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PHPBelgium meeting 20/08/’08 review

PHPBelgium logoLast night PHPBelgium organized the second meeting since it was founded. It was located at the auditorium of the Artevelde college in Ghent, which seemed to be a very good but unfortunately hard-to-find venue. The meeting schedule was packed, but we had a lot of fun stuff to announce so we tried our best to fit it all in a 2 hour timescheme. We had about 31 attendees, which is a success given the fact that our last meeting only had 4 people!

First off, we could announce some of the things we have accomplished, such as organizing a PHP TestFest together with the phpGG. Then, Ivo Jansch (one of our attendees!) was kind enough to raffle off a signed copy of his new book (“Guide to Enterprise PHP Development“) to one lucky person in the audience. A good way to start off the talks :-)

The first talk was given by me, and was called “Improved PHP development“. It takes a look at the different ways, methods and tools to improve your PHP development and take PHP development to a new level. Even though the talk was actually too long, the subject was very broad and could very well have taken a whole day to talk about. My intent was actually not to do this but have an overview of what can be done. I’m definitely planning more in-depth tutorials and talks for any of the subjects that were presented.

After a coffee break, we continued with Michelangelo van dam‘s talk on Extending Zend Framework. This presentation explained how you can extend Zend Framework classes to adapt them to your own needs. An example of this was the Zend_Translate adapter for storing translations in a database. A translation view helper was made to have this new translating functionality available in the view. It was an insightful and practical talk on what is possible with Zend Framework.

Next up, we raffled off an elePHPant using a random number generating php script. One elePHPant now has a home with a happy new owner ;-)

To close the evening, we had one last special announcement to make: we were able to give away a free ZendCon ticket to one of the attendees! Of all the people that attended the meeting, some were interested (and could actually make the nessecary arrangements in such short notice!), so we had a question about one of our talks, with an extra question to make up the winner in case there was more than one correct answer. We’re happy to announce that Juliette Reinders Folmer has the opportunity to meet up with her fellow phpwomen collegues next month in Santa Clara, CA!

We all had a drink afterwards, lots of people got to meet eachother and there was a really happy mood. All things considered, we’ve done pretty good for a second event, and we can’t wait to organise more events, workshops and meetings like this in the near future! Thanks to everyone that could attend, and help spread the word to make PHP gain in the popularity it deserves! See you next time!

EmPHPower for PHP

I’ve been following Lukas‘ posts and news about EmPHPower for a while now, with great interest. To quote the mission statement:

emPHPower is a mediator and catalyst that empowers members of the community to follow their own ideas

This seems like a great initiative to me. Basically with the same views and motivations, we (Mike and me) have started PHPBelgium, to advocate the use of PHP with developers, companies and educators.

While our initiative is mostly regional (Belgium and to some extent, the Netherlands), emPHPower aims to be a central place to advocate and promote the use of PHP. It wants to connect PHP Core devs, companies and end users by providing a general platform (as a mediator) for them.

I fully support such initiatives (as I’ve been doing same things but for Belgium then) and hope this works out and actually will turn into something that helps every party involved. If there is something that can be done, I’d be glad to help out. In the end, this’ll create more visibility for PHP as a serious alternative, provide a place to go to as a company that wants to use/sponsor/develop PHP, and much more. PHP TestFest is an example that I believe could fall under organization of emPHPower.

Please note that emPHPower is currently just an idea. By the end of the year, if things look feasible, Lukas will actually start and take things further for emPHPower.

If you want to have a short overview of what emPHPower aims to be, have a look at this presentation

PHPBelgium: first meeting report

PHPBelgium community logoYesterday we had our first PHPBelgium PHP community meeting, organized by Michelangelo van dam and me. It was planned on 27th of may 2008, located in GC De Zandloper, Wemmel, Belgium.

With about 13 people on the RSVP list, we were quite pleased to see that much interest in an event we actually only announced a week ago :-) But because of the short notice, and also due to a related event in the Netherlands, some people had to cancel, which we of course understand. In the end, about 6 people attended the meeting (us included), but it was a very happy group, and we had a lot of fun.

First we introduced ourselves with a presentation we made (which can be viewed below, or on SlideShare). Then a general discussion about PHP came along, where we talked about PHP in Belgium, possible topics for future events, extension writing in PHP, Unit testing, PHPT testing, Guitar Hero (no kidding!) and more.

Quite some pictures were made, which can be found on Flickr. If you have interest in attending our next event (we’re organizing one event every 2 months), please have a look at our website at http://www.phpbelgium.be and subscribe to the RSS feed, visit us on IRC on the irc.freenode.net server, channel #php_bnl or follow @phpbelgium on twitter.

Thanks for everyone who could attend, and to everybody: see you next time!