Heya Display Suite
Sometimes you get a really good question like: "Hey morten can you come and speak about some cool stuff at Drupalcamp Stockholm" see if theres a thing I can do & do it kinda okay - then its talking for days about cool stuff - The coolest stuff imho in the drupal world is offcourse Display Suite - yup its not the mothership its epic cool 24-7-365!
Display Suite is pretty awesome - and heres why
I have watched the development of display suite (since the evil drupal6 days with hardcoded templates) and are generally very (very) happy about it and the direction is taking us - not so much for the whole, oooh you can drag n drop fields around the node, but because of the quick way that the markup can be changed, from whatever defaults you field.tpl can give you to, predefined superclean rendiring down to the quick fixes where you change the markup elements (wrappers, labels etc) directly in the interface which is sooo goddamn handy when you building sites where youre caring about the markup.
the talk was actually not based on what display suite does (that would take me 3 * 45 minuts presentation to do that) but where Drupal fails when we work with the displays of nodes, how we have locked outself in to design sites in a certain way & how Display Suite helps us all getting out of that whole (the same way that views have changed the way were doing "list of data")
One of the bigger issues I have with the whole node-page-block-field drupal things is when you have a field you want to move out of the node and into the sidebar, it turns into development - from getting the field out of the content array hell "that field that you can grap it you do $node->content[bla bla][foo][whatever][#cleansometing]" then moving it to the sidebar, which then is gonna be a kinda of block thingie - So you suddenly have a template.php file that contains "magic". All this would be okay if we not at the same time had to joggle between Designers that dont want to understand Drupal & crappy browsers that hate us ;). Display Suite breaks down those barriers move a block to a node as a field back n forth no problem Quick n easy for us poor souls that wanna make Drupal sites pretty.
DrupalCamp Stockholm Slides
The slides from the talk in stockholm, afaik it was recorded to but i have no idea of when, where what.
Display Suite Molue
the Display Suite module
The create of Display Suite walks through all the basic stuff.
Besides of pimping the Display Suite - i also made a Quick pitch for the work were doing now with Drupal8, which you all might know we have a whole rewrap of the markup to support the mobile platforms. If youre interested in helping out from a frontend /designer / developer point of view dont be shy - we really need you :)
But dont worry i will try to gather more frontend peeps to the cause later so youll get you chance ;)
html5 Groups on d.o
It was cool to be in Stockholm again, hanging out with the swedes poking fun of each others language, food etc (its a danish - swedish national sport) Great to so how the camp are evolving to a truly community event a good nice atmosphere.
How I managed to miss all the session i planned on going to is still a mystery, maybe it was the hallway track & the hunting people down that were nodding when I bitched n moaned over drupals markup, its a secret superpower to spot a frontend developer at a drupalcamp, we have a special look in our eyes ;)
One of the highlight from the camp was the "the Swedish Drupal Awards" where the living screencast John Falk won one of the honors - a trophy the size of my daughter.
Im hoping to be able to swing by next year to (another) sold out event :)
In the future there needs to be made a lifesize trophy given from the (secret) guerrilla army "Frontend United" to drupalistas like @swentel ;)