Drupal 9

I am an initiative coordinator on Drupal 9, here is my writing on tools and processes getting there.

Learn about and shape the future of Drupal at DrupalCon Global

Drupal 9 was just released last month, and in less than two weeks we get together to celebrate it (again), learn, grow and plan together for the future at DrupalCon Global.

I presented my "State of Drupal 9" talk at various events for over a year now, and while the original direction of questions were about how the transition would work, lately it is more about what else can we expect from Drupal 9 and then Drupal 10. This is a testament and proof to the continuous upgrade path we introduced all the way back in 2017. Now that Drupal 9.0 is out, we can continue to fill the gaps and add new exciting capabilities to Drupal core.

DrupalCon Global will have various exciting events and opportunities to learn about and help shape the future of Drupal 9 and even Drupal 10. Tickets are $249 and get you access to all session content, summits and BoF discussions. As usual, contributions do not require a ticket and will happen all week as well, including a dedicated contribution day on Friday. Here is a sampling of all content elements discussing, planning on and even building the future of Drupal.

Sessions about the future of Drupal

First there is the Driesnote of course. Dries will share the result of the Drupal 2020 Product Survey and discuss plans for Drupal 10. There is a followup Q&A session to discuss the keynote and other topics with Dries live.

The Drupal Initiatives Plenary coordinated by yours truly is going to feature various important leaders in our community working on diversity and inclusion, accessibility, events, mentoring, promotion as well as core components like the Claro admin theme and the Olivero frontend theme. This is the best way to get an overview of how Drupal's teams work, what are their plans and challenges. Even better, the plenary session is followed by a BoF where we can continue the discussion in a more interactive form.

In Drupal Core markup in continuous upgrade path Lauri Eskola will dive into why the deprecation process used for PHP and JavaScript code is not workable for HTML and CSS. This informs the direction of where markup is going in Drupal 9 and 10 onwards.

In the Drupal.org Panel the Drupal Association team discusses how key initiatives are supported on Drupal.org including Composer, Automatic Updates and even Merge Requests for Drupal contribution and plans for the future.

Mike Baynton and David Strauss will discuss Automatic updates in action and in depth showing what is possible now and what are the future plans.

There is not one but two sessions about the new proposed frontend theme. In The Olivero theme: Turning a wild idea into a core initiative Mike Herchel and Putra Bonaccorsi discusses the whole history and future plans while in Designing for chaos: The design process behind Olivero will cover the design specifically.

Moshe Weitzman leads a core conversation to take stock of the current command line tools for Drupal and discuss what a more complete core solution would look like in A robust command line tool for all Drupal sites.

In Let’s Make Drupal Core Less Complicated Ted Bowman will propose ways to simplify Drupal core for existing uses and to achieve an easier learning curve.

Finally Drupal 9: New Initiatives for Drupal offers a chance to discuss new initiatives proposed by Dries in the Driesnote. If you are interested to join in either or discuss the plans, this is your opportunity!

Birds of a Feather discussions about the future of Drupal

Attendees with tickets for DrupalCon Global will be able to participate in live discussions about key topics. BoF submission is open, so this list will possibly grow as time goes.

Ofer Shaal leads a discussion titled Standardize Rector rules as part of Drupal core deprecations to make sure the transition from Drupal 9 to 10 will be even easier than Drupal 8 to 9 is.

Submit your Birds of a Feather discussion now.

Contribute to the future of Drupal

Just like in-person DrupalCons, DrupalCon Global contribution will be free to attend and does not require a ticket. The contribution spaces are especially good to go to if you are interested in the future of Drupal and making a difference.

If you've been to a DrupalCon or a DrupalCamp before, a contribution event usually involves one or more rooms with tables that have signage on them for what they are working on. This is not exactly possible online, however, we devised a system to replicate tables as groups at https://contrib2020.getopensocial.net/all-groups which allows you to see what topics will be covered and who the leads are. (Huge props to Rachel Lawson at the Drupal Association for building this out!)

If your topic is not yet there, you should create a group now. Groups indicate what they are working on and what skills they need from contributors. You should join groups you are interested to help and read their information for guidance. Teams will post group events to let you know when certain activities (introduction, review sessions, co-working on specific problems or meetings to discuss issues) will happen. Events will also be used to signify when you are most likely to find people working on the topics. The OpenSocial site is a directory of topics and events, contribution itself will happen on drupal.org with discussion on Drupal Slack for most groups.

There are already groups for Configuration Management 2.0, the Olivero theme, the Bug Smash initiative and Media. Stay tuned for more appearing as the event comes closer.

State of Drupal 9 - first post-release recording from Drupal India Conclave

Last week I had the pleasure to present my open source State of Drupal 9 talk at Drupal India Conclave. It was great with very timely questions. While I keep the slides up to date, there is always some new development. Since the recording of this video, Drupal 7's community security support was extended with a year to November 2022. The session should be fully up to date otherwise as of today. Feel free to use the slides to present at your own meetup or in-company training. Thanks Drupal India Association for having me on the program!

Thanks for making a difference at Drupal 9 Porting Weekend!

I organized Drupal 9 Porting Day for April 28 as part of my #DrupalCares funding sub-campaign to help the Drupal Association bounce back from their financial losses due to the ongoing pandemic. It was a lot of fun with Lee Rowlands, Vladimir Roudakov, Adam Bergstein and Mike Lutz helping lead the contribution before and after my time of availability. 126 issues were worked on and 43 newly Drupal 9 compatible releases were made then.

Given how fun it was, with Drupal 9 coming out next week it was logical to do another event. Last Friday would have been a great opportunity in person at DrupalCon Minneapolis if not for the pandemic (again). So I decided to schedule the event for that weekend. Surabhi Gokte and Gabriele Maira helped a lot in getting the event off the ground and we announced Drupal 9 Porting Weekend for May 22-23 to accommodate people available on the workday as well as the weekend.

With more time to prepare, a lot more interested folks signed up to help lead the event in their respective timezones. 14 leads signed up and helped contributors for 52 hours, while the event lasted. Thanks Vladimir Roudakov (VladimirAus), Janna Malikova (JannaKha), Vaibhav Jain (vaibhavjain), Tsegaselassie Tadesse (tsega), Gabriele Maira (gambry), João Ventura (jcnventura), Oleh Vehera (voleger), Matthew Radcliffe (mradcliffe), Michael Lutz (mikelutz), Adam Bergstein (nerdstein), Kristen Pol, Qiangjun Ran (jungle), Jaideep Singh Kandari (JayKandari) and Digant Jagtap (digantdj), you were fantastic!

Kristen Pol and Tsegaselassie Tadesse were also very active in the planning stage, Kristen published a very detailed guide to the weekend, Tsega wrote up and posted developer tips. The Bassam Ismail posted this video based on those guides of an actual Drupal 9 project update running with Upgrade Status and Rector, ending in submitting the patch:

So with everything well prepared, Vladimir and Janna started the weekend and the leads were handing off responsibilities to each other throughout the whole event. This is how time coverage looked like for the whole 52 hours. There was not a single time when someone was not there to help:

We had a lot of fun and learned a ton from each other. While numbers will not explain the event, that is all we have after the fact to look at, so here they are:

When looking at project releases, the weekend also supported a major increase in daily newly Drupal 9 compatible releases also with several days of after-effects (I am counting these with my own script):

New releases at the weekend and shortly after included fun modules like Pirate but also seriously cool modules like the Tome static site generator, Quicklink and top 200 most used modules like Views Accordion and Schema.org Metatag.

As luck would have it Drupal 9.0.0 RC1 was also released on this weekend, which meant that people testing their updated projects also gave the Drupal 9 release candidate a test drive right away.

For me this event was amazing to organize. The results in new Drupal 9 compatible projects before the stable core release and the additional testing of the release candidate are all good material outcomes. The raised awareness around the porting process and tools as well as the know-how shared will last even longer as people use what they learned and teach others as well. Also the concentrated increased use of the tools resulted in more improvement suggestions, so we can make them even better for the next wave of porters to come.

Thanks all for your involvement, you made a lasting difference. Keep spreading your know-how and all the good things about Drupal 9!

Ps. Next up is celebrating the release on June 3rd, 2020! Post your artwork, selfies, videos and events at https://celebratedrupal.org/ and let's have some fun together.

Drupal 9 porting day was huge, we raised a lot of money for the Drupal Association!

When I announced the Drupal 9 module porting challenge two weeks ago, I did not fully understand what was gonna come. I offered to donate €900 to the Drupal Association #DrupalCares campaign for 100 projects newly ported to Drupal 9. Then more funders started to appear. Ron Northcutt offered another €900, Ofer Shaal put in another €450. QED42 offered to match Ron's €900. It certainly grew much bigger than I anticipated so it was time to step up the game.

