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Chris Hartjes:
True North PHP Is Done
Nov 08, 2016 @ 09:45:24

Chris Hartjes has a new (sad) post on his site today sharing news about the True North PHP conference, the "first PHP-centric event in the Greater Toronto Area since 2006" - the organizers have made the decision to end the conference's run after five years.

Why are you stopping the conference?!?"

This is the most common question I've been asked since earlier in the year when my conference partner Pete and I decided that we would run our small PHP-centric conference TrueNorthPHP one more time and then shut it down.

[...] But why did I go along with shutting down such an awesome event. Sure, I could keep doing this another 5 times. But I'm just not wired this way.

He gets into the details about why the conference was started, the work that he and Peter Meth put into the project and why they made the decision to no longer run the event. Chris talks about how his "restlessness" played into the decision and how, despite the conference being a success for several years, it was time for him to move on to another challenge.

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Link: https://www.littlehart.net/atthekeyboard/2016/11/07/true-north-php-is-done/

Anna Filina:
ConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers
Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:58:17

Anna Filina has a post to her site mentioning the opening of the Call for Papers for Confoo Montreal 2017, a yearly multi-disciplinary programming and web related conference in Montreal, Canada.

Want to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

This year's event (well, the 2017 event) will be held March 8th - 17th. You can find out more about the conference itself from the main website. There's less than a month left now to submit session ideas, so get in there and submit today!

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Link: http://afilina.com/confoo-yul2017-cfp/

Community News:
PHP Niagara User Group Kickoff
Nov 09, 2012 @ 11:34:22

For those in the St. Catharines area of Ontario looking for a group of like-minded PHP developers to hang out with, you're in luck. Mike Cousins has helped to start up PHP Niagara, a group for PHP and web development fans/professionals in the area.

The PHP Niagara Users Group is for PHP and related Web developers in the Greater Niagara area; whether you're a seasoned veteran or struggling with your first WordPress blog, you're welcome to come out and learn, network, share, and have a good time.

Their first meeting is happening December 6th in St. Catharines at the Coffee Culture on St. Paul Street at 7pm. It won't be a formal meeting, just a "get to know each other" kind of meetup with planning for the future. Because of the venue, space is limited, so be sure to RSVP early if you'd like to attend. You can also follow the group on Twitter for their latest updates!

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Community News:
Schedule Announced for True North PHP Conference 2012
Oct 03, 2012 @ 12:14:10

The True North PHP Conference, happening November 2nd and 3rd in Toronto, Canada, has officially announced their schedule for this year's event that includes speakers from all over the world.

Sessions that will be presented at this year's conference include:

  • "Your code sucks, let's fix it" (Rafael Dohms)
  • "Javascript APIs and the HTML5 Umbrella" (Jake Smith)
  • "Cryptography for the Average Developer" (Anthony Ferrara)
  • "Practical Solr" (Radek Zajkowski)
  • "Getting Acquainted with MongoDB" (Jeremy Mikola)

Tickets are on sale and you can picks yours up for $200 CAD with both days of the event included. For more information, see the conference's main page at TrueNorthPHP.com.

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Anna Filina:
Unveiling ConFoo 2013
Aug 23, 2012 @ 15:27:14

Anna Filina has a quick new post to her site about the upcoming ConFoo conference happening February 25th through March 1st in Montreal, Canada.

If you have never heard of ConFoo, it is one of the most important developer-oriented conferences. The team brings you speakers from around the globe to share their hands-on experience with various web technologies. The best news is: it’s driven by the community and is non for profit!

The call for papers opens on August 27 and is important even if you are not a speaker. You can vote on all the proposals as they come in, telling the team exactly what you wish to learn.

If you're interested in speaking this year, you can sign up for their newsletter and get notifications. If you'd just like to find out more about the event, check out the main conference site. (For a look at last year's event, take a look at its schedule.)

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Job Posting:
Options Consulting Solutions Seeks PHP Developer Team Lead (Toronto, Canada)
Apr 26, 2011 @ 17:35:26

Company Options Consulting Solutions (Recruiting Agency)
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title PHP Developer Team Lead
Summary

My client is a developer of high-traffic, large-scale websites and currently has 5 PHP Developer Team Lead roles available due to aggressive growth. Centrally located in Toronto, competitive salaries, cutting edge technology and a flat structure that allows for growth and development. All in all a great environment. They are more than willing to sponsor/relocate candidates for these positions for the U. S., U.K. and Western Europe.

