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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Functional Prog, Distributed DBs, JSON-Patch and More!
Oct 07, 2015 @ 10:31:27

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a wrapup/review of the WebCampZG conference that happened in Croatia back on October 3rd & 4th (2015). It's "an annual conference for web developers, held in Zagreb on the first weekend of October".

This weekend, Chris Ward (the mobile channel editor at SitePoint) and me attended [Webcamp ZG](http://www.sitepoint.com/webcamp-zagreb-2015-a-conference-you-must-not-miss), the annual international web-oriented conference in Zagreb, Croatia. [...] The conference is a two day event, each day spearheaded by a keynote type of talk before diving into the bulk of the content. The schedules of both days contained plenty of breaks with food, drinks and snacks scattered throughout, providing for both energy and excellent socialization and networking contexts.

He covers both days of the event, talking about the sessions that were presented (including one from SitePoint-er Chris Ward) and the evening activities that followed. Despite some missteps in session content and the wifi - always a problem at tech conferences - Bruno found the event "a blast" and plans on attending in the future.

tagged: webcampzg webcampzg15 zagreb croatia conference wrapup review

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/functional-programming-distributed-databases-json-patch-and-more/

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/

Matthew Setter:
PHP South Coast 2015
Jul 23, 2015 @ 09:55:46

For those that weren't able to attend this year's PHP South Coast conference (in Portsmouth, UK) Matthew Setter has posted a wrap up of some of his experiences there and what the conference was like.

I’m on the train heading to Stansted airport, after what I can only describe as a brilliant weekend in Portsmouth, attending the inaugural PHP South Coast, conference. I’ve not been to Portsmouth for 10 years, but the wait was well worth it.

He talks about the venue where the conference was held and some of the talks that were given during the day long event. There were two tracks so, unfortunately, he wasn't able to attend all of the talks but he does provide summaries for those he was able to attend. He also spotlights the opening keynote from Cal Evans about the importance of community and how it relates to your career. He ends the post talking about something he found quite valuable: meeting people, both those he knew from online and others just attending the event.

tagged: phpsouthcoast15 conference wrapup experience talks venue interaction

Link: http://www.matthewsetter.com/php-southcoast-2015/

Pascal Martin:
June 2014 on internals@php
Jul 01, 2014 @ 10:37:01

Pascal Martin has posted a summary of the PHP internals mailing list discussions for the month of June.

June 2014 came back down to a reasonable 493 messages on PHP’s internals@ mailing-list, after a month of May with more than 800 mails, including some long discussions about phpng.

He goes over several other topics discussed last month including:

  • the upcoming PHP 5.6 release
  • the end of life on PHP 5.3
  • a discussion around "pickle" (an alternative extension installer)
  • the "bare name array" RFC
  • the serialization break (that was later rectified)

...and many more. Check out the full summary for more discussions and links to several of the topics and resources involved.

tagged: phpinternals mailing list wrapup summary june2014

Link: http://blog.pascal-martin.fr/post/php-mailing-list-internals-june-2014-en

Lone Star PHP 2014 Review 01 :: Spotlight On Chris Tankersley's Stay
May 06, 2014 @ 09:40:54

On 7PHP.com there's a new post in their community interview series, this time with Chris Tankersley and some of his experiences at the Lone Star PHP Conference last month.

Welcome to the 7PHP PHP-eatre (theatre) where the screens never tires of diffusing everything that has PHP deep down inside the DNA. Tonight, we'll watch the "after-the-show" of a yummy PHP Conference, named as the Lone Star PHP which took place last week. The screen tonight, features our PHP Rockstar, the Only-and-Only Chris Tankersley.

In the interview Chris answers questions about:

  • His background in PHP and the community
  • What he enjoyed about the conference
  • Some of his favorite sessions
  • The presentation he gave (and how he felt it went)
  • How the conference was different than others he's attended

Check out the full interview with all of Chris' answers too.

tagged: lonestarphp lsp14 christankersley speaker conference wrapup

Link: http://7php.com/lonestarphp2014-review01/

Michelangelo van Dam:
PHPBenelux Conference 2014 Review
Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:11:15

If you weren't able to make it to this year's PHPBenelux conference in Belgium, Michelangelo van Dam has posted the next best thing. In his latest post he shares some of his own experiences with this "epic event".

Past weekend was the 5th anniversary of PHPBenelux Conference and people have known it! With close to 50 speakers, 400 attendees and a massive number of sponsors made this conference a true "epic" event. Not because of the numbers, but because of the social events after each conference day. The theme of the conference was "Carnaval" and like you would expect from any big fair, there were arcade games, money slots and even a huge bumper car stand.

