Larry Garfield

Senior Architect
Larry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. As a freelancer he worked mostly for Chicago-area politicians before graduating to full time consulting with At Palantir, Larry is a Senior Architect and Community Lead, developing solutions for medium to large cultural and educational institutions. He also works to represent both Palantir and Drupal in the broader developer community. Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 Web Services Lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association and the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. Larry is a co-author of "Drupal 7 Module Development" from Packt Publishing. He blogs at both and

Crell's session

From zero to Silex

Silex: It's the biggest microframework you'll ever use.  Or maybe the most lightweight framework you'll ever use.  Or it's just Symfony Junior.  So what is it?


Silex is, simply, a ready-made request/response pipeline built on the Symfony components, ready for you to build... whatever.  Unlike fullstack frameworks it doesn't imply a certain model or approach, and lets you define your own architecture, for better or worse.