Ian Barber is the development manager for the Virgin Group digital team in London, a regular conference speaker, and occasional blogger. Ian has been working with PHP since 2002, maintains the PHP Support Vector Machine extension, and is involved with several open source projects, particularly the messaging library ZeroMQ. His site at http://phpir.com covers machine learning, search, natural language processing and other interesting subjects.
Rich is the Community Growth Hacker at Sourceforge, which means he tries to help Sourceforge project grow and promote themselves. This involves lots of blogging, podcasting, and tweeting. When there’s any free time, he’s involved in the Apache HTTP Server project, and various other Open Source projects, primarily in the role of documentation. In short, Rich loves Open Source, and wants to help it conquer the world.
Mark has been a web developer going back to 1995 building sites using Classic ASP, Java and PHP. Mark has been with Microsoft since 2000. During that time Mark has worked on efforts to teach how to build secure web applications, worked on Microsoft’s Bing Maps team helping developers build awesome web apps incorporating and visualizing geospatial data and ran developer marketing on Microsoft’s Web Platform and Tools team where Mark focused on helping developers run and optimize PHP applications on Windows and IIS and helping to build bridges to the PHP and open source community. Currently Mark is the Community Manager for Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform where Mark is working to help further Microsoft’s efforts with the open source web community and overall enjoys helping web developers build awesome apps.
Coming from a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I got into the web, first as a designer, then learned PHP through books and the help of colleagues. With ten years in web development (3 in OOP), I’ve returned to the world of design- though, in this industry, no one really does pure design. I still *love to* get my hands dirty in css, js and PHP. Like most of us, I got into Twitter and Facebook where I tapped into the PHP community. I began searching for local events to attend and found Baltimore PHP, then DC PHP. After seeing how helpful and friendly everyone was, I started a local group to serve the central Maryland area. Rather than focusing on PHP, we opened the group to all web professionals. We felt more could be learned with exposure to disciplines other than our own. The Frederick Web Technology Group was started in July of 2008 and has been going strong ever since. From time to time, I present topics and lead workshops for the group. Currently, I’m the Creative Director for mojoLive.com, part of a team of talented individuals including Eli White, Sandy Smith and Oscar Merida. I’m hoping to share my unique perspective as a designer, developer and community organizer.
Justin is a jack-of-all-trades in web development. While he primarily considers himself a PHP developer, he also is a web designer, system administrator, and does just about anything involving the web. He loves small, lean teams of super talented individuals. He works with CEVO, and company that runs competitive online tournaments for popular games such as the Call of Duty series, StarCraft 2, and dozens of other games. They host tournaments with thousands of teams and players all over the world. They build gaming websites for Dell, nVidia, DirectTV, and several others, and work with gaming companies like Valve, Blizzard, and other game studios. He also helps organize the Utah PHP Usergroup, and works with the Utah Open Source Foundation.
LB Denker graduated from RIT with a BS/MS in Computational Mathematics/Computer Science. She then moved on to a small job in a small city in central New York before being courted by Google, bringing her to the Big Apple, where she worked in both test and development for over 4 years. Now she has taken a turn for the handmade, helping Etsy grow its spectacular development culture and continuous deployment process as the self-proclaimed Anthropologist of Developer Operations.
With his 15 years of passionate web development experience and open source advocacy, Ed Finkler loves empowering people through technology. HeÃs excited about creating things and sharing them with the world. He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. More recently, he has been helping startup teams build exciting e-commerce, social sharing, and mapping systems. Currently he’s proud to be part of the FictiveKin team, building Gimme Bar and other stupendous web tools. Ed spends much of his free time creating and working on open source endeavors. Notable projects include Spaz, a long-running, award winning microblogging client, as well as the PHPSecInfo auditing tool, and the Inspekt input filtering library for PHP.
When he is not skiing in Lake Tahoe or playing cards with friends from church, Mike Ho is working at Quasidea Development, a web and mobile-software development consultancy. He has over 12 years of PHP development experience, over 3 years of iOS development experience, and an extensive client list that includes NASA, Stanford University, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. His past work includes working on the original Microsoft ASP.NET Starter Kits and being the lead developer of the Qcodo Development Framework for PHP. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Northwestern University… Go Cats!
