After dashing through a few airports, two of our developers–Wendy and Salman–found themselves in Baltimore, Maryland last week with over 3000 other Drupal-enthusiast for DrupalCon Baltimore.
While energy and love of Drupal is always at high-levels at any DrupalCon event, it was off the charts in Baltimore. Drupal 8 has now reached the mainstream and everyone is clearly excited about its potential; its greater focus on logical design, content strategy, and decoupling mean there are great things on the horizon for Drupal and its developers.
While Salman and Wendy couldn’t attend every session, here are some of their favourites.
As a site builder, have you ever encountered a wireframe or design that’s caused you to take pause and wonder, “how am I going to build this thing?” There’s rarely a clear-cut solution for producing a Drupal layout that’s both complex in arrangement and easy to edit. When you find yourself at this crossroads, it’s important to have a broad understanding of the many tools available that will help meet your goals as a site builder and your clients’ goals as an editor. In this talk, we’ll cover the differences, use cases, and advantages/disadvantages of a variety of layout options: Blocks, Context, Display Suite, Panels, Panelizer, Paragraphs, Twig templates, WYSIWYG / CKEditor templates.
The idea of a decoupled Frontend and Backend has been around for a couple of years. Some teams tried them out, but nobody was really fully satisfied with it. Too many problems arose during development; bad or non existing accessibility, no support for crawlers and bots, changing APIs and expensive refactorings. Even the easy task of displaying a menu on the frontend was problematic. Amazee Labs discusses whether React and GraphQL are a viable future for Drupal.
Checkout Gizra’s unusual stack that helps them achieve blazing fast websites - Drupal 7 & 8 runs their backends, Elm in the front, and most recently Yesod (a Haskell framework).
Coldfront itself came from a group of friends spending time writing code and contributing it back to the OpenSource community, so we love engaging with our far-away Drupal friend at DrupalCons and DrupalCamps. Connecting with the Drupal community at large always reinvigorates us to bring the latest Drupal technologies back to our fellow developers and clients. What did you enjoy most about DrupalCon Baltimore?