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Laravel News:
Laracon EU 2017 Talk Videos are now on Youtube
Sep 25, 2017 @ 11:52:23

On the Laravel News site they've announced the release of the videos from Laracon EU 2017 on YouTube - perfect for those that couldn't make the event this year.

Today, Laracon EU uploaded all of the speaker videos to YouTube and here is the link to the full playlist.

The playlist features 20 videos and is sure to keep you busy for a few days. Also, be sure and join the wait list for the 2018 event.

Sessions presented at this year's event included:

You can check out the full playlist for these and more great sessions.

tagged: laraconeu17 conference video release youtube playlist

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laracon-eu-2017-videos

PHP Town Hall Podcast:
Episode 54: Conferences and Stuff
Aug 30, 2017 @ 12:15:13

The PHP Town Hall podcast, hosted by Ben Edmunds and Amanda Folson, has posted their latest episode - Episode #54: Conferences and Stuff.

Amanda Folson and Ben Edmunds are joined by Daniel Cousineau, Tracy Hinds, Ian Littman, and Matt Trask to discuss the good, bad, and ugly of conference organizing.

Make sure to check out the kickstarter for the Longhorn PHP Conference.

You can catch this latest episode either using the in-page audio or video player or you can download the mp3 of the show to listen offline. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates when the latest shows are released.

tagged: phptownhall ep54 conference organizing ianlitman danielcousineau tracyhinds matttrask podcast

Link: https://phptownhall.com/episode-54-conferences-and-stuff/

Nexmo Blog:
Laracon 2017 New York City – Conference report
Aug 23, 2017 @ 10:47:32

If you weren't able to make it to this year's Laracon US conference, the Nexmo blog has shared a summary of the event including some of their own highlights.

I recently attended Laracon in New York City for the 4th year in a row. This year the conference was held at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen, with 500 people in attendance (and a waiting list of over 1000!) making it the biggest one yet.

While the conference focuses on the Laravel PHP framework, the talks were diverse and covered topics like database segregation for multi-tenant applications, aesthetic and design tips for developers, advice on growing and scaling a side project into a business, and the importance of deep-focus work.

The author focuses on four of the talks that she found most useful:

  • "CRUDDY by Design" from Adam Wathan
  • "Custom Laravel" by Matt Stauffer
  • "Slay the Beast" from Jeffrey Way

The final talk was actually a keynote from Taylor Otwell himself covering the major changes that are coming in the 5.5 version of the framework including the Laravel Horizon queue management package. Each section comes with details of the session and links to other sources for more information.

tagged: laraconus17 conference wrapup summary event community laravel

Link: https://www.nexmo.com/blog/2017/08/15/laracon-2017-nyc-conference-report-dr/

Community News:
Videos of PHP Srbija 2017 have been released
Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:58:37

As Freek Van der Herten mentions on his site, the videos from this year's PHP Srbija conference (2017) have been released in a YouTube playlist.

Presentations for this year's event included:

You can check out the full list of sessions and videos in this YouTube playlist.

tagged: video release conference phpsrbija17 session

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfGr5rAHwhIJtdueIX5-9aEE7K94TNTqC

thePHP.cc:
Conferences: for Fun or Profit?
Aug 04, 2017 @ 12:56:44

On thePHP.cc blog they share some thoughts about conferences and, more specifically, the way that PHP conferences are handled with respect to speaker compensation.

Attending an IT conference is fun. You get to meet people, listen to interesting presentations, maybe even participate in a workshop where you can expand your skills. Furthermore, there is free food, evening activities including parties, and networking. At the very least, it is a break from doing time in the office.

Each tech community, including PHP, has some well-known speakers that frequently present at conferences around the world. Admittedly, we are among them. How cool must it be to get all this excitement of a conference, and even get paid to do it?

Wait a moment. Nobody said that conference speakers get paid to do their job. And in fact, they are not.

They talk briefly about the history of conferences in the PHP community and how, despite the industry standard being to the contrary, they'll often pay for speaker travel/accommodations. Despite the time taken to prepare a presentation at a PHP conference, (most) speakers do not anticipate being paid for the speaking time itself. The post ends with a discussion about the amount of time they (thePHP.cc) spend around conferences and when they expect that an event would help out speakers with costs involved with the event.

tagged: conference fun profit opinion compensation speaker

Link: https://thephp.cc/news/2017/08/conferences-fun-or-profit

Matt Stauffer:
New Laravel 5.5 Features: Recap from Laracon US 2017
Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:45:54

Matt Stauffer has a new post to his site sharing some of the new features and updates to Laravel that were announced at Laracon US 2017. This is the second post in his series covering what's new in Laravel 5.5.

