This weekend the first Frontendunited conference was organized in Amsterdam. This conference is the successor of Drupal Design camp. It was a great weekend with lots of interesting presentations on a wide range of subjects.
More than Drupal
It was also really nice to see that there were also presentations from people outside the Drupal community like Jeroen Weijering of the famous JW player and Jan Willem Tulp about data visualizations.
Jeroen Weijering talked about the state of HTML5 video and what is still missing. One of the major issues to solve is the codec issue. The major browsers do not support the same codecs. So either you have to create 2 versions of every video or solve it with flash in one browser. The expectation is that Firefox will be supporting the H.264 codec in the future though. At this moment there are a lot of HTML5 video players available like JW Player, Sublime Video, medialement.js and VideoJS. You can find a list with some more with a comparison of features here. For JW Player and mediaelement there are Drupal modules available.
Of course there were a lot of sessions targeted on Drupal. It was a Drupal conference after all.
- Separate structure and skin (use a grid)
- Separate container and content
René Bakx did a session about Twig and Drupal. The cool thing is that you can use it right now with the sandbox project found here. You can use a base theme that uses PHPTemplate and use Twig in your own one. However in practice I am using less and less tpl.php files because most of what I want to do can be handled with Display Suite and modules like Block Class and Skinr. You can find the slides here.
Triquanta was very happy to be able to sponsor this great event. I would like to thank all other sponsors, speakers, attendees and the organization for making this one of the best Drupal events I visited.