My name is John Collins, and I am an experienced leader of software engineering teams. My career followed the following path over the past twenty years:
Computer Science graduate -> Software Engineer -> Senior Software Engineer -> Team Lead -> Engineering Manager -> VP of Engineering
I use this site to publish articles about technology, leadership, and business related material, since early 2001 (back then the site had a different name).
I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP, which I also write about here. I use that framework to practice my coding, so that I do not lose those skills now that I am "management".
I am firmly apolitical, so will never post about politics. Lately I am trying to adopt a Stoic outlook on life, so may occasional post about that philosophy, from my beginner perspective.
When I was younger and care free, I done a lot of hiking in remote lands. These days my journeys are less literal.
Periodically, I launch small services onto the web because it amuses me. Here are some examples:
DailyStoicQuote.com - displays a different quote each day, on Stoicism from famous Stoic masters. Visit each day for a bit of thoughtful inspiration.
DaysBeforeChristmas.com - a simple countdown clock showing the remaining time before the next Christmas Day. You're welcome.
ThisWeekNumber.com - a simple website that displays the current week number of the current year.
Shatner.pics - displays a picture of William Shatner, in Captain Kirk guise, to match the mood parameter provided. This may be my greatest work to date.
There will be more to come, so be ready.