What Does a Drupal Developer Do and Know?

Who are Drupal developers and what skills do they have?

PHP and PHP framework

Frontend languages

Drupal website development

  • Form API used for creating and processing forms on a website,
  • Render API, which deals with the render arrays, pipeline, elements, and caching,
  • Cache API that stores data taking a long time to compute,
  • Database API provides a developer a standard abstraction layer for accessing database servers.

Modules creation

Themes creation

Member of a Drupal Community

How to become a Drupal developer?

  • You can begin with building a site by clicking and checking different configuration options to familiarize yourself with the administration panel.
  • Then you can explore the Views module by trying to make basic views and blocks. When you’ll feel comfortable with it, challenge yourself with creating more complex views with relationships and terms.
  • The next step can be themes and modules. Analyzing the code of the last ones, you’ll understand how they’re built, as well as see the possibilities of Drupal’s core. Explore the most popular modules to get to know some good PHP programming practices and naming conventions.

How long does it take to learn Drupal development?

  • gaining knowledge alone — it can take from one to several years to feel more comfortable,
  • practising with the help of good developers — you may become an independent developer after about a year.

Learning materials

  • Drupal 8 Development Cookbook,
  • Drupal 8 Module Development: Build modules and themes using the latest version of Drupal 8,
  • Drupal 8 Theming with Twig.

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