Jan 03 2016
Jan 03

In this very special holiday episode of the DrupalEasy Podcast, (most of) the co-hosts pick our favorite Drupaly things from 2015, including our favorite Drupal moments as well as our favorite things about Drupal 8. Ted teaches us about the spirit of Christmas, Andrew talks about his favorite podcast episode, Ryan makes a surprise appearance, and we meet Kelley Curry (BrightBold), our newest co-host.

Our Favorite Things

Drupal moment of the year

  • Mike - DrupalCon Barcelona community keynotes.
  • Ryan - adding new hosts to DrupalEasy Podcast / recording the April Fool's Day Episode / singing the Drupal Oddity song at DrupalCon Karaoke in Los Angeles and watching Mike H freak out.
  • Andrew - Being at work and having my boss ask what happened to the DrupalEasy Podcast. It was the April Fools Day episode. He was afraid we all lost our minds.
  • Kelley - DrupalCon LA prenote / release of D8 with my first 4 core commits / getting asked to join the podcast.
  • Ted - Acquia U, Drupalcon LA Hallway Track.

Drupal 8

  • Mike - View modes being a first-class “thing”.
  • Ryan - that I got to learn Dependency Injection, Services, OOP.
  • Andrew - Namespacing (more PHP but hey, we can now use it). Or more meta, we now fit into the rest of the PHP world.
  • Kelley - Theming improvements: Classy, Stable, Twig debugging.
  • Ted - OOP - CMI - Death to Features.

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  • The next session of the 12-week Drupal Career Online course starts in March, 2016 - visit DrupalEasy.com/dco for all the details.

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Five Questions (answers only)

  1. Started a 501(c)(3) to support a bilingual public school. Hurley K-8 and Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School.
  2. Gathered Table iPhone app.
  3. Speak at DrupalCon.
  4. Cheetah.
  5. DrupalCon San Francisco help from Benjamin Doherty (bangpound).

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One Christmas at a Time by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick.

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Dec 11 2015
Dec 11

Wind Turbine
Looking for a new, promising career? How do you feel about climbing a 212-foot (64.6m) tower next to a cable carrying 34.5kV of electricity? Perhaps you enjoy a workplace where arc flashes and fault currents are hazards to be dodged every day? If so, you're in luck because the occupation forecasted to grow the fastest in the next 10 years is that of a wind turbine service technician.

If you like the idea of getting into a truly growing field, but would rather do something a little more (ahem) down to earth, then perhaps web development (we recommend Drupal!) is the way to go. The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently released a short video showcasing the occupations projected to be the fastest growing for the next 10 years, and web developer is near the top of the list.

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The USDOL is forecasting that the number of web developer positions will grow 26.6% (over 39,000 jobs) between 2014 and 2024. They put web developer positions in the "some post-secondary education required" category, alongside occupations like wind turbine service technicians, commercial divers, and occupational therapy assistants.

Unlike some of the other jobs on the USDOL's list, web developers earn pretty decent wages – an average of $63,490. Compare that with personal care aides, an occupation expected to grow by 450,000 new positions that pay an average of $20,440 (the federal poverty level for a 3-person household is $20,090).

The Drupal Career Online 12-week, part-time training course provides the necessary education for aspiring Drupalists to learn how to build Drupal sites using best practices and workflows common to modern Drupal development. Our curriculum teaches a blend of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 skills, along with a healthy dose of command-line tools like Git, Drush, and Drupal Console. Our next session begins in March of 2016. If you’d like to learn more Drupal careers and our training, you can sign up for our free Taste of Drupal information session on February 17.

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Dec 11 2015
Dec 11

Mike Bell (mikebell_), one of the Community keynoters at DrupalCon Barcelona 2015, joins Mike Anello, Andrew Riley, and Ryan Price to discuss mental health and open source, why Larry still isn't satisfied, and one of the next major decisions the Drupal community is currently discussing.

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  1. Fallout 4.
  2. Playstation App on mobile phone.
  3. Drupal core development (CMI).
  4. Owl.
  5. Getting involved with the community.

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Nov 29 2015
Nov 29

Donna Benjamin (kattekrab) joins Mike Anello, Andrew Riley, and Anna Kalata to talk about funding free and open-source software (FOSS), the D8 Accelerate Program, and the launch of Drupal 8!

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  1. Looks at rocks.
  2. Toggl.
  3. Setting a goal.
  4. A wallaby.
  5. DrupalCon San Francisco.

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Drupal Way - by Marcia Buckingham (vocals, bass and mandolin) and Charlie Poplees (guitar). The lyrics by Marcia Buckingham, music by Kate Wolfe.

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Nov 23 2015
Nov 23

DCO Fall 2015 students
A few days ago, we graduated yet another class of students from our 12-week Drupal Career Online training program. This was the seventh session of our unique Drupal training program (not to mention the two most recent Acquia U classes) and - like Drupal - we're constantly evolving. This session brought the most significant changes to the curriculum since we've started - integrating some Drupal 8 content as well as a re-structuring of the schedule to put more of an emphasis on development workflows and tools.

This session's class was comprised of five students - four of whom are existing full-time employees of organizations using Drupal. The students had a wide range of experience, but all had a desire to learn best practices and the skills necessary to extend and maintain modern Drupal sites. We met in a virtual classroom three times a week for the duration of the 12-week program to learn new skills, work on in-class exercises, review homework, and discuss issues that the students experienced with both class exercises and real-world Drupal projects.

This session's graduating class includes:

As part of their training, they've been given a healthy dose of community involvement, including the importance of using IRC, attending Drupal events, and participating in the community. As you see these folks around, please give them a nice welcome!

From the very beginning of the Drupal Career Online program in 2011 (then called the "Drupal Career Starter Program") our goal has been to provide professional long-form Drupal training focusing on best practices, community involvement, and sustainable site building. To this end, we're constantly improving and expanding the curriculum. Currently, students are provided with PDF lessons, screencasts, online assessments, all in addition to the 7 hours of live, instructor-led training that are provided each week.

With the recent release of Drupal 8, it was time to re-think our curriculum and begin making some wide-ranging changes. In addition to adding Drupal 8 to a number of various site-building lessons and exercises, we made a rather large structural change to the overall curriculum to put more of an emphasis on comment development workflows. This change was based on feedback from both graduates and employers. For example, in the past we had separate lessons for Drush, Git, and working with remote servers. The curriculum now begins with basic Drush and Git commands and continuously expands on them throughout the 12 weeks.

The goal is to get students into the habit of using Drush and Git as they work on the various parts of a site. As the course progresses, we introduce the concepts of remote repositories (utilizing the GitHub, WebEnabled, Pantheon, and Acquia platforms) as well as remote development, testing/staging, and production/live environments. The overall goal being preparing graduates to be able to be revenue-generating members of their organization from day 1.

We're extremely proud of all our graduates and know that we couldn't do it without the help of our volunteer community mentors and Work Experience Drupal partners. Our next session begins in early March, 2016.

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Nov 16 2015
Nov 16

Paul Johnson (pdjohnson) joins Mike Anello and Ted Bowman to talk about Drupal's social media presence, how community members can get involved, and the forthcoming release of Drupal 8!

