May 30, 2012
I like solving problems with code and helping developers be even better developers.
About 2004. I dabbled with it starting in 2000 with basic things like text manipulation, but around 2004 a friend was using it with some rapid development frameworks to scaffold a bunch of code for his client's CRUD applications. I built a few custom content management systems in my early days (who hasn't?) and eventually worked up into more customized applications.
The amount of well-written open-source libraries that have sprung up since GitHub became a thing. The movement towards code quality that has taken hold in the PHP community is great to see from a language that is traditionally considered "anything goes."
I enjoy presenting on topics I've learned about and being involved with the group gives me a reason to dive a bit deeper on the new stuff I learn so I can teach it to others, which hopefully inspires them to be even better developers.