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Presentation of things learned at conferences in October and November 2011. Specifically, information about Day Camp 4 Developers, HTML5.tx, ZendCon, and RedDirt.js.

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  • Next one taking place in March-ish.\n#1: Soft Skills, #2: Telecommuting, #3: Project Management\n
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  • Conferences andcommunity

    1. 1. Conferences &Community Events BCSPHP November 17, 2011 Prepared by Jeff Carouth
    2. 2. Real-time Heckling• Use hashtag #bcsphp• I am @jcarouth
    3. 3. Conferences• Go for the presentations.• But also go for the people.• “The hallway track.”• Uncons.
    4. 4. Day Camp For Developers • Usually on a Saturday • DC4D3 was on Project Management, Oct 2011 • Videos for sale.http://daycampfordevelopers.com/
    5. 5. “Day Camp 4 Developers is a one-day, technology agnostic, on-line conference featuring 6 speakers discussing different aspects of a common topic. The topic isalways a soft skill that developers need toknow about but are rarely taught. It is run by developers and designed to help developers of all experience levels.” - Cal Evans
    6. 6. Take Aways• Use short, stand-up meetings to discuss “Yesterday’s Weather”• People can be difficult, but communication is the key.• Analyze the impact of change requests.• Communicate impact and action clearly.
    7. 7. Take Aways (cont)• Employ regular, predictable releases.• Use FAQs to drive simplification and clarification.• Developers suck at estimates. (This is a fact.)
    8. 8. • October 2011• Austin, TX• Backend technology agnostic.• Truly a community-driven event.• Videos posted “soon.” http://html5tx.com
    9. 9. Use HTML5 (and friends) to make cool stuff right now.
    10. 10. Other thoughts• TAFEE: Tiered, Adaptive Front-End Experience.• meaning: customize the experience to the specific capabilities of the browser• prioritize fast UI and usability over consistent experience.• JavaScript is an integral part of HTML5.
    11. 11. • File upload is much easier with the File API. • Supports access to the local file system through the browser. • Drag and drop file upload. (Make your users smile.)• CSS3 is scary powerful. (http://garann.com/ html5atx/)
    12. 12. Things to look at• Modernizr/YepNope• html5rocks.com• partofhtml5.com• html5boilerplate.com• LESS or SASS
    13. 13. ZendCon• October 2011• Santa Clara, CA• (Disclaimer: I spoke at this event.) http://zendcon.com
    14. 14. • Profile your code. This was probably the #1 topic of the conference. • Xdebug and XHProf• Streams are very powerful and succinct.
    15. 15. Zend Framework 2.0 is here coming soon.
    16. 16. • Event-driven architecture.• Requires > PHP 5.3• Easier to contribute to (thank you Github)
    17. 17. REDDIRT .js• November 2011• Oklahoma City, OK• Fast-paced JavaScript education. http://reddirtjs.com
    18. 18. Libraries and tools• This is not the JavaScript you learned in 1999.• Backbone.js, Underscore.js• Benchmarking your code with benchmark.js• CoffeeScript• Node.js and Socket.IO
    19. 19. • Data does not have to be tied to the DOM• No more tangled mess of jQuery selectors on DOM elements.• “MVC” framework for JS, but you aren’t married to the full stack.
    20. 20. http://backbonetraining.net/resources
    21. 21. Community Events
    22. 22. CodeWorks 2011/12• PHP community tour.• Stopping in Austin on January 19, 2012.• Tickets are $100.http://codeworks.phparch.com
    23. 23. BCSPHP• We want YOU to speak.• Pick a topic. It can be anything.• Tell us about a project you worked on and what you learned while working on it.
    24. 24. webgeekhappyhour.com
    25. 25. Test PHP 5.4• Please?• Go to http://qa.php.net• Download php 5.4.0RC1 and extract• Compile, make, and make test
    26. 26. Post-facto Heckling• @jcarouth• jcarouth@gmail.com

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