“How you can handle updates easily” - workshop at Drupal Europe
Our CTO Max Madl held his first workshop at Drupal Europe last week. The main goal of this hands-on session was to show the audience what it means to update a Drupal project
b.) with helping tools & services
c.) fully automated.
22 developers approached these tasks.
The questionnaire about the services, tools, and systems they’re using led to interesting results:
So, nearly three-quarters of our group deal with manual update processes.
We also asked them which hosting providers they use in their pipeline:
This group of 22 people does not represent the whole Drupal world, of course, nevertheless, we felt confirmed that a big part of agencies and freelancers don’t use the benefits of tools and services to optimize (or even build) their update pipelines.
The first task was to create a manual update process - phew, you might know what that means: time consuming and boring. But the attendees did well and stuck to it. After that, Max presented relieving CI/CD tools and hosting services that ease that manual update pain.
Finally, the audience could experience what it means to automate the whole update process with Drop Guard. After understanding the characteristics of the tool, the main feedback was a real aha experience - update processes can be managed as a whole by a tool, automatically!
After this first workshop experience, Max is keen to think about further ways to submit update related workshops to encourage Drupalers to optimize their update process - be it by including CI/CD tools, using hosting provider pipelines or by managing updates automatically. The main goal is to make people realize how update processes can block the productivity and security of a team or project - and how to avoid this and even make a profit out of it.
If you have any questions or want to as for the details behind this workshop, you can always contact us.