Welcome! I'm Lorna Jane Mitchell, a web developer, working particularly with PHP, the LAMP stack and related technologies. My main interests lie in working with open source software and building excellent APIs so that data in one system can be used in another. I'm freelance, so if you want to work with me as a consultant, developer, trainer, writer or evangelist, then let me know.


Work With Me

Senior Developer

Need a senior developer? I have years of LAMP experience and love to lend a safe pair of hands to get a team through a tight spot.

API Design

I'm mad about APIs! If you'd like some advice with creating yours or integrating with someone else's, then you're in the right place.

PHP Services

Time for better tools or better practice? Time for a new version of PHP? Let me lend a hand to make your transition go smoothly.

Training

If your team needs to gain or improve their technical skills, I can help. I can work with your team, but I also run public courses, if that suits you better.


From The Blog

ZCE Questions Pack Unavailable

There is a change in legislation for selling digital goods to anyone in the EU, and to cut a long story short this means that my ZCE Questions Pack will be unavailable at least in the short term. The pack is intended for anyone preparing for ZCE, it has general advice, sample questions and detailed answers and resources covering all the topics you will encounter at ZCE.

However from January the VAT rules change and I'm not in a position to comply with the new rules (they would cost a lot more than the sales make). I'm looking for alternative sales channels that would enable me to keep making the pack available but those won't be in place immediately. If you are studying for ZCE over the Christmas break, please make sure you have the pack well in advance!

Buy ZCE Questions Pack $25 Buy Now

Buy the pack by clicking above, I have other (free!) resources for you also on my ZCE page. If you have an earlier version of this pack, email me your receipt and I'll send you a new copy - but again, you have about a week to do it!

Status Check on All Vagrant Machines

Much of the development I do these days uses vagrant machines to make sure that my code is running in the correct environment. This is great, but spinning up too many machines at once can rather stretch the resources of the computer you're running them on - and I keep starting up machines and then forgetting about them!

It turns out that (since vagrant 1.6) you can ask vagrant to tell you which of its machines are running, using the command:

vagrant global-status

Where did all my system resources go? Now I know!

Vim and HTML Tags with the Surround Plugin

Marking up documents is always tedious, and usually there are shortcuts available. My favourite document format tool is Pandoc, literally a box of document-conversion tricks! Today though I was not so lucky so I marked up a plain text file as HTML by hand ... or rather, using my favourite vim tricks so I thought I'd share them. Continue reading


Talks, Articles, Podcasts, and More

Slides

Web Frontend, API Backend


PHP North West, October 2014
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Advanced Git Tutorial


PHP North West, October 2014
Slides

New Wave PHP


DrupalCon, October 2014
Slides

OOP For Drupal Developers


DrupalCon, September 2014
Article

Contribute To Open Source With Git


Net Magazine, September 2014
Slides

Web Frontend, API Backend


Nomad PHP, August 2014