About Me

I've been a web developer since 2001, primarily using PHP, but also occasionally dabbling with other languages. I've spoken at several conferences, authored a couple of books, been a writer and technical editor for a few publications, contributed to numerous open source projects, and served as a mentor to my peers in the community.

Please note that I am not presently considering opportunities that would require relocation, only those local to the Greater New Orleans area or that are remote-friendly. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Contact Details

Matthew Turland
134 South Solomon St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
United States



  • Languages: PHP, JavaScript, Java, Python
  • Frameworks: Slim, Silex, Zend Framework, Jersey
  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle
  • Version Control: Git, Subversion, Mercurial
  • Operating Systems: Linux, OS X
  • Mobile: Android, PhoneGap, Titanium



Senior Engineer (Remote) October 2013 - Present

  • Maintained an existing REST API using nginx, MySQL, memcached, PHP, and Slim and developed its functional test suite using Codeception
  • Developed additional microservices using Silex, MySQL, and Redis
  • Refactored existing API code into background workers using Amazon SQS and later Resque
  • Migrated an existing user notification system to use Redis instead of MySQL
  • Set up and maintained logging infrastructure that included Monolog, Logstash, Elasticsearch, and Kibana


Principal Engineer (Remote) February 2013 - October 2013

Senior Engineer (Remote) April 2010 - February 2013

  • Contributed to an internal Solar-inspired PHP framework for use in multiple internal projects and tested using PHPUnit
  • Developed a targeted advertising product using Java, Jersey, ExtJS, MySQL, RabbitMQ, and Selenium
  • Lead a project to replace a heavy PHP-based frontend for serving customizable news portal components with a lighter frontend backed by various REST services
  • Authored and maintained internal documentation and training materials


Developer (Remote) February 2010 - April 2010

  • Participated in the development of a CMS based on Digitalus
  • Contributed to benchmarking and performance improvement of a project for Blue Cross/Blue Shield using Zend Framework
  • Advised on development best practices and processes including version control, requirements gathering, and deployment


Technical Editor (Remote) January 2009 - January 2010

  • Reviewed articles for content accuracy, spelling, and grammar and collaborated with authors to apply corrections where necessary

Blue Parabola

Senior Consultant (Remote) November 2008 - February 2010

  • Performed project audits for clients including evaluation of design and implementation of PHP source code using the Kohana Framework, MySQL database schemas, unit tests, documentation, and adherence to coding standards
  • Served as an instructor for online training courses covering RIA development with PHP and YUI, Zend Framework, and Magento
  • Developed a variety of data analysis solutions to assist in the migration of existing static web sites to content management systems including WordPress and Drupal


Lead Programmer February 2008 - November 2008

  • Maintained a legacy codebase for a LAMP-based application used to maintain and report on patient and study data from vascular surgery practices for accreditation and quality assurance purposes
  • Developed an application rewrite using Zend Framework to enhance application maintainability, stability, security, and extensibility

Zend Technologies

Consultant (Remote) September 2007 - December 2007

  • Worked with a team to maintain Zend Developer Zone using Zend Framework, Prototype, and Scriptaculous

METHODS Technology Solutions

Programmer August 2006 - February 2008

  • Developed PL/SQL-based intranet applications deployed on Oracle Application Server for internal use
  • Worked as a consultant with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in maintaining and expanding a data management and reporting system based on Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports, PL/SQL data cartridges, and Java servlets

Acadiana Educational Endowment

Webmaster August 2005 - August 2006

  • Developed LAMP-based web applications for a non-profit online bookstore and a local events calendar
  • Developed and maintained PHP and Perl scripts to automate various tasks involving data integration, data archival and backup, and database maintenance
  • Performed various system and server administration duties

Firefly Digital

Software Architect March 2002 - August 2005

  • Worked as a team member to develop a flagship LAMP-based CMS product
  • Customized existing CMS applications and authored new custom applications to client specifications including applications utilizing PHP, Flash, AJAX, and third-party web services
  • Collaborated with analysts to develop specifications and perform quality control


Programmer May 2001 - March 2002

  • Worked as a team member to develop a custom CMS based on Windows Server, IIS, ASP, and SQL Server to manage online content for multiple Louisiana news publications


For others, check out my GitHub résumé.


  • October 2011. SitePoint: "PHP Master: Write Cutting-Edge Code." ISBN 978-0-9870908-7-4. Book.
  • April 2010. php|architect Press: "php|architect’s Guide to Web Scraping with PHP." ISBN 9780981034515. Book.


