Angela Byron

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Angela Byron
Angela Byron.jpg
Born 1977/1978 (age 39–40)[1]
Rochester, Minnesota, United States[2]
Residence British Columbia, Canada[3]
Other names Angie
Occupation Co-maintainer of Drupal
Director of Community Development at Acquia
Known for Open source movement
Board member of Drupal Association

Angela Byron is a software developer best known for her work with Drupal, a free and open source content management system and content management framework. She has been named one of the most highly regarded contributors to the open source movement,[4] and has worked to encourage people to become involved with open source, particularly women.[5][6] She was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Linux Journal, in April 2011.[7][5]

Personal life[edit]

Byron is mostly self-taught. She holds a two-year degree from the Nova Scotia Community College in information technology, concentrating on programming.[8] She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her daughter.[3]


At the advice of a professor, Byron applied to the Google Summer of Code in 2005. She was accepted, and participated by writing a quiz module for Drupal.[9] This sparked her involvement with Drupal, as well as the open source movement as a whole. In October 2006, Byron began working for Lullabot, a Drupal consulting company.[10] In 2008, Byron was awarded the Google–O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Contributor for her work on Drupal.[11] She worked full-time for Lullabot until 2011, doing software training and working with system architecture.[12] Part of her work for Lullabot also allowed her to work on Drupal developments and initiatives. In 2008, she became the co-maintainer of the Drupal core,[13] and she also worked on documentation and outreach.[14] She led the project to create Using Drupal: Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites, a how-to book for Drupal users.[7] She is also in charge of Drupal's involvement with the Google Summer of Code, as well as Google Highly Open Participation Contest.[12] In 2011, she left Lullabot to work for Acquia, a software company that also provides products, services, and support for Drupal.[2] She is the Director of Community Development.[15]


  • Byron, Angela [et al.] (2009). Using Drupal. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. ISBN 0596515804.  |first2= missing |last2= in Authors list (help)


  1. ^ "Summer camp for coders". The Economist. 15 September 2005. 
  2. ^ a b Byron, Angela (9 March 2008). "Introductions". Drupal. 
  3. ^ a b About Me, Angela. "Byron". 
  4. ^ Druckman, Katherine (April 2011). "Drupal 7: the Webchick behind the Wheel". Linux Journal (204). 
  5. ^ a b Frevele, Jamie. "Angela Byron will make Linux history". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Leblanc, Dee-Ann (12 June 2009). "Open Web Vancouver 2009: Want More Women In Your Project?". CMSWire. 
  7. ^ a b Beta, Brodie. "Angela Byron will be the first woman to ever hit the cover of Linux Journal". The Next Web. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Amber, Gillies (8 August 2008). "Open source technology is hungry for new college grads". 
  9. ^ Druckman, Katherine (24 February 2011). "Angela Byron on Drupal 7". Linux Journal. 
  10. ^ Byron, Angela. "webchick". Drupal. 
  11. ^ Bailey, Jeff (22 July 2008). "... and the winners of the 2008 Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards are..." Google. 
  12. ^ a b Dean, Sam (14 November 2008). "Interview: Angela Byron, Top Drupal Developer and Evangelist". OStatic. 
  13. ^ Shreves, Ric; Dunwoodie, Brice. Drupal 7 Bible. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. p. 17. ISBN 0470943432. 
  14. ^ Byron, Angela (17 September 2008). "Geek of the Week: Drupal Developer Angela Byron" (Interview). Interviewed by dotFiveOne. 
  15. ^ "The 50 Women to Watch in Tech – The First 10". Femmeonomics. 

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