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DCSP Students Going Big with Drupal Community Contributions

 

We're a little over halfway through the second edition of the DrupalEasy Career Starter Program (DCSP), and in addition to learning the Drupal basics, our twenty students have also been learning how to leverage the various "satellite technologies" in the Drupal universe (Git, IRC, SSH) to interact and contribute to the Drupal community.

In case you're not familiar, the DCSP is a 20-week program that is aimed at jumpstarting our students' Drupal careers with 10 weeks of classroom training followed by a paid internship with an organization that uses Drupal. We call it "multi-modal" training because in addition to the classroom training, students are also assigned a community mentor, participate in mandatory lab hours, contribute back to the Drupal community, topped off with real-world experience in the form of an internship with one of our WE Drupal host organizations.

Book Review: Drush User's Guide

Swiss Army Knife imageIt never fails - regardless of the skill level of the Drupal workshop that I'm teaching on any given day, the topic of Drush always sneaks its way into the conversation. Normally, it's because I have to quickly download a module to demonstrate something that has come up in class. Rather than navigating to the module's project page, I just quickly jump to the command line and do a "drush dl whatever" and hope that no one notices the witchcraft I just invoked - this inevitably results in the nerdiest student in the class perking up and wanting to know what the magic is that they just saw...

Book Review: Drupal 7 Views Cookbook

As the explosive growth of Drupal continues, so does the eco-system of vendors and products around it. Included is the plethora of Drupal books that continues at a somewhat unbelievable pace. It seems that there are at least two to three new releases each month. Unfortunately, in the rush to quench the tech community's thrist for Drupal knowledge, sometimes less-than-stellar books are being served up before they're fully baked (cooking pun #1).

Florida DrupalCamp 2012 Wrapup

Florida DrupalCamp 2012, held on the truly scenic Rollins College campus in Winter Park, Florida was another great gathering of the growing, and ever enthusiastic Florida Drupal Community. Rather than the typical blog post of all the great sessions (of which there were many), or the great networking (which there was), this post will focus on the some of the planning, logistics, and lessons learned from the organizers’ viewpoint.

This was central Florida's fourth annual camp, which has grown sequentially in size and scope, with more than 300 people, 40 volunteers, and 7 tracks of sessions (thanks Don Vandemark). A few highlights included our full-day beginner track, which proved extremely popular (thanks Gaelan Adams) with more than 60 attendees. Building on the experiences we’ve gained from past years, we once again held Coding for a Cause day where we attempted to build three sites for local non-profit organizations. Our partner in the event, the Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS.org) was as always instrumental in our success, acting as our fiscal agent as well as providing numerous volunteers throughout the day.

Florida DrupalCamp 2012 Fast Approaching

The fourth edition of Florida DrupalCamp is rapidly approaching - Drupalists from Florida and beyond will be descending on Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida on February 11 and 12, 2012 for the largest Drupal event Florida has ever seen.

Registration is currently open at fldrupalcamp.org at the low cost of $20 per person - the cost will be going to up $25 on January 11, so be sure to register soon to get the lowest possible price. Admission will include a t-shirt, drinks, snacks, and lunch and access to the entire session program.

Session proposals are still being accepted as well - the deadline for submitting a session is January 12, so if you're interested in sharing some of your Drupal knowledge, be sure to submit your proposal soon. 

Anello Consulting Expertise Tapped for Aerospace Workforce Retraining

Brevard Workforce, the agency coordinating state and federal programs to help mitigate layoffs in Florida due to Shuttle retirement, is partnering with Anello Consulting to present the Drupal Career Starter Program for aerospace workers seeking new, stable careers. Presented by Drupal expert Michael Anello, the 10 week course and follow-on internship program is designed to give IT-savvy members of the workforce skills and practical experience in Drupal.

Cornell Entrepreneur Podcast features Michael and Gwendolyn Anello

The latest episode of 10GoodMinutes, a weekly series of 10-minute interviews that provides career strategies and advice to young professionals features Michael and Gwendolyn Anello with tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on balancing life and work. The ACI principals contributed to the 10GM Career Advice series, "Not in the Back of the Book," which focuses on entrepreneur journeys and is hosted by Jacie Stivers, an entrepreneur and adjunct at Cornell University.

Evaluating Drupal for the Enterprise Slide Deck

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak to a technology committee of a large organization that was considering standardizing their various web sites on Drupal. They requested a presentation and then some Q&A time - unfortunately, I didn't have any slides ready to go, so I had to scramble a bit. 

I decided to spend a couple of days (and evenings) creating a generic slidedeck that I could use for other potential clients as well as share with the rest of the Drupal community.

DrupalEasy Teaching a Nonprofit Tech Seminar at Rollins College

The Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College's Crummer Graduate School of Business is having Ryan Price from DrupalEasy as a guest speaker at their Winter Park Campus. Here are details about the event.

Leaders Series: Free Software Tools for Nonprofits

Effective technology is absolutely essential to efficient and successful
nonprofits. Technology, software, and IT support are integral to back
office functions and engaging clients, donors, volunteers and the
community. Take advantage of technology that can reduce your operating
cost and increase engagement and outreach with clients and donors.

Take advantage of and learn tips about:

  • Google and Google Docs
  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • RSS Feeds, Podcast Feeds, Blogs
  • Drupal Content Management
  • Popular Open Source Projects

Date: Friday, January 14, 2011

Book Review: Drupal 7 by David Mercer

Drupal 7 book coverPackt Publishing keeps churning out Drupal-related books - by my count they've published nine this year alone! One of their latest efforts is Drupal 7 by David Mercer. It's a basic "intro to Drupal" book based on Drupal 7 geared towards readers new to the platform.

There are a number of topics in the book that are a bit unique, starting with a nice discussion about the GPL and the rules governing its basic usage. It's not something that is seen very often in Drupal books, and it a great introduction to open-source licensing. There is also a short section on Open ID that provides the basics without trying to go into too much detail.