Make Some operations Programmatically - Hook Update Deploy Tools

Submitted by editor on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:33

How to make deploy operations programmatically ?

Hook Update Deploy Tools is a great contrib module help to make most of site deploy operations programmatically.
Link :

CAUTION : Current drupal 8 version is unstable (8.x-1.0-unstable1, 2016-Feb-07 Version),  but 8.x-1.x-dev version is usable.

Example: Delete a field instance.
Using contrib module hook_update_deploy_tools

//Drupal 8:
$message = \HookUpdateDeployTools\Fields::deleteInstance('taxonomy_term', 'field_name', 'tags');

//Drupal 7:  
$message = HookUpdateDeployTools\Fields::deleteInstance('taxonomy_term', 'field_name', 'tags');


Without Hook Update Deploy Tools
//Drupal 8:

//Drupal 7:
$instance = field_info_instance('node', 'field_name', 'page');//For node
$instance = field_info_instance('taxonomy_term', 'field_name', 'tags');//For taxonomy term
if ($instance) {

//D8 (Not tested)
$field_info = \Drupal\field\Entity\FieldConfig::loadByName('node', 'page', 'field_name');

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