Impressions on rejoining the Drupalverse
“Hi, my name is JD and I'm a noob.” That's how I feel I should start every conversation as I dive back into a world where every question I ask takes me deeper and deeper into the guts of Drupal.
But at least I'm no noob when it comes to web design/development. I have a stupid joke I tell almost every client: I tell people that Al Gore introduced me to the internet back in '92. It is a good ice breaker and sets the stage that I have been at this since the pioneer days.
Since that time, I've walked where we've all walked: I've used FrontPage (gasp), I've written my own CMS, and then I saw the light about 10 years ago and started using CMSs written by other people. I've used Typo3, Wordpress, Expression Engine, WebGUI, Mambo/Joomla, and many many many more. I think I've used all of them. During those early days, I also explored Drupal development. If you look at my Drupal.org account, you will see I've been lurking in the community for over 8 years.
I left Drupal several years ago because of its complexity; I'm coming back now because I need that the complexity to enable flexibility in what I can create. I'm tired of hacking CMSs to do what I need; I love that Drupal can do anything I've thrown at it (so far).
Thoughts on Drupal vs. the others
Here are some random thoughts as I dive back into the Drupalverse.
- much more flexible than Wordpress — I love being able to create my own content types
- ...also more difficult to theme than Wordpress
- more configurable than Expression Engine
- more likely to be able to meet any client need
- even better than BuddyPress for community sites
Resources to learn Drupal
Here are some resources I've found helpful in returning to Drupal:
- Google. I love that someone has probably already asked and answered almost every question I ask
- Drupal.org's guide (Always helpful to get information from the source)
- This list of 100+ Drupal views tutorials and resources (very helpful list of how-tos for Drupal, mostly Drupal 6)
- Acquia’s post on how to learn Drupal (I loved reading this)
- and my coworkers
What about you?
I would love to hear from you: Do you have any resources that would help a programmer get back into Drupal?