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No, the choice of domain name isn't ironic, my name really is Dave Gebler. I'm a thirty-something (remind me to update this page in a few years) software developer from the merry old south-west pirate city of Bristol in the UK.

I specialize in web technology; PHP in particular, with a secondary fondness for Node.js and Python. I am also well-versed in all aspects of web development and the supporting technologies, tools, paradigms, standards and indeed challenges within that space.

In my fifteen-odd years on the job, I've worked for companies big and small. I've been a one-man shop to build and manage websites for small business as their sole IT resource, I've also been a cog in the machinery of enterprise. I've written front-end code, back-end code, tests, documentation, client communication, I've been involved in all the stages of the life cycle from analysis and design through to deployment, training and support.

I've also made countless mistakes and learned countless lessons. I don't think I'll ever stop learning.

This website serves as my personal home page (ooh, how very nineties) or "blog" as these are now known (part of me wishes the web was still like it was when I was growing up, more GeoCities and MSN Messenger than Twitter and Facebook).

I write articles about the software and tech that interests me - and occasionally random nonsense filed under "Musings."

Outside of computer stuff, I enjoy cats, coffee and watching a lot of Netflix. Some people say that's not a hobby. I say it is if you do enough of it.

You can learn a bit more about me by reading my FAQ

Recent posts


Monday 19 September 2022, 20:36

Learn how to make use of Doctrine lifecycle events to build a searchable audit log for your application which records an entry whenever an entity's data is changed.

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Saturday 10 September 2022, 21:40

Learn all about OAuth2, OIDC, plus build an AWS Cognito style single sign on app.

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Thursday 18 August 2022, 19:40

What's a unit, anyway?

php musings

Tuesday 31 May 2022, 22:00

...and how not to handle customer service

musings

Tuesday 12 April 2022, 21:40

Ever wondered the best way to do encryption in PHP? This tutorial shows you how!

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