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What "The Last Jedi" can teach us about learning Drupal

Spoiler alert! If you haven't seen “The Last Jedi” yet, this blog post includes what can be considered a minor spoiler. I've seen the movie a few times now (I saw the original Star Wars movie when I was 7 years old, and I've been hooked ever since), and I've been able to fully indoctrinate at least one of my kids in my love for the series. When we first saw the movie on opening night, there was a line of dialog that resonated with me more than usual - I've been thinking about that line for over a month

Mastering Pantheon Workflows (especially these 5 elements) is Awesome

The following is a guest blog post by Brian Coffelt. Train to Reign I’m surprised often by the slow adoption rate of quality development workflows. Time probably plays a big part. One thing I have experienced though, is that in order to get the full value of tools, especially software, you really need to spend the time learning how to use them properly. Since I changed my career to become a Drupal developer, I haven’t had a day of regret, nor a day when I did not realize that the key to success is learning more: More about the software

Drupal Career Online, Fall 2017 Graduates!

We'd like to introduce the Fall, 2107 graduates of Drupal Career Online (DCO), DrupalEasy's exclusive 12-week, live online Drupal training program. This is our 11th graduating class and the first of our recently updated all Drupal 8 curriculum. Class members include (from top, left): Michael Anello (instructor) Adrian Nolt Lisa Streeter Jared Nolt John MacDonald Steve Versteeg Alona Kotliar Evrim Campbell Donald Sangster Madeeha Kahn (below) While many of this semester's graduates have pre-existing full-time jobs, several are aspiring Drupal contractors and consultants, so if you're looking for a junior level Drupal developer or intern, don't hesitate to let us

How do I learn Drupal?  Let me count the ways.

Resources to learn Drupal are many and certainly vary in delivery, focus and quality. When you are trying to figure out the best way to train up, considerations like schedules, learning styles, and trainer reputations play pretty heavily. You also need to look at the program and compare it to what you already know, what you need to know, and what you should know to get into practice as quickly possible. One of the biggest obstacles is often finding, and then choosing the training program(s) that are right for you, and perhaps your team. But what if you didn’t have

Becoming a First-Rate Web Developer; Heart in the Game, Eye on the Prize

We've had more than 100 students complete our 12-week Drupal Career long-form training since 2011, working with individuals, teams, young and old, men and women, all with different backgrounds, abilities, motivations and aspirations. We've seen talents explode, helped keep people engaged and even watched interest fizzle. About the only constant is that everyone in every class wants to or needs to learn Drupal, whether they have decided on their own, or need to build their Drupal talent as part of a developer team. Every so often, we run into a student who really brings to life our vision of what

DrupalEasy Office Hours

Over the past 6 years, we've training hundreds of people through our 12-week Drupal Career Online class, our new 6-week Mastering Professional Drupal Developer Workflows with Pantheon class, as well as our dozens of public and private trainings (literally) around the world. As part of our long-form 12- and 6-week classes, we've been providing on-going support for our graduates in the form of DrupalEasy Office Hours. Each week, we set aside two hours for any current student or graduate of any of our long-form classes to join our online classroom to ask just about any Drupal-related question they have. It

Florida DrupalCamp 2017 Recap; Bigger in All Dimensions

Last weekend the Florida Drupal community hosted its ninth annual Florida DrupalCamp (FLDC) at Florida Technical College in Orlando. It was a great success. At this point, we (the organizers) have a pretty good idea how to put on this event. (Since a good number of us have been involved in all nine iterations, (and all still seem to like each other!) some aspects of the camp organizing process are on veritable auto-pilot. If you're a camp organizer, you know what goes into securing sponsors and a location, spreading the word, finding presenters, arranging for swag and catering, etc… For

Learning Drupal: Time is On Your Side  

Miriam Webster defines effort as conscious exertion of power: hard work If you want to learn Drupal, you need to put forth some effort, and if you want to do it properly, get ready to exert some power for months, not days. People ask us all the time if they can get a job right out of our Drupal Career Online program. The truth is, it depends on how much hard work you put in to get out ready enough for an internship or junior position. Whether it’s Drupal or anything else, learning something and being able to apply it

Florida DrupalCamp: Now a 3-day, networking and learning open-source extravaganza!

