Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…

We thought it about time that we gave your a proper introduction to the speakers that will be attending Web & PHP Con. We know they’re a great bunch of people but we want to make sure you know that too (and maybe get to know a little more about them and what their session has in store for you at the conference). So we sent out a short Q & A to all of our speakers to dig a little deeper…

So first up we have David Stockton. David won Round 3 of our public vote to have his session ‘Increase Code Quality with Code Reviews’ part of the Web & PHP Con program.


David Stockton has been writing PHP code professionally since 1997. He is Vice President of Technology at i3logix in Denver, CO and president of the Front Range PHP User Group. He is very passionate about source control, test driven development and PHP development. He is married and has two daughters who he is teaching to program and build circuits with Arduino and an twenty month old son who has been seen studying calculus and recursive algorithms. He created and

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.

Learn about code reviews and how they can help your team learn from each other and produce better, more maintainable code.

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

I started writing code when I was 8 years old. My dad was tired of me playing computer games all the time and wanted me to learn that there was more to computers than just playing games so he told me no more games until I wrote a real program. I ended up building a math tutor program for my siblings in BASIC on an Apple IIe clone.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Learn about everything. Learn how to design databases, how to build in more than one web-oriented language, learn CSS, OOP, javascript, and AJAX. Then learn some other languages like C/C++, Python, go, etc so you know how the hardware does what it does. Develop your own preferences for what you like to code in, but don’t get caught up in stupid religious wars over languages, editors, brackets, etc. Realize that you can build awesome things in almost any language and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. When you’ve learned all of that, learn some more things.

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

Rasmus Lerdorf for creating PHP and for being able to handle all the crap that is lumped on his shoulders when people who don’t know what they are talking about bag on PHP. Donald Knuth for literally writing the book(s) on programming. Cal Evans for his involvement in the community and building ways to bring the community together even if people cannot be physically together. Derick Rethans for building an outstanding extension that can save people so much time in fixing problems in their code. There’s a ton more people that I follow in the PHP community and outside the community, but those were the first few that came to mind.

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

Warren Buffet, Albert Einstein and Bjourne Stroustrup.

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

Ideally I’d have some time to do some market research before answering and know what kind of ducks and horses, but my instinct would say go with the 100 duck sized horses and then open up a chain of petting zoos.

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

I’m looking forward to speaking, but also to seeing a lot of the other talks that are lined up and of course meeting new people and catching up with people I’ve met at other conferences.



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