The Media Sprint Week was a big success
Jerome Zech — 30. December 2015 - 10:34
Right after the Drupal Camp Vienna, a big group of Drupal developers met at the MD Systems offices to sprint for the Media Initiative. The sprint was a huge success: numerous issues have been resolved, the Media Initiative made a big step and the community showed once again how powerful it can be when everybody pulls at the same strings.
Solving numerous media issues
A lot of Drupalistas followed our call to join the Drupal Media Sprint in our offices: our students (mbovan, sasanikolic, edurenye, tduong), Berdir, miro_dietiker, slashrsm, webflo, dawehner, devlada, denchev, sanja_m, tassilogroeper and many others! Some even travelled directly from Vienna to Zurich while others joined independently. The issue board was prepared, snacks and drinks were ready and all the developers were eager to start. Right after the welcome speech by Janez and Miro, issues were picked and discussions were started.
During the sprint week, issues were solved for Entity Embed, Media Entity, Entity Browser, Crop API, Image Widget Crop, and many other projects. According to Media Initiative Leader Janez Urevc it was one of the most productive and collaborative sprints he ever attended. Janez made sure that everyone was able to join the Sprint and deliver maximum value by being perfectly responsive to questions, providing introductions to the topic and describing issue scopes in thorough detail.
Here you can find the issue list of the Media Sprint.
Janez also released a blogpost with more detailed information about progress of the Media Initiative including screencasts for a short demo of the individual features.
DUG Meeting on a Fondue Ship
After the hard work during the day, the Drupalistas deserved some entertainment in the evening. Amongst other evenings with beers it was perfectly matched to organise the Swiss Drupal Community end of year meeting on Tuesday, December 1st. Drupalevents.ch organized and sponsored a special evening at the Fondue Ship on Lake Zurich where some of the Drupalistas could enjoy their first cheese fondue ever. Thanks to Drupalevents.ch for organizing a memorable night! Images of the event can be found here.
Ongoing Media Initiative Program
The Media Sprint was initiated as part of the Media Initiative Program. In addition to the original founding, Gassmann Media joined the initiative with providing major funds allowing us to execute it in the targeted scope.
The team at MD Systems already worked on Media Initiative related topics since October. A solid strategy was developed together with the Media Initiative lead Janez to set focus topics and break complexity to allow all contributors focussing on deliverables.
With completion of the Media Sprint, a major milestone in progress was reached. As a followup, the team at MD Systems will complete open tasks and make sure to reach the milestones outlined in the Initiative Program goals, including integration of achievements into NP8.
In Drupal 8, there are some key items in Media Management missing at the moment. The goal of the Media Initiative is to ship tools that are ready and following best practices of Media Management out of the box.
We started the Media Initiative Program to push some of the most important features of the Media Initiative with Janez Urevc and a dedicated team so that they are ready to use short after the official release of Drupal 8 in November 2015.
«Somedia», the leading media house in southeast Switzerland, publishes several daily and weekly newspapers and magazines.
Ringier is an internationally active, modern media group with an integrated and diversified value creation chain. The current strategy is based not only on media but also on e-commerce and entertainment.
Gassmann Media AG publishes media from the "Lake of Biel" and "Bernese Jura" areas through the publisher W. Gassmann AG and the newspaper pool "Biel / Freiburg / Valais". In addition they are the reliable and competent partner for the disposition of advertising for Swiss newspapers and online platforms.
Janez Urevc — 28. June 2016 - 13:47
One of our favourite community events, Drupal Developer Days (DDD), happened last week in Milan. DDD is an event with rich history and strong tradition. It is independently organized by the Drupal community.
DDD is primarily developer focused and community oriented. This makes it a perfect place to work side by side with other developers from the community, meet new people with common interests and start new initiatives and collaborations.
Janez Urevc — 14. June 2016 - 13:23
It is no secret that we at MD Systems take community very seriously. We have invested time and money in many Drupal 8 initiatives in the past 3 years. This has helped us adopting Drupal 8 sooner than the majority of the community and also resulted in MD Systems becoming the number one contributor to Drupal.
Jerome Zech — 4. February 2016 - 11:16
Media management is available for Drupal 8. MD Systems has completed its Media Initiative Program together with Janez Urevc to remove the blockers in many projects. The result is an updated media ecosystem that is ready to use! It fulfills the most relevant needs of Drupal users and sitebuilders. We now have a great base for additional features.