Posted on June 27, 2008 // Short URL

Zero to 60 in 60 Minutes

Addi Berry, Kent Bye, Angie Byron, Nate Haug, and Jeff Robbins answer 60 beginning Drupal questions in 60 minutes (more or less).


Here's the list (and links mentioned on the podcast):

  1. What is Drupal?
  2. How do you spell/pronounce Drupal?
  3. What does Drupal mean? -- http://drupal.org/node/769
  4. What's with the scary alien executioner head?
  5. What can you build with Drupal?
  6. What are Drupal's limitations?
  7. Why is Drupal better than blogging software?
  8. Who uses Drupal? -- http://buytaert.net/tag/drupal-sites, http://www.drupalsites.net
  9. How secure is Drupal?
  10. Does Drupal scale?
  11. Is Drupal available in other languages? -- http://drupal.org/project/Translations
  12. Can I build multilingual sites with Drupal?
  13. How often do new releases of Drupal come out?
  14. Where is the roadmap of new features for the next version of Drupal?
  15. Who writes the Drupal software?
  16. What is the difference between Core and Contrib?
  17. Is there a company that develops Drupal core?
  18. Who writes the contrib modules?
  19. Can modules written for one version of Drupal work in a different version of Drupal?
  20. How does community development work?
  21. Where do I complain about the problems I'm having with Drupal?
  22. Where is the best place for me to find help/guidance?
  23. Why are the people in #drupal so mean?
  24. Why does the documentation suck?
  25. How can I fix the drupal.org documentation?
  26. How do I find a local user group? -- http://groups.drupal.org/groups
  27. How do I find a list of Drupal-related events going on? -- http://groups.drupal.org/event
  28. I love Drupal, can I send money somewhere? -- http://drupal.org/donate
  29. What's the Drupal Association? -- http://association.drupal.org/about/faq
  30. What is "Drupalcon"? -- http://drupalcon.org
  31. What's a node?
  32. What's the difference between nodes and comments?
  33. How do I add/edit content in the sidebars of my site?
  34. What is a theme?
  35. Why do the contrib themes on Drupal.org suck so bad?
  36. Where can I look at themes before I download them? -- http://www.themegarden.org
  37. Where can I find better themes? -- http://www.topnotchthemes.com/, http://www.templatemonster.com/drupal-themes.php
  38. How do I add images to Drupal?
  39. Where can I download modules and themes? -- http://drupal.org/project/Modules & http://drupal.org/project/Themes
  40. Why don't modules have reviews?
  41. Where I find ratings/reviews/comments of modules? http://www.drupalmodules.com
  42. What contrib modules should all newbies be aware of? -- http://www.lullabot.com/audiocast/drupal_podcast_no_40_top_40_projects
  43. Where can I find new modules? -- http://drupal.org/taxonomy/term/14, http://drupal.org/project/Modules/date
  44. Where's the best place to find out what's happening in the Drupal community? -- http://planet.drupal.org]
  45. How do I add another page to my Drupal site?
  46. Why is the search box sometimes gone on drupal.org?
  47. How do I get my site to have SEO-friendly URLs?
  48. What is a White Screen of Death and How do I get rid of it? -- http://drupal.org/node/158043
  49. how do i replace the favicon.ico drupalicon with my own?
  50. What are some simple things I can do to increase my Drupal site's performance?
  51. What are the requirements needed to run a Drupal site? -- http://drupal.org/requirements
  52. What can I use for a development environment?
  53. Why doesn't core have X feature?
  54. Why aren't CCK and Views part of Core?
  55. How do I get X feature in core?
  56. Is Drupal object-oriented?
  57. Where do I look up API documentation? -- http://api.drupal.org
  58. Where can I find the latest commits to the Drupal codebase? -- Core: http://drupal.org/project/cvs/3060 -- All: http://drupal.org/cvs
  59. What license is Drupal released under and what does that mean for me? -- http://drupal.org/licensing/faq and discussion at http://groups.drupal.org/legal
  60. Should I get involved in Drupal and how? -- http://drupal.org/contribute

Comments

Chris

Hey guys...

First of all, let me say "thank you" for your efforts with this podcast, I learn a lot from it and I appreciate the time you put into it.

Some constructive criticism ...

Your podcast would be dramatically more valuable if you stifled the non-sequitors and the random chit-chat. Really, a touch of professionalism would bring this podcast to the next level!

Good luck, and keep it up!

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Bryan

Keep up the bantering

I know I'm swimming against the tide, but I love the chit-chat. It makes the podcast fun (because let's face it, talking about modules and code can be otherwise rather boring) and provides great insight into the way you all think and work. And sometimes, there are even issues that come up through your babbling that we never would have heard had you stuck to the text.

You may keep talking amongst yourselves. Pretend we're not here.

Thanks!

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Anonymous

If you are swimming against

If you are swimming against the tide then so am I.
Some of the most insightful stuff for me is the chitchat...

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Jim J

RE: #8 Who uses Drupal?

The last that I looked, Hillary Clinton's official site was not running Drupal. There was a secondary site created by supporters that was Drupal-based. Either way, is it important to associate discontinued political campaigns with Drupal? (Dean, Kucinich, etc.)

"Drupal, the choice of failed candidates" doesn't sound too spectacular.

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nate

Thanks for the corrections

The other 'bots mentioned to me afterward that indeed, the "official" Hillary site does not in fact use Drupal. Her community site was Drupal powered. Regardless, your note about "failed candidates" is well taken, though despite the candidates not winning the election, the grassroots effort started by DeanSpace forever changed the way politicians use the internet as a networking tool.

TIME recently quoted:

"The tools were there, and they built it," says Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean's 2004 campaign. "In a lot of ways, the Dean campaign was like the Wright brothers. Four years later, we're watching the Apollo project."

So despite putting Drupal on the level of the Wright brothers (that was Drupal 4.6 after all :), the point remains that Drupal is a powerful networking platform and notable politicians are using it.

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Trevor Twining

The best banter going!

Anti-Banterers be damned! Okay, not damned, because that's a bit harsh.

I love the chit-chat because it leads to some of the better insights into Drupal. You get yourselves on tangents that ultimately provide a lot of value. Do the podcast how you want and banter your brains out!

TT

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Anonymous

The chit-chat is useful but

The chit-chat is useful but the seven minutes of self-serving waffle at the start was just plain annoying.

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Joe

Seriously? I was 7 minutes

Seriously? I was 7 minutes into this and you haven't said anything relevant about drupal.

But I kept listening and it was a tremendous help for a drupal noob. Thanks for this great podcast.

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fas

The other 'bots mentioned to

The other 'bots mentioned to me afterward that indeed, the "official" Hillary site does not in fact use Drupal. Her community site was Drupal powered. Regardless, your note about "failed candidates" is well taken, though despite the candidates not winning the election, the grassroots effort started by DeanSpace forever changed the way politicians use the internet as a networking tool.

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DVD Boxset

Fun and understood....

Making the podcast a lot entertaining,fun and understood was the whole idea of making this a fun learning progression on Drupals.the chit chats could not have been agreed better on it as well as getting the whole project moving on.The tools were built and makes it a lot much more better in sight.Professionalism on the touch of Drupals progression,bringing it to the next level that Im looking much forward.

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