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Commerce Lending Works

New Drupal Modules - 6 September 2018 - 9:23am

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Automatic Updates

New Drupal Modules - 6 September 2018 - 8:52am

A project for organizing the Auto Updates Initiative efforts, as proposed in this idea.

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Drupal blog: A note from Dries on Drupal 8.6.0's release

Planet Drupal - 6 September 2018 - 8:35am

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.

Last night, we shipped Drupal 8.6.0! I firmly believe this is the most significant Drupal 8 release to date. It is significant because we made a lot of progress on all twelve of Drupal 8 core's strategic initiatives. As a result, Drupal 8.6 delivers a large number of improvements for content authors, evaluators, site builders and developers.

What is new for content authors?

For content authors, Drupal 8.6 adds support for "remote media types". This means you can now easily embed YouTube or Vimeo videos in your content.

The Media Library in Drupal 8.6

Content authors want Drupal to be easy to use. We made incredible progress on a variety of features that will help to achieve that: we've delivered an experimental media library, added the Workspaces module as experimental, providing sophisticated content staging capabilities, and made great strides on the upcoming Layout Builder. The Layout Builder is shaping up to be a very powerful tool that solves a lot of authoring challenges, and is something many are looking forward to.

The Workspaces module in Drupal 8.6

Each initiative related to content authoring is making disciplined and steady progress. These features not only solve for the most requested authoring improvements, but provide a solid foundation on which we can continue to innovate. This means we can provide better compatibility and upgradability for contributed modules.

The top 10 requested features for content creators according to the 2016 State of Drupal survey.

What is new for evaluators?

Evaluators want an out-of-the-box experience that allows them to install and test drive Drupal in minutes. With Drupal 8.6, we have finally delivered on this need.

Prior to Drupal 8.6, downloading and installing Drupal was a complex and lengthy process that ended with an underwhelming "blank slate".

Now, you can install Drupal with the new "Umami demo profile". The Umami demo profile showcases some of Drupal's most powerful capabilities by providing a beautiful website filled with content right out of the box. A demo profile will not only help to onboard new users, but it can also be used by Drupal professionals and digital agencies to showcase Drupal to potential customers.

The new Umami demo profile together with the Layout Builder.

In addition to a new installation profile, we added a "quick-start" command that allows you to launch a Drupal site in one command using only one dependency, PHP. If you want to try Drupal, you no longer have to setup a webserver, a database, containers, etc.

Last but not least, the download experience and evaluator documentation on Drupal.org has been vastly improved.

With Drupal 8.6, you can download and install a fully functional Drupal demo application in less than two minutes. That is something to be very excited about.

What is new for developers?

You can now upgrade a single-language Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8 using the built-in user interface. While we saw good progress on multilingual migrations, they will remain experimental as we work on the final gaps.

I recently wrote about our progress in making Drupal an API-first platform, including an overview of REST improvements in Drupal 8.6, an update on JSON API, and the reasons why JSON API didn't make it into this release. I'm looking forward to JSON API being added in Drupal 8.7. Other decoupled efforts, including a React-based administration application and GraphQL support are still under heavy development, but making rapid progress.

We also converted almost all of our tests from SimpleTest to PHPUnit; and we've added Nightwatch.js and Prettier for JavaScript developers. While Drupal 8 has extensive back-end test coverage, using PHPUnit and Nightwatch.js provides a more modern platform that will make Drupal more familiar to PHP and JavaScript developers.

Drupal 8 continues to hit its stride

These are just some of the highlights that I'm most excited about. If you'd like to read more about Drupal 8.6.0, check out the official release announcement and important update information from the release notes. The next couple of months, I will write up more detailed progress reports on initiatives that I didn't touch upon in this blog post.

In my Drupal 8.5.0 announcement, I talked about how Drupal is hitting its stride, consistently delivering improvements and new features:

In future releases, we plan to add a media library, support for remote media types like YouTube videos, support for content staging, a layout builder, JSON API support, GraphQL support, a React-based administration application and a better out-of-the-box experience for evaluators.

As you can see from this blog post, Drupal 8.6 delivered on a number of these plans and made meaningful progress on many others.

