DrupalCamp Vienna

DrupalCamp Vienna

Sorry for the delay between the event and the post :-) too much work.

Nov 27th, 8:30

Coming from the warm Gerone/Spain I arrived a bit late. I used my chance being in Vienna to look for an cast iron spiral staircase for our house. This shop has wonderful staircases but they know also how to make money – 7.500 € + taxes + transportation.


I arrived at the registration desk in the wonderful main building of Technische Universität, bought the cool Kaiser T-Shirt and got a cup of coffee from a strange drupalized coffee machine.


11:00 Getting Your Site Ready for Web 3.0: The Semantic Web and Drupal – Lin Clark

Since years I am visiting these kind of sessions in the hope that I can use these techniques for clients projects. It reminds me a bit to these “one ID is enough” sessions.

The idea of RDF is so cool. Everything is a resource and accessible by a query. Imagine the views module would offer the possibility to build relationships to wikipedia, google maps+docs, etc …

Until now (in drupal 5+6) all this RDF stuff was a bit complicate but with Drupal 7 the RDFa base will be in core. Hope that helps to spread the word about RDF.

Here is the whole session on youtube – btw – Lin was very good!


I was looking for room 8 and a bit lost in the university. Together with Toni Fricko I finally found it. He is retired (but like looking like 45) and is working on a platform for artists where they can sell their stuff on line.


Gabor starts his Translate! Drupal session.

  • drupal modules contains all the strings in English language
  • the t() function is looking for the correct translation
  • translations are initially stored in .po files
  • there is new service http://localize.drupal.org (the germans do not use it … WHY??… but the french :-) )
  • now there are 5410 projects in d5 and d6
  • 7700 releases were parsed (since august 2009)
  • 165000 strings to translate (45 times drupal core)
  • ubercart is the biggest (more translations than drupal.org)
  • 600 contributors
  • than he shows the l10n client – impressive!



eating and talking … have a cup of Schilcher Punsch at the christmas market just outside the university together with Michael and André.

14:00 Rositza Dikova – Drupal: collective Identity out of the box

Ha – I met her a few hours before and wasn’t sure, who she was … now I know it … I have seen her at drupalcon Paris.

Unfortunately I was 20 minutes late and the session finishes 14:30, so I didn’t see the whole talk.



criz talks about intranets, collaboration and projectmanagement in drupal

He sees two big trends:

  1. web 2.0
  2. cloud computing -video from salesforce – “What is cloud computing?”

How is drupal in this field?

See a lot more helpful details in the slides …

I like this talk very much

16:00 My talk about cck, views + panels


17:00 Drupal SEO (Suchmaschinenoptimierung für Google & Co)

A talk in German language about SEO related necessary modules presented by Ivo Radulovski (segments.at) He seems to have a lot experiences in these SEO things and he has made an impressive list of useful SEO modules in Drupal

  • http://drupal.org/project/seo_checklist
  • http://drupal.org/project/pathauto
  • http://drupal.org/project/globalredirect
  • http://drupal.org/project/path_redirect
  • http://drupal.org/project/search404
  • http://drupal.org/project/page_title
  • http://drupal.org/project/taxonomy_title
  • http://drupal.org/project/nodewords
  • http://drupal.org/project/int_meta
  • http://drupal.org/project/xmlsitemap
  • http://drupal.org/project/googlenews
  • http://drupal.org/project/site_map
  • http://drupal.org/project/syndication
  • http://drupal.org/project/views_rss
  • http://drupal.org/project/google_website_optimizer
  • http://drupal.org/project/site_verify
  • http://drupal.org/project/top_searches
  • http://drupal.org/project/glossify
  • http://drupal.org/project/alinks
  • http://drupal.org/project/opencalais
  • http://drupal.org/project/morelikethis
  • http://drupal.org/project/service_links
  • http://drupal.org/project/menu_attributes
  • http://drupal.org/project/ed_readmore

SEO with geodata

  • http://drupal.org/project/xmltokml
  • http://drupal.org/project/kml

Tip from the audience – ist exists a module called http://drupal.org/project/autotag – it tries to do the same than Open Calais


The evening event was in an australian bar with life music … any questions?

November 28


Drupal-Themes dynamisch mit ThemeKey steuern – Markus Kalkbrenner

Themekey looks like a swiss army knife for displaying different themes depending on predefinied Properties. Markus shows us very real use cases like “having a different theme for christmas”





Theming Drupal – The gap between PHP Developers and Designers

He asks the question: “Who is responsible for template.php?”

His slides are very useful to understand the things which happen in template.php


Using Drupal for your business – a case study for a television network site

A very good overview about a big drupal project …

After that session I had to leave to Bratislava airport. Boarding was at 19:00 and the last bus left Vienna at 13:30 :-(

So unfortunately I missed a lot.

At this camp a lot of other Drupal Camps were announced for 2010. Good to hear. Drupal is now definitely arrived in Europe. When I compare the Austrian with the Italian camp I have to say that the Austrian Camp was very international. Nearly all talks were in Englisch language. I am not sure wether this is always good. In Italy I learned (not in a bad sense) that you have to talk Italian if you want to bring Drupal to the Italian people. In Austria my impression was the same. There were many hardcore drupal users and developers but not that much newbies. The language problem is hard to solve – I have no real solution – but I learned that the clients usually want to speak their language. On one hand it is very good to have international guests and influences but on the other hand it is also good to have talks in the language people speak. In Italy it was too much Italian and in Austria it was too much English :-)

I think that the Drupal community has to “pick up the new users where they are”. I don’t know wether this phrase has the same meaning than in German. For me it means, if you want to “sell” something, you have to speak the language, your client understands.

The Austrian Camp was very, very good organized. Special thanks to Thomas Renner, Markus Rössler, Criz and all the others.

DrupalCamp Vienna








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