Drupal Essential Training

with: Tom Geller (Publishers bio)

...is now live in the Online Training Library at Lynda.com! Contact me privately via email or comment here if you have a well-known site and would like to publish a review of the full series, and I'll do my best to get you a DVD or free site pass. (It's normally $25/month for access to all their videos, which I think is a really good deal.)

Course Description:

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) for a variety of platforms. It has a robust user community and easy-to-use administration features. Drupal Essential Training covers all the important aspects of installing, configuring, customizing, and maintaining a Drupal-powered website. Instructor Tom Geller explores blogs, discussion forums, member profiles, and other features while demonstrating the steps required to make Drupal perform. He also teaches fundamental concepts and skills along the way, including installation, backups, and updates; security and permissions; flexible page layouts and CSS; menu navigation; and performance monitoring and disaster recovery. He also discusses how to select and install the community-supported modules that further expand Drupal's capabilities, and gives experienced PHP programmers tips on customizing page templates. Example files accompany the course.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
  • Creating stories, pages, blogs, forums, and polls
  • Managing users and comments
  • Setting and customizing themes
  • Exchanging content via RSS
  • Stopping comment spam with a CAPTCHA
  • Launching a site and joining the Drupal community

Duration: 7 Hours

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Comments

stephthegeek’s picture

Wonderful! I'll definitely check it out. Great to see high quality Drupal training products coming out lately!

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stephthegeek’s picture

TNT reviewed Tom's Drupal training video (also available now on DVD), all in all a great learning resource for new Drupal users.
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mrhaydel’s picture

These videos look like they could be very helpful in getting my feet wet with Drupal.

Could I get a free site pass or DVD? My email address is michael dot haydel at gmail dot com.

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Michael! I'm afraid I wasn't clear: Review copies are for people with notable or high-traffic sites who are interested in publishing a review of the course.

I'm hoping to get some 24-hour site passes soon, and will find a way to distribute those fairly -- probably via a contest or something.

Cheers,

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Author/Presenter, "Drupal Essential Training" video series at Lynda.com
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avskip’s picture

Hello Tom,

I wanted to see the video quality so I tried one of the free demo tutorials. The one I chose was "Touring Drupal's interface".

There's audio and a green background. I have the latest Quicktime installed and using Firefox 3 with the Quicktime plug-in.

Should there be more to this than a green background?

Skip

P.S. I just tried samples from other courses and they have video and audio.

tgeller’s picture

Hey, avskip. Hmm, you're the first person to report that problem as far as I know. I don't know what's up: I've submitted a bug report to Lynda.com, and will post the response back here. Sorry for the inconvenience,

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tgeller’s picture

Tech problems can be reported directly to Lynda.com via http://www.lynda.com/feedback/contact.asp . I'll do what I can to help, but I'm afraid there's not much I *could* do -- production and delivery's all out of my hands at this point. Cheers,

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Tom Geller * San Francisco
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tgeller’s picture

Hey, Skip. Lynda.com's tech support wrote back, asking for your email address so they can help troubleshoot it directly. If you'll send it to me via my contact form, I'll pass it on.

Lynda.com also has a drupal.org user who might contact you via your contact form. But I think they'd prefer to do it through standard email (so it can stay in their ticketing system).

Cheers,

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avskip’s picture

For those of you interested, I had to change a setting in Quicktime 7.5

Steps:
1. Open the QuickTime Application
2. Go to: Edit > Preferences > QuickTime Preferences
3. Click on the Advanced tab
4. In the Video section (midway down in the window), select the option for Safemode (GDI only) instead of DirectX
5. Restart the browser

Worked very well for me!
Skip

dnewkerk’s picture

Hello Tom -

I would love to post a detailed review (my site receives approximately 3000 unique visitors per day, currently #6 on google for photoshop tutorials, and will soon be publishing Drupal lessons on the site as well - the Drupal version of the site is in development). As a member of the Drupal Docs team, I'd like to be able to confidently refer others to the lesson. If you're interested, feel free to contact me via my site or my Drupal.org contact form. Thanks!