Summary:
Reporting to the Development Manager, this role is responsible for the development of large scale Internet web sites. We are responsible for evaluation, design, selection and implementation of pragmatic, cost effective technologies, to support our various clients' business models.

Skill Requirements

  • Proven team building and leadership experience in a web development environment
  • Staff training and team development skills and experience
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Experienced in estimating effort and elapsed time required to complete project deliverables.
  • Skilled in both Object Oriented and Non-Object Oriented Design and programming techniques.
  • Several years of skill in PHP and at least one other object oriented language such as perl or Java.
  • Experience designing with large scale distributed databases.
  • Strong business and technical analytical ability so as to create robust technical design documentation from business requirements documentation.
  • Proven ability to define success criteria to meet and measure quality expectations.

Responsibilities:

  • Motivating and leading a team of 6 to 10 application developers.
  • Provide feedback on business requirements documentation to ensure resolution of any apparent ambiguity or contradictions.
  • Functional Breakdown, Design, Programming, testing and maintaining web site applications to support the business requirements.
  • Perform impact analysis for design modification and obtain signoff from the Architecture Team.
  • Participation in the selection and implementation of third party software to support design where it is practicable.
  • Communicating with several third party billing processors to setup and maintain robust ecommerce billing solutions.
  • Appropriate documentation for each development step - including functional, design, and testing specifications.
  • Developing and documenting workload estimates (ie: Creation of workload breakdown plan to define and track software development efforts)
  • Delivering functionality within these estimated effort and time frames
  • Selection, implementation and/or modification of web development practices and methodologies to support continuous improvement efforts.
  • Provide assistance to junior programmers to generate Low Level Design documentation for new or modified functionality.
  • Conduct Design reviews with Technical Architect, Project Manager and Manager of Software Development for final design approvals.
  • Conduct documentation and code reviews for their team members to ensure standards compliance.
  • Define test methodology and use cases to analyze and verify software programs, forms, reports and interfaces.
  • Communicate issues and status information to Project Management Office concerning system development activities.
  • Liaison with Project Management Office to resolve scheduling conflict and project dependencies.
  • Update system data and prepare conversion requirement as necessary for new implementation and production rollout.
  • Participate in project status review meetings with other Team Leads and the Development Manager

Technical Expectations

  • 5-6+ years of PHP 4/5 design/coding/testing/implementing using Open Source approach
  • 4+ years of Object Orientation design and development experience for large scale distributed web applications
  • Linux, Mac O/SX, MySQL, PHP, Apache/Light HTTP technologies experience
  • Computer Science trained graduate or equivalent work experience

For more information contact Kenneth Cosgrove at kcosgrove@optionspersonnel.com

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Job Posting:
Company Confidential Seeks Senior PHP Developer (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Jan 11, 2011 @ 13:56:24

Company Company Confidential
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Title Senior PHP Developer
Summary

Our client is an incredibly successful organization in the digital media sector. They are enjoying ongoing growth. As such, they require a Senior PHP Developer.

Being a highly motivated and dedicated professional with an exceptional commitment to excellence while understanding the importance of being a team player is paramount in your being successful with our client. Your mandate is to take part in the programming activities for the various projects related to the development of web applications.

Job Description

  • Execute web page development with XHTML/CSS/JavaScript/AJAX;
  • Contribute to the development with object oriented programming (PHP5);
  • Work comfortably with MySQL;
  • Diagnose and repair problems/bugs;
  • Design, develop and draft functional specs as required during the development process;
  • Carry out complementary tasks to your day-to-day responsibilities.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor in computer science or any other pertinent training;
  • Over 5 years experience in web programming;
  • Experience in working with MySQL, or MS SQL, HTML and PHP 4 or 5;
  • Experience in Flash and Action Script (asset).
  • Excellent team player.
  • French or English, however bilingualism is an asset.

To apply or for more information, contact Robert at atr.employment@yahoo.ca

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Job Posting:
TheChange.com Seeks Lead Web Developer - PHP (Vancouver, BC)
Jun 29, 2010 @ 08:07:39

Company TheChange.com
Location Vancouver, BC
Title Lead Web Developer (PHP)
Summary

http://www.thechange.com/jobs/1312/

Passionate about using technology for social change?! Want to be a part of the founding team of a promising start-up? If you are a self-motivated, entrepreneurial web developer then keep reading!

