Interview: Phil Jackson

After winning a record number of NBA championships . . . oh, wait. Not that Phil Jackson? OK. As Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, Phil Jackson is the lead customer contact for SoftLayer’s robust API. He also develops and maintains a portion of the company’s software platform and content. Phil is giving the presentation "Anatomy of an Internet Scale Application" on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in room Los Angeles C.
Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: I'm a leader for SoftLayer's community development responsible for customer support around the company's robust API. I'm also develop and maintain a portion of the company’s software platform and content. I joined SoftLayer from The Planet, where I worked as a Sales Engineer building test environments, architecting complex technical solutions, and serving as a technical consultant for customers pre-and-post sale. I am familiar with a variety of languages including PHP, Perl, Python and Javascript

Q: Without tipping your hand on the actual talk you're giving (unless you want to), can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

A: This talk is focused on best practices to use when designing and developing a scalable application. The example application has been built with Drupal, message queuing and object storage. The main focus is on the theory rather than specific design patterns.

Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

A: This is indeed my first SCALE. I have heard great things about previous iterations and I am quite excited to have a chance to learn and hopefully share some knowledge.
[SCALE Team interview by Scott Ruecker]