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Flocon de toile | Freelance Drupal: Do I have to wait for Drupal 9 for my web project?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:00

In a previous post, we saw the Drupal 8's new policies for versioning, support and maintenance for its minor and major versions. This policy has evolved somewhat since the last DrupalCon Baltimore conference in April 2017. And this evolution of Drupal's strategy deserves a little attention because it can bring new light to those who hesitate to migrate their site on Drupal 8. Or those who are wondering about the relevance of launching their web project on Drupal 8.

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Dropsolid: Drupal 8 and React Native

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:57
21 Jun Drupal 8 and React Native Niels A Drupal 8 Tech Drupal

One day you might wake up with the next big idea that will shake the world in the most ungentle way. You decide to build an app, because you’ll have full access to all features of the device that you want your solution to work on. But then it dawns on you: you will actually need to build multiple apps in completely different languages while finding a way for them to serve the same content...

Then you start to realise that you won’t be able to step into the shoes of the greats, because web technology is holding you back. Fortunately, Drupal 8 and React Native are here to save your day - and your dream!

In this blog post you'll read how you can leverage Drupal 8 to serve as the back-end for your React Native app. 

First, however, a quick definition of what these technologies are:

  • Drupal is an open source content management system based on PHP.
  • React Native is a framework to build native apps using JavaScript and React.

If you want to read more about Drupal 8 or React Native, you're invited to check the sources at the bottom of this article.
 

Why React Native?

There are a myriad of front-end technologies available to you these days. The most popular ones are Angular and React. Both technologies allow you to build apps, but there is a big difference in how the apps will be built.

The advantage of employing React Native is that it lets you build an app using JavaScript, while converting the JavaScript into native code. In contrast, Angular or Ionic allow you to create a hybrid app, which basically is a website that gets embedded in a web view. Although the benefit here is that you're able to access the native features of a device.

In this case, we prefer React Native, because we want to build iOS and Android applications that run natively.
 

Headless Drupal

One of the big buzzwords that's been doing the rounds in the Drupal community lately is 'Headless'. A headless Drupal is actually a Drupal application where the front-end is not served by Drupal, but by a different technology.

You still get the benefits of a top notch and extremely flexible content management system, but you also get the benefits of your chosen front-end technology.

In this example, you'll discover how to set up a native iOS and Android application that gets its data from a Drupal website. To access the information, users will have to log in to the app, which allows the app to serve content tailored to the preferences of the user. Crucial in the current individualized digital world.

 

So this already brings us to our first hurdle. Because we are using a native application, authenticating users through cookies or sessions is not possible. So we are going to show you how to prepare your React Native application and your Drupal site to accept authenticated requests.
 

The architecture

The architecture consists of a vanilla Drupal 8 version and a React Native project with Redux.

The implemented flow is as following:

  1. A user gets the login screen presented on the app.
  2. The user fills in his credentials in the form
  3. The app posts the credentials to the endpoint in Drupal
  4. Drupal validates the credentials and logs the user in
  5. Drupal responds with a token based on the current user
  6. The app stores the token for future use
  7. The app now uses the token for all other requests the app makes to the Drupal REST API.
     
Creating an endpoint in Drupal

First we had to choose our authentication method. In this example, we opted to authenticate using a JWT or JSON web token, because there already is a great contributed module available for it on Drupal.org (https://www.drupal.org/project/jwt).

This module provides an authentication service that you can use with the REST module that is now in Drupal 8 core. This authentication service will read the token that is passed in the headers of the request and will determine the current user from it. All subsequent functionality in Drupal will then use that user to determine if it has permission to access the requested resources. This authentication service works for all subsequent requests, but not for the original request to get the JWT.

The original endpoint the JWT module provides, already expects the user to be logged in before it can serve the token. You could use the ready available basic authentication service, but we preferred to build our own as an example.
 

Authentication with JSON post

Instead of passing along the username and password in the headers of the request like the basic authentication service expects, we will send the username and password in the body of our request formatted as JSON.

Our authentication class implements the AuthenticationProviderInterface and is announced in json_web_token.services.yml as follows:

services: authentication.json_web_token: class: Drupal\json_web_token\Authentication\Provider\JsonAuthenticationProvider arguments: ['@config.factory', '@user.auth', '@flood', '@entity.manager'] tags: - { name: authentication_provider, provider_id: 'json_authentication_provider', priority: 100 }

The interface states that we have to implement two methods, applies and authenticate:

public function applies(Request $request) { $content = json_decode($request->getContent()); return isset($content->username, $content->password) && !empty($content->username) && !empty($content->password); }

Here we define when the authenticator should be applied. So our requirement is that the JSON that is posted contains a username and password. In all other cases this authenticator can be skipped. Every authenticator service you define will always be called by Drupal. Therefore, it is very important that you define your conditions for applying the authentication service.

