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Erich Beyrent: Configuration as Dependency - Managing Drupal 8 Configuration with git and Composer

February 2017

Drupal 8 provides a robust configuration management system which represents a paradigm shift from previous versions of Drupal. It's now easier than ever to represent your configuration in code and manage it with source control. However, that may not be enough.

This session will propose a new strategy for thinking about Drupal 8 configuration, treating it as just another dependency, managed the same way code dependencies are managed with Composer.

We'll cover:

  • Drupal 8 configuration

Joshua Bolduc: Drupal 8 Plugins

June 2017

From blocks, to views, to entities, plugins are one of the major foundational concepts in Drupal 8. But what exactly is a plugin? In this technical presentation we'll begin with a brief introduction about what plugins are, their advantages and how they fit within the broader context of Drupal.

Next you'll learn how easy it is to create your own plugin by extending any of the dozens of available plugin types in core.

We'll unravel the mysteries of Plugin Derivatives; how you can write one

Peter Wolanin: Drupal 8, where did the code go? From info hook to plugin.

November 2016

Looking at core and contrib modules for Drupal 8, you may be wondering "where did the code go?".

Drupal 8 has removed many of the "info" hooks that were found in your module file and converted them to plugins.

This session will be a practical discussion of how plugins work and how to upgrade your module to Drupal 8 if it used one of these hooks that's been converted to a plugin. I will include example of code from Drupal 7 and where the very similar code lives in Drupal 8.

In addition I'll

Peter Wolanin & Moshe Weitzman: Cracking Drupal

September 2016

Security is paramount, for almost any web application. We will take a look at security best practices to keep your site safe and take the perspective of an attacker to understand how they exploit things. We will show you common mistakes that Drupal Developers make when they write code and how they can be avoided. As members of the security team and code review administrators on drupal.org we have seen a lot of code and what can go wrong with it. Sharing our experience about:

  • XSS, CSRF, Access

Erich Beyrent: Configuration as Dependency: Managing Drupal 8 Configuration with git and Composer

October 2016

Drupal 8 provides a robust configuration management system which represents a paradigm shift from previous versions of Drupal.  It's now easier than ever to represent your configuration in code and manage it with source control.  However, that may not be enough.

This session will propose a new strategy for thinking about Drupal 8 configuration, treating it as just another dependency, managed the same way code dependencies are managed with Composer.

We'll cover:

  • Drupal 8 configuration

Erich Beyrent: Configuration as Dependency: Managing Drupal 8 Configuration with git and Composer

September 2016

Drupal 8 provides a robust configuration management system which represents a paradigm shift from previous versions of Drupal.  It's now easier than ever to represent your configuration in code and manage it with source control.  However, that may not be enough.

This session will propose a new strategy for thinking about Drupal 8 configuration, treating it as just another dependency, managed the same way code dependencies are managed with Composer.

We'll cover:

  • Drupal 8 configuration

Kristof Van Tomme: Drupal for Documentation and Developer Portals

May 2016

Drupal really shines when you need to integrate lots of different types of content from different origins. This is exactly what is required to make a great developer or documentation portal. In this session I will walk make an overview of a number of projects we've done, prototypes we've built and explain how they can be used to build the ultimate developer experience.

Michael Miles: The Flexibility of Drupal

January 2016

No other CMS offers more flexibility then Drupal. If you need to implement a piece of functionality or change a piece of data, there are a million different ways you can go about it. However, this flexibility can also be daunting and frustrating. How do you know if you are going about your changes the “right" way? The truth of the matter is that there is no “right" way - just the “right for me” way. Any method you choose will come with it’s own sets of drawbacks and benefits.

Aaron Bello: "GNU Emacs As a Tool For Drupal Website Development and Management"

October 2015

GNU Emacs (a.k.a. An editor of a Lifetime) is more than an editor, a powerful tool for all programmers. It is extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. Beyond just being able to edit files, Emacs includes special features to help you write in many different human languages and programming/markup languages. It can functions as well as tools for compiling, running, and testing programs.

This presentation will demonstrate how to use Emacs in your day to day Drupal

Erich Beyrent: "The Digital Mayflower - Data Pilgrimage With the Migrate Module"

November 2014

In the year 1620, a collection of data left their proprietary database in search of a new, open ecosystem.  Okay, so maybe that's not quite how the story goes, but it works for a modern reboot of the classic saga.  

That moment of panic when someone assigns you the task of migrating a legacy site into Drupal.  It's a daunting project, fraught with undocumented data, mixed character sets, bizarre content modules, and impossible deadlines.

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