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Manuela Hutter and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Dec 18, 2013

Thank you! - Talking with a first-time Drupal contributor. 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.

Alan Burke
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Dec 11, 2013

I got the chance to catch up with 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. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements coming in Drupal 8, the business climate for Drupal in recession-plagued Ireland, and the Drupal community's culture of teaching, learning, and sharing.

f="http://drupal.org/user/35997">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. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements coming in Drupal 8, the business climate for Drupal in recession-plagued Ireland, and the Drupal community's culture of teaching, learning, and sharing.

Dan Callahan
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Dec 5, 2013

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.

Yves Chedemois
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Nov 27, 2013

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.

Yves Chedemois
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Nov 20, 2013

In part one of my conversation with Yves Chedemois, we talk about his time working on Drupal, being part of the Drupal community (and the "Hey!" moment), Drupal development sustainability, and how the Drupal community stepped up to help him when he needed it recently.

Top Shelf Modules logo
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Nov 14, 2013

Part 2 of 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 otherwise) of Drupal's volunteer-based development model and the various efforts and experiments underway to change, improve, or "fix" it, some more pragmatic – like TSM and drupalfund.us, some more idealistic, like Gittip sponsorships and similar.

Top Shelf Modules logo
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Nov 6, 2013

Part 1 of 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 one, we go over the concept behind TSM, the quality and challenges in the Drupal contrib. module space, Drupal 8 and why it is time to upgrade your modules now (!). In part two, we go into more depth about TSM's mission and discuss the sustainability (or otherwise) of Drupal's volunteer-based development model and the various efforts and experiments underway to change, improve, or "fix" it.

Josh Waihi
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 31, 2013

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!)

Thijs Feryn and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire talk at DrupalCon Portland
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 23, 2013

Looking at the reality of PHP on the web today. - 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".

Please don't hack core, this kitty could suffer!
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 22, 2013

Part 4 of 4 – Wrapping up our four-episode saga around D8 developer experience - 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 about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This post is the last of four that cover the details of that conversation.

Richard Jones and Myles Davidson
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 17, 2013

Some benefits of open source contribution to your business - iKOS is a digital agency specializing 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.

Run kitty, run!
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 15, 2013

Part 3 of 4 – So many reasons to be excited about the changes coming in Drupal 8! - 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 about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This post is the third of four that cover the details of that conversation.

A terrified kitten
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 14, 2013

Benefits of the Drupal 8 entity and plugin systems. - Part 2 of 4 of the "Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens" live Hangout on Air with Lee Rowlands, Tim Plunkett, and Daniel Wehner. Here, we discuss the incredible improvements that have gone into Drupal 8's entity and plugin systems and how you will benefit from these as a developer.

Kitten running scared
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 10, 2013

Perspectives on the D8 developer experience as it develops and improves - 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 about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This post is the first of four that cover the details of that conversation.

The Acquia global support team.
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Posted by Jeffrey McGuire at Acquia, Inc. on Oct 3, 2013

Getting to know an amazing global support team. - Inside Acquia, the Client Advisory Team is something special. These are the people who are on the front lines of helping others succeed with Drupal 24 hours a day. They go way out of their way for anyone who needs help and for other members of the team. In July, I spoke with five Acquia Client Advisors about their work and their team.