We wrapped up the Zend/PHP conference today and overall it was quite a good show. At the very least, I have my work cut out for me here. I have a stack of books that I picked up at a nice show discount from the Sams booth, based on recommendations from many of the others I met at the show.
I’ve been teaching CSS classes for the past several months, and one colleague described my sessions as something like “sit down, fly by the seat of your pants, and try to hang on…” OK, now I really know what that feels like! Each session was only 45 minutes, and some of these guys were really plowing through some deep coding concepts at warp speed.
My personal highlights for the last two days of event were Chris Shiflett’s Security Audit Howto session, learning about the Qcodo development framework, and meeting up with the guys at Interakt. It was especially cool to finally meet Alexandru Costin face to face, since we’ve had conversations via email for years.
Another unforgettable piece of this event overall has to be reiterated: Marc Andreessen’s keynote, where he discussed PHP as being one of the first really developer-centric programming languages and picking up where Java left off in this respect, really got the attention of everyone there as well as the media. The Slashdot article on Marc’s comments will give you a flavor of the discussion, and it’s really tipped off something very large. We will see more of this debate in the months and years to come.
If I had to pick one thing as a chief takeaway from this show, it would have to be just being able to meet all these other great developers and share ideas. This was the first Zend/PHP conference, and I’m really looking forward to next year.