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BADCamp 2014: John's highlights

This year marked the 8th Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp), and likewise it was my 8th year attending. BADCamp is one of the largest Drupal events other than DrupalCon itself, and I am always amazed at the sheer size of the event, the generosity of the sponsors, the hard work of the volunteers, and the quality of all the participants.

I attended the Higher Ed Summit on Friday (where I was fortunate to be asked to present a session, "From the Garage Days to Software as a Service: Drupal at Stanford") and the main camp event itself on Saturday.

Higher Ed Summit

One of the things that stood out to me  at the Higher Ed Summit was how many of the other institutions are in a similar stage with their use of Drupal and their evolution of central web teams vs. distributed. The approaches to web in general and to Drupal in particular are more mature than a few years ago, and this is across the board.

Accessibility also was a hot topic: the UC system has committed to meeting WCAG 2.0 AA standards in all of its web properties, and Stanford just announced a similar Web Accessibility Policy committing to WCAG 2.0.

Automate All the Things!

On the Drupal side, automation and testing are all the rage. Perhaps I simply noticed it more because that’s where my interest has been going the past year or so, but there is a lot of momentum behind automated Behat testing, continuous integration, automated performance testing, accessibility testing, etc.

I'm looking forward to integrate some of these ideas and tools into our workflow.

As always, I learned a lot at BADCamp, and I'm looking forward to next year!


It's great to see Stanford utilized Drupal in so many useful ways here on campus.