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CoderFaire Announced (Nashville, TN)
July 10, 2012 @ 09:44:39

A new event has officially been announced for those in the Nashville area - CoderFaire, a 2 day event with a wide range of topics to appeal to all sorts of developers, not just the PHP folks.

From APIs to some technology starting with a Z, and all points in between, we've got sessions to spark your creativity. You will hear about new technologies and learn new techniques as you listen to local speakers talk about how they are creating cool things here in Nashville. When you find you need a break, kick back in the lab and connect with a CoderFaire Nashville Lab Partner or other attendees. We'll have soft drinks and coffee aplenty to lubricate the conversations.

The schedule has also officially been announced and includes sessions like:

    Where MVC Ends, Services Begin - Ben Ramsey & Marcus Whitney Titanium Mobile Development - Andrew McElroy
  • GUIs Come and Go, CLI is Forever - Brian Dailey
  • Getting Results with Scrum & Kanban - Brendan Wovchko & Chris Hefley
  • Writing Code That is Easy to Change - Jesse Bunch

You can register for the event (happening August 25th) at $25 USD.

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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Jacques Woodcock (of Nashville PHP)
March 20, 2012 @ 11:06:36

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode - an interview with Jacques Woodcock, a leader in the Nashville PHP community (including the Nashville PHP user group) and developer on The Kit.

Cal's "three questions" for Jacques are:

  • What made you choose PHP (despite not having a background in programming)?
  • What have you learned about the PHP community that you didn't know before starting with the user group?
  • What's been the most interesting part of leading the Nashville PHP user group?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player or by downloading the mo3 directly. You can also subscribe to their feed to get this and other great episodes automatically.

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Community News:
PHP Community Conference Wrapups
April 25, 2011 @ 12:02:03

The PHP Community Conference has wrapped up and attendees are already starting to post about their experiences. Here's a list so far of the people that have summaries posted to their sites:

Did you attend the conference and have you posted a summary of your own? let us know!

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Sean Coates' Blog:
PHP Community Conference
March 25, 2011 @ 10:45:10

Sean Coates has posted a new entry to his blog today looking at some of his past experiences in the PHP community (from php|architect to OmniTI and now Gimmie Bar) and how knowing people in the community helped him be in the "right place at the right time". Because of this, he recommends the PHP Community Conference as a way to get your own foot in the door and meet the wider community.

Nearly everyone I know and have had a long-term relationship with, in the PHP community, I met at a conference. Sure, I'd often "known" someone from their online persona, but it's hard to really "know" someone until you've spent some face time with them, preferably with a beer or two between you.

He points out that the PHP Community Conference is run by members of the PHP community and has been arranged as a great event to make those new connections (or renew old ones). The conference is happening April 21st and 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee and tickets are currently on sale.

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ServerGrove Blog:
One month to go for the PHP Community Conference
March 23, 2011 @ 08:38:44

The ServerGrove blog has a new post today giving you a one month reminder about the upcoming PHP Community Conference happening April 21st and 22nd in Nashville, TN.

We talked about the PHP Community Conference a couple of months ago. At the time, we got on board because of the philosophy and leadership behind it. Community is what drives PHP and the PHP community is not only about the code, but also about sharing ideas, workflow, tools, collaboration, vision and startups.

This time they look at things slightly different and mention some of the folks presenting sessions for the event. These include names familiar to the community including Rasmus Lerdorf, Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Lorna Mitchell and Joel Perras. If you'd like more information about the event or to just pick up a ticket of your own, check out the PHP Community Conference website.

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Community News:
PHP Community Conference Registration Opens!
February 03, 2011 @ 08:40:23

The PHP Community Conference has officially announced the opening of their registration for the April event in Nashville, TN.

The PHP Community Conference is all about you! Come on out to Nashville for a different kind of conference this spring. We're going to hear from community members about projects they're working on and how they were inspired. It's going to be a fun, laid-back event where you and the people you'll meet can collaborate to build some awesome applications of your own with PHP.

The price for a two day ticket to the even comes in at $349.95 USD and includes access to both the tutorial day and the normal conference day. You can purchase the ticket through their Eventbrite page and reserve your spot today.

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Community News:
PHP Community Conference Website Update - Call for Proposals & Sponsorships
January 26, 2011 @ 08:27:32

The PHP Community Conference website has gotten a bit of an update to help fill in some of the gaps about the conference. They've added pages specifically for the Call for Papers and for Sponsorship options.

