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At work we can ask for formation, courses, etc. to expand our knowledge in our areas of interest. Finally we have resources dedicated exclusively for this task, and woah, they’re out of bubblegum! They want us to take the MySQL Certification exams this year, to know PHP5 as if we had coded it ourselves and so on. It’s nice to know that formation is now really a priority in the company, although it comes with small nasty surprises.

Like today’s. We were told a month or so ago that there would be an exam about PHP5 and MySQL Soon(tm). And that “Soon(tm)” was actually this morning. We have a meeting scheduled, and when we get there, bam! “Hi guys, enjoy the exam, k?”. Would have been a great moment to make us a pic, I bet.

Oh well, I never liked surprise exams, but the purpose of this one was more like an autoevaluation, so it wasn’t that bad. I got to the conclusion that I should reread the theory and the documentation of PHP again, because even though I knew what some of the questions were refering to, I couldn’t find the words to describe them. And yes, much to my dismay there were a few things I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know or had completely forgotten… So I hope I have some time to study, I surely can use it.

On a less self-depressing note, tomorrow the English classes start again at work! I love to have this small break. On hard work days it’s so relaxing to go there and have fun while polishing my English skills… Tiny things like this make this job worthwhile in the worst moments :)

People started uploading the pictures they took at the Barcelona PHP Conference to Flickr. I completely forgot to take any, but looking at the awesome pictures, I don’t mind much, there’s plenty and very well done. It’s funny to see there’s a lot of slides from Jens’ presentation (which you can see in full detail here). I’m glad to see people found it useful, he worked hard to make it interesting.

Anyway, you can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/phpbcnint08/

If you happen to have been at the conference and have pics to share, remember to add the tag ‘phpbcnint08‘ to them so they get added to this listing, would be a pity to miss them.

Enjoy! And spot me if you can :P

Last Saturday I assisted to the PHP Conference 2008, in Barcelona (well, in Cornellà). I think it was a nice event in general, very interesting and possibly better than last year’s.

Despite being the “Barcelona PHP Conference”, it was all held in English, which wasn’t bad at all. One of the speakers was a coworker of mine, Jens Bierkandt. He talked about how to pimp (lol) high volume websites. We are quite experienced on this at work, having so many visits and pageviews and all that, so the presentation itself wasn’t enlightening for me, but I think it was very well exposed. For anyone interested in the magic formula, you can find the slides of his presentation here.

Besides the presentations, these conferences are useful to know people with the same interests as you. I still think we aren’t enough girls in the PHP scene, but I wonder if it’s just because other girls are smarter than to get involved with PHP, hehe. Had a chance to talk to Scott MacVicar, from Jelsoft, creators of vBulletin (the joy of putting a face to the email address you have complained to is infinite!), Derick Rethans from eZ and Zöe Slattery (yay a girl!) amongst others.

I wasn’t entirely happy about the distribution of the talks, because I missed some I really wanted to see, and assisted to a couple that weren’t specially useful to me. But in any case, I had a great day. And I got this awesome PHP elephant plushie as souvenir. Thanks Scott for the gift! :)


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