7 Must-Attend DrupalCon Amsterdam Sessions for Developers

DrupalCon AMSTERDAM 2019 is coming up: from 28 - 31, October 2019, in the watery capital of the Netherlands. 

Acquia will be there, of course, with a booth, demonstrations, mini-sessions, and an apres event that includes drinks, a winter simulator and table football. 

But we’re here to talk about the meaty, developer-focused activity that Acquia is bringing. According to my calculations, we’ve got that in seven varieties. 

Check it out. 

  1. The keynote by Dries Buytaert, the original creator and project lead for Drupal (and co-founder and chief technology officer at Acquia) is on Tuesday, 29 October at 9 a.m. Known as the Driesnote, this is a DrupalCon tradition. This year Dries will talk about the state of the Drupal project as well as give updates on Drupal 8.8 and next year’s Drupal 9 release. 

  1. The Drupal Core Initiative Leads Keynote, on Monday, 28 October at 13:30, will feature two Acquians: Jess Myrbo and Gábor Hojtsy. Jess, Gabor, and the rest of the group will discuss how Drupal 8's continuous innovation cycle has resulted in amazing improvements since the release of Drupal 8.0. Various initiative leads will take turns to highlight new capabilities, challenges they have faced along the way and other tales from core development.

  1. On Tuesday, 29 October at 14:00, Lauri Eskola, Software Engineer on the Drupal Acceleration Team at Acquia, will be speaking on Intermediate Next Steps on Modernizing the Drupal Theme System (Drupal 9 and beyond)

    In this session, Lauri will give an overview of what changes have been made prior to Drupal 9 to tackle some of the challenging issues that have plagued theming in Drupal. He will also walk through some ideas on how the Drupal community could further improve the frontend development experience during the development of Drupal 9 minor releases.

  1. Have you thought about developing a module, but just haven’t made the leap? On Wednesday, 30 October at 16:15, Ted Bowman, Senior Software Engineer at Acquia, will be talking about Beginning Your First Drupal 8 (or 9!) Module

    This presentation will start you on your journey into Drupal 8 (and 9) module development. It will show you the steps you need to take to make a simple but useful Drupal module. The module will also work on the upcoming Drupal 9. Ted will step you through adding functionality to the module from a blank PHP file to the completed module. You will learn how each step works along the way. You will also get access to the source code for each step so you can study it after the session.

  1. The Layout Initiative has been one of the most exciting additions to recent versions of Drupal 8. On Tuesday, 29 October at 11:30, Tim Plunkett, Principal Software Engineer at Acquia, will be looking into the future with a talk on What's Next for the Layout Initiative.

    Layout Builder is primarily intended for content editors to use for making complex pages... simply. It is also a powerful site building tool that affords great flexibility across all content. Attendees do not need any prior experience with Layout Builder. Comparisons will be made to existing layout tools like Panels, Panelizer, Display Suite, Block UI and Paragraphs.

  1. In an Acquia-sponsored session, Craig Hanna, head of Sales and Marketing for Cohesion, creator of the first enterprise-grade, low-code Drupal website builder (which was acquired by Acquia in September 2019), will be speaking on Creating a Healthy Technology Ecosystem for Drupal

    Craig will talk about the key parts of a healthy technology ecosystem, and why commercial projects like Acquia Cohesion are important for Drupal if it is to compete with proprietary platforms like Adobe and Sitecore, as well as stay ahead of important trends in the marketplace. Craig will also discuss how sometimes speed does matter and why Drupal needs more flexibility and choice if it is to keep large Drupal users on the platform longterm. 

    Finally, Craig will share how Acquia Cohesion has created a virtuous circle that benefits the whole Drupal community through an open feedback process that passes learnings from the Cohesion project back into a number of Drupal core projects.

  2. The Acquia Drupal Certification team will be at DrupalCon to administer the premier professional certification program for Drupal and the Acquia Platform. For developers, Drupal agencies and Acquia customers, this program is THE trusted benchmark. There are 10 exams to choose from, and Acquia is offering a special deal at DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019: Take any Acquia Certification exam for 40 percent off. Only at Drupalcon! 

    Remember, you can become an Acquia Certified Grand Master if you complete three certification exams (Certified Developer, Certified Front End Specialist and Certified Back End Specialist) in a one-year timeframe. Why not start at DrupalCon Amsterdam?  

This is the point where I say, “But wait, there’s more!” Because this is just the Acquian-powered developer-centric part of this sprawling event. Take another look at the Program at a Glance, and you’ll undoubtedly find plenty of other reasons to attend. 

See you there!