David Needham Chats about Venturing Outside WordCamp to Visit Other Open Source Communities

While at WordCamp Europe I had the chance to chat with David Needham, a developer advocate at Pantheon, about his session titled “Intro to Drupal for WordPress Folks.” Needham frequently travels between the WordPress and Drupal communities, representing his company as a developer liaison. He has spoken at various Drupal camps and WordCamps and is also one of the organizers for WordCamp US 2018 in Nashville.

During our chat, Needham discussed some of the more notable differences between the WordPress and Drupal communities and how the two can inspire each other in various ways. He encouraged attendees at his session to venture outside of WordCamps and said he hopes to see more collaboration across the platforms in the future. From his unique vantage point, Needham said he doesn’t think CMS rivalries are as big of a deal as they used to be.

“We’re realizing that we’re really not competing,” Needham said. “The internet is a big place and there’s plenty of room for all of our communities to work together – especially since our values are so closely aligned already. If there is a rivalry, it feels a little bit more like a friendly sibling rivalry than anything.”

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  1. So true – I gave three talks at the TYPO3 devs’ conference in Düsseldorf this year and it was a great experience. I learnt a lot – plus, it was very interesting to gain a different perspective and learn about a new CMS. As well as realising that in many ways, there isn’t that much of a difference, in fact. Thank you for the article.

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    1. Absolutely. People in most communities are far less different than the code they write. We all have something to learn outside our bubble!

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      1. In 2010, there was an event held in Dallas, Texas called OpenCa.mp where all three big open source projects came together under one roof. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. It was an interesting event to say the least. There hasn’t been an event like it since. Unfortunately, the openca.mp website is offline.

        Would be cool to see something like that happen again. Bring OpenCa.mp or the idea behind it back David! lol.

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  2. That’s a great idea, Jeff! I brought up your suggestion in a Chicago-based cross-CMS group I’m part of. We’ll definitely let WPTavern know if it takes off. 😃

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