If you have plans on going to DrupalCon London in August, here are sessions that have been proposed we think you'll find really useful if you're considering deploying Drupal on either Windows or Azure. Please vote for them at their respective links if you agree and see you in London!

1)  Session title: Drush on Windows , by Martin Kelov and Moshe Weitzman

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/drush-windows

Designed to provide command shell and scripting for Drupal and written in PHP, there is no doubt that Drush is invaluable tool to all Drupal developers and admins. In theory every operating system capable of running PHP 5.2 and above should be able to run Drush also. However, drush-3 and drush-4 added a number of features that did not work on Windows. Now, with the release of drush-5, Windows compatibility returns to Drush. We will demonstrate just how easy it is to install and use Drush on Windows. Guidance and troubleshooting tips on how to make your Drush commands work cross-platform will be shown too.

 2)       Session title: Using HTML5 and CSS3 today, by Martin Beeby

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/using-html5-and-css3-today

For years web developers have used hacks, sweat and black magic to bend HTML and CSS into submission and achieve visual effects across browsers that really shouldn't be so difficult. With HTML5 and CSS3 comes the promise that one day we will be able to play video, create animations and round corners without the need for plugins and with the guarantee that the same code will work in all browsers. Back in the real world, developers have to navigate the complex issues around HTML5 and CSS3 caused by browser differences, backwards compatibility and an ever evolving standard. This talk introduces HTML5 and CSS3 using demos that will illustrate how to use these new technologies today, but ensure they don't break tomorrow. Martin will discuss the best shims, polyfills and libraries so that you can use these great frontend technologies without breaking your site for older browsers.


3)       Session title: Configuring and tunning PHP and Drupal on Windows and IIS, by Mark Brown

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/how-install-configure-and-tune-drupal-perform-windows-and-iis

Microsoft for a number of years has been working to make installing and running Drupal on Windows easier for users who do not want to bother with the technical aspects of how to install, configure and tune Drupal on Windows and IIS. This session has none of that. If you want to learn how to scale Drupal on Windows and IIS and look under the hood to get a better understanding of how IIS works and how to install and manage a Drupal and IIS environment, then this session is for you. In this session I am going to walk through the process of how to build a web server on Windows and IIS specifically for deploying a high performance Drupal website. If you are seriously looking to get some new customers who are using Windows and IIS, then this session will give you a leg up on how to build out a Windows and IIS environment to allow you and your team to do your own testing and start to understand best practices for building out Drupal sites on Windows and IIS.


4)       Session title: Patterns for Cloud Computing, by Damien Tournoud

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/patterns-cloud-computing

Come and learn the inner workings of Drupal 7, the most agile and flexible version of Drupal, through an analysis of the problems and patterns for Drupal on Cloud:

  • Remote database (Amazon RDS/SQL Azure/Whatever): can it work and at what price?
    • Assets storage and distribution
    • Smart caching strategies in Drupal 7
    • Code and configuration management

5)       Session title: Fully Optimized Drupal in the Cloud in 15 Minutes Flat, by Craig Kitterman.

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/fully-optimized-drupal-cloud-15-minutes-flat Do you like spending time optimizing your Drupal stack by carefully configuring Varnish, Memcached, nginx and MySQL? Then this session is not for you. Do you want to get all the same performance perks plus automatic scale-out, a Content Distribution Network (CDN) and a financially backed SLA? Then this session IS for you. In this session we will walk through an end-to-end example of moving a locally developed instance of Drupal to the Microsoft Windows Azure platform and demonstrate how to get great Drupal optimization with minimal effort. We will then dive into some architectural discussion and talk about how to test your Drupal site code for cloud friendliness and see what it takes to build and test modules to ensure that they are truly “cloud ready”.


6) Session title: IE9 story so far, by Martin Beeby

URL: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/sessions/ie9-story-so-far

Short description: Martin Beeby will discuss how the community helped us build our best Internet Explorer yet and the amazing things that it's capable of and what changes you might need to make to your sites to support it. We'll also take a look into the future of IE and Microsoft plan to maintain the momentum.


Summary: There is no getting around the fact that, due to an intriguing history, when it comes to Web standards IE's name is mud with many web developers. The legacy of IE6, leading edge in its day, still lingers nearly 10 years after its release and the nightmare of browser incompatibilities and CSS hacks still has web developers waking in cold sweats. The good news is that IE6 usage is down to 3.5% in the UK and the better news is that over the past few years Microsoft has made a concerted effort to make that challenging history, well, history, and the outcome is IE9. The new browserillustrates Microsoft's focus on standards and speed and has resulted in a browser that has surprised even our fiercest critics. It's been a long journey and in this talk Martin Beeby will discuss how the community helped us build our best Internet Explorer yet and the amazing things that it's capable of and what changes you might need to make to your sites to support it. We'll also take a look into the future of IE and Microsoft plan to maintain the momentum.