Drupal Training Experiences

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Imprescindible el curso de Back-end de D8

unalumno | Drupal 8 |
31 July, 2019

I come from Drupal 6 and 7 and in the past I programmed (among other things) with POO languages like C++ and Java. I've been a student of Forcontu before.

I recommend the course without hesitation to all those who are going to start with Drupal 8, whether they know nothing about Drupal or come from Drupal 7. Whoever thinks that knowing PHP will be able to dedicate in a short time and on his own to work with Drupal 8, is certainly wrong, unless he is a student with a lot of free time and no obligations. 

Now, even betting on the course, you have to be aware that it devours your free time and even with 6 months you are very fair: there is no margin for misdirection. I believe that the dedicated sessions should be at least 2 hours to be able to advance, preferably 3 or 4. I recommend to the future students to make a calendar with all the exercises of the course and to revise it often if you want to be conscious of what you lack to finish.

As everything can always be improved, I think that the scoring system deserves a revision. I think that the mix of criteria when it comes to awarding points to each exercise is confusing and I personally found it frustrating: it does not give a real measure of the proportional progress made, nor of the effort invested. Keep this in mind for your next students so that you don't despair if you get stuck in an exercise "that was originally only 2 points" while one of 10 you finished in half the time ;)

As an idea for Forcontu, I would suggest that when sending each exercise you include a field to be filled in by the student of "minutes dedicated to solve it", together with the statistics already collected (number of answers given, minimum, maximum, median, average...). In this way the student could foresee the time needed for each one and organize himself/herself without getting frustrated.

While we are on the subject of the "Letter to the Kings" I would ask Forcontu to make the exercises independent or "modularized" for future courses, at least per lesson, so as not to overwrite the code.  For three reasons:

I'm sure that would make it easier for you to hand in and correct the exercises, by not "crushing" each other;
If we get stuck in one exercise or lesson, if they were independent we could continue with another one and thus take it up again later, fresher and more motivated;
Resolved exercises are possible "chops" of our own that can be used in the future. If I have already spent time solving a problem thanks to the course, and I come across something similar in "real life", it is not the same for me to have to unravel it in a code that is already a jumble of 4 overlapping exercises, and where the solution to the specific problem has already been overwritten and lost.
More than once I have come across a statement "take back the module you did in activity X and now you do this one"...it may have been weeks or even months since that activity and the module no longer exists. Perhaps it would be best if it were not necessary, or to have the code necessary to start it available for download from the new statement or in another folder/web on the server.

New students: document and keep for yourselves the solutions exercise by exercise. And zip and save the modules worked on and given for good activity by activity. Even if it takes time, your future self will thank you, maybe a week later during another activity, maybe at a work station.

And well, otherwise thank you very much for the help of the Forcontu team, whose titanic task both in preparing the course and in attending to the students is appreciated. Greetings and thanks also to the colleagues of the Forum.

I only have 2 exercises and 2 weekends left to reach 800 points (having time for a final project is Science Fiction) but as I must be going I ask you: when will the Drupal 9 course be finished? ;)
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Drupal Training Experiences

unalumno's picture

Imprescindible el curso de Back-end de D8

unalumno | Drupal 8 |
31 July, 2019

I come from Drupal 6 and 7 and in the past I programmed (among other things) with POO languages like C++ and Java. I've been a student of Forcontu before.

I recommend the course without hesitation to all those who are going to start with Drupal 8, whether they know nothing about Drupal or come from Drupal 7. Whoever thinks that knowing PHP will be able to dedicate in a short time and on his own to work with Drupal 8, is certainly wrong, unless he is a student with a lot of free time... [read more]

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getting there

VillaCare | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7 Site Building
16 March, 2019
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My drupal experience

bdias1990 | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7
18 December, 2017

I liked. Great course.  Thanks Fran gil and Jose Miguel Rodríguez.

Explain all about drupal 7 beginner, i am wating the drupal 7 intermediate.

I like so much about all contents: nodes, menus, blocks, administration, backup and migrate, dblog and many modules useful.

Please create soon the drupal 8 course.

thanks


I liked. Great course.  Thanks Fran gil and Jose Miguel Rodríguez.

Explain all about drupal 7 beginner, i am wating the drupal 7... [read more]

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Bumping along through Drupal 7 training - Beginner level

emitflesti | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7
20 July, 2016

Dear Drupalistas,

My name is Nick, and I've recently made it through the Beginner level, although I understand there is an exam at  the end (?), and I haven't seen that yet.

It took forever because I did not give it top priority.  I would put it down for a while, and then pick it up again, and so on.  Not a very efficient way to do it.  Also, I have no programming experience, and generally my IT skills are limited to MS Office software.  I did build a relational database for a... [read more]

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Fantastic Training Course - I learned so much!

BillyWardrop38 | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7 Development
08 July, 2016

I just want to say this has been a fanatstic training course. Before I started, I was handed a distribution (now I know its an installation profile) of teh university website by my boss and asked to become an expert in it and support it. Coming from a Joomla and custom PHP background, I didnt have a clue where to start. At that point I knew a course was needed and I signed up for Forcontu's Expert Drupal 7 course. Through completing the different levels, I have been able to fully understand... [read more]

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Just finished the beginner level. This was the best online training and learning system for me.

Reading great, comprehensive books, and watching video tutorials from renowned websites--I have done it so much. They all lacked what I needed. Online hands on training, with testing and feedback plus a certification as well as real-life-useful scenarios and a curated set of modules for the beginner to learn and use. See, physical classrooms were not a choice. I am in Sri Lanka.

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Fantastic Drupal Training Experience

tnorman | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7
06 March, 2016

I have had experience with Drupal 5, 6 and 7 before taking this class. I had only dabbled in starting to create a module for Drupal 6 several years ago. Though I have always wanted to start Drupal development since I started playing with it in version 5, I was always busy with something esle and wasn't sure if I could do it. 

I breezed through the first two sections of the course, the beginners and the intermediate. When I was about to the advanced section, we had a family crisis along... [read more]

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Enjoyed the learning experience and diving into Drupal 7

tnorman | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7
08 January, 2016

I have to say I have enjoyed the experience of learning Drupal. I've played with Drupal for about 8 or so years. My first drupal experience was with version 4.6 or 4.7 and and I started building a version of my website in Drupal 5. My current website is version 6, and part of the reason I wanted to take this course was because I've been wanting to learn more about Drupal and Drupal development and move more toward that in my future. I also wanted to dive into Drupal 7 to update my site.... [read more]

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Happy to complete the course.

nidhi.badani | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7
04 December, 2015

Hi Fran,

Now when I am at the end of the course, I feel I am going to miss this. Learning started from month of May to Dec. This was an awesom journey.Super super thanks to SUPER FRAN, I am sure without his guidance completing this is was almost impossible. Thanks to Forcontu team for giving me this oppourtunity, I am really proud of this. In whole my organization all of them are aware of this training course n its benefits. The course has been perfectly segregated that anyone with or... [read more]

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A Second Drupal Site Completed

DebraG | Drupal 7 | Expert in Drupal 7 Site Building
03 December, 2015

This week I launched a Drupal site, my second since completing Forcontu's begginer and intermediate Drupal training.  The site is a Drupal Commerce site for a nature camp that uses webforms linked with Drupal Commerce for its registration process and an events calendar.  It was heavy-lifting but I'm pleased with the result, and, more importantly, so is the client.  

My Forcontu training and the foundation I received in Drupal site building served me well again.  With two soup-to-nuts... [read more]

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