Nat "catch" Catchpole

I'm pleased to share that Nat "catch" Catchpole has accepted my invitation to become my Drupal 8 co-maintainer. For the duration of one release cycle, he will help me co-ordinate Drupal 8 development.

Nat has been working with Drupal for almost 6 years and is one of the top two contributors to Drupal 7 core. In addition to being is known in the community as an incredibly talented engineer with a passion for software design, Nat is also a driving force on performance and scalability efforts. Additionally, he pays careful attention to core development processes and how they can be improved. I firmly believe he is what Drupal core development needs right now.

One of the things that I like best about Nat, is that he doesn't like unnecessary complexity. I believe he will be a great help in driving architectural decisions, helping to improve the framework aspects of Drupal core, and saying no to cruft.

Nat is working out of Japan for Tag1 Consulting. Note that Nat will be traveling between 4th-22nd October, but will get set up as co-maintainer this week.

I'm extremely excited to work alongside Nat to set the direction for the next version of Drupal! Please make him feel welcome.


wojtha (not verified):

I'll keep it short: Congratulations catch! Good choice Dries!

September 27, 2011
beejeebus (not verified):




September 27, 2011
Alan (not verified):

Congrats catch!

September 27, 2011
theborg (not verified):

Very good decision! He deserves it for all the good work he's been doing!

September 27, 2011
Lin Clark (not verified):

Great to hear! catch has the perfect combo of skills and perspective for this role at this time.

September 27, 2011
Thomas Svenson (not verified):

Agree 100%, couldn't have said it better myself.

Congrats Catch and Congrats Drupal Community!

September 27, 2011
DjebbZ (not verified):

This is great news ! Congrats, catch. Dries, I wholeheartedly agree with your choice, Nat really want to make Drupal simple but strong. Can't wait for Drupal 8 !

September 27, 2011
heyrocker (not verified):

I had a mental list of who could make a great core maintainer for D8 and Catch was at the top of it. This is a fantastic choice for the community, he has great vision for the future of Drupal.

September 27, 2011
EdgarPE (not verified):

Great to hear, that performance and scalability will be in focus in D8.

September 27, 2011 (not verified):

One of the things that I like best about Nat, is that he doesn't like unnecessary complexity. I believe he will be a great help in driving architectural decisions, helping to improve the framework aspects of Drupal core, and saying no to cruft.

"saying no" is indeed important... Focusing is about saying “No”

September 27, 2011
PWolanin (not verified):

One of the best possible choices - I'm excited he's agreed!

September 27, 2011
Roy (not verified):

Excellent news. Catch is pragmatic, communicative and persistent. Good things will come from this!

September 27, 2011
Robert Castelo (not verified):

Great choice!

Thank you Nat for taking this on.

September 27, 2011
Alex UA (not verified):

Awesome choice, very glad to hear it. Congrats, catch!

September 27, 2011
sun (not verified):

Thanks for initiating this initiative, and thanks to Catch for stepping up!

Catch is definitely the right person, with the right mindset and with the right skills. A great choice for the Drupal project at glance!

That said, it is also a bit worrisome for me personally, because I can only guess this means that very soon he's most likely not going to have time anymore for various ongoing tasks, initiatives, and work we've been doing and kickstarting together up until now. Anyway, need to think about possible solutions...

Thanks! :)

September 27, 2011
Barry Jaspan (not verified):

Big win for the Drupal project! Congrats to catch, and great choice, Dries.

September 27, 2011
Eaton (not verified):

This is fantastic news! Catch has been one of the leading voices fighting core complexity, and his work on D7 performance optimization was invaluable. Now we just have to check on how to send fresh coffee and care packages to Japan... ;-)

September 27, 2011
Chad (not verified):

catch is a natural choice for this role. I have often marveled at his tenacity and energy for finding the right solution to tough problems. This selection is a very good thing for Drupal. Congrats, catch!

September 27, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Awesome news! Congrats Nat!

September 27, 2011
effulgentsia (not verified):

I firmly believe he is what Drupal core development needs right now. One of the things that I like best about Nat, is that he doesn't like unnecessary complexity.

