SimplyTest.me is a long-standing, free service that has served Drupal community with an easy-to-use tool for creating Drupal sandboxes. During this case study, we’ll share the motivations behind SimplyTest and how the tool is aims to lower the barrier of entry for those participating in the community. We’ll walk through the various use cases and features of the tool and examine how that helps anyone participate in our community.
After understanding the purpose, we’ll explore the underlying technical architecture of this DevOps focused tool. This includes the distributed computing infrastructure, use of LXC, and the Drupal 7 based provisioning platform.
Based on lessons learned and emerging technology, a roadmap has been created to better serve the community and modernize SimplyTest. I will outline this future vision and present opportunities for community members and companies to learn, contribute, and participate moving forward.
SimplyTest will continue to serve the needs of the community. We’re excited to share the evolution of the service to help better serve those that use the tool.
MidCamp 2019 and an older version of it at Asheville 2018
Over the last four years, I have given various presentations at many Drupal events in the United States and several events multiple times. I have been fortunate to provide the keynote for several of those events, including Drupal GovCon, Drupal Asheville, Drupal Colorado, and Drupal Camp St Louis. I have been featured at Florida Drupal Camp, Drupal Asheville, MidCamp, and others. I have given international talks at Drupal North and Drupal Camp Costa Rica. I have presented remotely at Drupal Europe, Stanford Drupal Camp, Drupal 8 Day, and at the DC Drupal Meetup. Topics vary from Drupal 8 development, contribution, technical leadership, security, DevOps, design systems, community, agile, and more.
Here are links to some talks, including recordings:
Better Together: Impact Through Contribution (GovCon keynote)
The Unintentional Findings of a Honey Badger (Asheville keynote)
Restoring Our Lost Imagination (Colorado keynote)
Security in Practice: Tools and Techniques (Florida featured talk)
My Journey to Understanding Technical Leadership (New Jersey / MidCamp talks)