Speaking at Drupalcon Boston 2008: The Future of Fields

Drupalcon Boston 2008 takes place from March 3, 2008 to March 7, 2008 at the Boston Convention and Expo Center. With a (predicted) sold-out crowd of 800 attendees, three top-notch keynote speakers, 60 sessions, industry networking events, a job fair, code sprint, and more, it is going to be quite a party!

Along with three colleagues, I’ll be speaking on Tuesday morning about The Future of Fields:

In February 2008 six Drupal developers held a Design Sprint in which we attempted to clarify Drupal’s future needs regarding data access, storage, and handling in a web-services world and how the much-desired goal of “CCK fields in core” can be implemented as a step in the right direction. In this session we will present our ideas and discuss them with the community.

The most exciting thing about what we propose to implement is the ability to apply Drupal’s contributed module functionality to remote data from web services. Imagine being able to attach Drupal comments, votes, maps, and other value-add data to, say, any item from the Amazon product catalog and display that information on your Drupal site without having to import the entire catalog to your local database (which wouldn’t be possible or legal anyway). We’ll show how to make it happen.