Drupal contributions

I work mostly on Drupal core, but I've also written code for several contributed modules and have written a few smaller modules myself.

Within Drupal core, I am a co-maintainer of Drupal 7 (a position I began in May 2012). I am also a maintainer of the install system and Shortcut module, a member of the Drupal Security Team, and I do a lot of work on improving Drupal's user experience.

A lot of my work in the community has been sponsored by my employers (first Acquia, now Advomatic), but I do a lot on my own time too.

I like to review patches, and sometimes my reviews are really long and detailed... This is because I have an uncanny ability to break things in ways they've never been broken before. Someday my goal is to be as good at fixing things as I am at breaking them :)

Roles in working with Drupal
Developer, Gadfly
I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed Drupal documentation
I contributed Drupal automated tests
I help in the Drupal support forums
I give support on IRC
I help mentor new contributors
I attended DrupalCon Chicago 2011
I attended DrupalCon Denver 2012
I attended DrupalCon DC 2009
I attended DrupalCon Boston 2008
I attended DrupalCon San Francisco 2010

Personal information

Full name
David Rothstein
First or given name
Last name or surname
United States
IRC nick
LinkedIn profile
Facebook page

I started off my career as an astronomer, studying black holes in the Milky Way Galaxy. I was working on building websites related to science education and public outreach and discovered Drupal through that, and now I do Drupal for a living.

Fun fact: Although the first website I "built" was over ten years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing as a programmer or web developer until I started using Drupal and learning from the Drupal community. I love the variety of backgrounds people bring to Drupal and the way we all learn things from each other.

I currently live in Rockville, Maryland with my wife and our two pet plants.


Job title
Web Developer and Technical Lead
Current company or organization
Companies worked for
Acquia, Advomatic


Member for
7 years 1 month
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Drupal Association Organization Member

Advomatic is an Organization Member of the Drupal Association. We’re supporting the Drupal.org infrastructure and other large community initiatives.