Nathaniel Catchpole has been using Drupal since version 4.5, and has been a regular contributor to Drupal core since 2006. Along with extensive code profiling, he has contributed over 400 patches to the Drupal 7 release. In September 2011, Nathaniel became branch maintainer for Drupal 8. He works as a performance engineer for Tag1 Consulting.
Alex Pott has been working with Drupal since 2007 and is currently an open source evangelist at Capgemini. Recently, he led the adoption of Symfony’s YAML component by Drupal 8′s new configuration management system.
Drupal is undergoing a major refactoring to take on the new challenges presented by the evolution of the web. Having been a CMS dealing primarily with HTML for 11 years, we now need to efficiently respond to a plethora of formats and devices. To meet this challenge Drupal 8 is undergoing open-heart surgery by injecting Symfony 2 components into its core. We’re also borrowing from other PHP projects such as Doctrine, Twig and Composer. This talk will detail the major achievements so far, how the collaboration with Symfony is benefitting both communities, what to expect from Drupal 8 and why it will rock.