On Drupal

The weekend was kind of truncated… I worked my regular work week, then on Friday I went to Drupal Camp Vancouver to learn as much as I could about Drupal in a condensed timespan. It was very interesting, but basically added two more full days onto my workweek.

Nothing like a couple of days geeking out to really mess your head up, though. Here are some observations I had about Drupal, and the Drupal community:

  • They seem to be doing well with the open-source community thing
  • They’re pretty approachable, which is cool
  • Drupal is dynamic, and capable of some pretty impressive stuff. I’m pretty sure that a photography portfolio website, however, isn’t really something it can do effectively
  • Theming for Drupal is more work than I have the time to learn how to do, although reasonably straightforward if you know some html and php.

    The problem I have is that I’ve got like two months of work left before I go on maternity leave, and I’m already pretty tired much of the time, which means I’m just going to get moreso. This leaves me with no time really to learn a new system on my own. Maybe if I had a course or someone willing to sit down and go over things with me one on one, from the basics of setup to site design. Once again I feel like I could really use a mentor, but don’t feel able to justify taking a stranger’s time up with teaching me the basics, and don’t know anyone in Vancouver who can take me on as a project. I’m tired of teaching myself everything I want to learn. It would be nice, for a change, to have a teacher.

    And really, that’s all I can say about Drupal for now. It was really cool, and kind of demotivating all at once. I will soon have Ultra Magnus to focus on, which will change things, I know.