  • October 2012. PHP Master. Article: "Error Condition Testing with PHPUnit." Article.
  • September 2012. PHP Master. Article: "The Need for Speed: Profiling with XHProf and XHGui." Article.
  • June 2012. PHP Master. Article: "Let's Talk: Efficient Communication for PHP and Android, Part 2." Article.
  • May 2012. PHP Master. Article: "Let's Talk: Efficient Communication for PHP and Android, Part 1." Article.
  • December 2011. PHP Master. Article: "PHP's Quest for Performance: from C to hhvm." Article.
  • October 2011. PHP Master. Article: "Documentation Makes the World Go Round." Article.
  • October 2011. PHP Master. Article: "Integrating Amazon S3 using PEAR." Article.
  • April 2011. php|architect Magazine. Article: "Keeping Code Smelling Pretty with PHP_CodeSniffer." Issue.
  • January 2011. php|architect Magazine. Article: "New SPL Features in PHP 5.3." Issue.
  • June 2009. php|architect Magazine. Article: "CodeIgniter: Like a Moth to a Flame." Issue.
  • June 2009. php|architect Magazine. Article: "Shining a Light on Solar." Issue.
  • January 2009. php|architect Magazine. Article: "New Cert on the Block." Issue.
  • December 2007. php|architect Magazine. Article: "Web Scraping." Issue.


  • May 2015. php[tek]. Session: "Mocking Dependencies in Unit Tests with Phake." Slides.
  • May 2015. php[tek]. Session: "Data Structures in PHP." Slides.
  • November 2014. php[world]. Tutorial: "The OOP in PHP." Slides, Video.
  • August 2014. gnocode. Presentation: "IRC-Driven Development with Phergie." Slides.
  • November 2013. True North PHP. Session: "Database Testing for Fun and Profit." Slides.
  • November 2013. True North PHP. Session: "Unit Testing JavaScript with QUnit and Sinon." Slides.
  • September 2013. php[architect] PHP 5.5 Web Summit. Session: "New OOP Features in PHP 5.5." Slides.
  • July 2013. Barcamp NOLA. Session: "Hacking Your Finances for Fun and Profit." Slides.
  • June 2013. Lone Star PHP. Session: "The OOP in PHP." Slides.
  • February 2013. SunshinePHP. Session: "Database Testing for Fun and Profit." Slides.
  • February 2013. Zend Webinar. Presentation: "Let's Talk: Efficient Communication between PHP and Android." Slides, Recording.
  • March 2012. UB Hacking. Presentation: "Getting Involved in Open Source." Slides.
  • March 2012. UB Hacking. Presentation: "Introduction to Android Development." Slides.
  • December 2011. NOLA PHP. Presentation: "Accessing Web Resources with PHP." Slides.
  • June 2011. Buffalo Google Technology User Group. Presentation: "Introduction to Android Development." Slides.
  • May 2011. php|tek. Unconference Session: "Introduction to Android Development." Slides.
  • May 2011. php|tek. Session: "Creating Desktop Applications with Titanium and PHP." Slides.
  • May 2011. php|tek. Session: "Accessing Web Resources with PHP." Slides.
  • March 2011. Confoo. Session: "Building RESTful Web Services with Jersey." Slides.
  • February 2011. Zend Webinar. Presentation: "New SPL Features in PHP 5.3." Slides.
  • January 2011. Acadiana Open Source Group. Presentation: "Getting Involved in Open Source." Slides.
  • December 2010. Buffalo PHP User Group. Presentation: "New SPL Features in PHP 5.3." Slides, Code, Blog Post.
  • May 2010. php|tek. Session: "New SPL Features in PHP 5.3." Slides, Code, Blog Post.
  • June 2009. CodeWorks Webcast Series. Presentation: "New SPL Features in PHP 5.3." Slides, Code, Recording.
  • May 2009. php|tek. Unconference Session: "Web Scraping with PHP." Slides.
  • February 2009. php|tek Webcast Series. Presentation: "When RSS Fails: Web Scraping with HTTP." Slides.
  • November 2008. Atlanta Web Designers Group. Presentation: "PHP Basics for Designers." Slides, Demos.
  • September 2008. Zend PHP Conference and Exposium 2008. Session: "Creating Web Services with Zend Framework." Slides, Demos.
  • April 2008. Acadiana Open Source Group. Presentation: "Getting Involved in Open Source." Slides.


  • December 2011. Engine Yard. Podcast: "PHP Master: Write Cutting-Edge Code." Podcast.
  • December 2012. /dev/hell Podcast. Episode #24: "Members Only." Podcast.
  • March 2010. oddWeek. Podcast: "Episode 5 – Phergie." Podcast, Show Notes.