public function authenticate(Request $request) { $flood_config = $this->configFactory->get('user.flood'); $content = json_decode($request->getContent()); $username = $content->username; $password = $content->password; // Flood protection: this is very similar to the user login form code. // @see \Drupal\user\Form\UserLoginForm::validateAuthentication() // Do not allow any login from the current user's IP if the limit has been // reached. Default is 50 failed attempts allowed in one hour. This is // independent of the per-user limit to catch attempts from one IP to log // in to many different user accounts. We have a reasonably high limit // since there may be only one apparent IP for all users at an institution. if ($this->flood->isAllowed(json_authentication_provider.failed_login_ip', $flood_config->get('ip_limit'), $flood_config->get('ip_window'))) { $accounts = $this->entityManager->getStorage('user') ->loadByProperties(array('name' => $username, 'status' => 1)); $account = reset($accounts); if ($account) { if ($flood_config->get('uid_only')) { // Register flood events based on the uid only, so they apply for any // IP address. This is the most secure option. $identifier = $account->id(); } else { // The default identifier is a combination of uid and IP address. This // is less secure but more resistant to denial-of-service attacks that // could lock out all users with public user names. $identifier = $account->id() . '-' . $request->getClientIP(); } // Don't allow login if the limit for this user has been reached. // Default is to allow 5 failed attempts every 6 hours. if ($this->flood->isAllowed('json_authentication_provider.failed_login_user', $flood_config->get('user_limit'), $flood_config->get('user_window'), $identifier)) { $uid = $this->userAuth->authenticate($username, $password); if ($uid) { $this->flood->clear('json_authentication_provider.failed_login_user', $identifier); return $this->entityManager->getStorage('user')->load($uid); } else { // Register a per-user failed login event. $this->flood->register('json_authentication_provider.failed_login_user', $flood_config->get('user_window'), $identifier); } } } } // Always register an IP-based failed login event. $this->flood->register('json_authentication_provider.failed_login_ip', $flood_config->get('ip_window')); return []; }

Here we mostly reimplemented the authentication functionality of the basic authorization service, with the difference that we read the data from a JSON format. This code logs the user into the Drupal application. All the extra code is flood protection.

Getting the JWT token

To get the JWT token we leveraged the REST module, and created a new rest resource plugin. We could have used the endpoint the module already provides, but we prefer to create all our endpoints with a version in it. We defined the plugin with the following annotation:

/** * Provides a resource to get a JWT token. * * @RestResource( * id = "token_rest_resource", * label = @Translation("Token rest resource"), * uri_paths = { * "canonical" = "/api/v1/token", * "https://www.drupal.org/link-relations/create" = "/api/v1/token" * } * ) */

The uri_paths are the most important part of this annotation. By setting both the canonical and the weird looking Drupal.org keys, we are able to set a fully custom path for our endpoint. That allows us to set the version of our API in the URI like this: /api/v1/token. This way we can easily roll out new versions of our API and clearly communicate about deprecating older versions.

Our class extends the ResourceBase class provided by the REST module. We only implemented a post method in our class, as we only want this endpoint to handle posts.

public function post() { if($this->currentUser->isAnonymous()){ $data['message'] = $this->t("Login failed. If you don't have an account register. If you forgot your credentials please reset your password."); }else{ $data['message'] = $this->t('Login succeeded'); $data['token'] = $this->generateToken(); } return new ResourceResponse($data); } /** * Generates a new JWT. */ protected function generateToken() { $token = new JsonWebToken(); $event = new JwtAuthIssuerEvent($token); $this->eventDispatcher->dispatch(JwtAuthIssuerEvents::GENERATE, $event); $jwt = $event->getToken(); return $this->transcoder->encode($jwt, array()); }

The generateToken method is a custom method where we leverage the JWT module to get us a token that we can return. 
 
We do not return a JSON object directly. We return a response in the form of an array. This is a very handy feature of the REST module, because you can choose the formats of your endpoint using the interface in Drupal. So you could easily return any other supported format like xml, JSON or hal_json. For this example, we chose hal_json. 

Drupal has some built-in security measures for non-safe methods. The only safe methods are HEAD, GET, OPTIONS and TRACE. We are implementing a non-safe method, so we have to take into account the following things:

  • When the app does a post it also needs to send a X-CSRF-Token in the header to avoid cross site request forgery. This token can be gotten from /session/token endpoint.
  • In case of a POST we also need to set the Content-type request header to “application/hal+json” on top of the query parameter “_format=hal_json”.
Putting things together

The only thing left is to enable our endpoint through the interface that the rest modules provides on /admin/config/services/rest.

As you can see, we’ve configured our token endpoint with our custom json_authentication_provider service and it is available in hal_json and json formats.

