Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dutch PHP Conference Wrap-up

It has already been a couple of days since the Dutch PHP Conference 2008 took place, but work and a newborn son prevented me to post a little wrap-up of the event.

Each year Ibuildings organizes a PHP Conference together with Zend Technologies mainly focussed on developers and businesses from the Netherlands, but each year more and more foreigners find their way to Amsterdam. I've met people from the USA, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and France. Maybe more nationalities were there, but I haven't met them. So I think both Ibuildings and Zend need to change the name into Dutch International PHP Conference.

The introduction to the event was given by Ibuildings CTO Ivo Jansch, where he threw elePHPants into the audience and started a riot (kidding).

Keynote
Zeev Suraski, Co-founder & CTO of Zend Technologies talked about how he and Andi Gutmanns got involved in PHP and how Zend Technologies was founded.

Marco Tabini, all-rounder at PHP|Architect compared php development with true mayonaise (olive oil, limon and an egg) and gave us a good laugh right before lunch.

Tracks
I missed the afternoon track of Gaylord Aulke about "An Infrastructure for Team Based PHP Development" because I got caught up in a discussion with Terry Chay about photo cameras. Sorry Gaylord, I'll check out your slides later.

nabaztag demo But I did manage to see Lorna Jane Mitchel's talk about "PHP Deployment with Subversion", a fresh look with a few new tricks for me to use in my day-to-day development role. And I just love the Nabaztag Subversion integration !

Lorna Jane is a PHP Developer at Ibuildings and is also representative for phpwomen.org, an organization to assist women in
PHP development and to have fun. Being female is not a requirement to join them.

After the coffee & tea break, I attended Matthew Weier O' Phinney's presentation "
Using Zend Framework to Institute Best Practices" where the new Zend Framework 1.5 is been taken to a whole new level: faster, better and more extendable then ever.

Closing Keynote
Terry Chay gave us again a wonderful session where he convinced us that "the Internet is an ogre". Well done Terry !

Personal view on this event
Ibuildings and Zend Technologies have outdone themselves again. Good speakers and a very nice conference setting made this event again a "whish-you-were-there" kind of thing. And their give-away t-shirts are just great: they used this conference as a rock festival and the list of speakers as the rock artists that appeared there.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

We got a son !

On Sunday, June 8 2008 at 12:19pm my darling wife Friedel has given birth to our son Xander. It's a healthy boy weighing 2,76kg (6.08lbs) and is 48cm (18.19") in height.

First images are now online on flickr.com, but here are already a few:


Xander is born !!! Xander after first care Xander's first smile Mum, Dad and Xander A very beautifull baby Xander and Mum v1.0 with v2.0

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