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Feeds UI + Migrate Engine = Dream Migrations and Imports

Feeds and Migrate were two primary contrib modules used for data import since early versions of Drupal.  Quick comparison of two modules: Feeds module has great friendly UI that allows site builders configure and import data, Migrate is built for developers with power to perform complex backend data processing but UI for this module was less than ideal.

In D8 migrate module is in core to support one-click upgrades from earlier Drupal versions – great news. In the hallway of Baltimore DrupalCon maintainers of Feeds and Migrate started conversation about using migrate engine to power Feeds UI – seems to be a win-win solution for everyone – developers, site builders, content managers, end users. 

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Case Study: Massive performance wins at Mass.gov

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Over the past year, Last Call Media has been working with the development team at Massachusetts Digital Services on improving the stability and performance of the mass.gov platform.  One phase of this journey was to realize some massive performance gains on both the front and the back end of the site.  In the first part of this session, we’ll talk about the backend performance, discussing:

  • How we used Blackfire and New Relic to identify issues

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Friendly Stalking: Learning from your users (without being creepy) kwhite Tue, 08/21/2018 - 17:08

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As site owners, it’s impossible for us to serve our users better without knowing a little bit about them -- what’s working for them, and what isn’t. There are a number of high-impact but unobtrusive ways to learn more about how users interact with your site and your brand. In fact, you might be surprised at the information you can learn about your users with nothing more than Google Analytics.

Config Management for Drupal Multi-site and Distributions

Drupal 8's Configuration Management System is a modern marvel. We now have a standard way to export, store, and import configuration files.

When working on a single site, built on a fresh Drupal 8 install, the process is pretty straightforward and there are many tools to help along the way.

But what if you're building lots of similar sites? Like a multi-site? Or maybe a Drupal Distribution? Or Install Profile? Or Sub-Profile? In Drupal 7 we had Features. Do we still need that?

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GovCMS on Lagoon, the Australian Government move to a 100% open source platform 8thom Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:47

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As announced in July, the GovCMS team will be working with Salsa Digital and amazee.io to build the next generation of the GovCMS hosting platform.

GovCMS is program managed by the Australian Government and provides content management and website hosting for all government agencies - Federal, State and Local.

Building websites with React & Gatsby

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React started as a way to build apps. People soon discovered that React's ability to render to string meant that React could be used for building websites where shipping a fast HTML version of the site was necessary.

Gatsby is a very popular way to build websites with React and recently became a company with VC backing to take React deep into the world of CMSs.

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Component Based Theming With UI Patterns and Pattern Lab

Since the release of Drupal 8, great strides have been made to develop a component based theming workflow that takes advantage of the best that Twig has to offer and also plays nice with living style guides and pattern libraries. Gone are the days of redundant styles and markup, making way for the efficiencies found when Drupal and tools like Pattern Lab can share the exact same code. That said, handling the mapping of data between Drupal and your component library can still be quite complicated and difficult to coordinate on larger cross-functional teams.  

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