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The Acquia Podcast: Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire and guests in conversation on topics in and around Drupal, open source, technology, community, and business. Meet people and hear stories at the interface between the digital and the real. Hear about challenges, successes, and how open source thinking and practice is changing the world.
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Nov 5, 2014

Kalpana Goel - web developer with Forum One - and I sat down to chat at DrupalCon Amsterdam. We discussed the topic of Dries Buytaert's Amsterdam keynote: the potential benefits of "gamifying" and rewarding companies for supporting contributions, especially to Drupal core; Kalpana's discovery of Drupal; her contribution to the Drupal 8 web services initiative and Drupal's culture of sharing, and some of the benefits that are coming with Drupal 8.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/159-meet-drupal-core-contributor-mentor-kalpana-goel

Oct 29, 2014

"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!"

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/158-drupal-philippines-own-your-own-code-more-luc-bezier

Oct 22, 2014

Part 2 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how the other side lives!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/157-drupalcon-amsterdam-top-ten-22-kris-vanderwater

Oct 20, 2014

Part 1 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how the other side lives!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/156-drupalcon-amsterdam-top-ten-12-kris-vanderwater

Oct 16, 2014

Apart from presenting a terrific session that will help you wrap your head around developing for Drupal 8, Fredric and I had a great conversation that covered the use of Drupal and open source in government, government decision-making versus corporate decision-making, designing Drupal 7 sites with Drupal 8 in mind, designing sites for the end users and where the maximum business value comes from in your organization, and more!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/155-30-awesome-drupal-8-api-functions-you-should-already-know-fredric-mitchell

Oct 8, 2014

DrupalCon Amsterdam was something of a family outing for me. My wife Francesca attended all week and my kids were able to come out Thursday evening to attend Trivia Night and the Friday sprints. My daughter Victoria had sewn a dress and a cape to appear as Drupal Girl on Thursday evening. Her weeks of work on that really paid off; she was a big hit. She also got to meet her Drupal idol, MortenDK, who was the inspiration for her brand new Drupal.org and Twitter username: Drupal_Princess. There's a great photo of her meeting Webchick floating around online, too.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/154-1st-drupalcon-1st-contribution-oliver-and-victoria-mcguire

Oct 1, 2014

"Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you!

https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/153-come-badcamp-2014-biggest-and-baddest-tech-camp

Sep 24, 2014

Meet Ruth Fuller, she's here to help businesses get more out of Drupal by helping them engage more effectively with the Drupal community. She'd like to help you with effective Drupal and open source sponsorship, how to engage with the community, planning, coordination, presentation preparation, and public speaking coaching.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/152-drupal-community-engagement-businesses-ruth-fuller

Sep 18, 2014

Part 2 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014, held at United Nations headquarters in New York. In this part of our conversation, we talk about improvements in the Drupal developer- and learning-experience thanks to the major changes under the hood in Drupal 8; the "PHP Renaissance"; and about being welcomed "back into the fold" of the greater PHP world thanks to the nature of Drupal 8 being a sort of "meta project" (my words) that includes parts of many others.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/151-drupal-8-dx-wins-php-renaissance-angie-byron-2014-22

Sep 17, 2014

Every modern framework nowadays provides a scaffolding tool code generator for speeding up the process of starting a new project and avoiding repetitive tasks. Now Drupal does, too! In this session you can build a module while following along with the live demo. You will learn how to take advantage of the Symfony Console Component to provide a CLI tool that automates the creation of Drupal 8 modules, automatically generating the module directory structure, controllers, forms, services, plugins, and required configuration files.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/150-introducing-drupal-8-console-jesus-manuel-olivas

Sep 10, 2014

Michael E. Meyers, VP Large Scale Drupal at Acquia, knows better than most how contributing to the open source project you are relying on to build or improve your business will pay off. He and his team did just that when they successfully built and sold NowPublic.com – the first venture capital funded, Drupal-based startup – while making massive contributions to the Drupal project along the way.

He and I invite you not only to use Drupal, but also to make it better and to get involved with its community. If you're only using it without giving back, you're not getting the full benefit it could be giving you. Come to DrupalCon Amsterdam or an event near you and make a difference!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/149-help-drupal-and-it-will-help-you-contribute-mike-meyers

Sep 4, 2014

This week: Meet Adam "phenaproxima" Hoenich! Learn what the Drupal Module Upgrader can do for you! And what you can do for it! Come to Webchick's BoF at DrupalCon Amsterdam! Contribute!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/148-help-adam-and-angie-build-drupal-module-upgrader

Aug 20, 2014

Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014. In this part of our conversation we go over some of the inspiring and thought-provoking ideas we encountered there, and then jump to some of the benefits to users of the technical improvements built into Drupal 8.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/147-drupal-8-empowerment-angie-byron-2014-12

Aug 13, 2014

With DrupalCon Amsterdam and The Prenote right around the corner, it seemed like a good time to revisit this recording from when I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon. See you in Amsterdam!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/96-why-should-i-go-drupalcon-rebroadcast-benefits-being-there-person

Aug 6, 2014

Fixed! The version originally posted on August 5, 2014, got cut short by technical difficulties in production. Here are the complete audio and video versions of that conversation for you!

