- Full name
- Tony G.
- My website
- aegir, civicrm, chicago, drupal, drush, sass, komodo, virtualbox, aws, bacon, non-profit, small business, freelance, heavy metal, wordpress, star trek
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I've been online since the days of BBS, CompuServ, and Telnet on Windows 3.1. I remember using Gopher, and playing multiplayer Doom on DWANGO with a 14.4k modem. I've building websites since '97 when I used my Windows '95a 60Mhz IBM Aptiva to FTP my first web page to www.flash.net/~groff, back when it was ok to have a url with a ~ in it, and then viewing it with Internet Explorer 4.0 with all it's animated .gif glory!
I worked professionally for a wireless broadband Internet startup in the late '90s building company intranets and customer support portals with Perl, CGI, SSI, PHP3 on Solaris 2.x SPARC and RedHat 4.x systems running Apache1.3.0. I began contacting work in 2003 and have been freelancing ever since. I remember the bad-old-days of Front Page, and WYSIWYG editors such as NetObjets Fusion. I thought I was the coolest guy on the block when I learned to php-include a single txt file on every page as a menu-bar without having to rewrite the HTML over and over for each page!
I am excited to see how far HTML/CSS and other web technologies have matured over the years and I have kept pace. I've worked with Joomla, WordPress, Conrete5, and found Drupal in 2010 after accepting a large non-profit project for which I had no idea how to accomplish :). The project was a success with D6+CiviCRM and help from both the Drupal and CiviCRM communities.
Drupal, to me, is the "Linux" of web-building software. Linux can be molded to run any device from a single-board-computer and mobile phone, to the entire back-end infrastructure of friggin' Google! I see that same capability with Drupal for building any type of website possible, and now web services. I proudly display my Linux Journal 1994-2000 Archive CD-ROM on a shelf next to my desk, and I think Drupal will have the same longevity in the web space that Linux has had in the OS world.
I develop using Debian Linux Virtual Machines in VirtualBox. The Dev box is an Aegir master server on which I develop the sites, then I push the sites out when they are ready to go live to various cloud servers as needed. I sling my code in Vim and Komodo Edit, and have become quite comfortable lately with Compass/SASS and the like.
I built only one site on Drupal 6 with CiviCRM, attended DrupalCon Chicago a few months after that site launched, and have since continued to build dozens of Drupal 7 sites for various non-profit, NGO, and small businesses. I am not a hardcore PHP programmer, but I am a heavy CLI user, server admin, Drush fan, and in to cloud hosting such as HPCloud and AWS. I'm not afraid to get dirty and, most everything I learned was from breaking my own stuff and then figuring out how to fix it. I'd very much like to help D8 be great in whatever way my skills are best suited to such as CSS/SASS, templating (Twig), and HTML5. Sitebuilder, themer, front-end developer - I can slice and dice themes/HTML/CSS, but I don't consider myself a designer at all.
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