Perhaps you consider yourself a proficient Drupal developer, but you’re curious to learn what everyone else uses for their local development work. Or, maybe you’re just getting started with Drupal and you’d like validation that you’re on the right “path.” This session will cover all the basics you need to know to be able to evaluate and determine what’s the best development setup for you, your team or your dev shop.

We’ll review the pros and cons of a number of approaches in this lightning talk-style session, and by the time you leave, you should have a good idea of where (at least, we think) you should be headed.

Topics we’ll cover include:

Results from our 2020 Drupal Developer Tools Survey:

  • What tools, applications, and types of environments are Drupal developers using today?
  • What kinds of Drupal projects are theses developers working on?
  • How big are their teams?
  • What are the latest and greatest tools on the scene?
  • Who is this Composer and why should I care?

We’ll provide our list of top tools, using our JUJU ranking (Jeff’s Unabashed Judgement of Usefulness), as well as our collective insight into the 2020 survey results. Jeff and Chris have worked together on a wide spectrum of projects large and small, and bring different viewpoints, from novice to advanced. Our hope is that no matter your experience level, everyone will be able to learn something.

Also presented at...

DrupalCon Seattle (2019 survey)

DrupalCon Nashville (2018 survey)


Track Audience(s) Experience Level Tags
DevOps & Misc Development
Developers (Back-end php focused)
Developers (Front-end focused)
DevOps Engineers, Tech Leads, Lead Developers
Project Managers, Producers, & Product Owners
All / Any

Scheduling Information

2:00pm - 2:50pm
, Community

About the Presenter


Chris is a JIRA nerd stuck in a recovering Drupalist’s body: he’s one of the organizers of Drupaldelphia, a Certified Scrum Professional, and is slowly forgetting what it means to be a Drupal Site Builder and Drupal 8 Developer. Chris has presented on project management methodology, delivery best practices and ChatOps for project teams on the DrupalCon and regional camp circuit. 

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