My personal review of PHPDay 2011 in Verona
Five days of conferencing have passed in what felt like only a few hours. I had great fun, met a lot of cool people and old friends, learned a few cool things and had an amazing time.
I haven’t really taken part in the jsday which preceded the PHPDay conference but I spoke to a lot of js people which was cool.
So what do I think?
Well apart from all the interesting chats I went to a few sessions.
Most memorable have been two talks by David Zülke who is what in Germany we call a “Rampensau” (look it up ). He remined me about best practices in designing RESTful interfaces and introduced me to Hadoop. Thijs Feryn provided a nice introduction to Varnish and Stephan Hochdörfer presented the ugly but efficient ways how to test tightly coupled legacy code and finally I learned a lot in an amazingly detailed talk from Lorenzo Alberton about NoSQL and when to choose which implementation.
You can read my live blogging with those sessions included here.
- Almost live blogging – PHPDay 2011 in Verona – day 1
- Almost live blogging – PHPDay 2011 in Verona – day 2
- Almost live blogging – PHPDay 2011 in Verona – day 3
Apart from those and the other great talks I was giving a talk myself in which I tried to put Symfony2 into a business perspective to allow managers to decide on whether to use it or not but also to allow developers to find the right arguments to support their case.
I think it went rather well and as far as I was told has been well received by a quite big audience. If I ever do this session again (which I can only hope) I will definitely change a few things but all in all I am content with the result which you can see here.
A great thanks from my side to all organizers, sponsors, fellow speakers and audience! You were amazing!