Fundamentals of Front-End Ops


Front-end paradigms are shifting fast, and among the trends singled out are task automation, painless dependency management, and quicker testing. Front-end ops, a term promulgated by Alex Sexton, deals with the synthesis of all of these responsibilities and others that front-end developers today face. We'll talk about a variety of different options available for FEDs to work efficiently and iteratively, such as Yeoman, Grunt, Gulp, Bower, and other lesser-known projects.

Here's what we'll cover:

  • Why ops? Automation generates consistency
  • Why front-end ops? Roles, rationales, workflow
  • Getting started: Scaffolding and setup
  • Automation: Grunt and Gulp
  • Linting: Coding standards
  • CSS: Preprocessing and aggregation
  • JavaScript: Minification and concatenation
  • CSS regressions
  • Testing rendering engines and devices (GhostLab)
  • Performance testing
  • Developer tools for debugging

This session assumes some familiarity with the command line.

This is an updated version of a session presented at NYCCamp 2015 and DrupalCamp New Jersey 2015.

Session Track

Front end

Experience Level


Drupal Version

When & Where

Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00
111: Adyax