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Eric is a convert to the Ruby language, along with Rails. He was a co-founder of ShareAPhoto.com which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006. Over the past year, Eric has focused on learning as much about the Ruby language as possible. Now employed with Omniture, he spends his days working in PHP, and nights knee deep in Ruby on Rails. Eric is happily married, enjoys spending as much time with his very supportive wife, Aubree, and looks after a 'yorkie' named Maddie.