Albert Albala specializes in quality controle automation for web projects using open source code. He is an active member of the open-source Drupal community since 2006. He writes about web best practices and Drupal on his blog, Dcycle. He lives in Montreal with his family and is a board member of Terre des jeunes and Bioénergie Haïti, deux non-profits whose goal is local empowerment through sustainable development, and large-scale access to environmetal technologies.
1999-: Terre des jeunes board member
Terre des jeunes (terredesjeunes.org) is network for volunteer-based community groups active in sustainable development and democratic access to clean technology, and a founding member of Bioénergie Haïti. See facebook.com/groups/terredesjeunes, facebook.com/groups/bioenergiehaiti.
Dcycle was launched with the aim of helping Drupal development teams transition toward best practices including automated testing and continuous integration.
2015-2016: The Linux Foundation
He was brought on to the Linux Foundation based in San Francisco to introduce automated testing, continuous integration and automated deployments for various high-traffic Linux Foundation properties including events.linuxfoundation.org, training.linuxfoundation.org.
He was a senior Drupal developer at CGI and helped build automated tests and set up a continous integration and automated deployment platform based on Jenkins for the Drupal team at CGI, and worked on the 24 heures Tremblant website. In addition, he helped the Drupal team at CGI transition to Agile with two-week sprints.
He started out with Drupal and other open source technologies as a consultant and partner-founder of Mediatribe, and as a Drupal developer at Koumbit, the first Drupal shop in Canada, where he helped standardize development procedures.
Talks, papers, contributions
In addition to maintaining several Drupal and Github projects, he is the author of the chapter "Automated testing with Simpletest" in the Definitive guide to Drupal 7 (Apress). He is a regular speaker in Drupal and Agile-related events, among them:
- At Drupalcamp Montreal 2017: Let's unit test your code.
- At Bay Area Drupal Camp 2016 (Berkeley): Modifying legacy code the right way (hint: do not add if statements).
- At Drupal North 2016 (Montreal): Modifying legacy code the right way (hint: do not add if statements).
- At Drupalcamp 2015 (Montreal): Adios MAMP, so long Virtual Machines: fast and furious development and deployment with Docker, a talk on how continuous integration can be facilitated with Docker.
- At Drupal North 2015 (Toronto): Une introduction à Docker, a talk about how to develop, test, deploy and manage data using Docker.
- At AgileTour Montreal 2014: Les tests automatisés : huit tuyaux qui augmenteront vos chances de succès , a talk in French about the pitfalls to avoid with automated testing.
- At Drupalcamp Ottawa 2014: Automated testing for Drupal: 8 tips can make the difference between success and failure.
- At Drupalcamp Montreal 2013: co-presenter of a case study of the STM.info project (Albert is the guy in the blue shirt)
- Also at Drupalcamp Montreal from 2010 to 2013, various talks: "Automated testing with Simpletest", "Development-Stage-Production for Drupal", "Drupal continuous integration: a practical example"
- At Drupalcon Munich, co-presenter of Aegir business models
- At Drupalcon Chicago: Introduction to git lightning talk.