Rob Allen has been programming with PHP since 1999 and is a member of the PHP community. He is the lead author of Zend Framework in Action and is a contributor to Zend Framework, for which he has developed the Zend_Config component. Rob holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK and started out writing C++ Windows applications. He now concentrates solely on web-based applications in PHP. Rob is the Technical Director of Big Room Internet in the UK, where he focuses on the company’s content management framework and future technologies.
Jason is a PHP developer from Raleigh NC, where he works full time for NC State University as the senior PHP developer in a team of five. He focuses daily on implementing development best-practices in a resource-starved environment. He heads up the Universities mobile initiatives, organizes the on-campus web development community, and develops integrated applications serving all aspects of the University. Jason is also heavily involved in the Triangle PHP User Group.
Ian is the development manager at Virgin Management in London and has been working with PHP since 2002. He was formerly Delivery Manager for Ibuildings, where he worked with a variety of large enterprise clients across the UK and Europe. He is a regular conference speaker, with an interest in search, data processing, machine learning and natural language processing. Ian blogs about these topics and more on his site, PHP/ir.
Rich has been working on the Apache HTTP Server documentation since about 1999, and has written a half-dozen books about Apache, including Apache Cookbook and The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite. Rich lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and works for OmniTI.
Zachary has experience with technologies as diverse as OSCommerce, PHPUnit, Magento, Phergie and various other dabblings too numerous to go into. He is currently employed by Energy Federation Incorporated, where he has sole responsibility for the maintenance of their web presence. When he’s not coding, he’s playing video games, watching Netflix, or chasing his son Roger around the house.
David has been helping startups and enterprises since 2001. As Director of Technology for Echolibre, David drives technical innovation and is responsible for system architecture design and ensuring the high quality production of the company’s clients and internal projects.
David is a well known member of the international PHP community. He has previously contributed to the PHP Core and PHP Security Groups and is currently President of the PHP PEAR Group, which maintains the world’s largest repository of reusable PHP modules. He is also the inventor of FRAPI, the RESTful API framework.
Rafael Dohms is a PHP Evangelist in Brazil and a very active member of the PHP Community. He helped found two PHP User Groups over the years and currently shares the lead of PHPSP. Developer, gamer and lover of code he also hosts Brazil’s first PHP Podcast: PHPSPCast. Currently he works for MIH SWAT Team, a group of experts that provides technical knowledge to the MIH group as well as working on R&D in search of the new and exciting niches of the web. His role as a Senior PHP Developer is to code, train and aid other companies and to have fun doing so.
Shaun is a Developer for CACI, Inc. working on site at the Library of Congress, where he works with Zend Framework. He is a member of the Zend Framework community review team and one of the organizers of the DC PHP user group.
In his spare time, he works on side projects including Brewery DB, where he is in the process of enabling the site for mobile use on multiple devices, like the iPhone, iPad and Blackberry. Shaun also has experience developing RESTful web-services for Brewery DB using Zend Framework.
Lorna is one of the leading lights of the European PHP community. She has a number of years of experience in building and architecting professional web applications for a variety of clients and working with individuals and teams to improve their skills. She currently consults on a wide range of PHP related topics, in specialist technical areas including web services but also more community focused activities such as building and nurturing developer communities around products or companies such as Ibuildings’ techPortal. When she’s not consulting, Lorna can be found presenting at conferences and writing for a variety of outlets including thinkvitamin.com and her own blog lornajane.net.
Ivo has been dealing with PHP for 11 years, in various roles, both technical and in management. He is the author of the books ‘php|architect’s Guide To Enterprise PHP Development’ and ‘php|architect’s Guide to PHP Development in the Cloud’ and a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification Advisory Board. When he’s not writing, tweeting or speaking at conferences, he’s most likely busy nurturing his company Egeniq, a startup focussing on innovative mobile technology.
