JavaScript is Coming to Eat You

Drupal is a shining star in the world of content management systems, with a remarkable 20 year history and a proven ability to power some of the world’s largest brands and websites. WordPress has enjoyed even greater success, and now powers more than 30 percent of the entire web.

Collectively, we have become extremely great at what we do.

But in just the last 5 years, the landscape has shifted dramatically in ways that are fundamentally changing how and what we build.

Monolithic platforms like Drupal and WordPress are no longer the obvious or default solutions. It is now just a matter of time before MOST websites and web applications are built on something other than a traditional, server-based content management system. 

This session will explore why and how quickly this change is happening, who it will affect, what you can do about it, and why Drupal still matters in this ecosystem (perhaps more than ever.)

We will explore:

  • Who will be most affected by this change
  • How quickly and why these changes will happen
  • The reasons everybody is so excited about JavaScript, Gatsby, and the JAMstack
  • Why things that were very hard even 2-3 years ago are now easy
  • Steps you can take to get yourself started today, and why Drupal still matters

The truth is that we are no longer building websites.

The backend has been solved, and is now fully commoditized. Our job today is to create amazing experiences that help our users navigate an increasingly noisy barrage of devices, networks, content, and tools.

Drupal and other backend systems may play a central role in this new world, but they are now a secondary concern. 

Speaker info:

Join us on a journey into this new frontier through the lens of a seasoned Drupal developer and technical architect who continues to make his own mistakes and learn his own lessons on the path toward building a better web. 

Tim Broeker is the technical director and co-founder of Electric Citizen, a digital agency in Minneapolis, MN. He has been building the web since 1994 and has deployed large, enterprise grade projects in more than 16 distinct content management systems. He has presented recently at Twin Cities DrupalCamp (2019), the MN Council of Nonprofits Technology Conference (2019), BadCamp (2018) and DrupalCon Nashville (2018). 

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