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.
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.