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Podcast 244: Dropping some knowledge on Drupal with Dries

The things you build out of love for your friends can go on to shape how the world uses the web.
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This week we chat with Dries Buytaert, best known for his role in creating the open-source content management system, Drupal. He was also a co-founder of company called Acquia.

Dries explains how Drupal began: as a intranet, not internet, message board for his college community. It’s now the technology underpinning tens of millions of websites, including some of the biggest in the world. 

We get the story behind the name, an accident  overlap of language that became the software’s iconic mascot. And we talk about the process that allowed this to scale from an open source project shared across a few dorm rooms to something used by massive public companies. 

Stay tuned Friday, when we’ll publish part two of our chat with Dries.

As always, shout out to our Lifeboat badge winner of the week, for helping to answer the question: Can you use React Native to create a desktop app? As to whether or not you should, well, that’s another question for another time. 

You can find more about Dries at his website. You can read more about his experience with Acquia here.

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