SimplyTest.me: The Future Built From The Past
During this presentation, the simplytest.me team will not only share a timeline of events dating back to the origins of SimplyTest.me, but we will present our gradual modernization efforts and the status of each. AmyJune will highlight the mission for the project and talk about our efforts for outreach and fundraising. James will discuss how TugboatQA is used to power the SimplyTest.me backend. Matt will share an update on the new Drupal 9/React architecture. Finally, Adam will finish with insights on the future of the project.
- Adam Bergstein
- James Sansbury
- AmyJune Hineline
- Matt Glaman
Adam is a Director of Engineering at Acquia. He brings experience in leading product engineering teams, technical architecture and a passion for helping people work together at top-notch productivity. A mentor and team player to the core, Adam participates in the open source Drupal community and views projects as opportunities for teams to grow and shine.
Adam has led development efforts rebranding a national telecommunication company website, integrating the systems of a financial services firm into a modern web solution, and implementing a headless content management system for an international retailer’s e-commerce system. He led development efforts on the redesign of Penn State’s World Campus website, promoting online educational offerings that improve access for non-traditional learners like single parents and members of the military. During his time at CivicActions, he helped those in the public sector serve citizens through digital services.
Adam previously served as the VP of Engineering at Hook 42 and Director at CivicActions. He spent many years in higher education at Penn State University, where he served as a team lead, developer, faculty member, researcher, and graduate student. He advocates for the trifecta: thoughtfully crafted technology, people-focused solutions, and the power of ongoing learning.
Adam gives back to the community through porting of contributed modules, like Taxonomy Menu and Password Policy. He is the lead of SimplyTest.me, a Drupal community testing tool. He participated in Drupal's Governance Task Force, an effort aimed at community continuous improvement. He blogs and loves speaking about what he has learned and can often be found presenting at Drupal Camps and DrupalCons. Adam serves on the IT Board of Juniata College.
Adam holds a masters degree in Computer Science / Information Security from Penn State University and a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Juniata College. He lives in a small town in Pennsylvania where he enjoys runninng and seeking out great food and drink, especially craft beer. His life is enriched by his wife, two daughters, and a dog.
Like many in the web development world, James came to programming through the side door. After graduating with a degree in music performance, he decided in 2004 to start a record label and began searching for tools to help him build websites for the bands he was working with. A recommendation from a fellow nerd landed him on the Drupal homepage. Drupal 4.5 was the current release at the time, and while he got a lot for free from the community, he soon found that he had quite a bit to learn in order to be able to build the simple yet unique websites his musicians wanted.
James took to web development quickly. As his skills increased and interest grew, he began learning other technologies, and built one of the first decoupled Drupal websites using a Drupal 5 backend that fed XML to a Flash frontend website. It wasn't long before James realized that he was receiving more compliments on the websites he was building than for the music, and so he hung up his record label hat and pursued a full time career in web development.
After working as the Drupal developer for Sprocket, a web design agency based in metro Atlanta, he was hired as a part-time Drupal trainer for Lullabot, then as a developer, senior developer, and then architect—all for some of the world's biggest brands. James has worked on large data migrations for The Recording Academy, engaging editorial experiences for MSNBC, and helped create a fast and stable development and deployment process for Cisco's Support Forum. He architected a decoupled user experience for Martha Stewart, and a continuous integration and deployment process for Intel, which later became Tugboat.
In his role as technical account executive for Tugboat, James leverages his years of experience as a technical architect for Lullabot to support the biggest brands on the web with their digital platforms.
Matt Glaman has worked with Drupal for over 7 years, he specializes in e-commerce and headless applications.
AmyJune Hineline is the Open Source Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios.
With a dual focus on both open-source community development and inclusivity, she is uniquely positioned to help individuals become more comfortable and confident as they contribute to their communities. She co-organize various open-source camps and conventions throughout North America, empowering individuals to forge deep community connections that benefit the whole. As a self-described non-coder, AmyJune helps communities discover how they can contribute and belong in more ways than coding.
Outside of her mission in the technology community space, she has a deep love for mycology, geocaching, and air-cooled Volkswagens. She can spell the word diarrhea without the aid of spellcheck, but hopefully, in tech this will be an underutilized skill.