-- David
absolutecross.com
[new guide/lesson in progress: Creating a CCK and Views powered Drupal site - feedback welcome]

tgeller’s picture

Hey, David! I don't have the DVDs/site passes yet, but I'll make sure you get one. Let's continue this conversation privately (when there's news). Thanks,

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dnewkerk’s picture

Sounds good :) My contact form is always switched on, as are the forms on the sites in my signature.
Thanks!

-- David
absolutecross.com
[new guide/lesson in progress: Creating a CCK and Views powered Drupal site - feedback welcome]

degen’s picture

I've seen a few video by Lynda and really helpt me learn. It's great stuff when you are at your mothers with x-mass ;) or in the TGV or Thalys to Paris.

I've been looking forward to the new!

Rask’s picture

Hi Tom,

Great tutorial! I signed up at Lynda.com just to watch your video. Hope your Drupal Essential Training is a success, so we can get more training from you.

How about Drupal advanced Training for your next project?

Regards,

Rask

malexandria’s picture

I'm press, please provide your email address.

thanks.

tgeller’s picture

You can reach me through my personal contact form on this site or the one at gellerguides.com. Best,

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tgeller’s picture

Hey, Rask -- thanks for the nice comments! Lynda.com decided to do the Drupal series based on user demand -- which augurs well for the success of this series. :) We talked about doing further Drupal series: If this one does well, I think they're likely. (Of course, don't quote me on that! I'm not an official representative of the company, etc..)

I'd certainly like to do a "Beyond the Basics" series for them, to include parts we just didn't have time for in this one. (Notably, we originally planned to include a section on Views in the first series, but realized it's a subject that deserves much more than one seven-minute video.) And since Lynda.com's audience is primarily graphic arts professionals, a Theming series also seems like a good candidate.

But we'll see how this one does. Spread the word! :) Cheers,

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Tom Geller * San Francisco
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Rask’s picture

Hi Tom,

“Beyond the Basics” yes please! Views tutorials even better, more on CCK and perhaps even Panels and you will have a great new product. I think even more people are looking for “Beyond the Basics” training. So yes, I will definitely spread the word!

Regards,

Rask

lauscherli’s picture

just wanted to say: lynda.com is an amazing ressource! was wondering when they would start to jump on the train... seems like the time has finally come!
i really can recommend to purchase a monthly abonnement to start - i'm sure you'll love it. whether you want to learn php, html, design-things.... it's great! check it out!

tgeller’s picture

I actually just spent the past week going through the PHP with MySQL Essential Training series -- it's a great choice for non-programmer Drupallers (like me). So as the American saying goes, "we eat our own dog food". :)

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retrocarclub’s picture

For a complete Drupal newbie like me the videos were fantastic, very informative and easy to follow. However, I agree with the previous comments, a follow up 'beyond the basics' series would be very useful.

minus’s picture

Very informative videos for newbies and freshmen. I'm sure these clips would be helpful for me 2 years ago. I certainly hope a more advanced drupal section makes an appearance @ lynda :)

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dotty’s picture

Good Job Tom!.

I really liked it the way your presented. Could you please pass some details like how did you recorded this video(?) . Is there any particular software ? I would like to record some online classes for medical students similar way. How can i do that ? If possible please post me any useful links.

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Dotty. I didn't have much to do with the production -- I just sat in the booth and let their excellent staff producer, Kirk Werner, handle all that stuff. :)

But I *can* tell you that the raw footage was captured with Snapz on a Mac.

While we're on the subject... they used pro microphones in an isolation booth, but I've had great results at home with the Plantronics Audio 750 DSP headsetOnly local images are allowed.. If you're on a Mac (as I am) you'll need to get the little USB adapter Plantronics sells, or a similar headset model that's specifically USBOnly local images are allowed.. In my experience the headphone function works without it, but not the microphone.

By the way, I posted a little "behind the scenes" thing at http://gellerguides.com/20080902-story-behind-drupal-essential-training .

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dotty’s picture

Thanks Tom!. You are such a great help !.

toma’s picture

Good work, i am fan of lynda.com , thanks for bringing Drupal
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bakr’s picture

We are awaiting the Advanced DVD

More about CCK
More about Views
More about Services (XMLRPC, JSON, ...etc)

Drupal is now Dragon.

tgeller’s picture

Now I'm curious... what does that mean, "Drupal is now Dragon"? A Google search for that phrase returns only your comment. :)

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kylehase’s picture

The table of contents looks great but I'm disappointed to see that it covers WAMP and MAMP setup but not LAMP. I don't have the data but I think a large chunk of current Drupal deployments are on LAMP stacks.

