158: Drupal in the Philippines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier

On being an open source developer

"Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!" declares Luc.

I asked about working on proprietary systems where you can't look at how your peers have already solved a problem: "If you are lucky, you have great people around you, whom you can ask for help. But you always rely a company behind it, who is the real owner of your product. It's not you; it's the company."

In open source, "The only limit on what you can produce with the tools is your brain."

Drupal in the Philippines

"The Philippines is in Asia, but the situation is a bit different than in other countries around it. If you saw the post by Dries about Japan, Japan is having this problem with translation. There's no problem like this in the Philippines because everybody speaks English. It's a very interesting ecosystem between Filipino-American companies, offshore companies, and a little bit of local development, but there's no Drupal shops that I know about, working directly with locals. Most of the time it's offshore work and working for Europe, the Middle East, or for the US."

The Drupal community in the Philippines is mainly split between the capital, Manila, and Cebu City, the second largest city in the country. "Because of the country's geography – it's 7,100+ islands – it's really difficult for people from one island to meet the community in the other. In Cebu there are at least two meet-ups a month. They had a monthly meet-up since 2010." Luc added one more, an idea he says he "stole" from his time in London: the Drupal beer and chat. "It's much more about networking and meeting each other. It's not formal at all."

Hey Filipino Drupalists! Check out IRC and Twitter!

The Filipinos are "heavy social sharing people. They are ultra-social, but they don't use Twitter. They use Facebook; the Filipino group on Facebook has more than 3000 members. They use a lot of Facebook, but they are missing a lot because they don't use any other social tool. They don't use IRC or Twitter."

Drupal Philippines, here's how to chat with the Drupal community on IRC, and here's a quick start for what's going on today on Twitter about Drupal.

Presenter Dossier: Luc Bézier

  • Drupal freelancer & community organizer in the Philippines, Co-organizer of Drupal Camp Cebu, 15-26 November, 2014.
  • Drupal.org profile: luukyb
  • LinkedIn profile"
  • Twitter: Luukyb
  • 1st Drupal memory: Choosing Drupal because it handled multi-level menus well out-of-the-box.
  • Favorite thing about Drupal: The events! You can travel around the world and find people with the same interests as yours. That's pretty unique.
  • On contribution: "When you get such a great tool for free ... a lot of people want to give back the way they can. It can be documentation, or organizing a camp. You do what you can, that's the main idea, isn't it?"

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