Dries Buytaert

Starting to work on Drupal 8

At DrupalCon Chicago I created the Drupal 8 development branch in front of a room full of core contributors. This means that we have officially started work on Drupal 8 and that I started to accept new features and improvements for Drupal 8, the next major version of Drupal.

In my State of Drupal presentation in Chicago I outlined what I believe should be the strategic direction for Drupal 8. If you want all the details, you can watch a video recording of my keynote. If you don't want to watch the entire video, here is the executive summary:

  1. Multi-device publishing (aka mobile); clean HTML/CSS, HTML5, contexts, web services APIs, etc
  2. Interopability and integration with cloud services: web service APIs, pluggable components, clean data models, etc
  3. Delightful experience: accessibility, usability, performance
  4. Configuration management: better separation between content and configuration, universally unique identifiers (UUIDs), exportables, more consistent CRUD APIs, etc
  5. Content staging

I plan to blog more about each of these topics in the next couple of months. In the mean time, let's continue all the conversations and let's start work. Woot!

Two men on stage, standing behind a laptop on a pedestal, typing Git commands as they are displayed on a large screen behind them.
Sam Boyer and me creating the Drupal 8 branch on stage at DrupalCon Chicago.
Drupal branch
A screenshot of my screen after we created the Drupal 8 branch.

— Dries Buytaert

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