I'm a computer geek; a PHP developer who loves learning new things and new programming languages. In 1998, I started working with web development and had always loved the back end programming of websites and servers. While it started as a hobby, it became my profession in 2005 and since then, I have worked with a wide variety of code bases. I have also spent significant time in the ecommerce world--building custom solutions, modernizing legacy code bases, and working with custom content management systems. Over my career, I have grown to love the PHP community and can often be found in IRC channels relating to the PHP community or tools, and often help mentor those seeking to learn more via phpmentoring.org.
Since 2014, I have been speaking at conferences on topics such as PHP best practices, PHP security, Laravel, DevOps, and virtualization. I have also given training on Laravel and PHP Security through php[architect] and wrote an article for their August 2014 issue.
I frequently contribute to open source projects, such as Laravel Homestead, SlimPHP Documentation, and various other projects of my own. I am one of the maintainers of the PHP IRC Bot project--Phergie--where I help manage, release, solve problems for a number of packages to support many different features of the bot. In addition, I am one of the threePHP Framework Interoperability Group (FIG) Secretaries, in charge of managing aspects of FIG to keep discussions running smoothly and PHP Specification Requests moving along the process.
I'm very interested in PHP and all the different frameworks that come out of the community. I'm heavily involved with our local makerspace here in Memphis. I love just about all kinds of music. I'm a very open minded freethinker. I like to solve problems and plan out solutions. I like doing things that I've been told I can't. I like proving the status quo wrong. I like to learn and try my best to keep learning every day. This usually extends to PHP or a related programming method. I am also a big fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. I love watching European football but I never find the time to keep up with it.