Talking Drupal
Talking Drupal is a weekly chat about web design and development by a group a guys with one thing in common, we love Drupal. With hosts Stephen Cross, John Picozzi and Nic Laflin.

Today we are talking about Data Lakes with Melissa Bent & April Sides.

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  • What is a data lake
  • Does it have to be NoSQL
  • How do organizations use data lake
  • How does RedHat use the data lake
  • How do you maintain it
  • How do you make changes to the data lake
  • Who manages Mongo
  • How big does it have to be to be considered a data lake
  • Why not Solr
  • What Drupal modules
  • Communication of changes
  • Gotchas?



Melissa Bent - merauluka
April Sides - weekbeforenext


Nic Laflin - nicxvan
John Picozzi - johnpicozzi
Tim Plunkett - timplunkett



Martin Anderson-Clutz - @mandclu

  • Brief description:
    • Provides an entity reference widget that’s more user friendly: visually styles as tags (without showing the reference ID), drag to sort, and more
  • Brief history
    • How old: created in Mar 2023
  • Versions available:
    • 1.0.19, which works wth Drupal >8.8, 9, and 10
  • Maintainership
    • Actively maintained, latest release in the past week
  • Number of open issues:
    • 4, one of which is a bug
  • Usage stats:
    • 177 sites
  • Maintainer(s):
    • gxleano (David Galeano), who I got to meet in person at Drupal Dev Days
  • Module features and usage
    • Tagify is a popular JS library, so this module is a Drupal integration for that
    • Features in the module include deactivating labels when the field’s max number of entries has been reached, allowing the creation of new tags when the field has been configured to allow that, and so on
    • Will automatically disallow duplicate tags
    • Includes a User List submodule specifically for user reference fields, which also shows the user’s profile pic in the tag
    • Project page has animated GIFs that demonstrate how many of these features work
    • A module I started using on my own blog, nice and simple UX. I could see the drag to sort be really useful, for example if you wanted the first term reference to be used in a pathauto pattern
Direct download: td-409-libsyn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST