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Ten Top PHP people to follow on Twitter

Posted by on March 26, 2010

Twitter is a great place where you can follow what happens in the PHP community. A good selection in your list helps you keep the noise level low and gives you the opportunity to closely communicate with the VIPs of the PHP community.

Here are ten vocal PHPers to include in your list if you want to know more about PHP development and be promptly updated on breaking news by their original sources, in no specific order:

  • Rasmus Lerdorf (@rasmus): Danish programmer mostly famous for having created the PHP language in 1995. He’s still the leader of the development of PHP 5 and PHP 6 as a Benevolent Dictator For Life.
  • Terry Chay (@tychay): the “PHP Terrorist,” and the greatest advocate of  PHP over Ruby. Worked on Tagged and now at Automattic, the company that created WordPress. He knows how to scale PHP applications.
  • Andi Gutmans (@andigutmans): co-founder of Zend Technologies, the largest company behind PHP development. Ever heard of them? The nd in Zend comes from Andi’s first name.
  • Derick Rethans (@derickr): developer of PHP core and of the very handy Xdebug extension. He will likely be the next PHP release manager.
  • Matthew Weier O’Phinney (@weierophinney): lead developer of Zend Framework, the PHP framework from the company that made PHP what it is now.
  • Fabien Potencier (@fabpot): lead developer of Symfony and CEO of SensioLabs, were both Symfony and Doctrine were born. Symfony is along with Zend Framework one of the largest open source PHP frameworks, while Doctrine is an object-relational mapper.
  • Sebastian Bergmann (@s_bergmann): creator of PHPUnit, the testing framework for PHP applications that became a standard as the xUnit incarnation for this platform.
  • D. Keith Casey, Jr. (@CaseySoftware): founder of CaseySoftware; PHP and web2Project developer, organizer of the TEK·X conference.
  • Cal Evans (@CalEvans): worked at Zend and IBuildings, major PHP companies. Former host and face of ZendCon. An icon of the PHP community.
  • Marco Tabini (@mtabini): creator of php|architect and of the Blue Parabola consulting company; one of the most respected voices in the PHP landscape.

Who did we miss? What’s on your list of PHP notables? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Disclaimer:  Marco Tabini, Keith Casey and Cal Evans are involved in the publishing of this website.

Marco is the keeper of keys and Chief Garbage Collector at Blue Parabola. He can be found on Twitter as @mtabini.
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Responses and Pingbacks

No love for @enygma (Chris Cornutt)?

He’s pretty much the nexus for all that happens in the PHP world, as well as at the conferences.

I would point out Chris Cornutt (@enygma) as an obvious oversight.

In fact, many more as the list needs larger than 10, I could keep listing and listing. I find the following website does a pretty decent job at showing some of the top names to follow:

@nateabele Lead developer and chief fanboy of the Lithium project, the light, fast web framework for PHP 5.3.

@a Founding member of Analog, a web design & development co-operative. Photographer, coder, beer lover and brewer, Russian, and San Franciscan.

@phperror – lot’s of useless stuff but fast about php releases

Thanks for the list guys.
Unfortunately, lately there is way too much noise in Cal’s twitter signal to follow him for anything php related.

Thank you all for the additions. It’s hard to keep down the number of people on such a list.

@enygma should definitely have my spot. He’s sharp and plays a major role in getting news and info spread through the community. Both via and

@ElizabethN, @maggie1000, @ramsey, @Elazar are all good choices too. I’m biased towards @Elazar though as I hired him. 😉


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