Aral Balkan is an experience designer and developer working to change the world through better design. He recently won Voice of the Year at the Critter awards for his talks at international conferences. He is currently working on a new app, teaches iOS workshops, and sits on the board of CodeClub. You can follow his personal narrative on Breaking Things.
The Diabolical Developer
The Diabolical Developer is rumoured to be a secret double agent, living life helping take down (guide) the Java community - or is that .NET? He does seem to know what an AbstractFactorySingletonProxyBean is, which is worrying.
Alvaro Videla works at VMware as Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry. Before moving to Europe he used to work in Shanghai where he helped building one of Germany biggest dating websites. He co-authored the book "RabbitMQ in Action" for Manning Publishing. Some of his open source projects can be found here: http://github.com/videlalvaro. Apart from code related stuff he likes traveling with his wife, listening/playing music and reading books. You can find him in Twitter as @old_sound.
Andrei has a long history in the PHP community, where, as a core developer and a member of the PHP Group, he helped curate development of the world’s most popular web development language. Along the way, he started PHP-GTK, helped create Smarty, co-wrote PHP Developer’s Cookbook, and architected Unicode support that would have been in PHP 6. Having worked as a platform engineer at Yahoo and the Open Source Fellow at Digg, he is presently a software architect at AppDynamics, where he is working on the next generation of application monitoring and troubleshooting tools.
Bastian is a Software Engineer at ResearchGate, a social network for scientists, working there on everything API related. Before that he was responsible for the integration of OpenSocial, OAuth, OpenID and other open standards into the largest german based social networks, studiVZ, schülerVZ and meinVZ. He is also a frequent speaker on international web technology conferences, always trying to promote open standards and protocols. This, together with his activity in the OpenSocial foundation and as a committer and PMC member for the Apache Shindig project makes him a strong advocate for the vision of an truly open and distributed social web.
Ben is technical assurance manager at Inviqa (Sheffield). He has many years of professional experience in a variety of programming languages including C, C++, Perl, Python and has been working with PHP for the last 6 years. Throughout his career he has worked at a variety of places in different industries; mobile marketing, data, ISP and in professional services all of which has given him diverse experience of software engineering in different fields. Outside of work he is a father, and with what little spare time he has left he can be found hacking one of his own projects (lots of ideas, not enough time!), playing on his PS3, or infrequently blogging on techPortal and his own personal blog at http://nocarrier.co.uk
Beth Tucker Long
Beth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php|architect magazine as well as a trainer 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. You can find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/e3betht) and on her very new and already neglected blog, http://www.alittleofboth.com.
Dave Gardner is part of the services team at Hailo - the taxi app company. He has helped build the Hailo platform that brings together taxi drivers and passengers in 6 cities across the globe and counting, focussing on availability and resilience. Dave has a strong interest in Apache Cassandra and has organised the Cassandra London user group since late 2010.
Dave Ingram has been a PHP software engineer and systems architect at GroupSpaces for the past four and a half years. In that time, he designed and built a number of large features, including their API, events platform, and custom templating system. Outside work, he is involved with London Hackspace and was a co-founder of their "Mindhacker" sub-group. In what he laughingly refers to as his "spare time" he works on his own projects, including a Python-based generic OAuth 1.0a client and an Android application with over 50,000 downloads. Dave is also a contributor to open source software, including Facebook's Phabricator code review tool and the joind.in project, which provides a platform for real-time, public feedback at community events. You can find him on Twitter: @dmi
David Soria Parra
David Soria Parra is a Software Engineer at Mayflower GmbH. He is involved in the PHP project since 2007 and is responsible for the releases of the PHP 5.4 and the PHP 5.5 series.
OpenStreetMap and mapping enthusiast. He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He's a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. He is now working at 10gen to work on the PHP driver for MongoDB.
Enrico Zimuel is a Software Engineer since 1996. He works as Senior PHP Engineer at Zend Technologies, in the Zend Framework Team. He has been a Researcher Programmer at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam and he collaborated with the Science Department of the University of Pescara (Italy). He is a frequent speaker at PHP conferences and the author of articles and books about PHP, applied cryptography and computer security. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Pescara. He is the co-founder of the PHP User Group of Torino (Italy).
Harrie Verveer has been working with PHP as a professional since 2004. First at Ibuildings, and since a couple of months as senior PHP developer at bax-shop.nl, the largest webshop for sound, stage and studio equipment in the Benelux. He helped organizing the Dutch PHP Conference in 2011 and 2012 and is a regular speaker at conferences and user group events in Europe, where he shares his experience and knowledge gained from working with a wide variety of technologies. In his spare time Harrie enjoys playing tennis, playing golf and playing guitar in his own cover band.
I am an Icelander transplanted in Ireland that co-founded Orchestra.io, a PHP PaaS - Currently I work as an engineer at Engineyard. In my spare time I am a PEAR extraordinaire, author, lecturer and passionate about anything distributed / performance related.
Ian Barber works as a Senior Developer Advocate for Google+, and is based in Google's London office. Ian has been developing and managing development teams professionally since 2002. Among various open source interests, Ian is the author of the PHP Support Vector Machine extension and a contributor to the brokerless messaging library ZeroMQ. He blogs at http://phpir.com and http://www.riskcompletefailure.com.
Ilia Alshanetsky is a CIO at Centah Inc., a company specializing in providing solutions for the retail industry. Over the last 10 years Ilia has been heavily involved in development of PHP, as a Core Developer and Release Master, authoring many extensions and language improvements. Ilia is also interested in security and performance, and frequently is writing or speaking on these and other PHP related topics. In his spare time he pretends to be a pro-photographer and engages in various sports.
