Greg (drupal.org user greggles) is a developer, site builder, security analyst, and trainer for Growing Venture Solutions.

Greg’s many contributions to Drupal:

Greg has presented at Drupalcons since Sunnyvale in 2007. His favorite presentations include Using Token Module as a Developer from Drupalcon DC in 2009 and Strategies for Community Contributions from Drupalcon San Francisco in 2010.

Some of the other fun Drupal projects he has worked on include Mastering Drupal's Tutorial Videos, the Drupal news site DrupalDashboard.com and the local news sites Ice Cream Denver and BakerNow.com.


Photo by Jason Chinn.

And we asked him a few questions:

1. How did you get involved with Drupal?

It was actually when I became the secretary for my neighborhood organization. I enjoyed the ideas of Open Source and used Linux a bit, but when I was secretary I needed a CMS and tried out Drupal via Fantastico. Then I had a job with relatively little demands on my time. For about 4 months I would prune old issues in the Drupal core issue queue and hit the bug bingo for hours a day just trying to move things forward - writing small bits of code or asking questions to better understand a poorly explained problem. I think this is the best way to learn Drupal: find a problem, adopt it as if it’s your own, and you will end up learning weird parts of the whole system.

2. Do you have any advice to anyone just starting with Drupal?

Two things: First, you will get out of it what you put in. If you are super involved you will benefit greatly. The more you work the more people will respect you and help you when you need it. It’s been an amazing growth experience for me.

Second: don’t sit around waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Ask for help. Jump in where you can. If you wait for instruction you’ll miss out on a lot of amazing opportunities.

3. Can you explain some of the benefits of getting involved with the community and what you get out of it?

Is my personal self-actualization giving Drupal too much credit? Not to overstate it too much, but my involvement in Drupal has enabled my family to achieve many of our dreams. My wife has always wanted to live and travel in Latin America - being a well-known Drupal developer allowed me to work from the road as we toured Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile! I wanted to write a book and my involvement in the Drupal Security Team helped give me the knowledge necessary to have the skills in the “right place at the right time” (presenting at Drupalcon Boston on security) when Wiley Publishing was looking for someone to write Cracking Drupal. Now I’ve got a 6 month old daughter and working with Drupal gives me the freedom to help take care of her during the day as I work from home. All of those dreams required me to first give an enormous amount of my time becoming an expert, helping others, and contributing to the community in various ways to establish myself.

Greg enjoys photography, economics, biking, and traveling in Spanish speaking countries. Read his blog, find his full bio and follow him on Twitter as @greggles.

Comments

+1. Greg is definitely an inspiration for his energy and commitment to the Drupal community.

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+1 - Greg has been an inspiration for years and totally deserves more recognition than he gets.


~Professional: Lullabot
~Personal: jeradbitner.com

g.d.o wouldn't be the same without greg's hard work. definitely one of the true maintainers of the heart of the community and helps set the tone of collaboration. you rock!

+5!

Profound respect for Greg's sense of community and justice. He is quietly guiding this project in many ways.

P.S. This post bypassed the front page schedule. We should probably schedule Community Spotlights.

Indeed, this and a couple other Community Spotlights appeared in the front page, and I only just found out last night. That was my fault.

We'll be sure to schedule them going forward.

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To be clear, we're testing as part of the redesign and Hudson needs live data... here it is in action!

http://drupal:drupal@redesign.drupal.org/getting-involved

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What about Certified to Rock? ;)

http://certifiedtorock.com/

- Learn best practices in Acquia's Drupal training http://training.acquia.com/
- Tips on Giving effective feedback in the forums

Though, I appreciate all the contribution Greg has give and give to the place where Drupal users all around the world meets to join.
;-)

Learning for Module Developer Status

+5

opportunity to say thanks

Pathauto and Token - I used it on my site good to know and see the pics of the developer!

Drupal rock, Drupal Community rock, you also rock Greg!

+1 Thanx Greg :)

Greg helped me out more than once in the forums... besides that I never created a Drupal website without his modules Token and Pathauto.

Cheers

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Besides his technical contributions (which are easier to list), Greg is one of the nicest, most helpful, most down-to-earth people I've met in the Drupal community. He has that rare ability to recognize the needs of the person he's talking to, which makes him a great communicator. It's always a pleasure to interact with him.

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Tom Geller * tomgeller.com * Oberlin, Ohio
See my lynda.com videos about Drupal

Drupal wouldn't be the same without his involvement and leadership by example.

Senior Drupal Developer for Lullabot | www.davereid.net | certifiedtorock.com/u/53892

Well said sir. Well said.

Thanks for making seo easier. Didn't I hear it was in D7 core?

Alas, no... but Path is now enabled by default (as it should be).

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Tom Geller * tomgeller.com * Oberlin, Ohio
See my lynda.com videos about Drupal

+1 and many more... We love you greggles!

Thank you for everything you have brought to the project and community!

Looking forward to another discussion of Ricardian equivalence.