In our new blog post series, we introduce ourselves one Druid at a time. First up, Rasmus Werling, better known as Rade, who wanted to be a chef as a kid but is now happily developing Yle’s Drupal sites.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your job! I found Drupal in 2009 and have worked on tens of sites since then. My Drupal career started off small together with a few friends with whom I founded a company making sites for small local businesses while we studied. Today I find myself at Druid amongst 20+ of Finland’s finest Drupal developers, mostly focusing my efforts on backend development.
What are you currently working on? During the past two years I’ve been closely involved with developing Drupal sites for Yle - the Finnish Broadcasting company. The projects have included different content migrations, moving their custom image directory to a cloud service and general development on the two major Drupal sites svenska.yle.fi and yle.fi/aihe.
Right now I’m working on standardising the team’s development environments using a setup consisting of Vagrant, Virtualbox and Ansible. This is a fork of something we’ve been working on internally at Druid as well.
How are you contributing to the Drupal community? Most of my contributions have been work-related, either patches of contrib modules. I’ve found that the best way to contribute on my free time is by joining sprints, whether it be local sprints here in Helsinki or the sprints at DrupalCon.
What made you join Druid? What’s the best thing about working in here? I saw huge potential for my professional growth as well as a relaxed environment with familiar faces. Coming to the office in the morning feels like coming to my other home. The willingness to help, the inside jokes and the enthusiasm for developing and learning makes Druid what it is.
What motivates you in your work? Learning new things every day, constantly being challenged and having to find even better solutions. My goal for this year is to get more involved with automated deployments and testing.
What has been the biggest success in your career so far? Unable to identify the one biggest success, I’ll say that each content migration I’ve done for Yle has felt quite successful. Moving thousands of articles from one complex system into another has its challenges. The most memorable moment so far was probably my first session I held at DrupalCamp Helsinki in 2012.
Can you tell us about a challenge you have overcome? There was this one client with a business critical web service that had a lot of technical debt and certain bugs causing them to lose customers. Finding the cause of the issues and fixing them in a timely manner was both intensive and afterwards rewarding. We didn’t lose the client!
How do you spend your free time? I enjoy working out, seeing friends over a cup of coffee and spending time with my lovely wife. My points of interest change quite often, but they might include cycling, gym, hiking, movies, chess and so on. My dream vacation would be hitting the slopes in the Alps, or scuba diving in the Caribbean.
What’s your motto? One of my many mottos is: Don’t make excuses.