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Drupal at the 2008 Sydney CeBIT Expo

The past week has been a big one, for the small but growing Sydney Drupal Users' Group. Last week, on Tuesday through Thursday (May 20-22), we manned the first-ever Drupal stall at the annual Sydney CeBIT Expo. CeBIT is one of the biggest technology shows in Australia — and the original CeBIT in Germany is the biggest exhibition in the world. For three days, we helped "spread the word" by handing out leaflets, running lives demos, and talking the talk to the Expo's many visitors.

Ryan and James at CeBIT 2008

Ryan and James at CeBIT 2008

Drupal demo laptops at CeBIT 2008

Drupal demo laptops at CeBIT 2008

The Sunday before (May 18), we also arranged a full-day get-together at the University of Sydney, as a warm-up for CeBIT: there were a few informal presentations, and we got some healthy geeked-up discussion happening.

Drupal May 2008 meetup at Sydney Uni

Drupal May 2008 meetup at Sydney Uni

Dinner and drinks after the May 2008 Drupal meetup

Dinner and drinks after the May 2008 Drupal meetup

Thanks to everyone who travelled to Sydney for the meetup and Expo, from places far and wide. Kudos to Michael and Alan from CaignWebs in Brisbane; to Simon Roberts from Melbourne; and especially to the fine folks from Catalyst IT in New Zealand, who hopped over the ditch just to say hello. Many thanks also to everyone who helped with organising the past week's events. Along with everyone (mentioned above) who visited from other cities, the events wouldn't have happened without the help of Ashley, of Drew, and particularly of Ryan.

I gave a presentation at the Sunday meetup, entitled: "Drupal's System Requirements: Past, Present and Future". I talked about the minimum PHP5 and MySQL5 version requirements that will be introduced as of Drupal 7, and the implications of this for Drupal's future. The presentation sparked an interesting discussion on PDO and on Objest-Oriented-ness. You can find my slides below. Other presentations included: "Drupal's Boost module (by Simon); "The Drupy (Drupal in Python) project" (by the Catalyst guys); and "The Drupal Sydney Community" (by Ryan).

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