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Contrib committee status review for June, 2016

by Damien McKenna
August 4, 2016

A slightly short update this month because, well, summer!




Planning was finishing up for Drupal GovCon , held every year in the DC area. Brad MacDonald has been busy working with the planning team and several of us spent time putting presentations together.

Matt Goodwin and I continued collaborating with others on this year’s NEDCamp, which was announced to have an accessibility theme.

Blog posts

This month Joshua Boltz provided some suggestions for evaluating the security of Drupal contrib modules, and Dan Polant posted some tips and code snippets for working with Drupal 8’s REST system. Both Michelle Williamson and Carie Fisher wrote about accessibility - Michelle’s covered organizing an accessibility hackathon (part 1 and part 2) while Carie wrote about some highlights from DrupalCon New Orleans. Lastly, I wrote about a problem that occasionally happens with’s automated test infrastructure.

Onwards, my friends

The summer is flying right along, make sure you take some time to make the most of it with your friends and family, for winter is on its way. We'll see you next month!

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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