About

Paul M. Jones is an internationally recognized PHP expert, working in that language since 1999, and programming in general since 1983. He has held roles from junior developer to VP of Engineering in all kinds of organizations (corporate, military, non-profit, educational, medical, and others). He is a regular speaker at technical conferences worldwide.

Paul takes a special interest in promoting high-quality, high-maintainability coding practices. This interest is reflected in his books on Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP and Solving the N+1 Problem in PHP, as well as his white paper on the Action Domain Responder pattern.

His current major open-source project is the Atlas ORM for PHP. Paul's historical open-source work includes being the project lead on the Aura for PHP libraries, the architect of the Solar Framework, and the creator of the Savant template system. He has authored a series of authoritative benchmarks on dynamic framework performance. He was a founding contributor to the Zend Framework, now Laminas (the DB, DB_Table, and View components).

Paul past community leadership involves having been a founding member of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group, where he was the driving force behind the PSR-1 Coding Standard, the PSR-2 Style Guide, and the PSR-4 Autoloader recommendations. He was one of the first elected members of the PEAR Project. He was also a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification education advisory board, and wrote some of the questions on that test.

In a previous career, Paul was an operations intelligence specialist for the US Air Force. He enjoys putting .308 holes in targets at 400 yards.