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PHPLondon Conference 2008

OK. After the very brief rundown of the day, here is the detail.

The day kicked of with Ivo from iBuildings talking about Enterprise PHP which detailed a rigorous engineering approach to PHP instead of the ‘script kiddies’ approach which some people bring to it because the barrier to entry to PHP is low.

Mike Sullivan and Scott MacVicar from continued the theme with more detail around these topics. I know it is a high level talk but when talks say testing is the way forward and then have trivial examples like assert(2, 2, 4); for a function that adds two parameters. It doesn’t really add much more to the understanding. It would be nice to see more real world example so that people making the shift to the testing mindset see how it really works. Being fair though, this more detailed information is the sort of thing you would expect from a tutorial from Sebastian Bergmann, not 5 minutes in a larger talk.

After lunch I went to Marcus Bointon’s mail talks. This was partly a replacement of Wez Furlong’s talk and partly the talk Marcus was scheduled to give. This partly explains why he ran over as there was a lot of content in the presentation. Mail, despite it’s simplicity is a bit topic and you can imagine that someone who sends millions of opt-in email messages is going to know a trick or two. The best trick that I learned from Marcus was the VERP field in mail messages. This field can be populated so that on receiving a bounce you can identify the person who it was sent to . There are more detail in the slides.

The big showdown session was the “My framework is better than your framework” featuring no less than Code Ignigter, Symfony and the Zend Framework. I stayed for Rob Allen talk on the Zend Framework and then bailed for session in the other track on Project Zero. Once I finished that session I came back to the main room and they were still at it. They were in question mode and from what I could gather they session had been pretty civil. the worst it got was when someone from the floor questioned the implementation of MVC in the frameworks and could you do XY and Z in three clicks. The question was a big aggressive and the speakers did well to politely answer the question and move on. Marcus has a blow by blow account of what happened.

But back to Project Zero. IBM in Hersley and Research Triangle are doing some very interesting stuff with PHP running in a JVM Ant Phillips showed off some great REST applications written in a few lines of PHP that looked very cool.

The last session of the day was from Derek Rethans, who took us through a personal journey of his involvement with PHP and how PHP has improved over the years. It tied into the Enterprise theme that Ivo started with – PHP has grown up and it is not as CIO magazine would have you believe that:

 PHP works well for prototyping because it is easy to get a site up and running. Use PHP to design the site, to determine functional needs and to solve performance bottlenecks—but when it comes time for development, tell the development team you want the result to look and act like this PHP site…but in Java (or another enterprise-ready language).

PHP is enterprise ready.

What is very cool is that out of the conference Derek has already added a date function to PHP 5.3 to take care of creating date with a format. Thanks Derek. I want 5.3 already just for that!

The user group will be linking mp3’s and slides of the main PHPLondon website as they become available. Thanks once again for those that organised the event. It was a great day.

Quick update from PHPLondon Conference

Yesterday I went to the PHP London conference and it was a great day.

There was lots of great talks, great meetings and in the hall and I had some great demos and chats from the iBuildings guys (Thanks Mikko) who went out of their way to show me the obscure point of Zend Platform (Birt integration) I was looking for.

There is lots to follow up on and lots to think about and it is worth a  more detailed post but for now thanks to all the guys who volunteered their time to make it a great day.

PHPLondon February 2008

It was another great night out at PHPLondon last night.

Paul James (no relation) did a very interesting talk on RESTful interfaces and there was great discussion on the finer points. The slides from the talk will no doubt be up here very soon. I want to follow up on the references and url’s from the last couple of slides.

My take away from the talk is that an API published on a page like this does not make an interface restful. It needs to obey the 5 laws which you will find on the presentation when it is uploaded or by searching for REST.

I also had a great chat with Rob from IBM Hursley who is working on Project Zero. They are creating a lightweight Ruby/ PHP engine that can call Java like the PHP/Java bridge and similar to Quercus in some ways. This might be a way to 1. get BIRT to play nicely with PHP and 2. Get wordpress playing with SAP

Having said that project zero doesn’t need a server as it is self contained. It doesn’t need to be deployed on a Java Webserver be that Netweaver or Tomcat.

I also caught up with Demian and he was a happy man as his latest project Kindo was techcrunched yesterday and the servers coped with the spike in traffic.

I have played with Kindo and it is a nice way to enter you family tree. It is designed to enter the living family so it can remind you about birthdays etc and prompt you with links to Amazon and flower shops etc.

Although it can enter past family that probably won’t do much for the business case.


I also caught up with some guys I have seen for ages and got some feedback on my SAP presentation I did at short notice in December.

Just remember the Annual London Conference is coming up on 29/02. Remember to register.

PHPLondon Conference

PHPLondon Conference

Well, I have done it. I have signed up for the PHPLondon Conference.

There are a great list of speakers and great talks. Unfortunately Wez Furlong had to withdraw which is a big shame but he has been replaced by at short notice by Ivo Jansch who interestingly is writing a book called “Enterprise PHP”.  Should I mention CIO Magazine?

The schedule has been posted and I am already wishing I could split myself in two. I am keen to listen to the frameworks discussion and I want to hear Zoë Slattery and hear about Project Zero from Anthony

If you can get anywhere near Old Street on Leap Years day then I suggest you come along.

For an early bird fee of £90 it represents great value PHP training and networking. There will also be an extra PHP London Meetup on the 28th. Watch the PHPLondon site for details.

8 things you (probably) don’t know about me.

Ah the New Years meme. 8 things this year. It is remenisent of the price rise of the London congestion charge from £5 to £8. Anyway on with the meme.

I have been tagged by both Craig Cmehil and Thomas Otter and as I recall Thomas tagged me last year when the price of admission was a mere five things.

Here we go…

  1. I am a big big big Monty Python fan. I found a record (yes, a big black round thing) in my brothers collection when I was twelve and haven’t looked back since. Ni Ni.
  2. Of all the humour in the world I would put Australian first. I love the Working Dog films. The Castle and The Dish are two of my favourite films (or is that Nick?)
  3. Of all the things that are good and bad about SAP, being able to use the Control-Y combination to select data from across several fields and then paste it into several fields in another session is one of my biggest timesavers – or at least it was last week when I was copying data structures.
  4. The first swan I ever saw was black. There are white swans?
  5. I love really really like eclipse as an IDE. Sure it takes up a bit of memory and takes a while to load but it I have found to be great to work with and I only have to start it about once a week thanks to hibernation of my machine.
  6. Three to go … on the home straight.
    My first car was a Holden Commodore – except is was a 4 cylinder and therefore a tad under powered. In retrospect, that was probably a good thing.
  7. Having recently tasted these for the first time in a long time – Violet Crumble beats Crunchie any day of the week. A Violet Crumbe is a real treat.
  8. The longest distance I have driven in 24 hours is about 1000k from Halls Creek to Alice Springs via the Tanami (Tan-am-eye) Track.

Ok now for the tagging bit. So I am going to tag up. That is tag some of the best PHP bloggers that I have been following for the past year of so. So if you guys don’t want to play along that’s fine. I’ll still be reading your blogs.

Nick Halstead from,
Eli White from Digg,
Terry Chay from Tagged,
Chris Shifflet from Omniti,
Wez Furlong who is speaking at to the London Php Conference Friday Feb 29,
Cal Evans from Zend Devzone,
Sara Golemon from Yahoo,
Liz Naramore, PHPWomen‘s champion.

So, if you have the inclination, I’d love to learn a few more things about you guys.

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