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Configuration Management for Developers

In an earlier post, Kyle wrote a great introduction to the new configuration management system in Drupal 8. He demonstrated how end users can leverage this new system to easily migrate site configuration between environment, which helps eliminate the "did you remember to check the boxes in the right order?" problem for site builders everywhere. In this post, I take a look at configuration management from the perspective of a module developer. What do we need to write in our custom code to ensure that our configuration settings are easy to deploy?

Getting Started with Forms in Drupal 8

Forms are an essential part of any web application. They are the primary mechanism for collecting input from our users, and without them Drupal wouldn't be very useful. As such, they're also one of the first things people want to learn when they start learning Drupal. Forms are fundamental to creating Drupal modules, whether you're asking someone to leave a review of your video or giving an administrator the option to turn JavaScript aggregation off.

Risk and Drupal 8

Every year Real Story Group (RSG) releases an updated snapshot of the web CMS market. Where will Drupal 8 be placed on the 2015 RSG snapshot?

Everyone Can Try Drupal 8 Today

Back in June, I wrote up a little blog post with some tips for getting a developer environment setup. Recently, I've been working on a new learning series and set up Vagrant for local development. Both experiences left me thinking "Ugh!" It requires so much work just to start working! For a developer, this is time well spent. But not everyone who works with Drupal is a developer. In fact, the list of non-developers whom might want to peek at Drupal is longer than you might originally think. Sound familiar? Read on if you're interested in taking a peek at Drupal 8 without the setup overhead. I've got just the tool you've been looking for.

An Introduction to RESTful Web Services in Drupal 8

One of the Drupal 8 initiatives that really excites me is Web Services. Drupal has never been easy to work with as a web service, but all that is about to change! In this article I am going to explore what has been going on behind the scenes with RESTful Web Services in Drupal Core and attempt to implement some working examples. After reading, you will be able to create a new node on your site via the Drupal 8 Core REST API.

Dive Into Drupal 8 with the Help of Core Contribution Mentors

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been meaning to get involved with Drupal 8 for quite some time now. But where to start? What’s left to be done? How do I find tasks that match my skills? Enter Core contribution mentoring.

Contributing Time to Drupal 8

Drupal 8 is coming in 2014. There is a lot of work to do and a lot to learn. We've decided to dedicate a minimum of five hours per week towards Drupal 8 for each person on the Drupalize.Me team. We are now a hefty group of eight people, and everyone will be diving in for a total of 40 hours per week dedicated to Drupal 8. (At least until Drupal 8 launches, and hopefully even beyond that.) Everyone is picking their own projects and ways to get involved. We just started dedicating this time in December, and folks have been spending time sorting out where things are and where to jump in. We're excited about what the new year will bring once we really get rollling. So far, we've been testing the waters with the Core Mentoring Office Hours, some Drupal Ladder work, and just installing and learning where Drupal 8 is right now. We're also lining up training initiatives, UX work, and documentation.


Learning Through Celebration

During DrupalCon Prague I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about teaching Drupal 8 as part of the core conversations track. In the presentation I talked a lot about providing a good learning environment for people starting with Drupal 8, and removing the fear and uncertainty that are so counter to learning. One of the key points that I made during the presentation was that I want to see the leaders in our community step up and promote the things that they are excited about in Drupal 8.

Drupal 8: WYSIWYG and In-Line Editing

Drupal 8 has come a long way since Drupal 7 to being easier to use out of the box. When I built sites for people using Drupal 7 the biggest complaint was the lack of a WYSIWYG editor. At some point installing WYSIWYG module and adding an editor role just became part of my usual installation of modules. This process wasn't complicated, but it was rather annoying.

First you had to install the module, then download the third party WYSIWYG files from another website. Once you had all the components you needed, you then had to setup text formats to use the editing interface, and also configure the role for your content managers to assign correct permissions. My favorite part of the process was the web page of check boxes of buttons you could add to the toolbar. The page was hideous and not very configurable if you'd added any extra add-ons to your WYSIWYG.

Getting up to Speed on Drupal 8 Webinar

When is Drupal 8 coming out? What's going to change in the new version? How do I keep track of it, and most importantly, how am I going to learn what I need to know? These are the questions we're going to answer in a Drupal Association webinar on October 22. Joe Shindelar is going to give an update on where things are with Drupal 8, covering a raft of new features and changes that you'll want to know about. He's going to look at it from different perspectives — as a site-builder, themer, and module developer.

Drupal 8: Writing a Hello World Module

It's been a while since I've sat down and tried to write a module from scratch in Drupal 8. I've dabbled here and there in the various already existing modules but there's always something interesting about just trying to write that simple "Hello World" module. Sure, starting from scratch isn't really something we do all that often, but it's nice to to know how it works.