There is nothing easy about building a multiple-location, multi-lingual website. The options are getting better and better however to make this as smooth as possible.
I’ve been blogging about my experiences, starting from scratch, learning the LAMP stack and delivering a high quality, high performance solutions. I’ve had my head in a few books lately; a php beginners book, a php advanced book, and a Drupal Pro book. My eyes are heavy but I have a prototype to my end solution.
Building a solr search driven search site is completely painless, and getting faceted search options are completely customizable. Out of the box, Drupal gives our website about 60% of our functionality.
However, be prepared: Drupal is a whole other language unto itself. Coming from a nice SDK an a .Net environment, the vast number of function names you need to remember is quite dawnting. .Net feels much cleaner- that being said I think I can do much more with the php code.
My next steps will be mastering the Jquery integration. This site needs to feel real 2.0, and I plan on keeping up with key AJAX function.
That’s it for me tonight, time for some sleep.