Highlights from Florida DrupalCamp 2017

Florida DrupalCamp 2017

CivicActions took part in Florida DrupalCamp 2017, held recently in Orlando. We’re deeply committed to community involvement, and we loved the opportunity to participate.

Here are some highlights.


Friday was dedicated to training, and we attended the React JS training with John Tucker. While it wasn’t recorded, there is a free and open repository on GitHub that takes the user through all the material we covered: github.com/larkintuckerllc/react-redux-training/.

Each of the 8 lessons is contained in a different branch. You don’t need to use the Chrome Browser or ATOM text editor, but there are some nice tips if you do including the Chrome Extensions: React Developer Tools and Redux DevTools.


On Saturday, I gave my talk on Drupal 8 Security Tips and Tricks. We explored various security related problems and their associated solutions in Drupal 8.

It was so well attended that I had people sitting all around me and had to turn people away (my apologies). I’m grateful that I had so many attendees and for the positive feedback I received thereafter.

Here’s the recorded the talk for those that were not able to see it live.


On Sunday, Steve Wirt and Dan Gurin both presented.

Steve presented on Migrating Monsters, exploring various challenges of migrating large complicated websites with Drupal’s Migrate framework. Dan presented on Social Impact within Seven Days, which highlighted CivicActions’ work on starvethesnake.com, a social platform for individual divestment from financial institutions that fund the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Both Steve

[video] and Dan’s [video] sessions were also recorded.

Code Sprint

Along with Cathy Theys (yesCT on drupal.org), I helped co-organize the code sprint in which attendees worked on almost 30 Drupal core issues found in the major triage issue queue.

We helped anyone with interest in participating. This included technical and non-technical tasks including grooming of issues, validation of previously reported issues, testing patches, and submitting patches.

Thank you

We were so glad to see old friends and make new ones. All three of us had the chance to hold a live alligator, which was awesome. Those that organized the event spared no expense to ensure their guests and sponsors had an inclusive and beneficial experience.

CivicActions greatly enjoyed our time at Florida DrupalCamp 2017 and look forward to 2018.

Follow Florida DrupalCamp on Twitter for upcoming event details.

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About the Author:

*Adam left CivicActions in 2017.

Adam joined CivicActions as Associate Director of Engineering in 2015, bringing experience in technical architecture and a passion for helping people work together at top-notch productivity. A mentor and team player to the core, Adam participates in the open source Drupal community and views projects as opportunities for teams to grow and shine.

Adam has led development efforts rebranding a national telecommunication company website, integrating the systems of a financial services firm into a modern web solution, and implementing a headless content management system for an international retailer’s e-commerce system. He led development efforts on the redesign of Penn State’s World Campus website, promoting online educational offerings that improve access for non-traditional learners like single parents and members of the military. At CivicActions, he is currently working on a website rebranding project for a government agency.

Adam comes to CivicActions from Acquia, where he served as a Technical Architect. He spent many years in higher education at Penn State University, where he served as a team lead, developer, faculty member, researcher, and graduate student. He advocates for the trifecta: thoughtfully crafted technology, people-focused solutions, and the power of ongoing learning.

Adam has been researching Drupal 8 and gives back to the community through porting of contributed modules, like Taxonomy Menu and Password Policy. His book-in-progress, “Problem Solving in Drupal 8,” is intended to introduce Drupal 8 strategies to those familiar with conventional web problems. Additionally, he is researching and developing a tool to oversee DevOps for Drupal projects. He loves speaking about what he has learned and can often be found presenting at Drupal Camps and DrupalCons. Adam serves on the IT Board of Juniata College.

Adam holds a masters degree in Computer Science / Information Security from Penn State University and a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Juniata College. He lives in a small town in Pennsylvania where he enjoys seeking out great food and drink, especially craft beer. His life is enriched by his wife, two daughters, and a dog.