Knowing me, knowing you, ah-ha!

So, as we said yesterday, we thought it was about time that we gave your a proper introduction to the speakers that will be attending Web & PHP Con. We know they’re a awesome group 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…

Second up in our series is Jeremy Lindblom.


Jeremy is a PHP software engineer at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington, where he works on the AWS SDK for PHP and strives to make it easier for PHP developers to work with “the cloud”. Outside of work, he often spends time working on personal and open source PHP projects, and is a co-organizer of the Seattle PHP Meetup Group. Before moving to Seattle, Jeremy was the lead web app developer at Synapse Studios in Tempe, Arizona, and frequently promoted PHP development at his alma mater, Arizona State University. In his spare time, he likes to be at home with his family, make funny faces, watch movies, and make and eat yummy food.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.
Git educated about #git — including the basic commands and workflows — through a combination of slides, demos, and music!
Learn about AWS, the cloud, and the new AWS SDK for PHP. See how #AWS can enrich your #PHP apps and help you scale.
2. How did you first get involved in coding?
Enabled by the evolving Internet and inspired by Super Mario, all roads eventually led to programming. Whether it was tinkering with Hypercard, making simple games with Visual Basic, making hoardes of hobbyist websites, or programming my TI-83 Plus calculator to do my math homework for me, everything contributed to my choice of entering the Computer Science program in college and getting involved with PHP to make my websites actually DO things.
3. What advice would you give aspiring web developers?
There is an endless amount of information to learn about web development. Never stop learning. Find a mentor. You will need to both simultaneously expand the breadth of your knowledge while acquiring deep, practical knowledge of a handful skills in order to be employable.
4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?
It’s hard to say. There are so many smart people that are innovating all over the world. Many of them do not even have a public presence. I’ve met so many incredible people within AWS that are completely anonymous outside of the office.
5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
I’m not sure I could choose just 3 of the Muppets.
6. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.
One horse-sized duck, or Chocobo, as they are referred to by some. I believe that after you defeat it you can summon at will to come to your aid. It would also be an effective form of transportation around the Seattle area where there is much water.
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?
I love meeting people, matching real faces with Twitter avatars, and having discussions about code.

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