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Janez Urevc: janezurevc.name runs on Drupal 8!

lun, 08/02/2016 - 07:30
janezurevc.name runs on Drupal 8!

Drupal 8 was officially released last November. Since then I was planning to try migrating my blog from previous version of this great CMS. Drupal 8 comes with many improvements and I definitely wanted to leverage those also on my site.

Besides that I always used my personal site also as an experimental sandbox where I tested new Drupal modules, themes, technologies. Even if I am very active contributor to Drupal core and contributed modules and I've been working on an enterprise Drupal 8 project at my work I actually never migrated a site to Drupal 8 to this date. It was definitely something I wanted to try.

Previous version of janezurevc.name was running on Drupal 7. It is important to note migration from 7 to 8 isn't officially supported yet. Drupal 7 won't reach EOL for at least few more years, which makes this migration not critical. However, migrations from Drupal 6 have been fully supported since the day 8 was release. 6 will reach EOL this month, which makes migration from 6 to 8 an absolute priority.

Migration

My site is actually very basic. I am using content (2 content types), taxonomy (1 vocabulary), few contributed modules and that is really it. It turns out that every that I needed migrates reliably.

I started the process by reading official documentation. Besides Migrate and Migrate Drupal modules that come with core I needed few contributed modules. Drupal upgrade, Migrate tools and Migrate plus.

Migration itself was extremely easy. I installed Drupal 8 site, enabled migrate modules, started migration and waited for a few minutes. That's it! At least for core stuff. There are some glitches when it comes to contributed modules, but even that was fairly easy to resolve.

I can just thank to everyone that contributed to Migrate in Drupal core. You did an awesome job!

Theme

Drupal 7 version of my blog used Sky theme, which is unfortunately not ported to 8 yet. For that reason I needed to search theme repository and came across Bootstrap clean blog.

It looked nice and it had a Drupal 8 -dev release. Regardless of that it works as a charm. I even contributed minor patches and am planning to contribute few more.

How do you like the theme?

Modules

Like almost every Drupal website out there mine also uses few contributed modules. Let's see how that went.

Disqus

Disqus module has been ported as part of the Google summer of code project, which I've mentored in 2014. Module itself works very well. We changed architecture a bit; instead of having a custom database table we rather used a dedicated field type. This approach comes with many benefits. By doing this we're not limited to nodes any more. Disqus can be used on any entity type now.

Even if the port was there migration was not. I used this opportunity to dig into this part of Drupal a bit more. I wrote 7 to 8 migration support for everything Disqus needs. This includes general configuration, fields on entities, statuses and identifiers. My code is already committed and you can give it a try.

Did you try Disqus migration? Let me know how did it work for you.

Pathauto and Redirect

D8 ports are available on their Drupal.org project pages. They work as a charm. While core migrates existing aliases alias patterns, redirects and other configuration aren't supported yet. I had just 3 alias patterns and less than 10 redirects on my old site so this wasn't hard to fix manually.

If you meet @Berdir please buy him a beer. He did an awesome job porting this (any many other) modules.

Media

I was using media to embed images in WYSIWYG, which is using legacy embed token in Drupal 7. This part was unfortunately not ported yet. I was using this on lees than 10 places so I decided to fix this manually too. I used a simple SQL query to get node IDs of content that used legacy token. Then I simply changed it to standard tag with data-entity-* attributes, which Drupal 8 uses for it's own image embeds.

Markdown filter

Recently I found out that I prefer Markdown when producing written content. It doesn't interfere my writing flow nearly as much as WYSIWYG editors do. When using Markdown I focus on content instead of the appearance (for the same reason I really liked LaTeX during my university years).

Guess what? There is a module for that! Markdown filter comes with a text filter that will convert Markdown syntax to HTML when displaying it. And it also has a Drupal 8 port. Download, install, configure, use. It was as easy as that!

How does Markdown work for you? Do you prefer it over WYSIWYG editor as much as I do?

