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Heroes of PHP

Following the conclusion of the 24 Days in December series on PHP, I originally posted my own 24 “Heroes of PHP”™ on Twitter.

I’m reproducing that list here, together with some additional explanation of why these individuals mean so much to me.

These are just some of my personal heroes, inspirations and role models, I’m sure that you have your own “Heroes of PHP”; but they all deserve thanks for the time and effort that they devote to improving our lives as PHP developers.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.