About the Authors
Fabien Potencier discovered the Web in 1994, at a time when connecting to the Internet was still associated with the harmful strident sounds of a modem. Being a developer by passion, he immediately started to build websites with Perl. But with the release of PHP 5, he decided to switch focus to PHP, and created the symfony framework project in 2004 to help his company leverage the power of PHP for its customers.
Fabien is a serial-entrepreneur, and among other companies, he created Sensio, a services and consulting company specialized in web technologies and Internet marketing, in 1998.
Fabien is also the creator of several other Open-Source projects, a writer, a blogger, a speaker at international conferences, and a happy father of two wonderful kids.
His Website: http://fabien.potencier.org/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/fabpot
Jonathan Wage has been working with various web technologies for nearly 10 years building software on the internet. He formerly was the lead developer and application architect at CentreSource. Today you will find him with Sensio Labs, the creators of the symfony MVC framework. His primary responsibilities are training other developers as well as working on the symfony and Doctrine open source projects. He is a core contributor to symfony and the lead of the Doctrine project.
His Website: http://www.jwage.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/jwage
Geoffrey is a self-made developer building web applications since the early 2000s. Curious about new technologies and always trying to learn new things, he tried a variety of web-related technologies, including (but not limited to) various frameworks such as Zend Framework, Ruby on Rails and merb. He finally settled at Sensio Labs where he developed a great understanding of the symfony PHP framework. He is also a founding member of the yet-to-be officially announced french-speaking symfony users association, also known as AFSY, and is looking forward to getting involved more deeply in the symfony community by writing and giving talks about symfony.
His Website: http://mirmodynamics.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/ubermuda
Kris Wallsmith is a freelance web developer from Portland, Oregon. He spends his days in the Silicon Forrest leading the initial builds of web startups, playing soccer and raising his two young children. Kris is also speaker at international conferences, member of the symfony core team and Release Manager for versions 1.3 and 1.4.
His Website: http://kriswallsmith.net
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/kriswallsmith
Hugo Hamon has been a web technologies autodidact since late 2000 and now works at Sensio Labs as a web developer and training manager. Passionate about PHP, he has used it for 8 years and built the French tutorial website Apprendre-PHP.com. Hugo is involved in two french associations: the AFUP as a staff member and the AFSY, the symfony users group, as the founder and President. He's the co-author of the book Mieux Programmer en PHP avec symfony 1.2 et Doctrine at Eyrolles publishing and other articles for the magazine PHP Solutions.
His Website: http://www.hugohamon.com
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/hhamon
Thomas has been a symfony fan since the early days. He is currently working as a PHP and symfony freelancer (developer, consultant and trainer) and is very active in the symfony community.
Thomas also helps companies with Quality Assurance and Architecture questions on challenging symfony projects.
His Website: http://rabaix.net
Stefan Koopmanschap is developer, consultant and trainer. Having been involved with the symfony project as a user and advocate since late 2006, he became the Community Manager for the project in the late summer of 2009. In the past, Stefan has also contributed to other open source projects including Zend Framework and phpBB.
Aside from his love for the community, Stefan has an eye for best practices and enhancing the skills of developers willing to learn more. He is a regular conference speaker and secretary of the phpBenelux usergroup.
Aside from PHP, Stefan has an undying love for music and reading and above all his wife Marjolein and two kids Tomas and Yara.
His website: http://www.leftontheweb.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/skoop
Fabrice Bernhard discovered the joys of web development in 1996. His first website fortunately vanished forever in the dark corners of the Internet, but the virus was caught. After studying Mathematics and Computer Science in Paris and Zürich, he became a web entrepreneur in 2007 with Allomatch.com, the website to find venues showing sports events in France. He then co-founded Theodo in 2008, a developer-focused consulting company that specializes in quality web and open-source solutions with a strong preference for symfony.
Fabrice has been a fan of symfony and its philosophy since late 2007. He contributes to the community with the sfEasyGMap and sfFacebookConnect plugins and is looking forward to contributing further to the development of quality open-source web projects.
His Website: http://www.allomatch.com/
His blog: http://www.theodo.fr/blog
Ryan Weaver is lead programmer at Iostudio, LLC in Nashville Tennessee and an avid supporter of symfony and other open source technologies. He is a member of the Nashville OSS group and co-organizer of the symfony user group in Nashville. Ryan loves running, reading and traveling with his girlfriend Leanna.
As a blogger, Ryan likes to share solutions and teach the methods necessary to empower other developers. He believes that a framework and its documentation should be accessible to everyone.
His website: http://www.thatsquality.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/weaverryan
Laurent is a web platform architect at Microsoft, focusing on both infrastructure, development and design of highly available web server farms.
His account name at Microsoft is laurenbo, and was created in January 1992, joining as a software engineer in developer support, Windows NT Kernel. He joined the developer world in 1994 to pioneer the Regional Director program, where he recruited specialized integrators to represent Microsoft at developer seminars and conferences, and jumped into the Internet bandwagon in early 1996 as Visual Studio/Visual InterDev and Internet Explorer technical product manager. In 1998, 1999, he became the French representative of Microsoft at AFNOR (French national body of ISO), where he participated in Java standardization process. Laurent moved to an international position in 2000 to develop infrastructures for Microsoft Commercial Internet System, an eCommerce highly scalable portal solution co-developed with CompuServe, targeting Telcos and Hosters. Joining back Microsoft France in 2004, he ventured a new activity directed at hosters and web communities, and is still in that business 6 years later, helping Top hosters in France to take advantage of Windows-based solutions and products, and more recently addresses the low-cost segment which pioneered worldwide in France.
Laurent is a frequent speaker at various international events (MS-Days, Tech days, Hosting Days).
His website: http://blogs.msdn.com/laurenbo, and occasionnaly on http://laurenbo.wordpress.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/laurenbo