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How popular is Drupal, really?

As part of the interview process for Drupal Career Online, we provide potential students with some background information about Drupal so that they can make a more informed decision about whether or not the program suits them. One of the things we communicate is the scope of the Drupal project and its pervasiveness in the web development industry. As anyone who has tried to find reliable numbers to answer the "how popular is Drupal?" question knows, finding reliable data is often a difficult process. While working to update our recruitment materials this year, we thought we'd share the data we

10 reasons you (or someone you know) might need Drupal Career Online

We're kicking off our 10th year of Drupal Career Online - the longest running long-form Drupal training program in existence. To help mark the occasion, we thought it would be fun to share some of the things we've seen over the past 10 years that our students (both DCO and private training clients) have shared with us that made us think, "yeah, you really should enroll in Drupal Career Online..." Not using Composer yet - this is more of a recent (Drupal 8+) development, but we're still surprised when we see folks not using Composer to manage their Drupal 8

5 Reasons to get serious about your Drupal path in 2021

As we look forward to the vaccine-influenced future beyond COVID-19, one of the very few things we have lived over the past 9 months that may actually have a positive lasting impact on society is that often there are advantages to accomplishing things virtually. Working remotely, meeting via Zoom, online appointments, grocery delivery, even doctor visits have screamed past proof-of-concept for situations most of the world had previously not considered. So many more applications that rely on the web are more ingrained in daily life since COVID forced them on us. With this incremental leap in mass adoption of web

Announcing "Composer Basics for Drupal Developers" - a 7-hour, online workshop

We recently debuted our brand-new, 7-hour, live-instructor, online Composer Basics for Drupal Developers workshop to alumni of our flagship Drupal Career Online program. We've been gearing up for this launch for well over a year now, teaching select parts of the curriculum as part of Drupal Career Online, at various Drupal events as in-person workshops and presentations, as well as our own experience working with Composer with our clients. We believe that the result is the most complete and best-practice-focused Composer training available for Drupal developers today. (And a super-helpful 50-page reference document that comes with the course.) Not only

Congrats to the Drupal Career Online class of Spring, 2020!

Last week, the 15th semester of Drupal Career Online concluded, and we're proud to announce 10 new graduates of the program! Congrats to Aida, Ashley, Avery, Carla, Jada, Kim, Matt, Micah, Tonderlier, and Tyler! Drupal Career Online is a 12-week, live-instructor, online Drupal training program designed to teach best practices and sound fundamentals for Drupal developers. The course includes not only (virtual) classroom instruction, but also a number of other experiences designed to provide students with various opportunities to learn and practice the material. Community mentors - each student is (optionally) introduced a volunteer Drupal community mentor. The mentor and

Introducing the Drupal Career Online Spring 2020 Class

The Spring 2020 class of our Drupal Career Online course is off to a great start with a (sold out!) group of ten amazing students from across the United States. During the 12 weeks, we'll be diving deep into Git, Composer, information architecture, site-building, module and theme development, development workflows, and so, so, so much more! This semester's class includes students with a wide range of technical backgrounds and experiences. Some quick stats: Includes students from all four U.S. time zones. Includes Windows, Mac OS, and Linux users. Some students with Drupal 7 experience and some who are new to

Make 2019 the Year of Drupal Talent Development

All sorts of organizations have made their predictions and proclamations about what 2019 will be the year of... Some say it is the Year of Optimism and growth for helicopters, others, …of the Hack & Slash, …of indigenous languages, …of the electric SUV, and even the International Year of the Salmon. It all comes down to what someone sees as an important aspect of their field to promote or what is or should be a trend. DrupalEasy would therefore like propose we make 2019 the Year of Drupal Talent Development. As an active member of the community, we've observed, had

Market Driven Recruiting: Affinity Hiring, Train as Needed

Drupal Career Online Case Study: Rosewood Marketing Like their arboreal namesake, Rosewood Marketing is amazingly sound and particularly suited for very specific applications. Where the Rosewood tree serves to form the structure of certain fine musical instruments, billiard cues and chess pieces, Rosewood Marketing serves as a bridge for dozens of Amish and Mennonite small businesses to mainstream society. Their growth and development over the 22-year span of their success is not just in their marketing prowess, but in their inherent, sincere understanding of their client culture. If you really think about it, Rosewood has perhaps one of the most

Necessity is the Mother of Mastering Drupal

A Drupal Career Online Case Study A lack of off-the-shelf eCommerce software products that could meet the unique needs of her family’s biotech manufacturing company was a real issue for Lisa Streeter. “We’re not a big enough company to afford large, custom database solutions, so we needed to figure out how to do everything in-house,” she explains. (Lisa’s work responsibilities included everything computer-related, and “some other stuff.”) That’s how it started, but instead of just a solution, Lisa Streeter wound up with a whole new, fulfilling career. Her initial quest for a database solution quickly began to grow her fascination

Learning Made Easier Leveraging Drupal's Social Construct

When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn. – Confucius Drupal development as a career is usually also a commitment to constant learning through ongoing professional development. Whether you make it a point to read blog posts or watch screencasts, sign up for some type of live-instructor training, or partake in co-working and meet-ups, on-going learning is a critical piece to being a professional Drupal developer. Years ago, when DrupalEasy was presenting our Drupal Career Technical Education program exclusively in-person (now Drupal Career Online), the lab-portion (where we met in a

Top 5 List of Top Ten Lists about Drupal Talent & Careers in the U.S.

As trainers, feeders of the Drupal Talent pipeline, and researchers of strategies to attract and build the numbers and excellence of Drupal talent across the world, we spend a lot of time finding and training people in the ways of Drupal. Through resources, Mike Anello's many sessions and trainings at Camps and Cons, and through our flagship Drupal Career Technical Education program, we pursue our passion to teach more people Drupal. We think we have the training side of this down, but like the Drupal Community's general shortage of talent, it’s finding more people that is the challenge. Why is