Code and DevOps

This track is focused on developers and the back-end technologies to deal with today’s and future challenges. With the coming release of Drupal 8, as well as emerging Web technologies, preparation is essential. These sessions will help you learn how to deliver effective solutions to meet these needs.

Auto Scaling Drupal in a Cloud Environment

Drupal applications need to be architected well to support Auto Scaling.  In this presentation we will discuss various settings, to-do’s, best-practices et al to have a successful Drupal site configured for Auto Scaling. We will also go beyond AWS and discuss this from a generic cloud service perspective. Apart from traffic, we will discuss how we can set up configurations based on data size as well.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE (MODULE) BOX: A USER STORY IN CREATING AND CONTRIBUTING A CUSTOM MODULE (FOR INTERACTIVE 3D GRAPHICS!)

Thousands of modules are available for Drupal, but you won’t always find a solution that meets your needs. In this session, we will discuss our experience with creating a custom module for 3Dprint.nih.gov:

  • Why and how we built our module
  • Benefits of custom modules for flexibility and stability
  • How to contribute your module
  • Lessons learned along the way

As a bonus, we’ll briefly demonstrate the impact of interactive 3D graphics display to engage users. It is easier than you think! 

The Ultimate Drupal Launch Checklist

We can spend hundreds of hours designing and building a Drupal. But when launch time comes there's still plenty of work to be done. The Ultimate Drupal Launch Checklist covers launch time from every angle, providing orderly steps to avoid post launch surprises. So when you tell the client their site is launched they'll be impressed. This session examines:

  • Pre-Launch Steps to be sure your site is ready for prime time

  • Launch Steps to make you development site production quality

SSO Integration With Microsoft AD FS 2.0 and Drupal

The [email protected] is a web portal sponsored by VA Learning University (VALU).  This web portal allows VA and non-VA employees to explore and develop career paths within VA.  In 2014 the web portal went through a major redesign.  To enhance the user experience, the [email protected] team expanded the web portal functionalities to allow the users to create/save a personal profile as they use the various tools on the web portal to develop their career plans.  The expanded functionality included the Single Sign-On (SSO) capability and the migration of a major part o

Caching: From Akamai to Boost and Beyond

EPA went from a static file site, where publication is instantaneous, to a Drupal site where we couldn't simply subject our servers to multiple page generations every second. To that end, we have Akamai as a CDN, along with memcached and boost. We use Boost to generate static pages for repeat visits, but also to generate failover copies of our content for disaster recovery. We're considering a move to Varnish.

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