Drupal 8 theming layer co-maintainers Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves sat down with me at NYC Camp 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City to talk about how Twig and the new theming layer in Drupal 8 empowers front- and back-end developers, convergence and contribution in PHP, and more.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/146-drupal-8s-new-theming-layer-joel-pittet-and-scott-reeves

Jul 31, 2014

Michael Schmid, CTO of Amazee Labs, and I got the chance to talk in front of my camera during the Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. As the technical lead of a successful and growing Drupal shop, I was keen to get his perspectives on how the technology of Drupal helps him do business and how Drupal 8 might help him and his clients even more than ever before.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/145-michael-schmid-drupal-8-means-better-business

Jul 23, 2014

Thomas Seidl and Nick Veenhof took a few minutes out of the Drupal 8 Search API code sprint at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged, Hungary to talk with me about the state-of-play and what's coming in terms of search in Drupal: one flexible, pluggable solution for search functionality with the whole community behind it.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/144-search-drupal-8-thomas-seidl-nick-veenhof

Jul 16, 2014

Bojan and I chatted at Drupal Dev Days 2014 about one of the newest and most important weapons available in Drupal's eCommerce arsenal: recurring billing for digital commerce in Drupal Commerce.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/143-drupal-digital-commerce-bojan-zivanovic

Jul 11, 2014

Brant Wynn, Acquia Solutions Architect, and I covered some interesting ground in our conversation preceding his jam's Drupal Camp session on selling Drupal to potential clients via beautiful, out-of-the-box demos. Listen to hear about working as a professional open source software developer, the potential wins from having migration tools built into Drupal 8, how Drupal 8 is bringing so many open source technologies and communities together, and more.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/142-brant-wynn-acquia-demo-framework-how-we-pitch-drupal-potential-clients

Jun 30, 2014

Drupal is the perfect tool for building SaaS and product businesses. A late night hotel room conversation about Drupal's agility, power, and flexibility above and beyond powering great websites with Bálint Kléri during Drupal DevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. Bálint is the technical lead of Indivizo, "The fastest way to the perfect candidate", an online HR tool built on Drupal for interviewing job applicants.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/141-indivizocom-using-drupal-build-your-agile-saas-product-business

Jun 26, 2014

Gábor and I sat down for a chat at United Nations headquarters at NYCCamp in April 2014. We talked about the very productive contribution sprints at the NYC Camp; effecting positive change in the world with technology and how Drupal 8 will enable anyone to communicate using tools in their own language; and the incredible energy and quantity of contributors at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged Hungary.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/140-gabor-hojtsy-22-devdays-szeged-and-new-wave-contribution-drupal

Jun 25, 2014

More than 800 (yes, eight hundred) people participated in the issues around improving multilingual features and APIs in Drupal 8 for the past two and a half years. Almost 500 issues have been resolved in this initiative as of this submission making Drupal 8 a truly outstanding release for everybody looking to create even single language non-English sites but especially those making multilingual sites. This session aims to show you around all the great improvements and give tips as to how to best utilize the new solutions.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/139-gabor-hojtsy-12-whole-new-world-multilingual-sites-drupal-8

Jun 20, 2014

The Executive Director of the Drupal Association, Holly Ross, and I sat down to talk at NYC Camp 2014 at United Nations Headquarters. Roughly one year on from her appointment to the Drupal Association job, I got the chance to ask her about her Drupal "origin story", what she thinks about the community now that she's in the thick of things (we're a welcoming and diverse bunch), and the role of technology and especially Drupal in making the world a better place.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/138-holly-ross-conversation-nyc-camp-2014

Jun 16, 2014

Every DrupalCon, there's a moment I especially look forward to: the First-Patch "ritual". This time around, a patch written by Matt Moen, Technical Director at Kilpatrick Design, was selected for fast-track testing, approval, and was committed to Drupal 8 core in front of a few hundred of us at the Austin convention center. In this podcast, I talk with Matt about becoming a core contributor; we hear from Angie "webchick" Byron about how it takes a village to commit a patch; and I've included a quick refresher on how version control works with the Gitty Pokey from the DrupalCon Austin pre-keynote. You can see the full patch approval and commit process in the 2nd video embedded on this page.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/137-first-patch-matt-moen-drupalcon-austin-and-village-contributors

Jun 13, 2014

Kris Vanderwater (eclipseGC), and I got together in a Google Hangout plagued with technical difficulties to discuss DrupalCon Austin and Kris's new job as Acquia's Developer Evangelist. In the sections I could save and keep reasonably useable after editing, we talk about Drupal 8 and the incredible energy present in the Drupal community recently; a couple of hot topics DrupalCon Austin; and Kris's new job as "a developer for the community".

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/136-kris-vanderwater-drupalcon-austin-and-his-new-job

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