In future releases we plan to:

  • Stabilize more of the features targeting content authors
  • Add JSON API, allowing developers to more easily and rapidly create decoupled applications
  • Provide stable multilingual migrations
  • Make big improvements for developers with Composer and configuration management changes
  • Continually improve the evaluator experience
  • Iterate towards an entirely new decoupled administrative experience
  • ... and more

Releases like Drupal 8.6.0 only happen with the help of hundreds of contributors and organizations. Thank you to everyone that contributed to this release. Whether you filed issues, wrote code, tested patches, funded a contributor, tested pre-release versions, or cheered for the team from the sidelines, you made this release happen. Thank you!

Categories: Drupal

Vardot: Drupal 8.6 Released - 5 New Desired Features

Planet Drupal - 6 September 2018 - 8:33am
Mohammed J. Razem September 6, 2018

Drupal 8.6 was released yesterday and is being touted as the most significant update to Drupal 8 so far.  Browsing initiatives being undertaken by the Drupal community always gave an indicator towards the direction and future of Drupal. It’s easy to understand why the ever-growing community of Drupal users were eagerly anticipating this latest version which promises to focus on enhancing the user experience as a priority.

So, beyond the usual fixes and improvements typical of any update; Vardot decided to highlight the new features and capabilities included in the latest release.

 

1. Media Editing and Management

A new media library has now become a core feature of Drupal 8.6. This upgrade significantly enhances the experience of content publishers and content marketing teams’ performance in particular.

As an integrated feature of Drupal 8.6; the new media library can be customized based on your needs as a content editor and publisher. Upgrading your CMS to the latest update will enable you as a content marketer to easily edit, publish and manage your content:

  • High efficiency – The mundane task of re-uploading existing media content is a thing of the past now as all media content can be saved and browsed in the new media library available in Drupal 8.6.

  • Embedding made easy – the latest Drupal version features built-in stable support for embedding remote media. In particular; YouTube and Vimeo video content.

 

 

 

2. Workspaces

Since the Workflow module has become stable back in version 8.4; staging of multiple content changes at the same time (Workspaces) has been one of the Drupal community’s most requested improvements.

This has been duly delivered as an experimental Workspaces module in Drupal 8.6. A simple and intuitive user interface enables users to define workspaces, deploy multiple content items between them in a smooth manner.

The Workspaces module is steadily evolving but even at this experimental stage; it will prove to be a major upgrade especially for website who prefer or need to publish various changes at once.

 

 

3. Layout Builder

A much-anticipated tool that enhances the site-building experience and authoring capabilities.

Provide a drag and drop interface for creating layouts, which can apply both to overall site sections, as well as overridden on individual landing pages.

Web pages can be more dynamic, personalized and purpose-driven now that site builders can take advantage of the Layout Builder module in Drupal 8.6. The flexibility that users are provided to create unique layouts for unique content formats is an exciting feature which will undoubtedly continue to develop and become a stable key feature of the updates to come.

If you still need help enabling the layout features, OS Training made a clear and simple guide.

 

 

4. Meeting Evaluators Needs

Drupal has introduced a smoother installation out-of-the-box experience in the form of a demo profile dubbed ‘Umami Food Magazine’ which showcases the most powerful capabilities of Drupal and an overview of a variety of sample views and field types.

Recognizing the importance of a positive evaluator experience; Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert has outlined the Drupal 8.6 installation process in response to challenges that faced evaluators of early Drupal version experiences.

Importantly, the latest update includes major improvements to the download experience and documentation. Users can now download and install fully functional Drupal demo applications in under 2 minutes, whilst new users in particular can benefit from the revamped documentation found on Drupal.org.

 

 

5. Migration

According to the official release announcement; migrating your website from Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8 has never been easier as almost all migration modules are stable.

Drupal Association’s Marketing Communications Manager writes: “Drupal 8.6 sees both Migrate Drupal (migrations from previous major Drupal versions) as well as Migrate Drupal UI (upgrade user interface) modules provide a solution to update older sites. This means that if you have a monolingual Drupal 6 or 7 site, you can now use a supported and built-in user interface to migrate your site to Drupal 8. Multilingual migrations are still experimental and now wrapped in the Migrate Drupal Multilingual module.”

This update has been anticipated by content editors and developers alike and we are sure that Drupal 8.6 will afford users and the community as a whole to pursue opportunities to innovate and improve upon the great advances made so far.

Did the latest update address your priority issues? If not, what are they?

Let us know what you think of the new update.

