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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

Kevin Baringer: Drupal Commerce 2.0 for D8

August 2016

Drupal Commerce 2.0 for D8: Checking-In on Checkout

Drupal Commerce 2.0 is a significant rebuild of the Drupal Commerce platform that will leverage the many improvements offered by Drupal 8. At this time, Drupal Commerce 2.0 is still in Alpha, but we will take a look at the features and changes that have been made or announced so far and get an idea of what building a store with Drupal Commerce 2.0 will eventually look like.

Ask The Experts - Three Year Anniversary Event

July 2016

Let them eat cake!

Drupal Nights invites you to our three-year anniversary celebration, our annual Ask-The-Experts. Our esteemed Drupal presenters return for a one-night-only event where the audience decides the agenda by asking this prestigious panel questions. In other words, the floor belongs to you, the audience. Sounds awesome right?

Well, it is. If that weren't enough, food and beverage will be provided and rumor has it that a cake and disco ball may also be a part of the evening.

JP McNeal: AMP up your Drupal Site

October 2016

Let's face it... sometimes mobile web pages suck. Ads, social sharing widgets, auto-playing videos, and other "enhancements" can actually make reading articles on your phone an exercise in frustration. In early 2016, Google launched Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project to solve this problem. AMP is an open source project designed for publishers who create mobile content. The first part of the session will be a general overview of AMP.

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.

Drew Trafton: Precision Theming - Leveraging modern technologies for the next generation of Drupal sites

April 2016

In this presentation, you will learn battle-tested strategies for bringing your Drupal theme in the modern era of the web. Significant performance, maintainability, and workflow improvements can be achieved by taking full advantage of the flexibility of Drupal's templating layer as well as modern web technologies. Strategies discussed include NodeJS build systems, Precision Asset Loading (or Code Splitting), and "Nearly Headless" (Decoupled) Drupal using ReactJS.

Heather Bauer: Are Mega Menus Really Heroic?

March 2016

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? What if you have a feature that a user can’t find - does it really exist?

Hero menus (more formally known as mega menus) have become increasingly popular for large sites with many sections and pieces of information to put all of the options in front of the user at once.

Ed Carlevale: Drupal in Higher Ed

February 2016

Drupal in Higher Ed: New hosting options from Pantheon and Acquia bring efficiency to academic web development.

New hosting options from Pantheon and Acquia solve several key problems in academic web development. They shift the base of operations from university-wide solutions and single-site development, introducing a new ecosystem to academic development that better represents the actual structure within universities.

Drupal 8 Release Party

November 2015

Drupal Nights will be postposing our November presentation in order to participate in the official Drupal 8 Release Party!

It’s been years in the making, but the day is finally here: Drupal 8 makes its debut on November 19, 2015!

To honor this major Drupal milestone, and to applaud the efforts of thousands of contributors around the globe, we’re celebrating!

Moshe Weitzman: D8 Configuration Management

December 2015

Configuration Management is a game changer for Drupal development. Understanding how it works helps you to harmonize the moving pieces when designing a code deployment workflow for Drupal 8 sites. This session proposes a full circle workflow for pushing from multiple development environments to staging/QA and finally to production, and then integrating back changes that were made directly on Prod (a Block weight gets changed, a View gets changed, etc.).

The workflow proposes that code and