As a web design freelancer, I feel as though I work in a vacuum at times. For the most part, I don't work with other developers, with whom I can bounce ideas about the latest release of a content management system. And, I don't have an accounts payable department, with whom I can discuss how to set up a client in my bookkeeping software.
For these reasons (and countless more), ongoing education is an essential part of my daily routine. I spend a lot of time watching tutorials, reading the latest on web development best practices, and attending webinars. Also, once a year (or more on a good year), I attend a conference.
For the past two years, I've attended Bay Area Drupal Camp (or BADCamp), a four-day, free conference held on the UC Berkeley campus. At BADCamp, 1,700 Drupal developers, project managers, and users come together to learn more about the open source content management system, selecting from more than 100 sessions, which by others in the Drupal community.
When I attended BADCamp in 2012, I was astounded by the quality of the programming and sessions, especially given that the conference is free. After this, I swore I would never miss a BADCamp.
Following are the sessions I attended at this year's BADCamp. In future posts, I will provide some detail on the sessions I believe may be of use to clients.
I left this year's BADCamp inspired and armed with new knowledge to make my clients' website development process more efficient and effective. I'll be back in 2014.