Drupal 8 has a new theme engine: Twig. Twig provides several advantages over PHPtemplate, our previous theme engine, including: Security, Performance (probably), and Ease of Use.
Though we all know and love PHPTemplate, Drupal is not really using the PHPTemplate theme engine anymore. In order to overcome the shortfalls we encountered, we solved problems by creating a Drupal-specific combination of PHPTemplate and giant renderable "Arrays of Doom". Though the current solution was infinitely flexible for those who understand it - we've managed to produce a theme layer that is painfully frustrating to use, for all the people who needed it most.
The theme layer is also the place where people who are new to Drupal, including many of our current core developers, first get their start. By making this entry point unapproachable and territory for Drupal experts only, we're not only frustrating the front-end developer community, but possibly turning away potential contributors, by making the first step too high.
The move to Twig means we can take a good hard look at all the markup generated by Drupal core. We're working hard to create a Drupal Theming wonderland where things are consistent, intuitive, and easy to work with.
In addition to moving to Twig, the rest of the system is also getting an overhaul. We've already identified over 40 theme functions in core that can be removed or consolidated, and we're working hard on creating a Theme Component Library so all markup coming out of Drupal can be consistent.
In this session We'll point out some of the problems we faced with PHPTemplate and Renderables, and show how these issues are being addressed through the move to Twig. There's still a lot to do, and some things we still haven't decided on yet, but we're definitely making progress.
Come see what template files will look like in Drupal 8, and learn how you can get involved in making a better Tommorrow for your favorite CMS.
- Drupal Camp Mexico - Backdrop CMS: there's a cost that comes with change - April 24th, 2014
- Florida Drupal Camp - Backdrop CMS: there's a cost that comes with change - Mar 8th, 2014
- Florida Drupal Camp [FEATURED SPEAKER] - Rethinking the theme layer in Drupal 8 - Mar 8th, 2014
- Santa Cruz DUG - Backdrop CMS - A Drupal Fork - Nov 5th, 2013
- EBDUG - Backdrop CMS - A Drupal Fork - Oct 30th, 2013
- BADCamp 2013 - Twig & the new theme layer in Drupal 8 - Oct 26th, 2013
- BADCamp 2013 - Building BADCAMP: Event Organization, Community Building, & Magic - Oct 27th, 2013
- BADCamp 2013 - Forking Drupal - Backdrop CMS - Oct 26th, 2013
- SFDUG - Forking Drupal - Backdrop CMS - Oct 14th, 2013
- DrupalCon Prague - Twig & The new theme layer in Drupal 8 - Sept 25th, 2013
- Twin Cities Drupal Camp - Twig & The new theme layer in Drupal 8 - July 20th, 2013
- NYC Drupal Camp - Twig & The new theme layer in Drupal 8 - July 13th, 2013
- DrupalCon Portland [FEATURED SPEAKER] - Using Twig: The new template engine in D8 - May 21st, 2013
- Sacramento Drupal Camp - Build better websites with Panels - Apr 13th, 2013
- Sacramento Drupal Camp - Twig and the new theme layer in Drupal 8 - Apr 13th, 2013