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Beginning Drupal with Jacob Redding - Training & Book

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, and you can see that in the structure of the chapters and the exercises which guide a new learner through Drupal.

If you're an instructor, you may request an evaluation copy.

Jacob was recently interviewed by the fine folks at Drupal Easy. Mike Anello and Ryan Price are putting up some copies of Beginning Drupal to give away. You can enter to win a copy by listening and leaving a comment on the post: Interview with Jacob Redding.
You can, of course, catch Jacob and his colleague Jen Lampton, from Chapter Three delivering Acquia authorized training near Dulles, in Herndon, VA in a few weeks. Chapter Three is one of Acquia's training partners. Read more about the training events from August 16th - 19th 2010:

The great thing about the trainings we're putting on with our partners is that they are very hands on. A little less talk- a little more action. You learn by doing. There's only so far we can get by explaining how it works, you need to traverse the procedures several times before they click. You can get plenty of opportunity to sit and listen at DrupalCamps and DrupalCons- but you don't get a chance to be guided through the activities. A printed manual is there as a reference, with clear step by steps and screenshots; and an expert web developer is there to guide you and answer your questions. That's really what our training is about. If you'd like to find out more about the training, please contact us: Acquia.com/training/contact

Problem with the Drupal learning curve

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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 sensation of difficulty comes from getting one's habits unstuck. Using this tired analogy perpetuates a misunderstanding about Drupal. Instead, I'd like to talk about opening doors, welcome mats, and crossing the threshold. Once you've made it through, you'll see a big difference.
Because we all want to make Drupal better, and a little bit of knowledge is dangerous. The most egregious errors are made not by people new to web development, but from experienced programmers who sneak into Drupal from a side window and re-write entire parts of Drupal on top of it. These are amazing feats of mis-understanding we see in our Client Advisory Team... and it comes from not understanding the fundamental threshold concepts of Drupal.
Drupal is peculiar- and when you get to know it, it makes a lot of sense. New Drupal users need to get familiar with what are referred to as threshold concepts, to lessen that initial sensation of disorientation. Good trainers can scaffold the learning experience, to bring learners through this process, and teach essential best practices.
At our first Drupal training with our partners, Dataflow in Belgium, Wim Mostrey, the instructor, reported that participants were so surprised "Drupal was easy"! They kept on looking for the complicated way to do things. This is where scaffolding comes in.

Drupal Site Builder training in Dallas, September

Are you new to Drupal but experienced with making websites? Do want to learn how to create a website using Drupal? This two day course shows you how to use the most essential Drupal features which set it apart from other Content Management Systems.
Read the full course description: Beginning Drupal for Site Builders

  • Register here at LevelTen.
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Date: Tuesday, September 14th-15th, 2010
    Time: 9:00AM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
  • Cost: $768.00 per attendee
  • Training by: LevelTen
  • Provided: lunch and refreshments; computers, software and a printed manual.

Drupal in a Day in Dallas

Are you curious about Drupal? Wondering how it can be used, and what you or your team could do with it? Drupal in a Day is an overview of the fundamental concepts of Drupal. It would be good as an foundation for potential site builders and an overview for decision makers who want to look under the hood.

Read full course description: Drupal in a Day

  • Register here at LevelTen.
  • Location: LevelTen Interactive, Dallas, TX
  • Date: Monday, September 13th, 2010
    Time: 9:00AM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
  • Cost: $379.00 per attendee
  • Training by: LevelTen
  • Provided: lunch and refreshments; computers, software and a printed manual.

Learn by Examples, the module

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 using the Form API. It's also a great way to get familiar with Simpletest.

Drupal Site Builder training in Dallas, Texas

Acquia partner, LevelTen Interactive announce the first Acquia authorized training in Texas.

Register here: Drupal for Site Builders Workshop - Dallas, TX, two day training
Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, Jul 20th & 21st, 2010, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $758.00 per attendee

Drupal in a Day Training in Dallas, Texas in July

Acquia partner, LevelTen Interactive announce the first Acquia authorized training in Texas.

Register here: Drupal in a Day Workshop Dallas, TX
Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Monday, Jul 19th, 2010, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $379.00 per attendee
Training by LevelTen Interactive

Drupal in a Day in Leuven, Belgium

Acquia's training partner, Dataflow in Belgium announces the first public Acquia authorized Drupal training in Europe will happen in July.

Drupal in a Day
On 14th July 2010
€450 Register

Beginning Drupal for Site Developers

Drupal for Site Builders $820 * gov't discount available book now
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 and Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 9:00AM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
Location: MicroTek, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005