Calling the endpoint in our React Native application The login component

Our login component contain two input fields and a button.

this.setState({username})} placeholderTextColor="#FFF" style={styles.input} /> this.setState({password})} style={styles.input} /> this.login({ username: this.state.username, password: this.state.password })} > Get Started

When we click the login button we trigger the login action that is defined in our bindActions function.

function bindActions(dispatch) { return { login: (username, password) => dispatch(login(username, password)), }; }

The login action is defined in our auth.js:

import type { Action } from './types'; import axios from 'react-native-axios'; export const LOGIN = 'LOGIN'; export function login(username, password):Action { var jwt = ''; var endpoint = "https://example.com/api/v1/token?_format=hal_json"; return { type: LOGIN, payload: axios({ method: 'post', url: endpoint, data: { username: username, password: password, jwt: jwt, }, headers: { 'Content-Type':'application/hal+json', 'X-CSRF-Token':'V5GBdzli7IvPCuRjMqvlEC4CeSeXgufl4Jx3hngZYRw' } }) } }

In this example, we set the X-CSRF-token fixed to keep it simple. Normally you would get this first. We’ve also used the react-native-axios package to handle our post. This action will return a promise. If you use the promise and thunk middleware in your Redux Store you can set up your reducer in the following way.

import type { Action } from '../actions/types'; import { LOGIN_PENDING, LOGOUT} from '../actions/auth'; import { REHYDRATE } from 'redux-persist/constants'; export type State = { fetching: boolean, isLoggedIn: boolean, username:string, password:string, jwt: string, error: boolean, } const initialState = { fetching: false, username: '', password: '', error: null, } export default function (state:State = initialState, action:Action): State { switch (action.type) { case "LOGIN_PENDING": return {...state, fetching: true} case "LOGIN_REJECTED": return {...state, fetching: false, error: action.payload} case "LOGIN_FULFILLED": return {...state, fetching: false, isLoggedIn: true, jwt:action.payload.data.token} case "REHYDRATE": var incoming = action.payload.myReducer if (incoming) return {...state, ...incoming, specialKey: processSpecial(incoming.specialKey)} return state default: return state; } }

The reducer will be able to act on the different action types of the promise:

  • LOGIN_PENDING: Allows you to change the state of your component so you could implement a loader while it is trying to get the token.
  • LOGIN_REJECTED: When the attempt fails you could give a notification why it failed.
  • LOGIN_FULFILLED: When the attempt succeeds you have the token and set the state to logged in.

So once we had implemented all of this, we had an iOS and Android app that actually used a Drupal 8 site as it main content store.

Following this example, you should be all set up to deliver tailored content to your users on whichever platform they may be.

The purpose of this article was to demonstrate how effective Drupal 8 can be as a source for your upcoming iOS or Android application.
 

Useful resources:

 

More articles by our Dropsolid Technical Leads, strategist and marketeers? Check them out here.

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Elevated Third: Recorded Webinar: A Decoupled Drupal Story

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:30
Recorded Webinar: A Decoupled Drupal Story Recorded Webinar: A Decoupled Drupal Story Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:30

We teamed up with Acquia to present “A Decoupled Drupal Story: Powdr Gives Developers Ultimate Flexibility To Build Best CX Possible.” The webinar aired in June but you can view the recording here anytime.

As the internet and web-connected devices continue to evolve, so do the needs to develop and render content. Given today’s rate of change, organizations are using decoupled architecture to build applications - giving them flexibility to accommodate any device or experience.

In this session, we’ll cover Powdr, a ski resort holding company. To give its developers the freedom to use the right front-end tools needed for any given use case, Powdr built its 17 ski resort websites on one decoupled Drupal platform. Join Elevated Third, Hoorooh Digital and Acquia to learn:

  • How a custom Drupal 8 solution cut implementation time in half vs Drupal 7

  • The ease in which Drupal 8’s internal REST API can be extended to fit a client's needs

  • The details of handling non-Drupal application routing on Acquia's servers

 

If you are considering a decoupled Drupal implementation, let’s talk.

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David Lohmeyer's Blog: Clean up database pollution from the migrate Drupal module

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:29

I'm working on a large, complex migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 right now. One thing I noticed is that the migrate modules pollute the database with an unreal number of tables which allow migrations to be re-run, etc. Well if you don't need that, here's how to remove these tables. Currently the migrate modules don't clean up after themselves. Put this in a custom module or PHP script that has bootstrapped Drupal. Note this code only works in Drupal 8. Shown is a .install file for a custom module. If you uninstall the custom module, it will run the cleanup:

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Elevated Third: Elevated Third Ranks No. 1 Among Denver’s Best Places to Work

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:20
Elevated Third Ranks No. 1 Among Denver’s Best Places to Work Elevated Third Ranks No. 1 Among Denver’s Best Places to Work Nate Gengler Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:20

The Denver Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” awards wrapped up with Elevated Third landing the top spot in the “Workplace Wellness” category for small companies. The category recognizes Denver employers with an outstanding commitment to employee well-being.

