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Druid's full-stack developer Tuomas Lannes

Meet a Druid: Tuomas Lannes


Tell us about yourself and your job!
I suppose I’m the jack of all trades at Druid. I’ve been involved in the Drupal scene for about five years now. I started off in a small advertising agency by creating several sites with Drupal 7 right after its release. In 2012 I moved over to Soprano where I started the Ruutu.fi project, followed by Druid in 2013.

What are you currently working on?
I’m still working on the Ruutu.fi web service together with Wunderkraut. Last autumn we renewed the site, and at the end of the year we built Drupal 8 backend to distribute articles and other content to various applications (including Ruutu.fi). Lately I’ve been focusing on layout and performance improvements. I also took over Druid’s maintenance and small-scale development team earlier this year.

How do you contribute to the Drupal community?
I’ve been involved in the Finnish Drupal Association’s activities for more than two years now: as a board member for two terms and currently as a deputy board member. I’ve helped with the drupal.fi site and with organizing some of the Camp events. I really enjoy the Drupal events; the atmosphere and the people are just great. I’ve also given one presentation at DrupalCamp Helsinki last autumn. Last year I contributed about ten Drupal 8 core patches, which helped a lot in understanding how Drupal 8 works.

What made you join Druid? What’s the best thing in here?
I joined Druid because I wanted to work with the best Drupal experts in Finland. This hasn’t fully happened though, since I’m actively working with our dear competitor Wunderkraut instead of my fellow Druids. ;) But I feel I’m getting the best of these two top companies in Finland. 

What I particularly like about Druid is the possibility to influence almost anything and everything. The atmosphere, workmates and the sense of community make me feel at home. When I was younger, I considered work as the necessary evil between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., but at Druid work is so much fun that it kind of feels like a hobby. Being on sick leave feels like the worst kind of punishment; seeing workmates brings more joy to life!

What motivates you in your work?
I like to do everything the best possible way. Looking at some old code for example, it’s great to discover ways to write it even better. I also test new techniques for customer projects on my free time. Some of these techniques end up in production.

What would you like to learn?
At the moment I’m mostly interested in javascript and Drupal 8 backend. I would also like to learn more about writing automated tests. And in general, I would like to learn things more through open source development. My biggest improvement area, however, is time management and prioritization.

Any career highlights or challenges you would like to tell about?
Starting to work with Drupal and the jobs at Soprano and Druid have undoubtedly been the best decisions regarding my career. Right now, my challenge is to get our maintenance side running as independently as possible and to ensure that small-scale development work is meaningful and motivating for the team.

My career development has been pretty fast. I’ve stepped into large shoes at times, but luckily I’ve been able to learn new things quickly and get on top of things. Nowadays I can already trust my ability to produce high quality fast enough, even in matters that I’m not that familiar with.

My tip to everyone: Make choices based on your true interests, even if they are out of your comfort zone! Work has to be fun!

How do you spend your free time?
A year ago on Christmas Eve my first child, Linnea, was born. The beginning of parenthood was a challenging time for me and I didn’t really know what to think about it all. During the past year, however, I’ve started to really look forward to spending time with my daughter after workdays and on weekends.

I used to be very much into music: I’ve been playing the violin, guitar, bass and keyboard, and I’ve also been singing. In recent years, music has somehow faded into the background, which is a pity. Nowadays I play on the computer and PlayStation but my concentration has clearly decreased. That’s a bit funny, as I used to play quite a lot during my school years and studies. I follow football pretty closely, so Fifa games are still in heavy use. Liverpool is my favorite team.

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