In my last post, we discussed the advantages to getting a headstart on Drupal 8 before its official release.
This is the second and final installment in our series covering Acquia Global Support Team’s third-party API integration with Zendesk (part one covered Five Ways to Leverage Third-Party APIs: The Drupal-Zendesk Integration).
Security is very hard to bolt on to any software or product after it has been built. Building it into the core of the code helps to avoid mistakes, and thus the upcoming release of Drupal 8 tries to build in more security by default, while still being usable for developers and site builders. This list of 10 security improvements is not exhaustive - some are just a line or two to handle an edge case, and there are others I may have overlooked. I've contributed to a number of these improvements, but they reflect overall the community consensus as well as reactions to problems that required security releases for Drupal core or contributed modules in the past. For each point I've tried to include a link or two, such as the Drupal core change record, a documentation page, or a presentation that provides more information. Some of these may also be possible to back-port to Drupal 7, to benefit you even sooner. A "7.x back-port" link indicates that.
For context on why these 10 improvements are important, I looked at past security advisories (SAs) as well as considering the kind of questions we get here at Acquia from companies considering adopting Drupal. In terms of past SAs, cross-site scripting (XSS) is the most commonly found vulnerability in Drupal core and contributed modules and themes.
When Acquia’s Global Support Team outgrew their ticketing system in 2013, it was time to make a change.
When Drupal comes out of the box, it's configured for ease of development – not performance.
There are plenty of tools that can improve your efficiency, but they can become burdens rather than real helpers.
Q. I’m new to Drupal and want to know if I need to learn Composer. Is it worth the time investment to learn?
Recently I began working on a D8 module, but this isn't a story about a D8 module. The work I did provided me an opportunity to get back to my pre-Drupal object oriented (OO) roots.
Drupal was designed from the ground-up to be modular. Once you install Drupal core, you can add any number of modules to enhance Drupal's basic functions.