Other modules

I use few other modules on the page. All of them have some kind of Drupal 8 release:

All of them work without any problem. I downloaded, installed and configured them. Google analytics even comes with support for migration (which meant 3rd step was not needed).

Great work maintainers and contributors!

Other interesting stuff

I also used this migration to move my blog to a new hosting solution. Old blog was hosted on a VPS that I used in the past and am slowly moving away from it. Most of my sites and services are currently hosted on a dedicated server at Hetzner (they provide excellent value for a price so I'd definitely recommend them).

Recently I started using Docker for my development environments and I wanted to try it in production too (I mentioned I am (ab)using my personal site for experimenting, right? :)). As a result of that I'm hosting janezurevc.name in a Dockerized environment managed via Docker compose. Compose is super nice as it allows you to describe your infrastructure stack in a single YAML file. This allows you to commit it to a VCS repository and replicate infrastructure anywhere you want. But this is already a topic for some of my future posts.

Did you try to migrate your Drupal 6 or 7 sites to 8? How did it go? Which contributed modules are you using?

slashrsm Mon, 08.02.2016 - 07:30 Tags Drupal

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ARREA-Systems: Drupal 8 Guided Tour module

dim, 07/02/2016 - 01:38
Drupal 8 Guided Tour module JK Sun, 02/07/2016 - 08:38

In Drupal 8 there is a Tour module in core that is very useful when it comes to web applications. In EK management tools we target professional users with small to medium scale companies. They usually have limited resources and time to spend on back office trainings. This is where the Tour module is very convenient to introduce functionalities to users who can quickly grasp the functions available to manage their back office.

We use the Tour functionality in our pages to guide users in their daily tasks like for instance in the form to create a new invoice or project page:

 

 

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Entity Pilot: New in beta6 - share and move content between different Drupal sites

sam, 06/02/2016 - 23:36

Entity pilot beta-6 comes with the ability to share and move content between different Drupal 8 sites.

Up until beta-5 your sites had to share the same configuration: i.e. content-types, fields etc.

From beta 6, you can now enable the Entity Pilot Map Config sub-module and decide how to handle missing fields and content-types.

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HollyIT: D8 Notes: 'Fields pending deletion' Exception

sam, 06/02/2016 - 16:15
Categories: DrupalPlanet Drupal

While working on a module that defines a custom field I attempted a reinstall of the module. During the uninstall process I received the following exception:

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TimOnWeb.com: How To Force Search API To Reindex a Node / an Entity

sam, 06/02/2016 - 05:36

By default Search API (Drupal 7) reindexes a node when the node gets updated. But what if you want to reindex a node / an entity on demand or via some other hook i.e. outside of update cycle? Turned out it is a quite simple exercise. You just need to ...

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TimOnWeb.com: Adding a custom extra field to entity / node display

sam, 06/02/2016 - 05:36

I had a case recently, where I needed to add custom data to the node display and wanted this data to behave like a field, however the data itself didn't belong to a field. By "behaving like a field" I mean you can that field at node display settings and ...

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TimOnWeb.com: Replacing Menu Item Visibility module with custom "in code" solution

sam, 06/02/2016 - 05:36

I'm a big fan of fighting with Drupal's inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Most of these come from contrib modules. Everytime we install a contrib module we should be ready for surprises which come on board with the module.

One of the latest examples is Menu item visibility (https://drupal.org/project ...

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Mediacurrent: Dropcast - Episode 16: If You're not Working with us...

ven, 05/02/2016 - 22:41

On this episode our guest is Amanda Loggins, HR Manager here at Mediacurrent, who is joining us to discuss all the great career options available to you. Make sure you tell them we sent you (not just Mario)! Bob will discuss all things bloggy, Ryan will have some information about Big Pipe on the Final Bell, and Mark will continually be disappointed with the MailDrop.