Perhaps you just assumed Linux geeks don't need a how-to video but it would have been useful for Linux newbies and a good promotion of open source.

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Kyle. While including LAMP might make a point, it would be a waste of time for this market. I don't have the figures, but I can't imagine that there are many professional graphics professionals out there on LAMP.

Plus, I'm not familiar with any LAMP packages that rival the MAMP or WAMP ones in simplicity. Are there? If not, it could be an impossible task to cover the subject in a way that's useful to non-sysadmins within seven minutes. It's all priorities.

Cheers,

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tgeller’s picture

On reflection, my response sounds pissy to me. Sorry, I didn't mean it to.

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maki124’s picture

Hi Tom. I understand your arguments against having a chapter on installing LAMP. But do you have a guide for non-programmer types who have to install Drupal on LAMP? I don't see it explicitly listed in the table of contents. I get plenty of questions from designers who are a bit daunted by this task, even if Drupal 6 has simplified things. If you do have such a section I'd send a lot of people to your training course for sure, and get them off my back! :)

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Maki. I'm afraid I don't have any insight into setting up LAMP. Sorry. Another thing for a "Beyond the Basics" course, maybe? :)

A Google search for "set up Drupal on LAMP" returns some pages that look useful, among them this one on Drupal.org. That page's complexity confirms my belief that there isn't anything in the Linux world that even approaches MAMP or WAMP in ease of installation. But I'd love to be proven wrong, of course.

Cheers,

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add1sun’s picture

Linux isn't one beast like windows and mac are, so the complexity involved can depend heavily on which distribution you are using. For many distros you simply pick what you want from the package manager (Apache. MySQL, PHP) and it installs it for you.

I have a video on how to do this in Ubuntu, though that is now an older version of Ubuntu than the current one. I guess I should update it to 8.04 t some point, but I think most of it still applies.

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drooppi’s picture

Hi there,

Just visit

http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-linux.html

If you are able to copy and paste stuff to your linux terminal/console, type or copy and paste to become root user:

sudo su

then (as root) just do a:

wget http://www.apachefriends.org/download.php?xampp-linux-1.7.1.tar.gz

followed by a:

tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.1.tar.gz -C /opt

followed by a:

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start

and then finally type:

http://localhost/

into your browser of choice (Firefox, etc).

For example (using lynx text-based browser) on the
console:

lynx http://localhost

You'll be able to choose your language and the XAMPP screen will tell you what to do next (probably click 'phpMyAdmin' to create the drupal database).

You're up and running in under a minute after the download has finished (under 5 minutes with a decend broadband connection).

tgeller’s picture

Thanks for the info! It's very useful. I just hope that people see it, buried so far in this thread. :(

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SunnyBlack’s picture

more to know my brain will getting bigger and bigger of all these informations about drupal. good work to you *thumbup*
cant wait to get more *brain explode include*
:D

Sunny

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Noyz’s picture

So glad to see Lynda finally reaching the Drupal community. You can reach me at jeff.noyes@acquia.com

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Jeff! Sorry for the delay in response. I posted something about the current status of review passes on the gellerguides.com site. But I'll also get in touch with you by email soon.

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gj23488313’s picture

Could I get a free site pass or DVD?

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My Drupal Site:http://www.boygj.com/

tgeller’s picture

Responding in private email.

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austintnacious’s picture

I was quite excited about your series.

So I signed up for a month at lynda.com only to discover that the videos don't work on Vista!!!!

Believe me, I'm getting way too used to things not working on Vista but it has been around for a while now and I do have Quicktime installed and working.

Now that I've looked at lynda.com's system requirements they only mention XP and 2000 under Windows.

To be honest that's pretty poor on lynda.com's part.

I can't really say much more than that.
I'm sitting here with a Core 2 Quad processor @ 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes of memory on a laptop in a hotel room with high speed internet access and all the necessary software installed and I can't even download and watch media that I've paid for that's in a format that's been around for a decade and a half on an OS that's been around for over a year and a half.

