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King’s Lynn expert contributes to new internet technology

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 November 2015

Web developer and computer programmer from King's Lynn Rachel Lawson, has contributed to the new Drupal platform launched later this month. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Web developer and computer programmer from King's Lynn Rachel Lawson, has contributed to the new Drupal platform launched later this month. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2015

Software engineer Rachel Lawson has been working with thousands of others to program the latest version of Drupal, a program used to build thousands of websites around the world.

Regulars of the King’s Lynn coffee shop scene may have spotted Rachel Lawson sitting in a quiet corner, sipping a latte and working on her laptop.

But she isn’t updating her social media accounts or emailing friends - she has been working on a major software project involving thousands of experts around the world.

Ms Lawson is a software engineer and has been contributing to the next update of Drupal, a free program used to build thousands of websites including The White House and Oxfam.

And the latest version of the system she has been working on, Drupal 8, is set to be released on 19 November.

She said: “It’s so exciting that the next version is going to be released this month.

“When I was first introduced to Drupal almost 10 years ago, I couldn’t believe how easy and simple it was to use.

“Before, programming had been so complicated but it really didn’t need to be.”

She has been working alongside over 1,700 other software engineers in the project.

In the modern ethic of open source software, everyone involved has contributed their time and expertise to the update for free.

Ms Lawson, 45, who lives in King’s Street, King’s Lynn, said: “I think people feel morally that most they should only use things that they have paid for.

“But things have changed in modern day working. I can log in from home, or a coffee shop, and share expertise with people around the world.

“And I’ve become part of an awesome community in the process.”

- Have you been involved in an international project? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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