Meetup recap - Initial planning for a Drupal 8 sprint and DrupalCamp Yorkshire

It was great to see that for the XIII Drupal Yorkshire meetup we had both familiar and a good number of new faces. 
 
Paul Driver kicked us off recapping some of the highlights of the first twelve months and introducing the meeting, with business including discussing and planning a Sprint and Camp in Yorkshire.
 
Drupal Yorkshire January 2014 - Drupal 8 Sprint planning
 
Paul put to the group the suggestion to change the date of the meeting from the second Tuesday of the month. The group felt it would be a good idea and there were no objections to trialling it, since there may be people wishing to attend Drupal Yorkshire with other commitments on that evening each month and because the second Tuesday conflicts with other related events in Leeds. Some venues were also suggested for future meetups and it was noted that the format need not stick rigidly to the speaker format, although that often works very well the format could also be more of a practical nature sometimes.
 
Drupal Yorkshire January 2014 - Growing group
 
 
On the subject of a Drupal Camp, Paul Driver has been putting in a great deal of effort in scouting out potential venues. The group also put forward a few more suggestions. Paul Woodhead suggested holding a camp in the spring, the alternative six month point from the North West Camp. He suggested a six-month lead up time to organise, prepare and book so that the camp could take place in Spring 2015.
 
Boxpizza Leeds - new pizzas tested at Drupal Yorkshire
 
The last piece of business to discuss was organising the group's first organised coding contribution to the community with a Drupal 8 Sprint, an idea that was met with enthusiasm. After some discussion it was felt a good idea pre-sprint would be to use the March Drupal Yorkshire to get everyone up and running with the tools such as Git. Paul Woodhead (@wodgeyboy) offered to lead on this. That would be on the meetup scheduled for Tuesday 11th March with the sprint provisionally scheduled for Saturday 29th March.
 
The floor was then opened for questions and Drupal discussion when the group discussed:
  • The suitability of Drupal for an intranet including Open Atrium and the pros and cons of distributions vs bespoke set up;
  • The File Management System within Drupal;
  • Scald module for media management;
  • Ways to generate a random item of content.
Drupal Goody Bag with stickers, logos and more
 
Andrew Macpherson, another of our Drupal Yorkshire veterans, then spoilt the group with some Drupal goodies including Drupal merch and memorabilia, t-shirts and a few copies of a much sought after Drupal comic book.
 
Drupal Comic Book held by Andrew Macpherson
 
After that it was time to hit the pub where discussion about the relative merits of various operating systems and IDEs, Drupal backend and image embedding in WYSIWYG editors and before closing time Paul Driver impressed the remaining drupalers with a look at his websites for schools project.
 
(Write up courtesy of Tony Barker).