Really!?

It's just super-disappointing to me.

I've been aware of lynda.com for years but never used the service, now I just don't like 'em!!!

And I want my money back!

dnewkerk’s picture

How about contacting their tech support? I did a quick Google search and found "no" indication of anyone talking about lack of Vista support on Lynda.com (if there were, then doubtless "someone" would be talking about it - but nothing). Lynda.com even has video lessons ABOUT Windows Vista - I'm sure their videos work on Vista, or those people creating the Vista-related videos would surely have, eh, noticed ;)

Regarding Quicktime, ensure that you have Quicktime 7 or higher installed: http://www.lynda.com/faq/?faq=89
If Quicktime isn't working out on your particular computer, worst case why not look into using VLC player, or Quicktime Alternative?

You mention the "minimum" system requirements not referring to Vista... of course not - it's minimum system requirements, as in everything from there and above is supported.

My strongest suspicion is with your OS (which despite improvements "does" have its particular reputation for a reason... and no, don't accuse me of being a Windows basher haha - I use all 3 major OS platforms on a daily basis).

-- David
absolutecross.com
[new guide/lesson in progress: Creating a CCK and Views powered Drupal site - feedback welcome]

austintnacious’s picture

Yup, I'll get around to that!

Thot, I'd bitch about it here for a while first.

I have QT 7.5 installed and can play .mov files in the quicktime player from my HD.

It's just the embedded video files from lynda.com I can't play.

I see no option to download the moves to play in another app.

Perhaps I am experiencing particular probs due to Vista x64 but nonetheless lynda.com is not an awesome service in my experience in the absence of an alternative mode/means of access to the media I've paid for access to, IM-ever-less-than-HO!

dnewkerk’s picture

austintnacious said:
Yup, I'll get around to that! Thot, I'd bitch about it here for a while first.

Ah, well I'll keep that in mind when deciding whether to help you in the future on the forums.

No, you cannot download the files - they are streaming only, as it is a monthly subscription service, not download-and-keep. You "might" be able to load the URLs of the videos directly into another Quicktime-capable program instead of your web browser (e.g. some video players have the ability to paste in URLs instead of local file names).

-- David
absolutecross.com
[new guide/lesson in progress: Creating a CCK and Views powered Drupal site - feedback welcome]

austintnacious’s picture

Well, I didn't contact tech support yet but I did go back to lynda.com to try again and got the videos working. . . somewhat. . .

I'm powering 2 external 1680x1050 DVI LCD monitors from this laptop.
One via the built in DVI out and one via a USB to DVI converter.

When I select a chapter of the video from IE / Firefox when the browser is displayed on one of the external monitors the videos plays.

If I select a video when the browser is displayed on the laptop's screen then I just get a black screen and the audio.
If I move the video screen to one of the externals the video plays.
If I move it bac k to the laptop screen the video freezes at that frame while the audio still plays.

So yup, it's more than likely a Vista x64 problem. . . I still think it's lame that lynda.com doesn't have alternatives. . .

avskip’s picture

I've found their tech support to be good and reasonably fast. They helped me and I'm not even a customer of theirs! Try reporting your experience via http://www.lynda.com/feedback/contact.asp .

My problem was that Direct X rendering in QT 7.5 was turned on causing a problem. I'm on XP though. Somewhere back up this thread is what they had me do, then it worked fine.

Skip

venkat-rk’s picture

I subscribed to them for more than a year. As I couldn't afford the premium annual subscription ($375, I think), I requested them at least a couple of times for introducing a monthly pricing plan where they would provide access to the exercise files - it's pretty much useless merely watching training videos if you can't practice with the exercise files.

They replied saying they were looking into it. After more than a year without any option for such a plan, I discontinued. I really don't know why it would be so difficult to introduce a monthly option for the premium version - I would gladly pay $35 or so. I am sure I am not the only one requesting this.

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giorgio79’s picture

Sweet!

I always loved Lynda training videos, can hardly wait to try these.

