I completed "Acquia Certified Developer - Drupal 8" certification. Certification focuses mainly on 4 sections covering various aspects of Drupal 8 Development. Certification had 60 question to be answered in 90 Minutes and 65% as a passing mark.
Drupal's security advisory has announced the patches to fix 2 moderate and 2 less critical vulnerabilities in Drupal 7x and 8x versions. One of the moderately critical vulnerability patch is related to DoS loop holes. Its highly recommended to update your Drupal site to respective 7.52 and 8.2.3. Notably Drupal 8.2.3 includes only security patches.
I completed "Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Site Builder" exam with overall score of 76%. Certification focuses mainly on 8 sections covering various aspects of Drupal 8 site building. Certification had 50 question to be answered in 75 Minutes and 68% as a passing mark.
I cleared Acquia Certification for Drupal 8 Foundations with overall score of 75%, not a great score though. Certification focuses mainly on 3 section - Site Building, Frond end Development and Back-end Development. Certification had 40 question to be answered in 1 hours and 65% as a passing mark.
Drupal 8 comes up with Modernizr, Underscore and Backbonejs libraries to support many improvements for Editorial and Front-end experience. These libraries primarily helps in developing Mobile First applications with RIA and brings most out of latest capabilities of the browsers.
Drupal 8 has adapted various 3rd party PHP libraries which are used AS-IS for implementation and most importantly are a part its CORE. Assetic for asset management, Composer for dependency management, Doctrine for Annotation and ORM, EasyRDF for Resource Descriotion Format markups, Guzzle for REST service call and HTTP Client, PHPUnit for unit testing and PSR-3 for Universal logging.
DrupalVM is the tested and proven quick way to setup a complete development environment for Drupal. Here is a list of steps that one can follow to get this environment up on Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS operating System. Just run "vagrant up" to setup whole environment.
Enabling SSL certificate for Drupal 8 website. You will need certain changes in .htaccess file to force your Drupal 8 website to open with HTTPS protocol.