Florida DrupalCamp 2024


Three days of Drupal trainings, sessions, mini-sessions, and contributions with peers from around the world.

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Layout Builder is great - right? Not really - “out-of-the-box” it’s pretty terrible. Despite a few initiatives that are trying to create a better experience, we’re probably a couple of years away from seeing anything specific.

This session is going to present Layout Builder in a way that actually makes it easier to use with beautiful results that anyone can implement. You’ll come away with a list of recommended contrib modules, a list of configuration settings, and a completed site with styles, pre-set blocks and more - all without a line of code and without locking in to any vendor.

We’ve been using this approach to convert non-Drupal sites over quickly, along with making the content editor’s job a LOT easier.

About the Speaker
Rod Martin
Lead Trainer at OSTraining

It's been my privilege to introduce Drupal to almost 50,000 people in the past 11 years through live training globally and video courses at OSTraining, LinkedIn and Acquia Academy.

Born in Australia, raised in Canada, living in the United States. I’ve been blessed to live in three countries and have traveled to many more.

I play ice hockey two or three times a week, ride my motorcycle anywhere and everywhere I can and find a lot of joy in my family.

I love when the light goes on over someone’s head - and they “get it”.

Workflows in Drupal, can be a challenge, but can also solve many a problem. Beyond just editorial workflow, you can build fully-featured approval processes with complex business logic. I've used them in to help non-profits simplify travel approvals, facilitate complex academic publishing processes, vet fundraising proposals, and in a system to match donations to newcomers to Canada with appropriate agencies to distribute these donations. This broad experience has helped me identify tools that are effective and versatile.

Creating workflows that succeed at helping all parties understand the state of each approval, who needs to take action next, and what will happen after they click a button is a holistic challenge. It requires a highly consultative, transparent, and iterative approach. This session will focus on tactics and key considerations to make your next project better for the people who use it.

Some key areas we'll discuss include:

* What to do when business logic determines what the approval steps are, or who the approver should be
* Tips for making sure users always know what is happening
* Handling notifications and reminders.
* Interfaces for types of approval

I'm excited to share the valuable insights I've gained over years of developing advanced workflows in Drupal. Join the session for practical tips and best practices. Let me help you enhance your workflows!

About the Speaker
Bob McDonald
Senior Drupal Architect at Kalamuna

Bob recently moved to Canada after 20+ years working in Web Development in Japan. When not working with Drupal, he enjoys personal coding projects, woodworking, and 3D Printing.

Being an effective developer is more than just writing clean code. Documentation is an important skill that has numerous benefits to developers and their teams throughout the life cycle of a project—whether in the form of meeting notes, decisions made during development, or technical implementation details. But even beyond that, these notes have long-term benefits for maintaining projects and building team skills.

In this session, attendees will learn best practices on writing effective technical documentation. Early in the course of a web development project, it helps with the early planning and decision-making that help make a project successful. Later, it provides clarity that eases website maintenance and helps build collective knowledge that your team can build upon in future projects. And as artificial intelligence tools play more of a role in our daily workflows, the value of written documentation will only increase for you and your team. This session will highlight how an early focus on documentation, written by and for developers, can have lasting benefits.

About the Speaker
Kurt Trowbridge
Front-End Development Team Leader at Gravity Works Design + Development

Kurt turns complex ideas into websites that are enjoyable, informative, and efficient to use. He enjoys collaborating with clients to explore ideas, as well as building the interfaces to meet their goals. Kurt enjoys combining previous experience with fresh ideas to find new, useful solutions. His attention to detail and responsiveness makes him a favorite among clients. Kurt is also an avid music enthusiast, having played trombone in two international concert tours.

Join us in exploring our approach to feature deployments in Drupal that shortens the release cycle and enhances flexibility. Learn how to empower your development team to deliver on-demand features, making "2 weeks" a thing of the past.