Christopher has worked for Oracle in both the US and Australia making the Oracle database better for PHP and liaising closely with the PHP community. He is a lead maintainer of the OCI8 extension. He is the author of several technical articles on PHP and Oracle, and he co-released The Underground PHP and Oracle Manual (free from http://otn.oracle.com/php). Christopher has presented at conferences including the International PHP Conferences, PHP Brasil, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and ZendCon. He also presents Oracle-PHP tutorials and PHPFests worldwide. Christopher’s blog is at http://blogs.oracle.com/opal/
Adam Kalsey is the product manager for Voxeo’s Tropo cloud communications platform. He was a co-founder of IMified, where he created the leading platform for Instant Messaging applications, and joined Voxeo through the acquisition of that company in June 2009. Previously, he was founder and CTO of Pheedo, a pioneer in RSS advertising and had served as VP of Product for cloud computing and advertising companies. Adam’s passion for startups led to his co-founding SacStarts, a Sacramento entrepreneur community. He blogs about technology, user experience, and baseball at Kalsey.com and can be found on most social services as akalsey.
Peter Laudati, the “JrzyShr Dev Guy,” is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, based in the New York/New Jersey area. One of his roles is supporting and educating developers working Microsoft technologies. Peter supports the developer community in the NY Metro area by speaking at user group events, Code Camps, and various tech conferences. Peter is also the co-host of the “Connected Show” (www.connectedshow.com), a podcast focused on the cloud and connecting Microsoft technology with non-Microsoft technology. His blog can be found at http://www.peterlaudati.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @Jrzyshr.
Vance Lucas is a seasoned programmer with over a decade of PHP experience dating back to when PHP3 was first released. He is the founder and president of the Oklahoma City PHP User group, and helps to grow and foster the local PHP community. Vance created and maintains the Alloy HMVC Framework, Cont-xt CMS, and phpDataMapper open-source projects. He is the owner of Actridge, and enjoys working on new startup and business ideas, Web projects, and mobile apps for his customers and himself.
Scott Mattocks is a Web Applications Development Lead at GSN.com. He leads a team of skilled developers in support of GSN’s on-line games group. Recently, Scott helped to launch WaterSpout, a WebSocket server with long polling fallback written entirely in PHP. Scott is also a contributor to PEAR and is the author of Pro PHP-GTK.
Elizabeth is a speaker, author, educator, coder, and open source advocate. She is the Community Development Manager for SourceForge.net, and she is very active in many open source communities. In her free time, she enjoys coding, writing, and seizing every opportunity to embarrass her children.
Derick Rethans has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, the mcrypt, date and input-filter extensions, bug fixes, additions and leading the QA team. 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. Derick works as an independent contractor doing various PHP related jobs while focussing on internals and extensions. In his spare time he likes to travel, hike, ski and practise photography.
Elizabeth M. Smith has been using PHP since time immemorial (PHP 4.0beta), but has used PHP 5 for so long now she’s forgotten how she ever got by without SPL and a real object model. Elizabeth is a certifiable (yes, we mean men in white coats coming to put on strait jackets) Windows geek: if it can be compiled on Windows, she’ll compile it, if not… she’ll fix it so it does. She enjoys doing very perverse things to Windows using PHP as well—all this in between caring for her 4 kids and husband.
If you exclaim “I didn’t know you could do that with PHP,” then her job is done.
Ryan Stewart is a Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics he started on the Flash Platform by building eLearning rich Internet applications in Flex 1.5 and ColdFusion 7 for the Wharton School of Business. He is a long time blogger and had a prominent blog on ZDNet where he covered all sides of rich Internet applications. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences including Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, 360|Flex, SXSW, and Web Design World. When not working with the latest Adobe technology you can find him in Seattle where he enjoys making beer, mountaineering, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Pantheon Systems and Four Kitchens co-founder David Strauss has gained world-class Drupal, PHP, and general web architecture experience from his work with the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, The Economist, Mansueto Ventures, Lifetime TV, NBC-Universal, and the Internet Archive. David is well-known in the Drupal community as an expert in scalability and database optimization and is a member of the Drupal.org Infrastructure Team. He has attended several Drupal coding sprints, conducted training at Drupalcons in San Francisco, Copenhagen, and Chicago, and is a Permanent Member of the Drupal Association.
