I dug this video out of the archives from the first DrupalCamp Michigan in 2011. While many Drupal developers have a lot of success building websites without a coding environment more complex than a text editor many times more serious tools are required. My presentation below gives users a basic introduction to debugging Drupal and how you can get started within no more than an hour worth of effort.
One of the nice things about Drupal is the low barrier to entry: anyone can download it, install it & have a basic site up and running in a few minutes. Unfortunately, once the initial setup is complete, people often don’t bother to look at anything else other than what they need to start adding content to their sites.
When Commercial Progression launched the new Ad Sales website for National Geographic Networks, they loved it so much that they wanted everyone to come and see it. To help encourage them, they sent out an e-blast to thousands of ad agencies around the world that offered a chance to win a free iPad to first 100 visitors. The resulting traffic spike brought our server to it's knees.
Drupal developers tend to treat overriding theme functions as a last resort. However, it's sometimes necessary in order to eliminate default functionality provided by core.
One instance we recently found where the default theming was not to our client's expectations was the "unlimited" field widget (the widget is the form element on the edit screen, while a field formatter themes the output on the view screen). Unlimited widgets display with tabledrag re-ordering, without any option to disable it.
I'll be participating on a panel discussion about the decision to use Wordpress or Drupal for your organization's website. Having experience as a former Wordpress developer and now a dedicated Drupal advocate I'm looking forward to this event at the June 1st Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing meeting!
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011, noon-1:00pm
Where: Conor O'Neills (318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI)
I'll be teaching a class at Washtenaw Community College this winter semester entitled Drupal: Build and Manage Powerful Websites. It's a 6 week long class meant for Drupal beginners and will focus on using Drupal instead of developing or installing Drupal.
The class description is below:
Come join me at the September Drupal User's Group meeting in Ann Arbor on September 27th, 7PM, at SPARK Central. More details below...
We have our September topic lined up. Alex Fisher will be presenting on Netbeans, Xdebug, and local Drupal debugging and bootloading from the CLI. For any programmer who has ever banged their head against the wall while trying to figure out a difficult bug, this topic is for you!
I look forward to seeing you at Spark Central in Ann Arbor on September 27th at 7pm!
Meet new Drupal enthusiasts, show off your latest sites, and ask for help with your latest Drupal problems at our next Michigan Drupal Meetup, tonight (August 19, 2010 @ 6:30PM). Everyone of all skill levels is invited to join us!
Get more information and RSVP on the event announcement.