Beginning Drupal 7 – Live Blogging from Drupal Camp NYC 8

By Jacob Redding & Jennifer Lampton

What’s New: Overview

  • Admin Menu
  • Overlays (can be turned off)
  • FIelds
  • Image Styles (combines all the imagefield, imageapi etc.)
  • RDF
  • Theming Functions
  • New database layer (completely different abstraction layer, less direct DB queries). Goal: broader reach, including Oracle, MS SQL

What’s New: Details

  • Overlays for management and content creation functions: Never leave the actual page
  • Basic content type: Article, Basic Page. Article now has an image field included (which is part of core)
  • Tags are built in by default
  • Node attributes are styled better
  • Admin menu built (a version thereof). Can be extended with customizable shortcuts
  • Fields (CCK) built into core. Anything can be extended with additional fields, including comments, taxonomy, and users. BIG!
  • Media Configuration Section
    • Image Styles: formally image cache presets
    • File System: Possible to selectively choose a private file folder (D6 required either all files to be private or all files to be public)
  • New Themes: Bartik, Seven
  • Display of permission is smarter, e.g. admins inherit permissions from authenticated users
  • New options for case of deletion and what happens with related content. Choice can be given to the user.
  • User profiles can use global image styles (a.k.a. imagecache for users)
  • Users itself can use all fields (would use Content Profile for this in D6)
  • Drupal 7 has a module called Profile (which should not be used for new sites, as fields can be added to the user directly)
  • Modules can be installed through the Drupal interface (either through upload or direct tar archive). FTP/SSH not needed anymore.
  • Views not included, because of (technical) complexity of integration Views into core

Overall Impression

  • Look much more simplified and un-geekified
  • Easier descriptions targeted and Drupal novices
  • D7 will have a lot more distributions