49: Making Drupal Products: Meet Ezra Gildesgame

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.

What does the Drupal project have to offer? "Drupal offer limitless possibilities for personal, professional development ... there's also an infinite amount of learning to do."

On the speed of change and development in the Drupal project: I wrote some eBook chapters ... The fun challenge there is that it's like writing about some one-celled organism and by the time you're done editing, it's now evolved into a cat. The software moves so quickly. You've got to stay on your toes. You cannot rest on the laurels of the information you had yesterday. So it's incredibly stimulating.

Ezra's modest style: "I prefer to be the dumbest person in the room and that's definitely an opportunity I get to have at Acquia." :-)