Matt and Mike talk with Angie "Webchick" Byron, Gábor Hojtsy, and Nathaniel Catchpole about the next year's release of Drupal 9. We discuss what's new, what (if anything) will break, and what will remain compatible.
“After soliciting input and consulting others, I felt JSON:API belonged in Drupal core.”
Dries Buytaert, creator of DrupalRead more
The spring is in full bloom — and so is Drupal development. On May 1st, we officially meet Drupal 8.7.0 release that is bursting with new features. And, of course, they are worth a good review. After the previous release in September, we discussed media handling capabilities in D8.6 as one of many interesting updates. Today, let’s take a closer look at what’s new in Drupal 8.7.0.
SEATTLE (PRWEB) APRIL 23, 2019
The Drupal community has just announced the winners of the inaugural Global Splash Awards. Drupal development and design leaders from around the world gathered in Seattle for the awards ceremony in mid-April, where 14 winners across 13 categories were announced, with 1 tie. The awards were held in conjunction with DrupalCon Seattle 2019.
The Splash Awards recognize the best Drupal projects on the web. Each digital experience represents a step forward in digital innovation, and a new model for others to follow.
Michel van Velde, co-founder of the awards, said, "It is wonderful to see the Splash Awards come both to North America and to a global audience for the first time." Co-founder Baddy Breidert added, "With the wider reach of audience, we saw an outstanding level of projects nominated and showcased at this ceremony."The Nominees
A total of 109 nominations were submitted, across 13 categories. In the tight field, there was a tie for project of the year: Lullabot for JSON:API and the City of Detroit, Michigan for their government municipal site detroitmi.gov. Other categories and winners include:
- E-Commerce: Rob Edwards Freelance, Apex Running
- Corporate: Elevated Third, Central Square
- Design/UX: Burst, Chupa Chups
- Non-Profit: Made It Digital, Memory of Nations
- Education: Connect-i, Opigno
- Government: City of Detroit, detroitmi.gov
- Publishing / Media: Lemberg Solutions, Monda Magazin
- Tools / Apps: Genuine Interactive, FotoOppTM
- Social / Community: Phase2, Pinterest
- Theme: Last Call Media, Mass.gov
- Care / Healthcare: Mediamonks, Montefiore - Orthopedics
- Best module: Lullabot, JSON: API
Edgar Montes from the City of Detroit, Michigan, and tied winner for Project of the Year, said, “We like to believe that our dedication to the people of Detroit has helped us deliver a website that can serve the needs of the city and its people; a majority of the web team lives within the city and we make a point of trying to understand the needs of every part of the site and how to best convey the information it contains. It's important to us to try to demonstrate that great things continue to come out of a city which has seen its fair share of struggles and triumphs.”
Both the Splash Awards and the DrupalCon conferences bring the world community together; big agencies and small independent developers, all using Drupal and harnessing the power of open source. The next European Splash Awards will be held in conjunction with DrupalCon Europe 2019, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands in October 2019.About Drupal
Drupal is content management software. It is used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. What sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need.About the Drupal Association
The Drupal Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal project, the community and its growth. The Drupal Association helps the Drupal community with funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution and online collaboration at Drupal.org.
At this year’s DrupalCon, held earlier in April in Seattle, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert gave attendees a preview of the newest version of Drupal: 8.7. Now, the wait is over. Drupal 8.7 is launching today, May 1, adding a new suite of features and fixes that will improve the Drupal experience for everyone with an up-to-date platform.
In his keynote, or “Driesnote,” Dries laid out what made this new release so special. Speaking to the Drupal community at large, Dries shared that the Drupal team had several core objectives when developing Drupal 8.7:
- Make Drupal easy for content creators and site builders
- Make Drupal easy to evaluate and adopt
- Keep Drupal impactful and relevant
- Reduce total cost of ownership for developers and site owners
Each one of these goals represented a major challenge, but the newest version has delivered a variety of updates that each make Drupal a more robust platform.Empowering content creators
One of the biggest features in Drupal 8.7 is the newly stable Layout Builder tool. The product of the efforts of 123 contributors and 68 supporting organizations, Layout Builder makes designing pages more user-friendly. As the name implies, the Layout Builder tool enables editors to manually adjust the design and format of a page. With this tool, editors can make changes to the layout without having to involve developers every time. Dries displayed a demo of the Layout Builder tool during the Driesnote, which can be found below.
