I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.
As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.
I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.
I’m Ben, a web dev, author, & speaker. I’ve been at this for >20 years, & I’m always eager to help. If you have questions about the Web, FOSS, PHP, or APIs, ask.
I advocate for decentralization, open source, open standards, & the Commons; I believe good UX is the key to mass adoption.
I’m active in the PHP community. I founded Atlanta PHP & co-organize @nashvillephp, & I authored the popular ramsey/uuid library.
I’ve spoken at many conferences. If you see me at one, say “hi.”
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Me: Don't you love <popular-service>? It's so convenient.
Fediverse: No, they steal your data and stuff! Use <federated-alternative>.
Me: Okay... Where do I sign up?
Fediverse: It's not that simple because first you need to find an instance and then host your docker image but use a green host or self-host just don't use <popular-service> for pete's sake and once that's done....
TIL about https://phpsandbox.io - similar to a tool I started but never shipped, and it includes support for Composer dependencies.
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