About me

I am an Australian Zend certified Senior Developer working at Aurion in Brisbane, Australia with a passion for web application development and motorcycles.


I am a Senior Developer at Aurion in Brisbane, Australia. Previously I have worked in London, Brighton, Melbourne and Auckland for web development firms.

Currently I do most of my work in PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and more - of course. In previous projects I have employed C, Python, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MS SQL and many more.

I have written a book entitled Functional Programming in PHP, which helps the reader to understand functional programming within the context of a popular language that they know.

You can view my résumé or connect with me on LinkedIn.

The best bits

I am married with two children. I love motorcycles and pretty much anything else on wheels. Of course the odd bit of code and blogging.

Some silly stuff

Retweeted by Ice-T, joked with Sway DeSafo and pestered Chuck D about HDCD.

Complimented for having a very keen eye for detail and quality assurance:

“You have eyes like a s&%t house rat sir!” - Stuart Garner, Norton Motorcycles CEO (link)

Articles published in various magazines and blog posts sat at the top of Hacker News.

Contact me

To get in touch please email me simon@holywell.com.au or add me on Twitter - @Treffynnon.

Alternatively I’ve also got accounts in the usual places:


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