Engineer, designer, strategist, and man of action at unleashed mind. He also takes responsibility for product management and quality assurance.

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The World Is Flat.

There is an active attempt to fork the Drupal content management system into a new application:

Backdrop — a play on Drupal's name and origin, which originally intended to be (Dutch: village), but due to a typo, became in 2001. Shortly after, was renamed to

Pay It Forward.

I felt like working in a niche until November 2011. I did not believe there was anyone else beyond me in my local area who's seriously using Drupal. But — it was on my walk to the grocery store when two strangers suddenly crossed the street, bumped into me and said "Dude, are you sun from"

How wrong I was. I started my local user group shortly after, in November 2011. Out of fucking nowhere, 12+ people attended the first meeting! With a huge interest in Drupal and fostering a local user group.

Meanwhile, the Drupal User Group Karlsruhe is close to its 1st anniversary. And, we've adopted the DrupalCon spirit recently: We are meeting once a month. We're meeting in a different location each time. The location is different, just like our members are. We want to learn about new things. And the location shouldn't be excluded.

We want to share and exchange knowledge, about Drupal and the world. But how?

Drupal 8: The path forward

The feature freeze deadline for Drupal 8 is approaching, so it's highly important for the community to clarify goals, ensure focus, priorities, and channel contributions.

We want Drupal 8 to make a big difference and be a leading web platform. But in all seriousness, we didn't make much progress yet. More than 60% of all changes were actually bug fixes for Drupal 7. 41 weeks are remaining. In merely two weeks from now, we're down to 39.

Some core initiatives made some good pragmatic progress, but there are almost no major architectural changes yet. A few initiatives are completely stuck, due to a lack of understanding, communication, and scope resolution, and lastly, due to not being able to get everyone on the same page. We want to achieve some serious progress over the next 9 months, so we need to get our act together.

Last weekend, 14 core contributors met in Boston in order to resolve the conflicts and unblock the initiatives. This post attempts to explain

  1. some background on the particular problem child, the WSCCI initiative
  2. what happened at the sprint
  3. how Drupal 8's overall architecture will look like
  4. why we want to change Drupal's architecture