Pragmatism in the real world

DPC 11 photos

A few weeks ago, I managed to visit two conferences back to back: DPC and php|tek. I managed to take some photos and these are some of my favourites from DPC. I finally managed to snag a good picture of Juozas! Harrie was an excellent DPC host. Aral gave an excellent keynote and was around for the conference. He had us in stitches when trying to tweet from an Android phone! On the hallway track,… continue reading.

ZF2 Training at PHPNW 2011!

The fabulous PHPNW conference is back again this year on October 8th and 9th and tickets are now for sale for a mere £72. Buy now! as you only have a few days left at that price. There's no need to wait for the schedule as we know from the past 3 years, that it's going to be a great selection of relevant topics. More importantly, this year there's a tutorial day on Friday 7th… continue reading.

A review of PHP Benelux 2011

A couple of weeks ago, the 2011 PHP Benelux conference was held near Antwerp. This was the first time that I've been to this conference and I was very impressed by it. I presented two sessions that seemed to go down well which was nice. I travelled to Belgium with Ryan Mauger on Thursday and we had a poor journey that took around 12 hours to get there. Our first flight (10:45) was cancelled, and… continue reading.

PHPUK 11 Conference in London

PHPUK, the conference organised by the PHP London usergroup is being held on Friday 25th February 2011. If you haven't bought your ticket yet, then you should! I'll be there talking about optimising a Zend Framework application, which should be interesting. I'm going to be looking at what's slow in the ZF code itself and have been profiling using xhprof which is the first time I've used it. It's quite good, once you have it… continue reading.

I'm speaking at PHPBenelux Conference 2011

I'm delighted to be able to announce that I'm speaking at the PHPBenelux Conference on 28 & 29 January 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. This is a community run conference organised by the PHPBenelux user group and given the list of speakers, I'm expecting to learn a lot. The full list of talks is on their website and shows that this is going to be a great conference. I'll be giving a talk that will introduce… continue reading.

PHPNW10 Conference

The PHPNW Conference is an annual conference held in Manchester, now in its 3rd year and again I was invited to speak. The organisation of PHPNW was top-notch as usual with everything running smoothly from my point of view. I'm sure there were a few hectic moments for the organisers though :) The day started with Lorna's keynote on how to improve your skill set as a team. This was a great talk which sparked… continue reading.

Day Camp for Developers virtual conference

My friend Cal Evans is putting on a virtual conference called Day Camp 4 Developers. The most interesting thing about this conference is that it is about the "soft skills" that you need as a developer. There are many conferences that deal withe the technical skills improvements that you need, but less that handle the rest of your job, so this piqued my interest. It's a one day tech-agnostic conference containing 5 sessions and all… continue reading.

Speaking at PHPNW 10

The PHPNW conference is coming to Manchester again this year on the 9th October 2010 and I'm going to be speaking! With a nod to the future, I'm going to be talking about Zend Framework 2.0. I'll be talking about why there will be a ZF2 and what's going to be coming up with the release. PHPNW is a great conference and this year has expanded to three tracks! It's only £58 too if you… continue reading.

The Dutch PHP conference 2010

This year I was invited to speak at DPC 2010 which was a great conference. I've published to Flickr, my complete set of photos from DPC 10. Arriving on Wednesday, the day before the conference, I managed to get to meet up with my friend Juliette, along with a some of the other speakers for a barbeque which was a lot of fun. We ate, we drank (lots) and possibly this pose by Chris was… continue reading.

Tek.X recap

TekX (pronounced Tek-Ten) has finished and we've all gone back to our respective daily lives. I had a blast and learnt a thing or two as well… I've also been a little busy, which is why this post is "late". The week started on Saturday when I flew to Chicago from Manchester. Rather helpfully, tek was held at a hotel close enough to the airport, that the hotel had a free shuttle. As a tip… continue reading.