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  1. Road cycling
  2. Slack
  3. L'etap de Tour.
  4. No answer
  5. DrupalCon London - when asked to get more involved with @drupalcon

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Oct 12 2015
Oct 12

David Rozas (drozas), PhD candidate at the University of Surrey and recent DrupalCon Barcelona keynote speaker joins Mike Anello, Ryan Price, and special guest co-host Anna Kalata (akalata) to discuss David's PhD research on open-source contributing as well as wrap-up of DrupalCon Barcelona.

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  1. Teaching at a university.
  2. Kodi (formerly XBMC)
  3. Finishing and defending his PhD.
  4. An elephant.
  5. Attending Drupal events in Madrid.

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Impossible Dream performed by Adam Juran during the DrupalCon Barcelona 2015 prenote.

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Sep 20 2015
Sep 20

Alex Pott (alexpott), Drupal Research Engineer for Chapter Three, and a Drupal 8 co-maintainer joins Mike, Ted, and Ryan with an update on Drupal 8 critical and major issues, and the path to a Drupal 8 release. We also discuss progress on the Rules module for Drupal 8, beta-to-beta Drupal 8 updates, and Ted's epic screencast.

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  • DrupalEasy's Drupal Career Online's 12-week Fall 2015 session is underway with an all-new version of the curriculum that focuses on modern Drupal development workflows as well as including all-new Drupal 8 lessons.

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  1. Plays the ukulele.
  2. Butt.
  3. Live by the sea and sail on a boat regularly (after he gets Drupal 8 out the damn door).
  4. Deer.
  5. DrupalCon Paris, sprinting with Karen S and shaking Dries' hand in the toilet.

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Aug 21 2015
Aug 21

Jay Epstein (jeppy64), Senior Developer with TrakTek joins Mike, Ted, and Ryan to talk about his Relativity Data Model and why he feels it is a superior method for architectuing Drupal sites with a limited number of modules and no custom code. We dive into the techniques, contrib modules, and benefits of the model before our weekly roundup of Drupal news and events.

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  • The next session of DrupalEasy's live, online career program starts September 1st. You know we pride ourselves on quality active career training focused on the students, with plenty of opportunities to engage with your instructor and fellow students in our online learning community. We meet online three times a week for 12 weeks covering the foundations of the technologies and skills you need to build a successful Drupal career. Go to DrupalEasy.com/dco for more information and apply before August 31st!

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  1. Elite baseball player/instructor.
  2. OpenOffice.
  3. Mastering Git.
  4. None.
  5. Comfortably presenting at DrupalCamps.

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"Simpletest" - from the DrupalCon Los Angeles pre-note.

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Aug 19 2015
Aug 19

Compass

It's that time of year again - the next session of the Drupal Career Online program is about to get underway. Interested in learning Drupal best practices, common development shop workflows, as well as a bunch of the tools that modern Drupal professionals use every day? Looking to expand your current development team but don't have the time or the resources to train existing or new staff? If so, the Drupal Career Online program was designed with your needs in mind!

This will be the seventh time we've taught our curriculum, and the ninth time overall that is has been used for long-form Drupal training (Acquia has used it for their Acquia U program). We're confident that it provides students with the knowledge and experience to compress the amount of time it takes to become a Drupal professional.

Like Drupal, our curriculum is always evolving. Since we began the program, the curriculum has been expanded to include additional examples, enhanced with screencasts and weekly assessments, and bolstered with instruction on modern Drupal site building techniques. Starting this fall, we'll be selectively using both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 in our examples and homework as we help prepare the next generation of Drupal developers.

The program runs 12 weeks - students meet online with a live (video/audio/screen-sharing) instructor twice a week (3.5 hours/class) for training with an additional 4-hour online lab session where students can work together on class homework and projects or ask the instructor to review concepts or answer questions.

This is not bootcamp-style training. Not only are we strong believers that students need time to digest new concepts and have time for additional investigation, but we're also realists who understand that it is extremely difficult for most people to put their life on hold for 8+ weeks while they attend a 40-hour/week (sometimes more) training class. Our 12-week program, which works out to about 130 hours of class and lab/co-working) allows students to learn at a sane pace while giving them time to be curious and dive deep into topics that interest them - without them risking missing any class material.

How do we measure success? The majority of our graduates go on to earn money in the Drupal ecosystem. Some go on to be contractor/consultants, some go on to full-time jobs, and some improve their current job situation with their newly improved skills.

We know how difficult it is for folks new to Drupal to break into the Drupal contracting/consulting business or to find a Drupal-related job. Our program is designed to greatly decrease the amount of time it takes someone to go from beginner to "work ready". We'll steer you around all the minefields and help you scale the sometimes-scary Drupal learning curve in the most efficient way possible.

We also know how difficult it is for Drupal development shops to find new talent. We feel that this program is tailor-made to help shops grow their own talent; you provide us with good people with potential and passion who fit into your company's culture, and we'll get them trained up the right way.

Interested yet? Want to hear more (with no obligation)? Sign up and attend our free Taste of Drupal online information session on Wednesday, August 26 at 11am EDT. We'll provide a brief presentation of the program as well as answer any questions that you may have. If you decide to take the plunge, you can apply online. We have an easy payment plan for individuals, and if you're interested in a group discounts (for two or more people), we can help with that as well. Classes start the first week of September.

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Aug 04 2015
Aug 04

Michelle Krejci (craychee), engineer at Palantir.net, joins Mike Anello, Ted Bowman, and Ryan Price to talk about grand Belgian statues, things in Chicago that only tourists love, why we're all confused about the thing called "continuous integration" and all the tools and technologies around it. Michelle breaks it all down for us and provides a reasonable entry point for beginners. Recent Drupal news, picks of the week, and five questions round out the rest of the episode.

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  • The next session of DrupalEasy's live, online career program starts September 1st. You know we pride ourselves on quality active career training focused on the students, with plenty of opportunities to engage with your instructor and fellow students in our online learning community. We meet online three times a week for 12 weeks covering the foundations of the technologies and skills you need to build a successful Drupal career. Go to DrupalEasy.com/dco for more information and apply before August 31st!

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  1. Run marathons.
  2. The Dilbert Principle (book).
  3. Containers.
  4. Emu (definitely not the monkey).
  5. When she found that being a Drupal developer didn't necessarily mean writing PHP and building content types.

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Jul 22 2015
Jul 22

Leonid Makarov (inqui), Chief Architect at FFW US East joins Ryan to talk about Docker and FFW's (Blink Reaction's) internal developer environment, Drude.

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  1. skiing with his son.
  2. Revolute (credit card app)
  3. Bungee from a Bridge in New Zealand.
  4. Icelandic Horses.
  5. When he discovered hooks, and stopped hacking core.

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Jul 02 2015
Jul 02

Becca Goodman (onelittlebecca), IT Specialist for Fish and Wildlife Refuges and Brad MacDonald (bjmac), Senior Project Manager for Mediacurrent join Mike to talk about Drupal GovCon, DA revenue, new verbs, and two new exotic animals!

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  1. Run marathons; Tae-kwon-do
  2. Skype, D8 development environment; Text Expander
  3. 100 miler; a production launch of a Drupal 8 site
  4. Serval; Macaque monkey
  5. DrupalCon Portland; 2008 Drupal project

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Jun 16 2015
Jun 16

Anna Kalata (akalata), a freelance Drupal Developer (AnnaKalata.com) from the Chicago area joins Ryan Price and Mike Anello to talk about getting started in core development, the New Jersey Shore Sprint, workflow, the Druplicon, Drupal major version stats, and our picks of the week.

