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 web design and development, from a group of people with one thing in common… We love Drupal. This is episode #452 Starshot & Experience Builder.

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  • What is Starshot
  • What is Experience builder
  • How will Starshot build on Drupal Core
  • Will Experience builder be added to Core
  • Listener thejimbirch:
    • When will people hear about their pledge
  • Listener brook_heaton:
    • Will experience builder be compatible with layout builder
  • Will Experience builder allow people to style content
  • Listener Matthieu Scarset
    • Who is Starshot trying to compete with
  • Listener Andy Blum
    • Does the DA or other major hosting companies plan to set up cheap, easy hosted Drupal
  • Listener Ryan Szarma
    • Who does this initiative serve in the business community
  • How can people get involved



Lauri Eskola - lauriii


Nic Laflin - nicxvan
John Picozzi - johnpicozzi
Matthew Grasmick - grasmash



Martin Anderson-Clutz - mandclu

  • Brief description:
    • Have you ever wanted to have your modules create content when they’re installed? There’s a module for that.
  • Module name/project name:
  • Brief history
    • How old: created in Oct 2015 by prolific contributor Lee Rowlands (larowlan) though the most recent releases are by Sascha Grossenbacher (Berdir), also a maintainer of many popular Drupal modules
    • Versions available: 2.0.0-alpha2, which works with Drupal 9 and 10
  • Maintainership
    • Security coverage: opted in, but needs a stable release
    • Test coverage
    • Documentation
    • Number of open issues: 105 open issues, 29 of which are bugs against the current branch
  • Usage stats:
    • Almost 20,000 sites
  • Module features and usage
    • Provides a way for modules to include default content, in the same way that many modules already include default configuration
    • The module exports content as YAML files, and your module can specify the content that should be exported by listing the UUIDs in the info.yml file
    • It also provides a number of drush commands, to export a single entity, to export an entity and all of its dependencies, or to bulk export all of the content referenced in a module’s .info.yml file
    • There is also a companion project to export default content using an action within a view, which also makes me think it could probably be automated with something like ECA if you needed that
    • Exported content should be kept in a content directory in your module, where it will imported during install on any site that has the default_content module installed
    • I thought this would be a good module to cover today because Drupal core’s recipe system also includes support for default content, so when you install a recipe it will similarly import any YAML-encoded content in the recipe. In fact, I used this module for the first time exporting taxonomy terms I wanted a recipe to create as default values for a taxonomy it creates. Since Recipes will be a big part of Starshot, I expect default_content to be getting a lot of use in the coming months
Direct download: td-452-libsyn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT