Co-speakers: Natalie Beneventi, Web Operations Coordiator, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and Kevin McCulloch, Lead Developer/DevOps Engineer, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts/New Target
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts is an agency within the judicial branch that provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative, and program support services to federal courts.
One of our web projects is the judiciary’s internal website, JNet. JNet is a primary information resource for Judiciary employees and is accessed more than 2.5 million times each year. The site offers news, policy, program-related information, and a variety of reference tools, and serves as a gateway to systems used judiciary-wide.
JNet was first our Drupal 7 project and the code base has become large and unwieldy over time. When our web team was asked to add a complex feature to JNet that would promote training opportunities and accept applications for the entire Judiciary, we were faced with a choice: expand our Drupal 7 code to handle user-submitted content outside of our pre-existing publishing workflow, or build a separate web app for application handling and host it on JNet?
We opted for the latter. We built a single-page web app, using headless Drupal 8/JSONApi as the back end and Angular as the front end, and integrated it with JNet. In this session, we will discuss our project requirements and decision-making process, and then explain how we addressed various technical challenges, such as passing the authentication context from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 in order to avoid an extra login step for our users. As a bonus, come hear how a swift community response to a security issue helped persuade our IT Security Office of the value of open source software.
This presentation will interest technical decision-makers and developers interested in progressive decoupling, headless Drupal, and Angular.
For the technical part of the talk, attendees should have intermediate to advanced knowledge working with the Drupal back end.
Attendees will walk away having seen a solution for creating an interactive feature site designed for authenticated user access by integrating a D7 intranet site with a headless D8/Angular Service.