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akellyvz’s picture

I do have certain accesses to some famous Chinese web sites, contact me at richard_von@yahoo.com

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Richard: I'll respond in private email. Cheers,

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NigelFK’s picture

Can't wait for the DVD! Can you tell us approximately when will it be available?

Regards,
Nigel

(Sorry, I asked via an email but I guess it would be best answered here.)

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Nigel! No worries -- you're not the only one who wants to know.

My Lynda.com contact told me on Friday that they'd have the DVD version out in the next few days. Besides being available from the course's home page on Lynda.com, it'll also be available through Amazon.com.

I might also sell copies directly, but am not yet sure whether that's possible. Stay tuned.

In any case, I'll do my best to get the word out. I'm currently rebuilding tomgeller.com in Drupal -- something I should have done before the course was released, I know.:-P I'll make course-related announcements there as well as through drupal.org when they become available.

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tgeller’s picture

Ha! About 10 minutes after I wrote that last message, Lynda.com announced the DVD's release. You can get it from the course's home page (at the bottom of the right-hand column.

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NigelFK’s picture

Hi Tom,

Many thanks!

Regards,
Nigel

loko’s picture

Hello

Maybe you make DVD with Views and Panels modules?
Good DVD but I looking more about these two modules, if they were, your dvd was that perfect for me.

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tgeller’s picture

I completely agree that these two modules should be in any "Beyond the Basics" course. :)

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loko’s picture

So when DVD will be with these two modules?? :)

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tgeller’s picture

Just a quick note: I've started a support database to record solutions to issues raised here. It's at http://tomgeller.com/drupal-support.

Cheers,

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Anonymous’s picture

Tom:

I purchased your video and was a a little disappointed. I guess that my disappointed was due to the fact that I had purchased another video from one of your competitors which was outdated. It's more or less what is shown in your video.

For beginners, it is good, but what I expected is more. For example making different types of links, making links on sidebars, and other advance techniques.

There are so many things that you can do with Drupal that it would take volumes to write. I have read books on Drupal and the same things happen. They do not go into details.

One of my main beef is that, it is advertised that you do not have to know PHP to learn Drupal. If you go to the forum, so many answers are given using PHP codes that I do not know what the heck I am doing. I can hear people saying "go and learn PHP". I am 60 year old guy whose brain is getting old.....

I guess that I would have to wait for those simplistic and laymans language so I could understand.

A

avskip’s picture

I think the videos are a good idea for beginners with Drupal. Frankly with all the documentation on this site it's hard to figure out where to look for answers to even basic questions. Not to mention the auxiliary areas such as groups and who knows what else. I don't know all of them and I've been here a LONG time!

However, I'm still of the opinion that the best way to learn Drupal is to play around with it. We are about the same age and I'm still learning. I've not gotten into PHP, but I get along. There's only been maybe 3 or 4 times in about that number of years that I've had to mess with PHP. Those were relatively painless for me.

To play around I have 'sandbox' systems. One for Drupal 6 and another for Drupal 5. If I blow either of those up it's not a big deal. Learn what blew it up, clear it off, reinstall it and move forward.

I think it would be hard to make a book or video detailing everything that could be done with Drupal. Drupal has really become "The Swiss Army Knife of Content Management Systems" in my opinion. It pretty well does anything you want it to (there are a few exceptions...).

My 2 cents.
Skip

Anonymous’s picture

avskip:

I agree with what you said.

I have literally spent hours upon hours trying to resolve issues and I have on my own volution. That's good because I learn. Once you have mastered the different componets of Drupal it becomes so easy.

I wish the Drupal people who are responsible for this website could put a structure on how to do things. You have to go to the search engine and type in your query. You come up with a list and that's fine. However, there are people who are asking the same questions and there are no replies. So how do you expect to resolve an issue. I guess that the experts are so busy with their own problems that they do not have time to answer questions. Another thing that I have noticed is that sometimes answers are given bypassing the Drupal protocol. If you bypass the Drupal protocol, then I guess you are not learning the correct way of doing things. Yes I realize that there are a number of geniuses out there who can resolve things by writing other programs. What does that do to me?

Anyway I better shut up.

A

avskip’s picture

However, there are people who are asking the same questions and there are no replies. So how do you expect to resolve an issue.