 As a business practice, committing to employee wellness means that everyone is operating at their highest capacity. When our minds are fresh to focus on the task at hand, we can crank out the best work possible.

 Striking the ideal work-life balance is central to our culture. Where some agencies expect employees to work nights and weekends at the drop of a hat, we are committed to respecting employees’ time beyond the office and staying true to a 40 hour work week.

 We believe that when employees feel valued beyond the output of their work, the workplace is a more positive and productive environment.

Outside of the office, the Elevated Third team is covered with 3 weeks of Paid Time Off, a subsidized gym membership, a $1,500 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), and an RTD ecopass. 

In the office, we are surrounded by a work environment that stimulates creativity and keeps spirits high. Office dogs can be found roaming the hallways, the kitchen is stocked with goodies of a (mostly) healthy variety, and our location on the top floor of the Denver Masonic Building provides plenty of sunlight and the occasional summer breeze.

We are incredibly proud to be recognized among Denver’s best places to work. Joining our fellow recipients, we believe this commitment to workplace wellness makes Denver a better place to live, work, and do business.

 

Interested in joining the team? Have a look at our open positions

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Valuebound: How to hide Order ID from commerce checkout process in Drupal 8

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:51

In Drupal, many a time we come across a situation where we want to hide certain URL part from end users.

To achieve this we often use Drupal modules like Pathauto to hide node IDs, taxonomy IDs from URL and replacing them with some patterns (eg. Titles).

The above scenario can not be achieved for Drupal commerce checkout flow(URLs) as the Drupal modules like PathAuto do not support this. To achieve this in Drupal 7 we often used one of the following ways mentioned below:

  • Commerce Checkout Paths Module.

  • Combination of…

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I Fix Drupal: After Reverting a Feature Module Profile2 Field Values Are Deleted

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:12
I recently gave an outline of this problem over in the Drupal community here:https://www.drupal.org/node/1316874#comment-12136170 But I thought it would be interesting to make a more technical post on the subject, so here it is.
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DataSmith: Setting up BLT with Reservoir

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:09
Setting up BLT with Reservoir

Yesterday, Acquia open sourced Reservoir, a new distribution designed for building headless Drupal instances.  The Reservoir team provided a composer project command for setting up a Reservoir instance easily, but it doesn't bundle a VM.  Fortunately, making BLT work with Reservoir isn't difficult.  There are, though, a few steps to be aware of.

To get started, run the composer project to build a new BLT instance.

composer create-project --no-interaction acquia/blt-project MY_PROJECT

Once that completes, you need to add reservoir and (optionally) remove the lightning distro

composer require acquia/reservoir

composer remove acquia/lightning

Next, update the blt/project.yml file.  The key changes you'll want to make here (beyond setting a new project prefix, etc) are a) changing the distro from ligthning to reservoir and b) removing views_ui from the modules:enable list for local environments.*  An excerpt of my git diff for this file looks like...

profile:
-    name: lightning
+    name: reservoir
local:
-    enable: [dblog, devel, seckit, views_ui]
+    enable: [dblog, devel, seckit]

Once that's done, continue with the BLT setup process from Step 4 (assuming you want to use Drupal VM. Step 5 otherwise).

 

* If you don't remove views_ui, the world won't explode or anything, but when you run blt setup you'll get errors reported like the ones below:

blt > setup:toggle-modules:
    [drush] dblog is already enabled.                                                   [ok]
    [drush] The following extensions will be enabled: devel, seckit, views_ui, views
    [drush] Do you really want to continue? (y/n): y
    [drush] Argument 1 passed to                                                     [error]
    [drush] Drupal\Core\Config\Entity\ConfigEntityBase::calculatePluginDependencies()
    [drush] must implement interface
    [drush] Drupal\Component\Plugin\PluginInspectionInterface, null given, called
    [drush] in /var/www/mrpink/docroot/core/modules/views/src/Entity/View.php on
    [drush] line 281 and defined PluginDependencyTrait.php:29
    [drush] E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR encountered; aborting. To ignore recoverable         [error]
    [drush] errors, run again with --no-halt-on-error
    [drush] Drush command terminated abnormally due to an unrecoverable error.       [error]
[phingcall] /Users/barrett.smith/Desktop/mrpink/./vendor/acquia/blt/phing/tasks/setup.xml:370:8: /Users/barrett.smith/Desktop/mrpink/./vendor/acquia/blt/phing/tasks/setup.xml:374:12: /Users/barrett.smith/Desktop/mrpink/./vendor/acquia/blt/phing/tasks/setup.xml:377:69: Drush exited with code 255
[phingcall] /Users/barrett.smith/Desktop/mrpink/./vendor/acquia/blt/phing/tasks/setup.xml:350:45: Execution of the target buildfile failed. Aborting.

