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Radu Camerzan - Teaching Drupal - the road to mid-level.

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Radu Camerzan - Teaching Drupal - the road to mid-level.

  1. 1. Teaching Drupal: The road to mid level By Radu Camerzan A Drupal Developer From Adyax On 23 June 2018
  2. 2. Programmers are self-taught, why teach them? • We’re speaking about junior programmers here. Mid ones should already be able to learn/specialize on their own. • It’s faster and you get to pick the direction. This way your team will be able to cover “more Drupal” • Mentoring is a form of teamwork. You will be able to see if the person is a culture fit or where it may be a good one.
  3. 3. Define what we want to achieve Junior • Knows HTML + CSS + PHP (basic) • Knows how internet works • Can create a branch in git • Can install contrib modules • Can use Google to find documentation Middle • Knows the Drupal way • Can identify bottlenecks • Can resolve a merge conflict • Is ok with patching a contrib module • Uses Google to find solutions
  4. 4. If they know PHP, why teach them Drupal? • Drupal is the car you’re driving. PHP is the engine + wheels + other stuff inside it. Good Driver != Good Engineer. • The “Drupal Way” of doing things. The community has grown up with modules, coding standards, APIs that you can leverage. • Learn another way to do stuff. If they have prior experience – they might improve Drupal or find things they like in Drupal.
  5. 5. Mind the path
  6. 6. Prepare for the journey ahead of you (mentor + student) • Make time for support – you still have your main job to do • Establish rules – interruption is bad for the flow, plan for it • Set up the environment – a good editor must auto-enforce formatting • Give feedback – good and bad one, they’re both needed for learning
  7. 7. Things I teach It’s OKto: • Not know how to do something • Not hit your estimates • Seek help • Copy/paste a solution • Write smart solutions • Write custom modules It’s NOT OKto: • Fail to deliver because of it • Refuse to give one • Try to solve it by yourself first • Not read it and understand it • Refuse to adhere to standards • Not do your contrib research
  8. 8. What if they’re actually smarter than you? • Double check this. You can try changing mentors, up the game, give more serious goals. • Congratulations, you hit the jackpot! No really, as a teacher you hit it – you just got your student to surpass you. Time to let go.
  9. 9. What do you get as a teacher from it? • Teaching someone means improving yourself. It’s just another way to do it – and it touches more skills than simple coding: communicating, planning, controlling. You’re gonna need those as a Team Lead ;) • Networking. Yes, you get people that are “below your level” – but only at first. You never know when the wheel turns around. • Growing your personal brand – people usually remember good teachers (or awful ones). Try to hit the first category.
  10. 10. Drupal needs you! …but in case you need me, here I am: • Email: / • Facebook: • Linkedin: Disclaimer: it may take a while for me to come back. Be patient and I’ll be there for you!