Categories: Drupal

A Game Jam Postmortem + Tips for Unreal Engine 4 Beginners - by Divij Sood

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 7:21am
After my first "real" experience using Unreal Engine 4 during the UE4 Spring Jam, I wrote this article as a collection of tips for beginners, in the form of a Game Jam postmortem. Beginners might find some helpful and non-generic tips here.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

OpenSense Labs: Drupal 8.6 Release and The Road Ahead

Planet Drupal - 6 September 2018 - 6:35am
Drupal 8.6 Release and The Road Ahead Akshita Thu, 09/06/2018 - 19:05

The Drupal community is relentlessly working towards achieving the goal of easy usability with each version. 

Not only has Drupal granted its users the ability to integrate futuristic technologies but also provided the marketers with compelling digital solutions. 

On September 5, 2018, Drupal 8.6 was released. And started the wave of enthusiasm and whispers among the stakeholders. 


Here's how much it has succeeded in living up to the expectations and what is to be expected from Drupal 8.7 release due in January 2019.

Drupal 8.6 is released. And this what you should be excited about! 

The Drupal core team releases new (minor) versions every six months. These contain bug fixes, security patches, or both.
  • Drupal Installation is Boring. Not Anymore. 

That’s true. My first experience was as blank as the fresh installed Drupal 8.3. “What am I supposed to do with this?”, I thought. 

WordPress, on the other hand, had something to fiddle with, at least. 

Version 8.6 brings with it Umami

A demo food magazine website to demonstrate features of Drupal core, Umami gives you dummy content to explore the CMS. Although released with 8.5, Umami is now part of the core under the out-of-the-box initiative. 

The goal is to add sample content presented in a well-designed theme, displayed as a food magazine. 

Using recipes and feature articles this will make Drupal look much better right from the start and help evaluators explore core Drupal concepts like content types, fields, blocks, views, taxonomy, quite easily. 

Upgrade to Drupal 8 with Complete Migration Guide

“This minor release provides new improvements and functionality without breaking backward compatibility (BC) for public APIs.”
  • Migrate With Ease

While not all Migration challenges are covered. Here are two of the important migration challenges addressed. 

  1. Backward compatibility
  2. ID Conflict with Node translation

You can read more about Drupal 8 migration challenges

When launched, Drupal 8 didn’t provide any sort of backward compatibility in modules and hence they were to be rebuilt in Drupal 8. 

However, this is solved with version 8.6. In fact, this is the first release of Drupal 8 to offer a fully supported migration path from Drupal 7. Several changes were needed to Migrate APIs to make this possible.

The most important migration module - Migrate - is not only, stable but adds up the ability to re-run migrations to pick up new content that was not available previously.

Another conflict with the multilingual website related to conflicting Node ids. Translations in Drupal 8 are stored in a completely different way than in Drupal 7 and Drupal 6. 

When migrating node data from Drupal 6/7 to Drupal 8, a lot of data would point to things that no longer existed.

The Drupal Release Cycle

Starting with Drupal 8.0.0, Drupal core releases moved to a new release cycle schedule, and begin using the semantic versioning numbering system. 

A release Window is decided for the site administrators (in advance) to look up for the days for a possible bug fix, security release, and minor feature releases. 

For any change in release date, a public service announcement is issued before the release.

First Wednesday of every month is fixed for    Bugfix release window for Drupal 8.5.x and 7.x
Third Wednesday of every month is fixed for security release window for Drupal 8.5.x and 7.x

  • Improved Editorial UI with Media Library

As an editor, you always want a seamless experience when editing. Be it with browsing blogs, or media that has been uploaded to the website.

The Media Library provides a views-based browser for previously uploaded media. 

With the new version, you can add media to content via a media field, either by selecting from existing media or by uploading new media (including basic bulk upload support).

  • Building a Custom Layout is a No-Brainer Anymore

Choosing a custom layout no more requires you to write down long lists of codes. But this is not the only thing that makes layout interesting. The layout feature applies to much more than just content types. 


Which implies that it can be used for media, contact forms, taxonomy, users, and more. 

Layouts allow you to build one of the individual fieldable entities which are completely customizable.

As a marketer, it won’t take much time for you to implement new ideas into a landing page. No more do you require adding contrib modules like Display Suits or Stacks for the job. 

The Layout helps to create one or more page sections and to choose from predefined options within them.

