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Drupal 8 progress from my / MongoDB perspective: update #28

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2014-08-04 22:13

The standard mechanism for backend-aware service overrides is in and these services are already tagged. We have agreed on how to transfer data from one backend to another and my sandbox contains the first getTransferIterator implementation for config with more to follow.

OOP developer experience: snap to grid

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2014-08-03 05:47

After writing my first Drupal 8 contrib module I have a new appreciation. Let me try to explain. It is certainly possible to write a letter on an empty sheet of paper but achieving tidy results is quite a lot easier if it's a lined sheet. In Drupal 7, the code flow in general is calling a function, getting an array, manipulating the array and passing it to another function. Pretty much anything goes. In Drupal 8, you are handed an object and the object has methods.

Drupal 8 progress from my / MongoDB perspective: update #27

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2014-07-14 22:53

There hasn't been an update for some time now; things have quieted down a bit, I am mostly just writing drivers now (and coach people on migrate). MongoDB module caught up with the latest config changes and so the module works again. Migrate bugfixing moves along steadily with more and more people actually trying it and fixing bugs, hurray!

Prejudices

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2014-07-07 10:23

At Szeged, I asked a female Drupal contributor in Hungarian (I'm glad she did not understand) what was up with the coffee maker, because I readily presumed she was staff.
I saw one of the female geek role models at Austin with her baby. I got confused for a second, because apparently I think the übergeek and mother roles can't overlap.
On IRC, I almost said "Wow, that's impressive from a girl.".

Easier configuration development for Drupal 8

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2014-07-06 22:56

With config_devel, when you are editing a migration, you can just enter the name of the file being edited at admin/config/config_devel and on every request the module will check for changes and import the file into the active storage. The other direction works as well: say you are working on a contrib module and have a view. Provide the path of the file (this time in the auto export box) and on every change Drupal will automatically export. Once satisfied, just commit.

Double theta to compute delta

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2014-07-03 17:21

We are denormalizing into a field past migration; while usually I freak out writing directly to the field tables in this case it's justified because it's a custom module (never do this in contrib) and also because we are well aware of what does not happen when you do that (pluggable field storage and hooks). With that said, we have a query that roughly looks like this:

INSERT INTO {field_data_field_denorm_data}
(entity_type, bundle, deleted, entity_id, revision_id, language, delta, field_denorm_data_target_id)
SELECT 'user', 'user', 0, field1, field1, 'und', ????????????, field2

Reminder

Submitted by nk on Sat, 2014-06-14 22:14

Sticks and stones may break my bones
But words will never harm me.

Drupal 8 security and me

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2014-05-20 21:11

Summary: if you are working on a core patch which smells like it might be security related please let me know and I will review.

Meanwhile, I am working on switching twig autoescape on -- it is now declared a beta blocker. Help is warmly appreciated, please contact me.

How to crash your site

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2014-04-23 06:14

I got a desperate call about a site being down, this is ordinary for me (advertisment: you can contact me if it happens to you). But the error I saw was new to me. This is surprising -- I have thought I have seen it all and then some. The modules/views/includes/plugins.inc was fataling about the function views_include not existing. At first I thought opcache went south cos how on earth could an include be loaded when the module isn't?? But it wasn't opcache.

The Simpletest sprint six years ago

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2014-04-22 05:14

As the Simpletest sprint in Paris was exactly six years ago I feel it's a good time to remind the community how and why Simpletest was chosen especially in the light of the Simpletest hate lately. At that time we had almost no tests (compared to the massive test battery today with over 68 000 asserts) and it was paramount to allow anyone to be able to write and run tests. Drupal in 2008 was not really API driven and so we needed browser based testing.

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