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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Drupal! What is it good for?

Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
1900 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201, US (map)

Access Notes

Building is at 4th and College. Room 86-01 is in the basement, take the elevator or stairs down to basement and follow the signs.




                         What is it Good For?


                              Lev Tsypin

 Drupal is growing leaps and bounds these days, powering everything 
 from ma and pa brochure sites to Obama’s recovery.gov. Does this 
 mean it’s a great fit for any website? Not exactly.

 Drupal has been defined as many things, including a content 
 management system, a web application framework, and community 
 plumbing. In some ways, this is both a blessing and a curse; 
 there’s so much you can do, in so many different ways, that new 
 users are crushed under the weight of the options and lack of 
 clarity. In addition, all of that flexibility does come with a cost, 
 in terms of performance and conciseness.

 This presentation will cover some Drupal basics including history, 
 core concepts, and system structure. From there, we will dig into 
 Drupal’s strengths and weaknesses, finishing off by discussing the 
 types of projects Drupal is best suited for, including specific 
 examples for each case.

 My hope is that developers new to the platform will gain a better 
 understanding of when to approach a new project with Drupal, more 
 experienced developers will gain a bit of insight on when not to 
 use it, and non-techies will have some help in choosing a platform 
 for their projects along with an understanding why developers they 
 work with select a given platform. Please note that this talk will 
 not delve deeply into the technical details of Drupal.