What We Will Cover:

Challenges of traditional 2+ week deployment cycles and their impact on development agility.
Introduction to a modern approach for on-demand feature deployments in Drupal.
Leveraging feature flags and configuration management to facilitate rapid releases.
Practical strategies to ensure code quality, compatibility, and user experience.
Real-world success stories showcasing the benefits of shorter release cycles.
Key Takeaways:

Understand the limitations of traditional feature deployment timelines.
Explore the concept of on-demand feature deployments and its advantages.
Learn techniques to implement feature flags and streamline configuration management.
Acquire insights into maintaining code quality with rapid development.
Discover how embracing on-demand feature deployments can enhance development efficiency and user satisfaction in Drupal projects.

About the Speaker
John Doyle
CEO, Drupal Architect at Digital Polygon

In a world where digital has become the norm, John has established his career on “building it better.” With a mission to leave every website better than he found it, John created Digital Polygon to deliver cutting-edge solutions to our client's most challenging business problems.

We all know we should be doing more automation of our software development lifecycle, but getting started can be challenging. Even if you have experience in continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) automation, learning a specific platform's terminology and idiosyncrasies can be frustrating.

This presentation is designed to provide an overview of GitHub Actions, a CI/CD platform that allows you to automate your build, test, and deployment pipelines, and writing one's first Action, a reusable component that can automate repeatable tasks. We'll start by going over key terms and concepts in the GitHub Actions platform, such as actions, workflows, events, and jobs, and explain how they can be pieced together to build robust and dynamic automations.

Then, we'll dive into the process of building your first GitHub Action, walking through the steps of creating a new action, the types of actions you can create, defining inputs and outputs, and required properties. We'll then work together to build an action that can be immediately used in your own workflows.

Whether you're a seasoned developer looking to move to GitHub Actions, or a newcomer to automation looking to get started with your first CI/CD automation this presentation will help jumpstart your journey.

About the Speaker
Paul Gilzow
Developer Relations Engineer at Platform.sh

Developer Relations Engineer at Platform.sh. Former Programmer/Analyst-Principal at the University of Missouri. Web application security and accessibility evangelist. Software instructor. Conference lecturer and presenter. Runs on passion and coffee. Outside of work, you'll find Gilzow mountain biking, snowboarding, enjoying live music with his kids, and dancing wherever the mood strikes.

Developers may know the ins and outs of migrations, but what do project managers, designers, or business owners do when faced with working on a large migration project? What makes a migration project different and what should you know when collaborating with developers on such a project?

This non-technical session will take you through the migration process at a high level so you can know how to get started; We’ll talk about the importance of thorough planning, what kind of issues you can expect (and avoid) and what else you should consider when undertaking a migration.

If you’re faced with an upcoming migration, whether it be from Drupal 7 to 10, from another platform to Drupal, or even not involving Drupal at all, this session will get you started on your path!

Learning objectives:
Develop a migration plan
Ask the right questions of your team
Anticipate issues you might encounter

Target audience:
Project Managers of website migration projects
Business owners
Website administrators

Experience administering a website
General web terminology

About the Speaker
Jesse Dyck
Solutions Architect at Evolving Web

When a closely knit and well experienced government team build their first Drupal site and then launch it on their own hosting, they run into unforeseen yet surmountable obstacles. Come with me as we go on a journey and learn how this team improved their Drupal Systems — from the site’s user experience and tagging strategy to the automation at AWS — in only six months.

This talk is suitable for people with or without Drupal experience. Even though the example is specific to a state government project, the things we learned and how we grew is applicable to Higher Ed teams as well. The talk will address:

the very real challenges that result from a fast migration to a new platform on a tight timeline
how we helped the Minnesota Department of Health overcome these challenges
how we’ve started paying down technical debt by optimizing Drupal for best practices
how strict security requirements can be your friend and that automation and speed are still possible
the secret to achieving all of this, with every team, every time
We hope that this talk inspires teams that may be in a similar situation to reach out and ask for help — Drupal Systems can be nimble and transformations fast.

About the Speaker
Ivan Stegic

Ivan Stegic has always been driven by purpose. Growing up in South Africa, moving to Minnesota, and eventually founding TEN7, Ivan has forged his own path with a goal to make the world a better place.

A physicist by training, Ivan moved to the United States after college, working long hours in research and engineering roles. He burned out, realizing he was spending too much time and energy at work and not enough with his family.

