On more than one occasion I've heard a person (such as Angie Byron) say that Drupal is a meritocracy. I've also heard Drupal described as a "do-it-ocracy." What do these things mean? Are they true?
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Have you used the Examples module? What is your favorite example?
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One of the great things about Drupal is its extensive contributed module base. It's almost always the case that "there's a module for that." The trick is deciding which module to use. Even though Drupal emphasizes collaboration, one will still frequently find that there is more than one way to solve a particular problem by using contrib.
There is a joke about the Drupal learning curve that relates it to the Drupal learning cliff. And while the graph generally gets things confused (by placing time on the x-axis instead of the y-axis), the sentiment is understood. Until a person is able to get her/his head around how Drupal does things, it's quite possible to spend a great deal of time to accomplish very little. Even worse, it's possible to spend a great deal of time developing really bad habits.
Drupal 8 was released just over two months ago. Is it time yet for you to start using it on your production sites?
You'll need to consider the state of the modules you typically use to build your sites, the state of the themes you typically use to build your sites, the nature of the site, the budget for the site and your own skill set.
There are, without a doubt, sites that are being launched on Drupal 8 already. And, at the same time there is this:
So, there is obviously still work to be done.
In the post on making output themeable I discussed the example of overriding a template file for a flag. The template file I overrode was a generic definition of the markup for all the flags on a site. I can create a template file that overrides a specific flag.
In Drupal an alter is intended to provide a way to modify an object during a point in the execution of a certain event or process. Alters are defined within individual modules. Those modules then give the opportunity for other modules to "alter" an object by calling drupal_alter at the appropriate time.
The whole point of creating a custom theme is to get a website to look the way you want it to. So, it's important for the output that modules generate to be themeable.
I will give a simple example of modifying the markup that is used to display some links. The Flag module provides a mechanism to do things such as "liking" a post or reporting a post as spam. A post may have a link for each flag that is associated with it.