Hook 42 is Headed to Minneapolis for DrupalCon 2020

DrupalCon and Hook 42 logos overlooking an aerial view of minneapolis, mn

Horray! Today is the day. We are officially announcing our return to DrupalCon 2020 in Minneapolis. We're sorry we kept you waiting so long, but we were still finalizing some moving pieces. With the recent announcement of accepted sessions for this year's DrupalCon, the cat is finally out of the bag.

This year we will be fully immersed in all things Drupal and open source. Some of our team will be leading sessions, some mentoring, and some manning a booth. Whatever it is, we're excited for another fun conference filled with amazing opportunities to learn and grow from fellow community members. We're honored to be able to be involved, to be sponsoring, and to be part of a community that has proven time and time again to be inclusive and open to curious minds.

Accepted Sessions

We'll start first by telling you what exactly it is we'll be talking your ears off about this year. While we're in Minneapolis for DrupalCon 2020 you can look forward to a diverse lineup of topics. Although the full schedule is to be determined, and don't worry we'll update you on when you can hear one of our sessions a little later, we're anxious to let you know what we know. For now, here are the topics you can expect to hear from our team.

Build Healthy Multilingual Relationships: Nest Entities Correctly

First up, we have CEO Aimee Hannaford teaming up with Christian López Espínola from Lingotek to give a great session about multilingual relationships...in a matter of tech speak of course!

As component-based design principles evolve, the actual implementation in Drupal can be performed in many ways. Most, if not all, component-based site building approaches rely on Entity Relationships. Adding multilingual support that is Correct and Predictable can be a challenge to configure. In this session, we'll surface best practices of Multilingual configuration with entity relationships.

You can read the full session description for healthy multilingual relationships on the DrupalCon website.

Progressively Enhance your Workflow with CI: A Roadmap

Next, we have another duo working together, architects Jonathan Daggerhart and Ryan Bateman. Together they are teaming up to provide a clearer pathway to integrating CI into your project process.

Adding Continuous Integration (CI) services to projects is often seen as an expensive and time consuming operation. At worst, clients may even perceive CI as an expensive set of developer tools that rarely benefit a project in any meaningful way. However, by changing our perspective and looking at CI as a progressive enhancement, slowly adding more and more helpful automations to our projects, CI can become the time-saving technology many projects desperately need.

You can read the full session description for progressive CI workflow on the DrupalCon website.

Getting Started With Nightwatch.js For Automated Testing

Architect Jonathan Daggerhart will be leading a solo session built around the capabilities of Nightwatch.js and Drupal. By the end of this session, you should be very familiar with the capabilities of Nightwatch.js, how you can use it for functional testing of any website (including your Drupal sites), as well as use it for unit testing your contributions to Drupal.

You can read the full session description for Nightwatch.js and Drupal on the DrupalCon website.

Preparing yourself and your site for Drupal 9

Last, but certainly not least, we have CTO Kristen Pol leading a session on a particularly hot subject...how do you prepare yourself for Drupal 9? The release of Drupal 9 is fast approaching, hopefully on June 3, 2020 but, worst case, by December 2020. Drupal 9 is a large departure from previous major releases. The only changes between Drupal 9 and the last release of Drupal 8 is it will have deprecated code removed and 3rd party dependencies updated. This will make it the easiest upgrade ever.

You can read the full session description to prepare youself, and your website, for Drupal 9 on the DrupalCon website.

Women In Drupal Sponsorship

We are proud and honored to be part of a community that acknowledges a safe space for women. As a woman-owned business, we are excited to be sponsoring the Women in Drupal Lunch again for DrupalCon 2020. Last year we led a Q&A session with those who attended our lunch to get each other talking about the ups and downs we've had along the journey to success within the tech community. To prepare yourself for what that might sound like this year, you can read some reflections from our owners about what it's like to be a woman in technology from our post last year on women's equality.

With all of that said, we're looking forward to another great opportunity to connect with the women, and those who support them and identify as them, in our community. We can't wait to see you all again. Also, we'd like to take this as an opportunity to welcome all newcomers too. The more the merrier!

We're Feeling Boothy

We have made one of the biggest commitments ever this year, by having a booth for the entire duration of DrupalCon. We wanted to make sure you'd always be able to find us while we're there. Whether you have questions about services we offer, a session we've given, or you're just looking for an old friend to say hello to, now you'll know exactly where to find us!

Our team cannot express enough just how excited we are to be returning for another DrupalCon. We hope you all share the same excitement as we do, and look forward to the journey we're about to embark on together.