Hi. My name is Philipp Rieber.

I'm a passionate software engineer.

My tools are PHP, Symfony, Doctrine, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, Twig, Git, Amazon Web Services, databases and many more.

I live in Munich, Germany.

SensioLabs Certified Symfony Developer (Expert)     Zend Certified PHP Engineer


With my first email in 1999 the internet became my second home. After some hardware-fiddling and first steps on the Linux console, I really became obsessed by web development while studying the selfHTML tutorials. After that, I've never stopped learning new technologies: HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, Databases, Flash, CMS, OOP, Frameworks, Servers, Git, AWS, Scrum, Cloud Services, Mobile and many more.

Software development

I'm a full stack Software Engineer. I mainly develop completely customised web applications, APIs and focus on DevOps tasks. Thus, I'm not limited to a specific area and feel equally comfortable on the client as on the server side – as well as on the console, during software design stage, in a Scrum team or when exploring a customer's precise needs.


I'm working as a Senior Software Developer at ottonova, the first digital private health insurance in Germany. Before, I worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Paymill (which was all about payment) and at Inviqa (agency). I evaluated an InsurTech startup idea at WERK1 and worked for seven years as a web developer, team lead and deputy managing director of an internet agency (Onemedia GmbH). Besides, I advise and support some other projects.


For development I use a lot of different concepts, techniques, frameworks, toolkits and libraries - some more, some less.

  • Monolog
  • VPN
  • YAML
  • PSR
  • DDD
  • Twig
  • Hardware
  • APIs
  • git
  • Titanium
  • SQL
  • Google APIs
  • Nagios
  • Responsive
  • HTML5
  • Soap
  • JavaScript
  • i18n
  • Mac
  • Elastic Beanstalk
  • User Stories
  • Navicat
  • Cynefin
  • CSS
  • Less
  • TDD
  • Chef
  • Ubuntu
  • Apple
  • NoSQL
  • Doctrine
  • PHP League
  • Zend Framework
  • Ajax
  • EC2
  • deployer
  • Ant
  • *js
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Docker
  • Microservices
  • Symfony Ecosystem
  • SES
  • Hexagonal Architecture
  • Supervisor
  • Twelve-Factor App
  • Java
  • BDD&Behat
  • CSS3
  • Mink
  • GitHub
  • PhoneGap/Cordova
  • Flex
  • iPhone
  • Python
  • MySQL
  • Heroku
  • jQueryUI
  • ElastiCache
  • nginx
  • Ionic
  • Domains
  • prophecy
  • OAuth
  • Webhosting
  • RSS
  • S3
  • Route 53
  • Zend Studio
  • Composer
  • PHPStorm
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Symfony
  • HTTP
  • HTML
  • Photoshop
  • Apache
  • Cloudflare
  • Unit Tests
  • MongoDB
  • Webservices
  • DigitalOcean
  • Notepad++
  • Mandrill
  • RDS
  • bind
  • OOP
  • Social Media
  • SQS
  • Design Patterns
  • DevOps
  • XML
  • Xdebug
  • LAMP
  • phpspec
  • l10n
  • Windows
  • Ansible
  • Office
  • Jekyll
  • Puppet
  • Guzzle
  • Postfix
  • SNS
  • Bash Scripting
  • DNS
  • Subversion
  • phpunit
  • Node.js
  • Redis
  • VirtualBox
  • Vagrant
  • Scrum
  • PHP
  • JSON Schema
  • Android
  • REST
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Bitbucket
  • Packagist
  • Symfony Components
  • Sass
  • SEO
  • Jenkins
  • Travis CI
  • SVG

About me

Besides software development, I write and talk about it and like to support other developers. Every free minute I try new tools and libraries, read documentation, do tutorials, check IT news or watch video trainings. I love to constantly learn new things and to improve my skills.



I love to attend software development conferences and workshops. For example, I attended Symfony Live and the Symfony Day several times, as well as some roadshows, presentations or trainings from Adobe, Amazon and Microsoft.

User Groups

I am co-organizing the Symfony User Group Munich and I do not miss any meetup of the PHP User Group Munich. I'm also an occasional speaker at these User Groups.


On GitHub, I'm maintaining small Open Source libraries and bundles. From time to time I contribute to other projects, preferably for the Symfony documentation. I also like to participate in discussions on GitHub, StackOverflow or various blogs and fora.


Every now and then I write articles and books about software development or translate from English. In everyday work I'm also texting a lot for case studies, references or documentation. Occasionally I blog at blog.philipp-rieber.net.

PHP & MySQL Schnelleinstieg

Book Cover: PHP & MySQL Schnelleinstieg, 1st Edition, 2021

1st Edition 2021, ISBN 978-3747503959
Free glossary download

Connecting Xdebug to PhpStorm

Connecting Xdebug to PhpStorm

August 2015, Inviqa Blog, PDF download

Ionic – Hybrid-Apps mit dem JavaScript-Framework

Cover PHPmagazin 5.15: PouchDB!, March 2015

July 2015, German PHPmagazin 5.15
7 pages, Teaser

Alice und Faker

Cover PHPmagazin 3.15: Alice und Faker, March 2015

March 2015, German PHPmagazin 3.15
Cover story, 8 pages, Teaser

Docker Entdecken

Book cover: Docker Entdecken

March 2015, German translation
e-Book by Geoffrey Bachelet

Dynamische Webseiten in der Praxis

Book cover: Dynamische Webseiten in der Praxis, 2nd Edition, 2009

2nd Edition 2009, ISBN 978-3826617829
completely revised

PHP5 und MySQL5 - Das Kochbuch

Book cover: PHP5 und MySQL5 Kochbuch, 2007

1st Edition 2007, ISBN 978-3826616808

Dynamische Webseiten in der Praxis

Book cover: Dynamische Webseiten in der Praxis, 1st Edition, 2006

1st Edition 2006, ISBN 978-3826616150