Contributing to make Drupal better: Media sprint in Barcelona

In the beginning of December we had the pleasure to host a sprint for designing, documenting and coding in our Barcelona office.

We organised this event for one of the strategic initiatives that are in the spotlight these days to improve the experience when dealing with media assets within Drupal core. It doesn’t matter if you have a simple media library with extended information like copyright for every picture or if you have a more complicated setup with external media – such as videos from Youtube and Vimeo or Instagram posts, you can take advantage of the possibilities with an out-of-the-box installation nowadays.

A sprint is – according to – getting contributors together for a set amount of time and just creating code, docs, etc. That’s it. You’re not teaching anything. Participants will learn from others as they go but the focus is not on instruction. The goal is to create working software. Sprints are also sometimes called “code sprints” or “contribution sprints”.

This sprint involved people from distant places working together closely, so that the communication bandwidth was as broad as possible. A lot of issues were addressed during this week.

We even had the chance to collaborate with other contributors into pushing the Media ecosystem further by stabilising the media library module. One of the topics that is important in Drupal is accessibility. That’s why there was a lot of care put into complying with the minimum established standards.

Spending all the time in front of the computer is not good for you so we also took some time to show some of the Catalan traditions!

By the end of the week there was some interesting progress on the design side as well:

The sprint participants will continue to work on the topic on their own until there is something new to present to the community during a Drupal conference or Drupal Camp.

Hosting the event in our office was fun and a great success. We’re thinking about hosting one in our other offices as well!

Let us know in the comments if you have questions about the Drupal Media Sprint or find a Drupal event near you.

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