DrupalCon Amsterdam 2014 - Historic Mirror on Drupal's Future

Drupal has immersed all our lives in the web, and the biggest conclusion we can draw from this DrupalCon is that Drupal in particular and we, as creators and consumers of Drupal, are all being rocked to the core by the fast pace of change in the industry. Changes in the development, scope, architecture, process and workforce dynamics prevalent in the development and acquisition of ever-more complex web applications and systems are rocking Drupal too, and the result is a scrambling for solid footing.

The footing we all find, and the journeys we take to find it, will determine our future.

First and foremost we need to come to grips with the debates, with what is shaping up. We need to learn a lot just to fathom the consensus on what the options are now. Then we must prick up courage and make choices.

But one truth is acknowledged by all: there is no simple and straightforward path forward, from here on in we mix and match, we build on an industry-wide workbench to common standards, or we build not at all. There is no more protective balloon, the big blue bubble has burst, or worse, is in the act of bursting now.

But this is not a bad thing. We just need to keep our heads, even if Drupal cannot. If we can drive @eaton's Promiscuous Drupal to its logical limit, if we can Keeping it Simple with @sdboyer we can "bring that knowledge back to the community" no matter what, as @crell guides us through Managing Complexity (be sure to check out his reading list) and the portals decouple, while beset with New Wave PHP, and at every turn: Drupal in the Hip Hop Virtual Machine with the @outlandishjosh.

That's the intoxication of sampling the key presentations from this historic DrupalCon Amsterdam 2014: let's find out what it's all about.

Of course, this is just my own shortlist (grouped by topics, of which, it is worth pointing out, headless is second only to Drupal 8 and way ahead of anything else as a concern), but whether or not I left out any well-deserving items from the list, it's more than enough to be able to say "Wow, we live in interesting times".

Keynote

Drupal 8

Headless Drupal

PHP Renaissance

Web Dev Future

Drupal 7

Check some of these out, we need to talk about this over the next few days.

And in later articles and repos, I will be sharing concrete examples of how I am dealing with all of this, and how I am planning, well, my future.