How Fusion Ticket was born
The Fusion Ticket Project was initiated in early 2007 by Christopher Jenkins from PHP MyTicket. Originally Fusion Ticket as a distinct entity wasn't even considered, It was just a bi-product of upgrades made by Chris Jenkins for a charity's online ticket sales.
From early 2008 the project was formed into Fusion Ticket, dropping the release from phpMyTicket Release Candidate 2 to Fusion Ticket Beta 3 which was a very updated version of RC2.
In spring 2008 Niels v/d Spek joined Chris as developer and worked on the next beta release, by cleaning up the shop and admin section, and fixed many remaining bugs. Together with Lou Fives and Martin Martinez the Beta4 was released in August 2008.
With the joining of Lou Fives we got a nice formatted documentation working. He is also our P.R. person and main tester of Fusion Ticket. In February 2010 Mike Taylor joined the Team to assist with Administration and Marketing and with the formation of Fusion Ticket Solutions Limited which, starting in early 2011, is to provide Fusion Ticket hosting and a range of associated services.
After releasing Beta4 we decided to step to a more MVC kernel and created the Fazant project. In late December it was clear that we needed many man hours before we were ready to release it to the public. We also had many requests for fixes in beta4, so we switched back to working on beta5. This version was more or less a big clean up from all the old kernel files, replacing the old PDF engine, a new POS interface, possibility to set-up the way patrons can login and many more. This was released on 16 October 2009.
Although we're still working on the old PHP MyTicket code base and will be supporting it for the coming versions. Newer versions are planned to create a cleaner, plug-in orientated versions moving to the earlier planned MVC kernel layout. The next BETA version will have a big clean-up of the kernel and will replace the email engine.
Who are we?
|Christopher Jenkins, founder of Fusion Ticket, born in 1989 and lives in the UK. Previously a student at University of Plymouth studying Computing he currently develops Android applicattions.
In 2004 he started web development, starting with basic html at first which then grew into the usage of Server Side Scripting.
In 2007 he started development on phpMyTicket which was the first delve into the real world of project management and programming.
He has seen Fusion Ticket grow from a little side project to the substantial project that it is today and welcomes all new team members and visitors we have today.
Along side Fusion Ticket and his Androad app development, he also maintains websites for a few clients and does IT/Networking support in the local area.
In 2009 Chris had a brief encounter with Oracle doing some database and development work for them as part of his degree.
Chris also partakes in his spare time, sound engineering, stage crew work, drumming, gaming and robotics.
|Niels v/d Spek, Main developer of current beta versions, born in 1968 and from the Netherlands.
He started developing around 1985; first in simple business basic later moved to Clipper and Pascal/Delphi.
In 1999 he started his own company LumenSoft Int. developing software for care centers and Hotel reservation systems.
Late 2002 he starting working on some small PHP/MySQL scripts/projects. One of them is still used on his own web server. In spring 2007 he was asked to find a simple web application to sell tickets on the internet and found fusionticket. After some study he found out that it had potential and started adapting it to be used for his client. Now he is the main developer of fusion ticket, together with Chris.
|Lou Fives, Document manager, P.R. Manager and Tester, born 1952 in the USA.
A computer science major, in the early days of computers, Lou opted for a carreer in sales management and did not work with computers, again, until 1982. From his first VIC 20 with 300 baud modem to the massive machines of today, he has grown along with them.
Lou joined the Fusion Ticket Team in May of 2008 while looking for ticketing program for his alumni website. His contributions include the wiki, editing the newsletter, and testing the program on his live events.
Lou currently owns and operates his own insurance business, in Las Vegas, NV
|Mike Taylor, Administrator and Marketing Manager
The latest addition to the team, Mike joined the Fusion Ticket Team in February 2010. Mike has been working with computers since 1968 when he joined a well established British Computer Company as a Commissioning Engineer, he then progressed to System Design of large scale Naval Computer Systems before taking up a position as a Sales Manager with a subsidiary of a very large Aerospace Company in the UK.
Mike is Webmaster was until recently, Stage Manager for Reading Phoenix Choir, positions that led him to searching for ticket selling solutions. This resulted in his setting up Fusion Ticket sites for the Choir and the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra for which his son is Music Director. Having always been motivated to solve hardware and software problems and since his retirement with time to help, Mike is pleased to add his technical and marketing skills to the established Fusion Ticket team.