Looking for a new day job

I can help your team solve interesting and complicated problems. I have been a PHP engineer for over a decade and spent the last few years working with large-scale custom content management systems and APIs in enterprise environments. I’m also experienced in server...

Communities and Silos Revisited

“You can be a part of multiple communities…” This is a hot topic for me, and I’m glad to hear Matt’s opinion. I agree with everything Matt says. If you’ve not heard it yet go listen to this before continuing this post:...
Open Sourcing Mental Illness Conference TV

Open Sourcing Mental Illness Conference TV

The great nonprofit that I help out with Open Sourcing Mental Illness has an ever increasing presence at conferences. We’ve been stepping up our booth visibility lately by adding a nice tablecloth as well as the purchase of a TV to have a looping video playing...

php[tek] 2017 Training Day Requirements

I’m excited for php[tek] 2017. This will be my fourth year attending the conference and I always have a blast. I am again giving a full day of Laravel Training before the main conference. To fully participate in the training exercises you’ll want to follow the...

Midwest PHP 2017 Short Recap

I was invited to speak at Midwest PHP 2017 to give my “DevOps for Small Teams” talk. I’m always excited to head up north because I’ve always had amazing experiences with the community there. Also a conference on my birthday weekend this year sounded like a great idea....

Mocking Swift Mailer – 3 Steps to better code

A few days ago an issue came across my Jira queue that mentioned odd characters showing up in the subject line of our notification system. We use SwiftMailer library which is a fantastic library for sending mail. The bug report included text similar to: John Doe Did a...

Laravel Release Schedule

I always have a hard time figuring out what versions where released when and how much longer we’ll have support for which versions. I decided to do some research and come up with a chart. General rule is that Laravel will release new version in January and July....