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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.

Andi Gutmans on Web Services at SDForum

I just found out that Andi Gutmans is going to speak at SD Forum’s Web services SIG later this month. His topic is "PHP & Web Services, The Present and the Future."

The event will take place at eBay’s North Campus, at the Silicon Valley Conference Center. That’s right near the San Jose Airport. And it’s on Tuesday, January 25th, from 6:30 to 9ish. (Directions are available from the link above.)

If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to drop by. Admission is free for SDForum members, and $15 for non-members.

MySQL Users Conference 2005

I just received word that I’ll be giving an encore performance of “PHP 5 + MySQL 5 = A Perfect 10” (PPT) at the MySQL Users Conference 2005. Date and time still TBA, but the conference runs from April 18 – 21, 2005 and is at the Santa Clara Westin. Happily, that’s only 15 minutes from work, so it’s an easy drive.

Maybe this time I’ll actually talk about MySQL 5.0. When I first gave the talk, back in July at OSCON, it was really PHP 5 + MySQL 4.1 = An Above Average 9.1“.

PHP in Canada: PHP West and PHP Quebec

For some reason, we can’t seem to get any PHP-only conferences here in the US. Fortunately, our hockey-playing, maple syrup-drinking, funny-speaking brothers to the north, have stepped up to fill the gap.

Following on the success of 2004, there are two excellent looking PHP conferences coming up in 2005: PHP West and PHP Quebec.

PHP West is a one day mini-conference in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Much to my disappointment, I missed out on last year’s, but there’s another one coming up on January 14th. Best of all, it’s focused on Web services.

Right now, I’m thinking these guys really need to hear something on building e-commerce applications using eBay. Stephen’s doing such a good job with Services_Ebay, that I don’t think it’s fair to let the Europeans keep it to themselves. We need to have a North American talk to share in the goodness.

Unfortunately, PHP West is right at the end of MacWorld, so I need to check my schedule to see if I can make it. Stay tuned for more details.

The other conference, PHP Quebec, is in Montreal on March 31st and April 1st. I attended last year — speaking on Web services — and had a blast. Everyone was really nice and there were many other great speakers, including Rasmus.

I encourage everyone who can to drop by and join in on the fun. You might not be able to make both, but whether you’re an east coast or west coast guy, there’s something for you.

World Tour: Utah PHP

Do you love PHP? Do you love eBay? Do you live in Utah? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then you don’t want to miss the next stop on my world tour.

Next Tuesday, October 19, I will be visiting the Utah PHP Users Group to give a talk on Developing Applications on the eBay Platform with PHP. Start time is 7 PM and we’ll go until 8:30.

O’Reilly has arranged to send a carton-load of books, and I will be bringing a bag full of eBay schwag, so they’ll be giveaways gallore!

If it ain’t broke…

Overheard today at Web 2.0:

If it ain’t broke, then it doesn’t have enough features.

Ha! I know a few programmers who follow that rule.

MySQL ComCon Europe 2004

I just heard about MySQL ComCon Europe 2004. It looks really cool. It’s a whole three-day MySQL conference going on in parallel with the International PHP Conference. (Same dates, same hotel.)

All the speakers are MySQL employees, so I’m betting most (if not all) of the sessions are being presented by the actual programmer who implemented the feature. For instance, Georg Richter wrote the new PHP 5 mysqli extension, and he’s giving a two talks on exactly that. There are also a few talks on all the new MySQL 4.1 and 5.0 features, such as views and stored procedures. If you haven’t checked out MySQL in a while, they’re adding features like crazy.

I’ve been going back and forth whether I want to fly all the way from San Francisco to Frankfurt two weeks before I’m going to Las Vegas for ApacheCon. I was hoping to convince the International PHP Conference folks to let me talk, but that didn’t work out. If that had happened, I definitely would have gone. :)

It was a tough call when it was just the International PHP Conference, but now that the MySQL ComCon Europe is also there, it’s become even harder. Hum… Maybe I’ll go price flights again.

Vegas baby! Speaking at ApacheCon 2004

I just heard that I’m going to be speaking at ApacheCon 2004 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 16th. I’m going to be giving my “PHP 5 Sucks! PHP 5 Rocks!” talk. If you missed it at OSCON, here’s your second chance.

I will also be hosting an eBay BOF. Place and time TBA. If you’re an eBay developer, want to write applications that talk to our Web services APIs, or just interested in hearing stories about why eBay is cool, be sure to come on by. At our last BOF, we talked about clear plastic raincoats, so this one is bound to be just as interesting, if not more so.

There are quite a few excellent PHP talks this year at ApacheCon: Chris Shiflett’s speaking on PHP Security and co-presenting with Geoff Young on testing PHP applications using Perl. (Honest! It’s a serious talk. In fact, it may be the first PHP talk I expect to learn something from in years.)

Also, Christian Stocker is giving two talks on XML in PHP 5: “XML on Crack” and “XML on Speed.” (Really. I can’t make this stuff up.) Christian’s been a big force behind XML in PHP for years. If you’re at all interested in PHP and XML, you’ll want to listen to his presentations, as you’re bound to learn three or seven new tidbits you can use at home.

And, of course, Andi Gutmans is giving the obligitory “Introduction to PHP 5” presentation. (He seems to come to quite a few more conferences now that he lives in Silicon Valley instead of Israel, doesn’t he?)