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  • Mike - Workflowy - web-based outliner with companion iOS and Android apps. Items can be marked as completed, notes added, exported, and more.
  • Ryan - ImageOptim for compressing images up to 80% smaller, make your page lighter.
  • Anna - Timothy hay, Dandelion greens, and carrot tops.

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  1. Learning to play clarinet.
  2. Tiny Deathstar.
  3. Going back to a North American DrupalCon.
  4. Armadillo.
  5. Volunteering at MidCamp 2014.

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Jun 04 2015
Jun 04

Jesus Manuel Olivas (jmolivas), Drupal 8 Solutions Engineer at FFW and Eduardo (Enzo) Garcia (enzo), CTO at Anexus IT, two of the maintainers of the Drupal Console project join Mike Anello and Ryan Price to talk about Drupal Console, Cultural Construction, keeping core and module development on Drupal.org, as well as some other current Drupal-y news and our picks of the week!

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Enzo | Jesus
1. Travelling | Family
2. PhpStorm early access program | Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command
3. Bungee/parachute jumping | Moving to another country
4. Anteater | giraffe
5. The day his first Drupal project went live and didn't break | His first Drupal event

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DrupalCon - from the DruaplCon Los Angeles pre-note performed by Kristina Bjoran.

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May 27 2015
May 27

In just a few short weeks, the latest class of DrupalEasy career training students will complete their course work and will be ready for an opportunity to prove themselves through internships, entry- or junior-level Drupal development positions! If your organization is looking to build its talent pipeline, this is your opportunity to bring on a highly-trained individual with the passion and desire for building Drupal sites.

We’ve set up a program to match graduate skills with potential employer needs with our Work Experience (WE) Drupal program, and it is once again open for new host applicants. WE Drupal hosts are under no obligation by applying - we're just looking for some information on what type of person you're looking for (developer, site-builder, front-end, QA, PM, etc…) and an idea of the types of projects you have in mind for the graduate. We'll share all of the student profiles with you, and share your information with our students.

If you find someone, or several who seems like they might fit the bill, we’ll make the introduction so you can speak with them. You are not obligated to hire anyone, but if you find someone you'd like to work with, the details of the relationship (type of employment, pay rate, hours/week, length of trial period, etc...) are all between you and the graduate.

By the time they graduate in a few weeks, students will have been immersed in comprehensive Drupal training for 12 weeks. Not only are they learning Drupal site building skills, but they've each developed a solid foundation with the entire Drupal ecosystem. They've received training on Git, Drush, Features, module and theme development, community contributions (both code and documentation). Students have presented numerous demos of their work to the rest of the class. Every student is ready for the next step: real-world experience.

In addition to providing instruction on Drupal and its ecosystem, we've also provided instruction on "learning how to learn" - what do you do when you get stuck? What's the best way to leverage the Drupal community? They also will continue to have access to our teaching materials, including screencasts and reference documents so that if they need a refresher on a topic, they know exactly where to go.

This will be our sixth graduating class from the various DrupalEasy career training programs. Our graduates have gone on to full-time, part-time, and contracting Drupal positions all over the United States. Like the previous DrupalEasy graduates, this class shares the desire to become part of the Drupal community. The next step is for them to find an organization that is looking for someone with the desire and qualifications to contribute to the organization's goals from day one, and willing to willing to provide an opportunity for additional learning and mentoring.

We're excited about the outlook for these Spring session graduates, and are already looking forward to our Fall semester, so if you need to train up your Drupal bench, or know someone who is looking to become a Drupal developer, please send them our way!

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May 26 2015
May 26

Ben Jeavons, coltrane on Drupal.org, member of the Drupal security team, joins Ted Bowman, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello on the first post-DrupalCon Los Angeles podcast. Ben gets us up-to-speed on two-factor authentication and the modules he helped write as well as their implementation on Drupal.org. We also wrap up our coverage of DrupalCon Los Angeles, practice using Ted's new nickname, and assign homework to listeners.

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  • WE Drupal - is your organization looking to build its talent pipeline? Then consider hiring one of our upcoming graduates as an intern and/or junior developer.
  • Podcasts each day from DrupalCon Los Angeles.
  • Build your organization's Drupal talent pipeline with DrupalEasy's Drupal Career Online program. Join agencies like Acquia and Amazee Labs who are instituting internal developer training programs.

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  1. Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.
  2. Feedly app.
  3. Getting taxes done by end of January.
  4. Checkers-playing pigeon.
  5. My first Florida DrupalCamp.

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May 15 2015
May 15

Posted Tuesday, August 4 at 3:16 pm

Michelle Krejci (craychee), engineer at Palantir.net, joins Mike Anello, Ted Bowman, and Ryan Price to talk about grand Belgian statues, things in Chicago that only tourists love, why we're all confused about the thing called "continuous integration" and all the tools and technologies around it. Michelle breaks it all down for us and provides a reasonable entry point for beginners. Recent Drupal news, picks of the week, and five questions round out the rest of the episode.

May 13 2015
May 13

Live (almost) from Los Angeles, Ryan, Ted, and Mike are joined by a few familiar voices for a quick recap of day 1 of DrupalCon. We talk highlights, songs from the prenote, special Drupal moments, and Ryan interviews Rob Loach from Kalamuna about Kalabox 2.0.

May 04 2015
May 04

Brett Meyer, Director of Strategy at ThinkShout, and Stephanie Gutowski, Community Engagement Organizer/Manager at ThinkShout, join Ted, Ryan, and Mike to talk about video games. Specifically, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Seriously - Brett and Stephanie have an article in the upcoming issue of Drupal Watchdog where they relate content strategy in web sites to content strategy in content-heavy videos games. We also focus on DrupalCon Los Angeles including what we're looking forward to, if sessions are still necessary, community vs. business networking, and if it's possible to only pack a single shirt.

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  1. astrophysics, soccer
  2. Space Marine 40K, Skype
  3. becoming an adult, visit China
  4. tiger, camel (in Timbuktu)
  5. Drupal Day at NTEN conference, learning taxonomy in Drupal 4.7.

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Apr 23 2015
Apr 23

Cathy Theys (YesCT), Blackmesh Community Liason and Drupal Community organizer extraordinare, joins Mike Anello and a hybrid Andrew Riley-Ryan Price on this 150th episode of the DrupalEasy podcast. We discussed Drupal code governance, Drupal Dev Days, Drupal 8 progress, DrupalCon Los Angeles, Drupal 8 page caching, and running testbot from the command line. We also brainstormed a new set of 5 questions, learned about Cathy's upcoming travel schedule, listened to Ryan perform the Zelda theme song, and wondered about some listener feedback.

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  1. science nerd
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  4. a bison and an antelope
  5. DrupalCon Denver hotel lobby discussion with Gabor

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Apr 07 2015
Apr 07

Stetson Celebration Campus

DrupalEasy is so excited to announce that we are teaming up with Stetson University to present the first comprehensive, university-based Drupal career professional development program in Florida! The Drupal Career Certificate Program (DCCP), which is built on DrupalEasy’s Drupal Career Starter Program curriculum, marks an official entrance to the Drupal talent pipeline through the US higher education system. The DCCP, now part of the university’s Boundless Learning programs, will be officially announced at Florida DrupalCamp 2015!  The first course will kick off this Fall at the Stetson Celebration Center located right in the middle of Florida's High Tech corridor on the outskirts of Orlando.

