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Contrib Committee Status Review for July, 2015

by Damien McKenna
August 17, 2015

July was a rather busy month, with our gang pretty involved in two East coast conferences, between helping to run one and attending & presenting at another.

Client sponsored

We had some rather good client sponsored work this past month:

  • Michelle Cox's work on fixing sites to be compatible with PHP 5.6 continued, as did her work to improve & review existing patches.
  • Mark Casias continued to contribute to the Rules port to D8. While moving slowly, the project is making definite progress.
  • One client migrating from D6 to D7 needed to convert from Page Title to Metatag, so I spruced up an existing patch by turning it into a Drush script.
  • While doing performance tuning on a rather large site, a client uncovered some problems with the Memcache module, which led to me putting together a patch to resolve some timing problems in it. The patch needs some a bit more work to be committable, hopefully we’ll get to finish it off soon.

Self-directed contributions

We had a slightly quiet month on the contributions side, with a total of just over seventy hours of self-directed contributions, including a new weekly standup-style meeting that we’re doing.


As mentioned, we put a good amount of time during July preparing for some events:

  • For NYC Camp: we had ten members of staff attending, many of whom joined in for the code sprints and presented sessions on some of their favorite topics; we wrote about our anticipation of this event recently.
  • GovCon: One of our PMs, Brad MacDonald, was one of the organizers for this very successful DrupalCamp in Washington, D.C.

Blog posts

During the month we published a few blog posts and webinars related to contrib modules:


As mentioned earlier, this week we started doing a weekly scrum-style stand-up meeting where we discuss what work we’ve done over the past week and what we hope to work on for the coming week. It has helped us keep each other up-to-date with what we’re working on, and has occasionally helped find others who know about a certain topic to further collaboration amongst the team.

Plans for August

This month we're going to keep our goals light, but we are hoping for some more module releases and another event or two. Stay tuned!

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, Twitter, Panelizer 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, where he was involved with planning the architecture of new sites, project estimates, and lots of hands-on development work.

When not working with Drupal, Damien enjoys playing ukulele and spending time with family in their home in Keene, NH.

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