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Drupal in China

Drupal Camp China
That's me: front row, second from the left.

On 14th March 2015, as everyone was coming down from the month-long Valentines Day high, I was in the midst of an exciting Open Source event in Shanghai, China.

With several hundred attendees, the camp attracted people from all over China and the world. Experts and beginners -- in both Drupal and a number of Open Source technologies -- engaged in conversations about CMS, design, language and even solar panels.

Partnering with the Shanghai Barcamp, DrupalCamp China brought together Drupal users, developers, architects, and entrepreneurs from all over China, and the world, to talk Drupal and Open Source.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be asked to speak about Drupal 8 at the event.

As both a Drupal 8 advocate, and someone highly interested in the development of the Drupal community in the Asia Pacific & Japan region (you can read about my Acquia background here), I jumped at the chance to give my take on how the latest version of Drupal will revolutionize open source in China.

Covering the key changes and new features that make Drupal 8 the most exciting version of the framework yet, we took the whistle stop tour of all the features Drupal most needs out of the box:

  • multilingual
  • mobile first
  • inline editing
  • site preview
  • configuration management
  • REST
  • incorporation of other PHP projects

Since this was a Barcamp event, it wasn’t only Drupal community members benefiting from this knowledge, but the entire Shanghai and Chinese technology community.

My friend Sheng Wang has written up a more in-depth report on the day's events, and a broader analysis of Drupal in China. I highly recommend that you check it out.

Both Sheng and I agree: knowing the level of adoption of Drupal in China currently, and looking at the benefits companies are able to take advantage of when laid out against existing solutions, it’s only a matter of time and understanding that will propel Drupal into the forefront -- as it has done in so many other countries.

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