Local core development environments

Posted on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:45

In an earlier blog post, I described my ideal local environment for developing Drupal based projects (DrupalVM). My primary objectives included separation from the host OS, persistence in config (affording disposable sandboxes), and extensibility to customize around project specific configuration (mirroring other environments). In those respects, DrupalVM has spoiled me and I've likely saved hundreds of hours in large part to these efforts (thank you, Jeff and other contributors). Core development is a different story. Technically speaking, you need Composer, Git, and an environment mirroring

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Promoting Community Toxicity

Posted on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:36

Something has been bothering me and I haven't been able to put my finger on it. I hesitated writing this. By doing so, I fully understand that some will choose to twist or misinterpret my words to further instill doubt into the community. While this is one's right and often turns into a lengthy Twitter debate, many in the community have shied away from sharing their voice for fear of retribution. As a community, we have accomplished great things not because we agree on everything, but because we know how to disagree without being disagreeable. We are capable of debate through issue queues

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A Drupal Contribution Non-Profit

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:47

Jrockowitz's recent blog post on crowd sourcing, found here, sparked so many ideas for me. I wanted to discuss the most prominent idea in this blog post, the idea for a company that nurtures community contributions. Such a topic has often been on my mind and Jrockowitz post might have helped me to connect enough dots around this idea. Community members (especially maintainers) often volunteer their time and energy to community projects with little incentive aside from their will to do good. BackgroundBefore elaborating further, I think there are some key motivations to align. The first is

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Community Governance Considerations of Open Source Projects

Posted on Mon, 06/05/2017 - 16:25

DrupalCon was a great way to connect with the community and gauge the pulse from recent events involving Crell. After writing blog posts, I engaged with many people to share thoughts and hear perspectives. One common question that came up: what do other communities do for governance? This motivated me to do some research of my own. I wanted to be better informed in discussions to know what other communities are doing in an effort to identify where our communal gaps might be. I am a firm believer that the Drupal community doesn’t need to “reinvent the wheel” or think we are “special snowflakes”

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What Gets Me Up In The Morning

Posted on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:43

It is safe to say that people like talking about themselves. I'm guilty of that, but I don't think I have actually given any real consideration or focus to the matter. That changed this morning. I had a friend ask me: "What are you passionate about?" I was disappointed by how lame I responded. At my core, I'm a problem solver. I'm also a social nerd - I love people; I'm an extrovert; I'm nerdy. I'm also a self-recognizing honey badger as this has traditionally served as my "winning strategy". None of these things define what I'm passionate about - they just define aspects of who I am and how I

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Removing Site Building From Drupal's Vocabulary

Posted on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:55

Drupal has a full vocabulary of Drupalisms. While I think that is fine for Drupal-specific features, it also is a sign that we seem to promote our own island when there are similar concepts that exist in the technology space. When possible, we should try to align with more conventional terms that others outside of Drupal understand. If anything, this can make Drupal more approachable and better understood in broader context. I think I identified one such term: the term "Site Building" has never sat well with me - both as an activity and as a role. Site Building is an activity generally

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Communal Action in Self and Others

Posted on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:34

Sometimes situations take time to resolve. This situation is complicated and the goal is to treat everyone respectfully. We're beginning to see things play out now. I want to offer some of my recent thoughts. By no means are they right or fully informed, but I wanted to share (please don't shoot the messenger).A subtle reminderThis situation has reminded me that: We are dealing with actual people We are all human Let’s break each down a bit more to set proper context. We are dealing with actual peoplePeople drive our community. Behind the keyboard is a person. No technical contribution would

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