Whittled Down

And so it continues. We have less than 3 weeks left before the Web & PHP Conference comes to town and still so many speakers that we still need to introduce you to. So no time to be messing around – let’s get straight to it with Dustin Whittle!
Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn’t working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. Find out more at dustinwhittle.com.
1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.
Attendees will leave with the knowledge to scale and load test their next PHP web application.
2. How did you first get involved in coding?
BBS era. I started when I was young and it just evolved from there. At first I just wanted to learn how to make my own web site.
3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?
Get active on github and find an open source project you are passionate about. Always remember that you still have a lot to learn — no matter whether you just got started or you have been a professional developer for a decade.
4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?
@mojombo — For building GitHub from nothing and turning it into a real business that powers so many projects.
@fabpot — For teaching me how to write PHP properly and pushing the PHP community forward.
and a thousand others who have been helpful in making me a better engineer.
5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
Barack Obama
Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)
Steve Jobs
6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.
I would rather fight one horse-sized duck. The bigger they are the harder they fall.
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?
Getting to know the amazing community that has evolved in the PHP And Javascript worlds over the last few years.
Dustin Whittle will be down at Web & PHP Con 2013 giving 2 talks:

Scaling PHP in the real world!

Your Agile Performance Testing Checklist: MultiMechanize, Bees with Machine Guns, PageSpeed and AppDynamics

Remember guys, you can check these and more awesome sessions all for FREE! Free as a bird! Just register here.