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Aug 6, 2018 | 3 Minute Read

Drupal Commerce + Decoupled Drupal Days 2018

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Decoupled Drupal Days is an event aimed at technologists, marketers, and content professionals who use Drupal as a content service. Launched in 2017, the event is in its second year, with the 2018 edition scheduled to take place between August 17-19 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City—and if you're going, we’ll see you there.

Highlighted by Preston So, Director of Research and Innovation at Acquia: The mission of Decoupled Drupal Days, beyond helping attendees engage and connect with people sharing their interests, is threefold.

1. Share best practices in sessions. We encourage everyone to share their experiences in both back-end development of Drupal as a content service and front-end development of non-Drupal applications consuming Drupal content, especially those in JavaScript.

2. Discuss difficult shared problems. We invite everyone to help identify and discuss shared issues in decoupling Drupal, Drupal-backed, front-ends to gather in discussions to unblock progress in our respective communities.

3. Build Open Source projects in sprints. We collaborate with contributors and members of Open Source projects across the Drupal ecosystem and outside of it to build other Open Source projects in code sprints that tangibly benefit our communities.

And where does Drupal Commerce come in?

With monthly releases bringing new features, plus over 80 payment gateways and many advanced contrib modules, the state of eCommerce on Drupal has never been better. And as noted by our team members at Drupal Dev Days in Lisbon who attended a Commerce 2.x session by Commerce Guys developers Bojan Zivanovic and Jonathan Sacksick, there’s a long way to go and lots to be excited about.

There are the two sessions centered on Drupal Commerce at Decoupled Days 2018. One of these is being presented by one of our Engineering Managers, and other by a Senior Drupal Consultant from Commerce Guys. We’ve highlighted these here. Be sure to mark these two sessions on your schedule. Don’t miss the future of Drupal Commerce.



Conversational Commerce: Integrating Bots With Drupal Commerce

When & Where?  4:15pm,  Therefore Interactive Room

This session explores “conversational commerce," which presents an opportunity to change the shopping experience using chatbots, enabling businesses to create more meaningful connections with customers.

Prateek explores using bot frameworks, Natural Language Understanding (NLP), and decoupled Drupal Commerce to create seamless shopping experiences for customers using Drupal-based e-commerce websites. The session will cover:

  • Drupal 8 core services and creating custom REST API’s
  • Using Decoupled Drupal Commerce API’s with a ChatBot
  • Using Node.js and Bot Framework to build ChatBot
  • Some of the Bot frameworks
  • Other cognitive services to build bots for your use-case

Chat and voice based bots are now able to to read, write, and respond using natural language, automating conversations, workflows, transactions, etc. Bots are now being used in industries like healthcare, education, search, and even e-commerce, and conversational interfaces are all set to transform the way we use the internet.



The Road To A Headless Drupal Commerce Future

When & Where?
9:00am,  Aten Design Group Lecture Hall

Commerce Guys works with a variety of high-volume and forward thinking merchants who require the scalability and flexibility of JavaScript based eCommerce solutions. Based on recent and upcoming client work, we spent February and March defining and developing a standard Cart API that supports progressively decoupled shopping carts in Drupal Commerce for Drupal 8.

The new Commerce Cart API project and reference implementation in Commerce Cart Flyout demonstrate the end result. They afford Drupal Commerce merchants a user experience on par with other major eCommerce software platforms and hopefully make it easier for Drupal agencies to sell Drupal Commerce to their customers.

The work wasn’t without its challenges. We reviewed the core RESTful Web Services and contributed JSON API projects but found unforeseen blockers in using either project completely. In this session, Drupal Commerce co-maintainer Matt Glaman will present Commerce Guys’s comparative analysis of the various API architectures in the Drupal ecosystem and introduce what we developed to meet our requirements for decoupled Drupal Commerce.

Going from Decoupled Days to Drupal Europe.

At Drupal Europe, commerce and decoupled concepts will be highlighted by key sessions as well. There will be another session on “the road to a headless Drupal Commerce future,” again by Matt Glaman—so if you miss it in NY, catch it in Darmstadt. There will also be one on “building a decoupled Drupal Commerce App with React Native,” by 1xINTERNET CTO, Stefan Weber

More on this soon.


About the Author
Nathan Roach, Director of Marketing
About the Author

Nathan Roach, Director of Marketing

Germany-based consumer of old world wine and the written word. Offline you can find him spending time with his wife and daughter at festivities in the Rhineland.

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