He decided to make a change, letting passion be his guide. He knew he liked working online, solving problems, and making connections. He started doing website development projects for clients, ended up hiring some team members to help, and TEN7 was born!

Ivan lives in Minneapolis with his wife, kids and two dogs. He’s a huge Minnesota Twins fan; a relentless ambassador for technology, science, and common sense; and an eternal optimist.

At TEN7, Ivan is a purveyor of positivity, working with clients and hiring team members who share his desire to Make Things That Matter.

As interest in native plants continues to grow among homeowners, the challenge of making botanical information accessible to the public becomes increasingly important. In this session, President and Drupalist, Greg Lowenthal from Acquia, will showcase Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI)'s solution: a Drupal-powered native plant database that also generates interactive signage.

We’ll discuss why LINPI opted for Drupal and the challenges they faced while building this non-profit database, particularly with printable generated signage. Learn how greenhouse visitors can now peruse the signs for easy-to-comprehend plant information and scan QR codes to take that information home for proper planting. From photos and common names to layman-friendly descriptions and plant characteristics, discover how LINPI's Drupal database enhances user experience for native plant gardeners.

Together we will:

Understand LINPI's rationale for choosing Drupal and the development challenges they encountered
Explore the implementation of signage and QR code technology, enabling online and offline access to plant information
Learn how LINPI's Drupal database improves user experience with simplified plant details tailored for amateur gardeners

About the Speaker
Greg Lowenthal
Principal Solutions Engineer, Team Lead at Acquia

Greg has been in the DXP space for his entire career, with the last 9 years at Acquia as an SE. While an expert at selling solutions and products, he is a relatively novice Drupal developer. While not working with Acquia customers and prospects, or making dad jokes, you can find him in one of the many local parks and preserves on Long Island. As President of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI), Greg manages all technology for the non-profit as well as participating in native seed identification, collection, and propagation.

In the world of tech, we often find ourselves tangled in a web of bugs, blockers, and 404 errors—but what if the biggest blocker is sitting right in your chair? Yep, we're talking about you. This talk, 'Debugging Yourself: How to Move Forward When the Blocker is You,' will dig deep into the human OS. We'll pinpoint those pesky internal 'bugs' that are stopping you from leveling up in your Drupal-centric career.

Just like debugging code, the first step to personal breakthrough is recognizing that something isn't working. We'll explore how to identify and interpret your own 'error messages,' from imposter syndrome to fear of failure. Then, we'll introduce 'patches' for these issues—mental tools and reframing techniques that make change not just possible, but inevitable.

So, if you're tired of roadblocks in your career path that seem suspiciously self-made, it's time to roll up your sleeves and do a little self-debugging. Because you wouldn't let a glitch ruin your code; don't let one ruin your career.

About the Speaker
Nichole Addeo
Founder, Managing Director at Mythic Digital

I'm the problem-solving brain behind Mythic Digital, where I’ve spent 10+ years making Drupal websites both beautiful and user-friendly. My true passion? Fusing tech with personal development and empathy to better serve not just clients, but also the community. I'm all about creating accessible, SEO-friendly sites that are a joy to edit. For me, work is more than code; it's about making digital spaces more human.

12 years ago Matt Glaman was delivering beers, 10 years ago spoke at his first DrupalCamp, and now he’s employed making six figures and heavily contributing to Drupal core and other projects.

In this engaging keynote, Matt will talk about how he got to his current position, how you can get here (if you’re not already), and how we all can work together in open source to bring in more community members, and to give them this opportunity.

Matt will detail who can help encourage new community members, and what specific tasks can be done to set them up for success in the Drupal universe.

About the Speaker
Matt Glaman
Principal Software Engineer at Acquia

Matt Glaman is an experienced software engineer and a prominent member of the Drupal community. With over a decade of experience in web development, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field. He is the author of several books, including "Drupal 8 Development Cookbook" and "Drupal 10 Development Cookbook," which provide a comprehensive guide to building and customizing Drupal sites.

As an active member of the Drupal community, Matt is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. He regularly contributes to Drupal projects and is passionate about helping others develop their skills and become more proficient in Drupal development.

