Knowing me, knowing you – A ha!

Over the last few weeks we’ve been making it our mission to get more information and gossip on our Web & PHP Con speakers. We know they’re an awesome bunch but we wanted to make sure you knew that too…and let you know what you have in store at one of their sessions!
So today is the turn of Joshua Thijssen.
Tim de Pater
Joshua Thijssen is a freelance consultant, systems administrator and developer. His passion lies in designing and working with complex projects, working on high scalability and availability projects and helping other to achieve higher standards in both coding and thinking. He’s the author of the upcoming book “Mastering the
SPL library”, lead developer of the upcoming web language “Saffire” and is regular speaker on both web development and system administration conferences.1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con.

I’ll be talking about public key encryption. I will show you how simple
math helps keeping our world-economy afloat and how it can help you
secure your own data. Furthermore I will be talking about how we can
quickly find issues on a (production) server that is on fire (not
literally, obviously). Rumors have it that my talks might be accompanied
by big sound & light shows, a ticker-tape parade and special guest
appearances by unicorns and rainbows (not yet confirmed though).

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

When I was 5 or 6 on a C64 in Basic and very quickly later on in
assembler. With the help of dad, programming simple applications. Pretty
much stopped playing games, and started to create them myself.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

RUN AWAY!  But really: don’t focus too much on one single framework, on
just doing wordpress or just doing jquery. Focus on the WEB as a whole:
the languages (not only php), the infrastructure, the tools, the
scalability, the protocols. Know how the system you are building works
with the rest the web and eventually this will result in you writing
better and more robust applications and sites.

4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?

Not particularly one person, but I admire everybody with a passion for tech.

 5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead)
 who would it be?

Linus Torvalds (living) – Einstein (dead) – Schrodinger’s cat (living
AND dead)

6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Explain your reasoning.

100 duck-sized horses obviously. It’s easier to outrun tiny-legged horses.

7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

Meeting new (and old) friends from all over the world, plus: free buffet!

Joshua will be presenting 3 sessions at Web & PHP Con:

Alice & Bob: Public key cryptography 101
(re)discovering the SPL
Don’t reboot, debug!

(And remember, you can check out all of these talks and more, absolutely FREE. Just register for your place here.)

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