Mike has been working in web application development using PHP for 10 years, including 3 years managing a development team for a property tech startup and before that 4 years building a real time application for managing operations at skydiving centres, as well as some time freelancing. Through working on business critical systems with real time elements Mike has learned the value of comprehensive logging & monitoring, redundant checks on applications & infrastructure, and of course well written testable code!
I started using PHP as a student, back in 1999. At first I worked as a one man band web developer and from there I progressed, via focusing on PHP development in a team environment, to be a senior dev, tech lead & technical analyst.
I found much more happiness doing backend stuff so I focus on scalable backends and DevOps tasks this days.
Patrick Allaert is a freelance system engineer and founder of Libereco Technologies, a Brussels based company specialized in PHP services. Using PHP since the early days of PHP 3, he is contributing/hacking on a wide variety of projects including PHP, [eZ Publish](http://ez.no/), Linux and KDE. In his spare time, he works on the PHP monitoring extension: [APM](http://pecl.php.net/package/APM) for which he is the lead developer, that doesnâ€™t give him much time to [blog](http://patrickallaert.blogspot.com/) or to (https://twitter.com/patrick_allaert).
Terry Ryan is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform team. He has 15 years of experience working with the web – both front end and back. He is passionate about web standards and wants to bring web developers to the Google Cloud Platform. Before Google, he worked for Adobe and the Wharton School of Business.
He also wrote Driving Technical Change for Pragmatic Bookshelf, a book that arms technology professionals with the tools to convince reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and technology.