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Meet the PHP Dev Derby Team

by on Sep.10, 2010, under dev derby, development, php, the combine

I liked how the Dev Derby website did team leader profiles and decided to try to do something similar. No one provided any pictures but most did answer some questions I asked so without much further ado, meet the PHP Dev Derby Team.

The team consists of

  • Dennis Rogers (@_drogers)
  • Max Beatty (@maxbeatty)
  • Matthew Haralovich (aka zon)
  • Grant Simpson (@grantls)
  • Ryan Dagey (@dageytech)

Update: added in Ryan Dagey’s answers. And photo.

Meet Dennis Rogers (@_drogers)

What do you like about PHP?

It’s what I know, and free.

What book,movie or album do you think best embodies your personality?

Anchorman

What is your biggest pet peeve?

The expression “pet peeve”

What inspires you?

Power Ballads.

2 or 3 favorite quotes, sayings, etc. (e.g. “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission”)

“that’s a bold statement”

Meet Max Beatty (@maxbeatty)

What do you like about PHP?

I like PHP because it gets the job done. You can do what you need to do with it.

What book,movie or album do you think best embodies your personality?

I’ve recently drawn some eerily similarities between myself and Tony Hsieh in his book Delivering Happiness, but Mark Hoppus wouldn’t be a bad comparison – easy going, fun loving, knows his stuff at the end of the day.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Making things harder and more complex than they need to be.

What inspires you?

Simplicity. Anything that has everything it needs and nothing more.

2 or 3 favorite quotes, sayings, etc. (e.g. “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission”)

“There is no such thing as information overload, just bad design. If something is cluttered and confusing, fix your design”. – Edward Tufte

“You can here because we do this better than you, and part of that is letting our creatives be unproductive until they are.” – Don Draper

Meet Ryan Dagey

What do you like about PHP?

Coming from a C[++] background, I found PHP easy to pick up.  Outside of VBScript, PHP was my first formal scripting language, so I appreciated how quickly I could develop a script to do what I needed, compared to compile&  debugging.
Another favorite PHP feature of mine is easy integration into web frameworks, even when using object-oriented.  Compared with C#,PHP makes accomplishing the simplest and complex tasks as natural as writing pseudo-code.

What book,movie or album do you think best embodies your personality?

“The Usual Suspects”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People’s pet peeves, I take people as they are, very much a laid back go with the flow, laissez-faire attitude guy

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by those who achieve the impossible, learning about great feats of science and the unyielding quest for answers.

2 or 3 favorite quotes, sayings, etc. (e.g. “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission”)

Do or do not, there is no try -Yoda
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of fear -Samuel Clemens

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