Rasmus Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995 and has contributed to a number of other open source projects over the years. He is currently an infrastructure architect at Yahoo! He was born in Greenland, grew up in Denmark and Canada and has a Systems Design engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Derick Rethans

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.

Fabien Potencier

Fabien Potencier discovered the Web in 1994, at a time when connecting to the Internet was still associated with the harmful strident sounds of a modem. Being a developer by passion, he immediately started to build websites with Perl. But with the release of PHP 5, he decided to switch focus to PHP, and created the Symfony framework project in 2004 to help his company leverage the power of PHP for its customers. Fabien is a serial-entrepreneur, and among other companies, he created Sensio, a services and consulting company specialized in web technologies and Internet marketing, in 1998. Fabien is also the creator of several other Open-Source projects, a writer, a blogger, a speaker at international conferences, and a happy father of two wonderful kids.

Marco Tabini

Marco is the co-founder of php|architect, the magazine dedicated exclusively to PHP developers. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, blogs at blog.tabini.ca, and converses in 140 characters or less on @mtabini.

Asher Snyder

Asher is a co-founder of NOLOH, the company behind the NOLOH PHP Framework. A “technological polymath,” he has extensive experience working with a vast number of programming languages and development methodologies from the desktop to the Internet, to scaling servers and architecting advanced databases. When not working, talking, or writing, he contributes to open-source and the causes he believes in.

Eric Ritchie

Eric is a PHP5.3, ZF, MySQL Developer and DBA certified Senior Consultant at Zend Technologies. He is the holder of a B-Eng honors degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from The Robert Gordon University – Aberdeen, Scotland; and can boast 24 years of software development experience, 11 of which have been spent working with PHP and web technologies, and 17 years system administration experience. He’s completely at home developing comprehensive architectural and software solutions for Zend’s consulting customers. A family man with two children he has little spare time however, on the rare occasion that time allows, he enjoys relaxing with a nice glass of fine single malt, as do all Scotsmen!

Marcello Duarte

Marcello Duarte is the lead developer of PHPSpec and heads the Training at Ibuildings, a leading PHP consultancy business in Europe. Marcello is an agilista, and member of Scrum Alliance. 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.

Rowan Merewood

Rowan is software engineer and team lead at Ibuildings and holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. He’s worked commercially with PHP for over 5 years with particular experience in the ISP industry, before that he was working with Python and Java. His work has encompassed everything from tiny interactive pages through to multi-million pound billing engines using a wide variety of open source technologies. Rowan is based in Sheffield, UK and makes semi-regular treks over to the PHPNW user group meetings. His passions including continual tinkering with his N900 and poor-quality horror films, you can find further occasional expirements on his blog at merewood.org.

Juozas Kaziukenas

Juozas, or as everyone calls him Joe, is an experienced and talented (some say) young professional, working with all kind of web projects as founder and CEO of Web Species Ltd – starting from small to medium websites and ending with enterprise business tools. When not working, he finds time to pursue a computer science degree and contribute to open-source projects to improve interoperability and platform independence. His hands-on practice with collection of different technologies and programming languages allows him to deliver unbiased and practical presentations in all kind of different topics.

Florian Anderiasch

Florian Anderiasch has been with Munich, Germany based Mayflower GmbH as an Administrator and Software Developer for more than 5 years during and after getting his degree in Computer Science. He’s been involved in the PHP project even longer and is interested in most programming languages that are used on the web. Thorsten Rinne, graduated in Computer Science, is working as team lead and scrum master for Mayflower GmbH in Munich, Germany. His main focuses are business critical applications based on PHP, MySQL and PostgreSQL in agile environments. He is the founder and maintainer of the open source FAQ management software phpMyFAQ. He also has spoken at various conferences around the world and he frequently writes articles for the German PHP Magazine.

Giorgio Sironi

Giorgio Sironi is a software engineer and freelancer, graduated at Politecnico di Milano. He’s known on the web for the hundreds of articles on web development, on topics related to PHP, object-oriented design and testing. He has experience with PHP for enterprise applications and believes the platform is ready for business and not only spaghetti code. His catch phrase is “Before adding this code, you should write a test”.

