Welcome to the third and final installment of our three part Drupal 8, Pantheon & GitKraken series.
The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, July 20.
This does not mean that a Drupal core security release will necessarily take place on that date for any of the Drupal 8 or 7 branches, only that you should watch for one (and be ready to update your Drupal sites in the event that the Drupal security team decides to make a release).
There will be no bug fix or feature release on this date. The next window for a Drupal core patch (bug fix) release for all branches is Wednesday, August 03. The next scheduled minor (feature) release for Drupal 8 will be on Wednesday, October 5.
Drupal 6 is end-of-life and will not receive further security releases.
If you are using the Special Menu Items module to add things like HRs and unlinked titles to your menus, you might run into the Breadcrumb issue.
If you have a non-linked menu item it may show up on your breadcrumbs as a plain text title which you may not want to see. There are a number of issues for this in the modules queue, but as far as I can tell it has not been fixed.
My quick fix is a function in template.php
My friend and a long time member of the Drupal media team has published a blog post where he thinks about media in Drupal core and possible ways forward.
I am very happy to see mature debate evolving in this area. We need more of that!
Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.
In June the Drupal Association had our annual staff retreat, where the remote team members joined the Portland, OR team for a three day retreat. This year's retreat was particularly important as we found our feet as a smaller, leaner team, and focused on our organizational roadmap for the next twelve months.
For the engineering team in particular, our focus will be on maintaining the critical systems that make project successful: issue queues, updates, testing, packaging, etc, while at the same time finding new ways to support and enable Drupal's evolution.
These were some heady days, but even as we worked through the best ways to continue serving the Drupal community on a strategic level in June, we also found the time to keep making Drupal.org a better home.Drupal.org updates Documentation Migration
A long running initiative this year has been the creation of a new Documentation system for Drupal.org, a topic we've touched on in many prior updates as it has begun to come online. We are very happy to say that we are moving to the next stage of the documentation project: moving from development to migration.
In June tvn recruited several volunteers to join our documentation migration team, and to become some of the first maintainers for the new Documentation Guides. General documentation, such as Understanding Drupal, Structure Guide, etc. will be migrated first. Documentation for contributed projects will follow in the coming weeks.
Maintainers of contributed projects, who currently have their documentation on Drupal.org, will be added as maintainers to respective documentation guides and are encouraged to clean/tidy up their documentation post-migration.
if you are interested in helping, or sign up as a maintainer for some of the new documentation guides.Composer Repositories are now in Beta
Drupal.org's Composer repositories allow developers building sites with Drupal to use the Composer command line tool for dependency management. In June we collected feedback from a variety of users, as well as the community volunteers who assisted us with the Composer Community Initiative.
We spent the month iterating quickly on the alpha implementation: fixing bugs and rebuilding the meta data to ensure that users get consistent and expected results. Because of those fixes, and after gathering yet more feedback from the community, we were able to move the Drupal.org Composer repositories to beta.
We encourage you to begin transitioning your composer based workflows to use Drupal.org's composer facade. Package names are stable, and downtimes will be planned and announced. For more information on how to use Drupal.org's Composer repositories, read our documentation.Better issue credit tools for maintainers
The Drupal.org issue credit system is a unique innovation of our community. By allowing users to attribute their contributions as volunteers, to their employers, or to client customers, we have an insight into the contribution ecosystem for Drupal that is unparalleled among open source projects. We've also already seen the impact of incentivizing organizations to give back to Drupal, by using the credit system as the basis for organization rankings in the marketplace.