This session will show how Astro and Drupal can create powerful and flexible web applications. We will set up Drupal to manage our content and provide APIs for your Astro application, and we will explore the basic web service configuration for Drupal. Astro will then be used to build our web application's front end. We will see how to create queries to retrieve content using the Drupal API. We will set up dynamic routes to handle content, allowing fast and efficient applications.

Learning Objectives
- Understand the approaches of a fully decoupled Drupal Application
- Configure Drupal Webservices.
- Set up and build an Astro application for Drupal.

Basic knowledge of Drupal JSON:API, JavaScript and TypeScript.


This session will provide valuable insights and techniques for building dynamic, scalable, fully decoupled Drupal applications.

About the Speaker
Vincenzo Gambino
Software Engineer at Concentrix

I am a Senior PHP and Javascript Software Developer from London, UK, with experience building Web Applications for medium and big-sized businesses. I have spoken at several DrupalCamps and co-authored the book Jumpstart Jamstack Development.

- Co-Speaker at DrupalCamp London 2016: Using SAML as a single sign-on for Drupal 7
- Speaker at DrupalCamp London 2017: Drupal server configuration with Ansible and Drupal VM
- DrupalCampPoland 2018: Interact with Drupal via voice commands
- Drupal Mountain Camp Switzerland 2022: Decoupled Drupal with ReactJS and Alexa
- Drupaljam 2023: Drupal and OpenAI for Content Editors
- Drupal London Meetup 2023: ​​Organisor and Speaker
- Orlando PHP June Meetup: OpenAI and PHP for Content Editors
- Drupal Dev Days Vienna 2023: Build a fully decoupled application with Drupal and NextJS

A modern Drupal development environment enables the developer to work at peak efficiency to create sustainable code that meets modern coding standards and is bug-free (hopefully!) By leveraging a modern IDE like Visual Studio Code, along with a recommended set of extensions and configuring, one can put themselves in a position to succeed.

This session will demonstrate how to set up Visual Studio Code to work with DDEV and a number of code quality tools to maximize a developer's efficiency. This includes integrating phpcs, phpcbf, PhpStan, and PHPUnit with Visual Studio Code's interface as well as making it easy to run PHPUnit tests directly from the Visual Studio Code interface. Furthermore, guidance will be provided on how to configure Xdebug with Visual Studio Code.

Attendees of this session will leave with the knowledge necessary to configure their copy of Visual Studio Code as will be demonstrated in the session.

About the Speaker
Michael Anello
Developer, trainer at DrupalEasy

Michael Anello (@ultimike) is a Drupal developer and trainer with DrupalEasy. He is the lead instructor for Drupal Career Online, a beginner-focused 12-week, 3x/week online Drupal training program and the 15-week, 2x/week Professional Module Development course. Mike is very active in the Drupal community as an organizer, code and documentation contributor, and often speaking at Drupal events around the world.

The IXP-Fellowship is a new community Initiative for onboarding inexperienced developers. We seek to address several issues:

Even "Junior Drupal Developer" roles often require at least 6mo-1yr of experience.
Companies who invest in early development roles and emerging talent make a large investment in talent development, but then larger organizations in wealthier countries can hire the newly trained developers away at rates they can't compete with.
We cannot solve the differences in developer salaries, but we can try to find a way to ensure that companies are rewarded for their investment in training new developers, even if they are hired away.

In this session, we would like to share our ideas and listen to the audience. How to ease the transition for newcomers to Drupal who just finished learning to developers who can be productive on a project.

The journey from learning Drupal to finally becoming part of a team creating ambitious websites is long and rocky at best.

The initiative is gathering the experiences of long-time developers, trainers, companies, and new people to create a process that improves the intake of new developers into our community.

About the Speakers
Ana Laura Coto
Web Developer at Cellar Door

Tech savvy girl with 16 years experience in digital communications from animation to web developer. Meet Drupal 10 years ago when started to work for a company on a digital transformation process. There we need to migrate the website from a proprietary system to a more modern tool and we decided to use Drupal7.

Crossing the path from Digital Designer to Drupal Developer I found that the tools and skills that I cultivated in the way are a key for the successfulness of our projects. Skills like teamwork, communication, issue analysis, and problem solving can be difference for success. In the end the most important are the human skills that you learn and how you manage to make the best of your work.

