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Sharpen your Axe- How We Reduced Development Time by more than 80%

Richard Jones 29 June 2010
Type:  Session in official program

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

How a well prepared baseline can cut development time by 80%

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

Despite such a wise dictum and lots of personal experience to teach us otherwise, we find continued pressure to dive into projects with little to no planning in efforts to “go faster”.

However the goal we set ourselves was to reduce Drupal development time by 80% and this session is to share the invaluable lessons we have learned in the quest to go much, much faster.

Highlighting trending content on your site

Joonas Kiminki 22 June 2010
Type:  Not planned session

Displaying trending content is important to any site. Luckily for Drupal, we have the perfect tool – the Radioactivity module. In this session we will walk through the most common and even the more innovative use cases for the tool. By the end of this session, you will ace all the various settings and scenarios.

A Kent approach to Drupal Awesomeness

Simon Yeldon 15 June 2010
Type:  Not planned session

The University of Kent has been experimenting with novel ways of removing the affliction of data duplication throughout our web and print publications using Drupal.

We have constructed a series of content factories to create and manage our output in sensible chunks.

This talk aims to show you the answers we came up with in migrating our core website (systems) over to Drupal, and the hurdles we have had to overcome.

We will take you on a magical journey through code and print using Drupal as our vessel of discovery. Ok, maybe not, but we have been busy working with Drupal to decouple our data from where and how it is presented.

The University of Kent has a history of using Dreamweaver as our main publishing platform for web. We used it for publishing news, the online prospectus, events, pretty much everything. This led us to a situation where we found ourselves with 200,000 pages of content, much of which being duplicated and leading our web editor to the verge of breakdown.

Additional Presenters:  Mark Fendley Matthew Bull