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Websolutions Agency: What's New in Drupal 8.7
What's New in Drupal 8.7 Drupal 8.7 was released couple of days ago on May 1, 2019. As you might know, new features are added with each minor release of Drupal 8 (e.g. between 8.6 and 8.7) which occur in 6-month intervals. Originally 8.7 was supposed to be released in March 2019. But the timing of Drupal's releases has historically occurred 1-2 months before Symfony's releases, which forces Drupal community to wait six months to adopt the latest Symfony release. In order to be able to adopt the latest Symfony releases faster, Drupal community shifted Drupal's minor releases to May and December in a plan to allow adoption of latest Symfony releases within a month. This is penultimate version of Drupal 8, which will be concluded with Drupal 8.8 in December 2019, after which we expect release of Drupal 9 sometime in June next year! Beside bug fixes and dependency updates lets see what new features Drupal 8.7 brings!   Revisions Taxonomy terms and custom menu links are now revisionable, which allows them to take part in editorial workflows which was until now only possible for Content types and Custom blocks.   JSON:API in Core Drupal 8.7 will provide an out-of-the-box JSON:API implementation, marking another major milestone towards making Drupal API-first. Now you will be able to generate an API server that implements the JSON:API specification with zero...
Jacob Rockowitz: Webform module now supports printing PDF documents
ProblemTo be competitive with enterprise form builders, the Webform module for Drupal 8 needs to support the downloading and exporting of submissions as PDF documents, as well as sending PDF documents as email attachments.The Entity Print module does a great job of generating PDF documents from entities and fields, but webform submissions don't use Field API. This limitation has required site builders and developers to create custom Entity Print integrations for the Webform module.SolutionThe Webform module now includes a Webform Entity Print integration module, which handles downloading, exporting, and attaching generated PDF documents. Additionally, the Webform module allows the generated PDF document's header, footer, and CSS to be customized.DemoWhen enabled, Webform Entity Print module automatically displays a "Download PDF" link below all submissions and adds a download "PDF documents" option to the available export formats. Attaching PDF documents to emails requires that you add an "Attachment PDF" element to a webform and then configure email handlers to "Include files as attachments."The below screencast and presentation walks through customizing the PDF link and template, exporting PDF documents, and attaching PDFs to emails.Scratching my own itchAdding PDF support was not a sponsored feature. I wanted the Webform module to support this advanced feature; so I created...
OPTASY: Looking for a Drupal 8 Rating Module? Here Is a Top 5 Flexible and User-Friendly Rating and Review Modules
Looking for a Drupal 8 Rating Module? Here Is a Top 5 Flexible and User-Friendly Rating and Review Modules adriana.cacoveanu Tue, 05/07/2019 - 11:08 Looking for a Drupal 8 rating module that should be:
  easy to install easy to configure easy to use conveniently flexible and user-friendly?
  And maybe you “crave” for some nice-to-have features, as well:
  enabling users to add a short review multiple ratings: enabling users to vote on several aspects of your product/service, such as price, quality, ease of use?
  What are your options? What working (and stable) modules for rating and reviewing are there in Drupal 8?  We've done the research for you, evaluated all the modules for rating in Drupal 8 and come up with a list of 6 best... rated ones:
 
