Drupal 7 End of Life Podcast Welcomes Back Matt Glaman

19 September, 2023

The latest episode of the Drupal 7 End of Life podcast hosted by Mark Dorison and Chris Free welcomes back Matt Glaman to discuss Retrofit for Drupal, a tool designed to ease the transition from Drupal 7. Previously known as Drupal Bridge, Retrofit offers a solution for organizations looking to migrate their Drupal 7 websites to newer versions. Matt highlights the power and limitations of Retrofit, emphasizing its role in reducing the amount of code that needs to be rewritten during migration.

Retrofit aims to provide a backward compatibility layer for Drupal 7 code, allowing it to function seamlessly with modern versions of Drupal. By retaining compatibility with key APIs like routing and forms, the tool minimizes the need for extensive code revisions. Matt explains that while Retrofit may not address all use cases or achieve a 100% match, it significantly reduces the effort required for migration, making it a valuable asset for organizations facing the Drupal 7 end of life.

The podcast episode delves into the practical implications of Retrofit and how it can streamline the migration process. Matt underscores the importance of maintaining confidence in the platform's stability during major version upgrades and discusses how Retrofit helps achieve that goal. Overall, Retrofit for Drupal offers a practical solution for organizations looking to transition smoothly from Drupal 7 to newer versions while minimizing code rewrites and ensuring platform continuity.

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