Media Sprint at Open Media Camp in Denver!

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Make sure to attend the Media Sprint Update Panel and join the Media Sprint 2009 at Open Media Camp in Denver, on April 18-19!

The presenters of this panel, including Aaron Winborn (aaron), Arthur Foelsche (arthurf), and Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg (Alex UA), will discuss the ongoing efforts of the Media Sprint by the Drupal Media working group to bring to fruition the Media module and related work.

This panel will begin with a demonstration and discussion of the current state of the ongoing development of the Media module, and a thorough examination of the concept for its extensible API. Finally, we'll discuss the near and far-term plans, including the Media Sprint planned for the next day of the Open Media Camp.

The Media module, and its included Resource module, is the focal point of a multi-pronged effort to revolutionize media handling within Drupal, by backporting proposed core patches to Drupal into Drupal 6. These include utilizing PHP Stream Wrappers to encapsulate any file stream (local or remote) within the standard Drupal file API, and creating an API for a unified GUI, suitable as a drop-in supplement and/or replacement for the core Upload module, FileField/ImageField, Embedded Media Field, and other similar modules. By creating a robust media handling API, this frees future multimedia development from needing to reinvent various media and file-handing components.

People interested in learning more should join the Drupal Media Group, and read the related Media Module FAQ and Roadmap of development.

This endeavor is fully backed with the participation of many other developers involved in Drupal multimedia, including Darrel O'Pry (dopry), Andrew Morton (drewish), Roger López (Roger López), Gus Austin (gusaus), and many others.

See http://www.openmediacamp.org/ for more details.

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