A little help from my friends at TopNotchThemes PowerSites and WebEnabled: Drupal cornfields, not gardensSun, 2010-04-18 13:39 — victorkane
As far as the software development industry goes, the capitalist crisis has imposed the open source business model upon development producers as a "Just in Time" method of production for the enterprise, leveraging thriving and bustling communities of usage and talent which deliver quality products, as opposed to the improvisation and lack of vision engendering the much poorer and limiting offerings developed in secret rooms, proper to the "proprietary" business model plagued by overproduction and the falling rate of profit which the former model attempts to offset.
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Emma Jane Hogbin's new eWorkbook on Drupal theming. With PHP for Drupal Designers, we are going to have to make that a double: 32 pages with a few examples in PHP for designers, you may ask, what's the big deal? The big deal is that with the info to be found in this condensed form, designers can learn how not to clutter their Drupal templates, developers can learn just what they really need to finally make good on separating coding from layout and styling, and multi-talented groups can learn the Drupal way.
Emma gave out over 300 copies of her new eBook: Theming Drupal: A first timer's guide, as a way of saying Happy April Fools day. So since you can still purchase the book for a very low price, I thought I would review it as a thank you note for my free copy.
Not only is this "Drupal theming the missing starter tutorial", as characteristic of Emma, this 29-page book is geared towards a specific learning curve for a specific kind of audience ("Whether you want to build and sell your own designs, or you're a newly hired designer at a Drupal Web development shop"). It even assures you get a brush up on web design and web designing software in general before diving into Designing for Drupal. The goals (p. 4) speak volumes:
Aegir 0.4 Alpha 5 installed on my Linode VPS, and now I've got my little ecommerce platform kicked-off!Mon, 2010-02-08 10:54 — victorkane
I read on the Development Seed blog about a New Release: Aegir 0.4 Alpha 5, and since aWebFactory finds itself in the midst of retooling (Git! Aegir! ... more soon), I knew this was a great moment for biting the bullet and stop reading about Aegir and actually installing and enjoying all that hard work the devs had been doing.
The post includes a link to mig5's incredible video (see below for References and links), which also basically follows the step-by-step instructions found in the officially supported INSTALL.txt and the first part of this article basically consists of the steps I took following along. It took me about two hours to install Aegir and make my first use of it (deploying some new staging sites), as well as writing this post.