It’s been an interesting road for us as we search for the best ways to scale up Drupal career training. In one respect, we have great access to the Drupal Community, and have been building recognition for our passion to develop high-quality Drupal talent with our comprehensive in-person and virtual career training programs. The long pole has always been reaching beyond the Drupal community. We had early success in our immediate region through the workforce system working with transitioning aerospace IT folks who needed a new direction after Shuttle was cancelled. But, we discovered, that group, with its level of passion and technical background, is unique among the usual workforce system clientele who are not part of a mass tech layoff.

We have also talked to a few bootcamp-style coding schools, who although interested in Drupal-specific programs, have mostly co-working/self-teaching business models that don’t lend themselves to our instructor-intensive, community-building, long-form approach. The model we found that we hope hits the nail on the head is through higher education, primarily in professional development/continuing education programs. When we met the innovative thinkers at Stetson, the concept came together pretty quickly, with buy-in at every level of the university. Our quality focus, the importance of the Drupal community, creating a talent pipeline – they totally get it, and we could not be more pleased with the potential.

Drupal at Stetson logo We feel pretty lucky to have a partner in Stetson, which has been around since the late 1800’s, and has thrived in great part because it is built on blazing new trails with high quality education programs in disciplines that have great need for talent. This university Drupal career focused program joins the ranks of quite a few other impressive firsts for Stetson, including Florida’s first law school, (which accepted and graduated Florida’s first female law students!) its first college newspaper, and the first school of business administration in the state.

This is a great opportunity to not only scale up our career programs, but to also help build up the Drupal talent pool for the community by creating a more recognizable and conspicuous career path in Drupal for those who are not in the community. It’s a chance for Drupal to be promoted to those who have the capabilities, but perhaps not the familiarity with Drupal to learn more about the options, potential and community that have drawn in so many of us. We are excited to part of this partnership between two vastly different organizations that are built on the same premises of educational goodness and light.

As we build our career programs and begin developing our Drupal 8 based program, we are looking to forge similar partnerships in other areas of the country (and the world,) so please let me know if you have an interest or a suggestion in your region.

The inaugural Stetson DCCP begins September 15 at the Stetson University Celebration Center, and runs every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 – 9:00 pm EDT until the first week of December. For more information, come see us at the super-fantasitic platinum sponsor Stetson Drupal Training table at Florida DrupalCamp, or visit www.stetson.edu/drupal-training.

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Apr 07 2015
Apr 07

Erik Baldwin (BLadwin) and Mike Herchel (mherchel), two of the featured speakers for Florida DrupalCamp join Ted Bowman and Mike Anello to talk about their sessions, the other featured speakers, and the wide-range of other activities going on around this weekend's camp. We also pay our respects to Aaron Winborn, discuss content types and other entities, D8 Accelerate, and a host of other Drupal-related topics from the past few weeks.

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  2. Ashley Cyborski - Matthew Tift
  3. In outer space - Costa Rica
  4. Symfony integration - Twig
  5. Better IDE integration - cup holder.

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Apr 01 2015
Apr 01

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Mar 25 2015
Mar 25

Adam Hoenich (phenaproxima), lead author and maintainer of the Drupal Module Upgrader joins Ryan, Ted, and Mike to talk about moving modules from D7 to D8, MidCamp, D8 Accelerate matching funds, ranking Drupal support mechanisms, and Ted's personal phone number. We also have some great picks of the week, and plenty of information on the upcoming Florida DrupalCamp 2015!

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Mar 24 2015
Mar 24

Drush for Developers (Second Edition) book cover Calling this book a "second edition" is more than a little bit curious, since there is no Drush for Developers (First Edition). I can only assume that the publisher considers Juampy's excellent Drush User's Guide (reviewed here) as the "first edition" of Drush for Developers (Second Edition), but that really minimzes ths book, as it is so much more than an updated version of Drush User's Guide. It would be like saying The Godfather, Part 2 is an updated version of The Godfather - which is just crazy talk. Drush Developer's Guide is more of a sequel - and (like The Godfather, Part 2) a darn good one at that.

This is not a book about learning all the various super-cool Drush commands available and how awesome Drush is and how it can save you all sorts of time (see Drush User's Guide). This book is for people who already know what Drush does, already have it installed, and probably already use it every day. It doesn't lay the groundwork like a guide for newbies, it takes your average Drush user and "levels them up."

Granted, the first chapter has some necessary introductory material: what is Drush, how do you install it, how can you use it to save the world. Been there, done that. But, it is in the first few pages of the second chapter that Juampy tips his hand - this is really going to be a book about using Drush to create an efficient local-dev-stage-production workflow.

He introduces the topic of the "update path"; a sequence of drush commands that can be used when pushing code (with features) between environments to ensure that the "destination" environment is properly updated to take advantage of the updated code. Turns out this book is actually about creating an efficient workflow - it just happens that Drush is an excellent tool to accomplish the task. For the most part, he starts with a very basic "update path" and then spends the rest of the book iterating on it and improving it in virtually every section.

Along the way, Juampy does a great job of introducing us to a number of intermediate-to-advanced topics. He covers Drupal's registry for module and theme paths, the Features module, cron, Jenkins, Drush and Drupal bootstrapping, and Drupal's Batch API - to name a few. Each of these new topics never seem to be forced - there is always a compelling reason to spend a few pages with each one in order to improve the "update path".

Juampy also does a nice job of covering the basics of creating a custom Drush command, including an entire chapter devoted to error handling and debugging. I especially appreciated his examples of how to create a custom Drush command that calls a number of other Drush commands. This makes it possible to design a custom workflow that can be executed with a minimum of commands.

The book reaches its crescendo in the second-to-last chapter, "Managing Local and Remote Environments". Juampy deftly covers site aliases then quickly integrates them with the "update path" he started in chapter 2, to end up with a super-solid workflow that anyone can adapt for their own purposes.

He wraps things up with a chapter on setting up a development workflow, but by the time I got to this chapter, my mind was already racing with how I could improve my current workflow with the ideas already presented. The information in the last chapter seems incremental in comparison to the rest of the book, but there are great ideas nonetheless. Having a site's docroot at the second level in the Git repo and fine tuning database dumps from production was the icing on the cake.

Personally, I can't wait until I finish writing this review (I'm almost there!) so that I can implement some of Juampy's ideas in some of my client projects. If you feel like you're only using 10% of Drush and want to take it to the next level, buy this book.

I did exchange a few emails with Juampy while I was writing this review. (He did confirm that there is no "Drush for Developers (First Edition.)" I can only hope that the "Second Edition" in the title doesn't dissuade anyone from picking up this book - it is a worthy addition to any Drupal professional's library.

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Mar 19 2015
Mar 19

Programming Guide to Drupal book cover image O'Reilly's Programmer's Guide to Drupal, written by Jennifer Hodgdon is a solid book for Drupal developers of all skill levels. I'd argue that it is one of the better books for PHP developers wanting to learn more about Drupal. It provides a wealth of solid information on a nice array of topics that professional Drupal developers should know. It's not a long read (less than 100 pages of actual content), but the structure and variety of topics covered makes it a great reference for best practices and intermediate to advanced "what's the best way to do this?" topics in Drupal development.

First I need to confess, this isn't a new book. It was published in late 2012. So why am I reviewing a book that was published over 2 years ago? Well, I don't really have a good excuse. I started reading it right around the time is was released, but it somehow got burried in my reading pile - which I managed to reach the bottom of just a few weeks ago. When I picked it back up again, I realized that I had found a bit of buried treasure.

