Decoupling Drupal 8.x: Drupal’s Web Services Today and Tomorrow

To much fanfare, Drupal 8 was released in 2015 with web services capabilities off the shelf. But that doesn’t mean our work finished there; the community, thanks to the hard work of the API-first initiative team, has been actively addressing new changes in the surrounding world of web services.

The two intervening minor versions of Drupal 8 since 2015 are chock full of improvements.

Even so, the wider web services landscape is rapidly shifting, and new approaches and ideas are quickly gaining momentum in an increasingly diverse landscape. For instance, in the front-end world, particularly in the JavaScript community, emerging specifications such as JSON API and GraphQL are overturning our long-held perceptions about what a web services API is capable of.

Key topics covered in this tech talk include:

  • How Drupal’s web services have evolved and progressed since the release of Drupal 8
  • How the wider landscape of web services has shifted around us
  • How we’re securing Drupal’s place at the vanguard of API-first content management
  • What’s most relevant to you as a decoupled app developer in Drupal 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3

Watch Now


Thursday, March 30, 2017 EST


7:57 PM

Preston So, Acquia

Preston So

Director of Research and Innovation Acquia

Preston So has been a web developer and designer since 2001, a creative professional since 2004, and a Drupal developer since 2007. As Director of Research and Innovation at Acquia, Preston leads Acquia Labs and new open-source and research initiatives. Previously, he managed the Entertainment Weekly website, led its development team at Time Inc., co-founded the Southern Colorado Drupal User Group (est. 2008), and operated an award-winning web and print design studio. Preston has presented at conferences on four continents and in multiple languages about diverse topics such as decoupled Drupal, responsive design, front-end development, and user experience. Most recently, Preston presented the keynotes at DrupalCamp Connecticut 2016 and, in Portuguese, at DrupalCamp Campinas 2016 in Brazil.

"Working at Acquia allows me to contribute back to an open source community I love deeply," he said.