Madison PHP Conference 2013

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php[architect] magazine, co-organizer of Madison PHP, and she also teaches PHP courses and freelances. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog. She runs Treeline Design, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.


Ryan Wachtl

Principal consultant at Beyond Usability and organizer of Madison SilverStripe. Ryan has been using PHP and open source software to create CMS and ecommerce solutions for small businesses since 2007. He has a passion for the art of programming and the science of design.


Andrew Shell

CTO of Pinpoint Software and founder of Madison PHP.  Andrew has been developing PHP professionally for 10 years and has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. 


Beau Simensen

Beau Simensen has been working with PHP since 2002. Professionally, he offers consulting services through his company Dragonfly Development. Beau is a proponent of writing framework agnostic code and hopes to help projects embrace a life not completely tied to any framework's ecosystem.


Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. As a freelancer he worked mostly for Chicago-area politicians before graduating to full time consulting with

At Palantir, Larry is a Senior Architect and Consultant, developing solutions for medium to large cultural institutions. He also helps manage Palantir's internal development infrastructure.

Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 Web Services Lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Larry is a regular presenter at conferences, Drupal or otherwise, frequently talking about software architecture. He is a co-author of "Drupal 7 Module Development" from Packt Publishing, and has also been published in Drupal Watchdog. He blogs at both and


Joel Clermont

PHP, Ruby and C# developer living in the Milwaukee area. Organizer of Milwaukee PHP and Milwaukee Functional Programming user groups. Addicted to learning, teaching and growing the developer community. Currently obsessed with functional programming.


Fredric Mitchell

Fredric has many years of experience in the IT field, including as a consultant in healthcare IT, an an Interaction Designer, a Lead Developer on a large government project and a Web Development Manager. Since the days of the Tandy 3000, tinkering has always been a passion, and it continues with his Legos and Raspberry Pi.

He ultimately fell in love with PHP, and specifically Drupal, in 2006. He continued to pursue more knowledge within the framework by starting and cultivating the budding Drupal community at the University of Chicago. Clean code is akin to clean design and he ultimately believes this fosters great user experiences for any application, no matter how small.

In his non-working hours, Fredric enjoys vicariously reliving the days of Thundercats and Voltron through his wife, Kimberly, son, Gregory, daughter, Kathleen, and dog, Drupy.


Eric Landmann

Eric has been building ecommerce sites for over 12 years and specializes in the Magento platform. He has done technical presentations at local, regional, and international developers' conferences.
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Cory Darby

Cory Darby, has worn many hats during his career ranging from senior developer, system admin, co-founder, to CTO. Currently he works at VectorFace in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as a backend developer.

Cory is passionate about developing with PHP, enjoys working with code base that has enormous technical debt and he can be found browsing Github daily looking for the next trending open source repository.


Alex Faber

Alex Faber is an undergrad in his third year at the University of Wisconsin - Madison studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science.  Frustrated with his curriculum, he decided to take it upon himself to learn about web development, and began front-end web developing two years ago.  Recently, he entered the world of back-end web development with PHP, and is very excited to become relevant to the development community.