Getting off the island
As a back-end developer, one of the surprising and fun things about this Drupalcon is how much I have learned about front-end and theming in Drupal. This has been my way of "getting off the island" and learning about things a little outside my normal comfort-zone.
The kitchen table track at Drupalcon Dublin
There were two things that were the impetus for this. Firstly, I came to Dublin with Pascal https://www.drupal.org/u/hydra who works with us at erdfisch as our front-end development expert. I spent the weekend learning (and documenting) our approach to rendering content in flexible ways to achieve more sophisticated output of content than Drupal usually allows. In a nutshell, this allows us to provide very sophisticated front-end design.
The module driving this is called "seem". We were working on it this morning at the kitchen table.
The second thing that happened was that Stefan https://www.drupal.org/u/sanduhrs and I decided to jump in and take the Drupal 8 Acquia Certified Developer Exams. Stefan has passed the two Drupal 8 Exams this week (Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Site Builder and Acquia Certified Developer Drupal 8 Front-end Specialist).
I passed the Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Site Builder and am taking the Front-End Specialist exam tomorrow morning. All this has, of course, given me lots of motivation to go to sessions related to front-end and theming this Drupalcon. Wish me luck!