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Drupal.org Featured Case Studies: Intelligent Life web and app development

ven, 05/02/2016 - 22:25
Completed Drupal site or project URL: http://intelligentlifemagazine.com/

Intelligent Life is a bi-monthly cultural premium magazine published by the Economist Group, describes its coverage as "the arts, style, food, wine, cars, travel and anything else under the sun, as long as it’s interesting".

The Intelligent Life digital presence was failing to do the print edition justice and it took multiple amounts of effort to create each individual piece of content for 3 different types of devices. The project aim was to mimic the style and grace of the print edition online without it being a real challenge for The Economist team to create content. The site also needed to provide the functionality for the editors to manage the web and app back-ends as one. Also, we had to provide the possibility for the editorial team to publish great imagery on web and app similarly to the print edition, as this is a key element of both their print and online presences. By creating a fresh, modern UI and optimising the structure, our aim was to increase the number of visitors and foster longer periods of engagement with the content.

Key modules/theme/distribution used: CKeditor adv settingsmanualcropEntityqueueInsertMigratePanels IPE Role VisibilityViewsOrganizations involved: Cameron and Wilding LtdTeam members: ericgsmithitaratosamkeenldtsenAndrea SzellAxel Pressbutton
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Another Drop in the Drupal Sea: Drupal Chat: The Drupal Learning Curve

ven, 05/02/2016 - 19:33

There is a joke about the Drupal learning curve that relates it to the Drupal learning cliff. And while the graph generally gets things confused (by placing time on the x-axis instead of the y-axis), the sentiment is understood. Until a person is able to get her/his head around how Drupal does things, it's quite possible to spend a great deal of time to accomplish very little. Even worse, it's possible to spend a great deal of time developing really bad habits.

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Mediacurrent: Meet the Mediacurrent Friday 5

ven, 05/02/2016 - 18:48

Whether you’re a long time Mediacurrent reader or have recently discovered us (if so, welcome!) you know that we are always looking for new ways to deliver quality content to our readers. We have more than 500 blog posts on our website and have no plans to slow down.

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Drupal, meet PHP FIG - Larry Garfield

ven, 05/02/2016 - 15:28
Drupal, meet PHP FIG - Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield aka crell: Drupal 8 Web Services Initiative Lead, a subsystem maintainer for a couple of things, relevant and Drupal representative to the PHP Framework Interoperability Group. Make sure you listen to the podcast for the full origin story of Larry’s online handle!

This conversation with Larry Garfield (@crell) is the first in a series of interviews Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and I carried out in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. We are building the world’s longest DrupalCon session and packing all 6+ hours of it with information and personalities you won’t want to miss! So actually ... For our one hour in the spotlight in Mumbai, we’ve been doing a lot of preparation. Our “session” will include a lot of additional materials like podcasts and blog posts about what we’ve learned along the way.

Our session, Meet PHP-FIG: Your community just got a whole lot bigger, Drupal is about Drupal 8’s membership in the new, interoperable PHP community. We’re covering the basics of what the PHP Framework Interoperability Group (PHP-FIG) is, what the various PSRs are and do, talk about testing and dependency management, and what it means to be a part of the new PHP community — including having better architecture, cleaner code, and more interoperability. All of this adds up to a big move to get projects “off their islands,” saving developers a lot of code, and companies a lot of money, among other benefits.

I apologize for the poor audio quality in this recording and hope the quality of the conversation makes up for it.

“I don’t want to speak to PHP from Drupal. I don’t want to speak to Drupal from PHP because that implies that those are different things that aren’t a part of each other or that I’m part of one talking to the other. That’s not the point. The point is that Drupal and PHP are not separate entities. Drupal is part of the PHP world and the PHP world is part of Drupal. That collaboration has helped us produce Drupal 8 and that collaboration I’m sure would continue to produce not just future versions of Drupal but better practices, more robust practices in PHP itself. So I would encourage everyone from these two large robust communities ... don’t look at them as two large robust communities. Look at them as different pockets of one larger community that we can all learn from, that we can all benefit from, and together we can build a better PHP for all projects.”

