Making Drupal Cool Again

Session Speaker(s): 
mdorman
Saturday, November 8 2014
Room: Rainbow Road
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Summary

This session will focus on addressing a growing trend of losing Drupal developers, or at least their interest, because of the cool factor of up and coming competing technologies.

Why Drupal seems un-cool

As technologists, we are always looking out for the “next big thing” partially because of perceived advancements, but often simply because it is different/new/exciting. While each major version release of Drupal has seen extensive advancements, it’s still PHP at its core. Theres a fairly large momentum around the MEAN stack, frameworks like Django or even languages like Go. While not necessarily “new,” in many ways, we find them to be different and exciting because of the additional challenges posed by uncertain big performance and scalability issues - keeping their interests piqued.

Opportunities

We have all made a large investment in Drupal, whether financial or personal time over the years. Continuing to ensure that our platform stays cool in the eyes of our development teams and colleagues can be done in a number of ways from evangelizing all the dev tools to embracing “Headless Drupal” initiatives. I will outline my ideas, many currently in practice at NorthPoint Digital, during the session.

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