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

Tris beertastic at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 07:21:16 CST 2008

I love all the advise, I feel alot closer to Drupal now ;-p
I shall install it at home and have a play, maybe do my next 'small'
project in Drupal.

Our industry is all about learning new skills and knowing that what is
technologically vital to know today, might not be tomorrow... so this
is just another rung to the ladder that is being a web professional..

On a side note, I'm seriously considering going to Uni in Septemeber
to get a degree in computer science (I'm currently self taught)...
with a view to becoming a teacher.. but mainly to fill in the gaps in
my knowledge... this thread has just made me realise that no matter
what I learn in uni.. it'll be superceeded in good time.. :-(

2008/12/5 adrinux <adrinux at gmail.com>:
> 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:
> http://buytaert.net/tag/drupal-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
> theirs).
> 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?
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