Ola peeps… PHPUK13 has happened!
It was my 3rd visit to the PHPUK conference, only this time a different venue.
I spoke with Lineke of PHPWomen during the PHPBNL13 conference and it seemed PHPWomen was offered a ticket for PHPUK13 … sometimes life does have nice things to offer . Many thanks to the organization of PHPUK13 for the ticket!
Well.. my thoughts on the conference…? Wouldn’t you want to know..
I’m a person who truly -hates- public transport, the shorter the trip the better. If it’s possible to conveniently avoid public transport, even if it takes me longer, I’d do it. The Brewery wasn’t a convenient for me. Soo… I silently cursed PHPUK13 when I found out about the change in venue from Olympia Exhibition Centre to The Brewery. Olympia is almost around the corner of where I stay… grrr
A few talks
As always, so many talks and different tracks. I wonder if there ever will be a PHP conference with 4 or even 5 tracks. Anyways, it’s not always easy to choose between 2 interesting talks
An overview of the talks I found interesting:
- Pair Programming, TDD and Other Impractical Things
Loved this talk!! Perhaps it’s the type of topic that allows for it.. but the enthusiasm of speaker was very affecting. I think this was one of the most motivating talks I’ve seen. And yes… all very impractical!! Some topics should definitely be heard by non-technical managers who deal with dev teams.
- Keynote panel: Frameworks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Frameworks used to be one of my favourite topics to read about, which to my surprise usually causes strong reactions. I hardly can imagine a website without some sort of framework. From that perspective I don’t understand the fuss. I personally love working with frameworks eventhough the ones I use aren’t the most popular but it works for me. Coming back to the panel, it was a bit dull. I was hoping to see fights and heavy discussions. Instead, the main focus was the distracting Twitterwall in the background as most tweets from delegates were about.. “we want beer”!
- Bottleneck Analysis
I really want to start using the software he mentioned! .. but where do I find the time!!
- Scaling with HipHop
The other talk of 10 commandments sounded like concepts I’m reasonably familiar with and I don’t use ZF so HipHop talk seemed a logical choice. Well, I can tell you… half this talk was like Chinese for me, definitely outside my comfort zone which is good! (I may look Chinese but I’m not really-ish). The only things I understood was 500% for FB and 100% performance gain in WordPress… ..yes, I felt quite an unknowledgeable person after this talk.
- Expert Troubleshooting: Resolving MySQL Problems quickly
MySQL is an area I’d like to better myself. I’ll definitely need to re-read his slides and play with the tools and commands and understanding the stats.
- A Hands-On Introduction to Writing Unit Tests Using PHPUnit
Another one of those things that I (and we at work) want to do but simply not yet had the time for. Great talk for beginners and I definitely feel more confident to get started… oh and I just heard that the guys at work are interested in using Cucumber… experiences anyone?
The presentation was very nice and the food looked delicious, it truly did but I couldn’t be bothered to stand in the long long long queue for a main meal. Luckily, there were tables with salads and sides. Guess what I went for instead.
The venue – revised..!
Olympia… what?! The Brewery is definitely a much better venue! The venue has more personality compared to Olympia, a nicer atmosphere and for me this mainly is because of the internal and external architecture of the building. Who cares? .. well, I do .. a lot PHPUK13, I took back the curse!! The venue is lovely, it is an excellent choice. Loved the guys standing outside, greeting everyone and opening the doors… so posh for a PHP conference Overall.. I think it was yet another successful event organised by PHP London.
Thank you PHPWomen for this opportunity!
Thank you PHPUK for hosting this event, cya next year!