Ezra Barnett Gildesgame is the Technical Lead of Acquia's Distribution Team. He is in charge of maintaining and developing Acquia's two distributions, COD (Conference Organizing Distribution) and Commons, the social business and collaboration distro. (Download them here: https://www.acquia.com/downloads.) His work goes into maintaining and improving these two Drupal products. The direct improvements made to the code go back to the repositories on Drupal.org, of course, but Ezra's work also helps the Drupal product landscape by helping other people working on other distributions.
Closing the Drupal talent gap 2 ... with Addison Berry, Director of Education at Lullabot. Addison is also the Product Manager of Drupalize.me, a video training portal that offers training resources for helping folks improve their Drupal. Some companies are using these resources to hire junior developers and help them get up to speed faster and more efficiently. A theme Erich Ludwig also addressed in Acquia Podcast 46.
In this podcast, I talk with Peter Wolanin and Thomas Seidl, the primary maintainers of the two primary suites of modules for Solr search: Apache Solr Search Integration and Search API modules. We discuss the history of the modules, their different approaches, and recent enhancements that make them more powerful than ever.
At the European Drupal Business Days 2012 in Vienna, I spoke with Josef Dabernig (dasjo), Nico Grienauer (grienauer), Christian Ziegler (criz), and Wolfgang Ziegler (fago). These good people are part of the team running the Drupal Austria Road Show, a promotional tour for Drupal conceived and run by the Austrian Drupal community. They've got some great and inspiring ideas that we can all learn from for promoting Drupal wherever we are in the world.
Drupal is a major presence at Stanford University, one of the world's premiere educational and research institutions. Since the creation of Stanford Web Services and its in-house Drupal hosting platform in 2011, the number of Stanford Drupal sites has more than tripled and 2-3 Drupal sites are created there every day.
Chris Porter talks about the satisfaction of helping people solve the hard problems that will let them run their Drupal installations and their businesses better.
He says he feels like a hero sometimes, because he's welcomed by people who have invited him to come and help, rather than being the consultant who shows up because someone is forced to buy help for a proprietary system.
Bryan Hirsch comes from a background of software engineering and political activism. He originally joined Acquia as an engineer on the Drupal Gardens team thanks to his expertise and interest in software-as-a-service products. His new position at Acquia as Senior Technical Consultant Acquia Government Practice Department allows him to leverage his longstanding interest in using open source software in government to save taxpayer dollars, improve civic engagement and government services.
I just got back from a fantastic weekend with a couple hundred members of the Bulgarian Drupal community at Drupal Camp Sofia 2012. There was a lot of Drupal going on all weekend; some great sessions, lots of hallway track and an evening with the best-dancing Drupal community I have met so far at a little place called Veseloto Selo. A seemingly calm taverna-stye restaurant basically exploded from family-style eating to people dancing on the tables ... well, standing on the chairs at least.