I couldn't agree more. Great news for the project. Thank you, catch, for accepting. I hope all of us in the community make this as pleasant for you as possible, and support you in maintaining a healthy work/life/project balance.

September 27, 2011
Dave Reid (not verified):

Excellent choice and I'm very excited to continue contributing to Drupal core and having Nate as the point person! Congraduldolences catch!

I'm also a little worried as being a core maintainer and top contributor will not mix and people will have to step up. It should not have to fall on sun's shoulders and sun you shouldn't attempt to take it on your shoulders.

Also, will Angie still be able to commit bug fixes to D8 so that they can easily be backported?

September 27, 2011
eojthebrave (not verified):

Nice! As others have already said catch is a great choice and the timing couldn't be better. We need someone that is passionate about figuring out ways to help Drupal continue to thrive, and grow and catch has been a great leader in that arena thus far.


September 27, 2011
pingers (not verified):

Great news catch! Wish you all the best in this role.

+1 on maintaining the balance. We all want a sane catch in 2 years time ;)

September 27, 2011
David Rothstein (not verified):

The choice was obvious, but a great one nonetheless :)

Congratulations and good luck!

September 27, 2011
socceronly (not verified):

That thar is some purdy excitin news.

Well done!

September 27, 2011
Mark Ferree (not verified):

I couldn't possibly think of anyone better suited to the job.

Congratulations catch, and thanks for taking on this huge responsibility.

September 27, 2011
Cary Gordon (not verified):

Excellent choice and perfect for the direction we are headed.

Thank you, Catch, for taking this on.

The congratulation go to Dries for talking him into it!

September 27, 2011
ArianeK (not verified):

That's great news! It'll be cool to get to work with Catch more and I think he's got some great leadership traits so will be a good person to keep a cool head and keep everyone on track.

Thanks to Dries for the good pick and to Catch for agreeing to embark on this adventure!

September 27, 2011
nnewton (not verified):

Awesome choice! Congratz nat.


September 27, 2011
oriol_e9g (not verified):

Good catch for Drupal! xD

September 27, 2011
timhilliard (not verified):

Congrats Catch, I look forward to working with you on D8.

September 27, 2011
Bojhan Somers (not verified):

Awesome! Really good timing, things where almost down to a stop - hopefully everything will be up and running soon now.

Would be great to hear from catch how he intends to handle the resources required for this, is Tag1 allowing him to work on it a dedicated number of hours? Is there particular areas he will focus on in terms of committers feedback etc.

September 27, 2011
rfay (not verified):

WOW. GREAT CATCH! (Thanks, catch!)

September 27, 2011
quicksketch (not verified):

This is great! Catch is an amazing individual and well suited for this role. He's fanatic about code efficiency (something we need more of in Drupal), a proponent of simplicity, and a regular participant in the usability studies. Not to mention he's a great core contributor already.

All around a great choice. I'm thrilled!

(Though I was secretly hoping we might talk rfay into core maintainer ;)

September 27, 2011
Chach Sikes (not verified):

Catch is awesome. Way to go!!!!

September 27, 2011
Owen Barton (not verified):

This is a wise and most excellent choice - dries++ and catch++ :)

September 27, 2011
Wim Leers (not verified):

Ray already used the pun I wanted to use :/

Great choice Dries. And thanks to you Catch, for accepting! :)

September 27, 2011
Franco (not verified):

Great! Hope for better separation between framework and product. And nice distinction between layers in Drupal Core. Go Catch. May the force be with you

September 28, 2011
plach (not verified):

Wow wow wow!

Like @sun, I'm a little bit concerned about losing part of Nat's precious contributions, but overall I think this is the best possible choice.

September 28, 2011
Lukas Fischer (not verified):

Very cool Nat. I wish you exiting upcoming months!!

September 29, 2011
Tim Millwood (not verified):

How did I miss this news?

Congrats Catch, I have been thinking you should be core maintainer ever since we worked on a site together.

October 05, 2011
MatthewS (not verified):

What a fabulous choice! I had the pleasure of working with Catch for examiner - his amazing thoughtfulness, ease of personality, attention to detail, and sheer programming talent make him a perfect choice.

Condolences AND more importantly, congratulations Catch! Thanks for such an amazing choice Dries.

October 05, 2011