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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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Mozilla's take on the Edge news.

"By adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google... We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice."

Current status: scheduling an online party to say goodbye to PHP 5. More details to follow soon.

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Still no documentation and not anywhere close to done, but my #ActivityPub #PHP library is open source at

My goal is to provide a well-tested, flexible library that handles the complicated parts of ActivityPub (JSON-LD, persistence, addressing, etc.) in a way that can be plugged into an existing PHP codebase with no hassle. That'll help me refactor #Pterotype, and will also make it easy for other developers to make developers to make plugins for Joomla, Drupal, etc.

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And... #PHP 7.0 is EOL. You should update to PHP 7.2 before the end of the year, by the way (7.3 is around the corner).

I have a lot of new follows here, so I should probably post more.

Tim Cook is the Mr. Rogers of the tech world.

I can neither confirm nor deny whether I have Mike + the Mechanics's "All I Need Is a Miracle" on repeat.

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Happy to announce the speakers for GrumpyConf2019:

Gemma Anible
Elizabeth Marie Smith
Mark Story
Marco Pivetta

For those wondering about the event, you can check out the page for the 2018 event at

Tickets will be:

* CDN$999 for conf + 3 nights hotel + 2 lunches + 2 dinners
* CDN$475 for conf

I fund this event via ticket sales and out of my own pocket via Grumpy Learning

Also, let’s talk about how insensitive thst “shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist” line is.

So many missed opportunities to play on the word “wyrm” in this Facebook ad.

Some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes are the ones with James Corden. I wish he had been a regular companion for a while.

I’ve been having trouble lately figuring out what to post here and what to post on . I’m still unsure how I want to engage an audience on Mastodon.

‪I have to learn that it’s okay to toot your own horn sometimes…

‪My ramsey/uuid package is currently the 40th most-starred PHP package on GitHub.‬


I have no need to buy expensive pens and replacement ink cartridges. I’ve found that these cheap Bic ballpoint pens are my favorite.

Humanities folks: are there any open source software libraries/packages that you consider good and reputable for analyzing English grammar and structure and offering hints/suggestions for improvement? Ideally, I’m looking for a library I can embed or link against from another program.

Take part in ! If you’re looking for a project to help, please consider my PHP collections library. I’ve put together a list of issues you can work on, and I’ll add more throughout Oct.

It looks like I screwed up that thread and it got branched. Oops! Here’s the start of the other branch, so that you don’t miss all my posts.

I spent the first half of this week at the conference, and I spent all my time on talking about it. In case you missed all my posts, they’re all captured in a single thread, so if you’re interested in API Strat, you can read through the thread here:

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