Hi all, this is my first post, and it seems like a great place to learn. So I have a question:
I'm new to web dev, but have been programming a lot in C & VB / VBA. I know programming well enough, and have just enough html and javascript understanding to get by (for now).

But now I'm working on a site using php and a MySQL database, using WAMP to build this all locally. And I'm kind of reaching my limits. So my question is:

I was recently looking at Content Management Systems like Drupal / Joomla, and wondering if this will a) make my life easier or b) confuse me to the point of wanting to quit.

Is Drupal conducive to learning, or would I be better off slogging through the books and sticking with my student-approach?