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DZone Interviews Cindy McCourt, Author of "Getting Started with Drupal 7" Refcard

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This week, DZone publihed an update to our existing Drupal Refcard.  This card serves as an introduction to the latest iteration of the open source content management system used by many big name websites, including CNN and the Whitehouse.  Cindy McCourt, the author of multiple techinical papers on Drupal, as well as Drupal: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites was kind enough to answer a few questions about writing the Drupal Refcard. If you haven't already checked it out, you can download the Drupal Refcard below.


DZone:  How would you describe the content of the new Drupal Refcard in a single sentence?   

Cindy McCourt:  This Refcard is a quick how-to reference to tasks commonly performed when creating a Drupal site.

DZone: Drupal is a popular open source content management system used by DZone and other similar organizations, like NASA.  What are a few of the selling points of Drupal, other than the fact that it's free? 

Cindy McCourt: Over six years ago, I reviewed about 40 OS content management systems after I built an online events management system from  the ground up and after using Dreamweaver to create and manage thousands of content rich webpages. When I found Drupal 4.5, my first reaction was, it's not a content management system, it's a data management system. Over the years, Drupal has lived up to my expectations. It's a framework designed to build online applications, not just webpages. But Drupal wouldn't be what it is today without the Drupal community. It's hard to imagine that so many brilliant and generous people have come together to build, grow, and sustain such a powerful application. It takes  my breath away when I think about the thousands of contributions, both to core and contributed modules, that have been made by people around the world. In summary, it's flexibility to be what you need it to be and the community that helps you do what you need to do, those are the reasons I choose Drupal. 

DZone: During the editing process, we noticed that in a few sections of this card you mentioned that there was "too much to discuss here."  If you had more space, what else would you have included in the Drupal 7 Refcard?

Cindy McCourt:
  OMG! There is so much more that can and should be reviewed and explained that I don't know where to begin. Let me put it this way, I recently contributed eight chapters to Drupal 7 Explained and there was more we could have done.

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