Each year the Hungarian community organizes Drupal Weekend: a 2-day Drupal camp in Hungarian, where people meet to share knowledge in form of presentations, case studies, code sprints and informal discussions.
This year’s Weekend was held on 24-25 November. Three of us, Dániel Kalmár, Róbert Kovács and me left for Budapest on Friday and although the official program only started on Saturday, we already had the chance to meet some of our fellow Drupal developers and start exchanging ideas.

On Saturday we could choose from an impressive list of presentations, these were some of our favourites:

Bálint Kléri: New in Drupal 8
During this session Balint walked us through each Drupal initiative, then briefly introduced the current status and the remaining work. He also mentioned some interesting facts about the changes of the API and the new structure of the Drupal 8 core. The feature freeze is coming soon (December 1, 2012), so any and all help is much appreciated.

Gábor Hojtsy: The Multilingual Dreamworld of Drupal 8
Gábor gave us a great overview about the status of the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative. In the first part of the session he briefly talked about currently active issues, so that the participants can get some deeper insight into the work of the community. In the remaining time he showed us a demo of the user interface elements.
Gábor also organized a code sprint, where attendants had the possibility to try setting up a multilingual site in Drupal 8.

Balázs Dianiska: Enterprise Drupal
Balázs’ presentation weighed the product-oriented approach of companies against the possibilities in Drupal. He spoke about how clients see this CMS, and how a company can create an on demand product based on Drupal. He also touched on the shortcomings of Drupal and told us how one can make Drupal a desirable solution for companies. The last part of the presentation offered us a sneak peek into what can be expected in the near future.

Ádám Lippai: Why am I a Drupal developer?
Ádám held a great presentation about why he became a Drupal developer. He summed up his motivation and reasons as follows:
The time you need to spend on studying is short enough to quickly obtain a huge knowledge base. It’s easy to find a good mentor because of the large community. There are a lot of freelance jobs on the internet for Drupal developers with high hourly wages. This helps a young Drupal developer gain experience from a variety of projects, and gives you the chance to start your own company as well, learning leadership skills along the way. As an employee, you can easily land a good job, as many companies are looking for skilled Drupal developers.

We spent the evening in great company at the Spíler bistro & pub where we could discuss the day’s events and meet with friends we haven’t seen in a long time. On Sunday, the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative held its last-minute code sprint before the feature freeze.

Check out some photos from the event on Flickr!

About the author

Attila Cs. Nagy


Attila graduated as a software information technologist at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where he enrolled to an approved credit Drupal course, since then he is enthusiastic about Drupal development, distributions and the whole Drupal community. He started working as a Drupal trainee in 2009 at a web developer company in Szeged, and quickly became a Drupal developer. Besides Drupal, he has wide knowledge and work experience in PHP, jQuery, CSS and HTML languages and SVN, Git version control systems. At Pronovix he is involved in several big projects and has been working with lead developers to keep widening his knowledge on Drupal and web development.