Top 5 Things Angie Bryon Loves About Drupal

Jason Hibbets | | October 17, 2013

Angie Byron is an advocate for Drupal. Commonly known online as webchick, she is a Drupal core co-maintainer. She has her finger on the pulse of the community, helping to manage over 1,600 contributors from all over the world.

In this interview, Angie shares the top five things she loves about the Drupal community, how she got started in open source, her passion for getting more newbies and women involved in open source, as well as her best tips for community management.

Plus, she's speaking at the upcoming All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC and gives us a sneak preview to her keynote and session talk.

What does it mean to be a Drupal core co-maintainer?

As a co-maintainer, my job is to perform final review of proposed changes to Drupal core from over 1,600 contributors around the world. I do things like check patches over for utilization of development best practices, ensure they have sufficient automated tests and documentation and that coding standards are followed, and look out for things like performance and UX (uesr experience) regressions. I also tend to wear the "cat herder" uniform in this role; that is, find people who are working on similar things and encourage them to work together, help get contributors un-stuck by committing patches that unblock their work, helping to mediate conflicts, and so on.