Flocon de toile | Freelance Drupal: Set up a notification system on Drupal 8
For many Drupal 8 projects that have minimal interaction with their users, the need to set up a notification system quickly comes to the forefront. Being notified of a new comment, a response to a comment, a new publication on a particular subject, or a user, are recurring needs. To satisfy this type of need, we are going to talk here about a new module Entity Activity whose sole purpose is to log all types of actions performed, by users, according to their subscriptions, on a project. The Entity Activity module will allow us to generate any type of message, on any type of content entity on the tree main operations of the content life cycle: its creation, its update and its deletion.
Sooper Drupal Themes: Freelancer hiring: 9 Challenges to expect
Freelancing: a growing trend It seems the trend nowadays is for workers to take the freelancing route. With 36% of the U.S. population currently being freelancers, it seems that this trend is slowly gaining traction. But what does this mean for businesses. It seems that hiring freelancers definitely has its benefits, however it also has its challenges. In this article I’m going to talk about the potential drawbacks that come with hiring a freelancer. 1. Hiring the wrong freelancer Hiring the right person for the job is a complicated process even for a regular full-time employee. However, when it comes to hiring a freelancer, the interview should not be the same process as when hiring a full-time employee. Working from home requires a high degree of self-motivation, resourcefulness and self-discipline. On top of that, the freelancer should also be resilient to loneliness, since freelancing usually lacks the same social engagement that a conventional workplace can provide. If the freelancer doesn’t have these qualities, then he is going to be unhappy during the 30-40 hours he is working, which is bad for business and bad for humanity. 2. Too many options After posting a job advertisement a client might be suddenly bombarded with a lot of replies from freelancers who are out to get the gig. But how does the...
CiviCRM Blog: CiviCRM + Drupal 8: The Official Make It Happen
If your organisation uses CiviCRM with Drupal, and would like to do in the future, we need your help!   Over the past few years lots of amazing work has been done on the unofficial Drupal 8 CiviCRM release.
The CiviCRM core team have looked at this and are now in a position to complete the work to make this an official CiviCRM release. This means they will make changes so CiviCRM can easily be installed with Drupal 8 They will ensure CiviCRM works with Views in Drupal 8 Going forward future CiviCRM releases will be tested with Drupal 8 This Make It Happen is raising $25,000 which will be used to complete this work.
Any money raised by the Make It Happen which is not spent on the initial work will be used to support future work on the CiviCRM Drupal 8 integration as needed.    What about Drupal 9? Isn't that being released soon? Both Drupal 7 and 8 are officially supported until November 2021. But the move from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 will not be the same as previous Drupal major updates. It will be much easier to migrate existing sites between Drupal 8 to 9. For more information see https://dri.es/drupal-7-8-and-9. The CiviCRM core team has looked at this and the code changes required to ensure CiviCRM works with Drupal 9 should be minimal. So very importantly this Make It Happen work is also preparation for Drupal 9.   If your...
Amazee Labs: Using Twig with Storybook and Drupal
Using Twig with Storybook and Drupal Using UI pattern libraries in Storybook allow us to build a collection of front end UI components that can be used to build bigger components, even full web pages. However, frontend/backend integrations can be fraught with difficulties. In this piece, I’ll explain our process to make these challenges easy, even when using GraphQL fragments inside Twig templates. Jamie Hollern Mon, 05/06/2019 - 20:54 What Drupal and GraphQL do well At Amazee Labs, we build decoupled web applications using GraphQL and Drupal. We’ll touch on the reasons that we use this approach in this article, but if you’d like to know more, check out these blogs: Introduction to GraphQL Don’t Push it: Using GraphQL in Twig Graph QL with Twig: Questions and Answers Drupal is known for its complex and unwieldy theming and rendering system. Data to be rendered comes from across the system in the form of templates, overrides, preprocess functions and contributed modules such as Panels and Display Suite. Sometimes trying to track down where data is being generated or altered is like a murder mystery.  Thankfully, GraphQL Twig simplifies the situation massively. Each template has an associated GraphQL query fragment that requests the necessary data. This “pull” model (as opposed to Drupal’s normal “...
qed42.com: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUPAL 8.7
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUPAL 8.7 Body Drupal released its latest version - Drupal 8.7.0 on 1st May 2019. The latest version of Drupal 8.7.0 accomplishes tasks like making page layouts, media management and decoupled web experiences easier to manage and deliver, conserving production time and effort and it was recently revealed at DrupalCon Seattle 2019. Core objectives when developing Drupal 8.7 were to: Make Drupal easy for content creators and site builders Make Drupal easy to evaluate and adapt. Keep Drupal impactful and relevant Reduce total cost of ownership for developers and site owners JSON:API at Core:
The latest Drupal 8.7 update includes JSON:API as a part of the Drupal core!  
This makes Drupal an API first platform for building both decoupled and coupled applications. JSON API module exposes the entities as a standards-compliant web API and data can then be pulled from third-party URLs or API’s. JSON:API is designed specifically to minimize both the number of requests and the amount of data transmitted between clients and servers. This efficiency is achieved without compromising readability, flexibility, or discoverability. By enabling the JSON:API module, you can immediately create a full REST API endpoint for every type(content, taxonomy, user, etc.) in your Drupal application. JSON:API inspects your entity...
Promet Source: The Truth about Automated Web Accessibility Testing: It’s Complicated
In a world where global positioning systems appear to have a handle on every square inch of the roads we’re traveling on, doesn’t it seem like there should be automated website accessibility testing tools that function as well as -- if not better -- than manual testing?  The fact is ... it’s complicated.
Drupal Association blog: Make our membership campaign a success
This month, we're running a membership campaign to grow our base of support and connect with more of the Drupal ecosystem. We're challenging you to take one step this month to brighten Drupal's future: invite your colleagues and clients to join the Association for Drupal's future. By building a broader membership base, we're securing a financial future for supporting the Drupal community. A large, global base of members who contribute to sustain the Association are a force! Every member who participates is making an impact and a statement that Drupal is here to stay. Thank you for taking the time to share this campaign. The campaign page is full of information on our work toward current goals that help fulfill our mission. If you are using Drupal or contributing to the project, there's some part of what we do that helps you and the community at large.
Hook 42: Community, Development and Leadership at DrupalCon 2019
Community, Development and Leadership at DrupalCon 2019 Lindsey Gemmill Fri, 05/03/2019 - 17:43
Gábor Hojtsy: Present your own "State of Drupal 9" session, get slides here!
I am about to present about Drupal 9 at DrupalCamp Belarus in May and then at Drupal Developer Days Transylvania in June . I already presented an Acquia webinar with Dries Buytaert on the topic, and was on the Lullabot Podcast discussing Drupal 9 with Angie Byron and Nathaniel Catchpole. I am a firm believer that this know-how should spread as far and wide as possible. I should not be needed to travel around the globe to present the topic and people should not spend the same time again to redo slides for their local presentations. There is no intellectual property here to hide, as many people should be aware and excited and participating as possible. The topic should be presented at Drupal Meetups, Camps, and inside your own companies. So the natural next step for me was to create an open source slideshow. I took all that we learned from the webinar and Dries' keynote at DrupalCon Seattle as well as new technology that emerged since then. I also used a free slide template and Google Slides so you can make a copy for yourself and add your own contact information as well as edit the slides down to shorter or longer timeslots. The 51 slides in my test run for about 35 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion in a 45 minute slot. You would likely need to cut content for shorter sessions. There are only basic buildup animations, so if you need to present offline that is also an...
DEV :: Drupal, Skepticism and Spaceships...: Where is drush?
Where is drush? Unifex Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:58 Part of me is suspecting that I may be one of the lucky 10,000 today but I figure it's worth putting this out there because if I wasn't aware of this then there may be others too. It turns out that the version of Drush that you just installed may not be the version of Drush that executes your command. So, as it happens there's a number of ways to install Drush. Older OSs may have it in the package management system, you may have just installed it globally using the instructions on the site, or, if your project is managed by composer it may have been installed as a site-local version. In my case I had messed it up just a little and had multiple versions hanging around and, despite having definitely downloaded and installed drush 8.2.3 to /usr/local/bin/drush and I confirmed that this was being called via which drush when I ran drush --version it informed me I was running version 9.6.2. The thing that I didn't know... Drush will check the directory the site is in to see if there is a local-site version installed and pass off the request to that. So despite having Drush 8.2.3 installed and called from the command line the request was finding the local copy and returning results from that. If it wasn't for the fact that this was a Drupal 7 site and I'd inadvertently installed Drush 9.x locally via composer (...
Drupal In the News: Drupal 8.7.0 release marks rigorous, unique update to Drupal 8
Release offers all-new stable layout builder, meets web accessibility guidelines
 
