Drupal 8: The Crash Course

DPA10 Development, Programming and Architecture

Location: 102D, Wisconsin Center

TUESDAY, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

One of the most widely-used and mature content management systems on the planet, Drupal runs more than one in fifty websites in the world. However, it has always been something of an odd duck, with an architecture and design very different than anything else in PHP. Enter Drupal 8: Almost a complete rewrite under the hood, Drupal 8 is a modern, PHP 5.4-boasting, REST-capable, object-oriented powerhouse. Now leveraging third party components from no fewer than nine different projects, Drupal 8 aims to be the premiere content management platform for PHP. But how do you use all this new-fangled stuff? This session will provide a walkthrough of Drupal's key systems and APIs, intended to give developers a taste of what building with Drupal 8 will be like. Prior familiarity with Drupal 7 is helpful but will not be assumed.

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Larry Garfield
Senior Architect, Palantir.net

Larry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. At Palantir.net, Larry is a senior architect and community lead, developing solutions for medium to large cultural and educational institutions. He also works to represent both Palantir and Drupal in the broader developer community. Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 web services lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association, and the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group. Larry holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. Larry is a co-author of "Drupal 7 Module Development" from Packt Publishing. He blogs at both http://www.palantir.net/ and http://www.garfieldtech.com/