In June we added two new tools for maintainers to improve how they grant credit to users. Firstly, maintainers can now deselect the automatic credit attribution for users who have submitted patches. This change was important to prevent gaming the credit system. Secondly, we've given the maintainers the ability to credit users who have not commented in the issue. Whether that help was provided in IRC, Slack, on a video call, or in a sprint room, maintainers can now ensure that those users who helped resolve an issue receive credit for their contributions. Any user who is credited this way can edit their credit attribution if they want to extend that attribution to a supporting organization or customer.Friendly path aliases for release nodes
We also made a relatively small change that will have a big impact. Path auto is now enabled for project releases, so you for any project a specific release can now be found at:
And you can also find a list of all the releases for a project at:
Take, for example, the Token module:
You can find the complete index of releases for this project at: https://www.drupal.org/project/token/releases and individual releases now have friendly urls, like this one: https://www.drupal.org/project/token/releases/8.x-1.0-alpha2Spam Fighting Improvements
Fighting spam on Drupal.org is a never ending battle, but in June we deployed a refinement to our spam fighting tools that helps us to find patterns in registration behavior and prevent spam registrations before they've even started. After flipping on our latest iteration of this spam fighting tool we saw an immediate and dramatic drop-off in suspicious account registrations. With the additional data we've been able to collect we already see ways to improve this even further, so we hope to continue make Drupal.org a cleaner home for the community.Highlighting Supporting Technologies
Drupal is many things to many different people, but one central function of Drupal is to be the hub of interconnected and complementary technologies. Several of the companies that build these technologies have chosen to support the Drupal project by becoming supporters. To better highlight some of these supporting technologies that work well with Drupal, we've added a supporting technologies listing to the marketplace.Sustaining support and maintenance DrupalCon
DrupalCon Dublin is coming up soon, from September 26 - 30th. This year we smashed all our previous records for session submissions, and the caliber of speakers and topics is higher than ever before.
In June we opened registration for the event. We encourage you to buy your tickets now! Early bird registration will end soon.Infrastructure
Infrastructure is the bedrock of Drupal.org - and we're continuing to tune the infrastructure for efficiency, economy, and performance. Alongside the launch of registration for DrupalCon Dublin, we implemented APDQC to improve the performance of the Events website under heavy load.
We've also been upgrading our configuration management from Puppet 3 to Puppet 4, and continuing to standardize our configuration across all of our environments to make our infrastructure durable, consistent, and portable.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.
If you would like to support our work as an individual or an organization, consider becoming a member of the Drupal Association.
What You Gain Early on we adopted this idea that we were going to train up our people, and that we weren't going to just expect them to come in all ready to go. We were going to bring people in at all different levels including having no experience at all. Over the years we found that we gained a lot from doing that, so we have much better employee retention than most of our peers. A lot of our people have been here almost since our start.
Our team is very close, and communicates very well. Think of a team as neurons in your brain. The more connections that they have, the better they communicate, the stronger the team.
They are harmonious because they've all been trained in the same way. We don't have a lot of strong conflicts about how we do things. All of our projects are done in the same way.
We're not undoing old opinions, and we also have a lot of generosity towards each other. People give you retention, loyalty, and generosity because you gave them something. You took a chance on them when they didn't have a lot of opportunities, and you invested a lot in them. We also have a lot of developers with other strengths. They are more well-rounded. Our staff includes people with many outside skills, including musicians, artists, writers, and polyglots. Their diverse cognitive frameworks help solve problems creatively.
In a culture of training, everyone values the idea of working together to teach each other. That extends not just to our own team, but to how we interact with our clients. Ultimately I find that clients often value being taught more than they value the end product.
We have this whole team of great communicators who value teaching. Whether they're the project manager, the developer, or the QA person, they're always finding that chance to teach the client something.
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The overall test coverage of Mailhandler module has been improved in the week 7 of Google Summer of Code. The plan for the week 8 was to implement feature for posting comments by sending an email.
Similarly to MailhandlerNode (handler for nodes), we had to create a new config entity: inmail.handler.mailhandler_comment and a handler plugin class. Since comments will have limited support, during the last weekly meeting with my mentors (Miro and Primoz), we decided not to add more analyzers as proposed first, but rather to move comment specific business logic to MailhandlerComment Inmail handler plugin.
