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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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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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Job Posting:
Moontoast Seeks Senior PHP Developer (Nashville, TN)
April 27, 2010 @ 18:26:08

Company Moontoast
Location Nashville, TN
Title Senior PHP Developer (Contract w/Full Time Possibility)
Summary

Summary:
Moontoast is a social commerce network for people to pursue and promote their passions through personal relationships. Moontoast simply connects those who know, with those who want to know.

Moontoast is seeking passionate, senior PHP developers-who want to pursue and promote their passion for writing high quality code-to enhance the Moontoast social commerce platform. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with the right attitude and excellent skills who can hit the ground running in a fast-paced web startup. Ideal candidates will thrive in a tight-knit team environment, promoting their passion for software design by leading product teams and mentoring our growing development team.

The main responsibilities of a senior PHP developer include:

  • Working with the senior developers and architects to provide leadership in technical design and architecture of the Moontoast platform
  • Setting estimates and expectations for new product development and implementing new features, tracking on target deadlines
  • Mentoring and leading developers by example through writing clean, well-documented, maintainable code and enforcing standards and best practices
  • Participating as an active Moontoast Guide in the Moontoast Developer Community

Requirements
We are looking for:

  • 5+ years of experience with PHP
  • 8+ years of experience with web development
  • Deep understanding of browsers and HTTP
  • Experts at object-oriented programming concepts and design patterns
  • Demonstrated ability to design and develop complex web services
  • Extensive experience with the Symfony framework and Doctrine
  • Working knowledge of version control systems (Subversion, Git, etc.)
  • BS in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent experience

We would like to see:

  • A passion for web development and an interest in sharing that with others
  • Independent thinkers with strong leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop large-scale websites
  • Experience with service-oriented architectures, web services, and Cloud technologies
  • Knowledge of advanced data organization concepts, such as sharding
  • Experience with other PHP frameworks utilizing the MVC design pattern
  • Expert Linux development skills, from the command prompt to the web server
  • Open source project development experience
  • Developer community involvement (blogging, speaking, articles, Twitter, etc.)
  • Zend PHP 5 Certification
  • MS in Computer Science

We invite interested candidates to send resumes to hr@moontoast.com.

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php|architect Podcast:
Interview with Marcus Whitney
October 20, 2009 @ 09:58:40

The php|architect podcast has posted its latest episode today - an interview with Marcus Whitney of Enterprise LAMP, a group putting on a conference and summit November 6th and 7th near Nashville, TN.

Despite Skype's best attempts at sabotage, Marcus paints an interesting story of how he became involved in PHP, learned to manage really large installation through his work at Emma and got inspired to create the upcoming Enterprise LAMP, which will be hosting its first conference in Nashville, TN, in just a few weeks.

As always you can listen to the podcast in one of three ways - the in-page player, downloading the mp3 and subscribing to their feed to get it delivered directly to your aggregator.

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Job Posting:
Center for Stem Cell Biology (at Vanderbilt) Seeks Analyst/Programmer (Nashville, TN)
June 15, 2009 @ 13:14:17

Company Center for Stem Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University
Location Nashville, TN
Title Analyst/Programmer
Summary

We are seeking an experienced PHP developer, who will assume principal responsibility for software development and maintenance for the Center for Stem Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University.

PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Center website: http://www.vcscb.org .
  • Also, for maintaining and enhancing existing web applications connected to the website: the Gene Targeting Experiment Tracker (GTET), and a reagent inventory application.
  • Also, for developing new web applications for the Center, as needed, and according to end user requirements (the end users, by and large, being laboratory scientists.)
  • All of the above understood to include design work, prototyping, testing, debugging, documentation, etc, etc.
  • Collaborate with developers that support the Beta Cell Biology Consortium ( http://www.betacell.org ); this includes development and maintenance of a shared code library.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE LEVEL:

  • Proficiency with Linux/UNIX
  • Proficiency with object-oriented programming
  • Proficiency with PHP, LAMP and Python development
  • Familiarity with at least one MVC framework (Ruby on Rails, Django or CakePHP)
  • Familiarity with AJAX techniques and with at least one AJAX framework (JQuery preferred)
  • Fluency with SQL and possessing significant experience with at least one RDBMS (Oracle, MySQL, or PostGreSQL)
  • Familiarity with source code control (Subversion, CVS)
  • Proven ability to work independently or in a team environment; good organization and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and deadlines
  • A deep-seated need to learn and excel
  • Education in biology or experience in biological research preferred
  • Bachelors degree in either a computer science or related field or equivalent experience in software development

RESUME SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Email: Thomas.houfek@vanderbilt.edu
Direct submission: http://vanderbilt.jobs/ (job code #00215579)

This is a full-time position which includes a competitive benefits package.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and professional experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.