BUILD FAILED/Users/barrett.smith/Desktop/mrpink/./vendor/acquia/blt/phing/tasks/local-sync.xml:12:30: Execution of the target buildfile failed. Aborting.
; 2 minutes  37.24 seconds

 

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Drupal Association blog: Growing community in Moldova

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:03

This guest blog post is from Drupal Moldova's Association (not affiliated with Drupal Association). Get a glimpse of what is happening in Moldova's community and how you can get involved.

Drupal Moldova Association’s mission is to promote Drupal CMS and Open Source technologies in Moldova, and to grow and sustain the local community by organising Events, Camps, Schools, Drupal meetups and various Drupal and Open Source related trainings, and by establishing partnerships with Companies, the Government, and NGO’s.

Come and share your expertise in Moldova at our events! We're looking for international speakers to speak about Drupal and open source.

Among DMA’s (short for Drupal Moldova Association) numerous commitments, the following are of special importance:

  • to gather the community around Drupal and Open Source technologies;

  • to train students and professionals who want to learn and work with Drupal;

  • to organise events to keep the community engaged and motivated to improve, learn, and share experience;

  • to make sure Drupal is accessible to everyone by offering scholarships to those who can't afford our programs;

  • to elaborate a well defined program that helps students learn Drupal, acquire enough knowledge to get accepted for internships by IT companies, and be able to build Drupal powered websites;  

  • to assist new IT companies in establishing a local office, promote themselves, collaborate with other companies, and connect with the local Drupal community by giving them the opportunity to support our projects.

Over the last 5 years, we have been dedicated to achieving our goals! DMA have organized over 20 projects and events, including Drupal Global Training Days, Drupal Schools, and the regional DrupalCamp -- Moldcamp. Our projects have gathered over 700 local and international participants and speakers, and more than 15 International Companies that have supported us during these years (FFW, Adyax, IP Group, Intellix, Endava and many others).

Moldova is rich in great developers and people driven to take initiative and to grow and place the country on the world map. We are aiming to go beyond our limits and have a bigger impact in the year (‘17-’18), therefore we have created a yearly plan that contains projects similar to those we have done in the past years, as well as new and exciting ones:

  • Drupal School (3 step program), starting with Drupal School 8 plus PHP (step 1):  Drupal School is an educational program - split into 2 months, 25 courses of different levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).Drupal School aims to introduce people to Drupal 8 and PHP, and help them become Drupal professionals;

  • Moldcamp 2017: Sep - Oct 2017. A regional DrupalCamp that gathers around 150 Drupal professionals, enthusiasts, beginners and any-Drupal-related-folk in one place for knowledge-sharing, presentations, networking, etc. We will announce the event soon and allow speaker registration. Please follow us and don’t miss out on the opportunity;

  • Drupal Global Training Day: Dec 1-2. A one-day workshop that has the purpose of introducing people to Drupal, both code and community.

  • Drupal Meetups: These are organized each month and they allow our community to be active and share knowledge.

  • Tech Pizza: - Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec. A bi-monthly event, where the ICT community can gather in a casual and an informal environment around a pizza and  soda and discuss the latest IT trends and news. The core of this event is a speaker / invitee from abroad with a domain of expertise;

  • Moldova Open Source Conference: March 2018. It is a regional conference for over 200 participants that aims to gather all the Open Source Communities (Wordpress, Laravel, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, etc.) under one roof, where they will attend sessions that enhance the expertise of existing experts in various Open Source technologies and allow them to mix their technologies into new ideas.

The proposed program “Drupal and Open Source in Moldova 2017 - 2018” is made possible through the support of USAID and the Swedish Government. Thanks to these organizations we can focus on the quality of our projects make sure they happen as planned. Also, we have a very important partnership with Tekwill / Tekwill Academy, which helps us even more in our quests.

We start with School of Drupal 8 plus PHP program, which will be held on 19th of June 2017. So far we have 3 sponsors--IPGroup, Adyax and Intellix--and two trainers.

We, The DMA, believe in pushing the limits! Our long term goal is to build and maintain big an active Open Source community by attracting more local and International participants to our Projects and Events, and continuously improve our sessions. This will make our presence felt in the global Drupal and Open Source communities and markets. Find us on Twitter @drupalmoldova, or on our Facebook page. If you are interested in speaking in Moldova, contact us at info@drupalmoldova.org.

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Percona Live 2017 Blog Post: ProxySQL as a Failover Option for Drupal

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:41

One of the more interesting products to hit the spotlight at this year's Percona Live Open Source Database conference was ProxySQL.

This open source MySQL proxy server has been around for a couple of years now and keeps adding more features. The current release (1.3.6) has the usual features that you would expect from a proxy server, like load balancing and failover support, but ProxySQL also has database specific features like a query cache and query routing.

