I try to avoid buying computer books, partly because I'm cheap, partly because I have limited shelf space, and partly because free online resources are often better. However, I've been having trouble getting started with Drupal--I know how to make it work, but I don't really "get" what I need to know to start working on a real Web site. (By the way, my latest set of helpful Drupal links is listed below.)
- Drupal for Organizations: Part I - Site Architecture from Geoff Hankerson's Web site: "Web developer, Podcaster and Drupal Specialist."
- Tutorial: An Introduction to Drupal includes an explanation of Drupal "taxonomy" and how to use it.
- WebShaq Media's Drupal Resources Nice topics and how-to's but doesn't anybody write articles anymore? What gives with all these videos?
- Transitioning from Plone to Drupal from Marine Metadata Interoperability Some easy-to-follow nuts and bolts details about how their Drupal site is organized.
- What is the Content Construction Kit? A View from the Database
There's useful information here, but not what I'd been hoping to find. That's why I ordered Building Powerful and Robust Websites with Drupal 6: Build your own professional blog, forum, portal or community website with Drupal 6 by David Mercer. It came in the mail yesterday, and I started working my way through it this morning. Even though it was quite pricey, I'm pleased to have it. The author walks you through developing and implementing a sample Web site. The drupal.org site tells you how to do hundreds of different things, but David Mercer tells you why you want to do a few of the more basic things, and what things you need to learn about first. It was this orientation that I've been missing.