Carlos Ospina
Carlos is a computer engineer with over 25 years of experience. Working in the Drupal community for the past 10 years and with open source since 1996. Currently working as a Technical Account Manager for Acquia, since 2015.

Carlos has joined efforts with the Drupal community to help organize events, speak in different Drupal camps in both the English and Spanish communities in the US and Latin America.

D.O: https://www.drupal.org/u/camoa
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camoa/

As we head into the future of Drupal, there is still one system that is very important for Drupal development: Configuration Management.

While there is a lot of information on this topic, many Drupal sites suffer on deployment because the configuration is not managed properly. This talks is a beginner/intermediate approach to a successful Configuration Management strategy.

Config Split is one of the most used configuration strategies, we will visit how this strategy works, how to set it up on your site, and how to use it with your development team.

We will explore;

- What is configuration in Drupal and why it is important.
- What is a configuration strategy and how it works with your development process.
- We will see practical examples of configuration in the day to day of a development team.
- We will discuss the challenges of Configuration Management.
- Why configurations can be different on each environment, and how to keep it straight within your development process.
- We will learn how to add our own configuration to custom modules.

"The change we made is not reflecting on prod"
"When I deploy code I get an error"
"It works in my local but not on prod"

Many of these challenges are in many, maybe most, cases caused by a failure in configuration. Not all environments and development stages are the same, a configuration management strategy will help your team keep them in line without manual changes or updates.

About the Speaker
Carlos Ospina

Carlos is a computer engineer with over 25 years of experience. Working in the Drupal community for the past 10 years and with open source since 1996. Currently working as a Technical Account Manager for Acquia, since 2015.

Carlos has joined efforts with the Drupal community to help organize events, speak in different Drupal camps in both the English and Spanish communities in the US and Latin America.

D.O: https://www.drupal.org/u/camoa
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camoa/

In this session we'll strip agile down to its fundamentals and build it back up again. We'll take a look at a number of different agile methodologies, including but not limited to Scrum, and discuss how Redfin is re-implementing its agile practices in a way that works. We'll discuss how we've implemented principles of agile at all phases of our project workflow. It's a work in progress, so I also hope to have a healthy Q&A piece to share ideas.

Chris Wells
Member/CTO at Redfin Solutions, LLC

Chris has been working exclusively in Drupal since version 4.7, and considers himself a Jack of All Drupal Trades.

Web components are custom HTML elements that can be used across different frameworks and websites. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how to leverage libraries like Lit 3 to build lightweight, framework-agnostic components in just minutes.

We will cover:
- The benefits of web components - write once and reuse across React, Angular, Vue, and even CMS platforms like Drupal
- A quick overview of web component standards like custom elements, Shadow DOM, HTML templates and CSS scopes
- Using Lit to generate standards-compliant web components with just a few lines of code
- Building a sample component and testing it across different frameworks
- Deployment and distribution for dropping custom elements into any project

With the power of web components, you can create reusable UI building blocks and rapidly accelerate development across projects. Attend this talk to see how much leverage you can get out of these self-contained, framework-agnostic elements.

About the Speaker
Ofer Shaal
Software Architect at Phase2

Drupal core maintainer
Co-created Drupal Rector
Created DrupalPod - Drupal contributions in 1 click

Regional drupal camps like Florida Camp, MidCamp and NERD Summit are great ways to get together, learn, grow and have fun seeing everyone. But what exactly does it take to put on one of these camps and how do you even get started?

In this session we will discuss the inns and outs of the past 15 years of Drupal4Gov. We'll show you how to:

put on a small event for little to no budget
put on a medium sized event (more than 150 attendees)
run a large scale event (more than 400)
We'll take a look at:

And most importantly, we'll share our data points and experiences in running a camp of over 1000 attendees

Join the Drupal4Gov team as we tell you all about creating avenues to building and sustaining a local community of Drupal developers, designers and the Drupal curious.

About the Speakers
Project Manager at Department of Labor

Founder of Drupal4Gov.