Along with layout builder, the other major content improvement ushered in by Drupal 8.7 is the updated media module. As of this most recent update, reusable media, images, video and drag-and-drop features for the media module are all stable, with the media library currently in the “experimental” state. Combined with layout builder, these updates make Drupal 8.7 a great update for content editors.Out of the box functionality
While Drupal 8.7 certainly makes life easier for editors, it doesn’t stop there. New out of the box features make Drupal easier to adopt than ever. New to the Umami theme in Drupal 8.7 are demo articles containing Spanish translations by default and improved accessibility throughout the theme, with new labels and focus styles highlighted. This helps to show Drupal 8.7’s capabilities in terms of both multilingual and accessibility right out of the box. Additionally, the “Welcome tour” feature makes it easier for agencies to demo the platform. All of these features are included with the new update automatically.Staying relevant
To remain a driving force in the market, Drupal needs to keep up with the times. The biggest breath of fresh air Drupal 8.7 brings to the platform is the addition of the JSON:API to the core. This development extends Drupal’s “API-first” philosophy, enabling decoupled and headless solutions. If this type of buildout is what your organization needs, the Drupal 8.7 update makes developing these popular solutions much easier.Lowered costs
Because Drupal 9 (D9) is built on the same codebase as D8, the eventual upgrade process will be much easier than a conventional website upgrade. Previously, upgrades were major undertakings that required a lot of development effort. Now, as long as a site is not using any deprecated code, upgrading to D9 will be very straightforward. A tool called drupal-check is already available to check for deprecated code, so it’s already possible to start getting a site ready for D9. In the meantime, Drupal 8.7 offers a number of new features and enhancements and is another step toward the eventual D9 upgrade..
There’s certainly plenty to enjoy with this new release, but the updates don’t stop here. With Drupal on a six-month release cycle, there will be a new version of Drupal on November 1. Drupal 8.8 promises an updated WYSIWYG editor along with a potentially updated Admin UI, an ongoing project for the Drupal team. Beyond that is D9, the latest edition of the platform.
Duo can help you make the most out of Drupal 8.7’s newest features while also planning your roadmap for upgrading. If you’re ready to see what the future of Drupal has to offer, reach out to us today.
This release introduces powerful features that will help us all take Drupal to a whole new level. The new stable JSON:API core module as well as the intuitive and accessible stable Layout Builder are game-changing.
The Layout Builder module was originally introduced as an experimental module in Drupal 8.5.0. As of Drupal 8.7.0, Layout Builder is now stable and ready for production use! It provides a powerful, accessible, mobile-friendly page building tool that is fully compatible with revisions, workflows, and in-context previews.
The Layout Builder enables site builders to rapidly create layout templates for content that speed up the development process. It also permits content authors to easily customize individual pages with unique layouts.
The interface allows drag-and-drop management of your content blocks. It additionally supports keyboard controls and toggling the content preview on and off to give the content editor complete control of their experience while building their layouts.
The result of all these features is a state-of-the art content management solution that streamlines mass-production while also supporting unique creation. 123 individuals and 68 organizations contributed to this feature. More than 40 of the individual contributors volunteered some or all of their time.
Check out this demonstration based on the core Umami demo:
The team is working on implementing translation support for layouts in a future release.New stable JSON:API support
JSON:API support is now included as a stable core feature. The JSON:API specification is an easy and fast way to build decoupled applications. Drupal core's JSON:API module is feature-complete and easy to use with robust out-of-the-box support and simple setup. JSON:API makes it simpler than ever to build ambitious projects. 147 contributors and 76 organizations contributed to this new feature. Among the individual contributors, more than 50 volunteered some or all of their time.
