Arien vs. The World

PHP Conference 2008 = huge success

Posted on: September 29, 2008

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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