Herbert Balagtas

I'm currently based in Toronto, Canada and work as a Linux Systems Administrator/Web Developer, I manage our web infrastructure that gets 6 million hits daily. I'm also currently part of a team that's working on migrating our company sites to Drupal and developing ecommerce service.

In the Philippines and I worked as a Linux Systems Administrator for an online printing company that's based in the US, and outsource most of their PHP development in the Philippines. We use Zend Framework for the web site content management system and for in-house apps, such as managing orders and contents uploaded on the site portal.

I received my bachelors’ degree in Computer Science from the University of Regina Carmeli, Philippines, and my masters in Library and Information Science from the Louisiana State University in 2002.

I've been using PHP for several years now and most of my projects were for the Sterling Municipal Library website. As a Houston Area Library Systems (HALS) consultant I also developed the website for the Chambers County library system. My development work included creating simple feedback forms and creating projects that uses Amazon API and Google services. For datagrid functionality, components from the Zebra Framework were used. The projects are still in use at http://www.baytownlibrary.org and http://chambers.lib.tx.us, as of December 27, 2009.

I use both Windows and Linux platform for development, and I always keep abreast of the latest technology changes . I'm currently using Ubuntu 12.04 at work and Windows 7 on my netbook, Windows 7/Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop PC. Or sometimes even when I'm using Windows I'd setup a virtualbox LAMP server and use that for testing while coding in windows.