So, last week the next arena for me to work on came up as XML/JSON source plugins (see my companion piece for more on that). My intention had been to hold off tackling wordpress_migrate until "nailing down" the XML parser plugin it depends on, but I decided that at least trying to prototype a WordPress migration would be a good test of the XML plugin.
As I wrote in my last blog post, I'd like to try doing regular sprint days for Drupal 8 migration. These will be a bit more informal than than a conference sprint - basically, a day when anyone interested in helping move the migration system from its experimental status to a fully supported subsystem of Drupal core can show up in #drupal-migrate, or just pick a relevant issue and start working on it.
DrupalCon NOLA is over - perhaps too soon for those of us who love this great city, or perhaps just soon enough for those who have given Drupal and the city of New Orleans every last ounce of energy they had this past week.
We had a very productive week sprinting for migration - it may not be reflected in the number of commits made by the end of the extended sprints, but we'll see the fruits over the coming weeks. Our focus was on triaging the issue queue, and on diving deeply into some of the more complex outstanding issues, rather than picking the low-hanging fruit.
Again, in the interests of timeliness I'll stick to a simple chronological wrapup of the day. And in the interests of of-course-everyone-cares-what-Mike-eats, I will continue subjecting you to my culinary adventures - breakfast at the Clover Grill in the midst of tourist land (Bourbon Street). Good, basic diner food - eggs over easy with bacon and hash browns, the primary goal here was to make it quick and get to the convention center in time for the prenote (which I have somehow never managed to rouse myself in time for at previous DrupalCons).
My apologies for those skipping through the travelogue to get to the Drupal... Or skipping through the Drupal to get to the travelogue. If I do my usual (painfully) painstaking editing job my DrupalCon posts will come out in July, so I'm settling for a chronological stream-of-consciousness here for the sake of timeliness.
To expand on the “Going forward” section of my last blog post, there’s still a lot of work to be done to get the migration ecosystem for Drupal 8 up to the level it was for Drupal 7 - as well as taking it beyond, as I believe the D8 architecture enables far more powerful and flexible tools. As an independent consultant, I have a more flexible schedule and more time for pure community work, but with great flexibility comes great… dithering.
As of March 15, Mike Ryan is now consulting independently as Virtuoso Performance. In this first month of the new business, I will be focusing on Drupal community work (particularly tools to support custom Drupal-to-Drupal migration targeting Drupal 8), as well as putting the business side (particularly this site) together. I am aiming to be available for consulting work beginning April 19 or later - more info will be forthcoming as I flesh out this site, but feel free to use the contact form to reach me with questions on my services.