Jennifer has been a long-time contributor to the Drupal community, specifically in the area of community documentation. She is a past member of the community's Documentation Working Group and is a core committer for documentation and coding standard patches. This background gives her more than enough street-cred to author a book that preaches best practices, common mistakes, and advanced coding examples.

For experienced Drupal developers, the first three chapters are an invaluable resource of best practices:

  • A not-too-deep overview of the lifecycle of a page request from a technical standpoint.
  • A high-level overview of Drupal's caching system.
  • A discussion of six Drupal programming "principles". Within each principle is a technical discussion of topics related to the principle. For example, the first principle is "Drupal is Alterable"; within this section Jennifer discusses hooks, render arrays, and template files. The other five principles read like a manifesto of the things that makes Drupal great (internationalization, accessibility, database independent, security, and testing/documentation). In my opinion, this section alone is worth the price of the book.
  • A discussion of four common Drupal programming mistakes - the first of these is a favorite teaching and consulting topic of mine: programming too much. Jennifer discusses some of the amazing Drupal contrib modules that often alleviate the need to write custom code, and the advantages of having as little custom code in a project as possible.

The fourth chapter is a really nice, concise resource for Drupal developers for some intermediate and advanced Drupal development topics. I found the "Programming with Entities and Fields" section especially valuable. Anyone who finds Drupal's Entity system a bit of a mystery will find a wealth of information about what is included in Drupal core as well as what the contrib Entity API module provides. It provides code examples for creating new fields, widgets, and formatters.

For Drupal developers looking to write their first custom field formatter, Jennifer provides the perfect amount of introductory information and code samples without getting too far in the weeds. Other topics covered in this section includes Drupal paths and well as Views and [Rules](https://drupal.org/project/rules] module add-ons.

The final (short) chapter covers Drupal development tools and resources. It's a nice overview, and a great way to wrap things up.

The Programmer’s Guide to Drupal is a solid addition to anyone's Drupal library. It is one of the few Drupal books that has earned a permanent spot on my within-reach-of-my-desk bookshelf, (no more bottom of the stack for this one) and I have no doubt that Drupal developers of all skill and experience levels will learn something from within its pages.

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Mar 19 2015
Mar 19

Programming Guide to Drupal book cover image O'Reilly's Programmer's Guide to Drupal, written by Jennifer Hodgdon is a solid book for Drupal developers of all skill levels. I'd argue that it is one of the better books for PHP developers wanting to learn more about Drupal. It provides a wealth of solid information on a nice array of topics that professional Drupal developers should know. It's not a long read (less than 100 pages of actual content), but the structure and variety of topics covered makes it a great reference for best practices and intermediate to advanced "what's the best way to do this?" topics in Drupal development.

First I need to confess, this isn't a new book. It was published in late 2012. So why am I reviewing a book that was published over 2 years ago? Well, I don't really have a good excuse. I started reading it right around the time is was released, but it somehow got burried in my reading pile - which I managed to reach the bottom of just a few weeks ago. When I picked it back up again, I realized that I had found a bit of buried treasure.

Jennifer has been a long-time contributor to the Drupal community, specifically in the area of community documentation. She is a past member of the community's Documentation Working Group and is a core committer for documentation and coding standard patches. This background gives her more than enough street-cred to author a book that preaches best practices, common mistakes, and advanced coding examples.

For experienced Drupal developers, the first three chapters are an invaluable resource of best practices:

  • A not-too-deep overview of the lifecycle of a page request from a technical standpoint.
  • A high-level overview of Drupal's caching system.
  • A discussion of six Drupal programming "principles". Within each principle is a technical discussion of topics related to the principle. For example, the first principle is "Drupal is Alterable"; within this section Jennifer discusses hooks, render arrays, and template files. The other five principles read like a manifesto of the things that makes Drupal great (internationalization, accessibility, database independent, security, and testing/documentation). In my opinion, this section alone is worth the price of the book.
  • A discussion of four common Drupal programming mistakes - the first of these is a favorite teaching and consulting topic of mine: programming too much. Jennifer discusses some of the amazing Drupal contrib modules that often alleviate the need to write custom code, and the advantages of having as little custom code in a project as possible.

The fourth chapter is a really nice, concise resource for Drupal developers for some intermediate and advanced Drupal development topics. I found the "Programming with Entities and Fields" section especially valuable. Anyone who finds Drupal's Entity system a bit of a mystery will find a wealth of information about what is included in Drupal core as well as what the contrib Entity API module provides. It provides code examples for creating new fields, widgets, and formatters.

For Drupal developers looking to write their first custom field formatter, Jennifer provides the perfect amount of introductory information and code samples without getting too far in the weeds. Other topics covered in this section includes Drupal paths and well as Views and [Rules](https://drupal.org/project/rules] module add-ons.

The final (short) chapter covers Drupal development tools and resources. It's a nice overview, and a great way to wrap things up.

The Programmer’s Guide to Drupal is a solid addition to anyone's Drupal library. It is one of the few Drupal books that has earned a permanent spot on my within-reach-of-my-desk bookshelf, (no more bottom of the stack for this one) and I have no doubt that Drupal developers of all skill and experience levels will learn something from within its pages.

The second edition of this book - for Drupal 8 - is now available as a early release.

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Mar 16 2015
Mar 16

light bulb brain

There are a lot of ways to train people to become Drupal site-builders, developers, and themers: books, blog posts, screencasts, 1-day trainings, and mentors - just to name a few. Drupal Career Online is different; we provide more than just one learning vector into our students brains. Our live, online, Drupal training program provides an expert instructor, professional tried-and-true curriculum, a full library of screencasts supporting the curriculum, and access to dedicated community mentors. Furthermore, this isn't bootcamp-style training; Drupal Career Online is a sanely-paced 12-week program that meets just 3 times per week. The goal of the Drupal Career Online program is simple: to create talented, well-rounded, community-minded Drupal site-builders, developers, and themers with a real-world knowledge of Drupal and the various satellite technologies that Drupal professionals use every day. Our next session starts on March 24.

The spring semester of Drupal Career Online will be our sixth time presenting the class since 2011. More than 80 people have graduated, and many are now following their dreams of Drupal consulting, contracting, and full-time employment. Our curriculum was also used for the most recent class of AcquiaU, and portions of it are used for other private and public trainings offered by DrupalEasy.

Drupal Career Online is taught via GoToMeeting, enabling the instructors and students to interact via audio, screensharing, and (surprisingly important) live video. There are 2 classroom meetings per week (Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30pm-9:00pm EDT for this session) and a "lab hours" meeting (time and date will be determined by the class). By using GoToMeeting, students are able to interact directly with the instructor, view the instructor's screen, and - more importantly - the instructor can quickly share students' screens. This leads to a surprisingly more dynamic learning environment than traditional classroom-based trainings. The use of webcams to see each other during class, helps to very quickly provide a sense of community and bonding that is always extremely important for long-form trainings.

Our curriculum is proven, and always evolving. Upon acceptance into Drupal Career Online, students are provided access to the DrupalEasy Academy web site where all the class materials are available. This includes lesson handouts, reference documents, screencasts, and online assessment quizzes. Our curriculum is always being reviewed, refined, and expanding. We've recently added new (optional) lessons on "JavaScript/jQuery integration with Drupal" and "Introduction to the Features module" based on student requests. Students retain access to the class materials for an indefinite period of time after the completion of the Drupal Career Online semester, so that they can come back at anytime for a refresher.

