25 PHP Developers to Follow Online

By Posted in Nerd Culture, Tech Topics 2 May 2014

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Building PHP frameworks is hard, but following these PHP source and framework committers on Twitter is easy. You’ll learn lots of interesting bits about what’s happening in their respective communities, and if you want to see where the PHP and PHP framework communities are going next, just watch your feed for these folks.

Here’s a list of 25 PHP developers we’re following online. We hope you find their expertise useful and be sure to check back for more PHP-related posts to come.

1. Rob Allen. Zend Framework contributor, Zend Framework Education Advisory Board member, and co-author of Zend Framework in Action. Owner of Nineteen Feet.
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2. Sebastian Bergmann. PHP quality assurance pioneer. Creator of the PHPUnit test framework and co-founder of thePHP.cc.
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3. Jordi Boggiano. Lead developer on Composer. Symfony2 developer. Partner at Nelmio.
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4. Dries Buytaert. Original creator and project lead of Drupal. President of the Drupal Association. Co-founder and CTO at Acquia.
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5. Angie Byron. Drupal core co-maintainer and Director of Community Development at Acquia. Recipient of Google-O’Reilly Open 2008 Source Award for Best Contributor and co-author of Using Drupal.
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6. Evan Coury. Zend-certified engineer for PHP 5.3 and Zend Framework, regular speaker at developer conferences. Owner of Roave.
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7. Cal Evans. Developer experience architect. Developer advocate at GetPantheon.
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8. Anthony Ferrara. Developer with expertise in security, performance, and object-oriented programming. Developed the new, more secure password API in PHP 5.5.
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9. Ed Finkler. Member of the Fictive Kin team, working on Gimme Bar and other products. Creator of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness in the developer community. Co-host of the Development Hell podcast. Created Spaz, the PHPSpecInfo auditing tool, and the Inspekt input filtering library for PHP.
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10. Larry Garfield. Senior architect at Palantir. Principal architect on the Drupal 7 database system and web services lead on Drupal 8. Co-author of Drupal 7 Module Development.
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11. Sara Golemon. Engineer at Facebook working on HHVM. Wrote libssh2, and (per her Twitter page) “a sizable chunk of Yahoo! Search’s front end.” Author of Extending and Embedding PHP.
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12. Andi Gutmans. Co-creator of PHP 3 and the Zend Engine, the core of PHP4. Co-founder and CEO of Zend Technologies. Co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming.
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13. Emma Jane Hogbin. Drupal developer, themer, and open source nerd. Co-author of Front End Drupal and author of Drupal User’s Guide.
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14. Rasmus Lerdorf. Creator of PHP.
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15. Matthew Weier O’Phinney. Open-source software architect. Project lead for Zend Framework. Zend-certified engineer and member of the Zend Education Advisory Board. Speaker and writer.
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16. Taylor Otwell. Created Laravel.
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17. Nikita Popov. Student at the Technical University of Berlin. Maintains a PHP parser written in PHP, and contributes to PHP 5.5 features including generators and coroutines and support for arbitrary expressions in empty().
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18. Fabien Potencier. Co-founder and CEO of SensioLabs. Founder of and project lead for Symfony.
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19. Derick Rethans. PHP engineer and evangelist on MongoDB, Author of Xdebug. Author of php/architect’s Guide to Data and Time Programming. Co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming.
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20. Lukas Smith. Developer for Symfony. Contributor to PHP and PEAR. Developer and part of the management team at Liip.
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21. Marco Tabini. VP at TelemetryApp. “Until December of 2012,” he writes, “I was one of the folks behind php|architect, a great publication for PHP developers. Lately, I can mostly be found writing for Macworld…in the meantime, my interests have somewhat shifted towards Web-base APIs and realtime systems.”
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22. Juan Treminio. Senior PHP/MySQL web developer for Mytrus. We think his work on PuPHPet is going to be hugely important.
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23. Jonathan Wage. Director of technology at OpenSky.com. Contributor to Doctrine and Symfony.
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24. David Walsh. Web developer for Mozilla, core developer for MooTools,
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25. Igor Wiedler. Contributor to Symfony2, Silex, and Composer. Former phpBB MOD team leader.
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Special bonus link: @official_php, the official Twitter account for php.net. Follow it for tips, tricks, new releases, bug fixes, and all the latest information about PHP.

About the author

brunkle@newrelic.com'Belinda Runkle is an engineering manager at New Relic where she manages the teams that build New Relic’s PHP, Python, and Node.js support.

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