It's hard to answer the "what do you do?" question but here's my best attempt: My strong suit is development and it's close cousin consultancy. I enjoy both implementing purely technical solutions and also helping teams to find the right combination of tool and process that solves their problem. I also teach, write and speak about the technology that I enjoy so much. If you'd like to work with me, then I'd love to hear from you.

PHP Migration

It is now standard practice to upgrade applications to newer versions of PHP as they become available and, with the release of PHP 7, even across major version increments. For developers who are dedicated to a single, possibly complex codebase, this is new territory and sometimes a little help goes a long way. I specialise in migrations and would be more than happy to help your team evaluate the risks, identify the steps needed for a safe migration, and help put in place everything you need for a successful upgrade.

Training

I love to teach! For a sample of courses I've taught recently, take a look at the topics list, but I'll happily write new courses on request, just get in touch. There is a list of public courses so you can check if I'm teaching the topics you need in a city near you - often this is the most cost-effective option for individuals and smaller teams. I have a lot of training experience in a wide variety of settings, but I'm still a developer at heart. I love to work with developers and am always happy to answer any other technical questions that come up during the course as I am very likely to have experience of, and probably an opinion on, the topic at hand! (also check out my blog posts about ZCE)

Consultancy

My background is in development and this is still where my heart lies. With extensive experience of the LAMP stack, I genuinely enjoy working with teams and striving to help them reach their goal. I'm comfortable as a developer, team lead or coach, and am used to working both on site and remotely. If you need a super-technical expert with great communication skills who can grow your existing team's skills around you, then you're in the right place.

PHP Services

There are some areas where having seen it all before is an advantage, particularly with tools and migrations. Everyone experiences most of the same pain points migrating from PHP 5.3 to 5.4 for example, and I have already encountered and solved most of those problems (and I have the scars to prove it). Let me "lend a hand" with your migration process to iron out the tricky bits more quickly and let your team get on with the important stuff.

The same is true of tools; they are very hard to implement from scratch in a team that hasn't used them. Allow me to work with your developers to set up the tools they need, and support them in identifying and documenting how they introduce these changes, workshop-style. Every environment is different so there is no "cookie cutter" approach here; but I have the experience to facilitate smooth introduction of best-of-breed tools and practices.