[thelist] Drupal... what's with the sudden hype?

adrinux adrinux at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 06:15:56 CST 2008

2008/12/5 Tris <beertastic at gmail.com>:
> 1. Where did this influx of Drupal fever come from?
It's been building slowly over several years, though clearly it's now
crossed some line and gained general business mindshare!
Why? Maybe...

A lot of high profile sites are using it? Pop stars to big companies.
Dries Buytaert who originally wrote it has a tag on his blog, to
follow some of the higher profile sites:

Over the last couple of years several companies have started offering
drupal training, they have an interest in hyping drupal (much in the
same way as was done for Rails).

Lots of tech publishers have multiple drupal books out, or about to
come out (Packt springs to mind because I've bought a couple of

Drupal has lots of tools for user submitted content/social networking
etc, which of course is also part of the web 2.0 hype, so maybe some
of that hype rubs off.

> 2. Why can't a non tech big wig understand that it's a PHP application
> and a PHP developer would be suited to help them.
It rather reminds me of the adverts you'd see for web design jobs a
few years ago: "Must have experience in Dreamweaver blah blah...".
Like it's not just HTML.

> 4. Am I deludng myself... is Drupal really hard to master?
As has been said, it has it's own API's. There are also good ways of
working with drupal and bad ways. Taking your uber PHP skills and
hacking away isn't going to be good in the long term. But this is true
of any product, reading the manual and gaining some experience is
always good.

> Hell, if there's any Drupal 'experts' out there, let me know your
> address and I'll be sure to forward your details to the next
> recruitment vampire that only wants Drupal experience..
Sounds like you need to get used to it :)  Hell, go download drupal 6,
read the docs, read a book, write a module, do some theming - and
stick 'Drupal developer' on your resume. What have you got to lose?

Adrian Simmons | http://perlucida.com

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