Angela Byron

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Angela Byron
Angela Byron.jpg
Born1977/1978 (age 40–41)[1]
Rochester, Minnesota, United States[2]
ResidenceBritish Columbia, Canada[3]
Other namesAngie
OccupationCo-maintainer of Drupal
Director of Community Development at Acquia
Known forOpen source movement
Board member ofDrupal 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; Berry, Addison; Robbins, Jeff; Haug, Nathan; Eaton, Jeff; Walker, James (2009). Using Drupal. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". ISBN 9780596515805.


  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 (2011-05-04). Drupal 7 Bible. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. p. 17. ISBN 978-0470943434.
  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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