Biography

Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert, author of Xdebug and an OpenStreetMap and mapping enthusiast.

He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He's a frequent lecturer at conferences, the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming. He is now working at MongoDB to work on the PHP driver for MongoDB.

In his spare time, he likes to travel, hike, ski and practise photography. You can reach him at derickREMOVE-NO-@SPAMderickrethans.nl

Timeline

MongoDB

April 2012 -
PHP Engineer and Evangelist
I am the "voice" of PHP, on both the MongoDB team and within the broader MongoDB community. I am responsible for supporting MongoDB in the PHP ecosystem through driver development, integration with open source tools, community support, and developer advocacy.

Derick Rethans Limited / Self-employed Contractor

February 2010 - March 2012
I'm a self-employed contractor/consulting doing PHP and C projects.
Some of those projects include:

eZ Systems

July 2005 - January 2010
Working as project leader for the eZ Components project, eZ Systems AS in Norway.
June 2009 - October 2009
Serving on the board of directors for eZ Systems AS in Norway.
January 2004 - June 2005
Working as core-developer on eZ publish, eZ Systems AS in Norway.

The PHP Project

May 2002 - recent
Working on Xdebug, the PHP debugging and development assistent extension.
November 2001 - recent
Speaker at numerous conferences, seminars and usergroup meetings around the world.
August 1999 - recent
Joined the PHP development team and submitted my first patch: SWF support for getimagesize(). Since then I've been continiously contributing to the PHP project. I was release manager for PHP 4.1.1, various PHP 4.2.x releases and the PHP 4.4 series.
zend
	certificationMay 2004 - Dec 2005
Helping out with the Zend Certification process in order to boost enterprise support for PHP.

JDI Media Solutions

January 2001 - December 2003
Working on countless projects for my own company, JDI Media Solutions.
October 1998
Founded JDI Media Solutions with two other class-mates to provide internet services to local customers.

Other work experience

June 1997 - October 1998
Did tech support for customers of PC Privé projects for Diabolo Informatisering.
October 2002 - January 2004
Editor-in-chief of the International PHP Magazine managing content and themes of issues.

Education

May 2001
Received my Bachelors degree in CS and Information Technology.
1997 - 2001
Attended the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen to study Computer Science.
1991 - 1997
Went to highschool at the Thomas à Kempis College.

Publications

(since September 2004)

Books

April 2009
php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming, Derick Rethans, ISBN: 978-0-9810345-0-8
October 2004
PHP 5 Power Programming, Andi Gutmans, Stig Sæther Bakken, Derick Rethans, ISBN: 0-13-147149-X

Articles

June 2013
"Introduction to Document Databases with MongoDB", Web & PHP, June 2013
Januari - March 2009
3-part column in php|architect about PHP's Garbage Collection mechanism
Februari 2006
"eZ components", php|architect, Februari 2006, page 27 to 35
January 2005
"Transliteration with PHP", php|architect, January 2005
June 2005
"References: an in-depth look", php|architect, June 2005 [PDF]
December 2004
"Translittération en PHP", direction|php, December 2004, page 27 to 33
September 2004
"Debugging Questions and Xdebug Answers", php|architect, September 2004, page 9 to 22 [PDF]

Contact Information

E-mail

derickREMOVE-NO-@SPAMderickrethans.nl

Web 2.0

dopplr: Derick
facebook: derickr
flickr: derickrethans
twitter: @derickr
vimeo: derickr

GPG Key

If you wish to e-mail me securely, the ID of my GPG Key is "0xD67919D3" and the fingerprint is: "2903 531B A078 BF2A 8306 3C09 E647 F01E D679 19D3". It should be available from all major keyservers.

Wishlist

My Amazon wishlist can be found here.

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