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Goodbye Ibuildings, hello Egeniq

A couple of years ago, when I joined Ibuildings, it was because I had a passion for PHP and the PHP community, and Ibuildings was THE company embodying this spirit. I’ve got the opportunity to work at some of the most amazing projects, and met some of the smartest people in PHP-land. However since about a year, I’ve noticed my interests shifting a lot to mobile and mobile development. Of course I’m still as passionate about PHP as I was a few years ago, but I feel that mobile development is quite close to web development in a couple of ways, especially nowadays when people often expect to have internet available at all times. After focussing more and more on mobile development and seeing a huge future in it, I decided it was time for me to move on and leave Ibuildings.

To better match my combined interest of PHP and mobile development, I decided to join Egeniq. For those who don’t know Egeniq, they’re an awesome mobile technology company, founded 7 months ago by my former colleagues PeterBas and Ivo. Other than your average mobile app shop, they focus on proper software engineering, architecture, performance and scalability. They build on the years of experience they have in the PHP world and bring that expertise to the mobile business. They’re also really into geek stuff, and mobile devices fit nicely into that category, too :-)

Even though deciding on leaving Ibuildings was probably the hardest career decision I ever had to make, I very much look forward playing around with all things mobile and working closely with my former colleagues again. Exciting! :-) I’d like to thank Ibuildings for the opportunities they gave me and all the wonderful people over there, from whom I’ve learned so much. I will be at Ibuildings until the end of April, starting at Egeniq at the start of May.

This is quite a big step, and I thought about taking this step for a long time. But you know you should pursue something, if you have a very strong gut feeling that you just need to do this. The feeling that, if you don’t do this, you will regret it. The feeling that you get when considering all the pros and cons, but deep down inside yourself you know you already made up your mind. It goes without saying that I’m very much looking forward to the new things to come at Egeniq!

Funny Rails trac ticket

This is just too funny not to blog about:

be sure to read the attachment right and have a look at the comments :)

New-years resolutions for 2008

Albeit a bit too late, here are the plans for this year:

Become Zend Certified
I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, and the first step has been taken to actually get the certification, so this would be a short-term plan (withing the next 3 months or so). I don’t really need this for my current work but it’s a nice recognition and about the only official certificate that indicates a certain level of PHP knowledge.

Learn more about one or more enterprise PHP frameworks
I’ve had some experience with the Zend Framework and recently Symfony, and I believe there is a definite advantage in using such a professional framework, asides from being able to contribute back to the community in various ways. As I’ve had the opportunity to use Symfony in a current project I’m working on, that will probably be the first framework that I’ll want to dig into a little deeper. Good and thorough knowledge of a framework is always interesting, for multiple reasons.

Do some sports
Lately the most exercise I have is walking from and to my car. Approximately 2 years ago I frequently visited the gym and that’s a habit I’d like to pick up again. Lose weight, exercise, probably one of the most heard new-years resolutions.

Attend at least two PHP, OSS or Linux conferences this year
Actually, this is more or less taken care of. In february you can find me at Fosdem in Brussels and in november this year I’ll be happy to return to the International PHP Conference in Frankfurt (for which I received a free full-conference entrance pass!). Any other interesting conference is of course welcome (the Dutch PHP conference looks cool and is in my native language).

Settle in my new appartment
Probably around next month I’ll move in my new apartment. This will be a good opportunity to buy new furniture and have a nice place to stay. The whole move will probably take some time, and this is also planned for this year.

PECL and php extensions
Since 2 months I like to do some work on php extensions in my spare time. I As I’ve just started in creating php extensions, it’s not sure whether I’ll get far enough to actually contribute something useful. It’s definitely more difficult if you don’t have a decent C background, but I get the basics and you’ll learn a lot of the inner workings of PHP and the Zend core engine. At least I now know what a zval is :)

Let’s get back at this post at the end of 2008, and give myself a brief self-evalutation :)
But for the time coming, this is my personal todo list that I’d like to work on.

And off we go

This will be a weblog about programming, PHP, open-source and linux.

So, with that being said, have fun reading and a happy new year!