More by or featuring Larry, further reading
  1. Getting off the island in 2013
  2. Building Bridges: Linking Islands (2014)
  3. Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1
  4. Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 2
  5. Drupal 8: Happy, but not satisfied
  6. Larry’s challenge for us: “Giving Back in 2016. Contribute to other projects. Get your name on the contributors list for a new open source project.”
Interview video - 43 min.

What is the PHP FIG--PHP Framework Interoperability Group--for and does it have something like a mission statement?

Larry: Okay. So a history lesson. The Framework Interoperability Group began life at php[tek] in 2009 in Chicago as the PHP Standards Group. We got together in a hotel room and said “With PHP 5.3 coming out and all these namespaces, it would be really cool if we all use them the same way and hey, we could do some cool autoloading stuff with that.” So the original goal was simply “Let’s collaborate and push this out to the community.” It was renamed to the Framework Interoperability Group in I think 2012. It didn’t really do anything more useful for several years.

In practice these days, pretty much any project that matters is using either the PSR-0 or PSR-4 autoloading standard. A project that doesn’t then has a huge amount of pressure to start doing so.

The PSR-2 coding standards: Most projects that are just random projects have now adopted tooling PhpStorm and phpcs, support by default, and there’s pressure on projects like Drupal that don’t use it to start using it just for conformity’s sake.

If you’re going to do anything new with HTTP messages now and you’re not already using Symfony’s HTTP foundation, you’re foolish to not use PSR-7 or something very close to PSR-7 because there’s a lot of tooling and tools built on top of that already.

So who are the members of the FIG group these days?

Larry: There’s I think 41 or 42 members now. I don’t remember all of them off the top of my head. They’re listed on the website. I’ll say they include pretty much very major project except Wordpress. So Symfony, Zend, Drupal, Joomla, phpBB, about a dozen libraries like Monolog or Stash or Doctrine, some smaller libraries you may not have heard as much about like Jackalope. It really runs the gamut from really big players like Drupal to really small players like Jackalope and everything in the middle.

What are some valid reasons why projects like Wordpress or individual developers would choose to ignore this interoperability movement, not take advantage of the PSR standards?

Larry: I think the biggest reason that projects wouldn’t follow PSR is legacy code bases. If you have a code base that’s been around for eight, 10 years or even just five years, you probably have a lot of internal conventions already built up and changing them is hard. Not like Drupal knows anything about that. ;-) So for a project like Wordpress where mission statement number one is backward compatibility, switching their logging system to use the PSR-3 logger would be an API break or at least extra API clumsiness so they’re not willing to do that. Certainly for a project by Drupal, switching our coding standards to PSR-2, whatever the technical benefits or downsides to that are, regardless of whether PSR-2 is a good spec or a bad spec, would mean changing literally millions of lines of code. It could be scripted to cover 98% of it fairly easily, but it still means every single patch and every single person’s local configuration and defaults in their IDE change. That’s not a small ask. So I think the biggest impediment to PSR adoption is simply existing standards, existing code bases, existing practices, which are sometimes legitimate complaints and sometimes not.

Actually, there’s one comment which you made in your Drupal 8 launch blog post which I recommend for everybody to read ...

... continued: You mentioned actually one of the most significant things about the launch of Drupal 8 is proving that it is possible. Before we manage to do this, it was an open question, is it possible for the entire community to retool, change the entire API method of thinking and switch to object-oriented concepts and unit testability. We managed to drag one of the world’s largest open source communities through that and successfully launched a product. You’re right. It’s an enormous undertaking to understand other projects not wanting to do that.

Larry: I actually have a keynote that I gave called Eating Elephants that is that exact point of this is a lot of work. If Drupal can pull it off, so can anybody, but it’s still a lot of work. Not every project necessarily wants to go through that, the level of overhaul that Drupal did and not necessarilyevery project needs to. But I think over time, simply through natural project churn, most of the standards are going to become widespread in practice.

