!in_array($style, array('rockstar', 'ninja', 'monkey'));

private $you;

You're not a potassium-loving primate, a feudal saboteur, or a narcissistic drug addict, so why call yourself a code monkey, server ninja, or programming rockstar? You have the wonderful ability to control computers with code; you're good at it. Everyone always seems to seek your advice, skill, or approval when dealing with technology. Sometimes you love it more when you don't have the answer, because it poses as an opportunity to learn something new. You've written code outside of academia. You've written code at hours of the day whenever everyone else was asleep. You've ingested a beverage for the sole purpose of helping your fingers finish one more function.

But you know there's more to web programming than that and we want to help you discover what that is.

public static $us;

Lifeblue is a digital agency in Dallas, TX with a lofty goal: to save the world from bad Design. We're an iterative, experimental group of T-shaped craftspeople searching for a PHP developer to join our tight-knit clan on this mission.

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  • Minding your own business and punching your timesheet at the end of the day.
  • Working in a silo or a server closet.
  • Getting by as just another cog in the machine.
  • Wordpress


  • Alphabet soup: PHP, MySQL, Git, CMS, OOP, DRY, grep, NoSQL, AWS, SSH, REST, cURL, bash, JSON
  • Help a coworker setup a virtual host
  • Troubleshoot a 500 response code on a server
  • Decouple one class from another
  • Create a CRUD interface for a blog engine
  • Passionately discuss the ramifications of a feature. Articulately suggest alternative solutions. Implement the "right" one.
  • Can prioritize the following list correctly and explain why:
    • Separation of concerns
    • Application performance
    • Rapid development
    • Maintainability
  • Have "programmer morals". Know when to compromise them.
  • Be able to explain any of the requirements above to a client in a way that makes them smarter.


  • Write things in markdown
  • Have a favorite distro
  • Able to work without the use of a mouse
  • Maintain a stackoverflow account with a reputation of at least 20 points
  • Understand the ways in which vim is superior to emacs
  • More alphabet soup: regex, Node.js, JSON, jQuery, LESS

while ($us += $you)

  • Competitive compensation, health/dental/vision benefits, 401(k).
  • Incredibly flexible scheduling and vacationing. No limiting "vacation policy" or set "work hours."
  • A results-only work environment.
  • The chance to work with a special collection of talented people that balance truth and passion.
  • An opportunity to shape this company. We need your expertise.
  • A culture that fosters growth and pushes you to reach further. But then grabs a beer after work on a Friday.
  • Video games, office music, board games, group events, team sports, and a great sense of camaraderie to help keep everyone sane.
  • An environment of constant collaboration with other team members. A challenge, but a rewarding one.

To apply, send your resume to jointhelb@lifeblue.com.