I Humbly Offer A Drupal 8.1.x Development Process


Here are some ideals I'd like to see in Drupal core development:

  • There is a process by which the quality of Drupal can improve.
  • Non-coders can participate in planning.
  • Maintainers have a well-understood reason for saying, "No."
  • Everyone can do a better job of estimating their real level of participation in core development.
  • Time is structured such that we respect the time and effort of others.

I want to talk about that last one: Everyone's time and effort is valued.

Drush, The Tool You Love But Hate To Manage

You need Drush.

I need Drush to work on Pantheon. Pantheon's documentation states that they only support Drush 5, and since it's not my data I'm managing but my clients', that's what I have to use.

In fact, it's annoying to work with Drush. That is, the magic stuff it does when you use it isn't annoying and is quite useful. But keeping all the versions you need for all the different use-cases is what's quite annoying.

Install A Drupal 8 Module With Composer

Just a heads-up of a proof-of-concept I did.

Here's a github repo for the page_example module from examples. I've added a composer.json file which requires symfony/console (arbitrarily), and composer/installer (to make it work): https://github.com/paul-m/composer-drupal-module

I then made a packagist.org entry for it: https://packagist.org/packages/mile23/page-example

Big Generator

You know what an array is? Well there's Iterators and they act like arrays, only they're objects. And you can make a function that acts like an Iterator object, and that's a Generator.

OK then. We're done.

Wait, not done? OK.

Read on.

Way-Too Basic Overview Of Drupal Contribution

Last week I gave a short talk at the Seattle PHP User Group. This meeting: http://www.meetup.com/seaphp/events/197182452/

The topic was contributing to open source projects. We had a talk from Jeremy Lindblom about how to do a pull request and other basic tools, and a talk from Kris Craig about contributing to PHP itself.

I tried to illustrate how the issue/patch process works on Drupal.org. Not sure how well I succeeded. :-)

Here's my Google doc my slide deck for any who are interested:

Some Rules

Some Context

In internet communities, there is often a question of how to deal with someone who is consistently rude or mean or troll-ish or what-have-you.

It's similar to having 'difficult' people in the workplace.

And it's also similar to the notion that sexism or other bigotry in the community leads to lack of diversity, because who wants to be around bigots?

These issues are different iterations of the same thing, with the third having a larger social scope.


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