08 May, 2018

My Mental Health Experiences

In the United States, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As part of this I have shared my own personal experiences of mental health issues over on the Open Sourcing Mental Illness blog . In that post I share how I first came to be diagnosed with depression and how since then I’ve worked to…

21 April, 2018

PHP Yorkshire Conference 2018 Recap

Saturday April 14th 2018 is a day I’ll likely remember for the rest of my life. No, it wasn’t my wedding day or even the day one of my kids was born, but in all honesty it’s up there in terms of greatness for me. It was the day I finally presented my first conference talk. Whilst this may sound like…

24 August, 2017

Looking After Your Mental Health @ PHPDublin August 2017

I have finally given my first talk. I presented a talk that I’ve been working on for a while that is very close to my own heart, dealing with mental health issues as a web developer. You can find the slides for this talk on speakerdeck

20 March, 2017

Not as quiet as it may seem

It may look like things have been quiet around here for a while, but in all honesty that could not be further from the truth. Since my last post on Jan 1st a few things have changed and I can honestly say all for the better. The first thing that changed was that this site was (again) rewritten, the…

01 January, 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

First off, Happy New Year all, I truly hope that 2017 is a great year for everyone. I know it’s kinda customary for people to do a recap of the previous year and layout their plans, hope, fears and resolutions for the new year. Whilst I’ve never really been one to do this online, I’ve decided that…

08 June, 2015

20 Years Of PHP

Today, Monday June 8th 2015 marks 20 years since Rasmus Lerdorf announced the release of Personal Home Page Tools 1.0 . My first taste of PHP came around 2004 when I was tinkering with websites and wanted to create a site for my churches youth group. I found the e107 project and used that for a…

25 May, 2015

Open Source Your Learning

It’s been far too long since my last post. There have been a few changes to my day to day stuff, most notably that I’ve technically left the role I had with my employer and am now freelance consulting for them. It sounds like a big change, but mostly it was just a change in contract terminology, but…

18 December, 2014

What An Epic Year

Exactly a year ago I was sat with a very good friend looking over some forms he had made in Joomla trying to figure out how we could manipulate the database to give exactly what he wanted. To begin with, I had very little experience of using Joomla and had never even heard of the add-on he was using…

14 July, 2014

Getting Started With PHP Development, A Guide For Beginners.

TL:DR, scroll to last paragraph When starting a new PHP project there is a world of decisions that you need to make including if you are going to use a framework, what version of PHP you are going to target and who is going to use and also maintain this app. These decisions get easier overtime, but…