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Job Posting:
TEKsystems (Recruiter) Seeks PHP Developer (Nashville, TN)
April 14, 2009 @ 07:48:25

Company TEKsystems (Recruiter)
Location Nashville, TN
Title PHP Developer
Summary

Programmers with 5-7 years of proven PHP, MySQL, and associated experience. Consulting with project leaders, lead programmers, programmers, vendors, technicians and clients to understand computing needs and system requirements, you will be one of a team of programmers charged with meeting client needs. As an upper level programmer, you will develop highly complex code and integrate artwork, text, video, and sound into websites. Staying abreast of advances in technology and changes/updated to all security and operational requirements will be key.

  • Able to deliver high quality source code independently.
  • In-depth knowledge of web-based technologies and experience with problem analysis.
  • Solid experience with typical software development lifecycles and methodologies, and with developing code in both text-editor and visual development (i.e. Eclipse, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, etc.) environments.
  • Create highly complex, customized applications to enhance website capability based on business needs.
  • Perform the following activities: development, testing, and implementation of software applications.
  • Gain necessary input/approval in code reviews and may perform code review for others.
  • Develop system and user documentation, research solutions, develop alternatives and make recommendations.
  • Involve users in the development/maintenance of applications (e.g., requirements, testing), and understand how users use the applications.
  • Investigate and resolve matters of significance for end-user problems and escalate if necessary. Identify issues and gather information; determine and recommend courses of action.
  • Research, track, and understand new web technologies. Make recommendations for new policies and procedures.
  • Build table frames and forms and write highly complex scripts within the browser to enhance site functionality.
  • Ensure that web pages are functional across different browser types; conduct tests to verify user functions.
  • Assist in resolving complex production support problems. Develop computer information resources providing for data security and control, strategic computing and disaster recovery.
  • Excellent problem analysis and root cause resolution.
  • Ability to work in a structured SDLC.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and switch quickly and comfortably between projects as determined by client need. Work effectively with other team members and maintain positive morale and sense of teamwork.
  • Complete and submit daily time reports.

Reporting and Data Analysis (must have some of the following)

  • Create highly complex, customized reporting applications to enhance website capability based on business needs.
  • Provide definitions for medium-large sized reporting requirements, as well as designing, developing, testing, and implementing reports.
  • Analyze data and ensure reports are created to gather relevant, useable, and accurate information for clients.
  • Research, track, and understand new web reporting technologies to provide technical leadership in developing future reports.
  • Ability to think critically and make actionable recommendations based on the business data needs: analyze data, interpret results and recommend.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of professional web development experience in PHP and MySQL (or similar RDBMS).
  • Broad understanding of information technology principles, concepts and techniques including software languages, design concepts, test methods, and integration practices.
  • Experience with some of the following: Perl, XML, XSLT, DHTML, JQuery, Adobe Suite, web Architecture, web services and third party APIs a plus.
  • Experience with the following methodologies: N-Tier Development, Object Oriented Programming, basic source code repository proficiency (CVS, SVN, etc), MVC Framework usage, and Services Oriented Architecture.
  • Experience with Unix-based OS and shell environment
  • Experience with Systems Architecture Development and Enterprise-wide Software Applications.
  • Experience with Windows development is also desired: MS Server, SQL Server, .net(C#). We will migrate parts of our project to this environment in the future.
  • Very familiar with the following: HTML, javascript, and AJAX concepts.
  • Comfortable with CSS-based layouts.
  • Superior knowledge of current web design trends and techniques, a strong online portfolio displaying user-centered design, and experience with web database solutions are definite assets.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills for design, creation, and testing of internet/intranet web sites.
  • Experience working with multimedia applications, database interactions and data modeling tools.
  • Experience with software test and evaluation plans for major releases of software or upgrade of existing hardware.
  • Responsible for implementing security and access controls.
  • Ability to identify, recommend, develop, implement and maintain web-based application systems and tools.
  • Understand and recommend configuration management changes that will enhance system performance.
  • Capable of recognizing and taking the initiative to address short-term and long-term IT problems and issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrating the ability to present material to senior officials.
  • Ability to switch quickly and comfortably between projects as determined by client need, work effectively with other team members, and maintain positive morale and a sense of teamwork.
  • Must be able to qualify for a government security clearance.

Contact Ashley Kyler at 615.886.1103 or akyler@teksystems.com

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