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Contrib Committee Status Review for April, 2015

by Damien McKenna
May 19, 2015

The fourth month of the year brought reminders that Winter can show up at unexpected times, with snow flurries during the early parts of the month. It also reminded us that we can only juggle so much. With many of us involved in organizing regional events and preparing for Drupalcon, our code contributions waned for a second month, down to a rather low 20 hours.

Drupal 8

Once again we've been fortunate to be able to put a good amount of effort into porting modules to Drupal 8, primarily for a client the will heavily benefit from some of D8's newest features.

  • Michelle Cox continued work on Metatag and Webform, the former of which will shortly be available as an alpha release.
  • Paul McKibben ported the er_viewmode module and wrote er_view_formatter, both of which will be made available shortly; Paul also joined as a co-maintainer of the XMLSitemap module and committed a number of RTBC patches, pushing the module closer to a stable state for D8.
  • After much help from Michelle I've been able to eek out some tentative entity handling for the D8 port of Metatag and will be making an alpha release soon. There's a lot to do before it reaches 1.0, but it's a step in the right direction.

Other work

Additionally, work has been progressing on some personal projects.


There were several successful events during April:

  • The month kicked off with the sixth annual Florida DrupalCamp. Once again the weekend was a huge success, the organizers showing again that they put on one of the country's best camps. Mediacurrent was a gold sponsor this year and a few staff members shared their knowledge & experience in presentations.
  • Matt Goodwin and I hosted the first of our “NHDevDays” code sprints in Keene, NH. Although we had a small turnout, it went well and the day ended with several new people successfully climbing the Drupal Ladder.

May-be More

With Drupalcon last week many of us spent much of May finalizing our presentations and attendance plans. At Mediacurrent we had a very busy week, and were glad so many of our readers and followers joined us at our booth, our evening party on Tuesday, and our many sessions. Now that we’re back home I expect our code contributions to pick up speed again.

Additional Resources

Introducing Mediacurrent's Contrib Committee | Mediacurrent Blog Post
Contrib Committee Status Report, March 2015 | Mediacurrent Blog Post


Meet team member, Damien McKenna

In his role as Community Lead, Damien directs internal initiatives that strengthen Mediacurrent’s commitment to open-source principles, collaboration, and sharing knowledge to strengthen the Drupal community. Regularly ranked as one of the ten most active contributors on, Damien has been a significant member of the Drupal community since 2007. In addition to writing documentation, writing & reviewing patches and mentoring others, Damien maintains Metatag, Views, Date and several other SEO-focused modules.

Prior to Mediacurrent, Damien spent five years building content management systems and frameworks using multiple languages (PHP, ColdFusion, Ruby), before he was first introduced to Drupal in 2007. A year later, he delved deeper into Drupal 5's architecture while migrating two popular skiing sites off a proprietary system. While becoming increasingly involved in his local Drupal community, Damien led the development of several successful content-rich platforms including a US radio station network spanning ten individual sites. Damien joined Mediacurrent in 2012 as a Lead Drupal Architect and has been involved with planning the architecture of new sites, project estimates, lots of hands-on development work, and guiding the company towards Contrib First processes.

When not working with Drupal, Damien enjoys exploring and kayaking with his family throughout NH and the wider New England region.

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