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 (and also some of the world’s largest brands and websites.)

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

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

Much of the world has already assimilated, and this session will explore why and how quickly this change is happening, what you can do about it, and why Drupal still matters even though you may need to expand your horizons to survive.

We will cover:

  • The problems with our traditional methods of building websites
  • The reasons everybody is so excited about JavaScript and the JAMstack
  • How it all works, and what all of these buzzwords really mean
  • Why things that were very hard even 2-3 years ago are now easy
  • Why Drupal still matters in this ecosystem (perhaps more than ever)
  • Steps you can take, today, to get yourself started

The truth is that we are no longer building "websites." The backend problem 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. 

On the modern web, data comes not only from Drupal but from external APIs, managed web services, spreadsheets, and more. It does not matter. Today the focus is on the user interface, and on creating fast, effective digital experiences regardless of the device, the content, or the context. This is our only job, and the only thing that matters. 

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).