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Often, the most important part of a website is the users of the site itself. They are unique individuals who form the basis of thriving communities. It's vital to support users by delivering content in predictable and personalized ways.
There's not much that has not been said about Drupal's Forms API, and it can be a challenging concept for developers who are used to working with other platforms. Any series talking about the underlying framework would be incomplete without some discussion of how it is used.
CCK is the most important acronym you need to know in relation to content management in Drupal. It stands for Content Construction Kit and is the framework that allows people to enter all kinds of different information in their web sites.
So, you can put out a passable brochure site in a day and have reached the point where you want to learn a little more about Drupal. You're not looking to become an elite hacker type, you just want to be able to do something beyond pointing and clicking your way through site building.
I attended COSSFEST 2009 one week ago. Calgary as it turns out has an active opensource community for its size and the current president of KDE lives there!! I was the only person there who is actively involved in the Drupal community and earning a living from Drupal. However may of the developers were using Drupal in one way or another so I felt at home.