March 2015

Is this Drupal stuff making sense now?

After 10 months of focus I'm starting to think this Drupal Stuff is starting to make sense.  My ProvisoEast72.org project took me a couple of months to get it to the point where I was happy with it.

My MadameWiladina.com took 5 months to get online (there were a great many detours before I could get that site live). 

Then I had cwps.us that I did in about 3 days (but I just basically went from a static site to a dynamic site, the hardest aspect was figuring out the theme).

I did the same with UnityBluegrass.com & AfricanBluegrass.com both sites being static sites that I already had and wanted to move to Drupal.

My latest project was a "dress rehersal" which I completed in 4 days (which is very good for me). It had a fair amount of complexity from customizing the theme to creating several content types along with views to present the pages.  I also installed the fullcalendar module to make a calendar available for the events she is hosting.  What amazed me most was how well the site came together. 

There were a couple of things that gave me some difficulties but I was able to resolve them either through my own enginuity or finding another module that would give me the desired result.  

So far I have had nothing but positive feedback about how well it has turned out.

Maybe I am getting a handle of this Drupal Stuff...

Drupal MidCamp (Chicago)

I just finished spending the weekend at a Drupal Conference.  I attended Drupal MidCamp that started on Thursday March 19 and finished on Sunday March 22.  I had a great time and I was definately needing the comradery and the exposure that I received at camp.

This was the the third Drupal Event like this that I had attended.  The first one was in Madison Wis at the end of July last year and the Fox Valley Drupal Camp that was in early September.  It was so great attending the sessions, rubbing shoulders with other Drupaliers and immersing myself in the Drupal Community.  

The community is the best part about Drupal.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and are very passionate about Drupal, so much so you might think is was their religion.  Since being involved Drupal I have developed a better understanding of open source and how it "should" work (and Drupal is striving to do that, continue this and protect this).  It's the love of the community that is responsible for the success of Drupal.  

The thought of open source was so foriegn to someone like myself, brought up in the age of "flower power, peace and love" which was followed by the spectre of capitalism and Reganomics.  I'm surprised someone hasn't branded open source as a communist plot, but luckily that hasn't happened.  Instead I got to be a part of an event where people came together in support of a product that has been built by volunteers, is available for use at no cost or liscensing fees, and is administered by comittees of individuals with very little ego and kingsmanship involved.  

The "company" of Drupal is not like any other company I have ever been involved in.  It helps me feel like there maybe some hope for the world.

I will add more about my experience and MidCamp soon.

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