I’ve peeked at the discussions here in the past, and on many occasions thought I ought to sign up to say hi - finally! My name’s Jon and I’m based not far from Brum city centre. I’ve been a LAMP developer for some 10+ years, and I’ve done a fair bit of frontend too.
I used Symfony 1.x for some years, back when that was a thing. I’ve mainly worked on large systems with home-made frameworks, but these days I prefer micro-frameworks like Slim where I get the choice. That said, I recently buckled under community peer pressure and am teaching myself Laravel 5 (early days, okay so far).
I’ve taught a couple of small beginner programming groups in Moseley, and will probably do another one at some point. These days I help out over the web, mainly on Stack Overflow.
I’m presently on a career break to incubate a side project (linky if you’re curious) though I’ll soon be looking to take on some freelance/contract work. I expect I’ll be asking for advice about both in due course!
PS: when I read the ToS here, I found this curiosity:
any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of California, U.S.A.. This site is for Birmingham UK, and not Birmingham Alabama, right? Just checking