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2013 Greatest Hits – Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick


2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part two - Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick

Angie and I were at Acquia headquarters in Massachusetts at the same time in the spring of 2013. This gave us the chance to sit down and chat in front of the camera about all things Drupal. Highlights from our conversation became two podcasts with accompanying video. In this part of the conversation, Angie talks about how she got into Drupal and more.

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2013 Greatest Hits – Gaelan Steele meets Dries


2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part one - Gaelan Steele meets Dries

One of my favorite Drupal moments in 2013 was meeting Gaelan Steele in person at DrupalCon Portland. This was eclipsed very quickly by being present when Gaelan and Dries met for the first time - and having my podcast microphone on! This was probably also eclipsed by Gaelan schooling Dries on how he learned to use Drupal ... see his answer below and in the podcast.

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First Camp, First Patch! Thank you, Manuela Hutter!


Thank you for contributing! I think this is some kind of proof of the appeal of the Drupal project and welcoming nature of our community: Manuela Hutter came to Drupal Camp Vienna – her first Drupal Community event – and was already working on a patch at the sprints on day three, mentored by the inimitable Ruben Teijeiro.

Note: I apologise for some audio issues in this recording.

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Drupal history, learning, business, & D8 - Meet Alan Burke


I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built up the successful Drupal agency Annertech in Ireland and they have an impressive list of contributions to Drupal to their names.... More

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Kill the password - privacy on the web - Dan Callahan from Mozilla Persona


Dan Callahan is part of the Identity Team at Mozilla who are trying to solve some of the problems of privacy and security on the Internet that have been hitting the headlines recently. Dan works on the Mozilla Persona project, a system to both replace passwords with verified identities and put that verification under user control, rather than the control of large corporate entities.

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Drupal 8: CMI, Plugins, OO - Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 2


Part 2 - In this podcast, Yves Chedemois, aka yched, and I cover some changes to Drupal 8 core – CMI, the plugin system, and how they (and object oriented code) benefit developers. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a maintainer of what was called CCK in Drupal 4.7 through Drupal 6.x, then became the core Field API... More

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Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 1 - Drupal community funding


Part 1 - I spoke with Yves Chedemois, aka yched, on a very pleasant September afternoon outdoors at DrupalCon Prague. You might hear the odd skateboard or two in the background of our conversation. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a maintainer of what was called CCK in Drupal 4.7 through Drupal 6.x, then became the core... More

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Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 2: Sustainability & Dries Day!


Part 2: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part two, we go into more depth about TSM's mission and discuss the sustainability (or... More

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Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 1


Part 1: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part one, we go over the concept behind TSM, the quality and challenges in the Drupal... More

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Come to Drupal South 2014 - Unlikely Hero! - Meet Josh Waihi


In this podcast, I have a chat about Drupal with Josh Waihi, Enterprise Architect for Catalyst IT, and also find out why you should attend Drupal South in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2014 if you possibly can (Submit your session proposals now!)

Amazing news, hurray! – Since this podcast was recorded at the DrupalCon Prague... More


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The PHP reality - meet Thijs Feryn


I spoke with Thijs Feryn, Technical Evangelist at Combell at the Portland Convention Center while DrupalCon and Symfony Live were both happening there in May 2013. This conversation gives some background and context to Thijs's Acquia.com guest blog post, "Why PHP is for Real".

Thijs's post is about PHP's history, use, and ecosystem (community, frameworks, QA, performance, and my favorite:... More


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Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 4 of 4 - module upgrades and more


Part 4 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner... More

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Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive - Meet iKOS


Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive

iKOS is a digital agency specialising in eCommerce and Drupal. I caught up with Myles Davidson, Managing Director and Richard Jones, Technical Director, at DrupalCon Prague where they had been busy getting up to speed on developments in Drupal 8.

Share More, Do More Business - Give to Receive

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Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 3 of 4 - Why the fear?


Part 3 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @... More

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Drupal 8 wins: unified entities n' plugins!


Part 2 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @... More

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Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens - Part 1 of 4


On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner). We talked... More

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This is SUPPORTA! Meet the Acquia Client Advisory Team


Inside Acquia, the Client Advisory Team is something special. These are the people who are on the front lines, helping others succeed with Drupal 24 hours a day. They go above and beyond the call of duty for anyone who needs help and for other members of their team. In July, I spoke with five Acquia Client Advisors about their work and their team.

THIS IS SUPPORTA!

What a team! This is a group of technology... More


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The Best Things About Drupal - DrupalCon Portland Rebroadcast


While the Acquia Podcast is busy at DrupalCon Prague, here's a flashback to DrupalCon Portland. I went around the exhibitors' area and through the halls of the Oregon Convention Center asking two vital questions to our community:

What is your favorite thing about Drupal?

Why should other people come to DrupalCon?

This week's podcast is a selection of some of the answers I got and the conversations I had with (not nearly enough of) you wonderful Drupalists!

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Low cost, low risk, high value - come to BADCamp 2013!


I spoke with two members of the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 organizing team, Anne Stefanyk and David Hwang.

What: Bay Area Drupal Camp - One of the oldest (7 years and still going strong!), biggest (1500+ attended in 2012), and freest (tickets are still a very open-source-friendly zero dollars!) Drupal events around.

When: October 24-27, 2013

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PHP is Taking Care of Business - Meet Lorna Jane


I ran into PHP consultant, Lorna Jane Mitchell at DrupalCon/Symfony Live Portland this May. She and I had a great talk about PHP for building secure, modular, high availability applications in the enterprise; where newer versions of PHP (5.3, 5.4, 5.5 ...) are headed; and the business value inherent in open source software.

This conversation was the seed for Lorna's Acquia.com guest blog post, "The Future of... More


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Kevin Miller - Accessibility testing, tools, and QUAIL


I spoke with Kevin Miller, lead web developer at Cal State Monterey Bay. He's been working with Drupal for more than six years and is making great contributions, especially in the area of accessibility.

On Drupal and Open Source

My favorite thing about Drupal, "is that I can take a rough concept and get working prototype together within a few hours. That really helps our clients visualize what they're trying... More


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The Drupal Digital Agency - Meet Tim Deeson


I recently spoke with the Managing Director of Deeson Online, Tim Deeson about how choosing and using Drupal has given his agency the tools it needs to provide great, large scale digital experiences for large, multinational organizations.

The sound quality is not the best at some points during this recording. I am still figuring out how best to produce these "video podcasts"; apologies in advance. The things that Tim has to say are very much worth... More


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Why should I go to DrupalCon? - The benefits of being there


I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon.

Take six minutes out of your day and learn:

How spending time in person helps long-distance collaboration, and cooperation later.

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Support enablement through automation - Meet Tim Hilliard


Acquia Cloud Engineer, Tim Hilliard, and I sat down at Acquia headquarters this spring to talk about ... what else? Drupal and helping people succeed with it.

I find Tim's job interesting. He is part of the client advisory team at Acquia, but isn't specialized in front-line client support. He describes his role as part of the onboarding team for the Acquia Cloud platform, as "support enablement," ... "Enabling Support to do a really stellar job... More


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Drupal Digital Experiences and the best module ever - Meet Kevin Hankens


Kevin Hankens, Acquia Engineer, discovered Drupal 5 when he was looking to build a highly personalized eCommerce visitor experience for his then-employer's website. I was fascinated to hear an origin story of the very beginnings of the sorts of digital experiences everyone is talking about today* (see below), 6 years later.

In this interview from March, 2013, Kevin and I also talk about the evolution of Drupal from developer-oriented platform... More


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