We’re taking it up a couple notches this year down in Orlando for the 9th Florida DrupalCamp! We're expanding in every dimension we can find - highlighted by an opening day (Friday) of full-day workshops followed by two days (Saturday and half-day Sunday) of sessions! Amazing Trainings In previous years, we’ve had concurrent trainings on Saturdays and some sprinting on Sunday. This year, we changed it up: Friday will be a full training day including workshops on: Beginning React JS - taught by John Tucker Docker for Development with Drupal - taught by Lisa Ridley Introduction to Drupal 8 -

Announcing Florida DrupalCamp’s Second Featured Speaker, Drupal Association Director Megan Sanicki!

The 9th annual Florida DrupalCamp (FLDC) will be held February 17,18, and 19th, 2017 in Orlando, Florida; DrupalEasy is proud to be a sponsor. We’re super excited to announce Megan Sanicki as our second featured speaker. Megan is the Executive Director of the Drupal Association (DA), and will talk about all the things that the DA does to promote and serve Drupal. Megan joins Helena Zubkow as a featured speaker for FLDC. Helena is an accessibility expert for Lullabot and will be leading a double-length session on how to make Drupal sites accessible. The third (and final) featured speaker will

Book review: Drupal 8 Development Cookbook

###Really good content in the wrong format. Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, written by Matt Glaman is full of useful information about Drupal 8 site building and development - and a worthy addition to anyone's Drupal library. Unfortunately, the "cookbook" format of the book seems to subtract, rather than add, to the usually well-explained concepts throughout. The book covers an impressive array of topics: Everything from setting up a local environment to many of the technical details of the Entity API. No matter what your skill level with Drupal, there is likely to be something in this book of interest. Having

World-wide and World-class Drupal Training

DrupalEasy is proud to announce another cavalcade of training events in the coming months, both online and in-person. We have numerous opportunities for you to take advantage of our proven Drupal 8 module and theme development courses as well as our flagship technical education program for those seeking comprehensive training to become developers; the 12-week Drupal Career Online. The primary instructor for all courses is Mike Anello (ultimike), an expert instructor and experienced, practicing Drupal developer. All DrupalEasy training is taught by only expert developers to ensure that lessons are taught accurately, reflect best practices, and draw on how real-world

Best Practices = Effective Government

When it comes to serving their constituents with effective online access, the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System keeps getting it right. From the time IPERS was first deciding to shed their Dreamweaver framework a few years ago for something more robust, to ensuring that they have well-trained internal Drupal talent; the IPERS Application Programming Services and Communication teams rocked the process and aced the outcome by sticking with best practices. The IPERS APS and Communication teams chose Drupal through an extremely efficient process, focused on what other agencies had already put in place, how the transition went, and how the

A Taste of Drupal:The Dish on Crushing it as a Drupal Developer

Whether you are with an organization switching to Drupal, or you have chosen to make Drupal the focus of your web developer career, your future can be a lot of different things depending on your goals, your focus and your personality. It’s never easy shifting your career, and with Drupal, there are no official, defined developer career recipes to guide you. The good news is, the ingredients are out there. Within the open-sourcey, especially welcoming, social melting pot that is the Drupal Community, there are a lot of career resources, organizations, individuals, advice and success stories that you can draw

A Deep Dive into Views in a Unique Fashion (Book Review: Mastering Drupal 8 Views)

Gregg Marshall's Mastering Drupal 8 Views is one of the (I can only assume) many Drupal 8-focused books that will be released in the coming months. It is a very good deep dive into many of the hidden corners of the Views module, albeit with an interesting format. Not completely structured like a typical how-to software book, Gregg takes a bit more of a novel approach (pun intended) - he takes the reader on a journey through the Views module through the eyes of Lynn, a small business owner (Lynn's cat and Drupal consultant also have prominent roles). While some