He talks about some of the pre-conference activities (like the speaker's dinner and tutorial session) and then each of the two conference days in turn. He also talks about some of the social activities they had this year including bumper cars.

This event goes in the history books as "epic", "awesome" and "painful" (due to bumper cars). Yes, we've raised the bar for ourselves and it will be challenging to give you all a similar experience next year without repeating what we did this year. Knowing our team, we will come up with something crazy. Follow @PHPBenelux and keep an eye out for our announcements.
tagged: phpbenelux14 benelux conference wrapup

Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2014/02/phpbenelux-conference-2014-review.html

Michaelangelo van Dam:
What I took home from ZendCon 2013
Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:10:33

If you weren't able to make it to this year's ZendCon conference Michelangelo van Dam has posted a bit from his perspective about the event and the sessions he presented.

ZendCon 2013 is over. I had a really great time there meeting new people, attending great talks and hang out with old friends. And wow, this was an awesome conference!

He talks about his Improving QA tutorial the first day and shares the video about Zend's new API creation/management offering - Apigility. He also talks about this year's unconference (which he managed) and the great talks given there by both known and unknown speakers. He also includes the video of "The Big Debate" about PHP that happened during the lightening talk sessions.

tagged: zendcon13 conference wrapup community unconference bigdebate

Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2013/10/what-i-took-home-from-zendcon-2013.html

Ulf Wendel:
PHP Unconference Hamburg 2013: hungry for more
Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:22:24

For those that weren't able to attend this year's PHP Unconference Hamburg Ulf Wendel has posted a great summary of the event including several photos.

I am a huge fan of the PHP Unconference. Ever since the first edition the who-is-who of the national PHP community gathers at this family style event. Very few events made it into this league from the start. Having a big name or being a sponsor, however, does not mean you make it on the session table as its the people that vote for sessions every morning. Only topics that really matter to the audience have a chance to make it.

He talks about the quality of the sessions themselves as well as some of the conversations in the in-between times (longer breaks to help make them possible). He also mentions some of the "not so goods" about the event like the scarcity of tickets, the lack of feedback on the sessions and the high marks it took to even make it as a speaker at the event. He links to some of the sponsors for this year's event and puts a request out for help with next year's event

tagged: unconference hamburg wrapup

Link: http://blog.ulf-wendel.de/2013/php-unconference-hamburg-2013-hungry-for-more

Inviqa techPortal:
Dutch PHP Conference 2013
Jun 12, 2013 @ 09:42:58

On the Inviqua techPortal today they've posted a wrapup of this year's Dutch PHP Conference that just finished up in Amsterdam. Rowan Merewood shares some of his thoughts and experiences at the event.

Amsterdam is most definitely one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once in their life and I can highly recommend the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) as a reason to make that visit. This is also the second year that DPC has been joined by the Dutch Mobile Conference, a ticket to one gives you access to the other. This leads to a great mix of developers from different disciplines and generally means that regardless of your particular skill-set, there will be a talk running whose subject is completely new to you.

He walks through the (non-tutorial) days of the conference mentioning a few of the sessions (covering things like domain models, Lisp and hypermedia in APIs). He talks some about the keynotes - Google's Ade Oshineye on “A Web of Identity”, Eamon Leonard's "Growth Hacking for Humans." and Kevlin Henney's "Worse is Better, for Better or for Worse" He also gave a talk himself about sorting and searching algorithms

tagged: dpc13 dutchphp conference wrapup rowanmerewood

Link: http://techportal.inviqa.com/2013/06/12/dpc13

phpDay 2013: News and Highlights
May 27, 2013 @ 14:49:46

On PHPMaster.com there's a new post from Aurelio De Rosa sharing some of his experiences at this year's phpDay conference.

Conferences play an important role in the process of becoming a better developer. When you attend a conference, you not only have the chance to listen to language or technology experts, but also the chance to meet other developers. This is ideal for expanding your networks of contacts to find, if needed, your next job. Last week I attended the phpDay 2013 conference in Verona and the following are some of the highlights of the talks I attended and what I learned.

The post talks about the two-day conference including details on some of the sessions covering things like PHP 5.5, dependency management with Composer, DevOps and high performance PHP.

tagged: news highlights phpday13 wrapup summary

Link: http://phpmaster.com/phpday-2013-news-and-highlights