Setting up your Local Development Environment ( A guide for Ubies ) Part 2

Earlier we went through all the steps necessary in order to download all the tools we would need to set up a virtual server and Drupal site in a pre-configured environment through vagrant. Now we are going to take a look at how we can customize that set up to exactly how we would like.

Setting up your Local Development Environment ( A guide for Ubies ) Part 1

If you are entering into the AcquiaU program or just happen to be starting down the Drupal path on your own then there is a good chance that you are using Acquia Dev Desktop for your local site installations. Acquia Dev Desktop is a great tool and probably one of the quickest ways to get a Drupal site up and running on your local machine. Eventually though you will most likely reach a point where you wish to have more control and ability to customize your development environment.

Christmas with Acquia in Week Four

Week four marked the first of two working holiday breaks with AcquiaU. This is the first time for us as a group that we will be split up but still working together. Some traveling and others just mixing it up by working from home or the office. During this time we are still expected to work together in our teams for the rebuilding of the AcquiaU website as well as working individually on our own personal projects. This is the time where we really start putting the SCRUM practices into use in order to make sure we are all accountable for our duties.

Joining a new Community (Part One)

Back when I first came across Drupal, one of the main points that kept me involved with it was the open source nature of the Drupal platform. Even more appealing was the community driving the progression of Drupal. It only takes a few moments on to see the large number of user contibuted modules and themes to expand Drupal. I saw myself many years down the road as one of the many contributors to Drupal. Maybe a custom module or theme, maybe someday if I got really good at programming, a patch to Drupal core.

Rebuilding AcquiaU in Week Three

Two weeks have passed and Acquia has decided that we are ready to take on our first real challenge. The rebuilding of the current AcquiaU website. Originally built by the first AcquiaU class to come through, the site (much like the original AcquiaU students) is old and outdated. The project is taken on in the exact same way that Acquia would take with any of it's other clients, except this time Acquia personnel are the actual stakeholders for the site. A stakeholder is anyone that has an interest in the development of the product, in this case the product being the new site.

Staying Agile in Week Two

One of the driving forces in making the decision to apply for AcquiaU was the fact that although I was accumulating a lot of "book" knowledge", I didn't know what those next steps to take were. What were the next skills I needed to learn to bring myself from someone learning web development to someone who actually worked in web development? Week two started answering a lot of those questions.

Week One: A New Start

Walking into the doors of Acquia for the first time was quite intimidating for me. I was accepted into the AcquiaU program purely as a Drupal hobbyist and with absolutely no professional background in web development. My only training consisted of online resources such as buildamodule, codeschool, and youtube.


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