So last week I announced and started organizing Drupal 9 porting day for April 28, 2020 to not let our funders keep their money. While my funds were almost gone in the first week, there was still the rest of the funds to get donated. The idea of the porting day sounded good because we raise funds for the Drupal Association, we get people together to do their first Drupal 9 releases, we help others' projects out, drive the tools to their boundaries, do Drupal 9 core quality assurance and grow the ready module pool before Drupal 9's launch all at the same time. Some people would learn how to get ready for Drupal 9 for the first time, so we would spread some know-how and confidence in the release as well. That is like a win-win-win-win-win-win.

Nonetheless I was still blown away by the interest to participate. Lee Rowlands and Vladimir Roudakov signed up to start leading porting day in Australia / New Zealand while I was still well asleep. By the time I woke up there were already various new releases and issues opened. I started providing feedback there and then worked my way through the top 50 used projects that needed info file changes and releases. I made sure to do the deepest research and support maintainers to do the next steps. I also started getting patches for my own projects and even though I did not think it would be even feasible, thanks to contributors, we made one of my projects, Upgrade Rector Drupal 9 compatible as well. I also helped fix a critical core bug in Drupal 9 that Christian López Espínola found while porting the Lingotek module suite. At least two companies, QED42 and Srijan had groups of people internally gathering to rally and contribute. In my afternoon, Adam Bergstein and Mike Lutz came in from the United States to continue leading the day onwards.

Closing for the day. We had an awesome contribution effort today. It is incredible to see so many contributors participating and making this day wonderful. ❤️ Thank you… #DrupalCares - Jaideep Singh Kandari

At the time of this writing, altogether 126 issues were worked on. According to my scripts identifying newly Drupal 9 compatible releases of projects, 43 newly Drupal 9 compatible releases were made, including top 50 projects like honeypot and adminimal_admin_toolbar and such developer modules as twig_xdebug and queue_ui. When I put this together with all the numbers in the challenge to date, it turns out these 43 projects exactly rounded out the second 100 projects. Yes I went back to double-check!

This means Ron will now donate his €900 (which will be matched by Dries and Vanessa Buytaert and Drupal businesses to €2700) and QED42 will also donate their €900, totalling to an impact of €3600 funding for the Drupal Association from this second milestone of the Drupal 9 porting challenge. (Including the first milestone's €900, the directly donated funds are altogether €2700, for a total matched impact of €6300 in the #DrupalCares campaign).

If you did not get to do a first Drupal 9 release on porting day, no problem! We made a ton of progress on projects other than the ones that got releases and that will result in more releases. Some of them could be very soon. In fact, this challenge is not over, as there are still two more days, and we just entered the final round for Ofer Shaal's fund of 50 newly Drupal 9 compatible releases (max €450) for #DrupalCares. So please keep the releases coming! Thanks all!

Ps. Kristen Pol wrote up her detailed steps of working on Drupal 9 compatibility of others' projects. I suggest reading her tips for how to ensure compatibility and work with maintainers respectfully.

First week's update on the Drupal 9 Module Porting Challenge; organising a porting day on April 28, 2020

I launched the Drupal 9 Module Porting Challenge a week ago, and wow it is going well! I pledged to donate €9 for each newly Drupal 9 compatible drupal.org project to the #DrupalCares campaign up to a total of €900. Since then Ron Northcutt joined on April 20 with another €900 and Ofer Shaal joined on April 21 with another €450, so the challenge now goes to a total of €2250! Our donation will potentially be matched by Dries and Vanessa Buytaert and then a group of organisations will match it again for a potential total of €6750 donated.

State of the challenge

After a week, my original budget is almost spent, so I am preparing to donate it tomorrow! Let's make Ron and Ofer donate their whole pool as well! We are standing at €837 of €2250 covered by 93 newly Drupal 9 compatible projects in one week.

According to our static analysis at least, over 3600 projects only need a single line info.yml file change and a new release. It is worth checking if one of your projects are in there so we don't let Ofer and Ron keep their money either! ;)

Porting day on April 28, 2020

Some projects will admittedly not be as easy as a one line change though, so I am organising a Drupal 9 porting day for April 28, 2020. I commit to be available in European times to consult on fixing deprecation issues and would love to see you there! Let's meet online in the #d9readiness channel on Drupal slack (drupal.org/slack). We'll use slack threads to discuss projects to help coordinate the work. We may use other tools as needed to speed up the process, still exploring the possibilities. Stay tuned! For now, if you can be available for even one hour, you are welcome to join!