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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
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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.

DrupalEasy Site Launch: RightServiceFL.org

The Right Service at the Right Time logoThe Right Service at the Right Time, the latest DrupalEasy launch, harnesses the function of several contributed and a few custom modules to create a one-stop online shop that connects struggling Orange County, Florida residents directly to the government and social services they need. The Orlando-based Orange County Library System (OCLS) which contracted with DrupalEasy to develop the site, is going all out to promote the program, and is getting great feedback already.

With the launch of The Right Service at the Right Time, people across Central Florida can take advantage of the full range of resources available to them, all from their home computers or those provided in libraries throughout the county.  Before the new site, those without Internet access would have to travel from one government office to the next to access assistance from the various agencies.  

Book Review: Drupal 6 Panels Cookbook

It's pretty rare for me to read a Drupal book that I can't recommend to anyone. So rare, in fact, that this will be the first time I've done so while reviewing books for DrupalEasy.

Before I go into details, I want to be clear about something: writing a technical book isn't easy. While I haven't written one myself (unless my Master's thesis counts), I have written my share of technical articles and I'm never surprised at how much longer it takes me than I originally imagined. This is mainly due to the difficulty to make my thoughts clear to a large group of people. Combine that with a topic as difficult as the Panels module and you've got quite a task ahead of you.

While the idea behind panels is easy to grok, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. Earl Miles (merlinofchaos on drupal.org, and one of the very few to score "11" on CertifiedToRock.com), the creator of panels, has stuffed every conceivable option and an unbelieveable amount of flexibility into the Panels suite of modules. As with many things in the Drupal community, this makes for something very powerful, but also something very time-consuming to fully understand and use - both in theory and practice.

Florida DrupalCamp 2011 Call For Sponsors

Florida DrupalCamp 2011 will be held February 12-13 in Winter Park, Florida on the campus of Rollins College. Sponsorship opportunities are now available to interested parties.

The first day of the camp will be a 4-track learning experience and the 2nd day will feature a site building sprint where we build a complete Drupal site for a Florida non-profit organization. At last year's camp we sold out several weeks before the event at 175 people. For 2011, we've found a new venue and will be able to support over 300 participants.

DrupalEasy at Drupal Camp Connecticut

Drupal Camp CT logoDrupalEasy is one of the sponsors of this Saturday's (August 28, 2010) first-ever Drupal Camp Connecticut, to be held at Yale University in New Haven. The camp sold out with about 175 attendees a few days ago, so if you don't have a ticket, you might be out-of-luck (you can always try begging).

Mike Anello from DrupalEasy (born and raised in Connecticut!) will be presenting three sessions:

DrupalEasy Workshop and Session Proposals at DrupalCon San Francisco

Ryan Price and Mike Anello from DrupalEasy will be at DrupalCon San Francisco this April with a (hopefully) full agenda.

Workshop: Intro to Theme Development

DrupalEasy is proud to announce that we've been selected to present one of the official pre-conference workshops for DrupalCon SF on Sunday, April 18. We'll be teaching our beginner-level Intro to Theme Development workshop. In this course you'll learn the anatomy of a theme, basic XHTML/CSS/PHP, and basic template modifications. By the end of the day, you should be able to take a static HTML theme and turn it into a Drupal theme. The cost for the workshop is $350 and you can sign up on the official DrupalCon SF site.

10 Things That Make Front End Drupal a Must-Have Book

Several months ago Ryan Price interviewed Emma Jane Hogbin, one of the authors of Front End Drupal, for DrupalEasy Podcast 10. At the time I hadn't received a review copy of the book, so I made a mental note to check out the book based on the interview.
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Six months later, the folks at Prentice Hall were kind enough to send me a copy, and I was not disappointed.

Emma Jane Hogbin and Konstantin Kafer have written Front End Drupal in a way that makes it a valuble resource for virtually anyone who uses Drupal in one form or another. The strength of the book lies in the fact that it explains core concepts and best practices of how sites are built in Drupal, with an empahsis on theming.

Rather than writing a full-on review for a book that has already been reviewed more than a couple of times elsewhere, I thought that I'd provide a list of 10 things that this book covers really well.

Book Interview: Drupal 6 Site Blueprints

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few minutes on the phone with Timi Ogunjobi of websesame (@websesame twitter), author of Drupal 6 Site Blueprints from Packt Publishing. Originally, we planned to share the interview as a DrupalEasy Podcast, but a poor connection scuttled those plans (things like that happen when the interviewee is calling in from Africa.

Luckily, I had a backup plan (always have a backup): this article! What follows is some Q&A with Timi compiled from the pre-interview and selected quotes from the actual interview.

Ubercart Training in Orlando

You can still register for DrupalEasy’s end of summer full day workshop on the How-To of the impressive Ubercart set of modules in Orlando on August 21st. Coffee and Carbs will rev you up at 9 am for a full day of getting up to speed on these useful ecommerce tools including shipping, payment, shopping cart and related functions.

The day starts with a detailed explanation of Ubercart, how you can use it to sell physical and downloadable products, and charge for online events and site access. You’ll learn about the core components such as shopping cart, payments support, shipping support and order processing, as well as optional features like setting up affiliate programs, integrating Quickbooks and providing discount coupons. This is the final in our summer hometown no frills series available for of $124.

Register today!

RDF in Drupal: The Future - RDF in Drupal 7

We've seen in the previous four articles that RDF has the potential to be a game-changer when it comes to linked data on the web. The fact that is it an open standard, easy to understand, and implementable on sites from those powered by the most complex web applications to simple hand-built web pages makes it easy to understand why so many people are starting to look at RDF as one of the future cornerstones of the web.

Luckily for the Drupal community, our fearless leader Dries Buytaert recognized this in 2008 and suggested that Drupal take the lead in implementing RDF among open source content management systems.

Since then, a number of individuals have stepped up and committed to working to get RDF functionality in Drupal 7. The Semantic Web group on Drupal.org is the focal point of the work that is going on in this effort. Earlier this year, they posted a video about what will be possible when RDF functionality is available. They showcased advanced search results and the ability to navigate the relationships that RDF triples provide with HTML documents.

DrupalCon DC: Wrapup

After a decompression-Sunday with some friends in the DC area, I made my way back to sunny Florida today ready to start taking advantage of some of my new-found Drupal knowledge. Once I dug out of my piled-up mail and dirty laundry, I decided to summarize the rest of the 'Con. So, here goes...