DrupalEasy Podcast 41 - Interview with Jacob Redding

Ryan Price and Mike Anello recently talked with Jacob Redding (jredding), author of Beginning Drupal as well Treasurer and Interim General Manager of the Drupal Association.

Beginning Drupal, released earlier this year by Wiley Publishing, covers a large selection of Drupal topics. Jacob mentions that he wrote the book to be a reference for someone who is not only building a Drupal site, but who also wants to really understand how Drupal works.

The book was written for Drupal 7 - many of the topics in the book cover the changes between Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 including (but definitely not limited to): user vs. profile fields, public and private fields, content type block visibility, and localization.

Jacob, Ryan, and Mike discuss specific portions of the book and the style in which it is written. Jacob has been a professional Drupal trainer for several years, and has tried to leverage what he has learned about teaching Drupal when writing this book. As an added bonus, the subject of zoot suits was brought up as well.

Wiley Publishing has given us a couple of copies of the book to giveaway - simply leave a comment below (be sure to leave your twitter or drupal.org username so we have some way to contact you) and we'll pick two winners at random.

Want more information about Jacob? Check him out at @jredding on Twitter or on his blog at jredding.info.

UPDATE - comments and content registration is closed. Winners will be announced on DrupalEasy Podcast 42.

Comments

Hey guys,

Thanks for the great interview about the book. Some of the advice in the interview will be useful when i start running my training classes here for the Syracuse city school district.

Zack Glick
Website administrator Syracuse city school district
@z1g1
Zaglick

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 15:50

Hello, Mike and Ryan. Thank you for putting together this interview. The discussion on localization was especially interesting.

Please put me in the running for a copy of Jacob's book. Thanks!

-mjross on Drupal.org

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 16:34

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 13:03

thanks guys - the info on drupal i18n was really interesting - looking forward to reading jacob's book

@kim_day

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 18:34

As always the podcast was great. I never knew about the localization client and server. That is pretty cool stuff.
The book sounds excellent too. Send me a copy! Plz!

@jnasharu
jimmynash on d.o

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Sun, 08/01/2010 - 17:29

I've been working on a program to teach web development skills to disadvantaged students, starting with very basic HTML all the way up through Drupal at the top of the ladder. I was really excited to hear the interview with Jacob, because it sounds like his book takes just the approach I'm looking for, particularly since I want to build this curriculum for Drupal 7 and my experience is only through v6 to this point. I'm going to run out to the bookstore as soon as I can to take a look, but won't be able to buy since funds are limited. I could certainly put a free book to great use!

And great podcast too!

Thanks,
krose on drupal.org

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 08/02/2010 - 06:59

Wow,

You guys do such a great job of interviewing authors so that we, your listeners, can learn so much not just about the book, but also about the author and their involvement with Drupal.

Drupal Easy is a unique resource within the Drupal community.

Keep up the good work,
Hector
@hectoriribarne

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 08/02/2010 - 13:57

Great to have a teacher write a Drupal book. Nice that he has international experience. Great testimonial to the book that even the experts learned something new from a book called Beginning Drupal. Brave of him to publish a book based on D7 before the final release. I am looking forward to reading the book.

@DavidWheelerPhD
DavidWheelerPhD on d.o.

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Wed, 08/04/2010 - 13:30

I enjoyed the podcast and look forward to the book. What an adventurous soul Jacob must be to write a book about software that hasn't been released yet. That would frustrate me greatly but I'm thankful to him for doing it.

Bryan (@jjlestrand)

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Wed, 08/04/2010 - 20:23

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Thu, 08/05/2010 - 14:28

Well done guys,
Another great Drupal interview. I bought Emma Jane's Front End Drupal book after your interview with her. Looks like this is another one that is a must read!
Cheers
Darrel
Twitter: @ictguy

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 20:42

Can't wait to read this book, or the Drupal 7 release. Thanks for your podcasts!

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Sun, 08/08/2010 - 10:51

It would be nice to read this book... My fav book for beginners is Using Drupal. Maybe this could be the new one. Or the other one... ;o)

thamas @ Drupal.org
eccegostudio @ Twitter

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 08:51

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 23:05

Like the pre-flight checklist, obvious but I don't do it - I will now. richard.moger AT claritis.co.uk

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 05:29

Yeah. Gonna have to get this. Glad it's out there.

Andy
@saintsox

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 15:06

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 22:29

I always like to here in depth background from the higher-ups in the Drupal hierarchy. Good interview.

I would be interested in one of those books btw.

You can find me as dddave at drupal.org.

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 03:16

Really want to start learning this. @InStyle76

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 10:32

Put me in for the book draw.

Danny
lane.dj(AT)gmail.com

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:15

Looks very interesting and useful for me that I'm a newcomer to the Drupal universe. Put me in the draw for the book.

twitter username: isantos_ISEA
drupal username: isellakuria

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 08:56

The book looks great, especially the transitional items from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 - I know I could definitely use that! Thanks for the book contest!

twitter: @suzecampbell
drupal.org: suzecampbell

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 09:37