The Drop Times: Wrapping Up the First Month of 2024

Dear Reader,

As we bid farewell to the inaugural month of the new year, we find ourselves standing at the intersection of introspection and eagerness. With its promise of renewal and a clean slate, January has set the stage for the unfolding chapters of the coming months. It's a time marked by resolutions, goal-setting, and embracing the boundless possibilities.

In reflecting on this initial chapter, let's take a moment to assess our achievements, acknowledge progress, and eagerly anticipate the challenges and triumphs on the horizon. The journey of the year has only just begun, and the unwritten pages of our story beckon with anticipation.

As January gracefully transitions into February, the closure of the Global Contribution Weekend in the Drupal community symbolizes a significant close to an impactful month. Here is a compilation of Drupal Contribution Weekend celebrations that occurred across the globe. Nico Grienauer has an explainer of what this event is. 

As we bid farewell to January, the Drupal Community sets its sights on a month steeped in celebration. Often hailed as the month of love, February encourages us to bask in the warmth of connections and expressions of affection. With numerous global events, Drupal is poised to embrace the heartwarming spirit of togetherness.

Now, let's shift focus and explore some of the latest news stories and articles we covered last week.
Kazima recently engaged in a compelling interview with Fran Garcia-Linares, Senior Drupal Developer at the Drupal Association. During the interview, Fran discussed the Association's strategic initiatives, including migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 and spearheading the GitLab Acceleration initiative. Additionally, Kazima delivered comprehensive coverage of the latest developments and insights from Drupal Mountain Camp 2024.

Acquia has exciting webinars lined up. On February 7, 2024, they will host "Mastering Your DAM Strategy and Governance Plan for 2024 and Beyond," aiding businesses in navigating asset demands through digital asset management (DAM) solutions. Additionally, on January 29, 2024, at 12:15 pm EST, Acquia will delve into "Navigating the AI Labyrinth: Security & Compliance in Modern DXPs and CMSs."

Jesse Loseberg leads an A11yTalk session on February 08, 2024, at 01:30 PM (ET), titled "The Accessibility Mindset: Moving Beyond Remediating, Fixing, and Reacting." and at the Florida DrupalCamp on February 24, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm, Steve Wirt of CivicActions explores "Unraveling the Clues to Effective Drupal Site Documentation," tailored for developers, project managers, content designers, system architects, and UX designers.

Droptica's webinar, "The Future After Drupal 7: Exploring Alternatives and New Opportunities," is on February 22 at 3:00 pm CEST. Save the date for Drupalcamp Rennes on March 28-30, 2024, promising three days of Drupal Camp goodness. Stay updated with this week's Drupal events by checking the published list here.

NERD Summit 2024 has extended its session proposal deadline until all 40 session slots are filled. Additionally, the event offers sponsorship opportunities for keynote talks. For more details, check the provided link. DrupalSouth Sydney 2024, happening at the Sydney Masonic Centre from March 20 to 22, is a significant gathering for the Australian and New Zealand Drupal community. GitHub has opened its certification program to the public, offering individuals worldwide a chance to enhance their skills and credentials. Learn more at this link.

Splash Awards Australia and New Zealand are calling for submissions in 2024. Find more details here. Explore the details of the upcoming DrupalCon Portland, which features a dedicated marketing track. Find more information here.

Varbase 9.1.1 is now available, offering a patch (bugfix) release for Varbase 9 suitable for production sites. Created by Rajab Natshah, this release addresses issues and ensures smoother functionality. Also the PHP development team has released PHP 8.2.15 and PHP 8.3.2, introducing important updates and improvements to the widely used scripting language.

There are more stories available out there. But the compulsion to limit the selection of stories is forcing us to put a hard break on further exploration—happy Drupaling folks.

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Thank you,

Elma John
Sub-editor, TheDropTimes.