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alexpott's picture

Updated deprecation process for Drupal 8 code

In Drupal 8, minor updates can introduce new APIs and features. When a new API is added, the old API will be deprecated in favor of the new one. We cannot remove the old API in a minor release because Drupal 8 makes a backwards compatibility promise, but it will usually be removed in the next major version (Drupal 9).

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

8.3.0 release candidate phase begins week of February 27; no Drupal 8.2.x or 7.x patch release planned

Drupal 8.3.0 release candidate phase

The release candidate phase for the 8.3.0 minor release begins the week of February 27. Starting that week, the 8.3.x branch will be subject to release candidate restrictions, with only critical fixes and certain other limited changes allowed.

8.3.x includes new experimental modules for workflows, layout discovery and field layouts; raises stability of the BigPipe module to stable and the Migrate module to beta; and includes several REST, content moderation, authoring experience, performance, and testing improvements among other things. You can read a detailed list of improvements in the announcements of alpha1 and beta1.

Minor versions may include changes to user interfaces, translatable strings, themes, internal APIs like render arrays and controllers, etc. (See the Drupal 8 backwards compatibility and internal API policy for details.) Developers and site owners should test the release candidate to prepare for these changes.

8.4.x will remain open for new development during the 8.3.x release candidate phase.

Drupal 8.3.0 will be released on April 5th, 2017.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Updates from Drupal 8 core initiatives for February 2017

Now that Drupal 8.3 is in beta, it is time to look at progress around core initiatives again and see how you can help move one or more of them forward. Once again I asked initiative contributors to help compile this post to inform you all of progress across the board. This is just a sampling of some improvements, there are a lot more that we could not cover here.

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klausi's picture

A big chunk of old tests using WebTestBase wil be converted to PHPUnit BrowserTestBase on Feb 21st

Start: 
2017-02-21 18:00 Europe/Vienna
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

As part of the PHPUnit initiative a considerable part of Simpletests will be converted to PHPUnit based browser tests on February 21st 2017. A backwards compatibility layer has been implemented so that many Simpletests can be converted by just using the new BrowserTestBase base class and moving the test file. There is also a script to automatically convert test files in the conversion issue.

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jhodgdon's picture

7.x-2.x version of API module ready for testing

Neil Drumm (drumm) and I have been working lately on the API module (used to build API documnentation sites like https://api.drupal.org and others). We've made a 7.x-2.x branch of the project, which works quite differently from the 7.x-1.x branch. The major changes are that it uses a different (and external) parsing library for parsing PHP files, and it uses Composer to manage its external library dependencies.

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xjm's picture

Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Organizers: 
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, February 15.

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).

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lauriii's picture

Designer / Art Director needed for a new demo included in Drupal core

What are we looking for?

A person willing to contribute work as a designer and art director for a new demo website being created for inclusion in Drupal core. Having prior experience with any open source project is certainly a bonus, but is not a necessary requirement. You will be working alongside a team of experienced Drupal contributors who will help you get started working with an open source community.

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cilefen's picture

Drupal 8 and 7 core release window on Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Start: 
2017-01-31 12:00 - 2017-02-02 12:00 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, February 01. Drupal 8.2.6 and 7.54 will be released with fixes for Drupal 8 and 7.

Also, Drupal 8.3.0-alpha1 will be released during the window.

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xjm's picture

Drupal 8.3.0 will be released April 5; alpha begins week of January 30

Update: Drupal 8.3.0-alpha1 is now available for testing!

Drupal 8.3.0, the next planned minor release of Drupal 8, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Minor releases include new features, usability improvements, and backwards-compatible API improvements. Here's what this means now for core patches.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Drupal 8 Migrate API is in beta

Drupal 8.0.0 replaced the earlier, in-place upgrade procedure for major version upgrades with a migration-based solution for core and contributed modules. Several modules serve this need in core: The Migrate module provides a general API for migrations, the Migrate Drupal module provides API support for Drupal-to-Drupal migrations, and the Migrate Drupal UI module offers a simple user interface to run migrations from older Drupal versions.

