Who is Steve?

Meet Steve McDougall, also known as JustSteveKing, a passionate software engineer, Developer Advocate, and Laravel enthusiast from the Welsh Valleys, UK.

Speaking at Laracon EU in Lisbon

On a mission to improve API education.

Hi there! I'm Steve McDougall, but you might know me better as JustSteveKing. Welcome to my little corner of the internet where I share my journey and experiences in the tech world. I'm based in the lovely Welsh Valleys in the UK, and I've got my hands in a few different pots when it comes to software engineering.

So, what do I do? Well, I wear a couple of hats. By day, I'm a Developer Advocate at Treblle, diving deep into the world of REST-based APIs. It's all about making life easier for engineering and DevOps teams, helping them build and maintain APIs with less hassle.

But there's more to me than my day job. I also work as a Consultant CTO, juggling digital transformation projects, strategizing on API development, and dishing out open-source advice. It's a role that takes me around the globe (virtually, at least), helping shape tech strategies for various clients.

When I'm not knee-deep in code or consulting, I love to connect with the tech community. I run a Substack publication and a YouTube channel, both under the name JustSteveKing, where I talk about all things Laravel and APIs. It's my way of breaking down tech topics and fighting the dreaded imposter syndrome that we developers sometimes face.

I also enjoy sharing my knowledge through writing. You can find some of my tutorials and articles over at Laravel News, where I explore different aspects of software engineering. And if you catch me at a conference or a PHP user group, I'm probably the guy on stage, talking about something techy.

My philosophy? It's all about bridging technology with community. I believe in empowering developers, fostering collaborative learning, and creating supportive spaces for everyone who's passionate about tech. For me, learning is a lifelong journey, and there's nothing better than sharing what you know with others.