In order to simplify the logic in the comment handler, EntityTypeAnalyzer was updated to support partial entity type matching. The entity type was extracted from the subject independently of the second part, which can be bundle or entity ID in case of comments.
The current steps in the comment handler are:
Assert we are dealing with comments (the identified entity type is comment)
Parse the referenced entity ID from the mail subject: [comment][#entity_id]
Validate (authenticate and authorize) a user
Create a comment entity if all previous conditions are met
The pull request on Github was already created and it will request additional updates after it received some nice suggestions from my mentor.
The Inmail issue Lack of standard result in collaboration of analyzers progressed well during the last week. After several feedbacks and broad discussion, it is currently in “Needs review” state. In my opinion, it is quite close to be fixed and we will be able to implement the standard analyzer result object into Mailhandler module very soon.
Also, last week I made a few UX improvements in the module.
Inmail demo now supports sample mail messages from mailhandler_d8_demo module. As a related issue, PGP-signed sample mails were added to the demo.
The Mailhandler Demo is our focus for the following week. It will be extended with a sample Mailhandler user with already preconfigured Inmail settings, PGP keys and relevant form and display updates. The goal is to provide an easy start for new Mailhandler users. The progress made on the module so far, will be presented as a short (video) demo. Stay tuned!
Milos Fri, 07/15/2016 - 13:08 Tags Drupal Open source Google Summer of Code Drupal Planet Add new comment
In the past few months I gave many talks about the modules that we created as part od Drupal 8 media initiative.
Slide decks for all sessions are available on GitHub and are released under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This basically means that anyone is free to change and use them for non-commercial purposes. The only thing I ask is to give attribution to the original authors.
If you'd like to give a similar talk at your local meetup or camp feel you are encouraged to do so.
What are the topics that you can cover?Entity embed
Embedding solution for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/entity-embed-session.Entity browser
Entity browsing and selecting tool for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/entity-browser-session.Drupal 8 cropping
Cropping solutions for Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/d8-cropping-session.
I co-authored and co-presented this session with Alexander Ross.NP8 enterprise media distribution
Enterprise media distribution built on Drupal 8: https://github.com/slashrsm/np8-session.
There’s never a dull moment in the higher education sector. This week, we had our eyes on a dozen interesting articles across higher education. As always, you’ll find an undercurrent of themes that generally revolve around revenue and student demographics. This week’s higher education notes and trends has topics ranging from wealth distribution amongst North American post-secondary institutions, “over-education” of millennials and enrollment staff becoming the next generation of corporate headhunters.
As businesses realize the importance of having an accessible website, there is a push to check both content and code to ensure that they are meeting 508 compliance standards and other accessibility standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).Tags: acquia drupal planet
As we all know Symfony Event Components are included in Drupal8 core. In future versions of Drupal Core, Events are going to play a major role for sure. Let’s see how the Event component is going to help our Drupal Development.
In one of the recent project, we got a tricky requirement in content authoring and publishing workflow. In specific, the Editor has to get a notification for reviewing, once a content author writes an article and saves it for reviewing. By using Events we can easily achieve this kind of …
Just a question after reading an article posted here back from January 21, 2016 on Drupal 8, why Freelock.com has not moved to Drupal 8? Just wondering if there was a particular reason we should avoid before jumping in? Thanks.
Ha! What a great question!
Three reasons: Time, requirements, priorities.Drupal PlanetDrupal 8Decision-makingValue
One of the many perks of working at Mediacurrent is the ability to work in the comfort of your own home or nearby coffee shop.
DrupalCon is the heartbeat of the Drupal community, where important connections are made, improvements to the project happen, and cutting edge knowledge is shared.
Last week, a few more than 100 Drupalistas gathered in sunny Barcelona for a conference. Let me share a few impressions from the sprints, trainings and sessions which were accompanied by good weather and the expected beach vibes.Josef Dabernig Thu, 07/14/2016 - 14:20
The Spanish Drupal community is one of the most active to my knowledge. They organize a variety of Drupal events within a year. After DrupalCamp Spain in Granada and before the upcoming Drupal Day in Galicia, the Catalan user group DRUPAL.CAT invited us for Drupal Summer Barcelona last weekend.