During the course, each student is also provided with a "community mentor" who provides yet another source of information and learning opportunities, as well as expansion of their personal Drupal network. Community mentors are sometimes Drupal Career Online alumni who understand the challenges facing students, and who are always willing to provide advice, support, and guidance.

As the lead instructor of Drupal Career Online, I I take great pride in the fact that I'm not just a trainer, but also a professional Drupal developer and community member. I'm a firm believer that Drupal trainers need to have ongoing real-world experience in building and maintaining Drupal sites. When I'm not training students, I'm usually working for our development clients. Part of the reason I teach the importance of community is because I know the benefits of being an active member, both at the local level (I'm one of the main organizers of Florida DrupalCamp and in the worldwide Drupal community (I'm one of the maintainers of the Drupal 8 migration system, and a member of the Drupal Association Community Cultivation Grants committee). Getting involved with, and leveraging the Drupal community is something that we talk about and teach from week 1 of Drupal Career Online.

We're passionate about Drupal training, and are convinced that Drupal Career Online provides the best path for individuals looking to build long-term careers in the Drupal community. Registration for Drupal Career Online ends March 18, so don't delay in submitting your application. If you know of someone who might benefit from Drupal Career Online, you can earn a referral bonus if they mention you in their application.

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Mar 12 2015
Mar 12

For the sixth year in a row, Central Florida will host the Sunshine State's largest gathering of Drupalists for two full days of learning, networking, and sharing at Florida DrupalCamp 2015. To be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015 at Florida Technical College in Orlando, approximately 300 people will gather for a full day of sessions and a full day of community contributions. Attendees will be provided with knowledge, food, and clothing - and maybe a surprise or two as well! Registration ($25) and session proposals are now open.

Sessions

Following up on last year's featured sessions-instead-of-a-single-keynote idea, we're doing away with a traditional one-size-fits-all keynote, and instead featuring four featured speakers from around the country. Erik Baldwin (Drupal 8 theming), Tess Flynn (Drupal 8 Flag module), and Adam Globus-Hoenich (Drupal module upgrader), and one other "mystery speaker" (hint: he loves bacon and pop-culture references) will be sharing their knowledge about several important areas of Drupal 8.

Submit your sessions

Florida DrupalCamp is now open for session proposals! Tracks include Design & Front-end Development, Development & Performance, Site-building, Project Management & Consulting, and sessions “Off the Drupal Island.” Submit your session today.

Swag

We take great pride in outfitting our local community with great swag. From expertly designed t-shirts and stickers to high-quality pins, the Florida Drupal Community loves to keep our users looking their best. This year will be no exception - in addition to a newly designed t-shirt, your registration fee will also get you a reusable Florida Drupal Diver grocery bag and swag from many of our sponsors - there might even be something special in there for everybody as well!

Sponsors

We have the best sponsors. Granted, many of our sponsors also sponsor other Drupal event around the world, but their generosity really shines at Florida DrupalCamp. This year's 17 cash sponsors (and counting) are providing a record amount for our event. Attendees should be sure to take a few minutes and talk with a few of them to say "thanks"! This year's sponsors include: Acquia, OSTraining, Trellon, Mediacurrent, Blink Reaction, Pantheon, Digital Frontiers Media, Big Couch Media, True North Custom, Drupalize.Me, Hot Sauce Design, Code Journeymen, CloudNYNE, WebEnabled, Chapter Three, New Valley Media, and Jay Epstein, LLC. We also have a mystery top-level Platinum sponsor that will be making a big announcement at Florida DrupalCamp. In addition, Florida Technical College and the Central Florida Computer Society continue to be the best venue and fiscal sponsors in all the land!

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Mar 06 2015
Mar 06

Peter Manijak, Director of Certifications at Acquia joins Ted, Ryan and Mike to get an update on the various Acquia Certification exams at the 1-year anniversary of the program. We learn about the four available exams, the exam creation process, as well as some exclusive info! We also talk about if a "site builder" does only "site building", Drupal 8 caching, and our picks of the week!

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Feb 24 2015
Feb 24

Steve Burge (steveburge), founder of OSTraining.com joins Andrew, Ted, and Mike to talk about a new blog post series about cities transforming themselves into tech-friendly places with smart investment and forward thinking leaders. We also dive head-first into Drupal.org's content strategy, the evolution of Drupal.org forums, and various ways to pronounce the word "route". Picks of the week includes some free videos, BackDrop on Pantheon, and DrupalCon India.

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Feb 04 2015
Feb 04

Tess Flynn (socketwench), Drupal Developer at Blink Reaction and co-maintainer of the Flag module, joins the full crew to talk about her co-maintainership of Flag module, her journey to port it to Drupal 8, and Zardoz. We also learn that Ted protects himself from time-sucking web sites, Andrew's future employment dreams, and that Ryan is the only one looking out for Mike.

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Jan 28 2015
Jan 28

Stéphane Corlosquet, Sachni Herath, Kevin Oleary, Chris Wells, and Kay VanValkenberg join Mike, Ted, and Ryan for a look into Drupal 8's impressive integration with Schema.org. The RDF UI module is really the star of the show, it promises to provide a super-easy way to create a content type based on an existing schema. We also talk about Dries' 2014 Drupal retrospective, Twig syntax vs. tokens, and Mike's bad internet connection causes hijinx. Picks of the week include a font for demos, a lightweight alternative to a popular Drupal module, and Views changes in D8.

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Jan 27 2015
Jan 27

DrupalEasy hearts AcquiaU

Having just completed presenting the Drupal career training portion of AcquiaU, we are anticipating great experiences for all ten students as they begin their eight weeks of rotations within three different business groups within Acquia. The past two months have been a whirlwind of teaching, learning and team building, which provided great insight into a forward-thinking approach to building Drupal talent, made possible by the commitment of Acquia.

We are pleased to have contributed to the new AcquiaU with the customization of our Drupal Career Online curriculum. I’d like to share some great lessons learned, as well as introduce the ten people who were lucky enough (luck favors the prepared) to be selected for this amazing program.

What is AcquiaU?

AcquiaU is the career track trifecta for newbie (and soon-to-be newbie) Drupalers that are selected to participate. The 10 participants each get a paying job, (awesome) training, and an experience-based opportunity all wrapped up in a nurturing micro-community. For Acquia, the in-house talent incubation program is a bold grow-your-own approach to the ever increasing demand for Drupal talent. Acquia - like most other large Drupal organizations - realizes it must look outside the community for new talent.

AcquiaU is designed to take people with potential to be great Drupal site-builders, developers, and themers and train them into positions where they can start contributing to both Acquia and the overall Drupal community. Note the use of the word "potential.” - this is in marked difference to many Drupal organizations who focus their searches for experienced Drupalists. Acquia's focus on potential comes from the top, and is one of the primary reason AcquiaU exists.

More than 75 people applied for the 10 AcquiaU positions available. The fortunate ten are now paid employees of Acquia, tasked with learning everything they can about Drupal and Acquia's products, services, and culture. The program is divided into classroom Drupal training, which includes working in two teams to complete a major project. In the on-the-job training portion, participants go through three rotations within various Acquia business areas. In 2014, Acquia approached DrupalEasy about providing and delivering the Drupal Career Online curriculum for the classroom portion of AcquiaU.

