Drupal development shops Realityloop and Cross(Functional) have partnered with US-based Commerce Guys to deliver Australian training for Drupal Commerce, a module for the open-source Drupal Web platform.
Commerce Guys was founded by the original developers of the Drupal Commerce module.
"The main advantage of Drupal Commerce over the other commerce solutions for Drupal is that it's more like a commerce API," Realityloop director Brian Gilbert said.
This means that using it can involve more configuration than other solutions if you just want to set up a shopping cart-based site, "but you can do much more flexible things with it," Gilbert said.
Australian sites to recently deploy Drupal Commerce include Sydney's Luna Park and Business Spectator. The module has also been used for the forthcoming online revamp of Victoria Legal Aid.
"For Business Spectator, it's used effectively as a paywall; so there's no actual products – it's part of the login process," Gilbert said.
The training program is aimed at existing Drupal Developers. "It's really about them being able to use Commerce and develop their own Commerce sub-modules to be able to do weird and wonderful things," Gilbert said
Demand for Drupal skills in Australia is "definitely high" at the moment, according to Gilbert. He said that Realityloop had a hard time finding developers with the level of skill and experience with Drupal.
"The thing is with Drupal, you can be a really skilled site builder but that doesn't mean you're very useful as a module developer and a lot of our work ends up being in module development side of things," Gilbert said.
Realityloop will host the training program in Melbourne from May 7-9, while Cross(Functional) is hosting the Sydney leg on May 1-3. Commerce Guys' Greg Beuthin will lead the training.