Vinai Kopp

Vinai is a passionate Web Developer and open source enthusiast since 1998.

Today his main focus in on Training Developers how to customize Magento.

Background The first language he used for real projects and fell in love with was PERL, quickly followed by JavaScript and others. Since 2001 he is mainly focussed on PHP, but trying to learn at least one new language or framework each year.

Most projects where custom developed applications, ranging from database converters, interactive CD-ROMs (that was a thing at one time), video compression, Typo3 extensions, Intershop cartridges, online shops to hosting, networking, automated testing, multi-user stock simulation, and more. He used to like to describe himself as a Jack of all trades, master of none.

Since March 2008 Vinai specialized on the Magento platform, which, at the time, still was in the later Beta stages. Working as a freelancer for his own clients and as in large teams he was able to gather valuable experience in projects ranging from very small to quite large.

This enabled Vinai to move into training Developers how to effectively customize Magento.

Since then he has spent thousands of hours giving trainings, both in-house and open to everybody, in all aspects of the Magento platform. Topics range from extension development to using git with Magento, performance tuning and automated testing. Since March 2010 he also is Instructor for the official Magento U developer trainings for Magento.

He spent two years as a full time employed trainer for Magento, but decided he preferred the freedom to focus on projects he choses himself, and works as a freelancer again since January 2014.

He is a member of the Magento Certification Advisory Board and was one of the first to pass the MCD+ exam. Vinai is co-author of the German Magento Developer Handbook published by O'Reilly in 2010.


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