Heather James

Manager of Learning Services
Acquia, Inc.

I've worked with Acquia for several years, creating learning content. I earned my Masters of Science focusing on learning and technology to support learning. I work with partners as well as the Learning Services team in delivering the training program across the globe.

When Dries asked at DrupalCon San Francisco: "Has Drupal changed your life?" I was one of the people who stood up. It's an amazing experience, and feel I'm participating in a larger cultural shift which shows the benefits of collaboration and working together. This gives me hope that the world is getting better.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 17:13
By Heather James Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced More...
Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:30
Drupal is powerful, it's undeniable. What's worrying is that you can get pretty far without understanding much about web development. This poses some challenges for novice web developers. By simply installing the Acquia Dev Desktop you can More...
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:25
Author: Heather James @learningdrupal This is the first in a series of podcasts where I'll be talking to people who have converted to using Drupal. I've chosen to name it to 'Drupal Adapter' to extend the notion of plugging into Drupal from another More...
Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 07:00
Drupal is growing! At Acquia, we're very proud of Drupal's growth, however, it does mean that companies and organizations are challenged to build their teams. We're excited that we can offer such great news to those who are anxious about finding More...
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:26
Do you have a site which is 2 years old, and you’re not sure if your site is ready to upgrade? We can help. Our team will deliver a course on upgrading Drupal, the day before DrupalCon. In the day long course, you’ll get expert advice and feedback More...
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 13:25
Lynda.com has just announced three new training courses... Drupal Gardens Essential Training course, Drupal 7 Essential Training Course, and Drupal 7 New Features. You can have a peek yourself using this Free 24 hour pass to lynda.com. It's great More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 07:24
Some rights reserved by wildxplorer Wanna come to a BoF about BoFs? Birds of a Feather, has such a nice ring to it. This way of self-organizing allows people of like minds to flock together in their motley way spontaneously sprung from the More...
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 06:10
I wanted to show how so-called "non-coders" can make significant contributions to the Drupal project. Probably the quickest way to make friends with a module maintainer is to help out in the issue queue. You can also help out with triage on some of More...
Posted on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 05:36
Drupal 7 RC 1 needs testers. And now more than ever, your favorite modules need testing too. As Moshe wrote yesterday, they're here to collect on the D7CX pledge. This is a great way that a new Drupal user can make a significant contribution, and More...
Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 11:45
We had 226 respondents to a survey about roles in the Drupal community. Though we pilot tested the survey and honed down the questions, the findings were inconclusive, though we could draw one result. Apparently we use terms like "themer" or "module More...
Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 07:55
Yesterday, I listened as Tom gave a quick introduction of the suite of modules maintained by LevelTen. I left like I was watching some mad ninja SEO tricks. I got educated! Maybe you all already knew about this stuff. To me, this is like magic. I More...
Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 - 09:53
Though it's not always a linear process, hopefully with training, we can make the learning process a bit smoother for you, by connecting you to development expertise. Especially for those who are new to it, learning Drupal is also a series of More...
Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 08:33
At DrupalCon, Barry Madore & Allie Micka from Advantage Labs organized a BoF: Drupal x10 inspired by Dries’s keynote. There were some interesting examples given. Growing the community is really a learning gap. At Acquia, we’re working with More...
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 08:16
Would you like to help make Drupal documentation more visual? Communicating Drupal visually will be a chance to create some good contributions to Drupal.org and the community. We need a few good people on the day of DrupalCon in Copenhagen to help More...
Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010 - 08:03
Jacob Redding has a great book, a cool interview and a training with us next week! Sign up here. Beginning Drupal is a new book out by Jacob Redding, of Chapter Three. The Wrox site has some samples from the book. Jacob is an experienced instructor More...
Posted on Friday, August 6, 2010 - 07:56
What's so wrong with saying "Drupal has a steep learning curve?" Well, it's not the most helpful analogy. And it's one of my pet peeves. I agree, it is a myth. Yes it is. We have to keep in mind that the curve is not the path, and the initial More...
Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 09:03
Budding Drupal developers will be glad to see: there are more contributions are springing out of the Examples project. Examples is a great resource for teaching experienced PHP programmers the capability of Drupal- from how to define a page, to More...
Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 06:48
Are you connected to Groups.Drupal.org yet? (Affectionately called g.d.o in the community.) Did you know on there are 317 geographical Drupal groups? (That's not including language groups.) Of those, 205 are city, regional or provincial groups: More...
Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010 - 07:09
I was on Skype when my jaw dropped. This wasn't the first time that an acquaintance asked me to take some time so he could "pick my brain" about Drupal. And it wasn't the first time that I realized someone had somehow broke in to Drupal via some More...
Posted on Friday, July 9, 2010 - 11:11
Chapter Three have just completed the first public Acquia Drupal training in DC at the end of June. Acquia is rolling out content developed with Chapter Three covering the basics and essentials of Drupal. By working with our partners, we can reach a More...

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