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php[architect]:
php[tek] 2016 Conference : Speaker Previews
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:27:20

If you've been considering attending the php[tek] conference this year but aren't quite sure what it's all about, you should check out these speaker preview videos for a bit more detail.

A number of our speakers for our php[tek] 2016 conference have graciously offered to make preview videos for us, showcasing what their talk will be out.

We started releasing them a few days ago and will be continuing to do so over the coming week. You can see a full playlist of these from Youtube below. Make sure to pick up your ticket soon, the conference is just 4 short weeks away!

You can find the current list of videos in this playlist over on YouTube that includes speakers like:

  • Cal Evans
  • Joe Ferguson
  • Tim Lytle
  • Jeff Geerling
  • Doris Chen

If you're ready to pick up a ticket of your own, check out the main conference site for more details about the event, sessions and to order your tickets.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference speaker preview video community

Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/04/phptek-2016-conference-speaker-previews/

Community News:
ZendCon 2016 Call for Papers Opens
Apr 21, 2016 @ 13:40:48

The ZendCon conference has just announced the opening of the Call for Papers for their 2016 event. The conference will once again be happening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in October (18th-21st).

We’re pleased to announce the ZendCon 2016 PHP Conference, the most anticipated PHP centric event of the year, where community and enterprise PHP developers from around the world gather to share and learn the latest hot trends and technologies in today's professional PHP development.

We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope you will submit a talk. In appreciation for the efforts provided, our speakers package ensures they will not need to worry about anything other than delivering the best talks.

They're not just looking for PHP topics either. They'll consider a wide range of topics including PHP frameworks, devops, source control, continuous delivery and many more. The Call for Papers ends May 31st, 2016 so be sure to get those submissions in early (and often) before time runs out.

tagged: zendcon zendcon16 conference callforpapers cfp open announcement

Link: https://cfp.zendcon.com

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 15 - Talking Sunshine PHP, Project Estimates, and Conferences with Ad
Apr 04, 2016 @ 09:48:54

The Free the Geek podcast, with host Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode featuring another interview with a member of the PHP community - Episode #15: Talking Sunshine PHP, Project Estimates, and Conferences with Adam Culp.

In this episode I chat with Adam Culp, founder of the Sunshine PHP, in sunny south Florida, about starting and running conferences, project estimates, and being professional developers.

In our fireside chat we start off by having a lively discussion about how Sunshine PHP got started. Adam shares what inspired him to kick off a conference in sunny Florida, as well as how you can do it too. He provides a number of tips, suggestions, and insights as to what it takes.

We then chat, at length, about one of his personal bugbears, thumb-suck time estimates for software projects. This is some seriously quality advice for any developer, regardless of where you are in your career. If you're not good at estimates, or have been burned by working with people who aren't, you won't want to miss this.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed (either RSS or iTunes) to get the latest shows as they're released.

tagged: freethegeek podcast ep15 adamculp sunshinephp estimates conference

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0015

Juozas Kaziukenas:
From PHP to Machine Code
Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:41:29

In his latest post Juozas Kaziukenas shares a video of his "From PHP to Machine Code" talk he presented at the PHP UK Conference earlier this year (2016).

I recently gave a talk at a few conferences titled “From PHP to Machine Code”. It explains how compilers and interpreters work in general, where are the performance gains to be found and how I applied all of that to build PyHP. PyHP is a little toy project which showcases the basics of taking source code of a programming language and executing it.

As I mention a few times in the talk, it is completely and utterly useless for practical use, but it’s one of the fundamental skill-sets for any programmer. I think knowing how a bunch of text makes a computer do things at the low level is required knowledge for everyone.

The video of the presentation is embedded in the post or you can watch it directly over on YouTube if you'd like. In it he walks you through the entire process that happens from the time the PHP is executed all the way down to opcodes and bytecodes.

tagged: video presentation phpuk16 conference bytecode compiler machine code execution

Link: https://juokaz.com/blog/from-php-to-machine-code.html

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 13 - Talking Nomad PHP, Laravel, and Conferences with Joe P. Ferguson
Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:06:27

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode - Episode #13: Talking Nomad PHP, Laravel, and Conferences with Joe P. Ferguson.

In this episode I have a fireside chat with the voice of Nomad PHP, Joe P. Ferguson. Joe shares how he got started as the voice of Nomad PHP.

He gives a rousing tale of what it was like to effectively build the community from scratch, with nothing but the backing of Cal Evans to open doors for him. Ok, Cal's name is legendary in the PHP community. He also shares what it's been like for him personally, growing over that time, and how he keeps sounding so passionate and enthusiastic on the show. You won't believe his secret. As well as this, we talk about being a conference speaker, whether that's starting out, or being a professional, along with some of the ups, downs, dos and don'ts.

And what would a chat with Joe be without a bit of Laravel. So grab your favourite beverage, your comfy chair, and get ready for a rousing fireside chat with Joe and I.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 itself for listening offline. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed to get information on the latest shows as they're released.

tagged: freethegeek podcast ep13 joepferguson nomadphp conference laravel

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0013

Marc Morera:
Symfony Catalunya
Mar 04, 2016 @ 10:55:51

In a new post to his site Marc Morera talks about a new Symfony conference happening in Barcelona, Spain in July of 2016 - Symfony Catalunya.

Imagine yourself in front of the Barcelona’s beach in July. It sounds good, right? Then, continue imagining yourself with a great Symfony environment, with a very cold beer, amazing people and even better topics to talk about.

