Drupal Dev Days? I'm not saying no to that! The corona crisis meant that I didn't yet know my colleagues to the best of my ability and some of them I've never even physically seen. So Drupal Dev Days was the ideal time to get to know them better and of course to gain some knowledge. A win-win situation!
The day we arrived, we went for something to eat and drink with a few members of the organization. One of the members had come all the way from India to participate in Drupal Dev Days. That evening I got to hear stories about the previous Drupal events, as well as the cultural differences between India and Belgium. It set the tone for an incredible week of learning and fun, with plenty of interesting workshops every day and a new event every night.
We kicked off by setting up our Calibrate booth and testing our Drupal Quiz. Of course the coffee cakes were not to be missed!
I attended several workshops on Gitlab, PHP, progressive decoupling, how to work in the Drupal issue queue, status of the CKEditor 5, status of Drupal 10, etc.
So many interesting talks, too many to list them all, but from this I learned several things as a junior that may seem self-evident to more experienced Drupal people. For example, I got to know the people who write the modules, provide the patch files, and provide help in the issue queue.
I was amazed by the fact that these are just regular people too. Not demigods who know everything, but just people. Each with their expertise and things they have to offer the community, but also with questions and things they don't know. This was a refreshing realization, to see people with so much experience questioning, thinking and adjusting. It lit a light bulb for me that it didn't come naturally for them either, but that they gained their knowledge along the way. It gave me motivation to learn more myself, to ask questions and to look up the things that were discussed. And to ask colleagues to explain things I didn't immediately understand after the talks.
During the social event at the Gravensteen in Ghent, I got to know a few maintainers and members of the German Drupal community. With a simple "hello" we chatted all evening. They gave me tips and tricks on how to expand my Drupal knowledge. There was also a silent disco where we went crazy with people from all over the world. I danced with people from the Spanish Drupal community whose infectious enthusiasm I will never forget, and who from then on put a smile on my face every time I saw them, just thinking about how much fun this evening was.
I could go on for hours about the fun events, community, workshops but one thing I can say for sure Drupal Dev Days 2022 was an experience I will never forget!
Drupal Con Prague here we come!🚀