TheChange is a media platform for sustainability engagement, in a local context. People use our platform to shop, work and study for change while organizations use TheChange to connect with a highly targeted and motivated audience interested in their sustainability initiatives and opportunities. We launched TheChange.com on May 15th with the participation of over 50 of BC's leading sustainable companies and NGO's. We have big plans for future development. It's an exciting time to join our team!

As the back-end development lead you will be responsible for architecting, implementing and maintaining the back end functionality of our platform. You'll be responsible for various additional tasks including bug fixes, server troubleshooting and strategic technical input. You will work closely with our web design and marketing team members to develop and create a continually better customer experience. Growth and new challenges will be endless with this job as the company scales up at a continually faster pace.

This is not your regular 9 - 5 job. We are looking for someone who shares our vision, has an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic and is keen to be part of a start-up environment. If you are a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy working in an agile and iterative development environment, then you’ll fit right in.

Please note: Our start-up is supported by a government program that funds innovative technology start-ups; this program requires that new hires are 30 years or younger and have post secondary education.

Recent graduates with a strong portfolio are encouraged to apply!

Qualifications

  • Post secondary degree or diploma in a related field
  • 3+ years of demonstrated web development experience
  • Strong working ability in PHP
  • Strong working knowledge of MySQL and experience building scalable database driven web sites
  • Experience using open source software and services
  • Knowledge of MVC frameworks (CakePHP, Codeigniter, Elgg)
  • Basic sysadmin skills for linux-based deployments
  • E-commerce experience is preferred

Who you are

  • Passionate about web technologies, usability and analytics
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; you love iterating and shipping quickly and frequently
  • Excited at the prospect of putting everything into your work
  • A deep belief in learning through doing
  • Excellent communicator with good project management skills
  • Dedicated to constant refinement and improvement in every task you take on
  • Understanding and interest in Web 2.0 concepts - social media, UGC, online communities
  • You're innately driven to create web applications that users love

Bonus

  • Previous start-up experience
  • Experience with the Elgg framework
  • Experience with social media integration (Facebook Connect, Twitter API etc.)

Why Join Us?

  • Get involved with a start-up that has garnered early traction and grow with the company
  • Lead technology development and use your skills to make a mark!
  • We can offer a base salary and equity participation

We Want to Hear From You!
Please direct all inquiries and resumes to annalea@thechange.com. Please include links to previous projects!

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Job Posting:
Ganz Seeks PHP Developer (Toronto, Ontario)
Jan 21, 2010 @ 20:41:36

Company Ganz
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title PHP Developer
Summary

Summary:
ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT ONLINE GAMES ??

Now is your chance to join the Ganz team that has brought you Webkinz and Webkinz Jr. You can be a part of our new Massively Multiplayer Gaming adventures!!

Responsibilities:

  • Administer Linux Server Environment.
  • Manage MySQL and Oracle databases, optimize data loading techniques, and provide data modeling expertise is a plus.
  • Manipulate data and log files to provide extensive statistical reporting.
  • Create and maintain PHP scripts.
  • Ensure high level of server and network security.
  • Create and maintain detailed documentation of server and database environment.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience administrating and troubleshooting Linux Servers, with the proven ability to maintain a high level of server and network security standards.
  • Extensive experience with MySQL and Oracle databases including data manipulation and data modeling.
  • Expert Object Oriented PHP programming and SQL programming.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Computer Science/Engineering degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with UML modeling and Macromedia Flash a plus.
  • Experience with additional programming languages preferred.

Interested candidates are invited to forward resumes by email to careers@ganz.com.

Please check out our websites: www.webkinz.com and www.webkinzjr.com

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Community News:
ConFoo.ca Call for Papers Announced
Sep 29, 2009 @ 13:09:58

The ConFoo.ca conference (the renamed and revamped conference formerly called PHP Quebec) has officially opened its Call for Papers ending November 13th:

Confoo.ca is launching its call for speakers for the 2010 conference. With more than 500 attendees, Confoo.ca is the largest Web development conference in North America. We are looking for the best speakers, willing to share their experiences and their skills with programmers and managers (marketing and decision makers). The 2010 event will feature many novelties in its organization and presentations.

There's two tracks for next year's conference - a technical track for things like programming, development and standards and a "decision making" track covering things like SEO, social networking and marketing analysis. Presentations can be made in English and French and speakers will have some travel and lodging expenses paid for. For more information on the Call for Papers, check out this page on the ConFoo website (or to submit right away, click here to start the process).

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