thought.

After concluding the official schedule, participants to the Drupal Day relaxed at the restaurants and bars of the city.

We wish to extend our warmest thanks to the volunteers of the Patras Drupal community for the organization of a very successful event! We hope to meet you all again soon.

We're now back in Thessaloniki, with more knowledge, new friends as well as the task of organizing the 2018 Drupal Day in our city!

The next opportunity to meet the local Drupal communities is in May, in the international conference Frontend United that will take place in Athens on May 26-27. The greek Drupal community is organizing this year's event, and we'll follow up shortly with more updates as we approach these dates. Stay tuned!