How is DrupalEasy involved?

We were contracted to help with not only the content and delivery of the AcquiaU Drupal curriculum, but also to assist with student selection and ongoing evaluation of student performance. Starting in October, we worked with Amy Parker, the Director of AcquiaU, in evaluating student applications, student interviews, curriculum planning, and overall planning for the classroom portion. Then, for the first three weeks of December, 2014 and first three weeks of January, 2015, I was on-site at Acquia's headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts to provide the training.

How did we compress the 12-week Drupal Career Online curriculum into 8 weeks?

Our normal schedule for delivering our long-form Drupal curriculum has traditionally been 10-12 weeks. We've run our course five times over the past few years prior to AcquiaU, so compressing it into 6 weeks of classroom training (and 2 holiday weeks) was going to be tricky. Granted, our 12-week course normally only meets a minimum of three half-days per week, but our students often spend 15-25 hours per week outside of class working on assignments and projects. We got lucky that the traditional holiday travel season fell right in the middle of the training. We were able to cover the first half of the curriculum in the first three weeks of December, then over the holiday, the students were tasked with several online assignments as well a major milestone for their team projects. These two weeks provided a welcome break from the high-intensity classroom training, as well as a chance to go back and review curriculum that had previously been covered. Following the holiday break, the second half of the curriculum was delivered.

The students

Over the course of about six weeks prior to the start of class on December 1, I participated in interviews and selection of the ten students. We selected participants based on a number of factors, focusing on each's potential, rather than experience with Drupal. The lucky ten have diverse backgrounds:

  • Steve Bresnick - instructional designer, English teacher, and web site developer.
  • Jaleel Carter - web site developer and webmaster.
  • Thomas Charging Hawk - currently pursuing M.S. in Media Management, web site administrator, and Acquia Support intern.
  • John Cunningham - computer technician and avionics technician with the United States Marine Corp.
  • Kerry DeVito - product assistant, freelance writer and web designer.
  • Matt Dooley - senior designer, web developer.
  • Elizabeth Mackie - communications, outreach web developer.
  • Colin Packenham - industrial designer.
  • Carl Watson - Drupal Association intern.
  • Doris Wong - Acquia UX intern, courseware developer.

Lessons learned

The most difficult part of the classroom training was probably its relentless nature. Every day the students were presented with new concepts - from a Drupal standpoint, as well as Acquia products and services. The standard Drupal Career Online 12-week schedule provides a lot more breathing room for students to digest, review, and explore concepts (something I refer to as "soak time"). From the start we built in as many "lab hours" as feasible for the AcquiaU students to focus on completing assignments, reviewing curriculum, or working on team projects; but it always seemed like there were never enough hours in the day.

Other than the repeated requests for time machines, students also asked for periodic, more formalized feedback. Typically during the Drupal Career Online program, I speak with students individually two or three times during the 12 weeks to talk with them about their progress, expectations, and areas of need. These conversations provide the student with some feedback, but also provide me confirmation that each student is progressing as well as I think they are. During the six on-site classroom weeks of AcquiaU, I wrote weekly evaluations for each student, but this information was not initially shared with the students. Based on student feedback, these evaluations will be provided to students, and in the future, I'll be providing weekly written feedback for all students of Drupal Career Online.

Over the past few years of writing, delivering, and refining the Drupal Career Online curriculum, I think we've found a pretty good balance of lecture, classroom exercises, demos, learning materials, and homework. Our curriculum has become more concise, focused, and builds upon previous lessons in a meaningful way. As we started putting together Acquia products and services curriculum, we quickly found that 1-1.5 hour presentations on various topics was just about the right amount of time. More than that and the topics often dove too deep into the weeds, less than that and the students weren't getting much more than an overview. In addition, we also found that the order and timing of Acquia content was more important than we originally thought.

Thank you, Acquia!

It was a great opportunity and experience to be able to participate in AcquiaU. Amy Parker and the rest of the learning services team could not have been more welcoming and supportive of our contributions to the program. AcquiaU is a unique program - where else can you go and get paid to learn Drupal? Additional sessions of AcquiaU are planned for 2015, check the (soon-to-be-relaunched) u.acquia.com web site for details. If you're not interested in a full-time training program (or moving to the Boston area), be sure to check out the next session of Drupal Career Online!

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Jan 09 2015
Jan 09

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  • Andrew - Smart Trim module - implements a new field formatter for textfields that improves upon the "Summary or Trimmed" formatter built into Drupal 7.
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Jan 08 2015
Jan 08

Nimble Monkey

Since we have ramped up our training business over the past months, I've been teaching a lot of Drupal to a lot of different types of people with various backgrounds, goals and motivations. As diverse as they may be, from private client training engagements for some of the largest Drupal shops to our own 12-week Drupal Career Online to now providing the technical curriculum for Acquia U, one training element that spans audiences and is continually driven home is the importance of being nimble.

With every training that I do, I always start by learning as much about the students as possible, with a special focus on their current level of knowledge as well as their expectations of the training. I've found that most people new to Drupal have one thing in common: they usually vastly underestimate how deep and wide Drupal really is. Especially for shorter-term beginner training events where students hope to learn all there is to know, this is sobering when they realize that Drupal is a much bigger universe than they originally thought.

Managing expectations for training events of this type is tricky. Often students go into technical trainings thinking that in a week they'll know everything there is to know about the subject, while in reality the situation is almost always much different. Readjusting these expectations as early and as gently as possible is often the key to a successful training.

Also critical is being able to adjust the curriculum based on differing expectations. Training a group of people coming from another content management system or framework is very different than training a class that is completely new to content management systems. Training a group comprised of both is even trickier. Adjusting curriculum on the fly is key, which is why our curriculum has depth and breadth, so it can accommodate the element of adjustability.

The current Acquia U program is a perfect example. With 10 students of varying degrees of experience, how do you present classroom lessons on topics that some students already have practical experience with? Of the 10 students, about half of the students have experience using Drupal regularly in a content administrator role, and several have experience building Drupal sites. We also have students for whom Drupal is brand-new. The difficulty is clearly presenting lessons that challenge some students while also providing the basics to those that require it.

I often use two different strategies to mitigate the issue: challenge exercises and student teaching. Challenging students who are ahead of the curve is a great way to keep them engaged in the class while at the same time satisfying their thirst for knowledge. Having curriculum that can support these types of challenge exercises without overwhelming the rest of the class is difficult, at best, to achieve.

Tasking ahead-of-the-curve students with teaching and/or demoing a portion of the lesson is also another effective technique. Many people believe that the best way to gauge your understanding of a topic is to explain it to someone else. By moving students from the "learner" to the "teacher" role, it keeps everyone engaged, and can often spot gaps in knowledge for some students.

Our DrupalEasy curriculum was written from the ground up with exactly this type of nimbleness in mind. We know that providing textbook, robotic training is usually not what any of our clients are looking for. The ability to read the situation and adjust on the fly to give our clients the biggest bang for their buck is something that we're betting will continue to help us grow our training business in the future.

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Nov 25 2014
Nov 25

DCO2014 Graduate Steve Fisher

Twelve weeks after it began, the first online class of Drupal Career Online (DCO) graduated yesterday, launching six new Drupalists on their way to a new career. With this class, DrupalEasy has now graduated 71 participants from Drupal Career online and in-person programs. Our graduates were taught the fundamentals of Drupal site-building, Git, introductions to module and theme development, site maintenance, distributions, and much more. Along they way, students were required to use the same communication tools as the rest of the community (including IRC), were provided with a community mentor, and were encouraged (pestered?!) to get involved in their local communities.