What are the choices that people should be making now outside of implementing the PSRs?

... continued: So outside of FIG, of course FIG is just one part of a broader movement for interoperability and standard behaviors across no matter what it is you’re building with PHP. So what are some of the architectural implications of this exciting new world? What are the choices that people should be making now outside of implementing the PSRs?

Larry: I think the most important, just general good modern practices for collaboration these days are:

  • use a PSR-based autoloader because everyone else is. It just using your code and sharing your code dead simple.
  • Register it with Packagist because then getting it through Composer is dead simple.
  • Use proper dependency injection because that makes it a lot easier to swap out pieces and plug your system into someone else’s ...
  • ... which also means build your code in small standalone components rather than one big monolithic system.

This is really a movement that Symfony started with Symfony 2. It was the first project to really have a component library that was loosely coupled and then built a framework on top of it. Others have since done the same. Zend Framework 3 is moving heavily in that direction. The Aura project is strictly decoupled components with a framework built on top. A lot of major components now are completely standalone.

I think the biggest thing is think in terms of small, discrete pieces that you can mix and match. Same kind of Lego block approach that Drupal has striven for at the module level for years, even though we didn’t do a very good job of it at the code level all the time. We’re getting better. The more you do that, the easier it is to exchange code with people, the easier it is to reuse code, and also the easier it is to test.

Good unit testable code is also loosely coupled, is also easy to swap out, is easy to reason about. All of these concepts overlap on each other.

Testability, understandability, debuggability, ability to share with others all have the same underlying structure, underlying needs. So focusing on any one of those will make the others better.

What are some wheels that we decided to bring in from outside in Drupal 8, rather than reinventing them?

Larry: So the big first wheel we got from elsewhere was our routing system which we pulled in from Symfony and along with that, a new architecture that spread throughout the rest of the system and took over. The template engine, of course, Twig is new and that’s been a huge win. Everything I’ve heard front enders adore it. That’s third-party code. The places we didn’t, the configuration system is primarily homegrown in large part because we needed the UI integration for it. Symfony’s configuration system, for example, assumes you’re doing configuration by editing files on disk. Drupal assumes you’re doing configuration by pushing buttons in the UI. These are fundamentally different assumptions and that same underlying tooling that supports one is not really going to support the other. Not very well.

Drupal’s coming to the fold or gotten, become part of main line PHP. Talk about how this new world of interoperability has allowed Drupal to start making contributions outwards into other systems and other frameworks, other applications.

Larry: Honestly, I think at the moment, our biggest contributions are patches we’ve submitted to other projects, be that Symfony, Guzzle, Zend, whatever. Just being the poster child for this new PHP world. Drupal, being a demonstration that yes, it is possible to teach an old CMS new tricks, yes it is possible to embrace these modern tools and techniques, yes there’s benefits to doing so, you will survive. Honestly, I think that’s our biggest contribution is just proving that it can be done. We’re not the only project that has adopted lots of Symfony but I think just the evolutionary pressure we give that way is probably the biggest impact. It’s that the proof is in the Drupal 8 release, that it is a thing and it can be done and we should continue to provide that example of growth and of maturity enough to admit that you can change things. I think that’s probably our biggest contribution to PHP at the moment.

So OO isn't so hard after all ...

... continued: I think early on when we were talking inside the community about adopting object oriented practices, about adopting some of the Symfony. A lot of the conversation was around Drupal being not so accessible for newbie programmers, people coming to write their first lines of code. It seems like it’s so much easier when it’s procedural. What I’m most excited about with Drupal 8 is watching what happens in the next two or three years as we demonstrate that anybody can code with modern practices, too. And that in fact, it makes it easy. If you can learn how an IF statement works, you can understand what a class is. So I think that’s another cultural export that we’re offering the rest of the PHP world.