The excellent venue Citilab was already familiar from previous events like Drupal Developer Days 2012 (that's where I ran my first contribution sprint around mapping). DrupalCon Barcelona 2007 was also hosted there, I was told :)
The sprints were again a great place to start working on tickets. As part of my session preparation, I cleaned up a few tickets for the #d8rules initiative. It was superb to connect with great minds from the community like Jose Jiménez (picture above) or Juampy NR.
Saturday's focus was sessions. Check the schedule for a list of inspiring talks both in English and Spanish.
One great feature of Drupal Summer was the vegan food truck, providing delicious food for anyone.
Obviously, the group of attendees was striving to get some summer feeling, so we gathered at the beach after sessions for refreshing swims and great conversations.
Check my flickr album for more photos from Drupal Summer Barcelona. Thanks to all the organizers for having us at such a well-organized conference!
End of the summer is a special time for all the Drupal community members in EMEA, because we start preparing to the new DrupalCon that is coming in September. Do you remember the wonderful sunny time that we’ve spent in Barcelona last year?
This year we expect to see even more people, to attend even more sessions and to have even more fun. 2016 becomes a year to add to reasons to love Dublin another one - around 2500 members of the Drupal community from different countries will come to the capital of Ireland to learn, collaborate, and network.
We’re gonna see a huge spike
This DrupalCon will be the first European DrupalCon since the release of Drupal 8 - one of the longest project in the history of this CMS. According to Dries and his case study, 38% of the developers that didn’t switch to D8 yet are still just trying to learn it. DrupalCon seems to be the perfect place for removing the lack of knowledge and addressing your questions directly to the best industry experts and opinion leaders.
By the way, if you still didn’t migrate your site to Drupal 8, this article will convince you.
Record-breaking number of session submissions
Although the ability to meet and communicate with hundreds of colleagues is something that we all are very excited about, sessions remain the central part of DrupalCon. This year European Drupal community set a new record by submitting 621 topic proposals (which is probably related with the release of D8). The names of winners are not published yet, but we all can be sure that we will have a list of hot and extremely up-to-date topics and must-visit presentations. Yuuum!
— DrupalCon Dublin (@DrupalConEur) July 6, 2016
Tons of souvenirs
T-shirts, stickers, badges, green bags, paper planes, calendars, t-shirts again - if we’d capture all the giveaways and swag that will be brought from all over the globe to DrupalCon in Dublin, the picture could be even bigger than the one of the conference attendees that I’ve used in the beginning of this blog post. Today at Vardot we were checking souvenirs from Barcelona ’15 and had a big nostalgia about the last year’s event. However, the exhilaration about the upcoming conference is even bigger. We know you all are preparing a lot of interesting stuff, and we are very excited about it. And of course we are preparing ours!
Giving back to the community
Open Source is an awesome way to benefit by giving more. Vardot always strives to support the Drupal project, Drupal Association and DrupalCons through sponsorship. We believe that such investments make both the business and the community stronger, and we are really thankful to DrupalCon organizers that they use our support to make this event one of the most affordable tech conferences comparing to others and allow students to attend it with big discounts. Making the community bigger, more passionate, and more professional will make Drupal and our products stronger.
See you soon at DrupalCon!
We will be happy to see everyone of you. Pass by our booth, participate in our activities and grab our souvenirs (we’ve prepared a lot this year). We are looking forward to meeting you!
Bonus. 7 useful links for attendees
Communicate - List of DrupalCon‘16 Attendees
Prepare - Current Local Time and Weather in Dublin
And what are you excited about? Share your expectations, questions and thoughts in comments.Tags: Drupal Planet DrupalCon Title: DrupalCon 2016 Preview: 4 Reasons to Be Excited