Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead and Acquia CTO & co-founder
Dries is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source web publishing and collaboration platform. He serves as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization formed to help Drupal flourish. A native of Belgium, Dries holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University.
Originally written as a bulletin board system, Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in the programming language PHP. Drupal, like many modern CMS’s, allows the system administrator to organize the content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors. Although there is a sophisticated programming interface, most tasks can be accomplished with little or no programming. Drupal is sometimes described as a “web application framework”, as its capabilities extend from content management to enabling a wide range of services and transactions.
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