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The #ZendCon Interview | The Unique 2015 Edition of ZendCon
Oct 02, 2015 @ 09:45:36

The 7PHP.com site has posted another interview in its series talking with members of the PHP community about what they're doing and things happening around the PHP ecosystem. In this new interview Khayratte Wasseem talks with Cal Evans and Adam Culp about this year's ZendCon conference.

ZendCon is said to be The Global PHP Conference and every year is an amazement in itself. But this year, 2015, will be one of those “once in a blue moon” type of event with the arrival of PHP 7. So Zend Inc., The PHP Company, promises to deliver one of the most unique and exciting ZendCon till date. Most of the PHP Rockstars and leaders will be there. I’m really sad I can’t be there. But if you are nearby, you should not miss it!

This 7PHP interview focuses entirely on ZendCon. I was honored to have this interview through The Community Father, Mr Cal Evans who is one of the key person behind the event and also the amazing Adam Culp being the main organizer.

In the interview they cover a bit of history about the conference, how it compares to other conferences and things they've learned from previous versions of the event. They also talk about some of their own experiences at the past events, things they'd like to share with other conferences and about Zend itself, the company that puts on ZendCon each year.

tagged: zendcon interview community calevans adamculp conference

Link: http://7php.com/zendcon-interview/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP Summer Camp 2015 Review
Sep 04, 2015 @ 10:55:15

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted an article from editor Bruno Skvorc reviewing the latest edition of the PHP Summer Camp conference that recently happened in Croatia.

You’re standing on a long pier, the last ten meters of which curiously belong to international waters despite being well inside the current country’s territory. As you climb the meter-high rock wall that forms a small barrier towards the west, you’re able to witness the sun dipping into the sea, far in the distance. Soft waves caress the rocky surface below your feet, bobbing the sea urchins and fish to and fro. There are other people there, each immersed in their own thoughts. No, that’s not a Dungeons and Dragons session starting. It’s the end of a great conference of workshops in Rovinj, Croatia, in the same spirit as [last year’s](http://www.sitepoint.com/phpsummercamp-review).

The PHP Summer Camp was made up of three tracks - two general PHP and one related just to eZ Publish. Bruno starts with a few of the key take-aways that he learned at the event before getting into reviews of each workshop he attended. He goes through each one describing what the session was about and some of the good/bad aspects he noticed. He also shares a "technical realization" he though of during the event around the use of Vagrant and provisioning virtual environments for the attendees. Finally he covers some of the "extras" like the early morning "triathlon" and evening events.

tagged: phpsummercamp15 conference wrapup review event sessions workshops

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-summer-camp-2015-review/

Run Geek Radio:
Episode 008 – Escaping PHP Variables Forgotten
Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:50:22

Adam Culp has posted his latest episode of his "Run Geek Radio" podcast series with Episode #8: Escaping PHP Variables Forgotten

Escaping variables in PHP is as important as ever, and developers can sometimes forget about it when using a modern framework. Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, talks a little about common pitfalls and how to handle them. Also covered is the ZendCon and SunshinePHP preparations and status of Adam speaking at some other upcoming conferences. Plus a brief update on the running front and training.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to the feed and get information about the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: rungeekradio ep08 escape variables security conference update

Link: https://rungeekradio.com/episode-008-escaping-php-variables-forgotten/

Stefan Koopmanschap:
WeCamp Wrap-up (Days 1 - 5)
Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:37:21

For those that couldn't attend this year's WeCamp conference but wanted to get an idea of what it was like, I'd suggest checking out Stefan Koopmanschap's five part series if his experiences there. This year he participated as a coach rather than just an attendee so his perspective changed a bit.

He's posted summaries from each day of the event, chronicling their journey from a group of unknowns to a cohesive team with a finished project by the end of the event:

The WeCamp "conference" is more of a large hackathon where teams are camping on an island for the duration. They form random teams the first day and come up with a product idea to take to fruition over the course of a few days. If you're interested in the event and want to learn more about future plans, be sure to check out the main conference site.

tagged: wecamp15 conference event coach stefankoopmanschap

Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/categories/wecamp15/

Pacific Northwest PHP Conference | Sneak Glance At The Pre-Event!
Sep 01, 2015 @ 09:09:17

In another in their series of interviews about people and things happening in the PHP community, the 7php.com site has posted a sneak peak of the Pacific Northwest PHP Conference and interviews one of the organizers, Jeremy Lindblom.

Khayrattee Wasseem talks with Jeremy about some of his work with the Seattle PHP User Group and where he'll be working in the near future (the Engrade team at McGraw-Hill Education). He also answers questions about:

  • What the conference is about and when it was first launched
  • Where the idea came from and what some of the objectives are
  • How the feedback has been so far
  • Who else has been on the team helping organize the event (and provided advice)
  • How they're handing sponsors and what challenges came around that

Jeremy also shares a message to thinking about attending the conference:

I honestly believe that everyone who attends, both in person and online is going to have a good experience, learn new things, and make new friends. My hope is that you will feel the strength of the PHP community and have a desire to contribute back to it afterwards.
tagged: 7php interview jeremylindblom pnwphp15 pacific northwest conference

Link: http://7php.com/pre-pnwphp-2015/

Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2016 Call for Papers Now Open
Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:14:10

The 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP conference, happening in Miami, Florida between February 4th and 6th, has officially opened their Call for Papers for their upcoming event.

