I agree with Cary--I did an evaluation a few weeks ago for the possibility of migrating our Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8, and determined that too many of the modules we rely on were not yet available for Drupal 8. Some of the functionality could no doubt be replicated with other methods, but the amount of work it would take for dubious benefit made me decide to give it another few months at least before reevaluating. That said, if you're going into it fresh you might be able to get by without Drupal 7 modules, but you're going to have limited choices currently for anything related to site administration/backend stuff like webforms, backups, and redirects--all can be done manually, but at a lot of extra overhead.
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Loyola University Chicago
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cary Gordon
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Drupal 8 Library Extensions
What do you mean by "Drupal extensions designed for libraries”? Drupal 8 is one month into release, and there are no library-specific modules that I know of. Many of the the Drupal 7 modules that are popular in the library world (and everywhere else) such as the awesome webform module, aren’t in general release, yet.
We build a lot of Drupal websites for libraries, and we do not expect to be creating any general library sites in Drupal 8 until later this year. Drupal 7 will be supported until Drupal 9 is released, and with Drupal's new point release strategy, I estimate that Drupal 9 is at least four years out.
Drupal 7 has broad adoption in the library community, and it has a wide range of modules and tools for libraries. I recommend that you join the Drupal4Lib mailing list <http://listserv.uic.edu/archives/drupal4lib.html>. There is also a Libraries Drupal group <https://groups.drupal.org/libraries>.
> On Mar 15, 2016, at 8:39 AM, David Uspal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We're in the process of evaluating Drupal 8 as our main site CMS (we're on Concrete5 v6 so migrating to v7 is a large effort, which makes this a good time to evaluate alternatives). As such, I'm trying to compile a list of the most used Drupal extensions designed for libraries that are compatible with Drupal 8. Does anyone know where such a list might be found and/or could help in compiling such a list? Thanks!
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