I have lots I'd like to say about this, but am a bit overwhelmed just at the moment. Suffice it to say, my sincerest thank you to everyone who nominated me for this award, and to O'Reilly, Google, and the Drupal community in general for being so unbelievably awesome.
Here's the presentation that Marianne Masculino and I did about how to contribute to both WordPress and Drupal:
It was really cool to see the overlap between how WordPress does stuff and how Drupal does stuff, and all the ways the communities are similar and how they're different in how they work. Also, Marianne was really awesome and nice. :)
Thanks to everyone who turned out to see it... It was great to meet you! :)
Also, I found a "live blogging" version of the session at http://www.sparkplugging.com/marketing/blogher-2008-open-source/.
So the past couple months have been completely nuts trying to get Drupal Jumpstart out the door (one month left! eek!), I haven't had the chance to write about this.
Tomorrow, I'm headed to San Francisco, California for BlogHer '08, and will be co-presenting with Marianne Masculino from WordPress on Saturday about how to participate in an open source community; I of course will be talking about the Drupal community. :)
Then Monday, I'm headed out to Portland, Oregon for OSCON 2008 and will be hanging at the OSCON Welcome for the Drupal Community and hopefully the Drupal Media/Files Code Sprint. I also get to meet our book's editor, Julie Steele from O'Reilly, which I'm really excited about. :D
Anyone else going to be at either of those events?
I'm officially headed to Drupalcon Szeged in August (thanks, Lullabot!), and so naturally submitted a few session proposals this weekend. :) Incidentally, if you haven't yet registered for Szeged, you really ought to do so soon -- the price goes up after June 30, and their website has a super smooth registration process.
So I'm proposing.... Awesome Testing Party, a working session where coders from newbie to ninja gather in a room together and help each other to write tests for Drupal core.... and win prizes! :)
So this is about two months overdue, but...
Say hello to the newest member of our family. :)
So far the reactions from the other kids are:
Pickle: "Whatever. When are you going to feed me?"
Bebop: "You leave me alone, I'll leave you alone."
Oscar: "What are YOU looking at?"
Her hobbies include rolling around in the grass, swinging her tug-of-war toy wildly (which we've since dubbed her 'dog-chuk'), racing around excitedly in the park after she successfully does her business, and carrying rawhide bones around in her mouth gingerly, as though they were prized treasures.
We're not exactly sure what type of dog she is, since she was abandoned at the vet clinic Marci works at, but a flat-coated retriever looks pretty darn close.
She just got back from having a triple pelvic osteotomy (try saying that three times fast) to treat hip dysplasia. She has to take it easy for 8 weeks and then we'll go racing around the park again. :) (Yes, that's right. Webchick goes outside every now and again these days. ;))
Earlier tonight, Jimmy Berry posted a plea for the Drupal community to clean up their messes in terms of testing. Since Jimmy did a whole bunch of the heavy lifting involved in getting the SimpleTest framework ready to commit to core, a major milestone in Drupal's development, we'd do well to listen to his words and his frustrations when he sees all of his hard work falling apart due to neglect.
Today, the Google Summer of Code 2008 accepted students were announced. 7,000+ applications to 175 mentoring organizations from nearly 4,000 students, of which 1,125 will be funded. Altogether, this means a $5.6+ million dollar investment in open source from our buddies at Google. Kick ass!
Note: Please read the date of this post before sending me e-mails about it. Thanks. ;)
Since I got my start in the Drupal community in 2005, most have noticed that I've been a wee bit, erm. Obsessed. I try to help out in as many ways as possible, and often this means juggling about 50,000 different priorities at a given time, the last of which is always sleep.
Well, it was fun for the last 2.5 years, but enough is enough. While I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Drupal community, my participation has often been at the expense of relationships with family and friends as well as my own personal health and well-being. :( So, it's time to say "goodbye, world" to the Drupal community and instead embark on a new chapter in my life...
In case word hasn't reached you yet for some reason, Summer of Code 2008 is a go, and this is the week for college/university students to submit applications to work on projects for their mentoring organization of choice over the summer. Our hope is of course that a whole bunch will choose Drupal, which is an awesome, knowledgeable, and fun community to be a part of, and very supportive of SoC students (I know, because I was one myself back in 2005! :D).
As part of my duties for the Drupal Association, I help to administer initiatives that help bring in new contributors, like Drupal's involvement in Google Summer of Code. A huge thanks to the admin team -- chx, cwgordon7, and dmitrig01 -- for their tremendous efforts in getting the program kick-started!
We're trying something new this year that we haven't done in years past: public community review of student ideas and proposals, prior to their submission as formal applications for Summer of Code. There are multiple reasons why we chose to "beta test" this approach, which I will detail after the break.
However, for those who want to help bring new contributors to the Drupal project, and have a hand in deciding what new awesome projects get funded over the summer with Google's multi-thousand dollar investment, please jump in and help review some student proposals! The absolute deadline for student applications is Monday, March 31, 2008 at 17:00 PDT, so it's imperative that students get their questions answered and their proposals reviewed and refined as soon as possible so they have ample time to get their applications in.