Kirsten Jones has been working in software development for almost 20 years. After starting her geek life as a systems administrator and tool builder, she moved into software design at Cisco, where she stayed for several years before jumping into the Web 2.0 revolution. Her social and collaborative experience has ranged from Socialtext to the think tank AMI, to Netflix, and now LinkedIn. Her passion is in using facets and semantic ideas to bring more powerful browsing experiences to users. Kirsten has long been a fan of Freebase, building several different applications to leverage the power of their language and database. Her iPhone application (the Intersect for Netflix) demonstrates this focus, allowing anyone to browse the Netflix catalog using facets. Kirsten’s experience supporting and using OAuth-based REST APIs has made her a consistent advocate for better examples, tutorials and applications so developers can jump into development.
Paul is an internationally recognized PHP expert who has worked as everything from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, and medical among others). Paul’s latest open-source project is the Aura Framework for PHP. Among his other accomplishments, Paul is the lead developer of the Solar Framework, the creator of the Savant template system, has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance, and was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework (the DB, DB_Table, and View components). In a previous career, Paul was an intelligence operations specialist for the US Air Force, and enjoys punching 7.62mm holes at 400 meters.
Brian Moon has been working with the LAMP platform since before it was called LAMP. He is a programmer and systems administrator for dealnews.com. He has made a few small contributions to the PHP project and been a casual participant in discussions on the PHP internals list. He is the founder and lead developer of the Phorum project, the first PHP/MySQL message board ever created.
Rob Richards is Chief Architect at Mashery, the leading provider of on-demand API management solutions. Rob has numerous years experience working with and architecting a wide variety of APIs on a number of different platforms. He also maintains a number of the XML based extensions for PHP, contributes to the libxml2 and libxslt projects and is the author of both the xmlseclibs, a library providing XML Signatures and Encryption for PHP, as well as the wse-php library to provide WS-* support for the native PHP SOAP extension.
Jake Smith is an Interactive Software Engineer at Click Here. Jake has been developing websites for over 10 years and is passionate about speaking/sharing on web development topics. These days you can find Jake helping organize such groups as DallasPHP, Lone Star PHP Conf and Barcamp Dallas.
Co-founder and core developer of FoxyCart.com which is an ecommerce shopping cart system built in PHP by developers for developers. Founded in 2007, we serve users around the world and process millions of dollars in transactions each month. With a remote team and a passion to serve customers, I have a real-world perspective on boot strapping a versioned software as a service startup company. http://bestoked.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/lukestokes
Joshua Thijssen is a freelance consultant, developer and system administrator. His daily work consists of maintaining code bases, working on different projects and helping other to achieve higher standards in both coding and thinking. His passion lies in high-end and complex internet systems and clusters, code optimization, server administration and fine-tuning. His programming skills includes (but is not limited to) assembly, C, C++, Java, Perl, Python and PHP and has experience on a wide range of operating systems. One of his specialties is fine tuning MySQL databases and queries. His personal tech blog can be found on http://www.adayinthelifeof.nl
Elizabeth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php|architect magazine as well as a trainer and occasional guest blogger for php|architect. She also runs Treeline Design – http://www.treelinedesign.com, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music – http://www.playlisteventmusic.com, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris, and son, Liam.
Ligaya Turmelle is a full time Goddess, part time MySQL DBA, occasional PHP programmer, and frequent world traveler. She currently has visited or lived in 18 countries and now resides in Florida with her husband, daughter and their 2 Belgian Malinois. As a former MySQL Support Engineer she currently works as a MySQL DBA, but still manages to stay actively involved with the PHP Community as a founding Principle of phpwomen.org, blogger and long-time busy body of the PHPCommunity channel (#phpc) on freenode. She hopes to one day actually meet all the people she talks to. Now for all the letters Ã± ZCE (PHP4&5), CMDBA, CMDEV and MySQL Core.
Ryan Weaver is a cheerleader for making good tools accessible, documentation, and cooperation between technology creators. Ryan is the head of KnpLabs US and the documentation lead for the Symfony Framework. He likes to present topics in a narrative way Ã± building real applications and telling a story as you learn and develop. HeÃs a published author, blogger, consultant, trainer and, most importantly, the fiance of the wonderful Leanna Pelham. Ryan lives in Nashville, TN USA and can be reached in twitter (@weaverryan) or via his company (http://www.knplabs.com/en).
Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and speaks at several PHP conferences around the world.
I am an Icelander transplanted in Ireland, co-founded Orchestra.io, a PHP PaaS that recently was acquired by EngineYard. In my spare time I am a PEAR extraordinaire, author, lecturer and passionate about anything distributed / performance related. Currently all my attention is divided between Orchestra, the PEAR installer, Pyrus and FRAPI. Helgi frequently gives talks at various PHP and Web conferences around the world as well as writing articles for print and web magazines alike.
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