Seeing all the different issues and contributors in the release notes is a good reminder that many small contributions add up to big results. 
-Dries Drupal 8.7 - The Roadmap
  1. Streamlined bulk-upload form - An improved media bulk upload experience which exposes all fields on a single form.
     
  2. Media Metadata improvements - A simple and intuitive tool to configure the metadata-to-drupal-fields mappings on media entities.
     
  3. Faster Upload - Drupal 8 will officially support PHP 7 and drop support for PHP 5.5 and 5.6 with 8.7 release. PHP 7 is much lighter and faster than its previous versions, which means your site becomes quicker to load. 
     
  4. Bring migrate_source_csv to the core - The imported content remains in the CSV files and there is a code to read it and create the relevant entries. Having migrate_source_csv in core would allow the developers to remove that code and use migrate instead. This is important because the contenta CMS uses this for migrations.
     
  5. WYSIWYG integration - Ability to embed media into the content from the WYSIWYG editor. This will allow content creators to select from media library or create one by uploading an image without requiring any new APIs. 
     
  6. Editorial workflow config moving from content_moderation into a standard profile. This would help in smoother content staging. 
Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 Upgrade. What to Expect?

Over time, maintenance of backward compatibility would become more intricate. Thus, the point will be reached when too much of deprecated code is there in Drupal 8. At that time, deprecated systems will be removed and released as Drupal 9.

So, Drupal 9.0 should be almost similar to the last release of Drupal 8 excluding the deprecated code. Upgrading from Drupal’s latest version to Drupal 9.0.0 should be as streamlined as the upgrading of minor versions of Drupal 8 (eg. Drupal 8.5 to Drupal 8.6). Therefore, Drupal 9 offers a clean slate to innovate more swiftly.

Here’s What Content Editors Want...

Let me be a little selfish here. Yes, Drupal 8.6 looks really good to me and I look forward to working around that editor soon (because that is what concerns me, directly).  

As a content editor, I have numerous times faced issues which leave me frustrated. 

Improved media bulk upload, smart alt texts for code snippets, and meta information is something I actually look forward to. 

Uploading video (non-youtube content) can sometimes be a headache. 

There is still scope for major improvements to Drupal’s content workflow, preview and staging capabilities. It will be done by improving aspects of the Entity API in the core.

Future Important Dates

8.7.0 Feature Freeze: January 2019
8.7.0 Release: March 19, 2019

With all the mentioned features, I believe, the community is successful in making Drupal more intuitive and easy to use.  We provide upgrade assistance, connect with us, drop a mail at hello@opensenselabs.com for a faster upgrade. 

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My experience at PAX West with Indie MEGABOOTH and why it was totally worth it. - by Ross Przybylski

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 6:24am
Like a dream, the encounters of Indie MEGABOOTH flow naturally together in a series of meaningful, interconnected events that provide much needed validation for the risk and sacrifices of indie devs.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

How Free to Play Design Runs out of Steam - by Josh Bycer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 6:21am
Today's post looks at how one of the biggest strengths of Free to Play design can come back to hurt the game when it comes to retaining players over the long term.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Leadwerks Software to Provide VR Services to NASA - by Josh Klint

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 6:20am
Today I am pleased to announce I have signed a contract to put our virtual reality expertise to work for NASA. In the future I plan to use our new technology to provide services for aerospace, defense, manufacturing, and serious games.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Primal Instinct | Companion AI in Far Cry Primal - by Tommy Thompson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 6:19am
Far Cry Primal introduces a taming mechanic that allows players to use wildlife as an assisting character. In this piece I explain how this was designed and implemented.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

QA and our flirtation with Programming - by Alex Dorans

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 6 September 2018 - 6:19am
Job specifications for Gameplay QA Testers are increasingly asking for programming experience. How does this impact our core QA teams? What skills are we missing out on?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 6 September 2018 - 5:20am
Scientists have developed a new theory for the origin of the mysterious condition, 'phantom limb pain'. The hypothesis builds upon previous work on a revolutionary treatment for the condition, that uses machine learning and augmented reality.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Gnomecast #48 – Meet a New(ish) Gnome: Taylor LaBresh

Gnome Stew - 6 September 2018 - 5:15am

Join Ang and get to know the not-so-new Gnome Taylor in this “Meet a Gnome” episode of Gnomecast! Learn about Taylor’s start in gaming, his game design work, and his future plans with Gnome Stew! Will Ang and Taylor finally having this interview keep them out of the stew?

