ZendCon 2010

The 2010 “Zend/PHP Conference” welcomed the full range of the PHP community: open source contributors, small businesses, practitioners of diverse technologies and platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and IBM i, and the largest names in technology and business: Adobe, GE, the New York Stock Exchange. All these contributed energy and momentum to ZendCon.

I presented two talks (slides: http://alanseiden.com/presentations) and attended many more (slides: http://joind.in/event/ZendCon2010), given by some of the top names in IBM i and PHP. Beyond the great value of scheduled sessions, though, ZendCon offered even more.

As noted by Zend’s co-founder Andi Gutmans in his opening address, ZendCon’s value comes not only from scheduled sessions but from those unscheduled conversations in the hallway, at meals, and at evening networking events. ZendCon is about sharing knowledge, solving problems, and building relationships.

Personal highlights:

  • Alison Butterill’s presentation about IBM’s strong commitment to PHP
  • Susan Gantner’s sessions about interweaving RPG, PHP, and MySQL’s DB2 Storage Engine
  • Meeting Sam Pinkhasov from Zend’s R&D lab. He has such great knowledge that one time I followed him all around the conference center and into the elevator, peppering him with questions, before I finally let him go on the 5th floor.
  • The speaker’s reception, IBM i reception, and Disney-sponsored reception
  • Helping two people with their Apache configurations on IBM i. I continued to work on one of their configurations for 15 minutes after the lights were turned out, finding the command keys by feel alone. (Does that make me a geek?)
  • The Zend Framework roundtable where I got to ask the developers my burning questions.

I want to thank my employer, Strategic Business Systems, Inc., for allowing me to come and speak at ZendCon.

Below are my photos from the conference. I hope to return to ZendCon next year and to see many of you there!

P.S. For those of you in the New York area, come see me co-lead a roundtable recap of the conference at NY-PHP on November 23, 2010.

Andi Gutmans giving his opening keynote at ZendCon 2010

Andi Gutmans giving his opening keynote

Ray Taylor and I chatting before my web services talk at Zendcon 2010

Ray Taylor and I chatting before my web services talk

elePHPant with a fan at ZendCon 2010

elePHPant with a fan

IBM i networking event at ZendCon 2010

IBM i networking event

Ryan Watkins and Alison Butterill at the IBM booth, Zendcon 2010

Ryan Watkins and Alison Butterill at the IBM booth

Leverage the Power of IBM i Zend PHP button

"Leverage the power of IBM i" Zend PHP button

Susan Gantner speaking about RPG + PHP at ZendCon 2010

Susan Gantner speaking about RPG, PHP, and MySQL

My upcoming PHP talks this fall (2010)

Please join me for my IBM i-focused PHP talks this fall. I’ll present these topics:

  • web services with PHP and Zend Framework
  • batch and command-line tasks with PHP
  • RPG-based 5250 applications as the basis for new web applications

…all focused on PHP on IBM i!

Here are the dates, locations and web sites with more information:

Sept 28: Vermont Midrange Users Group (VTMUG) education day, South Burlington, Vermont

Oct. 3-6: COMMON Fall Conference, San Antonio, Texas

Oct. 26: OMNI Users Group education day, Chicago suburbs

Nov. 1-4: Zend/PHP Conference (ZendCon 2010), Santa Clara, California

I look forward to meeting many of you at these great conferences and education days.

See me speak about web services and Zend Framework

Join me at at Long Island PHP on June 7, 2010, where I’ll present a case study showing how I integrated Windows-based data into an IBM i-based application using SOAP with Zend Framework.

The principles are the same no matter what type of servers you use.

Event details: http://www.listnet.org/eventDetails.cfm?eventID=1263

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. To see the slides from my past presentations, go to  http://www.seidengroup.com/presentations/.