What I decided to do a couple of weeks ago is look at the new posts and see if there's anything that I can help someone with. I don't consider myself a Drupal expert, but I do manage to get along and I think that if I can just answer ONE question a week, then I feel I'm helping with the effort. If I had more time I'd try to help with the documentation.

I'm hoping the new website design that Drupal.org will be going through will help all of us find the various parts of Drupal. It's really REALLY expanded over the last 3 years I've been around!

Skip

tgeller’s picture

Hey, A. I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment, but of course you yourself underline one of the central conflicts in creating instructional material: How much is enough? How much is too much? My producer often emphasized that this is Drupal Essential Training, and in that regard I think it succeeds.

The difficulty of finding things on drupal.org is another matter, of course. I'm hopeful that the site redesign will improve matters a lot.

Cheers,

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vkr11’s picture

Are you guys planning on an advanced series too ?

- Victor
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tgeller’s picture

It's up to Lynda.com, and will depend on how well this series sells. My fingers are crossed!

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tgeller’s picture

Ooo, I forgot to check back here! The Advanced course has been available for months now: See http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Drupal-7-Advanced-Training/97405-2... .

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drooppi’s picture

Hi there, Tom!

Seems to be quite an effort you put into assembling this video course. Good on ya!

But as an avid open-source and fanatical linux user I regret that it lists TWO PROPRIETARY OPERATING systems under "System Requirements" on amazon.com (the Darwin kernel of Mac OS is open-sourced, yes, but the Aqua User Interface is proprietary).

Drupal is Free Open Source Software and supports and uses other F/OSS like PHP and MySQL. Question:
So why do we only see M$oft and Apple/Mac listed there? Even if I get my media players on Linux to work with it (shouldn't be difficult or work out of the box), I find it a bit of a shame that neither LINUX nor any BSD-*nix with a Quicktime compatible F/OSS media player is even mentioned. No one even bothered. Seems no one even thought about the Linux option when creating the DVD and choosing a media player format. This is as well a growing user base which should also be considered. It helps the whole F/OSS movement, including Drupal.

It's the same with Linux and the lack of drivers supplied by major hardware manufacturers. If no one ever asks for Linux supported hardware and drivers, they will not consider its user base substantial enough to be able to make any money from them.

I don't want to start a flame war, but I thought I just had to get rid of that. You might consider that for the following parts of your DVD series.

NigelFK’s picture

Hi Tom,

I really like the video so thanks very much for making it (I got the DVD). I am religiously going through each training module and trying out the things I've learned on a test site.

One problem I have is this - as far as I can tell there is no information telling the student exactly what is in each section of the DVD. I know there are headers like 'Enabling Other Content Types' for example but you've got to watch that section to find out exactly what's in it. The reason this is a nuisance is because if, having watched the whole DVD, you want to go back and review something you know was covered (but can't remember eactly which part of which chapter contained the information) you are stuck with the prospect of going through all the likely candidates to find its location. For instance, I want to try creating a book but can't remember where you covered that topic and it's not listed anywhere in the contents.

Personally I'd REALLY appreciate some sort of index. Any chance you could create one? It shouldn't take too long (I assume you have the script!)

Kind regards,
Nigel

tgeller’s picture

At first I wrote, "interesting idea, but more work than I have time for right now". Then I did a little research and discovered that this already exists! Here's what you do:

1) Go to the video you want to search.

2) Click on "Closed Captioning" to expose those controls.

3) Enter the text you'd like to search in the "find text in captions" box.

That's it! I think that addresses your issue -- let me know if it doesn't. Cheers,

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NigelFK’s picture

Hi Tom,

Okay, I've got the Closed Captions working but I can't find the 'Find text in captions' box. Where should it be?

(Sorry, I've got the feeling it's staring me in the face but I just can't see it!)

Regards,
Nigel

tgeller’s picture

Reading through my reply, I can see how it's confusing. When I said, "Go to the video you want to search", what I meant was: Go to http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=620 . Then, on that Web page, click the "Closed Captioning" link. Doing so should see a search box.

Please let me know if you have further trouble. Best regards,

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NigelFK’s picture

Thanks Tom, that seems to work fine.

