About me

Hi there! I am Freek Van der Herten, a partner & developer at Spatie.

I live in Antwerp, Belgium and am passionate about all things PHP. I'm also a Laravel enthusiast and have used the framework on many projects.  Follow me on twitter to know what keeps me busy.

Together with my buddies Dries and Frederick I organise our local PHP user group PHP Antwerp. If you are ever in the area of our beautiful city and what to speak at our user group, let us know!

At Spatie we use a lot of open source software: PHP, Ubuntu, Laravel, Composer, Beanstalkd,… are a few of the things we use everyday. My company couldn't exists without open source software. That's why we try to give back as much as possible.

Whenever we stumble upon a problem that we can solve in a clean way, we extract our solution for others to use. Together with my colleagues I regularly release PHP, Laravel and JavaScript packages. Those packages have been downloaded a couple of millions times. Spatie is also ranked as number 2 on Git Awards' list of PHP developers worldwide.

I love public speaking and try to do it a lot. Here's a list of past user group meetups and conferences where I had the pleasure of speaking.

Talks

  • Handling media in a Laravel application
    Nov 30, 2017   •   Laravel Paris   •   Slide deck
  • Bulding a dashboard with Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Nov 28, 2017   •   Domcode UG, The Netherlands   •   Slide deck
  • Handling media in a Laravel application
    Nov 14, 2017   •   PHP Brussels   •   Slide deck
  • A hands on introduction to Laravel
    Nov 14, 2017   •   PHP Central Europe Conference, Poland   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • A hands on introduction to Laravel
    Nov 14, 2017   •   PHPKonf, Instanbul   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Oct 25, 2017   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Creating a dashboard with Laravel and Vue
    Sep 07, 2017   •   Algolia HQ, Paris   •   Slide deck
  • A practical intro to snapshot testing
    Sep 06, 2017   •   PHP Limburg   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Aug 30, 2017   •   Laracon EU, Amsterdam   •   Slide deck | Video
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Jul 25, 2017   •   Laracon US, New York   •   Slide deck | Video
  • A practical intro to snapshot testing
    Jul 25, 2017   •   Laracon US, New York   •   Slide deck
  • Creating a dashboard using PHP and Websockets
    Jul 01, 2017   •   Dutch PHP Conference, Amsterdam   •   Slide deck
  • A practical intro to snapshot testing
    Jun 30, 2017   •   Dutch PHP Conference, Amsterdam   •   Slide deck
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Jun 21, 2017   •   PHP Limburg   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Monitoring uptime with Laravel
    May 16, 2017   •   PHP Brussels   •   Slide deck
  • Backing up with Laravel
    May 04, 2017   •   PHP Unicorn Conference   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Taking care of backups with Laravel
    Mar 29, 2017   •   Laravel Live, New Delhi   •   Slide deck
  • A practical intro to snapshot testing
    Mar 29, 2017   •   Nomad PHP   •   Slide deck | Video
  • Monitoring uptime with Laravel
    Mar 05, 2017   •   PHP Eindhoven
  • Manipulating images in PHP
    Feb 27, 2017   •   Laravel Brussels   •   Slide deck
  • Backing up with Laravel
    Feb 17, 2017   •   PHP UK Conference, London   •   Slide deck | Joind.in | Video
  • Creating a dashboard using PHP and Websockets
    Feb 04, 2017   •   Fosdem, Brussels   •   Slide deck
  • Creating a realtime dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Jan 27, 2017   •   PHP Benelux (uncon)   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Monitoring uptime with Laravel
    Jan 25, 2017   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Monitoring uptime with Laravel
    Jan 25, 2017   •   Laravel Brussels   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Jan 18, 2017   •   PHP Eindhoven
  • The story behind our open source efforts
    Jan 18, 2017   •   PHP Eindhoven
  • Creating a dashboard using Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Jan 17, 2017   •   PHP Gent
  • Creating a dashboard with Laravel, Vue and Pusher
    Dec 14, 2016   •   Laravel Brussels
  • The story behind our open source efforts
    Dec 14, 2016   •   Laravel Brussels   •   Slide deck
  • Creating a dashboard with Laravel and Vue
    Nov 17, 2016   •   php[world], Washington   •   Slide deck
  • Taking care of backups with Laravel
    Nov 16, 2016   •   php[world], Washington   •   Slide deck
  • The story behind our open source efforts
    Oct 05, 2016   •   Eurostar Connect Ghent   •   Slide deck
  • Taking care of backups with Laravel
    Sep 12, 2016   •   Laravel Toyo   •   Slide deck
  • Taking care of backups with Laravel
    Aug 24, 2016   •   Laracon EU, Amsterdam   •   Slide deck | Joind.in | Video
  • Creating a dashboard with Laravel and Vue
    Jul 27, 2016   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Slide deck
  • Creating a dashboard with Laravel and Vue
    Jul 27, 2016   •   PHP Breda
  • Taking care of backups with Laravel
    Jun 29, 2016   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Slide deck | Joind.in
  • Backing up with Laravel
    Jun 28, 2016   •   PHP West Flanders
  • Backing up with Laravel
    Jun 15, 2016   •   PHP Brussels
  • Backing up with Laravel
    May 18, 2016   •   PHP Limburg   •   Joind.in
  • Backing up with Laravel
    May 12, 2016   •   Barcamp, Antwerp
  • Backing up with Laravel
    Apr 14, 2016   •   PHP Gent   •   Joind.in
  • Why are we sponsering our local meetup group
    Jan 27, 2016   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Video
  • Setting up your private packagist
    Jul 01, 2015   •   PHP Antwerp   •   Slide deck | Joind.in