Dev of the Week: Lorna Mitchell
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Hi Lorna! Thanks for talking to us. What have you been working on lately?
I've just finished writing a new book, "PHP Web Services" and am now working on some training materials for a new client.
Are there any developer tools or resources that you couldn't live without?
I'm a PHP developer mostly, so we're spoiled with great documentation and absolutely loads of blogs containing wonderful nuggets of information as it's quite an open community. I see community-driven sites such as stackoverflow very much in the ascendancy, particularly for very specific and individual pieces of information.
Do you have a favorite open source project (or projects) at the moment?
I lead an open source project myself, joind.in is a tool for giving feedback to speakers at conferences, so that's definitely my favourite. I've been a project lead there for three years and it's been an education on so many levels.
Do you have a favorite blogger?
Hmm, not really an individual blogger but I often enjoy the opinion pieces on http://the-pastry-box-project.net (oops, just lost 20 minutes reading a few new pieces while I was there!)
You mention on your DZone profile that you enjoy yarncraft and hobby electronics in your spare time -- do you have any personal projects going on at the moment?
There are always projects on the go, but they get neglected for months at a time because I'm so busy! I'm trying to be on better terms with my sewing machine because I've just started taking a bag making class from craftsy and also acquired something called a lilytwinkle that I'd like to incorporate into one of the bags - it's a programmed chip that just makes things twinkle, and I have sewable LEDs to go with that. I'll let you know how it goes!