[Drupal] Major code changes while migrating from Drupal-7 to Drupal 8

By anu.mathew | 26th December 2014 | 1 min read

As the drupal is getting ready to migrate to a higher version 8. The older version is overhauled by the newer in every sense. As Zyxware is a regular contributor to drupal, its relevant that we need to upgrade our contibuted modules too.

Here I am listing some of the major changes found out during migrating modules from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Instead of $node you have to use NodeInterface $node and use Drupal\node\NodeInterface on the top of the page

Following are the changes(first colume drupal 7 code and second colume contain changed drupal 8)

  • $node->nid : $node->id()
  • $node->title : $node->title->value OR $node->getTitle()
  • $node->type : $node->getType()
  • $node->body[$langcode][0]['value'] : $node->$node->get('body')->value OR $node->body->value;
  • Changes to check user permission Drupal 7:

    user_access('access example_content')

    Drupal 8:

    (\Drupal::currentUser()->hasPermission('access example_content'))
  • To debugg your code Drupal 7:

     watchdog('debug', '<pre>'. print_r($array, TRUE) .'</pre>');

    Drupal 8:

      \Drupal::logger('module_name')->notice('<pre>'.print_r($array, TRUE).'</pre>');
  • To get path alias Drupal 7:

    $path = drupal_get_path_alias($path);

    Drupal 8:

    $path = \Drupal::service('path.alias_manager')->getPathByAlias($path);
  • Get q variable from URL Drupal 7:

    Drupal 8:
  • Access current user variables. Drupal 7:

      global $user

    Drupal 8:

    $user = \Drupal::currentUser();