[consulting] Drupal Certification and Requirements

Victor Kane victorkane at gmail.com
Wed Dec 26 11:48:06 UTC 2007

... and a Happy New Year!

Why Drupal's active community holds the secret to why Drupal quality rocks
in a demanding situation, and how consultants can shine along with it.

Yesterday, I had an informal online status meeting with a client, on a site
with medium to large demands on Drupal configuration and customization.

Together with the client, we had written black box acceptance tests for the
user stories implemented in this iteration.

The client had run the tests the day before, and due to holiday festivities
I had been unable to see the results.

The client had spruced up one of the Taxonomy lists before running the tests
and so discovered two problems:

* a views bug in which the first taxonomy term was not appearing in a filter

* a pathauto bug, which was producing an error message and breaking a number
of pages

The fact that the issue queues on both modules had beaten us to the
situation (one in a matter of only days) is only possible due to the
fantastic high participation rate of the community itself, the only
guarantee for quality, and is the real reason why Drupal rocks.

I was able to find the problems and apply patches in a matter of minutes
(less than half an hour for both) just by visiting the issue queue of each

fixed http://drupal.org/node/199675; and a pathauto bug (include access for
pathauto_cleanstring function) was discovered and fixed -

So, maybe include in this costly documentation that is going to be written a
case history of how to use the issue queue in a busy community without which
no amount of documentation is going to solve anything.


Victor Kane

On Dec 25, 2007 10:35 PM, Kieran Lal <kieran at civicspacelabs.org> wrote:

> Merry Christmas!
> Mark Shuttleworth has an interesting take on community approach to
> commercial training materials:
> http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/134
> It's an interesting approach to how to meet the need for a huge investment
> in training materials.  Drupal documentation currently has 2400 book pages
> of CC licensed content.  Steven Peck has already aggregated and distributed
> a "Getting started" book using some of this material.
> Djun Kim has explained on the documentation list how we could extract
> content from the handbooks into an open format for book publishing.
> If you read into the comments, you'll see that Mark is explicitly
> targeting the LPI certifications.  We learned earlier in this thread those
> costs were about 400K.  I think collaboration with the documentation team
> and use of open standards and open licenses is an exciting model for
> training more people to use Drupal.
> Cheers,
> Kieran
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