I'm Nikko Bautista. By day, I work as a software engineer at Bright.com, where we make hiring smarter, faster, and cheaper. By night, I develop web applications and write tutorials for Tuts+. I was born and raised in the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. In 2012, I moved halfway across the world and ended up in the heart of downtown San Francisco, where the culture and energy are unparalleled. It is, without a doubt, the best place to be an engineer. I specialize in PHP and PHP frameworks. I have experience with Symfony, Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, FuelPHP, and Laravel. I like creating and maintaining developer-friendly APIs. I also have expertise in third-party APIs from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other platforms. I often explore new technologies, frameworks, and web services by building web applications that use them. Tuts+ allows me to share what I've learned with the world. In my free time, I love learning and reading about new technologies, innovations and the web. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, taste testing whiskies, taking long walks, and cooking new recipes.