Using Drupal’s definition files in component-based theming

Submitted by aleksip on Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:20
All the great work already done and to be released by the Layout Initiative has inspired me to think about how core’s definition files can be used in component-based theme development. As a result I am now happy to announce two Drupal modules and a Pattern Lab plugin which enable new ways of using core’s definition files.

Does Drupal have a minor upgrade problem?

Submitted by aleksip on Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:47
Drupal 8 has a new upgrade model, and the promise is to make upgrades easy forever. The idea behind the upgrade model is great, and has already been proven in other projects like Symfony. However, there might still be some issues that need to be solved, as demonstrated by the recent 8.3 release and the security release that followed it.

Presenting component projects

Submitted by aleksip on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 21:39
Starting right from the Driesnote, it seemed like the topic of theme components was coming up everywhere at DrupalCon New Orleans 2016. Out of all the activity in this area I have been especially interested in two things: presenters and component folders. I think that they are two key pieces required for the next step, which is component projects.

Making Pattern Lab work with Drupal 8 Twig theme templates

Submitted by aleksip on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 15:55
In the solutions described in this post I have tried to use the existing extension mechanisms built into Pattern Lab as much as possible, and not to introduce any dependencies to Drupal core. The end result is that Pattern Lab can be used on its own with just the Twig templates, CSS and other assets from a Drupal theme.

Atomic design, Pattern Lab and Drupal 8 theme development

Submitted by aleksip on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 15:50
When presented with something that almost instantly seems obvious, you don't need much more convincing. For me atomic design was like that. After making the choice to use atomic design and Pattern Lab in a real world Drupal 8 project and seeing the methodology validated, I have wanted to design and build all websites in this way.