Thijs Feryn

Thijs is an evangelist at Combell, the largest Belgian hoster. As an evangelist he supports communities and has a particular love for the PHP community. Thijs is also boardmember of the PHPBenelux user group and organized the PHPBenelux Conference earlier this year. He’s a ZCE PHP5 and blogs about the LAMP stack on http://blog.feryn.eu . In his spare time he loves attending concerts and hanging out in his lovely hometown called Bruges.

Petr Pisl

Petr Pisl is a Senior Engineer at Oracle, and has been a member of the NetBeans for the past 11 years. He is currently the technical team leader responsible for the PHP support in NetBeans and is focused on supporting development of web applications.

Helgi Þormar

Helgi is an Icelander transplanted in Ireland, working as the VP of Engineering at Orchestra.io, the PHP PaaS that recently got acquired by EngineYard. In his spare time Helgi is a PEAR extraordinaire, author, lecturer and passionate about anything performance related. Currently all his attention is divided between 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.

Paul Borgermans

Paul Borgermans is active in the open source and PHP community for more than 10 years. His current focus is on search technologies, semantic aspects and scalable architectures. As the main author of eZ Find (the Apache Solr based search plugin for eZ Publish), he knows Apache Solr inside out. Furthermore, he is a board member of the PHPBenelux user group where he advocates advanced technologies for the larger PHP community.

Ben Waine

Ben is a software engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming and a recent graduate of Leeds Met University. He’s been hacking around with PHP for about 5 years and is particularly interested in machine learning, the social web and web application development. A recent convert to Behat he has developed Phabric a dynamic database fixture creation tool for use with the library. In his spare time he likes to experiment with new techniques and technologies using PHP. You can find him as @bwaine on Twitter and benwaine on Github.

Jacopo Romei

I am an Italian agile coach, developer, writer and singer. I have been working as a PHP developer since 1999 and as a full time agile coach for 6 years, coaching teams across Italy, Germany and UK. I am an active contributor of the Symfony CMF project, I published a paper in experimental ecology and the Apress book “Pro PHP Refactoring” and reviewed Jurgen Appelo’s ‘Management 3.0″. I am a serial speaker, regularly invited to Italian and European conferences and events about agile or lean software development and management. I also actively contribute to more than one XP User Group in Italy, the Italian PHP user group and also co-organize the Italian Agile Day 2011, the main conference about agile in Italy. In my spare time I love downhill biking, sailing, photography and singing acappella.

Pablo Godel

Pablo Godel is a Senior Web Developer and co-founder of ServerGrove Networks. He has been involved with PHP since the early PHP3Beta days and has been using Symfony (1 and 2) for several large projects. In his leisure time he likes to spend his time with his family, travel and sailing.

Mario Cortés Flores

Mario Cortés (@mariocortesf) es MVP en Office 365 y trabaja como SharePoint Lead en Plain Concepts haciendo tareas de mentoring y proyectos relacionados con SharePoint, Azure y Office 365. Coautor del libro “SharePoint 2010 de principio a fin” y coordinador de los grupos de usuarios SUGES y CLOUDES.

Joan Miquel

Soy de Mallorca, programador desde los 11 años. Actualmente lead developer de KumbiaPHP framework open source. www.oloh.net/accounts/joanhey Actualmente en el ranking 136 de Ohloh.net y un Kudo Rank de 9. (El ranking se crea sobre los repositorios de programas libres).

Ángel Luis Quesada Nieto

Socio fundador de Kubide, dio sus primeros pasos como programador en 1994 con un Curso IBM de programación por fascículos, empezó a hacer desarrollos para la web a principios del 2000 y desde entonces ha trabajado para grandes y pequeñas empresas y también para agencias online, casi siempre bajo PHP y casi siempre orientado a objetos. A principios del 2010 decide montar Kubide, una empresa de desarrollo web avanzado enfocada en el desarrollo de grandes portales y startups desde la que quiere devolver su valor al código de calidad y a la experiencia del desarrollador.

Carlos Buenosvinos

Carlos Buenosvinos trabaja como Certified Scrum Master y Certified Zend Framework Architect en Emagister.com coliderando la revolución técnica que la empresa ha emprendido para ser líder mundial en servicios de formación. Desde hace años, investiga sobre cómo conseguir equipos de desarrollo áltamente eficientes a través del uso de metodologías ágiles y la optimización del ciclo de desarrollo. Fuera de Emagister.com, genera entusiasmo emprendiendo proyectos “diferentes” en su factoría QuePimQuePam.com.


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