The Drupal Community is now one of the largest - if not the largest - open source communities in the world. With over 20,000 modules and 1+ million users, the growth is impressive.
Being new to Drupal myself, there is a lot to learn. It's a Content Management System. It's community driven, which means development doesn't take place in a black box. It's out there for everyone to critique and contribute. This allows for a higher level of security vetting, faster innovation and greater flexibility than legacy proprietary software.
Adoption is spreading out around the world. With just under 20% usage in the top 10,000 sites using a CMS, Drupal's "growth is clear.” In some industries, like higher education, government and media, it seems like everyone uses Drupal. Here are some example sites:
- Alaska Dispatch
- UGA (http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/)
- Here are some more: http://www.mediacurrent.com/our-work
Here are some resources I keep up with as I learn:
- Drupal planet
- Drupal Groups (here are a few tips on starting your own local Drupal group)
- Groups on Linkedin
- Mediacurrent blog
Once you have a handle on what’s out there, you can connect with other Drupal users and learn from their experience. Here are the main in-person events:
- Drupalcon - We're sponsoring in May
- We are the primary organizer for Drupalcamp Atlanta every Fall. They happen around the world.
- We'll be in Orlando next month. http://fldrupalcamp.org/
What happens in between? Meetups!
The Atlanta Drupal Users group meets on the second Thursday of each month. It is a long-standing group with a lot of loyal attendees. Each session has a presenter with a technical topic that can be useful to the whole crowd. I recently attended for the first time and was impressed by the number of people there. A lot work on Drupal within their company or university. Some with a Drupal services firms like Mediacurrent.
As I get to know the community, I am impressed by the willingness of everyone to answer questions and point me in the right direction. Not surprising since they also built this amazing piece of software that we can all use for free.