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DrupalCon Vienna 2017: Driesnote & State of Drupal Address

Written by: , Oct. 5, 2017

Enterprise Content Management Scales to Over 1 Billion Page Views Per Month

DrupalCon Europe is an annual gathering for the Drupal open source development community with independent software vendors, web design companies, and representatives of the enterprise IT business ecosystem coming together at this year's event in Vienna, Austria over September 26-29th, 2017. Drupal founder and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert gave the "State of Drupal" address to the assembly highlighting the main ways that the CMS, business ecosystem, and network of global interrelationships between community members is growing through changes as internet usage patterns evolve on new technology platforms through shifting social paradigms. Decoupled or Headless CMS usage is one of the biggest new trends in the current web development landscape with much of the latest technical work on Drupal 8 core dedicated to keeping the user interface (UX) of the software broadly competitive with the functionality offered by WordPress, Facebook, and other SaaS/PaaS companies "out of the box" for a better customer experience. Around 50% of the professional software developers using Drupal currently are also integrating Node.js and JavaScript frameworks like Angular into unique solutions to create custom web/mobile applications for clients. Buytaert is advocating for the adoption of the React JavaScript framework into Drupal 8.x core for an easier to navigate CMS in web publishing.

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News from DrupalCon 2017: Developments in Decoupled Drupal & Ecommerce

Written by: , Jun. 27, 2017

Acquia Releases the Reservoir Distribution for Decoupled Drupal & OpenEDU for Online Learning

DrupalCon North America, the largest and most important annual convention for Drupal developers, took place this year in Baltimore (April 24-28, 2017) with Drupal founder and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert delivering the keynote address. One of the new innovations in the Drupal platform that received a lot of attention at the convention was the advancement of various strategies for decoupling Drupal in order to separate the frontend and backend processes in a manner that allows for content to be streamed to multiple devices via APIs, overriding the standard theme-driven system of publication. Use of JSON API & OpenAPI, as implemented in the recent Reservoir distribution from Acquia for decoupled Drupal installs, can turn the Drupal CMS into a publishing engine that can be used with IoT devices, augmented reality applications, voice recognition systems like Alexa, fitness wearables, AI chatbots, and other next-generation software platforms that extend beyond the web browser. The 2017 DrupalCon featured 12 main session tracks with 175+ seminars & featured speakers, as well as a convention hall with thousands of IT company booths, all representing the vibrancy of Drupal's open source development community.

 


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