Here come the girls!

So, we’ve already introduced a few of our male speakers to you lovely lot. So we thought it was time to introduce the ladies. First up we have Sharon Levy. We thought we’d get to know more about her and what her session has in store for us at the conference. So we sent out a short Q & A to all of our speakers to dig a little deeper…


Sharon is a Zend Certified Engineer in PHP5, equally comfortable working with UNIX, Linux or Windows platforms. Her accomplishments in public speaking include dynamic, multi-media presentations at code camps and PHP meetups. She has also presented at SCALE (WIOS) and was the local speaker representing the Los Angeles area at the 2009 CodeWorks conference. php|architect has published several of her articles on subjects ranging from email verification to web-based retrieval, to PHP’s support for closures. She presented a ZendCon unCon session onPHP’s anonymous functions in 2011 which resulted in Zend Technologies inviting her to do a webinar reprising that presentation in March 2012. Writing and public speaking activities compliment her primary focus, providing professional web development services for companies in diverse industries, from startups to the Fortune 500.

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

Multimedia, dynamic presentation juxtaposed with an unflinchingly hard look at PHP support for numeric representations.
2. How did you first get involved in coding?

IBM donated a computer to the office where I worked and I discovered that I could eliminate tedium and increase productivity with a little bit of programming.
3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Question everything and then play with the code yourself, trying all sorts of variations.
4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?

I admire Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative who seeks to make Open Source much more hospitable for women.  Also, I greatly admire Rasmus Lerdorf, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski for having the brains and ingenuity to bring forth PHP to the world.
5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who
would it be?

I think a dinner party with Mozart, Picasso and Mel Brooks would be amazing.
6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Explain your reasoning.

I’m partial to both ducks and horses regardless of size, so instead of fighting I’d transform myself into a duck or horse depending on the nature of the adversary, using my magical shape-shifting abilities to see if that might give me an edge to negotiate successfully for a peaceful outcome.
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

Everything!  I’m elated to be speaking on an important and interesting topic that is useful for PHP developers and I look forward to learning from the phenomenal slate of speakers as well as talking with conference attendees.


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