Julien Pauli is an architect working in Paris for Blablacar. He's been writing PHP for 10 years and recently dove down into the engine code, analyzing it and writing extensions or publishing articles about different technical subjects. Julien is one of the PHP5.5 release managers.
Jeremy is a freelance PHP Developer originally from South Africa and has been working in London for the past 6 years. A regular conference attendee he has over 10 years experience building, deploying and maintaining small websites to enterprise level web applications on the Lamp stack using a varied collection of open source technologies. Most recently he has been working for a well known charity on their Scalable Fundraising platform. When he is not coding and hunting down obscure bugs he enjoys tinkering with new open source technologies,travelling,running and supporting Liverpool FC.
June Henriksen is a system developer at Redpill Linpro, and has been working professionally with PHP since 2006. She has a passion for free and open source software, and a healthy interest in cognitive science. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Tromsø and Lancaster University. June currently lives in Oslo, Norway. Follow her on twitter @juneih.
Juozas, or as everyone calls him Joe, is an experienced and talented (some say) young professional, entrepreneur and evangelist. Focusing on bringing IT solutions to non-technical businesses, like retail, he works on optimizing their processes and using cutting-edge research to solve hard problems and grow sales. When not working, Joe finds time to contribute to open-source projects and movements to improve interoperability and platform independence. His hands-on practice with collection of different technologies, programming languages and environments allows him to deliver unbiased and practical presentations in all kind of different topics.
Kenny is currently Senior Technical Account Manager at Percona. Bitten somewhere in the late 90s by the open-source bug, most of his spare time was spent working with Linux & OpenBSD servers. Eventually, after school ended, Kenny turned into a linux system administrator and performed that role at various companies. Before joining Percona, he worked at a large social networking company in Europe as DBA & Puppeteer.
Lorenzo Alberton (@lorenzoalberton) is the Chief Technical Architect at DataSift, where he's helping a highly talented team processing thousands of messages per second from Twitter and other data sources. A highly skilled Software Engineer, his expertise lies in large-scale software architectures, low-latency platforms, machine learning, databases, efficient algorithms and data structures. For the past 10 years Lorenzo has been working with large enterprise companies in Italy, US and UK, in high-visibility projects affecting millions of users in different domains, from Television and Communication, to Finance and Betting, Manufacturing and Internet Security (BBC, Channel 5, Ladbrokes, AVG, C&W, etc.).
Marcello Duarte is the lead developer of PHPSpec and heads the Training at Inviqa, a leading PHP consultancy business in Europe. As an agile coach, he's coached many teams in many organisations into Agile processes and development practices like Scrum, TDD, Refactoring, Collaborative Product Ownership and Software Quality.
Michael has been using PHP for around 10 years and now works on several PHP extensions including Cairo, Pango and OpenCV. He is currently working for STV in Glasgow. Other than PHP, he can be found taking photos and sailing. His site is at http://mgdm.net.
Michael is an experienced senior/lead developer and Zend Certified Engineer with a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Durham. After running his own business for a number of years, and subsequently developing a large web-based vehicle telematics platform, he now leads the development team at Ground Six, an ideas investment company based in the North East. When he isn’t developing software, Michael can often be found speaking or writing about it.
With more than a decade in professional web application development Nick Belhomme has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP Community. He is a domain-driven design enthusiast and his consulting focus is the design and construction of enterprise applications. Currently he works as an independent contractor and consults the PHP team at Belgium’s premium telecom operator Belgacom. He speaks and is frequently found at conferences. He authored several articles and the Zend Framework 2.0 Cookbook. In his spare time he likes to travel, take hikes with his lovely wife and loves nature.
Phil is a Developer Evangelist at Pusher, Real-Time Web Software and Technology Evangelist and Consultant, software engineer, team leader, line manager, micropreneur, product developer, blogger, twitter user and a keen user of social media. He lives near Dundee and has previously worked for Caplin Systems, bigmouthmedia, ESRI (UK), and VeriSIM.
Previously working as Lead Developer for several years at Brightlabs, a leading Australian web agency, Richard now finds himself leading a crack team of coders at Skimlinks. Richard has experience in a wide range of tech and is just as comfortable debugging browser rendering quirks as he is wiring up new servers in the data centre. He passes the time writing open source file parsing libraries, experimenting with new languages and reading books on cryptography. Richard has been developing with PHP since 2000 and is now a regular attendee and occasional speaker at PHP London, you may have also seen him lending a hand at PHP UK 2011.
Rowan is a software engineer and technical team lead at the Inviqa group. He's worked commercially with PHP for well over 6 years, dabbling before that in Python, Java, and BASIC if you go back far enough. His work has encompassed everything from tiny in-page scripts through to multi-million pound billing engines using a wide variety of open source technologies. Rowan is based in Sheffield, UK, makes semi-regular treks over to the PHPNW user group meetings and accidentally organises the Sheffield PHP user group. Talk to him about creative cocktails and appalling horror films.
Sara began her OSS career contributing to the PHP project in 2002. Since then she's released numerous PECL extensions and core features, and published "Extending and Embedding PHP", the definitive resource on writing PHP extensions. Sara also built the libssh2 library (now bundled with and maintained by the cURL project), and has recently taken over the public version of HipHop for PHP (Facebook's high-performance implementation of the PHP language).
Sebastian Marek has over 12 years of experience in software engineering. Very passionate about quality in software, he loves to write and support code that reliably works. Strongly supporting open source movement, he occasionally contributes to number of different open source projects. He loves to share his passions, knowledge and experience by speaking at various conferences and writing articles for magazines. In his free time he explores medieval castles and dreams that one day he will be able to live in a castle and wear a full plate armour whenever he wants.