I move here from Phoenix Arizona in 2008. Before that I spent some time working London, England. I grew up in Sturgis Michigan, and moved to Phoenix in 1999 to goto Arizona State University. I graduated from ASU in 2003 with a Computer Information Systems Degree. While I was in school and during 2004 I working for the Cisco Networking Academy program, building a large OO PHP framework and doing lots of reporting. I spent a number of years working for a Open Source Medical software company writing Clearhealth, a web based GPL’d practice management package. In Feb 2007 I began working for Cisco Learning Institute where I work on a lot of interesting projects.
I’ve spent a lot of time working on various Open Source projects. Most recently on the PEAR Project where I’m a was member of the PEAR Group and its Vice President. For details on what the PEAR Group is doing you should check out the PEAR Group Blog.
In August of 2006 my first book was published. Titled “Understanding AJAX” it focuses on giving current web developers the knowledge they need to add AJAX to any website. You can find more details in the Understanding AJAX section on my blog.
I’m the maintainer of two packages within PEAR, the biggest being phpDocumentor which I created in 1999. Today phpDocumentor is the #1 documentation solution for PHP. Lately I’ve been working on the HTML_AJAX library in PEAR.
One of my other projects is PhpCodeAnalyzer, a static analyses tool for php code. Its currently being used in Savant to secure its pure php templates. The code is functional but could use more features.
I help run the Phoenix’s PHP Users group, lately i’ve been in change of setting getting speakers setup for meetings. I’m always looking for interesting presentations so if you’d like to present let me know.
I also run a web service for making Thumbnails of Web pages called WebThumb. WebThumb gives you a REST API for creating thumbnails (and even full size page snapshots) of websites. Its free for light use, and low cost if you happen to need lots of thumbnails.
If you want to contact me your best bet is to send my an email, my address is: email@example.com