[consulting] and they call it drupalcamp
Aaron S. Pava
aaron at civicactions.com
Thu Feb 23 18:51:08 UTC 2006
I think the key question here remains "what is the objective" of the
For me (at CivicActions) the biggest need we have right now is not module
development (plenty of PHP pros are already doing that) or additional Drupal
functionality - but finding *available* quality developers who have the
html/css/php/xhtml/tableless-design/w3c-standards mad skillz _already solid_
and who just need to put that package into the Drupal framework. (a bit like
Aaron Welch's presentation at OSCMS for Beginning Drupal Programming, but
for a WEEKEND, led to qualified, kick-ass developers) You _could_ coordinate
it with a conference... Or just plan 3-4 of them for the year in different
parts of the country...
I see 12-18 developers in the class. $500 or so... Two or three days. Folks
like Chris Messina, Matt Westgate, Aaron Welch, Rich Orris as facilitors.
This is not about core development - or documentation. This is about
building solid developers, not code.
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> Subject: Re: [consulting] and they call it drupalcamp
> As posted here:
> The CivicActions folks are starting to organize the first
> "Drupal Camp", a multi-day intensive Drupal developer
> training program.
> Every Drupal shop I know of is in a crunch of Drupal
> development talent. The limit on their ability to take on
> more and bigger projects is not from lack of sales leads or
> lack of management capability, it is simply there are not
> enough seasoned developers on hand to pay to work on Drupal
> development projects. An experienced and talented
> web-application developer will take a bit of time to learn
> Drupal inside and out and get up to speed developing complex
> websites, so it is not simply a matter of bringing in fresh
> talent, we need fresh Drupal talent. The Drupal economy is
> rocketing skyward and this problem will only become more
> intense in the forseable future. This is an immediate and
> growing problem that we need to start solving now.
> 1. Drupal newbies sponsored by their parent companies
> (CivicActions, Trellon, etc)
> 2. Drupal engineering experts to lead the class. Anyone
> up for this? :) (Matt Westgate, Crunchywelch provided he
> doesn't drown?).
> 3. Other Drupal folks in the neighborhood also might want
> to get together for a code sprint or to discuss Drupal projects.
> At Vancouver Josh and I floated out the idea of doing it in
> conjunction with the Personal Democracy Forum on May 15th.
> This dates
> works with me, does it sound reasonable to you?
> If we do it in NYC in conjunction with PDF, I can think of two
> possiblities off the top of my head:
> 1. The Tank
> 2. EyeBeam
> I will follow up with my contacts at both of these venues tomorrow.
> Does anyone know of another possible venue?
> We should make sure that whatever is taugh and learned at "Drupal
> Camp" is recorded and synthesized for posterity. We want to
> have many
> more of these in the future so we should aim for publish-able
> curriculum that can be later posted on Drupal.org.
> Next Steps?
> 1. Gregory Heller is organizing a consultant conference call to
> talk about this and other issues shortly on the consultat mailinglist.
> 2. David Geilhufe proposed we look into the former Ars Digita
> training camps. I'll sign up to follow up and do some research and
> try to talk to folks involved in organizing them.
> 3. We need to figure out a data / location. Unless someone can
> come up with a better data / location than PDF on May 15th let's go
> with that. I will start looking seriously into venues tomorrow.
> 4. We need to line up the teaching staff and get firm
> from vendors to sponsor newbies. I can take this on starting Friday.
> On Feb 22, 2006, at 5:59 PM, Gregory Heller wrote:
> > Perhaps the problem sets could include things like:
> > Port a contributed module from 4.6 to 4.7?
> > Integrate bug fixes or patches for a module
> > they could be submitted by the community, or culled from the forum
> > http://drupal.org/forum/51
> > any revenue generated could go to defray costs for space, food,
> > trainer's and organizer's time, back to drupal, and maybe to the
> > "student" in an amount no greater than the cost of the camp (if
> > there is
> > a cost associated).
> > Another option could be completing an entire website
> project for a non
> > profit organization.
> > David Geilhufe wrote:
> >> Back in the dot com boom, a company called ARS Digita did "boot
> >> camps." I like the name "Drupal Camp"
> >> These basically were 2-5 day training sessions for developers. You
> >> went the camp, learned some basics and then completed some "problem
> >> sets" collaboratively with the folks at the boot camp. A
> problem set
> >> would be something like creating a module. Perhaps the
> problems could
> >> be something like:
> >> 1. Create a basic module.
> >> 2. Create a module that exercises parts of the Drupal API
> >> 3. Create a new theme
> >> 4. ?
> >> This would also be a great addition to the handbook for folks to
> >> self-study.
> >> If someone with more drupal skills were to work with me, we could
> >> come
> >> up with a few problem sets to start putting together on
> the Handbook.
> >> david
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