PHPNW Conference 2010

Last weekend I attended a PHP developer conference here in Manchester hosted by PHPNW.
PHPNW is a community of web developers, web designers and anyone else interested in PHP, from the North West of England, who come together once a month to talk with similar like minded people and have a pint or two. The sessions normally have one or two speakers and I recommend everyone pop down if they can.

PHPNW have held two previous conferences but unfortunately due to other commitments I was unable to attend, which is why for this event I made the effort and made sure I was free to attend… and what a great decision that was!

I was a little unsure what to expect from the conference, but with three tracks to follow all with interesting subjects I knew it would be a good day. I wasn’t disappointed.

Rather than bore you with my thoughts, I’ll let you make your own mind up. I’ll list which talks I went to below but as PHPNW made the brilliant decision to film all their talks you can pop over to the schedule page on their website and watch them all yourself.

Conference Site:

The talks I went to were:

Keynote: Teach a Man to Fish: Coaching Development Teams – Lorna Mitchell
Track 1 @10:00

Geolocation and Maps with PHP – Derick Rethans
Track 2 @ 11:15

Debugging – Rules and Tools – Ian Barber
Track 1 @ 12:15

The Journey towards Continuous Integration – Sebastian Marek
Track 2 @ 14:00

Developing Easily Deployable PHP Applications – John Mertic
Track 1 @ 15:00

Database version control without pain – Harrie Verveer
Track 1 @ 16:15

Framework Shootout! – Marcus Deglos
Track 1 @ 17:15

There was also an informal second day, at the Museum of Science and Industry, which had some really good talks, some of which I think should have made it into the main event on the saturday.

All the talks I went to were really good, and I learnt a lot from them, and the bonus is I can re-watch the presentations on the PHPNW conference site, and catchup on the ones I missed 🙂

Looking forward to next year already, and if you didnt make it down, I highly recommend you do!

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