Who is Derick Rethans?
Derick Rethans is a Dutchman who lives in London. He recently became an official British citizen. He admits he can hardly speak Dutch any more.
Derick is a well-known and well-respected member of the PHP community. He is primarily known as the author and maintainer of Xdebug, a debugging extension for PHP. He also developed the DateTime extension. He even wrote a book about it.
Prior to joining MongoDB, Derick lived in Norway and worked for EZ Systems where he contributed to EZ components and did contributions to the PHP core project. It was also in those days that he was the release manager for various PHP releases.
Derick Rethans and Michael Schumacher
That probably caught your attention! It was Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher that triggered Derick to learn PHP. In those days Schumacher was very successful and a bit of a prick. Derick founded the anti-Schumacher club and made a PHP website for his club. He even made it on national radio with his initiative.
But we can separate the driver from the man and we wish Michael all the best with his recovery!
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