Download: Meet a New(ish) Gnome: Taylor LaBresh

Check out Taylor’s podcast Game Closet. Taylor’s games mentioned in this episode include Creatures of Blood and FleshWith Fire Thy Affections Hold a Wing, and Five Alarm Apromcalypse. Also be sure to check out the the Riverhouse Games shop to find the game too racy to talk about on this family-friendly podcast!

You can check out Descent Into Midnight at and follow the Twitter account @DiMRPG. You can find more information about Metatopia 2018 (November 1-4 in Morristown, NJ) at 

You can find Jospehine Maria on Twitter at @JMYaLes, follow PanopLit on Twitter at @PanopLit, and find PanopLit on the web at

You can find Aura Belle on Twitter at @auracait and their games at aura makes games.

Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon!

Follow Taylor at @LeviathanFiles on Twitter and check out his work at Riverhouse Games.

Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

Categories: Game Theory & Design

AddWeb Solution: ‘Promote Drupal Initiative’ - Drupal 8 will go places!

Planet Drupal - 6 September 2018 - 4:43am

Drupal, the most favoured open source platform, took a huge leap with the launch of its latest version - Drupal 8. Today, it is not a mere open source platform; rather an enterprise level web content management that is pledged to provide an ambitious digital experience. Despite of being the best on the technical front, Drupal 8 is facing issues in terms of visibility on a larger level. Today, the digital world is not just reigned by the technical people. A whole lot of non-technical and new decision makers has arrived, which affects and influences the market. This is where Drupal 8 was lagging behind and was missed from the eyes of these key influencers. And hence, arose the need of promoting it globally. Hence, ‘Promote Drupal Initiative’ came into the picture.

 

DrupalCon, Nashville, 2018 was when the founder of Drupal talked about the ‘Promote Drupal Initiative’ extensively. Highly suggested by the technical experts, Drupal 8 now needed to touch the base of non-technical influencers of the market and influence them. A hell lot of marketing, promotion, and upgradations was needed to be done in order to penetrate the radar of non-technical influencers of today. And Dries shared his plan to promote Drupal, divided into 4 different phases:

  1. Strategy and Planning

  2. Drupal.org Improvements

  3. Public Relations

  4. Events & Advertising

 

Drupal 8 has seen an impressive rise of 51% increase in its adaption over past 1 year. The technical experts were aware of the strength of Drupal 8, but the absence of the 3rd ‘P’ of marketing i.e. ‘Promotion’ made the non-technical decision makers unaware of what Drupal 8 is capable of doing. Dries in his keynote at the DrupalCon, Nashville mentioned that ‘Drupal Promote Initiative’ aimed at gathering the support of $100,000. The enthusiastic supporters of Drupal had already contributed, as a result of which the initiative had already yielded $54,000. Addweb too has contributed to this growth-oriented initiative with a very humble contribution, alongside other eminent contributors from across the globe.

 

This voluntary-based initiative has gained a huge momentum so far, which is enough to prove the robustness and competence level of Drupal 8. As a member of the most ambitious digital experience that Drupal 8 is, each member of the community is inclined towards fostering the ‘Promote Drupal Initiative’ and Drupal at large. Destined to meet the goal, the ‘Promote Drupal Initiative’ is going to elevate the market of Drupal 8 and eventually raising the bar of open source community a notch higher!

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Content type and batch example

New Drupal Modules - 6 September 2018 - 2:38am
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Image Sizes

New Drupal Modules - 6 September 2018 - 2:03am

Responsive image styles depend on the parent element width.

Using event driven dimensions change detection from http://marcj.github.io/css-element-queries .

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TIP Solutions: Great times to be working with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 6 September 2018 - 1:32am

Image by @grohsfabian

 

There is a lot going on in the Drupal community:

1. The biggest news is that version 8.6 was just released with many improvements. You can read more about the improvements here.

What we have waited for is availability to create files via REST request. Now when building mobile Apps we can easily interact with the backend when dealing with files like images.

