In a world where "decoupled" is super hot, and there is a new JS framework everyday... it can seem like things are tough for a more traditional CMS. Of course, Drupal has never been traditional. Progressive decoupling is a term that Dries came up with to describe a hybrid type of decoupled app - one where part of the interface is served via the CMS, and part is completely decoupled. Its a way to have your cake and eat it to, and this is one of the best "open secrets" in the community. In this session, we will learn: - what progressive decoupling is and how to talk about it - how to put new and existing decoupled components inside Drupal - how to manage those components as blocks (and how easy it is) - the performance and site management benefits - see a full example of progressive decoupling with ecommerce This is one of the best kept secrets in Drupal. By the end of this session, you will understand how to do this yourself, where to find modules and code to help you, and how to apply this to build truly amazing websites.
Ron has been involved with Drupal since 4.6. He worked as a freelance Drupal developer for a number of years, and worked as a Sr. Web Developer for Jackson River. He is currently a professional "problem solver" (Principal Solutions Architect) at Acquia, and regularly consults with large organizations to show how Drupal can help them. Ron leads the Demo Team at Acquia, which produces Demo Framework (https://github.com/acquia/df). He has presented on this topic at a few webinars (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7vb_NE7NUU), including one with Matt Davis the author of the PDB module (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMDK_v6gF6c). He has a fairly broad background in front-end, back-end, and systems admin, though his greatest strength as a back-end developer. He has alot of experience with non-profits and enterprise systems, with an interest in ecommerce, network security, and business systems.