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