Jason has used PHP since 2001, when he was searching for a free—as in beer—substitute for IIS/ASP to create an accounting system for a home business. His UNIX administrator pointed him towards Linux, Apache and PHP. He later adopted PHP as an intranet development standard at work, as well as using the language in a Unix shell scripting environment. He is the author of php|architect’s Guide to PHP Design Patterns (php|architect 2005), and was a co-author of the PHP Graphics Handbook (Wrox 2003), has published several articles for the Zend website and for php|architect magazine, and has presented numerous talks on PHP at various conferences. Jason is a Zend Certified Engineer, and writes regularly on his blog.
Travis Swicegood is a professional programmer and owner of Domain51, a web development company with a focus on non-profits, NGOs, and online activists. He doesn’t change the world, he supports those who do.
He has personal a focus on web applications, performance, and stability; is author of Pragmatic Version Control using Git; and working on his second book. He has been using PHP; since ’99 and still remembers how revolutionary PHP 4 was, but can’t remember why. He’s a TDD, open-source, and open government advocate—sometimes called a zealot—and lurker on many an open-source project mailing list when not learning other programming; languages; for fun, exploring his surroundings on bike, or tasting his latest kitchen and home-brew creations.
Gerard Sychay is currently Technology Director at Zipscene Mobile, a mobile technology provider in Cincinnati, OH. There, he shepherds the LAMP platform that powers the company’s mobile web and native applications. He is co-founder of the Ohio-Indiana-Northern Kentucky PHP User Group, known affectionately as OINK-PUG.
Marco Tabini is Keeper of Keys and Garbage Collector Extraordinaire for Blue Parabola, LLC (php|architect’s parent company), where his job consists mainly of yelling at people over the phone (and, sometimes, over the Internet). Despite twenty years in the IT business, he still harbors the secret wish of someday becoming an internationally famous science fiction author.
Matthew Turland has been working with PHP since 2002. He has been both an author and technical editor for php|architect Magazine, spoken at multiple conferences including ZendCon and php|tek, served as an instructor for php|architect training courses, and contributed to Zend Framework. He holds the PHP 5 and Zend Framework certifications and is the author of php|architect’s Guide to Web Scraping with PHP. He currently works as a Senior Engineer for Synacor.
Ligaya Turmelle is a full time Goddess, part time MySQL DBA, occasional PHP programmer, and obsessive world traveler. She currently has visited or lived in 18 countries and now resides in Florida with her husband, daughter, and their two Belgian Malinois. While working as a MySQL Support Engineer for Oracle, she still manages to stay actively involved with the PHP Community as a founding Principal of phpwomen.org, administrator at codewalkers.com, 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: ZCE (PHP4&5), CMDBA, CMDEV and MySQL Core.
Michelangelo is a community animal who devotes much of his time to PHPBenelux (a PHP user group in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), the international PHP community at large, contributing to PHP projects, and speaking about PHP at user group meetings and conferences. He also works as an independent contractor for major companies and governments in Europe and teaches PHP and Zend Framework to corporate development teams. In his spare time, he’s a devoted husband and loving father of two sons.
Matthew is Project Lead for Zend Framework. He has been developing in PHP since 2000, and contributing to open source projects of one sort or another for nearly as long. His background includes a strong emphasis on OOP, quality assurance through unit testing, and developer communications.
Helgi is an Icelander transplanted in Ireland; he works as the VP of Engineering and partner at Echolibre, an Irish company that prides itself on helping startups realize their dreams.
In his spare time, Helgi is a PEAR extraordinaire, author and passionate about anything performance-related. Currently, all his attention is divided between the PEAR installer, Pyrus and FRAPI.