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Symfony Principles and Drupal 8 Developer

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Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. Drupal 8 has been built using the Symfony framework.

Why choose this course?

Led by an experienced Drupal professional, the course aims to teach students the fundamentals of the Symfony framework and build a website in Drupal 8.

The course aims to give students a full understanding of how Symfony works and use it to build a web application. They will also use Drupal 8 to build websites, templates, web apps and custom models and custom entities.

This course is a great follow up to  Web Programming with PHP/MySQL Part 2 as students need good PHP/MySQL skills. Good  (X)HTML authoring skills are also required ideally through completion of our introductory web authoring short course Building Websites with HTML5 and CSS3.

This practical course takes the form of a series of evening classes taking place once a week in our Central London location.

Course overview

Students will learn principles of Symfony and how developers can create their own modules, forms and templates using Drupal 8 Hooks. Templating will be also covered in this course.

By the end of the course students will be able to use the Symfony framework to develop a site in Drupal 8.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

  • Set up the development environment
  • How to use composer and Packagist
  • Introduction to Symfony
  • Working with Symfony components
  • YAML file
  • Drupal 8 Introduction
  • Working with Drupal 8
  • Build a Drupal 8 module
  • Build a Drupal 8 custom entity
  • Use Symfony Components in Drupal 8
  • Create a Drupal 8 template
  • Using Twig Templates

By the end of this course I will be able to:

  • Understand how Symfony works
  • Build a web-application with Symfony
  • Build a website with Drupal 8
  • Create custom modules and custom entity with Drupal 8
  • Create a template for Drupal 8
  • Create a web application with Drupal 8



Prerequisite knowledge

Successful completion of Web Programming with PHP/MySQL Part 2 or equivalent PHP/MySQL skills and completion of  our introductory web authoring short course Building Websites with HTML5 and CSS3 or equivalent (X)HTML authoring skills.

Tutor information

  • Vincenzo Gambino

    Vincenzo Gambino is a Senior Drupal developer at BrightLemon with nine years of experience in web developing. He usually works in a LAMP with Drupal and other MVC frameworks such as Laravel and Symfony.

    Vincenzo uses HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build responsive websites managing CSS using Compass. He worked with organisations such as Propeller TV, Cambridge University, UK Trade and Investment, University of Dammam, MSF, City, University of London and Pearson.

    Vincenzo is  a Drupal contributor and teacher. He contributed to Drupal Camp London 2016 teaching Drupal and running a session about SSO.