Improving Group (and core) with a modular handler system
Entity types in core come with what is known as handlers: Various smaller classes that carry out a specific task for the entity type. Group copied this system for its own plugins, but quickly found out that there are severe extensibility limitations to how core deals with handler declarations.
Rather than spending years trying to improve this in core, our colleague Kristiaan set out to write a prototype in the Group module to demonstrate how modular and easy to change handlers really could be.
Last DrupalCon Europe, I advocated for more sustainable contribution. I had been struggling to come to terms with the amount of takers versus makers and instead of presenting yet another technical topic, I tried my hand at expressing my feelings instead. And here we are now, celebrating a new release of Group’s module.
As many of you know, DrupalCon Barcelona 2020 became DrupalCon Europe because of CoViD-19, turning what was supposed to be Europe’s annual Drupal get-together into a remote experience. Right off the bat I want to state that the effort that went into organizing this was stellar and the result truly showed.
Es ist nun schon ein paar Jahre her, aber ich erinnere mich noch gut daran, als ich zum ersten Mal ein frisch installiertes Drupal 7 sah, nachdem ich mit der Version 6 vertraut war. Oder nachdem ich Drupal 8 zum ersten Mal installiert hatte. “Woooow” ging es mir durch den Kopf. Alles schien vertraut und dennoch neu. Genau dieser Wow-Effekt aber fehlt beim Upgrade von Drupal 8 auf Drupal 9. Und das ist gut so.
After having worked on the Drupal 8 version for almost 5 years, the Group module has finally got its 8.x-1.0 release. I am personally very proud of this major milestone and am not even a little bit disappointed it took me longer than Drupal 8’s lifecycle to build.