David_Rothstein's picture
United States
Current Role(s): 
Freelance Developer
Senior Performance Engineer
Tag1 Consulting

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I started off my career as an astronomer, studying black holes in the Milky Way Galaxy. I was working on building websites related to science education and public outreach and discovered Drupal through that, and now I do Drupal for a living.

Fun fact: Although the first website I "built" was over ten years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing as a programmer or web developer until I started using Drupal and learning from the Drupal community. I love the variety of backgrounds people bring to Drupal and the way we all learn things from each other.

I currently live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with my wife, our pet cat, and our two pet plants.


On Drupal.org for 10 years 11 months

Over 100 edits
Drupal Contributions: 

I work mostly on Drupal core, but I've also written code for several contributed modules and have written a few smaller modules myself.

Within Drupal core, I am a co-maintainer of Drupal 7 (a position I began in May 2012). I am also a maintainer of the install system and Shortcut module, a member of the Drupal Security Team, and I do a lot of work on improving Drupal's user experience.

A lot of my work in the community has been sponsored by companies for which I've worked as either an employee or contractor (first Acquia, then Advomatic and Tag1 Consulting), but I do a lot on my own time too.

I like to review patches, and sometimes my reviews are really long and detailed... This is because I have an uncanny ability to break things in ways they've never been broken before. Someday my goal is to be as good at fixing things as I am at breaking them :)

Areas of Expertise: 
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012

Credited on 67 issues fixed in the past 1 year


Drupal Association Signature Supporting Partner

David_Rothstein helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

My mentors: 

9 people list David_Rothstein as a mentor

I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed Drupal documentation
I contributed Automated tests
I help in the Drupal support forums
I give support on IRC
I help mentor new contributors