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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Submit Your OSCON 2005 Proposals Today

The call for papers for one of my favorite conferences, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, is open. I love OSCON because it gathers together a wide ranging set of people. I get to meet and talk to Perl guys, Python folks, and we all get to make fun of the Java dudes.

This year, I’m part of the conference committee for the PHP track. As such, I’m quite interested in putting together an interesting and wide ranging (read: kick ass) PHP track. So, if you’ve got something interesting to share with others, please submit it.

Lots of people think they need to be Rasmus (or Rasmus-like) to get their proposal accepted. This is false! If you submit a good talk, I will do my best to make sure you’re in the conference.

A good talk should have elements of least some the following:

  • Well-focused
  • Innovative
  • Intriguing
  • Practical

As a hint, right now, pretty much anything on PHP 5 is going to count as "Innovative". If you want to give a case study about migrating your site from PHP 4 to PHP 5, that would be one good idea. Other good topics are any of the new features: mysqli, sqlite, iterators, soap, etc.

I’m also interested in unit testing, non-web based PHP applications, anything web services, design patterns, PHP and JavaScript’s XMLHTTPRequest object, cool PEAR packages, etc. It doesn’t have to be PHP-centric, but something implemented in PHP or useful to PHP developers.

I’m not interested in your own custom database abstraction layer. There are too many out there already. I’m also not interested in Yet-Another-CMS, but if you were to do a bake-off and tell me which 3 PHP CMSes are the best, why, and when I should use them, that would be good.

As my final plug, OSCON is again in Portland, Oregon. This is a great town for a conference. It’s pretty, a nice walking town, the best beer town in the US, and there’s lots of fun things to do.

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