I just received confirmation that my DupalCorn session, "Sass/Compass: Or How it final clicked and I learned to love preprocessors" has been accepted! Pretty excited and a bit terrified, as this will be my first time presenting at a camp.
There is a lot about Drupal that is pretty awesome, upgrades and content migration don't top the list however. Trevor James's new book, Migrating to Drupal 7, is published by Packt and takes a look at a couple ways of getting existing content into Drupal. The two most common ways are the Feeds module and the Migrate module, both are touched on. Additionally the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 upgrade preocess is covered, as well as importing content into Drupal from Wordpress.
A work in progress- The development environment is one of the first key elements that is required to do anything with Drupal or web development in general, your work needs a place to live. This series will cover a variety of development environments that are suited to Site Builders, Themers, and anyone getting started to Drupal. They range from the super simple to fairly advanced, so there should be something for everyone and no need to be intimidated.
Typically I find that learning by doing works best for me, and there are some subjects (Drupal) that lend themselves to this approach as well. Drupal 7 Development by Example sounded like just the ticket. Many of the big keywords are hit on while flipping through the preface. Initially this sounds great, but perhaps there are too many? This book appears to have all the right intentions, but maybe it bites off a bit too much?
Running multiple sites on a single codebase is only one of Drupal's tricks, and it is a cool one! Packt's new mini book digs into the multi-site topics and provides a wealth of info for all levels of site builders.
Just received Packt's other 2 mini books, Drupal 7 Multi Sites Configuration and Drupal 7 Multilingual. The HackMonkey is fairly comfortable using Drupal's multi site features, but multilingual is new territory - should be interesting! Subscribe to the RSS or follow on Twitter to know when the reviews are published! In the meantime, if these books already seem like they are right for you, Packt is offering them for 30% off individually, or 40% off of all 3 mini books. This offer is good for the month of June.
Drush is the indispensable Swiss Army Knife of the Drupal command line warrior. However Drush isn't just for those that live in a terminal, it offers lots of valuable time savers that any level of Drupal site builder can leverage. Packt's Drush User's Guide details installation, and novice to advanced level documentation that can benefit all Drush users.
The procrastinating is finally over and the HackMonkey blog is live!
OK, so the site isn't all that whoppie right now, but that will change!
The Monkey was very happy to see that Dani Nordin didn't waste anytime jumping straight into the content with her designer oriented book. Admittedly at 170 pages, there isn't room for fluff! However she does manage to pack in some good stuff that should appeal to those that are more oriented towards the front end and visual side of Drupal. Drupal is complex enough that there are several processes a good project should go through before code or pixels are laid down.