  • September 2008: Zend Framework Zend Certified Engineer, Registration #227153802. Certification.
  • October 2007: PHP 5 Zend Certified Engineer, Registration #222726164. Certification.
  • December 2006: Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, Concentration in Video Game Development, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Please e-mail references prior to contacting them via phone.

  • David Shaw
    Chief Operations Officer
    Blopboard, LLC
  • D. Keith Casey, Jr.
    Director of Product
    Clarify, Inc.
  • Cal Evans
    Technical Manager, Training and Certification
    Zend Technologies USA, Inc.
  • Dr. Joseph N. Abraham, M.D.
    Acadiana Educational Endowment, Inc.

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Client Testimonials

  • It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Matthew for several years and at several jobs now. While I was at Zend, I worked with him as a PHP community member and a speaker at ZendCon, While at ibuildings we regularly interacted as members of the PHPC Steering Committee. Finally at Blue Parabola we briefly worked together. Each time I worked with Matthew my respect for his talents grew deeper. He is a top notch programmer and a strong community leader. I always look forward to projects where he and I can work together and they come far too sporadically.

    Cal Evans
  • Adding Matthew to our team was one of the best things we could have done. Not only does he know his way around MySQL, PHP and PHPUnit, he was quick to pick up the Jersey Java web framework and build on his Javascript knowledge to contribute at all levels of our projects. On top of his code based contributions, Matthew has given many presentations to fellow developers outlining new technologies and how to make the most of older technologies.

    Carlo Costantini
  • Matt continually impressed me throughout the time we worked together as co-founders and business partners. Whatever bumps in the road we encountered, Matt was a source of stability and dependability. We rarely saw eye to eye, but I could count on Matt to be assertive, always striving for excellence. Genuine and conscientious, Matt is truly a person of integrity and talent.

    Chelsie Boudreaux
  • Matt's detailed understanding of PHP and its inner-workings are perhaps unrivaled in the industry. In addition, his understanding of object oriented principles and design patterns result in code that is clean, concise, and well-documented. He is a great asset to any team where efficiency and attention to detail are vital to producing a flawless product.

    Aaron Lozier
  • I've worked with Matthew in several different capacities, and I would work with him again any day. He is extremely knowledgeable, dependable, and easy to work with. He has a wide array of experience in PHP and related subjects, and he is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help a fellow developer, or newbie. I look forward to working with him again.

    Elizabeth Naramore
  • Matthew Turland has been my student and is my friend. His extraordinary work ethic, intelligence, creativity, willingness to help those around him and especially to give back to the community of software developers as demonstrated over the years that I have known him make it very easy to give the very highest possible recommendation.

    Frank Ducrest
  • In the field of open source, Matt is one of the best programmers on the Gulf Coast, and was the first Zend certified engineer in Louisiana. He completely rebuilt our massive booksXYZ.com website from scratch in a period of about four months, working part time, and handling other programming duties at the same time. Matt codes very quickly, and his knowledge of the field is extensive. He also constantly combs various sources in the software and open source community to stay abreast of the newest programs and engineering approaches. Our programmers here at The Acadiana Educational Endowment still constantly use him as a resource for advice on programming issues, and he regularly updates the staff and me as to news that could affect what we do.

    Joseph Abraham
  • I have been forturnate enough to have worked with Matt twice in our respective careers. At Surgisys, I was able to work with him on an almost daily basis to collaborate on the functionality and direction of the niche medical software product suite the company was creating. Matt's programming expertise as well as his ability to quickly understand the specific medical environments where the software would be utilized was exceptional. His unique set of skills helped him to combine programming best practices with a known set of medical practice operating procedures to create an intuitive and efficient user interface for Surgisys clients that proved to be an invaluable and differentiating feature of our software. I would highly recommend Matt and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

    Douglas Meaux
  • Matthew has been a valuable asset at METHODS. I managed him on a critical project last year. He was placed on the project during the final stages and he learned quickly and helped complete the project. Without his contributions, the project would not have been completed on time.

    Ben Williams
  • I worked with Matthew on a project for the Dept. of Environmental Quality. Matthew is knowlegdeable and detail oriented. He is sincere about getting his work according to the project time line and is a good team player.

    Arati Kanade
  • Matthew can be relied upon to deliver a high quality product on time with little to no supervision necessary. He is pleasant to work with and takes direction well.

    Elizabeth Tucker Long