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DrupalEasy Podcast 41 - Interview with Jacob Redding

Ryan Price and Mike Anello recently talked with Jacob Redding (jredding), author of Beginning Drupal as well Treasurer and Interim General Manager of the Drupal Association.

Beginning Drupal, released earlier this year by Wiley Publishing, covers a large selection of Drupal topics. Jacob mentions that he wrote the book to be a reference for someone who is not only building a Drupal site, but who also wants to really understand how Drupal works.

The book was written for Drupal 7 - many of the topics in the book cover the changes between Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 including (but definitely not limited to): user vs. profile fields, public and private fields, content type block visibility, and localization.

Jacob, Ryan, and Mike discuss specific portions of the book and the style in which it is written. Jacob has been a professional Drupal trainer for several years, and has tried to leverage what he has learned about teaching Drupal when writing this book. As an added bonus, the subject of zoot suits was brought up as well.

Wiley Publishing has given us a couple of copies of the book to giveaway - simply leave a comment below (be sure to leave your twitter or drupal.org username so we have some way to contact you) and we'll pick two winners at random.

Want more information about Jacob? Check him out at @jredding on Twitter or on his blog at jredding.info.

UPDATE - comments and content registration is closed. Winners will be announced on DrupalEasy Podcast 42.

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Guest wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

A drupal 7 book already? Very

A drupal 7 book already? Very brave.

borg000 (d.o)

Guest wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Looks Great!

The book looks great, especially the transitional items from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 - I know I could definitely use that! Thanks for the book contest!

twitter: @suzecampbell
drupal.org: suzecampbell

Guest wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Beginning Drupal

Looks very interesting and useful for me that I'm a newcomer to the Drupal universe. Put me in the draw for the book.

twitter username: isantos_ISEA
drupal username: isellakuria

Guest wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Beginning Drupal

Put me in for the book draw.


Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Just starting out in Drupal...

Getting this book would be great! :-D

- TD
xTeCHxd00dx on Twitter

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Looks like a good book

Really want to start learning this. @InStyle76

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Would love to check this out.

Would love to check this out. Thanks for the contest!


gareth.s.price wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

DrupalEasy Haiku/competition entry :)

Thanks Mike and Ryan
Not long until Drupal 7
Will learn it with you

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Interesting podcast

I always like to here in depth background from the higher-ups in the Drupal hierarchy. Good interview.

I would be interested in one of those books btw.

You can find me as dddave at drupal.org.

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

drupal 6.50 book

I started out with drupal at NJIT while learning UNIX,I became lost in it ...all the modules and things ...updates ... I would use the book to help me get back on track. the podcast was very helpful I like his teaching style.


Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Just what I needed. . .

Yeah. Gonna have to get this. Glad it's out there.


Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Drupal Book

Like the pre-flight checklist, obvious but I don't do it - I will now. richard.moger AT claritis.co.uk

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Drupal Easy Book

I would love to get a copy of this book. I am someone who recently started using Drupal and I am sure I would learn plenty from this book.


Mario Hernandez

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Sounds promising

It would be nice to read this book... My fav book for beginners is Using Drupal. Maybe this could be the new one. Or the other one... ;o)

thamas @ Drupal.org
eccegostudio @ Twitter

Itangalo wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago


Can't wait to read this book, or the Drupal 7 release. Thanks for your podcasts!

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Great Interview

Well done guys,
Another great Drupal interview. I bought Emma Jane's Front End Drupal book after your interview with her. Looks like this is another one that is a must read!
Twitter: @ictguy

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Looking forward to D7

Ooh, this sounds like a book I need to get! Can I still enter the contest? I'm @brock on twitter, or brock@brockboland.com.

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Enjoyed the interview

I enjoyed the podcast and look forward to the book. What an adventurous soul Jacob must be to write a book about software that hasn't been released yet. That would frustrate me greatly but I'm thankful to him for doing it.

Bryan (@jjlestrand)

Guest wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Great Interview

Great to have a teacher write a Drupal book. Nice that he has international experience. Great testimonial to the book that even the experts learned something new from a book called Beginning Drupal. Brave of him to publish a book based on D7 before the final release. I am looking forward to reading the book.

DavidWheelerPhD on d.o.

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Great Interview


You guys do such a great job of interviewing authors so that we, your listeners, can learn so much not just about the book, but also about the author and their involvement with Drupal.

Drupal Easy is a unique resource within the Drupal community.

Keep up the good work,

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Sounds like a book I need

I've been working on a program to teach web development skills to disadvantaged students, starting with very basic HTML all the way up through Drupal at the top of the ladder. I was really excited to hear the interview with Jacob, because it sounds like his book takes just the approach I'm looking for, particularly since I want to build this curriculum for Drupal 7 and my experience is only through v6 to this point. I'm going to run out to the bookstore as soon as I can to take a look, but won't be able to buy since funds are limited. I could certainly put a free book to great use!

And great podcast too!

krose on drupal.org

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Fantastic podcast

As always the podcast was great. I never knew about the localization client and server. That is pretty cool stuff.
The book sounds excellent too. Send me a copy! Plz!

jimmynash on d.o

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Very good interview, good to

Very good interview, good to get some info rather than just a promotion for the book!


Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

another great interview

thanks guys - the info on drupal i18n was really interesting - looking forward to reading jacob's book


Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

I would like a copy of the book!

Oh and great podcast and interview very well thought out. ( -:
Keep up the great podcast.

Alfred Nutile

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago


Great discussion of the localization server / client. For listeners coming to Drupalcon Copenhagen, this session will have even more details: http://cph2010.drupal.org/sessions/backstage-drupal-localization

Gábor Hojtsy

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Love the podcast guys. Keep

Love the podcast guys. Keep it up.

@kepford on the Twitter

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Excellent interview

Hello, Mike and Ryan. Thank you for putting together this interview. The discussion on localization was especially interesting.

Please put me in the running for a copy of Jacob's book. Thanks!

-mjross on Drupal.org

Guest wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

An interesting interview

Hey guys,

Thanks for the great interview about the book. Some of the advice in the interview will be useful when i start running my training classes here for the Syracuse city school district.

Zack Glick
Website administrator Syracuse city school district

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