Tags: acquia drupal planet
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Amazee Labs: Submit your Site Building Session to DrupalCon Vienna

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:19
Submit your Site Building Session to DrupalCon Vienna

DrupalCon Vienna will be taking place end of September this year. The site building track is about letting Drupal do the hard work without needing to write code. By assembling the right modules and configurations we can create rich and complex features, without worrying about reinventing the wheel and write complex logic and code.

Josef Dabernig Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:19

Sounds great, right? As excited as I am for helping to put together the program for the site building track, I would like to share a few session ideas, which might be worth submitting. If you have never submitted a session for DrupalCon, this might be a good opportunity to give it a try:  

Showcases will let others learn from how you built your last exciting Drupal 8 project. Talking points can include which approaches you took, lessons you learnt from working on the project, and what fellow site builders should know when tackling similar problems.

Module presentations are a great way to explain and highlight best practice solutions. How do you choose from the various competing site building tools available to address problems like layout management, workflows or content modelling? Are the same solutions from Drupal 7 still valid, or what are the latest experiences you've had whilst building Drupal 8 sites and how could this be further developed and enhanced in the future?

Process descriptions are welcome to help us figure out how site building can best fill the gap between end users, content editors, developers, UX designers and anyone else involved in Drupal web projects. How do you involve your customers and explain site building to them? What does a developer need from a site builder and where do those practices blend? 

Outside perspectives are also welcomed to learn how problems can be solved the site builder’s way in related web technologies.

Together with Hernâni Borges de Freitas and Dustin Boeger, we are looking forward to reviewing your exciting and interesting applications. If you aren’t sure what to present, feel free to get in touch via the contact form on my Drupal.org profile or Twitter.

Thanks for submitting your session by June 28, 23:59 CEST.

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ComputerMinds.co.uk: Help Drupal help your configuration

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00

Define a schema for any bespoke configuration, it's not too hard. It's needed to make it translatable, but Drupal 8 will also validate your config against it so it's still handy on non-translatable sites. As a schema ensures your configuration is valid, your code, or Drupal itself, can trip up without one. Set up a schema and you avoid those problems, and get robust validation for free. Hopefully my example YAML shows how it can be quite simple to do.

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Cheppers blog: On Being Human at DrupalCon Vienna - Call for Papers closes in a week

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:09

Around two years ago, when the launch of Drupal 8 was just around the corner and the main topic of concern was the status of the issue queue, the Drupal community slowly started murmuring about a topic outside of technical solutions and patches. As a result, a brand new DrupalCon track was introduced - Being Human. Our COO, Zsófi is the Being Human local track chair at DrupalCon Vienna - this is her Call for Papers.

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Appnovation Technologies: PHP Speakers Wanted For DrupalCon Vienna 2017

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:43
PHP Speakers Wanted For DrupalCon Vienna 2017 On 28th June (23:59 Vienna local time (GMT +2)) session submissions will close for DrupalCon Vienna 2017 and we're looking for more great speakers. After volunteering on the Core Conversation track team last year, I am now helping the PHP track team find and select sessions for this year's European conference. As PHP the foundation for...
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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: DrupalCon sessions about DevOps

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:55
Last time, we gathered together DrupalCon Baltimore sessions about Front End. Before that, we explored the area of Site Building, Drupal Showcase, Coding and Development, Project Management and Case Studies. And that was not our last stop. This time, we looked at sessions that were presented in the area of DevOps. 100% Observability by Jason Yee from Datadog In this session, the author broke down the expansive monitoring landscape into 5 categories and provided a framework to help users ensure full coverage. He also touched why these categories are important to users business and shared the… READ MORE
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Commerce Guys: Drupal Commerce integration with Square payments released

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 19:41

Square's pitch is pretty straightforward: accept payments anywhere, no coding required. They nailed this first through their simple phone based card readers and their slick in-store tablet interface. They also made it easy to process all major credit cards, guaranteeing deposits as soon as the next business day.

They're now rolling out their same great support for merchants online with the steady release of open APIs for eCommerce applications. With our recently released Commerce Square module for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, you can now pitch Drupal Commerce to existing Square customers in your area.

Thus far we integrate their payment APIs for full checkout and administrative support in Commerce 1.x and 2.x. We're working with Square to integrate new APIs as they become available in pursuit of our vision to enable the turnkey creation of online stores for Square merchants using Drupal Commerce.

Among the module's primary benefits, especially when used in conjunction with Square for retail sales, are:

  • You can sell online, and in person, with all of your sales in one place. Integrating your physical and online retail operations will ultimately simplify the management of your business.
  • Accept all major cards, (including Apple Pay and Android Pay in-store) and pay one simple rate per tap, dip, or swipe. (Note: Square also offers custom rates for qualifying stores processing over $250k annually.)
  • Integration is simple and seamless for Drupal Commerce on both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. (Look for new features to come into the D8 branch first and be backported, as additional contributed modules may be required to make up for core features that were added in Commerce 2.x.)

