Issue 285 - April, 13th 2017
"Drupal 8.3.0, the third minor release of Drupal 8, is now available. With Drupal 8, we made significant changes in our release process, adopting semantic versioning and scheduled feature releases. This allows us to make extensive improvements to Drupal 8 in a timely fashion while still providing backwards compatibility."
"The TAC's mandate is to recommend a direction for the future of our tools on Drupal.org. Megan will evaluate this recommendation, make a decision, and prioritize that work in the development roadmap of the Drupal Association engineering team."
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Some good thoughts from Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire as well as a community survey he is doing.
"I want to deeply apologize for causing grief and uncertainty, especially to those in the BDSM and kink communities who felt targeted by the turmoil. This incident was about specific actions of a single member of our community. This was never meant to be about sexual practices or kinks, so it pains me that I unintentionally hurt you. I do support you and respect you as a key part of our community."
In this post Dries announced plans to update the governance policies and specifically change his authority level with community membership decisions. More specifics will be discussed at DrupalCon Baltimore.
Angie Byron offers some insight into the community working group and how it works from the perspective of a former member.
A great idea from Dave Hall for those that might find it difficult to attend community tech events. While I manage a user group and live near many cool tech meetups he has me thinking I should try this remote presentation idea.
This article deals with those smaller organizations who have Drupal sites! The way I see it, there are four methods to handle your website needs: Avoid It, Get an Intern, Learn it Yourself, or Partner.
"Config overrides seem very handy, but can be pretty problematic when used for config entities. If you are using them in this way, you should make very sure that there aren't any unintended side effects. And if you maintain a contrib module that defines a config entity type, you should make sure they're safe to use with config overrides."
"It's not a panacea. But it is something. And things are improved significantly from where we were one year ago, as far as open source devs who develop in Windows (by choice or by dictum)."
Drupal 8's configuration management system is very useful but sometimes we can hit the edges of it's features. One such case is supporting different configurations for different server environments like dev, prod, and local. In this post learn how to use config split to solve some of these problems.
If you aren't using Drush site aliases you don't know what you're missing out on. "Sometimes you need a drush command to call a different drush command, maybe even from a different Drupal instance. This is quite easy if you have drush site aliases configured for each site. In this example, we add a drush command that compares variable values across two different instances."
For users already familiar with JMeter, Tag1 Consulting’s Narayan Newton offers an introduction to load testing a Drupal site using Locust, as both an anonymous and authenticated user.
A good and simple tutorial for those new to managing their Drupal site.
Chapter Three's Jacine Luisi continues her Twig series.
Learn to make your own Drush commands in Drupal 8.
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