For example, by simply navigating to a URL like https://example.com/jsonapi/node/article, you can get a list of available articles on your site, and filter further from there, to display your Drupal content in decoupled websites, mobile applications, and so on.Improvements in experimental Media Library
The experimental Media Library has numerous significant improvements in this release. The Media Library is built on top of the stable Media module, which allows reuse of images, documents, and even embedded remote media like YouTube videos. Items in the Media Library can be managed with drag-and-drop. This release improves the design and accessibility of the user interface, allows inline media creation in the library, and provides more flexible grid and table views. 310 contributors and 122 organizations contributed to this new feature. More than 100 individuals volunteered some or all of their time!
Check out this demonstration based the core Umami demo with Media Library enabled:
There are various tasks left to make Media Library stable in a future release, including WYSIWYG integration.Revisionable menus and taxonomy terms
Custom menu links and taxonomy terms are now revisionable, which allows them to be used in editorial workflows (similarly to nodes, media, and custom blocks). The Entity system now also provides a new Update API to support conversion of further entity types. It supports converting the schema of any content entity type between non-revisionable or non-translatable and revisionable or translatable, which also works when there is pre-existing data for the entity type whose schema is being changed. All these changes improve core support for the Workspaces module.New features in the Umami demo profile
The Umami food magazine demo is now more accessible and demonstrates more features out of the box, including a new welcome tour, Layout Builder integration for recipes, and multilingual features. The profile now includes a curated set of Spanish translations, and more languages are in the works. 187 contributors and 84 organizations have contributed to Umami, with more than 60 individuals volunteering some or all of their time.
Umami empowers first-time users to spin up a Drupal project in no time so that they can use to evaluate Drupal and learn about its major components.On the way to Drupal 9
Drupal 8.7.0 includes optional support for Twig 2 (for sites that can patch their Composer configuration). Optional support for Symfony 4 also received a lot of contributions and should be complete in 8.8. This is important work, because Drupal 9 is planned for June 3, 2020 and will update various dependencies, primarily Symfony. Testing Drupal with updated third-party dependencies will help us get better feedback on our compatibility with these dependencies and any difficulties sites encounter when upgrading.What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners
Update to 8.7.0 to continue receiving bug fixes. The next bugfix release (8.7.1) is scheduled for June 5, 2019. (See the release schedule overview for more information.) As of this release, sites on Drupal 8.5 will no longer receive security coverage. (Drupal 8.6 will continue receiving security fixes until December 4, 2019.)
Note that new Drupal 8.7.0 installs now require at least PHP 7.0.8. Existing sites still work on at least PHP 5.5.9 for now, but will display a warning. Drupal security updates will begin requiring PHP 7 as early as Drupal 8.8.0 (December 2019), so all users are advised to update to at least PHP 7.0.8 now.
Updating your site from 8.6.15 to 8.7.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.6.14 to 8.6.15. Drupal 8.7.0 also has updates to several dependencies. Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site. Read the 8.7.0 release notes for a full list of changes that may affect your site.Drupal 6 and 7 site owners
Drupal 7 is fully supported by the community until November 2021, and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout this time. From November 2021 until at least November 2024, the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program will be offered by vendors.
You can now use the stable migration path for monolingual Drupal 6 and 7 sites with the built-in upgrade user interface. For multilingual sites, there is experimental support; please keep testing and reporting any issues you may find.Translation, module, and theme contributors
Minor releases like Drupal 8.7.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features.
Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.6.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.7.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, internal APIs and API deprecations. This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. Read the 8.7.0 release notes for a full list of changes that may affect your modules and themes.
This release has advanced the Drupal project significantly and represents the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and contributors from various organizations, as well as testers from the Minor release beta testing program. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Drupal 8.7!
