Drupal blog: Kevin Thull's unique contribution to Drupal

Planet Drupal - 13. Juli 2018 - 19:15

This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert's blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.

If you've ever watched a Drupal Camp video to learn a new Drupal skill, technique or hack, you most likely have Kevin Thull to thank. To date, Kevin has traveled to more than 30 Drupal Camps, recorded more than 1,000 presentations, and has shared them all on YouTube for thousands of people to watch. By recording and posting hundreds of Drupal Camp presentations online, Kevin has has spread knowledge, awareness and a broader understanding of the Drupal project.

I recently attended a conference in Chicago, Kevin's hometown. I had the chance to meet with him, and to learn more about the evolution of his Drupal contributions. I was struck by his story, and decided to write it up on my blog, as I believe it could inspire others around the world.

Kevin began recording sessions during the first community events he helped organize: DrupalCamp Fox Valley in 2013 and MidCamp in 2014. At first, recording and publishing Drupal Camp sessions was an arduous process; Kevin had to oversee dozens of laptops, converters, splitters, camcorders, and trips to Fedex.

After these initial attempts, Kevin sought a different approach for recording sessions. He ended up developing a recording kit, which is a bundle of the equipment and technology needed to record a presentation. After researching various options, he discovered a lightweight, low cost and foolproof solution. Kevin continued to improve this process after he tweeted that if you sponsored his travel, he would record Drupal Camp sessions. It's no surprise that numerous camps took Kevin up on his offer. With more road experience, Kevin has consolidated the recording kits to include just a screen recorder, audio recorder and corresponding cables. With this approach, the kit records a compressed mp4 file that can be uploaded directly to YouTube. In fact, Kevin often finishes uploading all presentation videos to YouTube before the camp is over!

This is one of Kevin Thull's recording kits used to record hundreds of Drupal presentations around the world. Each kit runs at about $450 on Amazon.

Most recently, Kevin has been buying and building more recording kits thanks to financial contributions from various Drupal Camps. He has started to send recording kits and documentation around the world for local camp organizers to use. Not only has Kevin recorded hundreds of sessions himself, he is now sharing his expertise and teaching others how to record and share sessions.

What is exciting about Kevin's contribution is that it reinforces what originally attracted him to Drupal. Kevin ultimately chose to work with Drupal after watching online video tutorials and listening to podcasts created by the community. Today, a majority of people prefer to learn development through video tutorials. I can only imagine how many people have joined and started to contribute to Drupal after they have watched one of the many videos that Kevin has helped to publish.

Kevin's story is a great example of how everyone in the Drupal community has something to contribute, and how contributing back to the Drupal project is not exclusive to code.

This year, the Drupal community celebrated Kevin by honoring him with the 2018 Aaron Winborn Award. The Aaron Winborn award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. It's named after a long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn, who lost his battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in early 2015. Congratulations Kevin, and thank you for your incredible contribution to the Drupal community!

Ryan Szrama: Voting ends today for the next Drupal Association At-Large Director

Planet Drupal - 13. Juli 2018 - 18:53

I'm currently serving as one of two community elected At-Large Directors on the board of the Drupal Association. The D.A. supports Drupal in a variety of ways, including maintaining drupal.org, running DrupalCon, and marketing Drupal to foster its adoption and community growth. If you use Drupal at all, you benefit from the work of the Association staff, and I couldn't be prouder of the work they're doing. The team really is incredible, and it's been a pleasure to get to know them more this past year.

Serving on the board has also given me the opportunity to get to know the other board members, including the At-Large Director elected before me, Shyamala Rajaram. She has focused on helping the D.A. board and staff consider how to foster adoption and growth around the world, including in her home country of India where she is a Drupal agency leader and community organizer. Not only has she brought a unique perspective to these conversations at the board level, but she contributes with a humble, generous spirit that has led and served us well. Thank you, Shyamala!

Her term on the board is expiring, and the Drupal community is currently engaged in electing her replacement from a very qualified list of candidates. The D.A. is a key part of the Drupal ecosystem, and each member of the board has the ability to influence how it uses its websites, events, and marketing programs to support the project and foster its growth. Its influence is often indirect, but it is no doubt consequential.

Today is the last day to do vote! Anyone who has used their drupal.org user account in the last year is eligible, and I encourage you to vote. Once you've reviewed the candidates, click the bright green "Vote now!" button in the top right hand of the election homepage. You can rank your choices in order of priority (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.), but you can also just pick one person as your 1st choice if that's all the time you have.

If you do vote, thanks for your contribution!

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Evolving Web: Boosting the Voice of the Small Drupal Shop

Planet Drupal - 13. Juli 2018 - 17:58

One of the reasons why I’ve chosen to run for a position on the Drupal Association Board of Directors is because I’ve noticed that small-to-medium-sized agencies would like to contribute more to Drupal’s strategic direction. These businesses have played a huge role in building Drupal’s code, community and success over the years, and I believe they’re also a key component of its long-term sustainability. Companies with 25 or fewer people registered on Drupal.org make up the majority of those listed in Drupal’s Marketplace. It’s not a comprehensive survey, but it suggests that smaller agencies are the backbone of the community.


