I'm still working hard with editing the next batch of "Drupal 8 Developer Prep" videos. I'm excited to release them, but in the meantime, here's a few things you might look forward to.
Upcoming Mentored Trainings
DrupalCorn Camp 2014 - On July 17th, DrupalCorn will be holding a Mentored Training for the 3rd year in a row. If you're thinking about a camp in August, Iowa is full of incredibly nice people and a great Drupal community. Kicking it off with some mentorship can be a great way to get started.
DrupalCamp Twin Cities 2014 - On August 7th, DrupalCamp Twin Cities will be hosting a full day Mentored Training, also for the 3rd year in a row. If you're around the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, it would be great to see you there!
Your Hometown - Mentored Trainings are a powerful learning experience and anyone can organize them. Just get a spot with wifi, ask a couple folks from the local Drupal community to come mentor, put the word out and go! As always, we offer 8 days of BuildAModule free for all students and mentors.
Free Drupal High School Curriculum - Shane Thomas of CodeKarate posted a kickstarter to get the community behind building a free high school curriculum around Drupal. Shane is also a partner in STEM Fuse, a company with that sells courses to high schools across the US. They know how to wrap a curriculum to meet educational standards, and they have a solid reputation in thousands of high schools. If anyone has a chance at getting Drupal into high schools, these guys have the right resources to make it happen. BuildAModule has substantially backed this project because we believe it's a great investment, and there's only a week or so to complete the funding and make it happen. Good luck!
Kalabox 2.0 - The good and witty folks over at Kalamuna have a kickstarter going to bring the next generation of feature-complete instant development boxes into reality. If you've used tools like MAMP, or Dev Desktop, Kalabox is an alternative that aims to be neutral to cloud hosting vendors (like Acquia and Pantheon), and that supports all the tools you need as a novice and as a professional developer. We've backed the project because we think it could end up being a great tool to get started, follow best practices and publish their sites with as little hassle as possible.
I'll be doing a keynote at DrupalCamp Twin Cities this year, talking about what whether Drupal is on its way up, or on it's way out. It will be a blast, so if you'll be in the area, come by. The Camp is August 7-10.
Have a great week!
- Chris Shattuck