New Opportunities

It’s with equal parts excitement and amazement that I’m making myself available for consulting development or training work from the 1st October 2017.

This does not mean I’m leaving JetBrains!

Luckily for me, I’ve somehow managed to cultivate the unique opportunity to continue with JetBrains as a Developer Advocate for PhpStorm on a part time basis — keeping my role as the face of PhpStorm in the PHP community, speaking at conferences and working on the booth which is a job I love doing.  However, when I’m not attending events, I’m now going to be back working for Roave providing consulting, training and mentoring which is also something I’ve missed and love doing.

Please continue to talk to me on Twitter or at conferences with all your PhpStorm stories, troubles and recommendations as this will very much still be part of my job.

If you need consulting services from someone with now very close to 20 years experience in the technology industry, training on all aspects of PHP but particularly Zend Framework, or are interested in hiring me for short to mid-term contract work then please get in touch, my DMs are open on Twitter @GeeH.

This new development is truly going to give me the best of both worlds as I’ll be even more useful as the voice of the PHP community to the fantastic PhpStorm developers when I’m solving the real-world problems that we (the users of PhpStorm) face on a daily basis.

Open Sourcing Mental Illness Handbooks

One of the most important objectives for the Open Sourcing Mental Illness project is to help people get the support they need for mental health challenges in the workplace. I’m so proud that we’ve had our Mental Health in Tech guidelines available as ebooks from our website for the last six months, but today, we’ve released these handbooks on the Leanpub platform.

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Yes, I’m Learning Laravel

I can hear large parts of the internet laughing at the joyous irony. Gary Hockin, the vocal proponent of mocking Laravel, is going to sit down and learn the framework. Not just play around with it, not just read the manual, but build something extensive and meaningful from beginning, to end. For real.

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PhpStorm – Reformat Code…

For my recent job interview with PhpStorm, I was asked to create a video screencast. I’m interested in creating and selling high quality video content and have been looking around for a platform to help me achieve that, so I decided to release the PhpStorm sample video on Vimeo; mainly to see if it fits my needs.

I’d love to get feedback on the style and content of the video, the production and hosting platform.

Let me know what you think!