DCO 2014 Graduates

Joe Arsenault

  • Drupal.org username: jarsenx
  • IRC nick: jarsenx
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Community mentor: Ben Hosmer (bhosmer)
  • Notes: Volunteered at Baltimore DrupalCamp, has several commits to Drupal 8

Rick Esser

  • Drupal.org username: rick_e
  • IRC nick: ricke
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Community mentor: Jay Epstein (jeppy64)
  • Notes: Has travelled all over the southeast United States attending Drupal events

Steve Fisher

  • Drupal.org username: fisherstudios
  • IRC nick: fisherstudios
  • Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
  • Community mentor: Ryan Price (liberatr)
  • Notes: Emmy Award winning television broadcast engineer

Linda Green

  • Drupal.org username: lindagreen
  • IRC nick: LindaGreen
  • Hometown: Truckee, CA
  • Community mentor: Linda Cook (lscook)
  • Notes: Drupal site administrator, volunteered at BADCamp 2014.

Alan Lilly

  • Drupal.org username: pspot
  • IRC nick: pspot
  • Hometown: Orlando, FL
  • Community mentor: Michael Tripp (Bowevil)
  • Notes: Interested in real estate Drupal sites, profesional actor

Bill Pollard

  • Drupal.org username: pollardw
  • IRC nick: pollard2
  • Hometown: Merritt Island, FL
  • Community mentor: Dennis Solis (densolis)
  • Notes: Background in unix administration and accounting

What's Next For the Graduates?

Now that the coursework is complete, our attention has turned to introducing as many of these graduates as possible to forward-thinking organizations interested in hosting a graduate or two as an intern. We've had some success in making introductions to students in several geographic areas, but are still looking for additional opportunities - especially from organizations who would be willing to work with remote interns.

As part of Drupal Career Online, we provide ongoing graduate mentoring and introductions between organizations and graduates.

DrupalEasy Career Training Grows

Our next Drupal Career Online class, accessible internationally, is scheduled to begin February 10, 2015, with classes taking place in the early evening (EST) for those East Coast students with full-time jobs. Applications are open until mid-January.

Drupal Career Online is comprehensive expert-led training unlike any other Drupal training that we are aware of. We believe in measured, holistic training that allows students the time to digest and practice. Our resource-rich curriculum results in stackable technical and community skills that build capabilities and confidence. DrupalEasy career training is not a quick-turn-around firehose-style bootcamp, it is not a self-taught program, and it is not a proctored team-learning experience. Sessions are three times per week - twice for classroom training, one for instructor-led self-paced lab hours. All of our sessions are led by a live, online expert Drupal instructor via GoToMeeting. In addition to the instructor, students have access to PDF handouts and reference documents, and a comprehensive library of screencasts.

We are also honored to announce that Starting December 1, DrupalEasy and Mike Anello will present a reformatted version of our Drupal Career Starter Program for the delivery of the technical training for Acquia U. This is an amazing endorsement of our program, and we are honored to have been selected by Acquia.

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Oct 13 2014
Oct 13

Internships

The fifth class of our Drupal career training program is just about at the halfway mark, and our students are eager to put their new skills to work. The six Drupal Career Online students will be ready for junior-developer-level work in mid-November, and we're looking for forward-thinking organizations willing to help our graduates on the next leg of their Drupal career journey.

As we've done for the past five classes, (we've had more than 60 graduates so far) we're looking to make introductions between our upcoming graduates and organizations looking for people with Drupal site-building and development skills. Our Work Experience Drupal (WE Drupal) program is designed to provide students with valuble experience in internship-type settings. WE Drupal host companies are asked to make a 6-10 week commitment to one or more of our students, provide them with guidance, mentoring, and the professional experience that is so difficult to come by for new Drupal site builders and developers. In return, you get the efforts of a well-prepared, super-eager Drupal novice to help you lighten the task-load for your staff.

Should Your Organization Participate?

In the past, Drupal shops of all sizes and types of organizations that use Drupal, as well as organizations looking to get into Drupal, have participated in the WE Drupal program. Students have worked on everything from large, highly-visible sites to prototype sites used as proof-of-concepts.

If your organization fits into one of the following categories, you may want to think about applying to be a WE Drupal host:

  1. Your organization is top-heavy with senior level Drupal developers. Often, these developers end up doing low-level or repetitive tasks that can (and should) be handed down to a junior developer or intern. Start developing your Drupal developer pipeline with someone professionally trained.
  2. Your organization is looking to update it's own web site (cough_DrupalEasy_cough) but all of your developers are too busy with client work. Our graduates are perfect for prototyping new sites, researching new site building techniques, or getting the ball rolling on an internal development project.
  3. Your small organization doesn't have the budget to hire an experienced Drupal developer. Our curriculum stresses the importance of well-designed, sustainable site-building. Our students understand the importance of a strong information architecture and can help ensure that a small site built today has room to grow tomorrow.
  4. Your organization is looking for some good karma and wants to help grow the Drupal community and help fill the vacuum of experienced Drupal developers.
  5. Your organization is already looking for junior- or mid-level Drupal developers. Taking on an intern is a great way to provide someone with a limited-time "try out" to see if their skills and personality are a good match for your organization.

Check out this success story to see how a non-profit organization utilized one of our recent graduates.

Student/WE Drupal Host Introductions and Matching

The matching of students to WE Drupal hosts is completely driven by the students and hosts - DrupalEasy acts only as a introduction service. We make all student profiles available to all WE Drupal host applicants, and we ask all potential WE Drupal hosts to tell us a little bit about who they are and the kinds of tasks they have planned for the interns. The majority of this information is shared among students and potential hosts, and then both parties have the ability to request introductions. DrupalEasy makes the introductions, and then it is up to the hosts and students to follow up (normally via phone/Skype interviews). Offers are then made by the hosts.

Length of the internship, compensation, schedule, and all other details of the internship are controlled by the WE Drupal host and student. While we do have some suggestions, we're not part of that process.

Current Students

Our current students are all U.S.-based, with five of the six on the east coast. Their interests lie mainly in site building, but we have one student who already has three Drupal 8 core commits(!) and several other students with an interest in theming who have already contributed back to the community in the form of Drupal.org documentation updates.

Our students receive a strong dose of Drupal best practices and community involvement from day 1 of the program. While the majority of the program focuses on Drupal fundamentals and site-building techniques, we also spend time learning the basics of module and theme development, Git, and basic site maintenance.

Next Steps

By now, you're surely interested, so what do you need to do next?

First, contact us by October 28, 2014 to let us know that you're interested. If you'd like, you can go right to the WE Drupal host application form and provide us the details about what you're looking for.

Next, we'll provide WE Drupal host applicants with a URL where they can review current student profiles. Similarly, we'll provide students access to portions of each WE Drupal host applicant's application so that students can have an idea of what each organization is looking for.

Finally, we'll ask all parties who they'd like to be introduced to, and we'll send out email introductions. This will complete our role in the process, although we're always happy to provide feedback to all parties on both students and potential hosts.

The Drupal community needs to do more to grow the number of experienced Drupal developers. WE Drupal is designed to help meet this need - we'd love to see your organization benefit and be part of the efforts to promote solid Drupal Talent Development!

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