• Create Comments in Drupal 8 Programmatically

    Gabe Sullice

    Creating comments programmatically in Drupal 8 is incredibly easy once you know just which fields are required and why. In Drupal 8, comments are now full-featured, fieldable entities — just like nodes or taxonomy terms. In addition to unifying the way we create content, comments, and other entities, this has made Drupal’s commenting system much more robust and flexible.

  • Creating Dynamic Columns on a Feeds Importer

    James Nettik

    Drupal’s Feeds module is a great tool for importing content into a site. The Feeds UI is relatively simple, and it’s fairly full featured out of the box. One such feature is the ability to assign a unique ID to each item. This allows sequential imports to determine if an item of content has already been imported and how the site should handle that situation. The options here include:

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  • Drupal's Weak Link

    Gabe Sullice

    One of the things I love about Drupal is the entity reference field. In Drupal 8, entity reference fields are even better because they’re now included in Drupal Core. This makes building composed and well-structured data much easier. However, I think as Drupal developers and architects, we’re fundamentally misusing them in far too many cases. Over and over, we use entity references to denote a relationship between two entities instead of a simple reference or inclusion.

  • Making region content available to node templates in Drupal 8

    Brian Gervais

    Why would you need to render the content from Drupal’s block layout via a node template file? Normally, that is the territory of page templates. The use-case for me was a page where node-specific fields were mixed in with blocks to the extent that rendering region content in a page template file wasn't going to work.

    I needed to be able to render my region content amidst field values in my node template files. Drupal doesn't let you do that out-of-the-box.

  • Drush Tools for Inspecting Configuration

    Rob Ballou

    I have a confession to make: I don't like clicking through the Drupal admin. Over the course of a project, beit one with content migrations, configuration in code, or just general site building, the information I need the most is field and taxonomy configuration. Typically, this means bouncing betweens tabs for content types and taxonomies which consumes time and precious clicks. Add in custom entities in our new Drupal 8 projects and there's even more time spent in the admin.

  • Where to find Aten at DrupalCon New Orleans

    Melissa Okada

    The Drupal community is one of the largest open source communities in the world. Once a year, this community of developers, designers, strategists, coordinators, editors, project managers and more come together at the biggest Drupal event in the world: DrupalCon North America. This year, from May 9-13, we'll be in New Orleans for DrupalCon and here’s where you can find us:

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