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Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 5 September 2012.
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There's an exciting new venture coming up soon - something I've been working on with Emma Jane for a while (yes, Lorna Jane and Emma Jane, we know) - it's called From the site:

This spring Emma Jane and Lorna Jane were chatting about PHP and Drupal and workshops and came to the conclusion that Drupal developers were not necessarily equipped for Drupal 8. With all of the Drupalisms in the Drupal code, it can sometimes be difficult to implement code that is both a Drupal best practice and a PHP best practice. While there are many workshops on how to teach PHP developers how to Drupal, there were no workshops teaching Drupal developers how to PHP. Until now!

My theory is that most developers working with CMSes like Drupal think they don't know much PHP ... but of course they actually know quite a lot! The newer versions make more use of OOP and new PHP features, but nothing that's really rocket science (although the symfony components are very nice). This course is a chance for us to give a more solid grounding to those skills that developers just pick up along the way, and give some time to master those skills in a safe environment.

The course is taught virtually (Emma's in Canada and I'm in the UK so it's my afternoon and her morning ... hoping that we can fit lots of other people into that slot too). Seats are sold to companies, who can send as many devs as they think should be on the course. We'll be teaching this in two half-day slots, on 20th and 27th September.

Our goal in running this course is to share the knowledge we have to as many people that need it. Emma's a Drupal expert, I'm a PHP expert, so expect a bit of hilarity as we translate for one another. Once we have reached our goals in terms of attendees, we'll release our training materials for anyone to use - other organisations, including training providers, will have access to our materials.

To find out more about the course (at this point you could still book a place as well, but you might need to be quick!) and the topics we'll be covering, take a look at the site, and let me know what you think!

Lorna is an independent web development consultant, writer and trainer, open source project lead and community evangelist. This post was originally published at LornaJane