I started to use Drupal ~13 years ago. It was the end of life of version 4.5 at the time. As I love photography, I first tried to use Drupal to publish my photos. I remember at the time, the struggle to integrate Gallery2 and Drupal… aaah time flies. As always, I was motivated to learn it.
Last year, I wrote with the help of my colleagues, a new theme for Drupal 7: Atomium. That theme needed to break with the habits from the past and implements new concepts while giving more flexibility to the end-user. As those concepts were pretty new for most of the people using it, I’ve been asked to give training to some teams.
As I wrote in my previous post, the last months were pretty busy. And it’s still the case. I’ve been assigned new tasks at work and if you know me a bit now, you probably know that I like to do things properly. So, the task I’ve been asked to do is to analyze and rewrite the custom authentication system of NextEuropa, the Drupal 7 platform used at the European Commission.
The Drupal 7 theme layer has, and sometimes still is, been a nightmare to understand for me. In my modules, I’ve always tried to avoid this dark corner that are the theme hooks and inspire my code from what I see somewhere else. Until now, it helped me so far pretty well, that’s the beauty of the Open Source.
I have been working for more than five years now, as a consultant in Belgium. I’m sailing from company to company, from building to building, and my clients are mainly large companies with 1500+ people, some others are smaller. Usually hired as a senior developer or project manager, I’m helping those companies to have a successful Drupal experience.