He was updating the post as the items were announced (live-blogging) and now the post has the complete list:

  • Frontend presets
  • New routing options
  • Blade::if
  • Renderable mailable
  • Renderable Exceptions
  • Responsable interface
  • One-off Notifications
  • Validation improvements
  • TrustedProxy package brought internally
  • Migrate:fresh
  • New database migration trait
  • WithoutExceptionHandling middleware
  • Dusk improvements
  • Package auto-discovery
  • Vendor:publish menu
  • Auto-registered console commands
  • Job chaining
  • Better missing model handling in jobs

As you can see the list is quite long and filled with both updates to current functionality and with new features. Check out the full post for information on each - some come with descriptions and other with commands/code to show them in action.

tagged: laravel v55 features laraconus17 conference liveblog updates

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/new-laravel-5-5-features-recap-from-laracon-us-2017

PHP Roundtable:
A php[tek] 2017 Special
Jun 05, 2017 @ 17:22:04

The PHP Roundtable podcast has posted a new episode that was recorded live at this year's php[tek] conference in Atlanta: Episode #63. Host Sammy Powers is joined by a whole host of other PHP community members: Amanda Folson, Eric Van Johnson, John Congdon, Ben Edmunds, Matthew Trask, Joe Ferguson, Ben Ramsey, Steven Wade, Jason McCreary and Justin Reherman.

We have a mashup recording with PHPUgly and PHP Town Hall during the community night at php[tek] 2017. We chat about OSMI, UUID's, git, product development, getting involved in the PHP community and funky socks.

You can catch the latest episode of this podcast either using the in-page audio or video player or you can watch it directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the show be sure to check out other shows in their archive, follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their feed to get updates when new shows are released.

tagged: phproundtable podcast ep63 sammypowers phptek2017 tek17 conference phptek

Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/a-php-tek-2017-special

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Can 9-to-5 Developers Be Good Developers?
May 04, 2017 @ 12:42:25

On the SitePoint PHP blog editor Bruno Skvorc has written up an article that wonders if 9-to-5 developers can be good developers.

While picking talks for the conference he’s organizing, James Titcumb recently tweeted that well known speakers get picked over others because, among other things, they’re reliable (i.e. they don’t cancel). I would argue that “among other things” carries more weight – I believe that most conference organizers pick such talks and speakers because they like to play it safe and fear risks.

Bruno gets into some of his own opinions about conferences and speaker selections first, noting that he sees a lot of organizers "playing it safe" with topics and speakers (and the idea of "intellectual diversity"). He then talks about the 9-to-5 developers out there that haven't been exposed to a lot of these "safe" topics because they don't branch out of their corporate bubble and attend conferences. He ends the post reflecting on one of the most used excuses for not branching outside of work hours - time, it being a "precious resource" and ideas about balance.

tagged: 9to5 developer good conference speaker opinion time

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/can-9-5-developers-good-developers/

Community News:
PHP UK 2017 Videos Published
Apr 18, 2017 @ 09:12:59

As Freek Van der Herten has mentioned in this post on his site the videos for all of the sessions at this year's PHP UK Conference have been released over on YouTube.

Sessions at this year's event included:

...and many more. Be sure to check out the full playlist with 34 videos for lots of great speakers covering lots of great topics.

tagged: phpuk17 conference video recording session release youtube

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_aPVo2HeGF-_djRi_UVWWLdkVpYQFnFm

Anna Filina:
ConFoo Vancouver Call for Papers
Apr 14, 2017 @ 10:11:50

As Anna Filina mentions in this recent post to her site, the Call for Papers for the Vancouver edition of the ConFoo conference is currently open.

ConFoo is happy to open the call for papers for the Vancouver 2017 edition! Proposals can be submitted until May 8th. Advisors will review all the proposals and publish the list of talks on June 5th.

Talks are 35 minutes for the topic and 10 minutes for Q&A, for a total of 45 minutes. Check out the list of themes. ConFoo will cover travel and hotel for the speakers who require it.

ConFoo is a multidisciplinary conference that covers a wide range of topics including languages (PHP, Java, .NET, etc) and different platforms and best practices. You can find out more information about the conference and get your submissions in over on the Call for Papers site. There's less than a month left so get on over and get those topics submitted!

tagged: confoo vancouver conference cfp callforpapers announcement

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