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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/

Laravel News:
Laracon Online 2017 Recap
Mar 14, 2017 @ 10:45:56

The Laravel News site has posted a recap of the Laravel Online conference that happened back on March 8th (2017).

The first Laracon Online conference just wrapped up and based on feedback many loved the event. I want to personally thank the Laravel community for helping make this a reality.

[...] We had developers from all over the world hanging out in Slack, watching the live stream, and socializing. It got a little crazy at times but everyone behaved, and it was fun watching the room scroll so fast that even the world champion speed reader would have trouble keeping up.

The post includes feedback from the attendees of the conference, a brief summary of each of the talks presented and a list of sponsors and other resources to get more detail on the event.

tagged: laracon online conference recap 2017

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laracon-online-2017-recap

Tighten.co:
Q&A With The Speakers From Laracon Online 2017
Mar 13, 2017 @ 10:15:37

On the Tighten blog there's an interview posted with some of the speakers from the recent Laracon Online conference that included Jeffrey Way, Evan You, Jason McCreary and Taylor Otwell.

Wednesday was the inaugural Laracon Online, an online conference devoted to bringing great Laravel teaching to folks who may not be able to attend an in-person conference. Tighten co-founder Matt Stauffer spoke on Laravel's service container, along with Taylor Otwell, creator of Laravel; Jeffrey Way, creator of Laracasts; Adam Wathan, Tighten alum; and several more excellent speakers.

During the session, conference attendees asked questions for the speakers to answer after their talks were over. However, the Slack channel was a fast-paced mix of conversations and Q&A, so we wanted to aggregate the Q&A sessions that did happen together in a single place.

The interview consolidates the questions asked of each of the eight speakers including in some cases links to the resources mentioned.

tagged: laracon online conference speaker qa interview

Link: https://blog.tighten.co/q-and-a-with-the-speakers-from-laracon-online-2017

Voices of the ElePHPant:
What Conference Organizers Wish Speakers Knew
Mar 07, 2017 @ 12:47:36

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted a roundtable, hosted by Cal Evans, session it recent recorded with several conference organizers sharing what conference organizers wish speakers knew about speaking, the events themselves and how they can improve as a speaker.

Cal is joined by organizers from five different conferences all around the world:

  • Adam Culp (Sunshine PHP)
  • Chris Cornutt (Lone Star PHP)
  • Anna Filina (ConFoo)
  • James Titcumb (PHP Southcoast)
  • Michelangelo van Dam (PHP Benelux)

You can catch this latest episode in a few different ways either using the in-page audio or video player or by downloading just the audio. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant podcast roundtable conference organizer speaker

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/03/07/conference-organizers-wish-speakers-knew/