Nina Ogor
Director of Operations at Drupal4Gov

On Slack you'll know me as Nina of all Trades and at any Drupal4Gov events you'll remember me as the woman running around, giving out coffee or corralling lunch lines. When I'm not doing operation things for Drupal4Gov, I'm a project manager currently rocking it at Digital Polygon. I thrive on turning ideas into reality, whether it's unblocking and encouraging teams or keeping projects on track.

Having lived lives as a teacher and project manager simultaneously, I've mastered the art of juggling multiple priorities and projects while keeping calm and carrying on (surprisingly, I don't have that poster anywhere in my home). It's important to me to make sure I advocate for my team with empathy and human-centered project management. I'm all about finding smart solutions and making things run like a well-oiled machine.

When I'm not knee-deep in project management goodness, you'll find me reading on my phone, crocheting the stress away, or volunteering with exchange students. I have a horrible sweet tooth, and decent portfolio of cooked recipes that some would say makes me a decent home cook but social media will quickly humble me with an assurance that I am not.

Want social media without all the ads, algorithms, spying and a chronological timeline? Come to the Fediverse, a group of open-source social media alternatives that give the user more control over their data and experience.

In this session, I’ll explain how it works, go over the most popular services like Mastodon, walk through how to join an “instance”, and what it means for the future of the open web.

About the Speaker
Adam Varn
Senior Front-end Developer at Lullabot

Adam Varn is a front-end Developer who built his first website in 1997 when he launched “Adam’s Game Reviews” for a local ISP’s portal. The ISP paid him in video games. To earn actual money for his work, he started building other sites in HTML and Cold Fusion.

In 2008, he began creating his first Drupal themes, learning the ins and outs of Drupal site-building and configuration. Before joining Lullabot, he ran his own Drupal development company where he helped solve problems for non-profits, advocacy organizations, local government, and educational institutions.

When working with color on the web, we’ve always had a few choices: HEX, RGB, and HSL. In recent years, however, the color level 4 specification introduced a few newcomers: HWB, LCH, okLCH, LAB, and okLAB. What are these new color options, and what do they add to variety of color choices we already have? Let’s get nerdy about colors and the options we have today.

In this talk, I will discuss

What’s new in the CSS Color Module Levels 4 and 5
An overview of color spaces available today
How to use some of the new CSS color functions
Using CSS custom properties to change the values of color items within each color space
Ways to ensure the colors you use on your site are accessible by using prefers-contrast, light-dark, and other modern techniques
Attendees will come away from this session with a deeper knowledge of the new color spaces and CSS color functions to make adding color to your site even easier!

About the Speaker
Aubrey Sambor
Lead Engineer at Lullabot

Aubrey Sambor is a Lead Engineer who loves creating accessible websites using clean and modern CSS. She initially learned to code in the late 90s when her high school friends told her about this cool website called Geocities. She decided she wanted a site of her own, so she bought an HTML 4 book and taught herself the ways of code.

Aubrey graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in computer science and started her career building custom PHP web portals for clients, eventually discovering Drupal in 2008. She is passionate about design systems, accessibility, and the latest and greatest CSS techniques.

In her spare time, Aubrey loves to knit, spin her own yarn on one of her two spinning wheels, and walk on the many trails and paths throughout western Massachusetts. She's left-handed and has always disliked it when her classmates took all the left-handed scissors in art class.

Design system is a goal for big organizations who want to strictly maintain a consistent and cohesive brand representation. Within this system lies a component library, a centralized repository housing reusable UI elements, and patterns.

In the Drupal world, there have been various approaches to systematically build reusable components using contrib solutions. Until recently, when SDC goes into core, we decided to build the component library with Single Directory Component (SDC) to be able to evolve it into a Design system in the future.

In this session, we discuss about what to consider when building a component library with SDC, defining conventions within the development team as well as restrictions on the way of evolving the component library.

About the Speaker
Robert Ngo
Solutions Architect at Evolving Web

CKEditor5 is an important aspect of updating to Drupal 10. The Drupal community is actively working on porting plugins provided by contrib modules, however porting custom plugins might result is a large chunk of work. CKEditor5 has introduced a brand-new way on how to approach the plugin development. As the official documentation provides us with a few plugin examples, they don't cover all the needs which may occur on our projects. Both public and private sector companies might have a large content editors team, which makes it necessary to adhere to standardized components across the site. This presentation is based on the experience we gained from working with one of such clients.

