Sammy Spets

Since 2004, Sammy Spets has been finding pleasure in his life making Drupal do wild things. During that time, Sammy volunteered to be a core maintainer for Drupal 6 and a maintainer of the ecommerce module, which was the commerce module of choice way back when. For the ecommerce module, Sammy made design changes to the payment system, built a few modules to support payment gateways, and added PostgreSQL support, among other things.

In 2008, IDG Australia contracted Sammy to design and lead the development of a hybrid Drupal/legacy platform. The platform allowed IDG developers to gradually migrate their websites and web applications over to Drupal 6, which was still in beta. In addition to the platform, Sammy was tasked with creating a module suite for the IDG staff to create surveys and reports on them. This module suite was built prior to webform, and leveraged the power of the Drupal 6 Form API in all its glory. Sammy also trained IDG developers to develop modules and themes in Drupal 6.

Early in 2009, a short contract with Demonz Media in Sydney, Australia brought about some patches to Ubercart, which Demonz gladly contributed back to the community.

Following that, Sammy travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, USA where he contributed code to improve the developer experience for developers extending Ubercart by using its API. Ryan Szrama introduced Sammy to Chick-fil-A and Lyle Mantooth introduced Sammy to Korean food and some amazing fried chicken.

In 2011, Sammy joined the Magicspark team, building Drupal sites and maintaining servers. During this time, Sammy built a services platform to feed webform data to Marketo and LoopFuse from client Drupal sites via Magicspark's servers. In addition to this, Sammy redeveloped the UI on the Where to Buy page of the Redwood Systems website using OpenLayers mapping.

Aside from the geeky stuff, Sammy loves to cook, fine-tune recipes, play pool, carve turns on a snowboard, hit the gym, ride motorcycles, dine fine, and drink champagne.

Programming Drupal 7 Entities, Packt Publishing, is the first book Sammy has authored. Sammy was the technical reviewer for Migrating to Drupal 7, Packt Publishing.

Sammy can be contacted by e-mail at sammys@sammyspets.com.

Sammy Spets has worked on the following Packt books:

Code Download and Errata
Packt Anytime, Anywhere
Register Books
Print Upgrades
eBook Downloads
Video Support
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