Heather McNamee

Heather McNamee

Heather McNamee, Open Strategy Partners, is a technical communications and marketing professional with an MSc in Learning and Technology. She uses marketing skills for good, enabling the right audiences to find, learn, and get the most out of products they love. Her more than 15 years in open source technologies and associated start-ups started with using Drupal in 2002 in a not-for-profit. She’s developed hundreds of hours of learning and certification materials to facilitate open source technology and product adoption. As a contributor, she has helped run and promote events, especially in the Irish Drupal community.

Posts by Heather McNamee:

Using DDEV to Teach Open Source Web Development

When I heard that Oliver Hader, a TYPO3 CMS core developer, was using DDEV-Local to teach web development to university students, I wanted to know more. So I sat down with him to find out about the course, his students, and how DDEV helps. It’s great to see students working with professional tools to learn … Continued

Sandboxes – Local development environments to play in

Developers are constantly trying new things, learning new skills and techniques. A lot of learning means trying things out, playing, and making mistakes. And there’s a lot to learn if you’re using open source CMSs with hundreds of potentially useful extensions, modules, or plugins to experiment with. In this post we’ll look at how using … Continued

Developer Happiness: Use the Right Tools to Avoid Burnout

We recently spoke with Ryan Blyth, Technical Project Manager at NEWMEDIA here in Denver, Colorado. Ryan candidly shared the stresses of the web development with us and how using the right tools for the job can make you a much happier developer. Rather than the tools accommodating the way he works, Ryan often found he … Continued

Web development best practices: First time, every time.

If you’re responsible for managing a web development team, you want to make it easy for your colleagues to follow best practices- from the first time to every time they set up their projects. DDEV helps reduce errors between collaborators and facilitate knowledge sharing among team members. It sets its defaults to the best practices … Continued