From the Call for Papers:

We're calling for presentations on the topic of real world PHP. Tell us about an inspiring project you're working on and why it's important. We don't want to focus on the details of the code itself, but rather on how your project solves a problem or fills a need.

And from the Sponsorship information

Instead of just collecting money in exchange for ad space, we want to take the opportunity to get to know our sponsors. We figure that this is our chance to create partnerships with people who believe in our mission, so raising the PHP community's awareness of our sponsors should be just be the beginning.

Whether you're looking to be a sponsor or an attendee, you can find complete details on the event on the main conference website. Tickets aren't on sale yet but will be on February 3rd (a few days after the Call for Papers ends).

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Ben Ramsey's Blog:
A Different Kind of Conference the PHP Community Conference
January 19, 2011 @ 08:45:57

There's a "new kid" in the PHP conference world that was just announced at the end of last week - the PHP Community Conference happening in Nashville, TN April 21st and 22nd. Ben Ramsey, one of the organizers of the event has written a new post for his blog talking about some of the motivation behind the new conference.

I've long wanted to organize a community-driven PHP conference, as far back as 2004, when I helped form the Atlanta PHP user group. [...] I've seen conferences as both a speaker and an attendee, and from conversations with many other speakers and attendees, I knew it was time for something different. Unfortunately, I didn't know exactly what "different" should mean.

He talks about how the OSBridge conference was a sort of inspiration for him and his fellow organizers - a community-driven conference that wasn't the usual come-give-your-talk sort of event. The PHP Community Conference (like Brooklyn Beta before it) is more about sharing what you love and what you're doing with the language than about being technical. As they define it:

PHP Community Conference is a conference for people who care about PHP and the code they write with it.

Their Call for Papers is still open, so if you would like to be considered for a spot at this two day event, you can find out more on the PHP Community Conference website.

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Job Posting:
Moontoast Seeks PHP/Symfony Engineer, Contract (Nashville, TN)
January 04, 2011 @ 22:13:51

Company Moontoast
Location Nashville, TN
Title PHP/Symfony Engineer, Contract
Summary

Who You Are
You have over 3 years of professional work experience developing web applications and you think social is going to change the online world. You are analytical, inquisitive, energetic with a bias toward action, and comfortable with both quantitative and qualitative data. You understand and embrace agile development, and you want to write the best code of your life every time you sit in front of the computer, but still understand the difference between theoretical perfection and working software you can actually deliver.

What You'll Do
As a contract PHP/Symfony guru for Moontoast, you will be supporting the continued development and maintenance of our flagship Commerce Community product. You will be called upon to perform the following Herculean tasks to that end:

  • Work closely with the Product Manager to determine both what features are feasible and what resources in terms of time, money, and manpower said features will take to get done.
  • Design new features, maintain existing functionality, and execute a whoop-ass product using a boatload of different technologies. Be excited to try new techniques and tech but also recognize the value of the tried-and-true.
  • Respond to bug reports with speed, and test your fixes. For that matter, test everything else too.
  • Communicate your designs to the other team members in a way that everyone understands and will minimize back-and-forth.
  • Collaborate with and rely on the experience and knowledge of the Software Architects, but don't follow blindly. If you disagree, say so. Discussion never hurt anyone.
  • Respect the best practices and standards of both the industry and the company.
  • Write robust automated tests.
  • Own your work - when you screw up, admit it, fix it, and learn from the experience.
  • Playing the blame game is a waste of time, and nobody likes a complainer.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • >3 years of experience in Web 2.0 app development (Web Services, PHP, Ajax)
  • PHP and OOP expertise. Know your OOP axioms.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with Symfony 1.3/1.4 and Doctrine 1.
  • Extensive experience working with RDBMSs (primarily MySQL).
  • Comfort working in a Linux environment, and deep familiarity with a CLI text editor like VIM or EMACS.
  • Strong knowledge of HTTP.
  • Experience working with the git VCS.
  • Working knowledge of client-side technologies like HTML, CSS, & JavaScript.