Planet Drupal Drupalcon REST api mobile app
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Drupal 8.6.0 released

Dries Buytaert - 6 September 2018 - 12:23am

Last night, we shipped Drupal 8.6.0! I firmly believe this is the most significant Drupal 8 release to date. It is significant because we made a lot of progress on all twelve of Drupal 8 core's strategic initiatives. As a result, Drupal 8.6 delivers a large number of improvements for content authors, evaluators, site builders and developers.

What is new for content authors?

For content authors, Drupal 8.6 adds support for "remote media types". This means you can now easily embed YouTube or Vimeo videos in your content.

The Media Library in Drupal 8.6

Content authors want Drupal to be easy to use. We made incredible progress on a variety of features that will help to achieve that: we've delivered an experimental media library, added the Workspaces module as experimental, providing sophisticated content staging capabilities, and made great strides on the upcoming Layout Builder. The Layout Builder is shaping up to be a very powerful tool that solves a lot of authoring challenges, and is something many are looking forward to.

The Workspaces module in Drupal 8.6

Each initiative related to content authoring is making disciplined and steady progress. These features not only solve for the most requested authoring improvements, but provide a solid foundation on which we can continue to innovate. This means we can provide better compatibility and upgradability for contributed modules.

The top 10 requested features for content creators according to the 2016 State of Drupal survey.What is new for evaluators?

Evaluators want an out-of-the-box experience that allows them to install and test drive Drupal in minutes. With Drupal 8.6, we have finally delivered on this need.

Prior to Drupal 8.6, downloading and installing Drupal was a complex and lengthy process that ended with an underwhelming "blank slate".

Now, you can install Drupal with the new "Umami demo profile". The Umami demo profile showcases some of Drupal's most powerful capabilities by providing a beautiful website filled with content right out of the box. A demo profile will not only help to onboard new users, but it can also be used by Drupal professionals and digital agencies to showcase Drupal to potential customers.

The new Umami demo profile together with the Layout Builder.

In addition to a new installation profile, we added a "quick-start" command that allows you to launch a Drupal site in one command using only one dependency, PHP. If you want to try Drupal, you no longer have to setup a webserver, a database, containers, etc.

Last but not least, the download experience and evaluator documentation on Drupal.org has been vastly improved.

With Drupal 8.6, you can download and install a fully functional Drupal demo application in less than two minutes. That is something to be very excited about.

What is new for developers?

You can now upgrade a single-language Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8 using the built-in user interface. While we saw good progress on multilingual migrations, they will remain experimental as we work on the final gaps.

I recently wrote about our progress in making Drupal an API-first platform, including an overview of REST improvements in Drupal 8.6, an update on JSON API, and the reasons why JSON API didn't make it into this release. I'm looking forward to JSON API being added in Drupal 8.7. Other decoupled efforts, including a React-based administration application and GraphQL support are still under heavy development, but making rapid progress.

We also converted almost all of our tests from SimpleTest to PHPUnit; and we've added Nightwatch.js and Prettier for JavaScript developers. While Drupal 8 has extensive back-end test coverage, using PHPUnit and Nightwatch.js provides a more modern platform that will make Drupal more familiar to PHP and JavaScript developers.

Drupal 8 continues to hit its stride

These are just some of the highlights that I'm most excited about. If you'd like to read more about Drupal 8.6.0, check out the official release announcement and important update information from the release notes. The next couple of months, I will write up more detailed progress reports on initiatives that I didn't touch upon in this blog post.

In my Drupal 8.5.0 announcement, I talked about how Drupal is hitting its stride, consistently delivering improvements and new features:

In future releases, we plan to add a media library, support for remote media types like YouTube videos, support for content staging, a layout builder, JSON API support, GraphQL support, a React-based administration application and a better out-of-the-box experience for evaluators.

As you can see from this blog post, Drupal 8.6 delivered on a number of these plans and made meaningful progress on many others.

In future releases we plan to:

  • Stabilize more of the features targeting content authors
  • Add JSON API, allowing developers to more easily and rapidly create decoupled applications
  • Provide stable multilingual migrations
  • Make big improvements for developers with Composer and configuration management changes
  • Continually improve the evaluator experience
  • Iterate towards an entirely new decoupled administrative experience
  • ... and more

Releases like Drupal 8.6.0 only happen with the help of hundreds of contributors and organizations. Thank you to everyone that contributed to this release. Whether you filed issues, wrote code, tested patches, funded a contributor, tested pre-release versions, or cheered for the team from the sidelines, you made this release happen. Thank you!

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