Drupal is known to be a complex and great CMS. However, if you are planning on starting to learn Drupal 8, you will soon notice that it is more complicated than Drupal 7 and other content management systems. Drupal is known to have a steep learning curve, which makes it more challenging to pick up and get started. In this article, I’m going to show you some great books that help you learn Drupal in a systematic, beginner-friendly way. My blog post is going to include 7 Drupal 8 books that are covering the basics and are beginner friendly, books that will challenge the skills of seasoned Drupal developers and books that are teaching specific Drupal skills. Pick your poison!Drupal 8 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Drupal 8
The first from our list of Drupal 8 books is going to be Drupal 8 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Drupal 8. This book can be a great introduction to the Drupal world. It covers a brief background of Drupal, it guides you through the installation process and through a simple site build. It has easy to follow explanations. This book will definitely jumpstart your Drupal 8 developer career!Drupal 8 Development Cookbook
This book is another great source on our Drupal 8 books list from where you can deepen your development knowledge. Drupal 8 Development Cookbook covers some of the basics of Drupal 8. However, it is not a beginners book. This book will delve deeper in the Drupal development and cover topics such as forms, block, permissions, routing, field formatters, configuration management, themes, etc. This book is not for the beginner or developer that wants to build a site without touching a line of code. It is geared towards developers that want to build custom Drupal 8 modules.Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition
Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition is a great book that touches the topics of installing, modules and site maintenance. However, it goes in greater depth when it comes to describing on how to configure different modules to best appeal to a higher education audience. It manages to do this by introducing modules such as views, organic groups, media and concepts such as fields, display modes, entities and relationships. On top of that it also talks about more complex subjects such as PHP snippets and command line interactions. Overall, a great book for those who are in the education field and want to discover Drupal.Mastering Drupal 8 Views
Mastering Drupal 8 Views is a great book that shares the knowledge of creating views in Drupal. What is interesting about this book is the fact that the story is told from the point of view of Lynn, a small business owner and protagonist of the book. In the book, the struggles of Lynn are presented when she is faced with the Views module. This approach to the book makes it possible for the reader to be able to realise the real life scenarios in which the Views module can be used. Overall, this book is a great Views master course that every Drupal developer should read if they aim to broaden their knowledge on the Views module.Drupal 8 SEO: The Visual, Step-By-Step Guide to Drupal Search Engine Optimization
If you want to improve your search engine optimization for Drupal, then this is the book for you. Drupal 8 SEO, covers all the necessary knowledge required to be able to launch a successful SEO campaign for your Drupal website. The book contains a large number of pictures that are designed to guide you through the process of optimizing your website for SEO in a visual and easily understandable way. On top of that, it covers the topics of all the necessary modules and settings that your Drupal website needs in order to climb the rankings of Google. So, if you’re in need of some SEO optimization knowledge and you happen to have a Drupal 8 website, then this is the book for you.Drush for Developers, 2nd edition
Drush is basically the “Drupal Swiss Army Knife”. Drush should be a tool in the arsenal of every Drupal backend developer. Drush is basically a command line shell of Drupal where if the correct code is inserted, then the function will be activated without having to be on the site. This can basically improve the efficiency and speed with which a Drupal developer can build and maintain websites. Drush for Developers, teaches exactly this knowledge, how to basically leverage the simplicity and efficiency of Drush. So if you’re new to Drush or you are a seasoned Drupal developer in search for new Drush tips and tricks, then you should give this book a read.Drupal 8 Module Development: Build modules and themes using the latest version of Drupal 8, 2nd Edition
If you want to build your own modules, then Drupal 8 Module Development is the right choice for you. This book is a really in-depth and comprehensive guide to building your own modules. The book aims to bring Drupal 7 developers up to speed with module development for Drupal 8. It introduces the reader to the Drupal 8 architecture and its subsystems before learning to develop a module with basic functionality. The book also goes into detail about Drupal 8 APIs, on how to manage and display data and also about the theme system. This book is definitely a must if you are a Drupal 7 developer and you want to hone your Drupal 8 module development skills in a fast, comprehensive way.Conclusion
This list of Drupal 8 books should pave an easier to follow road for every Drupal 8 beginner. On top of that, this list also contains information about specific topics that might be of interest for already initiated Drupal developers. So, pick a book that piques your interest and give it a read. Remember, knowledge is power!
Web development has moved forward from writing websites by developing codes to a place where people can assemble the websites. And that is where the Drupal community is focusing on to advance - building assembled web experiences.
Drupal 8.7 releases today, on 1 May. It is in sync with that same roadmap (building assembled websites) providing enhanced customization, stable features, better UI and what not?
Here’s a quick and comprehensive guide for you to track what’s new in version 8.7 and how it paves the way for Drupal 9.