My PHP Brazilian of the Year
By cj on Dec 02, 2008
There is a lot happening around PHP in Brazil - there were 10 concurrent tracks at the PHP Brasil '08 conference in São Paulo last week. Brazilian PHP users are - and can become further - involved with many PHP related projects, from the core language up through frameworks, right through to applications. At PHP Brasil '08, I really wanted to enthuse the audience to use some of their prodigious energy in such involvement.
In my keynote talk, I gave my inaugural Brazilian of the Year award to Felipe Pena, who works at FioPrev. He was gracious enough to allow me to mention his name.
Felipe is a role model in the PHP community. He is very, very fast & active in making core language commits across the whole spectrum of the code base. He willingly makes tedious changes like updating many of the extensions to use the new parameter parsing API, and updating their reflection API support. Disclaimer: he helped me (by being ahead of me in making code changes) in updating the reflection API code for the OCI8 extension. Felipe fixes numerous bugs, quite a few of which he also discovers. Importantly he cares about tests and makes sure they run cleanly and there is code coverage for changes. All round, he has contributed immensely to PHP 5.3.
Although Felipe wasn't able to attend PHP Brasil, I was able to pass along a PHP ElePHPant (Oracle edition) via one of his colleagues as a token of appreciation.