All About....

Emma Jane Hogbin Westby

New hair...again

Hi! I'm an expat Canadian living and working in Bristol, UK. During the day I manage the Web operations team for Shared Digital Services at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations.

Previously, I've worked for Phase2, and Lullabot. I've taught Web technologies at both Seneca College and Humber College, as well as knitting, crochet, and bookbinding classes at various shops in Canada. I have delivered presentations at conferences across North America, Europe, and New Zealand. My conference presentations have addressed topics that are both "technical" (database migration, source control, Drupal, front end development) and "social" (empathy, women in open source, community building). A list of upcoming and recent (technical) presentations is available from my Speaking page.

On-line I've gained popularity for: knitting the drupal socks, my involvement with The Linux Documentation Project, installing Debian on a remote server (my notes), acting as a standards advocate with the Web Standards Project, and generally being a woman in open source. Along with Gabrielle Roth, I coined "The Unicorn Law" which states "If you are a woman in open source, you will eventually give a talk about being a woman in open source."

I've written two books on Drupal (Front End Drupal and Drupal User's Guide). My third book, Git for Teams, has been a best selling title for O'Reilly. I have contributions in Jono Bacon's Linux Desktop Hacks, Earl and Lynette Miles' Drupal's Building Blocks, and Shannon Okey's knitting pattern book Alt Fiber. I make an appearance in The Yarn Harlot's book Knitting Rules! for my sweater disaster. I occasionally write for magazines such as Linux Pro MagazineDrupal Watchdog, and Mosaic. You can read an interview with me in which I talk about the cross-over between my craft and tech worlds.

I have food allergies too.

For a more complete bio you can read about me on Wikipedia where information about me is maintained as part of the biography project.

About the Tools

This site is (still) running Drupal 6. The theme is a variation of "Black and White." If you like it, you can get it here. The twitter bird is from here; and the RSS icon is from there (a great set which Eaton told me about). Currently my main computer is a MacBook Air, but for 10+ years before that I ran various Linux distributions (mostly Debian based) on my main computer. My text editor of choice is (still) Vim.

Git for Teams

Git For Teams

Best selling title from O'Reilly media. Covers essential skills needed to use Git in a team environment.

Available from O'Reilly media, and better bookstores worldwide.

Collaborating with Git

Collaborating with Git

Practical how-to videos to get you, and your team, up and running with Git. A complementary video series for the book, Git for Teams.

Available from O'Reilly media.

Drupal User's Guide

Drupal User's Guide

Site building for Drupal 7. Includes in-depth information on Drupal's most popular site building modules, SEO and accessibility. Two complete case studies are included in the book along with the tools you'll need to build (almost) any Web site with Drupal.

Available from

Front End Drupal

Front End Drupal

The industry go-to for learning theming in Drupal 6. A great companion to Lullabot's book, Using Drupal.

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