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Intro to Drupal given at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) by Leo Klein on Apr. 25, 2008.

Intro to Drupal given at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) by Leo Klein on Apr. 25, 2008.

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  • Introduction to Drupal by Leo Klein Web Coordinator OAR, UIC
  • Leo Klein (Elevator Speech)
    • Web Coordinator : OAR, UIC
    • Colleges attended: UIC, Sorbonne, FU (Berlin), Queens College (CUNY), ITP (NYU)
    • Jobs attended: Bobst Library (NYU), Newman Library (Baruch College, CUNY), COE (UIC)
    • Interests: Web Design, Usability
    • Personal Website: www.LeoKlein.com
    • Blog: ChicagoLibrarian.com
  • HUGE DISCLAIMER I Know What I Know
  • Small Disclaimer It's 'Content Management' Not 'Content Organization'
  • Is it Time to CMS?
    • Large amounts of similar data: events, news, other media, etc.
    • Feature requests: calendar, forums, blogs, galleries, etc.
    • Multi-user Environment: password-protected content, expanded range of people providing content
    • Server-Side: Access to Server-side resources and someone to maintain system
  • Why Drupal? (Druplicon)
  • Drupal in Education Amherst College Ohio State - Math Dept. Wash. Univ. – Arts & Sci. BYU – Comp. Sci.
  • Origin of Drupal
  • Drupal Born – 2001*
    • Originally developed by Dries Buytaert and fellow students at the University of Antwerp
    • 2001 – Initial Release of Drupal
    • 2004 – Drupal taken up by Dean Campaign
    • 2005 to now:
      • High Profile Conversions (Onion.com, Observer.com, Amnesty International)
      • From " Community Plumbing " to " Roll-Your-Own Push Button CMS "
    • * More Info: http://drupal.org/node/769
  • Drupal.org
  • Resources from Drupal.org
  • Joys & Sorrows of Open Source
    • It’s Free
    • It’s Open
    • It’s Innovative (sometimes)
    • It’s "Scratch Your Own Itch”
    • It’s Frustrating
    • It's Fun
  • Types of Users
    • SW-HW*:
    • Server running either Apache or IIS
    • PHP (Scripting Language)
    • MySQL or PostgreSQL
    • Human:
    • Person comfortable installing the above three
    • “ Some assembly required ”
    Requirements ______ * http://drupal.org/requirements
  • Drupal in 3 Parts
  • Drupal Core
    • What You Get 'Out of the Box'
    • Essential Features
        • (Node, Block, Taxonomy,
        • Theme Engine, Comments, RSS)
    • 'Legacy' Features
            • (Story, Forum, Blog)
  •  
  • Contributed Modules
    • "Building Blocks" of Drupal
    • Hundreds to Choose from
    • Most Essential Modules:
      • Content Construction Kit
      • Views
      • ImageCache
      • Organic Groups
  • Life & Death of a Drupal Module
    • Modules are built for a specific purpose and for a specific release of Drupal
    • How to Tell if a Module is Alive and Kicking -- or in the 'Deadpool':
      • Recent updates?
      • Recent Support Questions/Issues?
      • Attitude of Maintainers (Helpful or Not)?
  • Themes Amor Azul Imagination NewsFlash SEO Position
  • Drupal Roadmap
    • Drupal 6.0 (Feb. 2008)
      • Improvements:
        • Installation
        • Theming
        • Internationalization
    • Drupal 7.0 (Feb. 2009?)
      • Incorporation of CCK & Views into Core
  • Drupal as a Community
    • Open Source encourages - and requires – an open, responsive Social Organization
    • Great team of Developers (some local in Illinois)
    • Learn the terrain & benefit from It
  • Other Helpful Sites
    • Lullabot Wonderful source for podcasts and other high quality information on Drupal - http://www.lullabot.com
    • DrupalDojo Extensive collection of screencasts and other "lessons" http://drupaldojo.com
    • Mastering Drupal Number of good screencasts http://www.masteringdrupal.com/
    • Dries Buytaert's Blog Personal Blog of Drupal's Founder - http://buytaert.net
  • Drupal Groups
    • Drupal in Education (378 members) http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-education
    • Chicago User Group (General) http://groups.drupal.org/chicago
    • Chicago Meetup Group http://cdmug.org/
    • Drupal4UIC http://listserv.uic.edu/archives/drupal4uic.html
  • Leo Klein’s Drupal Tips
    • Try "Sandboxes" at OpenSourceCMS.com
    • Experiment locally
    • Follow the forums at Drupal.org
    • Join a Drupal Group (http://groups.drupal.org)
    • Check out the competition
    • Ultimately: Bend the CMS to your needs (& not the other way around)
  • Happy Drupaling! Leo Robert Klein lrk 'at' uic 'dot' edu msn/aim/ghoo/yhoo: 'leorobertklein' www.LeoKlein.com