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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.
Why?
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

Drupal training comes to DC!

Our CEO, Tom Erickson, announced right around the time of Drupalcon, that I was joining Acquia to fulfill a goal of ours - to provide Drupal education on a scalable, global basis.

We're very excited to announce an offering that we've been working on for some time now with our partners at Chapter Three and Carahsoft - Drupal Training in the Washington, DC area. With Drupal becoming a core platform for supporting President Obama's Open Government Directive and the demand on Drupal talent to support customer projects in the DC area, we feel that a "Drupal in a Day" class and "Drupal for Site Builders" class will be highly relevant.

Drupal in a Day $410 * gov't discount available book now
Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Time: 9:00AM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
Location: MicroTek, 1101 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Drupal in a Day will be an overview of creating a Drupal site from start to finish. Participants will start with a blank website and, already having seen the final site, will start with adding and managing users, creating user profiles, adding custom content and managing that content (including turning on and off comments, or setting comments to read-only). Participants will then create custom content types and look at Views to display this content in various parts throughput the site including creating custom blocks and custom list pages such as a blogroll or last five images added or latest blog posts added to the site. (more info)

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

Drupal for Site Builders is a 2-day, in-depth extension to the first course. This course is designed both for users with no Drupal experience, and for those who are familiar with Drupal and want to expand their knowledge, digging deeper into their sites. The course provides in-depth discussions on Drupal’s installation process and managing users, comments, and content. Participants will also review Drupal's block system, and learn how to use taxonomy to categorize their content.

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