Square’s eCommerce API is on the bleeding edge of integration technology, making PCI compliance easy; customer credit card information never touches your website, so you don’t need to worry or complete a single checklist. Each component of the payment method form is an embedded iframe hosted on Square's server and returns a payment token identifier used to capture payment. We actually designed the Commerce 2.x checkout form to treat these types of payment methods as first class citizens, so expect the integration to just work.

Sign up for Square and get free processing on your first $5,000 in sales.

As part of our module launch effort, Square has teamed up with us to offer free processing on your first $5,000 in sales. If you or one of your customers are interested in learning more, review the offer details here and hit us up in the issue queue if you run into any problems!

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Acquia Developer Center Blog: Introducing Reservoir, a Distribution for Decoupling Drupal

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:51

Reservoir is an experimental Drupal distribution that is an exceptional starting point for any decoupled Drupal implementation. It is also designed to on-board developers of all backgrounds: a decoupled Drupal distribution and optimal back end for every developer.

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Drupal core announcements: Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 04:32
Start:  2017-06-21 12:00 America/New_York Organizers:  xjm Event type:  Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, June 21.

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 stable feature release on this date. The next window for a Drupal core patch (bug fix) release for all branches is Wednesday, July 05. The next scheduled minor (feature) release for Drupal 8 will be on Wednesday, October 5.

For more information on Drupal core release windows, see the documentation on release timing and security releases, and the discussion that led to this policy being implemented.

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fluffy.pro. Drupal Developer's blog: Drupal tester: docker image for testing Drupal projects

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:19
Recently I set out to make a simple instrument for running simpletest tests without having LAMP stack installed on your local environment. I needed this for two reasons:
  1. for running tests locally
  2. for running tests on CI server
I've decided to use Docker and create monolith container with Drupal and all the LAMP stuff inside and here what I've got: docker-tester.
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Evolving Web: Migrating Content Translated with "Content Translation" from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:55

Since the release of Drupal 8 with a standardized way of managing translations, many sites running Drupal 7 are making a switch to Drupal 8. In Drupal 7 there are two ways to translate content:

  1. Using the content_translation module. The D7 core way of translating content, where every translation is a separate node.
  2. Using the entity_translation module. Maintains one node with a unique nid, while translations take place at the field level.

In this article we will discuss how to migrate content translations created with the content_translation module from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. You can find our tutorial about migrating translations that use Entity Translation here.

This article would not have been possible without the help of my colleague Dave. ¡Gracias Dave!

The problem

We have a Drupal 7 database containing article nodes, which might have translations in English, Spanish and French. Some of these nodes are language-neutral, i.e. non-translatable. Our target is to migrate the Drupal 7 nodes into a Drupal 8 website, preserving the translations.

Before we start
  • Since this is an advanced migration topic, it is assumed you already know the basics of migration. If are new to migrations in Drupal 8, I recommend that you read about migrating basic data to Drupal 8 first.
  • If you'd like to run the migrations in this example yourself, see the quick-start documentation in our drupal migration i18n example repository.
  • The source website used in this example is Drupal 7.54.
  • The destination website used in this example is Drupal 8.3.x. However, an alternative solution for earlier versions is included towards the end of the article.
The module

To write the migrations, we create a module - in our case, migrate_example_i18n. There's nothing special about the module declaration, except for the dependencies:

  • migrate_plus and migrate_tools provide various features for defining and executing migrations.
  • migrate_source_csv: Will be used for demonstrating migration of translated content from non-Drupal sources in an upcoming article.
  • migrate_drupal: This module provides tools for migrating data from older versions of Drupal. It comes with Drupal 8.x core. Since this migration uses a Drupal 7 site as a source for its data, we need the migrate_drupal module.
How do translations work?

    Before jumping into writing these migrations, it is important to mention that Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 translations work very differently. Here's the difference in a nutshell:

    • Drupal 7: When we translate a node, a new node is created with a different ID. This translated node has a property named tnid, which stores the ID of the original node, linking the two nodes together. For language-neutral or untranslated content, the tnid is set to 0.
    • Drupal 8: When we translate a node, no new node is created! The translation is saved in the fields of the original node, but with a different language code.

    So just like we do when migrating translated content from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, we create two migrations:

    • The example_dog_base migration will migrate the original content of each node, untranslated.
    • The example_dog_i18n migration will migrate only translations and associate them with original content created by example_dog_base.

    We group the two migrations using the example_dog migration group to keep things clean and organized. Then we can execute both migrations with drush migrate-import --group=example_dog --update.