From a back-end Drupal developer's perspective, we'll dissect a custom CKEditor5 demoLink plugin. Following through the plugin's code we'll explore its components, see how they interact with each other, as well as identify tricky parts

About the Speaker
Nikolay Volodin
Senior Drupal Developer at Evolving Web

Nikolay is a senior back-end developer in Evolving Web. He started working with Drupal when the latest version was 6. Being a full-stack freelance developer at the time, he had gradually switched his focus to backend development, while still keeping some frontend development skills. He is skilled in integrating Drupal with third-party systems and meticulously follows Drupal best practices. Lately Nikolay has also conducted research on how to port CKEditor4 plugins to CKEditor5.

Then being proficient and hugely productive in Laravel is only a little effort away.
Reuse a lot of your existing PHP development knowledge, to be able to build quickly and efficiently, in a very complementary PHP Framework.
I'm sure we've all shoehorned something into Drupal to make some CRUD style App, but Drupal is a CMS, and it's not really what it's good at.
You end up wishing you hadn't done that, after reaching for your favorite and best understood tool - Drupal. Now there's an easy alternative - Laravel.
Any CMS style work, use Drupal. Any CRUD/App style work - use Laravel instead.
It will make you happy. And you get to reuse a lot of the Drupal/PHP development knowledge to ease you way into becoming a dual Drupal & Laravel developer.
Laravel is easy to learn, fun to use, and has a great community. It's a great tool for any Drupal developer add to their toolbox.

About the Speaker
Lee Walker
Principal Engineer at Code Journeymen LLC

Software engineer of 30+ years.
Drupaller for 15 of those years.
I currently live in Chattanooga TN and organize the DUG and Drupal Camp there.

Did you know Drupal core and now contributed modules (using GitLab CI) are being analyzed using PHPStan to catch bugs and improve code quality?

Learn how PHPStan, a static analysis tool for PHP, can find bugs in your code that your tests and code review cannot. In this session, we will learn how to use PHPStan with the phpstan-drupal extension to perform static analysis of a Drupal codebase. The session will cover the intricacies of analyzing a codebase like Drupal's, which can have dynamic return types. And, we will explain how contributed modules can onboard to GitLab CI and how the GitLab CI templates run PHPStan.

About the Speaker
Matt Glaman
Principal Software Engineer at Acquia

Matt Glaman is an experienced software engineer and a prominent member of the Drupal community. With over a decade of experience in web development, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field. He is the author of several books, including "Drupal 8 Development Cookbook" and "Drupal 10 Development Cookbook," which provide a comprehensive guide to building and customizing Drupal sites.

As an active member of the Drupal community, Matt is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. He regularly contributes to Drupal projects and is passionate about helping others develop their skills and become more proficient in Drupal development.

This Sunday session will demonstrate how Retrofit for Drupal works and how to make your Drupal 7 code run in Drupal 10.

Drupal 7 is the most popular version of Drupal ever. Even after the release of Drupal 10, more sites run version 7 than any other version. One of the reasons so many sites are stuck on version 7 is that there is no automated path to port code written for version 7 to later versions. To help sites port their code to Drupal 10, Matt Glaman started the Retrofit project. Retrofit provides a compatibility layer for Drupal 7 code in Drupal 10.

Darren Oh has been contributing to Retrofit to support a client that does not want to commit to using Drupal 10 as their next platform, but needs to have that option if they don’t have a different platform ready when Drupal 7 becomes unsupported in 2025.

About the Speakers
Darren Oh
Senior Software Engineer at Cognizant

I began contributing to Drupal in 2007. I currently maintain the Drupal platform for Estée Lauder’s e-commerce sites. I am passionate about making Drupal easier for individual users.

Matt Glaman
Principal Software Engineer at Acquia

Matt Glaman is an experienced software engineer and a prominent member of the Drupal community. With over a decade of experience in web development, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field. He is the author of several books, including "Drupal 8 Development Cookbook" and "Drupal 10 Development Cookbook," which provide a comprehensive guide to building and customizing Drupal sites.

