Grant Kruger

Grant hippie

Grant Kruger

Meyer Memorial Trust

Biography

I’m a South African with over 30 years in programming and IT, twenty of them in the USA, half of those as an open source guy. I’m an open source evangelist who pushes open source at every opportunity. My current employer (MMT) uses primarily open source software for our websites and servers.

I’ve worked projects of all sizes, from one-man-team stuff through giant systems costing hundreds of millions. I’ve done just about every job in the development life-cycle during this time. I’ve worked mainframes, PCs, Linux, Mac and things that don’t exist anymore. I’ve used a host of languages, like most other programmers: everything from Natural, Cobol and SCL through Pascal, C and VB to Ruby on Rails, Drupal, PHP, Python and JavaScript. It’s been a ride.

Currently I’m working on a large PHP project and a sizable Drupal site and have involvement in a Ruby on Rails site.

I’m big on helping others. I’ve helped run many all-volunteer-run conventions in the past and was a primary organizer for DrupalCampPDX 2008 and have been heavily involved with the group. The pay-it-forward nature of open source fits me to a tee and I’m not going anywhere.

In my spare time I’m a writer of nonfiction, science fiction and African fantasy, and I’m an artist, hobby-collector, reader and more.

Open Source Bridge 2010

Proposals for this user

* Drupal & other CMS for Nonprofits

Using the power and flexibility of of a CMS like Drupal to create websites that extend the effectiveness and reach of nonprofits and let their staff/volunteers own the site, rather than having to turn to an expensive tech firm. Reference to several OS CMS will be made.
Cooking 2010-03-25 19:01:09 +0000
Grant Kruger, Theresa Pridemore

Open Source Bridge 2009

Proposals for this user

* Changing From Proprietary to Open Source: The First Year

What are the challenges a software professional faces moving from the proprietary world of big systems into the web-heavy open source world? Is it as simple as swapping to a new language or a new platform? Is there a mindset change? How big is the learning curve? What will surprise you? For employers, is it as simple as hiring someone smart, motivated and resourceful, or are there greater hidden obstacles?
Cooking 2009-04-10 15:55:18 +0000
Grant Kruger