    Step 1: Base migration

    We start with example_dog_base to migrate all base data or non-translations. Described below are some noteworthy parameters:

    Source source: plugin: d7_node node_type: article key: drupal_7_content constants: uid_root: 1 node_article: 'article'
    • plugin: Since we want to import data from a Drupal installation, we need to set the source plugin to d7_node. The d7_node source plugin is introduced by the migrate_drupal, module and it helps us read nodes from a Drupal 7 database without having to write queries manually. Since Drupal 8.3.x, this plugin supports translations created with the content_translation module. If you are using an older version of Drupal 8, then check the alternative solution provided towards the end of this article.
    • node_type: This tells the source plugin that we are interested in just one particular Drupal 7 node type, namely article.
    • key: Our Drupal 7 data doesn't come from our main Drupal 8 database - instead it comes from a secondary database connection. We choose a key to identify each such connection and we need to tell the source which such key to use. The keys themselves are defined in the $databases variable in our settings.php or settings.local.php. See the example settings.local.php file to see how it's done.
    • constants: We define some hard-coded values under this parameter.
    • translations: Notice there is no translations parameter here. The default value (false) tells the source plugin that we're only interested in migrating non-translations, i.e. content in the base language and language-neutral content.
    Destination destination: plugin: 'entity:node'
    • plugin: Since we want to create node entities in Drupal 8, we specify this as entity:node. That's it.
    • translations: Again we do not define the translations parameter while migrating base data. Omitting the parameter tells the destination plugin that we are interested in creating fresh nodes for each record, not translations of existing nodes.
    Process type: constants/node_article langcode: plugin: default_value source: language default_value: und uid: constants/uid_root title: title body: body field_one_liner: field_one_liner sticky: sticky status: status promote: promote

    This is where we map the old node properties to the new node properties. Most of the properties have been assigned as is, without alteration, however, some noteworthy properties have been discussed below:

    • nidThere is no nid parameter here, because we don't care what nid each new node has in Drupal 8. Drupal can just assign a new nid to each node in the normal way.
    • type: We specify that we want to create article nodes.
    • langcode: The langcode parameter was formerly language in Drupal 7, so we rename it here. Also, if a Drupal 7 node is language-neutral, the language property will have no value. In that case,  we default to und.

    This takes care of the base data. If we run this migration with drush migrate-import example_hybrid_base --update, all Drupal 7 nodes which are in base language or are language-neutral will be migrated into Drupal 8.

    Step 2: Translation migration

    We are halfway through now! All that's missing is migrating translations of the nodes we migrated above. To do this, we create another migration with the ID example_dog_i18n:

    source: plugin: d7_node node_type: article translations: true # ... destination: plugin: 'entity:node' translations: true process: nid: plugin: migration source: tnid migration: example_dog_base langcode: language # ... migration_dependencies: required: - example_dog_base
    • source:
      • translations: We set this to true to make the source plugin read only translations.
    • destination:
      • translations: We set this to true to make the destination plugin create translations for existing nodes instead of creating fresh new nodes.
    • process:
      • nid: In this case, we do care what the Drupal 8 nid is for each node. It has to match the nid for the untranslated version of this content, so that Drupal can add a translation to the correct node. This section uses the migration (migration_lookup) process plugin to figure out the right nid. It tells Drupal to check the previously-executed example_hybrid_base migration for a D6 node that has the same tnid as this D6 node. It will then then reuse the resulting nid here.
      • langcode: We define the language in which the translation should be created.
    • migration_dependencies: Since we cannot add translations to nodes that do not yet exist, we tell Drupal that this migration depends on the base migration example_dog_base. That way, the base migration will run before this migration.

    That's it! We can run our translation migration with drush migrate-import example_dog_i18n --update and the translations will be imported into Drupal 8. Alternatively, we can use the migration group we defined to run both these migrations at once - the base migration will automatically be executed first and then the i18n migration. Here's how the output should look:

    $ drush migrate-import --group=example_dog --update Processed 7 items (7 created, 0 updated, 0 failed, 0 ignored) - done with 'example_dog_base' Processed 7 items (7 created, 0 updated, 0 failed, 0 ignored) - done with 'example_dog_i18n'

    You can check if everything went alright by clicking the Translate option for any translated node in Drupal 8. If everything went correctly, you should see that the node exists in the original language and has one or more translations.

    Article migrated from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

    Alternate Solution for Drupal 8.2.x and Older

    The example code for this article works out of the box with Drupal 8.3 or higher. However, it will not work with earlier versions of Drupal 8. For Drupal 8.2 or older, we need to use a custom source plugin (inspired by the d6_node plugin). All we have to do is use the D7NodeContnentTranslation source plugin included in the code for this example, like source: d7_node_content_translation. This custom source plugin adds support for the translations parameter, which in turn makes the migration of content translations work correctly.

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