We're Teaching at DrupalCon Baltimore

DrupalCon Baltimore logo with dates April 24-28, 2017The DrupalCon Baltimore schedule was announced earlier today and we're stoked to not only be attending DrupalCon, but to also be providing our Drupal 8 Theming workshop, and having Amber, Blake, and Joe presenting sessions. It's going to be a great con!

Learn Drupal 8 Theming

Monday, April 24th is the training day for DrupalCon. You can sign up for our Drupal 8 Theming workshop to get the low down on all of the goodies that come with the new theme system.

This workshop will familiarize front-end developers with Drupal 8's theme system. Whether your goal is to theme your personal site, pass the Acquia front-end developer certification, or upgrade your skills for a job, our goal is to provide students with a solid foundation on which to start, and enough knowledge to continue to practice and learn on their own. If you're creating an entirely new theme from scratch, or making nips and tucks to an existing design, understanding how Drupal's theme system works, or having someone on your team who does, is essential.

Here's what we're planning to cover in this all-day workshop:

  • How the Drupal theme layer relates to the rest of the system
  • Common theming terminology and processes
  • How to override any of Drupal's HTML output
  • The relationship between base themes and sub themes
  • Everything you need to know about Twig when working with Drupal templates
  • How to add both custom and third-party CSS and JavaScript libraries
  • Tools for introspecting and debugging a theme
  • Tips and tricks for using common front-end development tools like CSS preprocessors and task runners, in conjunction with Drupal

We do have a limited number of seats for this workshop, so sign up soon to reserve your spot.


During the main conference from Tuesday-Thursday there are over 150 sessions to choose from. We're happy to contribute with 2 of those:

Joe Shindelar is presenting Why Is Drupal So Hard to Learn? in the Core Conversations track, where he will tackle the Drupal 8 learning curve from a community and teaching perspective.

Amber Matz and Blake Hall will present Drupal, Alexa, and Big Mouth Billy Bass Walk into a Bar to take a look at the Internet of Things (IoT) using a combination of Drupal 8, JSON API, Amazon's Alexa Skills, and Arduino.

We're excited about DrupalCon Baltimore. Aside from me getting to return to my old hometown, and eating lots of crabs, we're looking forward to connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. DrupalCon is a great place to learn about Drupal and make great connections with people. If you're at DrupalCon definitely feel free to find any of us on the team, either at one of the events above or just wandering around the con, and say "Hi". We'd love to meet you.

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