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

New Job With Siftware

After 4 years of working independently, today I start my new job! I'll be Principal Developer with Siftware, a small development agency specialising in project rescue, migrations, and generally being excellent at things that need business-conscious development skills applied to them. They're UK-based but distributed; I will still work mostly remotely. This is also a part-time role so I'll be using the other half of the week to continue with my books/consultancy/training/outreach/whatever activities - really this "big news" isn't much of a lifestyle change! I've been doing about 50% development and 50% other for the last year or so, and I'll continue to offer training and specialist consultancy services for anyone with an interesting enough challenge for me.

In fact this is my dream job. Steady, REAL development work, with real people in my timezone. Part time to allow the other aspects of my business to still get some time and attention, and to fit in my other interests/family commitments. Too good to be true? I hope not :)

Announcing the Git Workbook

I'm very pleasedtitle_page to announce the immediate availability of my new book Git Workbook, costing $20 from LeanPub. This is a book that you "do" rather than "read"; it's a series of chapters (30 ish so far) each covering one specific git skill.

Each chapter includes an explanation of the skill in question, followed by a hands-on exercise so that you can work through the skill yourself, and ends with a tickbox so you can keep track of how far through you are. It has quizzes, diagrams, mildly amusing stories, and as many other examples as I could think of that could help anyone to take in this technical topic and understand how to apply the techniques covered. Continue reading

Git Submodules for Dependent or Common Code

Submodules are one of the most powerful and most mistrusted features in git, at least in the web development part of the internet where I spend my time. I've seen them go horribly wrong, but I've also had teams adopt submodules and have their development process run much more smoothly as a result - so I thought I'd take a moment out of my day to write down the process (and the gotchas) of development with submodules. 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
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New Wave PHP


DrupalCon, October 2014
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OOP For Drupal Developers


DrupalCon, September 2014
Article

Contribute To Open Source With Git


Net Magazine, September 2014
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Web Frontend, API Backend


Nomad PHP, August 2014