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This course is designed with the assumption that you have the foundational knowledge of Drupal 7 installation and management, including modules and themes, user management and so forth. Drupal 7 Essential Training by Tom Geller here in the lynda.com Online Training Library demonstrates how to download and install Drupal, add content and graphics to a site, change layout and design elements, control visitor interactions, and expand the site's capabilities beyond what's available in Drupal's core.
Drush is designed for use on a server running a UNIX like OS such as Linux or Mac OS. So you should have some base knowledge of working with a command-line shell interface such as Linux or Mac terminal. If you aren't familiar with Linux or the Mac terminal, I recommend the Up and Running with Linux for PHP Developers course here in the lynda.com online Training Library. It includes some thorough descriptions and demonstrations of how to work with the Linux command-line, which is very similar on the Mac. If you require Windows for your development in server environment Drush does support most functionality on Windows and provides a dedicated installer that often lags in both functionality and timeliness.
As the implementation is incomplete and has known issues only the installation procedure for Drush for Windows will be covered for completeness and will not be supported. Finally, this course covers a large number of everyday commands contained with Drush, but is not a comprehensive survey of every single command available. Additionally, depending on the version of Drush that you are using some commands may have evolved slightly. This course was written using Drush 5 .8 and is intended to be compatible with future versions.
If any inconsistencies arise using a newer version check the documentation and change logs.
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