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Communities and contribution

Oliver Davies
September 28, 2023

Communities and contribution

Oliver Davies

September 28, 2023
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  1. Communities and
    Contribution
    Oliver Davies (@opdavies)

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  2. About Me
    • Self-taught software developer (started in 2007).
    • Full Stack Software Consultant.
    • Web Development Manager at Transport for Wales.
    • PHP and Drupal specialist.
    • Open-source software maintainer and contributor.
    • Meetup and conference organiser.
    • School of Code mentor (BC14 and BC15).
    @opdavies

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  3. How I Started
    • Built a website for a Tae Kwon-Do school (HTML and CSS) in 2007.

    Learning from online resources like blogs, forums, YouTube, Lynda.com
    and Total Training.
    • Learned more as the project developed, including PHP.
    • Introduced to Drupal in an answer to a forum post.
    • Started some freelance work and went full-time in 2010.
    @opdavies

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  4. My first talk
    @opdavies

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  5. Writing for Linux Journal
    @opdavies

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  6. Attending DrupalCon
    @opdavies

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  7. Mentoring at DrupalCon
    @opdavies

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  8. Mentoring at DrupalCon
    @opdavies

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  9. Contributing to Drupal core
    @opdavies

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  10. Communities
    • Drupal and PHP
    • JavaScript
    • Linux and DevOps
    • Tailwind CSS
    • Neovim
    • Accessibility and security
    • School of Code (students and mentors)
    @opdavies

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  11. Why?
    • Paying it forward.
    • Giving something back.
    • Helping me and others learn.
    • Developing a personal brand.
    • Building and growing a network.
    • Improving opportunities.
    @opdavies

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  12. Summary
    • Software is not just about code.
    • Communities are great for getting experience, learning and networking.
    • Open-source, public speaking, blogging, mentoring look good on a CV.
    @opdavies

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  13. Thanks!
    References:
    • https://www.oliverdavies.uk/talks
    • https://www.drupal.org
    • https://meetup.com
    • https://www.phpconference.co.uk
    Me:
    • https://www.oliverdavies.uk
    • @opdavies
    @opdavies

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