“I say neigh, don’t egg them on.”

The countdown to Web & PHP Con 2013 is on! There’s less than 2 weeks to go before we descend upon San Jose Convention Centre, CA, to bring you the latest in cutting-edge practices from the industry’s top web developers. Talking of the industry’s top web developers…over the last couple of weeks we have been running short Q&A’s with our speakers in order to get to know them a little better and find out a bit more about their session.

Today is the turn of Mike Stowe.


Mike is a professional software engineer, PHP 5.3 Zend Certified, and has over 10 years of PHP hacking experience. In those 10 years he as had the privilege of building numerous websites and applications, including applications for the medical field, law enforcement, one of the leading audio and lighting dealers, large and small non-profits, and numerous industrial companies. He has also spoken at numerous conferences, published multiple articles on PHP and security, is an active member of OWASP, and helps organize MNPHP, Twin Cities Software Engineers, and the MidwestPHP Conference. He currently work at Constant Contact as a Developer Advocate, representing developers and their needs within the company.

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

An introduction to Agile methodologies in the workplace and a look at some of the benefits and challenges of Agile

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

I was a sports guy who ended up having a knee injury…so instead of basketball practice I found myself on the computer creating a personal webpage using a free service called HotYellow98… but I wanted to do more, so ended up looking at this thing called HTML, and well, I was hooked.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Get involved and go for it. There are a lot of great developers out there who are more than willing to help you out. Join a user group, join the mailing lists, and experiment with your code. It’s ok to make mistakes, you’ll learn a lot more that way. Push your skills to the edge every single day.

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

This list would go on way too long… there are a lot of great people in the tech community who have really helped me out. But a big shout out to the local user group organizers and conference leaders, I don’t think people know how much work it is to put on these events and keep them going. Also a shout out to the speakers who give up their time to go out and share their knowledge with others.

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

I would love to have done dinner with Steve Jobs… but who wouldn’t have lol. Also wouldn’t mind talking with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

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

I say neigh, don’t egg them on. (hey, had to have a pun somewhere).
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

Meeting a lot of great developers and getting to learn what people are doing in the industry.


Mike Stowe will be down at Web & PHP Con this September 16 -18 in San Jose, CA giving his talk on ‘Agile in the Workplace’.You can attend this talk and all of our other sessions and keynotes for free! Just register on the website.