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How good is it to work as a fresher(being from Java background) in a company which works on Drupal? I mean Drupal looks like something fun in college. Is it so big that companies are hiring people for it?

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What is a fresher? –  Eric Wilson Jan 11 '11 at 21:46
    
@FarmBoy, in Robert Heinlein's stories it was usually some sort of futuristic bathroom. –  Peter Turner Jan 11 '11 at 22:22
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I've been a Drupal developer for many years now but only saw opportunities to use it from time to time.

Now, I build 1-2 sites a month.

With Drupal I can build out more feature rich websites MUCH quicker compared to using codeigniter or cakephp - Business' are discovering this as well.

Dries lists the many high profile websites that use drupal on his blog at http://buytaert.net/tag/drupal-sites. You quickly you can see just how many large websites/companies are using Drupal.

I think that Drupal will only continue to grow it's market share and all these websites will need mechanics in the future - people who really "the language itself."

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I've seen plenty of job ads looking for people with Drupal experience. However, just like the jobs looking for people with jQuery experience, you're dead in the water if you don't know much about the language itself.

Personally, I have concerns about the companies' mindset. To me, their goal seems to be to churn out websites and the heck with quality. I don't know how long many of those companies will be around. Then again, there are plenty of nearly worthless businesses amazingly limping around.

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+1 for the "dead in the water" bit. Too many people think they're programmers because they can tweak/configure a <insert framework of choice> setup. –  Frank Shearar Oct 7 '10 at 8:38
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+1 for both George's answer and Frank's comment. In the past, I have used Drupal for both large and small customer sites. At the time, there were much fewer modules and the focus was on providing a platform. Now the focus seems to be on providing something easy to set up and less friend to programmers. I have since had to work on Drupal sites that were "built" by people with no business "building" anything on the Web. Finally, if we can make a distinction, Zend Framework or Django are "frameworks", while Drupal is a "platform" -- more of a customizable and extendable CMS. –  bogeymin Oct 7 '10 at 10:46
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