2010 is already shaping up to be a banner year for Drupal. While Drupal 6 flourishes and continues to build on its devoted base of followers, the release of Drupal 7 is imminent. Drupal 7 is currently in alpha and many are speculating an official release sometime in the Spring, perhaps at DrupalCon San Francisco in April. I put together a list of things to look forward to in 2010.
Drupal 7 Release
The latest release of Drupal will have major usability improvements. The Drupal 7 User Experience Project had four main goals for the release of Drupal 7:
1. Make the most frequent tasks easy and less frequent tasks achievable
2. Design for the 80%
3. Privilege the Content Creator
4. Make the default settings smart
Some of the usability improvements for content managers include: simplified startup options, information architecture cleanup (with an emphasis on simpler tasks), a tab to quickly find recently added content, point and click editing, a customizable sitewide dashboard, and redesigned forms.
A few of the most interesting improvements for Drupal designers and developers are: modules, permissions and configuration settings are more integrated; cache clearing is simpler; modules can be upgraded through the backend without having to leave Drupal; and much more.
DrupalCon San Francisco is set for April 19th – April 21st at The Moscone Center. Another DrupalCon is set for Copenhagen, Denmark from August 23rd – August 26th.
There is an onslaught of Drupal books hitting the market in 2010. Some cover advanced Drupal 6 topics, while others serve as nice introductions to Drupal 7. A few that I am looking forward to are Drupal 7 Visual Quickstart Guide by Tom Geller, Going Global with Drupal: Creating Sustainable, Miltilingual Web Site by Todd Kelsey, and Foundation Drupal 7: Learn how to use the Drupal framework to quickly build feature-rich web sites by Robert Townsend.
Packt Publishing always seems to be pumping out Drupal books. This year, we can expect a series that includes Drupal 6 Performance Tips, Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, and Drupal 6 Attachment Views. Not to be outdone, Apress is scheduled to release Beginning Drupal 7, Pro Drupal 7 Development, and Building Drupal 7 Community Sites.
That should keep everyone busy for a while. And that’s just a small sample of what’s coming. What are you looking forward to in 2010?