Drupal Camp Chattanooga 2019


Drupal Camp Chattanooga is an annual conference that brings together web developers to learn, network and discuss web development with Drupal.

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Speaker: mherchel

We all know that your website’s performance is critical to the success of its mission. Conversion rates are proven to plummet if with every second of page load time.

What can we do about this? Why is the web still slow in 2019?

In this session, we’re going deep into modern web performance, and you will learn how to identify and fix performance bottlenecks in your website / webapp through topics such as:

Web performance metrics you should be measuring and how. Which are the most important?
How do I optimize my site for each of these web performance metrics
How browsers render web pages, and how to use this knowledge to optimize the loading experience.
What is the critical path? How do I account for this?
What is the JavaScript main thread? How can I optimize for this?
Identifying, profiling, and optimizing for third party scripts.
In order to get the most out of this session, attendees will have to 1) have some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, 2) have a basic understanding of browser-based developer tools, and 3) find slow websites extremely annoying.

Speaker: jordana

We all make mistakes - yes all - and that's okay; it's what happens after that matters. How do we learn from them and how do we make sure they don't happen again?
With the rise of remote working, distributed teams and online collaboration the impact of good communication and healthy work (and online) spaces has become one of the most important factors in the success or failure of projects.

This will be a session exploring what good leadership and teamwork consists of, what makes that possible and, more importantly, what to work on so we can be better leaders and teams ourselves.
The session will be mostly focused on the skills we may have but sometimes take for granted, forget to work on or simply don't master as much as we want to.
We will also discuss and break down specific, and sometimes difficult aspects we encounter when working with others.

Some tips and topics will include:

tips on better communication
dealing with difficult conversations, people and situations
giving and receiving criticism well
assumptions, intent, impact and biases we may not be aware of

Speaker: nerdstein

Change is the only constant in life. As technologists, the landscape around us is constantly changing. We must evolve or become irrelevant. How do we do so?

During this talk, I explore considerations around evolution. Topics include the limitations of technical skills, a purpose-driven perspective, and evolving ourselves. When evaluating Drupal, I share how the product and community have evolved in the past and opportunities for the future. Attendees can take away some perspective on how to approach change and evolve professionally.

Speaker: daggerhart

Remember Geocities? I do. It's where I got started hosting my websites. The low barrier to entry made it easy to play around, make mistakes, and learn about building webpages. If it wasn't for Geocities, Angelfire, Tripod, and a number other similar services I may not be here today. And thanks to the good people over at Glitch, I was able to take my skills to the next level by building and learning node.js apps without the need to host them myself.

In this presentation I'll be gushing over Glitch.com, showing off its features, and trying to convince you why you should love it and use it to learn all the things. If the internet is working, we'll do a live demo!

Features that include:

Coop live code editing
Node.js app hosting
Remixing other apps
Git integration
Console access
Asking for, recieving, and offering help
and much more!

Speaker: aaronfeledy

Asking members of your team to spin up local copies of your Drupal application can result in an assorted array of solutions to the same problem: Some may spin up virtual machines while others may cobble together their favorite combination of Docker Containers. Some may struggle with native solutions on their machines while others may be entirely uncertain on where to begin. Adding common services and development tools such as xdebug, mailhog, or Drush may pose additional problems to even the more savvy members of your team.

Whether you need to simulate infrastructure(e.g. redis, nginx, solr), helper services(e.g. mailhog, phpmyadmin, xdebug), development tools(e.g. grunt, drush, composer), or common automation tasks(CI, testing, building deployment artifacts), Lando provides a solution to quickly specify and painlessly spin up the services and tools needed to develop your projects. It's a free, open source, cross-platform, local development environment and DevOps tool built on Docker container technology. Designed to work with most major languages, frameworks and services, Lando provides an easy way for developers of all types to specify simple or complex requirements for their projects, and then quickly get to work on them.

In this presentation, you will learn some Lando basics, including how to use Lando's built-in recipes to quickly spin up Drupal environments. You will learn how to define your development stack in a simple Lando configuration file that can be committed to your code repository and shared with other team members. You will learn how Lando can easily push and pull code, database, and files from hosting services such as Pantheon. You will learn how Lando can perform automation tasks and how easily it can do testing and CI. You will also learn how Lando can be used to build a decoupled Drupal/Gatsby development stack in just minutes. Most importantly, you will leave this session knowing that after making the switch to Lando, your team will never need to configure a virtual machine or install another local development tool for any of your projects.

Speaker: dozer55

Building a Drupal Student Portal and Integrating Drupal with Higher Education 3rd Party Tools

Integrating 3rd party tools and data can be daunting, intimidating, and downright frustrating at times. In higher education, it seems like there's an endless list of applications doing everything from providing student portals to paying employees.

In this presentation, you will learn how Chattanooga State replaced our frustrating and broken down student portal with Drupal, and how we integrated it with our ERP system, Ellucian Banner. You'll learn how to harness the power of the Argos API, and how you can use this API to build dynamic Drupal applications using Argos Banner-supplied data.

Speaker: JimSmith

You've finally been given the go-ahead to migrate your Drupal 7 site to a shiny, new Drupal 8 site.

"Great!" you say. It's the opportunity you've been waiting for. Now you can clean up the cruft and start with a clean slate.

So you start reading everything you can, watching every tutorial you can find, about Drupal 8 migrations. These sources do a fine job of explaining the basics, and once you think you've understood them you dig in.

And then reality sets in. All of those blog posts and videos only covered the basics of a simple migration. You discover your site is much more complicated than the examples used, so you try googling for answers again. Only now you're more confused. You're not even sure you're asking the right questions.

That's where my team members and I were when we were given the task of migrating a site containing 30,000 nodes, 1700 users, and 800 taxonomy terms. The site also had a mind-boggling 45 different content types. Along the way to moving everything to our new site we made a lot of mistakes and a lot of discoveries.

In this session I will share tips and secrets of migration we learned that weren't found in blog posts and tutorial videos. I'll uncover hidden features and undocumented tricks that made a big difference in successfully moving our site.


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