Vance Lucas created his first website at the age of 12 and has been focused on web development ever since. Driven to learn more about the web to make better and more interactive websites, Vance taught himself programming with PHP and MySQL back when PHP3 was new at the age of 13. Since PHP5′s release, Vance has been focused on and obsessed with object-oriented programming and the advantages it has over the traditional PHP procedural coding style. Vance created the phpDataMapper ORM library as a project to demonstrate the benefits of object-oriented code and the Standard PHP Library (SPL). Vance launched InvoiceMore, an invoicing web application as the flagship product of Actridge, LLC, a company that he founded in February 2009. Vance has recently co-founded a new business called Brightbit doing client work and consulting.
First became interested in building webpages after seeing a friend create an AOL fan page about Zelda.
Launched Starcraft Index (Archived Version) on it’s own domain, continued to grow it organically until it’s peak at around 2,200 unique visitors per day. Not too bad for a small gaming fansite run by a teenage webmaster with noob-like skills.
Developed and released CzarNews as a PHP news script that could be included on a page anywhere it needed to go instead of taking over the page, like other scripts at the time. A word of caution before peeking at the source code – I was an amateur hack when I programmed it!
PHP5 Released. Began to become interested in Object-Oriented programming methodologies.
Sold Starcraft Index on the Sitepoint Marketplace (now Flippa) to pay for new computer parts and some some college expenses. Being a poor college student sucks.
Graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Decided to write code for a living instead of getting some management gig somewhere.
Worked at Back40 Design, Inc. as the Senior Programmer and lead the existing programming team through a complete procedural to object-oriented programming conversion for Back40′s new Content Management System called Javelin.
Created Keynot.es – a social conference and speaking directory – with Joshua Ogle and Eric Boehs as a part of Startup Weekend OKC. Later converted Keynot.es to Ruby on Rails 3.0 as the development platform going forward shortly after its release.
Left Wimgo to go fulltime freelance and later started Brightbit as a co-founder along with Joshua Ogle and Eric Boehs. We now do client work in web applications, mobile applications, and technology consulting.