The Sego Blog

For those of you who know me well, you know I do not like to play around with code all that much or even use command line tools if I can avoid it. There are many reasons for this but mostly I am just not that comfortable setting up, maintaining and using these type of tools.  That being said I do like to site build in Drupal….A LOT :). 

Lately I have been creating and managing Drupal 8 sites with Pantheon and using a Git client called GitKraken to manage my version control workflow and I have to say the experience has been FANTASTIC!

Drupal 8’s improvements to contact form management and creation is one of my favorite site building upgrades that has been added to Drupal 8’s core.

We now have the ability to field contact forms in the same familiar way as many other entities and can have multiple form variations living at different urls on the same site.

Open source is everywhere, whether or not you are aware you of it you most likely used more open source software today than closed source software. For years we have been discussing and educating folks on the merits of leveraging open systems to achieve their business goals. There is a pattern in how folks new to the topic approach their questions.

Let's address some of these popular questions in this post:

This past weekend we were honored to co-host the Drupal Global Training day at in NYC. This training was focused on Drupal 8 module development. We have been training on the ins and out of Drupal 8 module development for over a year now but this time we changed the format, considerably. I think for the better! 

Using the Role Notices module, developed by Ted Bowman, we put together an exercise that walks you through building the functionality it exposes step by step. We also built a list of resources chock full of links pertaining to various tools and docs for getting your chops up with D8 development. 

All this work is open source and available at this link. I am really hoping that this content can serve as a valuable resource for folks looking to learn the proper flow of developing a Drupal 8 module.

There are so many exciting concepts and programming patterns to explore in D8, we hope you continue to join us during this jounrney. 

Mega thanks to everyone that helped make this happen! 

When developing applications for Drupal the need to interact with what we call Entities arises quickly in our development cycle. The Entity system in Drupal has evolved greatly over the last couple of versions. Drupal 8 now contains a full set of APIs to define, manipulate, and manage entities of various types.

One aspect of Drupal 8 that left me a bit lost was the two different base Entity types. That is:

  • Configuration Entity (ConfigEntityBase)

  • Content Entity (ContentEntityBase)

In this post, I’d like to talk a bit about the key differences between these two types of entities and discuss some of the potential use cases for each. I want to keep this as succinct as possible while still be able to clearly explain the two. Let me know how I did in the comments!

In the world of web development we developers are presented with a pallet of options when tasked with developing a solution.

We love Drupal Commerce!

Its an extremely flexible ecommerce framework largely built on rules which as a site builder makes me very happy.

It is above and beyond our current go-to platform for building ecommerce sites. However if you have ever built a site with Drupal Commerce you know that there are few main components, Product Types, SKU’s and Product Displays.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, when using Drupal Commerce you create a content type as a “Display” which will house certain “Product Types” via a product reference field. You can have multiple product types which will house all of your various SKU’s.

We are excited about Drupal 8 and the many new front and back end features it is bringing to the table. Our block system has been completely rewritten and while blocks in Drupal are nothing new in Drupal 8 they are getting some serious upgrades!

We are excited to announce the release of the Exploring Drupal 8 podcast series!

In the wonderful world of software development we have back end developers, front end developers, project managers, designers and a slew of other roles and titles that make it all possible and great!