Welcome to unlikelysource.com


unlikelysource.com is involved in many projects, highlighted below. Services include: consulting, design, development, testing, tech writing and training.


New Book! Have a look (and buy!) my new book. Announced on Amazon: PHP 8 Programming Tips, Tricks and Best Practices, published Jully 2021 by Packt Publishing.

Old Book! Have a look (and buy!) my old book Learn MongoDB 4.x published in September 2020 by Packt Publishing.

Cloud Services!. You can spin up a custom container by deploying directly from your own computer using a combination of Linux for Composer and LfPHP Cloud Services For details checkout https://linuxforphp.com

This website is powered by a micro framework Doug created called FileCMS.


Code examples really show you what we're all about. We have 88 public repositories on github.com with examples written over the years primarily focused on Mezzio, Laminas (formerly Zend Framework), PHP, MySQL and MongoDB.


Under the stage name of ZelfĂ«  Doug played in the band Control which gave a number of unique performances in the early 1980s. He released a CD Contrasts in 1999. Look for a new release featuring Big Band music in the next year.

 About Us

unlikelysource.com  is a consortium of developers covering all aspects of web development from front to back. The three principal members are: Doug Bierer, Noona and Scott.

Up-and-coming Projects

  • FileCMS
    Completely file based website using PHP to dynamically build pages from HTML snippets. Incorporates the CK Editor, and lets you import HTML from your legacy website. You can also define a set of transformations that can be applied during import, or later. Includes an email contact form, and can run on PHP 8.
  • Single page pop-quiz
    Lets you create a pop quiz with just a single HTML page, no database, no back-end server, no programming language other than JavaScript and jQuery.

Joomla Extension

Andrew Caya has handed over the reins of the of the ever popular Joomla Simple Email Form extension back to yours truly. Andrew was instrumental in bringing this extension into the modern age, and his guiding hand will be missed. Check out the demo.
Coming Soon: Joomla 4 support!


Fiction titles, written under the pseudonym Douglas Alan , from Lulu include:

The End, And Then? Further Indications


Other titles from Packt are listed below.

MongoDB 4 Quick Start

PHP 7 Programming Cookbook

Learn MongoDB 4.x

 Simple Things You Can Do

Apply political pressure. The current "leadership" lacks the political will to not only alleviate the effects of climate change, but to do anything other than to serve their corporate (and 1%) overlords.

  • Get the phone numbers for your federal-level politicians and let them know your views
  • VOTE ... yes, we all know the vote is "rigged" ... but the more people who vote, the more obvious the corruption will become

Don't give up hope ... check out our training and cloud services. We can help you launch a new career or get your business online quickly and affordably. Without the stress of worrying about how you're going to get money to pay the rent or feed your family, you'll be in a better position to VOTE 'EM OUT and also to save our planet. It's the only one we've got.

 Climate Change

What we should all be talking about right now is climate change and Global Warming. I find it personally incredible that such an obvious issue is not being discussed in the mainstream media. Finally ... a good report on this in The Economist of all places!

The evidence staring us in the face: we read about it in the news every day, but it seems that very few people are willing to connect the dots and ask the simple question: what do the out-of-control wildfires in Australia, California, Greece and Sweden(!), have in common with extended hurricane seasons, and melting ice caps? Most climate scientists give us, i.e. the human race, eleven more years before this planet becomes uninhabitable for human life. The 1% know this pretty well. They're preparing their bunkers and private armies. Also ... why do you think several billionaires are all of sudden interested in getting into outer space and Mars? Question. Think. Act!!!