About Moontoast
Moontoast is a complete social commerce platform that makes social media profitable. Working seamlessly within a brand's social experience, Moontoast products create deeper connections and conversations through highly interactive communities; streaming, pay-per-view events; and exclusive, private sales clubs. Each product in the Moontoast suite dovetails into the next, creating a virtual funnel designed to increase engagement and spend at each level. Moontoast currently offers three core products for either standalone or integrated implementation- a branded community, embedded store, and private sales club. An extension to the store product, includes features tailored to meet the social commerce needs of the music, retail, and publishing industries, is scheduled to launch in early 2011.

Please send your resume to jobs@moontoast.com.

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Job Posting:
Moontoast Seeks Senior PHP Engineer (Nashville, TN)
January 04, 2011 @ 21:04:09

Company Moontoast
Location Nashville, TN
Title Senior PHP Engineer
Summary

Who You Are
You have over 3 years of professional work experience developing web applications and you think social is going to change the online world. You are analytical, inquisitive, energetic with a bias toward action, and comfortable with both quantitative and qualitative data. You understand and embrace agile development, and you want to write the best code of your life every time you sit in front of the computer, but still understand the difference between theoretical perfection and working software you can actually deliver.

What You'll Do
As Moontoast's senior PHP guru, you will be called upon to perform the following Herculean tasks in order to help us kick our competitors' collective rear ends:

  • Work with the Product Manager to determine both what features are feasible and what resources in terms of time, money, and manpower said features will take to get done.
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate. No-one can do everything themselves - make good and appropriate use of your team.
  • Mentor and lead your subordinate developers by both word and deed with regards to best practices, documentation, and - perhaps most importantly - work ethic.
  • Review the work of your peers, make improvements and explain why the improvements were needed. Help everyone be a better developer.
  • Design and actually execute a whoop-ass server-side application, using a boatload of different technologies. Be excited to try new techniques and tech but also recognize the value of the tried-and-true.
  • Understand that what you're building is a complex and real application, and should be treated accordingly. We expect you to understand MVC, data modeling, the request life cycle, and general programming tenets with regards to same. We're looking for a rock star - don't be a karaoke singer.
  • Ensure your output and that of your team is modular and reusable in many different contexts - nobody wants to do the same thing twice.
  • Respond to bug reports with speed and test your fixes. For that matter, test everything else too.
  • Communicate your designs to the other team members in a way that everyone understands and will minimize back-and-forth.
  • Collaborate with and rely on the experience and knowledge of the Software Architects, but don't follow blindly. If you disagree, say so. Discussion never hurt anyone.
  • Respect the best practices and standards of both the industry and the company.
  • Write robust automated tests, and be responsible for your team doing the same.
  • Collaborate with the VP of Engineering and Software Architects to help us all figure out and set down our internal standards and best practices.
  • Assist the VP of Engineering and Software Architects with improving the development process. Help make us as productive as we can be.
  • Be a positive role model to your juniors. 'Nuff said.
  • Communicate with regularity and aplomb regarding the product, your team's progress, and pretty much everything else. We're not looking for a closet case here. Be vocal and be in touch.
  • Own your work - when you screw up, admit it, fix it, and learn from the experience.
  • Playing the blame game is a waste of time, and nobody likes a complainer.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • >3 years of experience in Web 2.0 app development (Web Services, PHP, Ajax).
  • PHP and OOP expertise. Know your OOP axioms.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Zend Framework
  • Extensive experience working with RDBMSs (primarily MySQL). To a lesser degree,
  • experience with MongoDB and other NoSQL datastores.
  • Comfort working in a Linux environment, and deep familiarity with a CLI text editor like
  • VIM or EMACS.
  • Strong knowledge of HTTP.
  • Working knowledge of client-side languages like JavaScript.
  • Shell scripting and Amazon EC2 experience a plus.
  • Experience working with the git VCS.
  • Working in Facebook Platform and Open Social a big plus.

About Moontoast
Moontoast is a complete social commerce platform that makes social media profitable. Working seamlessly within a brand's social experience, Moontoast products create deeper connections and conversations through highly interactive communities; streaming, pay-per-view events; and exclusive, private sales clubs. Each product in the Moontoast suite dovetails into the next, creating a virtual funnel designed to increase engagement and spend at each level. Moontoast currently offers three core products for either standalone or integrated implementation- a branded community, embedded store, and private sales club. An extension to the store product, includes features tailored to meet the social commerce needs of the music, retail, and publishing industries, is scheduled to launch in early 2011.

Please send your resume to jobs@moontoast.com.

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