Yes, I know it's been a while. I can now say I'm a professional Drupaler now. I'm working with a guy I met at the Fox Valley Meetup. I'm doing a lot of PC/Server?Networking for him as well as some Drupal so I am now paid to do Drupal. He also has several Web Based Services that he offers through his business so I am also dusting off the limited experience I have had with PHP to start cleaning up some of the code he has written in preparation to rewrite some of it.
I have been a bit distracted the last couple of months. As they say, "time flies when you're having fun," and that has been the case for me. I have been to busy with things to remember to come back here and write about my experiences. I have had the distiction of starting my first colaborative Drupal project during the last month and a half. I have been teamed with another developer on a simple Drupal site, not very complicated, and not very lucrative financially, but it's value is more with training and learning to use some of the tools Drupalers use for projects, collaboration and site version control. This is something that has not been covered in my limited Drupal experience.
These tools are such things as
Time flies when you have to rebuild your web server at least 10 times...
The last month took forever in one regard, and in another it went by fast. I was running Ubuntu 12.04 and that came up on EOL (End of Life) the first week of August and in reading about the upgrade I decided NOT to upgrade to the next level of Ubuntu (was reading something about them not using a LTS (Long Term Support) release for their kernel so I decided to move away from that).
Well, my attempts at learning Omega 4 was a total disaster. It turns out the Omega 4 uses Sass and in order to use Sass one must install all kinds of other program/tools. The procedure for windows was tedious and ended up not working very well so I figured I would install it on my LINUX VM but ended up being just as frustrating and in the process of trying to get Sass installed I ended up hosing up the OS. I ended up reinstalling LINUX twice because the first time reinstalling it I upgraded everything and ended up with incapability issues (guess I need to learn much more about LINUX before doing anything as advanced as upgrading php to 5.5 and drush to 7) but I finally got things up and running again and I decided to abandon Omega 4 for the moment. I got Aegir back up and running and installed a couple of distributions, Commerce KickStart and Bahai Incubator.
I can't seem to catch a break lately. I started the task of learning Omega 4 (a theme creator module) so I can begin my next project, building a website for my class reunion. I figure this would be a good project to start practicing all the tutorials I have been going through.