A bit more about me, my past, projects and my current job.


I work with web development since 2003, when I started using PHP. I have experience with Zend Framework I – which I used from 2008 to 2012, and Laravel – since 2012. Laravel is currently my framework of choice for almost all projects, but I like to work with Symfony and Slim as well.

I run my own company for nine years, and since 2016 I started working remotely. I currently work for Glofox, based in Ireland. I do freelancing as well, and have experience working with clients in the US and Europe.

During the last months, I’ve interest in Software Architecture, Domain-Driven Design, Hexagonal Architecture, Event Sourcing, CQRS and refactoring, in general, using PHP.

In 2013 I created an open source project called Corcel PHP, a Composer package that allows you to use WordPress as backend source, and getting all database data using the Laravel’s Eloquent ORM:

echo Post::all()->first()->author->name;

Education & Certifications

I got a Master’s degree in Information Science in 2015 and in 2018 I started my Ph.D. in the same field, researching about Machine Learning and NLP. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Business Management. I also have Zend Certified Engineer certification in PHP and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

My public defense of my Master’s dissertation. November, 2015.


Community & Awards

I’m one of the organizers of PHPMG, a PHP group related to all PHP developers in Minas Gerais state, in Brazil. PHPMG is the oldest PHP group in Brazil, being the pioneer in events and conventions in the state. I’m ahead of the organization – together with awesome friends Lucas Mezêncio and Pedro Chaves -, since 2014.

In 2016 my open source project Corcel won the PHP Innovation Award from PHPClasses.org, being elected by the community the best PHP project in May 2016. Reference: https://www.phpclasses.org/winners/year/2016/.

The custom ElePHPant I won from PHPClasses.


Personal Life

I currently live with my wife and my kids in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

If you want to contact me please reach me on Twitter or email me at juniorgro@gmail.com.