A lot of work has gone into making migrations more complete since the initial 8.0.0 release, including for multilingual sites with various configurations. Drupal-to-Drupal migrations are still not wholly complete (especially for Drupal 7 sources). However, lots of real-life use has validated the choices we made with the base Migrate API, and key architectural improvements have been completed already. An increasing number of contributed modules rely on it for their migrations.

Based on this stability and success, the Migrate subsystem maintainers and Drupal release managers have agreed the Migrate API (the Migrate module) now has beta stability! The change took effect in Drupal 8.2.x with 8.2.5 and will apply to 8.3.0 onwards as well.

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cilefen's picture

Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Start: 
2017-01-17 12:00 - 2017-01-19 12:00 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, January 18.

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).

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xjm's picture

Drupal 8 core release window on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Start: 
2017-01-03 12:00 - 2017-01-05 12:00 UTC
Organizers: 
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, January 04. Drupal 8.2.5 will be released with dozens of fixes for Drupal 8. There will be no Drupal 7 bugfix release this month.

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tizzo's picture

Provisionally approved coding standards proposals December 20, 2016

The TWG coding standards committee has provisionally approved 3 coding standards change proposals. These will need to be finally approved and implemented by core before being fully ratified.

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tizzo's picture

Coding standards ratified changes and ongoing proposals

The TWG coding standards committee is announcing three coding standards changes for final discussion. These appear to have reached a point close enough to consensus for final completion. The process for proposing and ratifying changes is documented on the coding standards project page.

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yoroy's picture

Global virtual UX sprint day on December 9, 2016

Start: 
2016-12-09 (All day) Europe/Amsterdam
Organizers: 
Event type: 
Sprint

On Friday, December 9 we are organizing a global virtual Drupal UX sprint. As always, many different features and projects are currently worked on. We'll use this day to work on issues that need UX input or feedback.

What will happen that day?

Join the #ux channel on drupal.slack.com (get an invite automatically at http://drupalslack.herokuapp.com/) to participate all day.

  • UX mentors will be available to help onboard designers who want to contribute
  • We'll pair designers and devs (as available) to work on actionable tasks
  • Planning to do some ad hoc usability testing
  • An introduction to the main strategic initiatives and their UX components will be provided

Have a look at this doc and let us know what you would like to learn more about.

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cilefen's picture

Drupal 8 and 7 core release window on Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Start: 
2016-12-06 12:00 - 2016-12-08 12:00 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, December 07. Drupal 8.2.4 and 7.53 will be released with fixes for Drupal 8 and 7.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Updates from Drupal 8 core initiatives for November 2016

Would you guess that Drupal 8 is already one year old? One of my favorite changes with the Drupal 8.0.0 release was that we also chose to turn to scheduled releases (to happen twice a year) as well as semantic versioning (to allow us to make backwards compatible additions and improvements). That meant that we don't need to wait until Drupal 9 to come out with new exciting things, and indeed, there are various exciting initiatives going on in core right now. Maybe so many that they are hard to follow. So we decided to revive regular posts about core's progress so you can see what is going on and where you may be able to help. And this is not even all the things happening, just a sampling.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Media sprints in 2016 in Berlin, Prague and Munich

Last week Dries Buytaert published our plan for media management in Drupal 8 which details at least the immediate plans. The inherent limitation of file based attachment/image management in core is it does not mix well with remote media (Facebook embeds, videos, Digital Asset Management, etc.) and there is no library of media to browse to reuse existing media on the site. Therefore our short term goal is to add a base to support a wide varierty of media as well as a media library and support for embedding such media in posts in general.

To support this plan, we host online meetings every Wednesday at 2pm GMT in #drupal-media on IRC, but without focused time on implementing these, we are unlikely to succeed before the feature deadline of Drupal 8.3 at the end of January 2017. Therefore we are planning the following sprints for this year.

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cilefen's picture

Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Start: 
2016-11-15 12:00 - 2016-11-17 12:00 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, November 16.

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).

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cilefen's picture

Drupal 8 core release window on Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Start: 
2016-11-01 12:00 - 2016-11-03 12:00 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, November 02. Drupal 8.2.2 will be released with dozens of fixes for Drupal 8. There will be no Drupal 7 bugfix release this month.

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