Larry: You don’t have to be a comp sci grad from school in order to write in modern object-oriented code. We have thousands of people now from Drupal who have picked it up without being in school for it and are liking it.

In the last few years, you’ve done a series of posts and sort of challenges to I guess the broader PHP world.

... continued: Initially, “Hey Drupal, we’ve got to get off our island and accept that we shouldn’t carry all this liability ourselves.” Then there was a building bridges post which said “Go visit people in other communities” and there was a challenge this year, build something in a project that’s not your home project. What’s your mission statement and challenge for all of us in 2016?

Larry: I know what I’m going to say. First one was go out and learn from other projects. The second one was go out and build with other projects. So I’ll say it now. Your challenge for this next year, contribute to other projects. Your goal is to get your name on the contributor’s list for a new open source project, some project that’s not your home project.

Podcast series: Drupal 8Skill Level: Intermediate
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Valuebound: Changing the Appearance of your new site

ven, 05/02/2016 - 08:28

Once you get a new Drupal installed in your system, very next step you would like to change overall appearance of your site to make and feel good for end user. This is one the initial process require while setting up Drupal. Deciding about your design early will go long way in saving your time and repeated effort instead of doing it later.

Drupal 8 provides few built in theme that come up with the same package
e.g: Bartik, Stable, Seven, Stark, Classy.
if you don’t find any of them from given list then just go to drupal directory core/themes and open any theme info.yml and change hidden: true to hidden: false.

Drupal 8 is mobile-first approach. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, with an…

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Valuebound: Changing the Appearance of your new site

ven, 05/02/2016 - 07:49

Once you get a new Drupal installed in your system, very next step you would like to change overall appearance of your site to make and feel good for end user. This is one the initial process require while setting up Drupal. Deciding about your design early will go long way in saving your time and repeated effort instead of doing it later.

Drupal 8 provides few built in theme that come up with the same package
e.g: Bartik, Stable, Seven, Stark, Classy.
if you don’t find any of them from given list then just go to drupal directory core/themes and open any theme info.yml and change hidden: true to hidden: false.

Drupal 8 is mobile-first approach. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, with an…

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Roy Scholten: Redesigning the content creation page for Drupal 8

ven, 05/02/2016 - 01:41
We want to be faster and bolder in shipping design improvements for Drupal 8. But how? Lets have a look at a relatively big (but not super huge) design change built for Drupal 8 during the development cycle and see what we might learn from it. Redesigning the content creation page

Drupal 8 ships with a significant overhaul of the content creation page (“node form” for intimi). It’s design process and subsequent implementation are extensively documented on drupal.org. This is a high level summary of how this redesign come to be.

Steps in the process:
  1. Research
  2. Sketch
  3. Design
  4. Test
  5. Implement

Who were working on this? In the earliest design stages primarily 3 people: Bojhan Somers, Jared Ponchot and moi, Roy Scholten. Many more helped with finetuning design elements, usability testing, writing and reviewing code and all the other little and not so little things that go into getting a big design change committed to Drupal core. Thanks all.

Research & sketching

We didn’t spend much time building the case for a better content creation page. No problem because most were already aware of the big room for improvement.

The research was two-part: “what does Drupal do?” And “what are other systems doing?” For the Drupal aspects, we looked at how and where contributed modules add functionality to this screen. We reviewed other systems looking for patterns in how functionality was grouped and arranged on the page.

That input was then translated into very generic concept sketches, comparing and contrasting several arrangements of the three basic feature groups: content, settings and actions. From there, we proposed to pursue one specific direction in more detail. Before we did that, we opened up the work so far for feedback: http://groups.drupal.org/node/214898

Design

Starting from that very rough initial layout we started exploring the details of that arrangement. Which items belong in which area and how would they behave? How would it work on small screens? Which items to call out, which ones to push back?