Isn’t it the best plan ever? Well, if you feel that you need it, then you should continue reading this post…

I’m very very pleased to tell you that this plan is going to happen this summer. The Symfony Barcelona Association is working very hard on this first edition of Symfony Catalunya, an international Symfony event placed in our city. This event is 100% in english and is going to be very focused on how Symfony can help us in our day by day and in our jobs.

He talks some about the conference too including the emphasis on new talks, amazing speakers, ticket pricing and the emphasis on community. If you're interested in the conference, want to see some of the current lineup or just want to get tickets, visit the main conference site at Symfony.cat.

tagged: symfony catalunya spain conference barcelona

Link: http://mmoreram.com/blog/2016/03/03/symfony-catalunya/

CloudWays Blog:
Joomla Ace Tessa Mero Shares About PHP, Community & Offers Advice To Students
Mar 02, 2016 @ 10:48:11

The Cloudways blog has posted a new interview in their series of talks with members of the PHP community. In their latest interview they talk with Tessa Mero of the Joomla project.

Tessa Mero is Joomla Extension Directory(JED) Assistant Manager and a contributor to different PHP open source projects. She performs as a speaker in different PHP conferences and she is also an instructor and PACE-IT Mentor at Edmonds Community College. You can also contact her and she can provide you best guidance for your career. In this interview, she talks about her initial career, developers to follow in the PHP community and also gives useful consultancy to students.

In the interview Tessa answers questions about:

  • How she got started in her career as a PHP developer
  • How she became involved in conferences (both in attending and speaking)
  • Her experiences at Sunshine PHP
  • People in the community that have influenced her
  • How she sees Joomla fitting in with other similar software like WordPress and Drupal

You can read her answers to these and other questions in the full interview.

tagged: speaking developer joomla community interview tessamero cloudways conference

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-tessa-mero/

Adam Culp:
SunshinePHP 2016 Recap
Feb 12, 2016 @ 09:58:05

For those that weren't able to make it to the Sunshine PHP Conference this year, organizer Adam Culp has posted a quick recap of the event and some of the good, bad (and unfortunately ugly) that happened during the event.

SunshinePHP 2016 was an awesome event! Not only were we sold out of tickets for the 4th year in a row, but the attendee list was truly amazing! Each year more and more companies in South Florida send most if not all of their PHP developers to the conference. This year we saw at least 20 companies in South Florida send 5 or more of their developers, and around 8 of those sent around 10. We love seeing our work take hold, and with this many companies embracing the conference it is obvious we are doing a good job. Thanks to all for participating.

He talks some about the sponsors for this year's event and thanks them for their support. He also mentions some of the keynotes, talks and other activities that happened during the few days and, while there was some complaints about the event attendees overall enjoyed the conference.

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference wrapup adamculp

Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/1179

Ibuildings Blog:
Submit to the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) Call for Papers!
Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:52:45

As is mentioned in this new post to the Ibuildings blog, the Call for Papers for the Dutch PHP Conference is currently open and accepting submissions until February 22nd.

This year Ibuildings will host the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) in Amsterdam for the tenth time in a row, on June 23rd - 25th. As you may have noticed, since a couple of weeks you can send in your tutorial or talk proposals. The Call for Papers closes on February 22nd.

DPC offers a stage to veteran speakers as well as the less experienced and debuting speakers. [...] We're looking for speakers who talk about subjects that they're passionate about. Talks don't necessarily need to be about PHP development: any subject that might be of interest to PHP developers is welcome.

The post also includes some suggestions that could help you get accepted as a speaker for the conference including:

  • sending more than one proposal
  • getting reviews of the proposals either from coworkers or something like helpmeabstract.com
  • practice giving presentations locally too

Be sure and get those proposals in the February 22nd deadline before

tagged: callforpapers cfp dutchphpconference dpc16 submit community conference amsterdam

Link: https://www.ibuildings.nl/blog/2016/02/submit-dpc-call-papers

Thijs Feryn:
Making the PHPBenelux Conference happen
Feb 08, 2016 @ 13:20:05

If you've considered starting up a technical conference and wanted to get an inside look at what it takes, check out this recent post from Thijs Feryn about what it takes for the PHPBenelux organization to make the PHPBenelux Conference happen each year.

The PHPBenelux Conference edition 2016 took place last week in Antwerpen (Belgium). As an organizer, I’m really happy with the end result. I like to think that our attendees, speakers and sponsors also enjoyed it. It’s the 7th time we organize the PHPBenelux Conference and every year we try to introduce something new. Although the 7 years of experience and the well-organized crew have made it a lot easier to organize, it’s still a lot of work.

This post gives you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize the PHPBenelux Conference. It will reflect our passion, our strengths and our weaknesses.

The article covers what the conference is all about and what the name (PHPBenelux) represents. They also talk about some of the things that are important to them as an organization, the venus they've used for the past several years and some of the things that annoy them a bit about it. The article goes on to mention each of "the crew" behind the event, volunteers they have helping out and more about this year's event including the theme, how they handled sponsors and spending funds to make the event happen. They also cover one of the more fun things from this year's conference: the bumper cars from the speakers dinner.

Finally they end with a list of "lessons learned" and things they see they can do to help improve the event for years to come.

tagged: phpbenelux conference behindthescenes organizer lessons belgium

Link: https://blog.feryn.eu/making-the-phpbenelux-conference-happen/