Five long years went into the development of the long-awaited Drupal 8, and it was finally launched on schedule on November 19. Our Düsseldorf team’s new microsite, hosted by our partner Acquia, is already running on the latest version.
The website acts as the calling card for the Düsseldorf branch of ETECTURE and is designed to provide an entry point for both prospective customers and job applicants. The team’s main focus areas—support and the implementation of enterprise solutions using Drupal and Symfony—are complemented by regular blog entries.
If you followed the Driesnote presentation in Barcelona, then you will know why the road to version 8 was so rocky. The main reason was the slow pace of development without a suitable branching strategy. With such a complex piece of software, this stretched the 3000-plus developers to their limits. Things will look different in future. Say goodbye to trunk-based development and hello to feature branches. For the full article about the new development strategy, visit Dries Buytaert’s website.
What does Drupal 8 bring to the table? First of all, an almost infinite number of modules which have to be ported to the new system. Many well-loved tools will not work at first — or will even be completely superfluous, as has been found with the Feature module, which has been placed in the core as the Configuration Management tool.
Using Symfony components creates interesting synergies and puts a smile on the faces of our Symfony experts in particular. The introduction of the Twig template engine is another step in the right direction, as the consistent separation of code and presentation logic enables much cleaner Drupal architectures.
The cache system, and BigPipe in particular, promises to be another highlight. Last but not least, we love the increased possibilities offered by Headless Drupal.
2016 will be an exciting year, and we are looking forward to our next projects using Drupal 8!