Hi! My name is Greg Holmes, and I'm excited to be joining the Vonage team as a Developer Educator. For the last two months, I have been painfully containing my excitement while working my notice period for my former employer. But, now the time has come!
I am originally from London but now live in a little village near Colchester called Thorpe-le-Soken, which is surrounded by fields, farmland, and very close to the coast. This part of Essex was where the river Thames opened to the sea around 500,000 years ago. This makes it a perfect place to find fossilised shark teeth released from the red crag by the sea.
I have been involved in tech one way or another for most of my life, having studied various courses at college including a City & Guilds in Visual Basic 6, from college moved on to Anglia Ruskin University where I studied Computer and Information Systems. My family has always seen me as the go-to person for their computer problems (often to fix a printer).
Before joining Vonage, I spent 9 years working at two other companies. I started my career as a PHP developer at HMA for around 4 1/2 years before moving to a similar role for the online estate agent Housesimple. After these 9 years of working within closed source companies, taking from the developer community, my hope is that I can now give back to the community.
As you can guess, my primary language of choice is PHP. However, I am more than happy to dive into any language that suits the needs of my project.
In my spare time, I'm always out and about, or busy at home. I enjoy climbing, gaming, and creating whatever development project takes my fancy. Quite often this will involve a Raspberry Pi or two.
I'm very excited to be part of this team and company. I can't wait to be able to give back to the community and have a lot of fun doing so!
You can contact me on the Vonage Community Slack, or on Twitter @greg__holmes.