On January 25th and 26th, Drupal users all over the world are going to get together to participate in "sprints" as part of Drupal Global Sprint Weekend. Drupal414 will join in the fun by hosting our own on Sunday, January 26th!
A "sprint" is an event where a group of people get together to work on something for a few hours. So, normally we have presentations, hang out and talk - but this would be actually doing something together as a group!
Sprints aren't limited to technical people or coders - at our sprint there will be tasks for people with any skillset allowing everyone to contribute equally.
The topic of our sprint: Contributed modules on Drupal.org!
The real power of Drupal comes from the thousands of contrib modules on Drupal.org. However, what happens when a contrib module has a bug or is missing a feature that you need?
At this sprint, everyone (including non-coders) will collaborate in the issue queue on Drupal.org - testing, providing steps to recreate bugs, reporting bugs, creating better graphic design, usability testing, etc. And coders (or aspiring coders) will write and review patches to the modules.
In order to be ready for the sprint, we'll learn the basics of contributing on Drupal.org and module development at our normal meetup on Thursday, January 23rd.
If you intend to come to the sprint, I strongly encourage you to come to the meetup on Thursday too! You can learn more and RSVP here:
What should I bring to the sprint?
- Your laptop or computer
- A power strip
What should I have installed on my computer?
- Your favorite text or code editor (PHPStorm is a favorite in the Drupal community, but there are dozens of options!)
- Git (if you run Windows or MacOS, some members of our group suggest SourceTree)
- A working xAMP stack (if you run Windows or MacOS, the Acquia DevDesktop is easy to setup and Drupal specific, however, there are others like XAMP, WAMP, MAMP, etc)
We'll discuss some of the options for the above at the meetup on the 23rd, so don't worry if you don't have an idea about this before then. :-)
This is going to be awesome!
I'm so excited about this sprint - I think it will allow us all to have fun and level up our Drupal skills in a way that just presenting and talking can't. This will hopefully be our first sprint of many. ;-)