Hi Calgary Drupal group, just wondering if folks have advice on the best way to get started learning drupal in Calgary?
I think learning Drupal is pretty much the same everywhere. Think of a site to make or get hired to make one, Install Drupal and just dive right into it. When you have issues hit up irc, the forums and google. I often post to reddit.com/r/drupal as well as sometimes you get the fastest responses there. We're all working online so it really doesn't matter where you are.
What about Drupal are you wanting to learn? Module Development? Theming? Or general site building?
If you haven't used Drupal before here's a great into for you:
1. Install Acquia Dev Desktop http://www.acquia.com/downloads
2. Pick and install a theme framework (adaptive, fusion, zen etc.)
3. Install cck, views and the ddblock module
4. Setup a views based slideshow as per this guide http://ddblock.myalbums.biz/node/1971
That should give you a pretty solid intro to Drupal's backend, cck and views. Let me know if this helps or not.
Thanks dylanrao for the tips, will give them a shout and let you know how it goes!
We'll do lightening talk. Voluteers spend 10 minutes sharing learnings from Drupal and answer questions. Talk about latest developments, and go for refreshments at the Ironwood
Thurs May 24 5 pm
I am the lone Drupalista in my organization (SAIT Polytechnic), but I have been playing around with Drupal since version 4.7.
The current site I built and maintain is D6, but I plan to "migrate" it to D7 this summer.
Unfortunately, I am flying out to Vancouver on May 24. Maybe next time.
I've done a lot of work with Drupal. Maybe over 50 websites, by now I think. I own a small web development company http://www.otherdata.com. I would be interested in meeting up for a drink and I can answer any questions.
I haven't come across a "best way", just the way that different folks experience it themselves. Generally that's what gets relayed. I'm happy to see something get posted in the Calgary group that's NOT, "yet another job posting". Not that listing job postings is a bad thing, as people and companies have needs. Its just nice to see something Else posted.
Other than trying to actually build something, another good way is to hangout on IRC and see if you can answer questions from other newbies. You'll learn how/where to find answers to Drupal questions quickly, and more often than not will learn from the responses provided by more senior members.
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