Then Jared Ponchot stepped in and pulled all that sketching together in high-definition mockups. And on these we iterated again a couple of times, detailing the arrangement of interface elements, the use of color and other ways to (de-)emphasise certain parts of the whole. A comparison with the then current state of the Seven admin theme identified how we would have to extend its visual language to accommodate this new design.

And that’s where we opened up for another round of feedback: http://groups.drupal.org/node/217434

Test

A working prototype of the design proposal was coded and made available on a test site. A usability test plan was drafted and several people used that script to test the prototype with people both new to and experienced with Drupal. One of the few times we actively pushed for community driven usability testing actually. Results from the testing were reported in the implementation issue and individual issues were opened for the necessary changes.

Usability test plan: http://groups.drupal.org/node/223959

Implementation

The prototype for testing was created in context of the implementation issue. We spent a lot of time translating the design proposal into actionable tasks.

The distinction between rough prototyping code and actual core worthy implementation was a bit unclear at first but we very quickly got to a usable demo. The overarching “meta” issue has over 300 comments. Which is usually a sign of a large undertaking that’s not sufficiently broken down in seperate actionable tasks. But, we got there in the end!

Implementation meta issue: https://drupal.org/node/1510532

Lessons (not? :-) learned
  • Good: working with a small team. It allowed us to focus on what needed to be done and move relatively fast.
  • Good: Publicly documenting the research and sketching phases was a lot of work but worth it. Pulling a finalised glossy photoshop design out of the hat would not have created the same engagement and constructive feedback
  • Good: counter to the previous point but also a good thing was that the initial sketches and design mockups were shared only within the very small team of 3 to 5 people. This kept momentum up but more importantly allowed us to focus on the actual design work. A broader discussion would very likely have shifted towards discussing implementation challenges, which is not what you’re after when still exploring multiple options.
  • Not so good: we prototyped only one working version quite late in the process. Only after a lot of time invested did we get to see and feel a somewhat working version. This narrowed our bandwidth for subsequent changes, which were relatively small tweaks, keeping the basic paradigm intact. We never really pitted two or more radically different approaches against each other. This was mostly a time and energy issue: we only had the bandwidth to work through one design direction.
  • Not so good: Doing the design phases outside of the issue queue (where implementation happens). This was a necessary but difficult trade off. The issue queue doesn’t lend itself to explorative work with lots of ambiguity so the design work wasn’t tracked there. Many core developers did not closely follow the process as it happened on groups.drupal.org, so when we brought the design over to the issue queue with the proposal to go build this, much of the earlier discussion points got brought up again.
  • Not so good: Not having a primary code architect as part of the team. We could have prevented at least some of the rehash in the issue queue if we had had a knowledgeable core developer on the design team. Having somebody who could answer to the technical implications of the design and help break down the work into manageable tasks the would probably have gotten us off to a better start with implementation.

A quick tally of the number of comments across the main discussion threads and issues for this project: more than 1200. And that doesn’t even include huge additions like the WYSIWYG editor and the improved previews. Not to say that this doesn’t happen in other initiatives, but you can see how demanding it is for anyone who wants to keep track, especially if you want to make sure that the big picture doesn’t get lost in the myriad of details.

How to get better, faster?

The nature of design changes like these is that they touch many aspects: backend & frontend, php & javascript, visual design & performance, accessibility & multilingual, etc. If we want to go faster we might want to consider replacing the research intensive work with building multiple (rougher) prototypes earlier and testing those for viability. That might lead us to a general direction and a plan for implementation faster. As for the actual core worthy implementation, we might win some time if we can provide a design spec together with an initial plan identifying the technical challenges and strategies to overcome those.

The amount of work will always be huge. I think the gains are in finding a better balance in:

  1. Feeling free to write quick throw-away code in the initial explorations so people can get a feel of what might work and we can test it.
  2. Reducing wasted efforts (in code and discussion) during implementation.

Understanding the distinction between these two, and being clear about when the first ends and the second begins will already be a big step forward.

