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Easily add content with update hooks: use default content module exports to create content that needs to be in sync with configuration

An approach for keeping content that is added as part of development synchronized with test and production environments is to use the Default Content module to export the content. It's built for the content to be exported to an installation profile's 'content' folder, and then the module, if enabled, automatically brings the content in when the site is installed.

Getting a node (or other entity) and playing with it on the command line

Here's one way to get a node so that you can play with it on the command line and figure out what different methods actually do:

array_pop(\Drupal::service('entity_type.manager')->getStorage('node')->loadByProperties(['title' => 'Sample node']))

There's surely faster ways to do it with an ID, and maybe even better would be to use devel generate here. Anyway, this gives a node that can be messed with, like so, putting it all together:

Keeping Drupal's contextual links working even when the whole content item is linked offsite or triggering a lightbox

We have a site where one content type (publicity, for news items and awards) are listed, but the whole thing is wrapped in an anchor tag and linked to outside content. To prevent leaving the site before the contextual edit link is shown, i did this:

Give custom blocks template suggestions by type and views blocks by view ID

* Implements hook_theme_suggestions_HOOK_alter() for blocks.
function kidneys_theme_suggestions_block_alter(array &$suggestions, array $variables) {

How to get the base path for your Drupal 8 site in a Twig template

In page.html.twig you will have a working {{ base_path }} variable. Why it isn't available in every template, i have no idea. As i think it should be and everything else looks messy, my preferred solution is to do exactly as Drupal does in the preprocess page function for any place i need it.

Embedding a content add form in a block in Drupal 8

The Form block module, mentioned in the forum post how to embed node add form in a block?, is still going strong in Drupal 8.

Drupal 8 default content the Agaric way

For the moment, we're following the crowd and using the Default content module. It is nice and has built-in integration with installation profiles, but the export could be more convenient (multiple items of content at once, please!) and import could be made much more robust (given half a chance, we'll reimplement it on migrate).

What to do when developing a Drupal 8 module and a class file just isn't being autoloaded even though it is definitely there

Short answer: Restart apache or disable the APC classloader in your local.settings.php (see settings.php).

While working on the Give module, which follows the same pattern for donation forms as Drupal 8 core's Contact module uses for contact forms, an access control handler was not being found even though i quadruple checked that my handler annotation described the handler correctly for the name and location of its file.

The ConfigEntityType annotation for the access handler, with most other annotations removed:

Is Git corrupting your font files?

I was getting errors like this in the console:

downloadable font: incorrect file size in WOFF header (font-family: "Graphik" style:normal weight:bold stretch:normal src index:1) source: ... themes/butaro/fonts/Graphik-Bold-Web.woff
downloadable font: rejected by sanitizer (font-family: "Graphik" style:normal weight:bold stretch:normal src index:1) source: ... themes/butaro/fonts/Graphik-Bold-Web.woff

Git would have given you warnings that look like this when you git added the fonts:

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