As an active member of the Drupal community, Matt is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. He regularly contributes to Drupal projects and is passionate about helping others develop their skills and become more proficient in Drupal development.
In an ever evolving web landscape, it's crucial to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. If you've ever found yourself scratching your head over terms like "Coupled," "Decoupled," "Headed", or "Headless" when it comes to Drupal, you're not alone. This session aims to demystify these concepts and provide a clear understanding of how Drupal fits into each.

Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the coupled, decoupled, and headless approaches in the context of Drupal. We'll explore use cases, and best practices, and share insights into how Drupal can empower dynamic modern experiences. Whether you're new to Drupal or an experienced developer, you're bound to discover new ways to harness the power of Drupal.

About the Speaker
Kyle Einecker
Founder/Principal at True Summit

The WHO estimates roughly 1 in 6 people globally have some type of disability. Those who don’t currently have a disability are all but guaranteed to have one at some point in their life. Whether facing the temporary challenges posed by a broken arm or the tenacious adaptations that accompany the journey of aging, we find ourselves interconnected by the threads of resilience and adaptability.

I was born with a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP), CP represents a group of neurological disorders that affect muscle control. My case is mild, yet it transforms everyday tasks into intricate and unnecessary puzzles. Throughout my life, my struggles have afforded me a unique perspective on problem-solving. Meanwhile, my struggles with self-acceptance have dragged behind me like an anchor- often slowing me down more than my physical limitations.

In this session, I invite you to join me on my journey toward self-acceptance. I'll share the profound impact of the opportunities and individuals who have guided me along the way. Through award-winning poetry and personal stories, I'll illuminate my struggles and triumphs with CP. By the end of our time together, I hope that we will all leave with a deeper sense of self-love and a better understanding of the power of storytelling to bridge our shared human experiences.

About the Speaker
Matthew Ramir
Lead Developer at Bounteous

Matthew is a Lead backend developer at Bounteous, based out of Denver, Colorado. They obtained a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their passion for Drupal began in 2012 with building websites for collegiate LGBTQIA+ and disability advocacy groups.

Matt has a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP) that affects everything from balance to coordination to fine motor control. Despite navigating the daily challenges of CP, Matt is a top-performing DevOps engineer, known for their ingenious problem-solving and unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

A year ago I decided to start live streaming development as a way to motivate myself to learn new things. Today, I stream almost every day, I've built a full stack application using TypeScript, I've learned game development, and I've done things with websockets and game engines that probably shouldn't be done.

It all started by talking to myself in front of a camera and pressing "Start stream".

In this session, we'll talk about how using live streaming became the ultimate rubber duck for me, and how it motivated me to learn and try new things, build a community, and expand my network around the globe. We'll also cover what tools are available, how to set up a stream, and some tips and tricks I've picked up in the past year of streaming things that aren't me playing online games.

If you're interested in learning more, don't forget to click that "Follow"... I mean "Register" button and attend this session.

About the Speaker
JD Flynn
Principle Drupal Software Engineer

JD Flynn has had mental illness most of his life, but didn't admit it until his early 30s when he decided it was time to do something about it. After a decade-long career in emergency services as a paramedic, JD made the jump from the ambulance to the text editor. Since then, JD has climbed to Principal Drupal Software Engineer in his current position.

His life was changed by OSMH (Open Sourcing Mental Health), a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on opening the conversation on mental illness, which led him to telling his own story to as many people who would listen. As someone with mental illness who is not afraid to talk about it, JD has presented on the topic of Mental Illness in the Tech Community to local user groups, regional conferences, and national level events at locations such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Washington State Convention Center, Guaranteed Rate Field, and DePaul University.

More recently, JD has started streaming development on Twitch and has been learning new tools and languages on stream. He streams under the name JDDoesDev and is desperate for your approval and attention.

When not speaking or coding, JD plays baritone saxophone in Windiana, a professional level wind ensemble out of Valparaiso, IN, and Michigan City Municipal Band, the oldest municipal band in Indiana.


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