This week, the team takes their best stab at Nostradamus impressions, as we attempt to predict the future for Drupal in 2010. Joining us on this podcast are Rachel Scott, Chris Sloan, Dustin Currie, and Tom McCracken.
Drupal popularity will boom due to increasing government interest and the launch of Drupal Gardens.
Many more large companies will be making the switch to Drupal, for a variety of reasons.
2010 will be the year that Drupal goes enterprise, due in part to the continued weak economy, and desire for companies to become more human, while integrating social media and community building components.
Faster migration times from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 due to advanced development and coordination for Drupal 7 modules.
Dustin also predicts that 2010 will be the year that the site-building role matures. The site building role is for someone who doesn't have knowledge of programming, but know how to construct a website through Drupal's admin interface. Typically, this is where the bulk of Drupal development time is spent, and will only become more important as the Drupal framework advances.
Be on the lookout for Drupal in 2010. Also, if you're thinking about building a new Drupal website, don't worry about waiting until Drupal 7 is released. The functionality changes won't be enough to warrant the wait. If you know you'll eventually upgrade to Drupal 7 down the road, be sure to only use modules that have pledged to develop versions for Drupal 7.