Washington D.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - The Drupal community announces an update to Drupal 8. This new version — Drupal 8.7.0 — is a leap forward in the Drupal content manager experience as a creative tool streamlining workflows and improving efficiency within teams. Drupal 8.7.0 also maintains the project's commitment to web content accessibility guidelines, enabling screen readers or keyboards to navigate options — meaning this version is accessible to all. 
 
Drupal's newly stable Layout Builder module enables a drag-and-drop editing experience, which means no custom code or theming is required in order to lay out pages. But Drupal goes far beyond similar offerings by competitors, empowering content editors with increased power and flexibility: enabling management of templated layouts, support for powerful overrides based on content-type, and support for one-off landing pages. 
 
“Not only can this version support basic use cases, it also supports advanced use cases,” said Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert. “These types of templated layouts and workflow updates are not available in competitors’ layout building tools.” 
 
Drupal 8.7.0 provides significant improvements over all past versions of Drupal, particularly by including JSON:API as a stable...
Hook 42: Did Someone Say Drupaldelphia? Philly Philly!
Did Someone Say Drupaldelphia? Philly Philly! Lindsey Gemmill Thu, 05/02/2019 - 16:27
Lullabot: Lullabot Podcast: Drupal 9 with Angie Byron, Gábor Hojtsy, and Nathaniel Catchpole
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.

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