Further discussion: Determine process for big UX changes

Tags: drupaluxauthor uxdrupalplanetSub title: Drupal 8 has a redesigned content creation page. This is how it came to be.
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Drop Guard: Sneak Peek: Drop Guard's revamped project creation process

jeu, 04/02/2016 - 19:30
Sneak Peek: Drop Guard's revamped project creation process Manuel Pistner Thu, 02/04/2016 - 18:30

We are working tirelessly to make Drop Guard better, faster and more friendly for developer. In this blog post we present you a "sneak peek" of our revamped project creation process, with this end in mind to please you with greater usability for getting started with your project in Drop Guard!

So let's get more detailed: the creation process will be split into 3 independent configuration screens.

1. On the first screen you will be able to quickly connect Drop Guard to your repository and enjoy it's updates monitoring capabilities - even without installing a Drop Guard module.

2. Second screen will be for those who immediately want to integrate Drop Guard in their daily maintenance routine. It's about telling Drop Guard what to do when the update of a certain type is detected.

3. Third screen will be all about events - sending e-mails, running SSH commands, pinging your favourite CI tool or merging branches based on certain conditions.

So below we share the preview of the new "Updates setup" wizard. As opposed to the "accordion-like" endless form, we now have the sleek step-by-step configurator, which allows you to quickly instruct Drop Guard what to do when updates are detected (embracing best update practices and being able to set a single configuration for different types of updates). 

This is a screenshot of  the update types configuration in the old project creation process:


And here you can enjoy the sneak peek of the new process:

 

 

If you're a Drop Guard user or just curious - don't hesitate and leave your feedback on it. We'd love to optimize Drop Guard for every workflow and we can't do it without your voice! You prefer a personal contact? Find our data here: About Drupal Drupal Planet Project Process
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Promet Source: The Drupal Developers' Essential Guide to Automated Testing

jeu, 04/02/2016 - 18:54
Read our Automated Testing eBook

 

Our Drupal development experts compiled their best advice for running effective automated tests that will save time and money. Complex development projects are likely to have many releases and have much to gain from implementing an automated test framework. Read this guide for advice on how your team should approach writing test cases, choosing the right tools to execute tests, and how to emphasize visibility in sharing the test results.

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Jeff Geerling's Blog: Set up a hierarchical taxonomy term Facet using Facet API with Search API Solr

jeu, 04/02/2016 - 18:28

I wanted to document this here just because it took me a little while to get all the bits working just right so I could have a hierarchical taxonomy display inside a Facet API search facet, rather than a flat display of only the taxonomy terms directly related to the nodes in the current search.

Basically, I had a search facet on a search page that allowed users to filter search results by a taxonomy term, and I wanted it to show the taxonomy's hierarchy:

To do this, you need to do two main things:

  1. Make sure your taxonomy field is being indexed with taxonomy hierarchy data intact.
  2. Set up the Facet API facet for this taxonomy term so it will display the full hierarchy.

Let's first start by making sure the taxonomy information is being indexed (refer to the image below):

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LevelTen Interactive: The First Ever Statewide DrupalCamp in Texas! TexasCamp 2016

jeu, 04/02/2016 - 16:49

LevelTen Interactive is proud to present TexasCamp 2016 on April 1 - 2 at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre in Dallas, Texas.

TexasCamp is two days of DrupalCamp, intended for Drupal admins and users, sitebuilders, themers and developers. Expect sessions from beginner to expert level, with the brightest minds in the Drupal world attending and presenting.

You can attend TexasCamp for only ...Read more

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Drupal 8 Module of the Week: Admin Toolbar

jeu, 04/02/2016 - 13:35
Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

Each day, more Drupal 7 modules are being migrated over to Drupal 8 and new ones are being created for the Drupal community’s latest major release. In this series, the Acquia Developer Center is profiling some of the most prominent, useful modules available for Drupal 8. This week: Admin Toolbar.

Tags: acquia drupal planetadmin toolbardrupal 8Drupal modules
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