I’m an owner and co-founder of an 11-year-old agency that employs just over a dozen team members. We have a diverse client stable that includes non-profits, government departments, universities and businesses of varying sizes. Their project budgets range from $5,000 to $500,000, so it’s important to us—and many others like us—that Drupal continues being able to offer powerful and complex functionality for a wide price range.

I’ve heard the conversations about how Drupal 8 has made it more challenging to work with a smaller team and more expensive to build sites and applications. I’ve seen its relatively sluggish adoption statistics. I’ve watched with interest as Backdrop works on advancing a Drupal fork that doesn’t leave the needs of the smaller agencies behind. I sense that we’re at a watershed moment when these businesses need a strong voice at the table.

Small shops have unique strengths to offer clients: they’re often flexible, speedy, local and personal, with strong customer support. One way the Drupal Association could give a boost to these agencies would be by developing more guidelines and models for Drupal Business Summits. Aimed at helping prospective end-users decide whether Drupal could help meet their needs, these events have the potential to drive Drupal’s growth in new regions. Smaller agencies, often located in places with under-tapped markets, are perfectly positioned to lead the charge.

Getting elected to the Drupal Association Board of Directors would give me the opportunity to share my experience and expertise as a small-business owner. I invite you to make your own voice heard as well, by voting in this important election. (Voting ends today: July 13, 2018).

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Amazee Labs: Recap Pt.1: Drupal Dev Days Lisbon 2018

Planet Drupal - 13. Juli 2018 - 14:26
Recap Pt.1: Drupal Dev Days Lisbon 2018

This year’s Drupal Dev Days took place in sunny (well, for the most part) Lisbon, Portugal. Over 400 people attended this year’s Dev Days, and I was one of them. I am fairly new to Drupal, and this was my first conference dedicated to Drupal. This was a week-long event, something that was unusual to me as I am used to attending one or two-day events.

Vijay Dubb Fri, 07/13/2018 - 14:26 Day one

Day one was all about Contribution at ISCTE. Let’s just say my first day didn’t get off to a great start. It took me over 30 minutes to find the entrance to the University, where the event was taking place, and I wasn’t the only one.

It also didn’t help that it was raining, but luckily I had my umbrella (being British I never leave the house without it). Once I found the place, I realised I’d left my adapter at home, so I headed out to get one. Luckily, there was a shop nearby. Along with my purchase, I headed back to help with contributing to some of the Drupal innanatives.

There, I met Ruben Teijeiro, who introduced me to several people and how to get started. I really wanted to contribute to the Frontend space, especially to the new admin UI. Setting up wasn’t the easiest (which I expected), as I use Windows for all my development. There I also met Christophe Jossart, a long time contributor to Drupal, who tried to help me with setting up the site on my machine, but to no avail.

By the end of the day with the help of installing WSL on my machine, I had managed to install the site, get it up and running, only then to be served with several errors, by which time I had called it a day. It might sound like all doom and gloom, but I made a lot of progress made throughout the day.

Day two Friction

The first keynote session of the week was given by Bojan Zivanovic. He spoke about the evolution of Drupal (version 7 to 8) and how Drupal has made several changes to Core using modern practices, making it a much better framework.

One interesting part was the adaption of  Drupal 8, which was a plus (40%), and the loss of Drupal 7 sites (11%), however, by putting them together Drupal actually lost over 35,000 sites in the last year. There were several reasons as to why this could be the case, including time spent installing Drupal and setting up the development environment, especially for those on Windows (like me :sigh:). It all relies on the community to help and improve what is already there, to make it easier for both new and current users.

“Sometimes our Drupal websites end up looking like this.” - Bojan Zivanovic (in reference to the above image).

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Overview of GDPR modules for Drupal

Another session I attended was a comparison of the top GDPR modules and how you can make your Drupal site GDPR compliant.

The talk covered many aspects - from rights of the user to form checking and security. It was apparent that there are several modules that help do this, so having a short list of the best ones made it easier. It also became apparent that to become compliant, you require more than one module.

One thing that came out of this session, which I totally agree with, was that site security was often neglected in the past but is now at the forefront of all sites.

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How to delight content editors with UX when building Drupal 8 websites

This session, given by Chandeep Khosa, was the last one I attended and was the highlight of the day for me. Adding features to the Drupal like Admin Toolbar, like a theme module to make it look nice, or even add help text, may sound rudimentary, but how many actually do so and make use of it? (No, really?) Most content editors are not used to the Drupal admin like developers are, so it was nice to hear what we can do to make it easier for them.

One specific module I found very interesting was the tour module, which provides guided tours of the site interface via tooltips, something available in core today. I didn’t even know this existed. One thing I took away from this was that if you don’t need it, hide it, why show something to users that don’t get used?

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Part 2 of my Drupal Dev Days Lisbon 2018 Recap will follow soon. Thanks for reading.

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