Talking Drupal #429 - The Drupal Association Board

December 18, 2023
Today we are talking about the Drupal Association Board, Its Strategic Initiatives, and The Future of Drupal with guest Baddý Sonja Breidert. We’ll also cover Advent Calendar as our module of the week.


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  • Former member of Board of Drupal Association
  • What does the board do
  • How does the board operate
  • Are there term limits
  • How does someone get on the board
  • Strategic Initiatives
    • Innovation
    • Marketing
    • Fundraising
  • Now that you are no longer on the board what’s next
  • CEO of 1xInternet
  • How did you get started with Drupal



  • Brief description:
    • Have you ever wanted to reveal content a day-at-a-time, in an interactive advent calendar? There’s a module for that.
  • Brief history
    • How old: created less than month ago in Nov 2023 by listener James Shields, whose username is lostcarpark
    • Versions available: 1.0.0-beta3 release, which works with Drupal 10.1 and newer
  • Maintainership
    • Actively maintained, latest release made earlier today
    • Test coverage
    • Number of open issues: 5, 3 of which are bugs, but all but one are now marked as fixed
  • Usage stats:
    • 6 sites
  • Module features and usage
    • James actually created a Drupal advent calendar a year ago, on his website The idea was to showcase a new module every day, similar to advent calendars that provide a chocolate or a toy each day, hidden behind a cardboard door
    • James’ initial version displayed the content in a traditional calendar format, using the Calendar View module. What he really wanted, however, was a way to present the content using clickable doors to reveal new entries
    • The new Advent Calendar module provides a new view display, so you can configure what content type or other filters to apply, and use fields to specify what information to show
    • The module uses a Single Directory Component for display, hence the 10.1 requirement
    • There is also an “Advent Calendar Quickstart” submodule that sets up everything for you, including a content type, view, and 24 nodes to populate it for you
    • Each site visitor gets to “open” the door to new content as it is published each day. For authenticated users, which doors have been opened is stored as user data, and for anonymous users it’s kept in local storage via Javascript
    • In addition to this being an interesting module in its own right, the advent calendar James has created this year is also a community effort. He’s managed to enlist a wide variety of contributors to write about modules or aspects of the Drupal community that they’re passionate about, so it’s a great way to up your Drupal game. You can open a new door yourself every day at