Aug 22, 2004
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I would like to thank Josh(A_Jelly_Doughnut), for agreeing to this interview. Josh is active in the phpBB community as the top poster, as well as in creating a fork of phpBB3

> Can you give our members a brief biograpy?
Fruit of the Loom is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

Oh, you mean of me...I'm a socially introverted teenager living in Nowhere, USA with interests in programming, bulletin boards, and broadcasting.

> When did you become interested in programming/coding?
Well, I was sitting in Home Ec in Febuary 2002 and got an assignment to "improve myself". So I naturally picked up a Perl reference book.
That was a PHailure. I couldn't find a proper tutorial book at the time, so I gave up on that project for a while. When I discovered phpBB in October of that year, I began to re-interest myself, but this time in PHP.

> What were your goals when you first started modding phpBB
To add the feature I wanted. See for reference. Guess what. That was a failure too. Didn't know enough code. I laid off phpBB MODding for a few months, writing a form mail script or two in the interim.

Yeah, back to the goals at the beginning. It was a one-day at a time proposition.

> Were you successful in realizing those goals?
if ((!is_array($goals) && isset($goals)) || !sizef($goals))

> What plans do you have for these products in the future?
I'll continue working on them until they reach maturity or I leave them. All of the MODs are either at maturity or I have left them.

> What other products are you working on or considering?
My current major project is the phpBB3 fork we like to call 'Open Concepts Bulletin Board'. I also run the phpbb-php5 project and develop for the CMS CMSformE. All of them are SourceForge projects if you really want to look them up :)
OCbb is quite the project. It burns up most of my spare time either learning new parts of the code or fixing bugs or detecting the latest intrusion attempt by a die-hard phpBB fanboy.

> What do you do in your spare time offline?
Mow grass, rake leaves, and shovel snow. Oh wait, that's an advertisement for a nursing home. I don't have much spare time offline. I spend nearly all of my spare time online (or at least on a computer). If it isn't on a computer, it is somewhere about the estate doing...
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