We’re pleased to announce our conference, SunshinePHP is one of the best PHP conferences where community members from around the world come together to learn and share information about the latest trends and technologies in professional PHP development.

The speaker package for their 2016 event includes an all-access pass to the conference itself, airfare/travel to the event, two hotel nights and lunch provided on regular conference days. They're accepting submissions until midnight (EST) on September 30th and highly advise submitting more than one session idea. They also have a few suggested topics they'd like to see at this year's event including:

  • Virtualization and environments
  • Development principles
  • User Experience/Usability
  • Continuous Integration
  • Debugging
  • Teamwork and/or Developer Management
  • Professional development

It may be a PHP-centric conference but they're looking for a wide range of other topics to round it out too. If you have an idea for a session you'd like to present, be sure to submit as soon as possible!

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference callforpapers cfp open announcement

Link: http://cfp.sunshinephp.com/

Community News:
SkiPHP Conference Call for Papers Deadline Coming Soon (Sept. 15th)
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:13:03

The SkiPHP conference has posted a reminder to all of the speakers (or those wanting to become speakers) in the PHP community - their call for papers for the 2016 edition of their event ends on September 15th, just 20 days from today!

We are committed to getting the best speakers possible! To do that, we have arranged for a generous speaker package that makes it well worth our speakers' time. If one or more of your talks are accepted, and you commit to speak at Ski PHP, we will provide the following to you: a complimentary full ticket to the conference, three nights stay at a hotel, round-trip airline ticket to Salt Lake City, speaker dinner before the conference [and more].

If you're interested in submitting for the 2016 event, head over to their Call for Papers page on the conference website and submit now! If you just want to find out more about the conference check out the main conference site. Tickets aren't on sale just yet, but keep an eye on their Twitter account for information on when sales will open.

tagged: skiphp15 conference callforpapers submission cfp deadline saltlakecity utah

Link: https://www.skiphp.com/speak/package

Larry Garfield:
Just how insular is the PHP community?
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:20:37

In this post to his site Larry Garfield takes a look at how insular the PHP community is and, instead of just expressing personal opinions on the subject, looks at data around some of the "same old faces" comments recently pointed at the PHP community.

Periodically, there is a complaint that PHP conferences are just "the same old faces". That the PHP community is insular and is just a good ol' boys club, elitist, and so forth. It's not the first community I've been part of that has had such accusations made against it, so rather than engage in such debates I figured, let's do what any good scientist would do: Look at the data!

He starts with a look at the Joind.in conference feedback site and the data it has to offer. This is what he's basing is research on, pulling the information from the site's JSON API to work through it locally. While the detailed information is attached on another page he does share a summary of his findings. Interestingly enough, just a bit over half of the speakers at these events were first-time speakers. His results show that there's an average of 13.1% of new speakers at each event too.

tagged: insular community conference speaker joindin data results

Link: http://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/php-conference-data

Community News:
Confoo Conference opens Call for Papers
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:34:42

The ConFoo conference has officially announced the opening of their Call for Papers for the 2016 edition of their conference.

We are looking for the best speakers, willing to share their experience and their skills with developers and managers. The 2016 conference will cover [a wide range of] aspects of Web development. [...] You may present in English or in French. If you can present in either language, simply add a note when submitting. Presentations are 35 minutes + 10 minutes for questions.

Topics they're looking for include everything from PHP to mobile development and several other languages (including .NET, Java and Python). The conference will take place in February of 2016 (24th through 26th) in the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, Canada. Be sure to get your submissions in soon as the call for papers will close on September 20th, less than a month away. You can find out more about the conference, the call for papers and what they'll provide for their speakers on the Call for Papers page of the site.

tagged: confoo conference callforpapers open deadline cfp

Link: http://confoo.ca/en/call-for-papers

Joe Ferguson:
On Community Silos
Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:17:30

Joe Ferguson recently attended the Laracon US conference, a conference centered around the Laravel framework and the community that's around it. In this post to his site he shares some of his thoughts about the event and something else that came up during the course of the event - the topic of "silos" in communities.

When the [JeoPHPardy] game was over I was thinking about a lot of the questions that the contestants couldn’t answer and how that relates to this being a Laravel conference. (As opposed to a PHP conference). [...] The point I’d like to make is that a random sampling of Laravel conference attendees were unable to answer medium to high difficulty PHP related questions. [...] I find it frustrating that a random sampling of Laracon attendees seem to be out of touch with not only notable PHP podcast hosts, the Framework Interoperability Group that is guiding the way they write code, and inner workings of the PHP language itself.

He goes on to share his frustration with the "silo" that it seems like the Laravel community has created, making their interactions with the general PHP community somewhat less. He points out that he's not picking on Laravel, though. He shifts the focus away from complaints about the community differences and instead emphasizes bringing people out of these silos. He includes a few practical things that can help too: attending a conference, going to a more general PHP user group, etc.

tagged: community laraconus15 conference involvement laravel silo encouragement

Link: http://www.joeferguson.me/on-community-silos/