It's a good 7 months after the last time this question was asked. I've been developing sites for a long time, expert with Wordpress, some Drupal, Joomla when forced. I can understand a good part of Craft but there really isn't the basic tutorial you'd generally see with other software that gives you an idea how to construct a site. The Happy Lager demo is more of a very quick showcase of how neat CraftCMS can be but it doesn't really go into just the very basics, like setting up fields properly.
I have seen the sparse resources. The paid video, which includes how to install the software, is not an option. Is there still nothing that does a reasonable job of just running through the process and approach to setting up a basic site using the system? In addition, are there any resource repositories, e.g. plugins, etc. so you don't need to reinvent everything? Thank you.