We asked two of our Drupal Engineers, +Caio Luppi
and +Luis Ribeiro
, to share their thoughts on this year’s +DrupalCon
Austin and give us their perspective on how the project will impact our industry in the future. Here’s part two of that conversation: What stood out in your view?
[Luis] Twig, new layout framework in Drupal 8. Talking about look and feel, Drupal 8 has adopted Twig and now has a responsive theme throughout the core. Twig is a modern template engine for PHP well known to be very flexible, fast and secure. Twig was created by Fabien Potencier, the father of the Symfony Framework.
These changes bring a modernized front end making themes more secure and flexible. The idea here, such as Symfony adoption is to bring more front end developers to the Drupal world.
[Luis] Google and Drupal Community: “Google is the big Box of the Web”, this phrase shows what Google represents for the Drupal community. At the conference, it was proposed that Google is causing a disintermediation of the web and creating a new e-commerce experience controlling all the pieces that interact with the process. Despite the respect and representation that Google has throughout the Drupal community, the solution was just briefly mentioned during the keynote and as an example of an option during another Cloud hosting presentation that was focused on the Azure Solution. This is something that could change for the next DrupalCon events because Google Cloud is an amazing solution and could be used more and more as part of Drupal solutions. (see CI&T’s experiment: Is Google App Engine PHP ready for Drupal? http://bit.ly/1tSNP5G
[Luis] AUTOMATED FRONTEND TESTING: One of the most impressive sessions that I had the opportunity to attend demonstrated solutions around the functional testing on the frontend. The session detailed how these solutions can help speed up the performance of your front end validations and track performance and regularly measure trends for your improvements. The tools used in this session were CasperJS, Phantomas, and Wraith. The session showed how someone can visually diff her development branches against master and verify that nothing changed except the items she wanted to change. Would you say DrupalCon is for newbies? Experts? Or is there something for everyone? How “globalized” was the audience?
[Luis] DrupalCon will always offer something for everyone. There are different types of talks like training for people that are having their first contact with Drupal, sessions that cover all kinds of expertise and contribution sprints focused on developers with more expertise.
Despite the fact that the event was in the USA I had the opportunity to talk to developers from Belgium, Peru, Brazil, Australia and Germany. We saw a huge amount of people that came from other countries and continents to enjoy the conference.Any tips for Drupalistas considering joining upcoming DrupalCons?
[Luis] DrupalCon is an amazing opportunity to understand what is going on around the Drupal world and more than that, is an huge opportunity to share knowledge about Drupal development.
What would you like to see in upcoming DrupalCons (consider Europe and South America scenarios) that you missed in Austin?
[Luis] A date for the Drupal 8 Release would be awesome :). I was expecting more content about Cloud Hosting and automated migration process, so, sessions about these subjects would be well received by the community. So, overall, where is Drupal going?
[Caio] As Luis mentioned, Drupal 8 will most likely not be launched this year. The Drupal release cycle is shifting to be more iterative towards continuous improvement. Future releases will be semantic - i.e. targeting something specific such as layout or media - and progressively enhance Drupal up until it's ready for its 9th major version. In a much more agile manner, Drupal will stay more up-to-date and relevant in a much shorter time span and hopefully address the community's concern.
Lots of exciting developments in the world of Drupal. We are excited to be joining forces with +Acquia
and can’t wait for DrupalCon Amsterdam in September and Bogotá in 2015!