Drupal Gardens and Drupal 7 Essential Training at Lynda.com
These step by step video guides were developed by Tom Geller (tgeller on Drupal.org). Tom is also an author, having recently published Drupal 7: a visual quickstart guide by Peachpit Press. It's great to see that through his writing, he's also contributed excellent bug reports and documentation on Drupal.org (and in Drupal Gardens!) Surely, the best way to find bugs is to teach the software! By the way, if you're a brass player, and going to DrupalCon in Chicago, you should ping Tom :)
The new Drupal 7 titles fill out the other Drupal library which also includes:
- Drupal: Creating and Editing Custom Themes (By Chris Charlton, manager of the LA Drupal User Group)
- Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data (By Tom Geller)
- Drupal 6 Essential Training (By Tom Geller)
Here's a quick look at the two of the new courses available on Lynda.com:
This course is rated as Level: Appropriate for All, in contrast to the other Drupal 7 trainings, which are rated beginner and intermediate. This would be an ideal start for someone who is new to web development and getting to know Drupal. It can help someone learn how to set up their own site, without the worry of system administration or dealing with hosting. You can preview some free videos, such as:
- Creating image galleries 04:48
- Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens 03:46
...and six others. I like how Tom starts by showing you the complete project you will learn how to do, step by step.
This is a more comprehensive training, which covers some of the same topics covered in the Drupal Gardens training, but also the installation of Drupal, and the selection and installation of modules. You can preview some free topics:
- Deciding whether to use Drupal 05:04
- Adding fields to content types 09:06
... and seven more free videos. There is also a series on Drupal 7 New Features which is suitable for intermediate level-- people who are familiar with Drupal already and just want a recap of the changes.
Of course, you can grab a free pass for Free 24 hour pass to lynda.com and get a peek at the other videos.
We'd love to hear what you think!