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Free goodies for CMS Expo attendees

This year I have the great pleasure of speaking at CMS Expo in Chicago May 3-5. This conference is in its 4th year and is a learning conference for users at all experience levels. It covers topics that are relevant to your entire content team including Administrators, Businesspeople, Creatives and Developers. This is going to be a fantastic conference with tracks for Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress, Plone as well as Business, Foundations and the PowerTrack for developers. You can see the full schedule online and the speaking line up too.

I am giving two new presentations never-before seen at a Drupal conference:

Both of these sessions are based on the Design to Theme training that launched this year.

Three challenges of rapid social change

In 2008 anthropologist Dawn Nafus delivered a short talk at OSCON on rapid social change and how the tech industry can jump ahead and be the leader in this industry. While I see action by the environmentalists to use more open source tech, I don't see a lot of action within the open source community to look at environmental problems. Am I not looking hard enough?

Here are three challenges Dawn identified:

New theming workshops

Over and over again the Drupal community has lamented the lack of workshops for designers and very novice themers. Based on feedback from designers and novice themers I am offering two new online workshops. They start next week and are designed to fit your busy schedule and small training budgets. They will teach you the skills you really need to know to succeed in theming Drupal:

  • Design to Theme in Five In this workshop you will learn how to convert graphic files to completed themes. Perfect for designers who've yet to create their first theme, and those who are looking for best practices and a few more tips. An understanding of HTML and CSS is required; no PHP experience necessary.
  • PHP for Designers By the end of this online course participants will be using PHP and creating Drupal-specific functions to customize their themes.
Git for Teams

Git For Teams

Best selling title from O'Reilly media. Covers essential skills needed to use Git in a team environment.

Available from O'Reilly media, and better bookstores worldwide.

Collaborating with Git

Collaborating with Git

Practical how-to videos to get you, and your team, up and running with Git. A complementary video series for the book, Git for Teams.

Available from O'Reilly media.

Drupal User's Guide

Drupal User's Guide

Site building for Drupal 7. Includes in-depth information on Drupal's most popular site building modules, SEO and accessibility. Two complete case studies are included in the book along with the tools you'll need to build (almost) any Web site with Drupal.

Available from Amazon.com.

Front End Drupal

Front End Drupal

The industry go-to for learning theming in Drupal 6. A great companion to Lullabot's book, Using Drupal.

Available from Amazon.com.