April 2007: I started working as a PHP consultant for AUSY Belgium where I became part of an elite team of PHP developers. Since our customers are the top-50 enterprises in Belgium, PHP development is only a small part of the job. Writing Technical Analysis and Installation guides, taking care of time, project and release management and provide proven test cases to the customers makes up the rest of the job.
Also as a member of an internal PHP Competence Center, you need to share knowledge among your team members so that the whole team can achieve the highest level of professionalism.
June 2007: Attending the Dutch PHP Conference 2007 was my first opportunity to meet other PHP developers from all over the world. With very cool sessions given by Cal Evans, Derrick Rethans and many more top-notch speakers, I knew that I had made a wise decision changing from Perl to PHP. I also met a few members of iBuildings.nl, who's ATK framework is now part of the new Zend website.
September 2007: Becoming 31 and succeeding my PHP 5 Certification. I also started contributing to the Zend Framework on the Zend_Ldap component and Zend_Auth_Eid, but because of a very heavy workload I had to point my attention towards my work. But when I finish my duties, I will find time to finish what I've started.
October 2007: ZendCon07 was probably the highlight of my year. A 4-day conference in San Francisco (LA) where I not only got in touch with the people behind PHP, but got a lot of information regarding best practices, Zend Framework, Test-Driven Development and much more.
ZendCon07 was also the place where I found out I would become a father, which was actually the best news I had this year. My wife and I expect our little one to enter this world at the end of May or beginning of June 2008.
December 2007: The 5th annual FeWeb Conference was a nice ending for this year. As PHP 5 Pioneer I met other php developers and managers of businesses who work with PHP. There's a very high need for information about Zend licencing, products, services and trainings, and hopefully I can arrange something next year to take on this challenge.
I conclude this year's round up by thanking everyone who have made this year a year to never forget. I especially want to thank Cal Evans, Derrick Rethans, Darby Felton, Ligaya Turmelle, Matthew Weier O'Phinney and Ivo Jansch who have shown me how to do my job better.
Also a lot of gratitude goes out to my dear PHP colleagues David Iachetta, Vincent Dupont, Patrick Allaert, Davide Mendolia, Jeroen Serpieters and Hans Stevens with whom I've spend the last half year at the Belgian Railways. It was fun !
A special thanks goes out to my darling wife Friedel who stood by me in all those long days and short nights. I love you !
I wish everyone a very happy New Year and that all your dreams may come true in 2008.
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