156: DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten - 1/2 - Kris Vanderwater

Part 1 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how the other side lives!

In this podcast, video, and post, we’ll cover the first four things on our list; check out the rest in part two.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of DrupalCon Amsterdam, the folks on r/Drupal Twitter for pointing out a couple things that made it into this list!

Let us know what you thought of these sessions and what the highlights of your DrupalCon Amsterdam were!

Prenote - Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire and Robert Douglass.

The latest edition of what has become a DrupalCon tradition. Focusing on the theme, “Memories,” a couple dozen members of the Drupal community told their stories live or on video about “How DrupalCon changed my life”. From new relationships to finding long-lost family, from quitting day jobs to founding companies, and much more. Don’t miss this moving testament to the very human side of our project!


Drupal’s PHP component future - Kris Vanderwater

Drupal in a post-PHP-Renaissance world: Discussions about the nature of Drupal; its place in PHP in the past, today, and where it could be going. Modules v libraries, from “Not Invented Here” to “Proudly Invented Elsewhere” and how PHP projects and communities are coming together to write the (hybrid) applications of tomorrow.


Coder v Themer Ultimate Grudge Smackdown Fight to the Death - Adam Juran and Campbell Vertesi

Watch a coder (can only touch the back end and Drupal code) and a themer (can only touch the theme layer) try to fulfill a client site spec in 15 minutes. A demonstration of the power of both the front end and the back end – watching other people code live has never been this much fun. The moral and last part of the session is that we need everyone on our teams; we need to cooperate and communicate to build the best possible Drupal sites.

Twig in Drupal 8 - MortenDK

Morten Birch Heide-Jørgensen, Jen Lampton and others worked long and hard to get Twig adopted as the default themeing layer for Drupal 8. In the latest iteration of his talks explaining the power of Drupal + Twig, Morten shows off some of its power and flexibility. Kris and I were especially blown away by the built-in debugging and selector-suggestion functionality built into our new front end system. Check this out!


DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2