[development] 'old' core 6 & new 7, working together..?

Susan Stewart hedgemage at binaryredneck.net
Sun Jan 3 21:47:35 UTC 2010


Someone suggests this every time a new version of Drupal comes out --
always someone who, like yourself, is not a programmer and has no idea
what such a thing entails.  Get to know Drupal and its code a little
better, and read http://drupal.org/node/65922 which explains why we
don't cripple Drupal in the name of backwards compatibility, or worse,
create some sort of kludgy compatibility layer to hold it down.

If a module has sufficient interest, it will be upgraded quickly to the
next version of Drupal.  Anyone can do it with an investment of time and
programming skills, or of dollars.  You can visit
http://drupal.org/project/modules?solrsort=sort_title%20asc&text=d7cx to
see a list of contrib modules that have promised to have a D7 compatible
release on the day D7 is released.

I know that for non-programmers and those not familiar with Drupal, this
all seems strange, but that first link I gave you is a great explanation
of why it is part of the core Drupal philosophy.


On 01/03/2010 03:33 PM, Ad wrote:
> Hello,
> To my opinion, the imminent release of the 7 core might better be delayed.
> Untill today, many mods for 5 and even 4, are not available for the 6
> version.
> And there are several mods that are neccesary on some websites, so in
> some cases one better doesn't migrate to 6 (or even not from 5 in
> fewer cases).
> Do I propose waiting untill maybe all the mods are available for 6?
> No; that would not change anything to the fact, that it will take many
> years before almost all interesting mods are programmed for core 7.
> What I propose is a bridge, cloud, integration of TWO cores; the 6 and
> 7 core:
> Two installations (might be on another server too).
> Waste of time that better can be used programming core 7 mods...?
> Maybe, but that bridge_cloud could serve also for 7 to the future 8,
> bridging and clouding the same Drupal versions, Mediawiki and many
> other programs.
> Especially when its written like:
> 1) a very broad multifunctional adapter,
> 2) with additional the 6 to 7 bridge
> 3) and many other specific bridges to make for other programs.
> I'm not a programmer except for a blue monday and not familiar with
> internal details of how Drupal works. So there probably are many hughe
> problems to resolve to get something like this done.
> But:
> 1) a General Bridge-Cloud-Adapter for core 7?
> 2) then a 6_to_7_Bridge working with GBCA?
> 3) then other bridges working with GBCA, like Mediawiki, etc.?
> If this is practically possible, my opinion is that first the core 7
> software should be revised thoroughly to make this core perfect for
> such external connections/communications/integration...
> Related question: Doesn't there exist a uniform protocol how different
> programs can integrate? If so; the core better should already be build
> according to these characteristics. If not, maybe some developers can
> form a broad based group to get such a protocol into practice?
> Thanks,
> Ad

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