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Looking back at Tek-X

When you go to an IT conference, you expect them to be informative, but not too much so you have a relaxing time while attending it. Well, this year's Tek-X (pronounced tek ten) was a "little" bit more then just informative and relaxing: 1 tutorial day, 3 full days of top sessions by the community's best speakers, workshops (hackatons) and hallway sessions were the ingredients to overload your brain while the social events after the sessions drained you from any energy left.

What follows are my chosen talks and my personal experience that these talks has given me. What's listed is not the complete schedule, since there were too many sessions during Tek X, most of them all at the same time (see schedule).

Tuesday, May 18 2010 - Tutorial days
With the rapid speed technology and processes change, you don't always find time to catch up with the flashy new bells and whistles that might make your job easier. These tutorial sessions are there just…

Book review: Expert PHP 5 Tools

Two weeks ago I received a copy of Expert PHP 5 Tools with the request if I could review this book. Improving development processes using PHP tools is something I promote myself (see my slides about PHP Power Tools on Slideshare), so I could not refuse this request.

The book
Expert PHP 5 Tools is a new book from Packt Publishing written by Dirk Merkel. In 10 chapters Dirk introduces the reader with several PHP tools that will improve development processes and quality of code from a single developer or a team of developers. From simply syntax checking and code validation to automated testing and deploying, each chapter discusses each tool in detail and contains sample code to put the theory into practice.

Besides describing in detail tools to validate (PHPLint and PHP_CodeSniffer), test (PHPUnit), debug (XDebug) and manage PHP codebases (Subversion) and improve collaboration between developers, Dirk has dedicated a whole chapter on using UML to describe and structure yo…