About the Using Drupal Series

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    [Using Drupal - 2nd Edition, by Angela Byron and Addison Berry, with Bruno de Bondt]
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    [Using Drupal Preface 1, with Addison Berry]
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    Welcome to the Using Drupal series of lessons,
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    which is going to walk through the O'Reilly book, Using Drupal,
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    written by Angie Byron, myself, and Bruno de Bondt.
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    We're going to be taking a look at the second edition, which covers Drupal 7.
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    And the intent behind this book was to provide guidelines
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    for navigating your way through the Drupal-contributed world.
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    So it starts off with just taking a look at Drupal Core
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    and sort of the pieces and features that you get with that,
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    but the bulk of the book works through various case studies
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    and building actual working websites that accomplish different goals
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    using a wide range of contributed modules from the Drupal project.
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    And the video series is going to follow along exactly with what's in the book,
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    so if you have the book, the video material is really great
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    supplemental material to what you have written.
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    If you don't have the book, we're going to be covering all of the same material
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    exactly step-by-step, and building and number of actual
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    working websites with contributed modules.
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    Now, this series is intended for people who have worked with the web before
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    and understand how websites work.
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    You don't need to necessarily know HTML and CSS
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    and PHP or those kinds of things per se, but you do need to understand
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    how a website gets delivered, and in particular, how to get a website
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    onto a web server so that people can actually see it and use it.
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    So we assume that you have access to a web server,
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    and that you know how to install a web application on there with MySQL,
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    and preferably have installed Drupal before, so that you have
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    all of those basic pieces in place.
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    The web server that we're kind of running with the assumption with
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    you have an AMP stack in place, which is Apache, MySQL, and PHP,
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    or an equivalent that would work with Drupal.
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    You have to have PHP, but depending on what set up you have,
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    you can use other—a web server, Apache, or another database system,
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    but most of the community uses the AMP stack, and we assume that
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    that's what you're going to be working with when you're working through using Drupal.
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    So you should have those pieces in place.
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    If you've not installed Drupal before, there is an appendix, Appendix A,
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    in the book that covers how to install Drupal with the actual steps that are needed.
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    But it's something that's assumed you already have done and understand
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    prior to working on the case studies in the chapters as we build our websites.
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    So if you don't have those pieces in place or understand sort of how that stuff works,
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    you should probably go figure that out, and then come back to Using Drupal
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    so that you can work your way through the websites we're going to build.
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    So the rest of this sort of introductory series we have here
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    is simply going to be looking at how the book relates to the video series
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    that we're going to be creating, and how you can use those 2 together.
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    And then we're also going to take a look at the source code
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    that is provided by Using Drupal, how to get that set up,
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    and how to use that as you proceed through the chapters.
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    [Drupalize.Me]

About the Using Drupal Series

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The Using Drupal series of lessons walks through the O'Reilly book, Using Drupal, written by Angie Byron, Addison Berry, and Bruno de Bondt. We use the second edition, which covers Drupal 7. The book starts off with taking a look at Drupal Core and then works through various case studies using a wide range of contributed modules from the Drupal project.

The video series follows along with what's in the book, so if you have the book, the videos are really great supplemental material. Even without the book, you’ll get the full lessons here in the videos.

This series is intended for people who have worked with the web and understand how a website gets delivered, and in particular, how to get a website onto a web server so that people can actually see it and use it. The rest of this introductory series we have here will look at how the book relates to the video series we're going to be creating, and how you can use those 2 together.