Published on June 29, 2009
Plugging in to the Drupal Community E s s e n t i a l To o l s Presented by Chris Shattuck (chrisshattuck) Sunday, June 28, 2009
Drupal Learning curve Sunday, June 28, 2009
Drupal Social solution to a technical problem No schisms The Drupal community Sunday, June 28, 2009
JOE: “Hey Cindy, how do I set an automatic URL for a node?” CINDY: “Use the pathauto module. Hey, how do I change my home page?” JOE: “Hit up the Site Information page” Sunday, June 28, 2009
60d x 5q x 8m = 40h Sunday, June 28, 2009
1. IRC Live chat 2. The Forums Questions and answers 3. The Issue Queues Problems and solutions Sunday, June 28, 2009
IRC is a big deal in Drupal Members at one time Channels 500 40 375 30 250 20 125 10 0 0 #joomla #wordpress #drupal #joomla #wordpress #drupal Sunday, June 28, 2009
Client Server Channels My nick is #drupal-support chrisshattuck #drupal-themes Sunday, June 28, 2009
What’s happening on IRC? 1. Support exchange 2. Collaboration on ideas, code, or events 3. Local Drupal User Groups 4. General banter and time wasting Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
QWantTUM • So, you have a Question... • What do you Want? • What have you Tried? • What do you Use? • What reference Material might help? Sunday, June 28, 2009
Super Quickstart http://drupalchat.net/ 1. Select a nick (your Drupal username) 2. Click connect 3. Chat it up Sunday, June 28, 2009
Firefox Chatzilla Plugin http://is.gd/15tJF 1. Download and install 2. Restart ﬁrefox 3. Go to Tools > Chatzilla 4. Select a nick if prompted 5. Click the freenode link in the chat window 6. Go to IRC > Join Channel 7. Type ‘drupal’ in search Sunday, June 28, 2009
Members Topic Discussion Channels Nick Message box Sunday, June 28, 2009
IRC Clients Colloquy xChat colloquy.info www.xchat.org Wikipedia comparison is.gd/15vNY Sunday, June 28, 2009
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The Forums http://drupal.org/forum Sunday, June 28, 2009
Why forums instead of IRC? 1. A great place to ﬂesh out complex issues 2. A good place to learn by helping 3. Forums get indexed, so a question is answered forever(ish) Sunday, June 28, 2009
Question Answer Sunday, June 28, 2009
Forum Tips • QWantTUM • Avoid a roast, don’t cross-post • Track discussion via drupal.org/user/[id]/track Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Issue Queues http://drupal.org/project/issues Sunday, June 28, 2009
Problem Solution Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Finder •Veriﬁes the problem •Searches for possible duplicates •Creates and classiﬁes the issue Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Fixer Provides a: Patch Mockup, or Copy Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Polisher Provides feedback based on understanding of Drupal standards Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Greaser • Keeps discussion on track • Provides gentle, positive feedback • Helps clarify misunderstandings Sunday, June 28, 2009
Creator / Destroyer Makes the ﬁnal call Sunday, June 28, 2009
Do it! • Save time, reduce stress, impress your boss. • Develop relationships in the community (think jobs, support, employees, friends) • Contribute. It feels good, and if everyone does it, magical things can happen. Sunday, June 28, 2009
This is me: Chris Shattuck chrisshattuck.com twitter.com/chris_shattuck These are the links used in this presentation: api.drupal.org - Drupal API documentation drupal.org/handbooks - Drupal handbooks drupalchat.net/- Quickly connect to IRC is.gd/15tJF - Chatzilla Firefox plugin is.gd/15vNY - Wikipedia IRC client comparison drupal.org/forum - Drupal forums drupal.org/user/[id]/track - Your subscribed posts drupal.org/project/issues - Drupal issue queues Sunday, June 28, 2009
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