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In this Halloween-themed episode of Tag1 TeamTalks, Benji Fisher, a top contributor to Drupal, shares two chilling platform migration stories. In the first tale, set in 2019, Benji tackled a government website project with a tight deadline. The initial plan to use the unstable feeds module for Drupal 8 was alarming, given the project's complexity. Benji opted for the more reliable Migrate API to handle the intricate XML data structure, a decision that ultimately paid off.

The second hair-raising story occurred in 2013-2014 during the implementation of HTTPS on a Learning Management System (LMS). Benji had to persuade the client that HTTPS wouldn't harm performance and deal with hardcoded HTTP URLs in JavaScript activities. He devised a clever shell script to convert and edit the URLs, swiftly resolving the issue.

Both stories exemplify the unpredictability and challenges of platform and data migration. They underscore the importance of selecting the right tools and techniques. These experiences, though harrowing at the time, now serve as reminders of successful problem-solving and resilience in the tech world.

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For a transcript of this video, see Transcript: Scary Drupal Migrations with Benji Fisher.

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