Dec. 10, 2013

Ask Not What Drupal Can Do For You

Are you ready to dive into Drupal 8 development?

Show of hands:
How many of you have been involved with developing a site with Drupal 6?

How many of you have been involved with developing a site with Drupal 7?
How many of you are eagerly awaiting the release of Drupal 8?

Your anticipation for Drupal 8 is warranted as we’ve all have heard how awesome it will be for site development.

How many of you are actively participating in the release of Drupal 8?
HA! That was the trick question….and the theme for the Chicago Drupalcamp this past weekend at the UBS tower. My big takeaway? Everyone (yes, everyone!) in the Drupal community has something to offer the release of Drupal 8. All it takes is the willingness to start contributing. The common misconception is that you need to be a programmer to help contribute to the upcoming release and this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ready to get started?

1. Remove the misconception.

The Drupal 8 initiative needs help beyond programming. Are you a project manager? Marketer? Individual in your organization that has never logged on to d.o but is ready?
One of the 1,014,471 people in 229 countries* speaking 181 languages that are currently powering Drupal? Regardless of your job title, you can contribute.

2. Find a mentor.

On a grand scale, the Drupal community is a mentorship program. To help, all you need to do is volunteer. Within the community you will be evaluated on your skill sets and be placed into a role that you are comfortable with. Your mentor will nurture you as you advance your skills and condition you to a place where you will be able to get someone else started in the future.

This mentor could be a current co-worker, a past employee, or a connection across the world. Reach out to your fellow Drupaler and find a mentor. So if you are eagerly awaiting the release of Drupal 8, get off the bench and into the game because the more players, the faster this thing will get won.

Want to get started?

Visit http://drupalladder.org/ to start the adventure, visit #drupal-contribute on IRC and make your desire to help known, or head over to Drupal Core Mentoring and find a mentor, be a mentor. 

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By
Gordon Makely

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