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Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide by Tom Geller

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Glossary: Drupal Terms and Culture

Drupal isn’t only a software package. It’s also a community of computer professionals, hobbyists, students, and just plain folks who have shepherded it since its origin in 2001.

Like any community, it has its jargon and peculiar way of doing things. Some terms and practices are opaque to all but professional-level programmers and administrators—Drupal’s family of origin.

As the project continues to grow, it attracts more and more people who don’t have a background in computer science, a fact that’s caused some conflict within the community itself. One sign of disorder is evident from browsing the official documentation on drupal.org. What words does it explain? What Drupal standards are non-obvious? Who, exactly, ...

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