TBC March 2019

City, University London

New recipe of Decoupling : Drupal 8, Symfony and Slim Framework


The session will be more relevant for back-end developers of any skill level. It is also informative for beginners who wish to know about Decoupled or headless architecture.

Session content

Can any architecture provide breakthrough user experiences? Or is there any way to give developers great flexibility to innovate, and help site owners future-proof their builds by allowing them to refresh the design without re-implementing the whole CMS ? The solution is Decoupled or headless CMS architecture which is gaining great popularity in the development world.

The session will include sharing of my last project experience which used a decoupled and dis-joint architecture solution based on the three-tier architecture approach, which separates back-office operations, logical decisions and frontend presentation layers. The solution includes:

  • Moving the Drupal Content Management System to the back-end from a web architecture perspective while keeping it as a “business system” for managing the contents for the site.

  • Frontend will be served through two major components Slim and twig. Slim will be used as server to serve web pages, routes processing. Twig will be used as client and server side templating engine.

  • The process of page rendering is dependent on Logic Layer, which will act as a data exchange bridge between Drupal and Frontend. Redis server will be used to cache the response.

  • Any page component which do not change frequently will be processed and cached at server side. The rendered output will be used in the final page template.

  • Vanilla JavaScript is used in place of JQuery for best performance output.

Objective of the Session:

  • Problem statement of the project for which decouple architecture was proposed.
  • Understanding Decoupled Architecture
  • Why does decoupled CMS matter
  • How to use web services for creating connections in fully decoupled architecture
  • Demonstration of the Decouple Architecture

My session will talk something new about headless architecture, and hopefully entertain as well as enlighten you on our journey to take Drupal to new level.

Skill level
Basic understanding
Session room
Session day

Keynote speakers

Ryan Szrama

Commerce Guys

Ryan Szrama

Ryan got his start in web development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY. It was there that he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the Project Lead and community face of the project.

In 2009, Ryan co-founded Commerce Guys and eventually led the development of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 7. He grew the new project from its first full release at DrupalCon London to its use today on over 60,000 websites.

As of February 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys and assumed leadership of the business with his time split between managing the company and contributing to its various open source projects.

Chris Teitzel


Chris Teitzel

Chris has been part of the Drupal community for 8 years and during that time has been fortunate enough to be involved in all aspects of the community. Originally part of the team supporting the Omega theme, he helped drive documentation and community support to lower the bar for theming in Drupal. He’s since been involved in projects spanning the globe working with all levels of business from top enterprises to startups building everything from bootstrapped humanitarian tools based on SMS to airline ticketing systems built in Drupal Commerce. In the recent years he has set his sights on security in Drupal and specifically around data privacy and security to again lower the bar for developers to adhere to best practices.

Baddý Sonja Breidert


Baddý Sonja Breidert

Baddý Sonja Breidert (baddysonja) is the CEO and Co-Founder of 1xINTERNET, one of the largest Drupal web agencies in Germany. 1xINTERNET has offices in Germany and Spain and has clients all over Europe.

Baddý graduated with B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Reykjavik in 2003 and after that completed her M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the Technical University in Vienna, where she today teaches Agile Project management and IT. She is also an European champion in Robotic Soccer - where she competed with her University in 2008.

Baddý has been very active in the Drupal community and has organised conferences and events both in Iceland and Germany. Currently she is one of the main organisers of Drupal Europe, which will take place in fall 2018.


Drupal apprentices

The best people to train new developers are developers

The Drupal Apprenticeship Scheme will be running a London intake in March. If you are interested in hiring an apprentice or know someone who would benefit from the scheme please get in touch via the link below.

  • Created and run by experienced developers
  • Teaches core skills and best practice
  • Extensive support for businesses and teams

We are also really keen to hear from people who might be interested in mentoring, training and helping us to develop and review training materials to make sure they stay absolutely current and relevant.

Find out more

Join the Drupal Association

The Drupal Association unites a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

The Association is a not-for-profit organization that relies on individuals and businesses to fund everything they do for Drupal — from drupal.org to DrupalCon and community programs.

Connect with us and support our mission-driven work.

Support the Drupal Association

Hosting provided by