Regards,
Nigel

gplaxico’s picture

Just finished going through the video series on lynda.com
I recommend it without reservation. Tom did a great job on the videos!

tgeller’s picture

Hey, Gabe -- thanks! If you wouldn't mind me quoting your endorsement, please write to me with your full name, email address, and title (if any) via http://tomgeller.com/contact and we'll go from there.

In any case, I appreciate the recomendation. :) Cheers,

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Bill Choy’s picture

Hay this would be perfect for my Project (New York Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club). I annually have new committee chair and trip leaders that will constaintly need to learn Drupal. I dread the idea of training the new crop each year. This would be great if I could they can have them watch the DVD.

We are on the top of the Google search for bunch of terms. Probably because this one of the oldest non-profit environmentalist organization. And we don't have any payed consultant or real professional services.

Hiking up the Drupal learning developer curve

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Hey, FocusWithJava! I'm afraid I can't afford to donate one -- it wasn't clear whether you were asking for that. If you get it, I hope the DVD (or online course) works well for you. Cheers,

--Tom

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Bill Choy’s picture

Sorry.. I would love to get a free copy of the Lynda.com Drupal Video on DVD.

Our chapter has 9,977 paying members (individual and families).
Our current website is effective and generates tens of thousands of hits per month.
Over the last year:
We average 6,000+ visits and 22,000+ pageviews per month.
About two-thirds are unique visitors, reflecting good market penetration.
61% visited only one time, reflecting poor retention.
3850 went to our website Join page (5% conversion rate, excellent!!!).
43% use more than two pages per visit (site is moderately useful.)
But we have a high "bounce rate", reflecting poor content quality in the old non-Drupal site.

I need the video because we are all new to Drupal. And I don't have to bandwidth train our content managers, because of an annual turnover of committee members.

Hiking up the Drupal learning developer curve

jodynoel613’s picture

Thanks! I've recently discovered Drupal and it's awesomeness. After breaking my script over a dozen times, I decided to look for training and stumbled upon this. I'll be watching/studying all of them today! :D

gmanon’s picture

It's a great video, but it's just too basic.
It's does not seem to be for developers.

tgeller’s picture

Agreed, gmanon: The course is really designed for comparatively inexperienced site administrators, not developers. The latter may get some value from it, of course, because it's a quick way to get up to speed on Drupal workflow and admin techniques... but there's nothing in the course about developing per se.

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csjthomas’s picture

Tom, when are you planning to post new videos for serious developers?

tgeller’s picture

Hi, csjthomas. Drupal *development* really isn't my area of expertise. If you're interested in that, I recommend Build a Module (http://buildamodule.com) and the Lullabot stuff at http://drupalize.me.

lynda.com could possibly produce developer videos... but they'll have to be written by someone other than I. If you know of anyone who's interested, point them at their Call for Trainers, http://www.lynda.com/aboutus/callfortrainers.aspx .

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anamaria@ampuch.com’s picture

Good morning:
I would very much appreciate it if you could send me a free Drupal Essential Training DVD or perhaps a free pass to Lynda.com.

Thank you very much.
Ana Maria Puch
anamaria@ampuch.com

bahrns’s picture

Wow the basic parts are very informative... How can I get hold of the remaining videos? These will surely help me a lot.

tgeller’s picture

...go to http://tomgeller.com and click the "Free 7-day pass" link in the right column.

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nayan_lodha’s picture

The link you have provided is seems moved to other location. Please provide the and let me know to how to subscribe and What i will get in $25/month?
Thanks in advance

malapela’s picture

Kindly also provide the new link l am interested

tgeller’s picture

Hi, folks. lynda.com changed the deal a bit: It's now 7 days free access, but you have to give a credit card (so they can continue your subscription if you don't cancel it). The link is labeled "FREE 7-day pass (requires credit card)", in the right-hand column at http://tomgeller.com . Cheers,

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Scoot’s picture

Oh gosh! 7 Hours, this is gonna take me a long time. Can anyone recommend a written format of similar information so I can see it 2 different ways? It will help me wrap my brain around this.

tgeller’s picture

Subscribers to lynda.com get a full transcript of the course -- just click the "Transcript" tab while looking at the course's table of contents.

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