“I say neigh, don’t egg them on.”

The countdown to Web & PHP Con 2013 is on! There’s less than 2 weeks to go before we descend upon San Jose Convention Centre, CA, to bring you the latest in cutting-edge practices from the industry’s top web developers. Talking of the industry’s top web developers…over the last couple of weeks we have been running short Q&A’s with our speakers in order to get to know them a little better and find out a bit more about their session.

Today is the turn of Mike Stowe.

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Mike is a professional software engineer, PHP 5.3 Zend Certified, and has over 10 years of PHP hacking experience. In those 10 years he as had the privilege of building numerous websites and applications, including applications for the medical field, law enforcement, one of the leading audio and lighting dealers, large and small non-profits, and numerous industrial companies. He has also spoken at numerous conferences, published multiple articles on PHP and security, is an active member of OWASP, and helps organize MNPHP, Twin Cities Software Engineers, and the MidwestPHP Conference. He currently work at Constant Contact as a Developer Advocate, representing developers and their needs within the company.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.  

An introduction to Agile methodologies in the workplace and a look at some of the benefits and challenges of Agile

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

I was a sports guy who ended up having a knee injury…so instead of basketball practice I found myself on the computer creating a personal webpage using a free service called HotYellow98… but I wanted to do more, so ended up looking at this thing called HTML, and well, I was hooked.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Get involved and go for it. There are a lot of great developers out there who are more than willing to help you out. Join a user group, join the mailing lists, and experiment with your code. It’s ok to make mistakes, you’ll learn a lot more that way. Push your skills to the edge every single day.

4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?

This list would go on way too long… there are a lot of great people in the tech community who have really helped me out. But a big shout out to the local user group organizers and conference leaders, I don’t think people know how much work it is to put on these events and keep them going. Also a shout out to the speakers who give up their time to go out and share their knowledge with others.

5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I would love to have done dinner with Steve Jobs… but who wouldn’t have lol. Also wouldn’t mind talking with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.

I say neigh, don’t egg them on. (hey, had to have a pun somewhere).
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

Meeting a lot of great developers and getting to learn what people are doing in the industry.

 

Mike Stowe will be down at Web & PHP Con this September 16 -18 in San Jose, CA giving his talk on ‘Agile in the Workplace’.You can attend this talk and all of our other sessions and keynotes for free! Just register on the website.

Laughter, tears, and time travel.

Wow! There’s less than 2 weeks before Web & PHP Con descends upon San Jose, CA. It’s hard to believe it’s come around so soon! And we still have a few speakers still to get through. So let’s get to it. Next up we have Ben Straub who keeps it short and sweet.

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Ben has always been a programmer, and loves making things work. He’s a maintainer of libgit2, an api-focused implementation of git internals.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.  

Level up your git game with Ben Straub from GitHub. There will be laughter, tears, and time travel. Bring clean water.

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

My dad bought us a Commodore 64 when I was 9 or 10, and I couldn’t help myself.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Make sure you learn something new every day.

4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?

People who have created popular frameworks, mostly. DHH, Mark Otto, Steve Sanderson. It’s because they not only solved their immediate problem, they solved it in such a way as to make that problem completely go away for thousands of others.

5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

I really want to pick heavy intellectuals, but I think that Louis C. K., Zach Galifianakis, and Russell Brand would provide me with gut-busting laughter for a few months afterward.

6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.

100 tiny horses. They can’t climb, so I could pick them off from the top of a big rock. Plus, they’d be SO cute.

7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

Meeting interesting people and finding out what they’re working on.

Ben will be down at Web & PHP Con giving his talk on ‘Git (and GitHub) for Ninjas’. Remember, you can see his talk along with the rest of our great line up for FREE!

Whittled Down

And so it continues. We have less than 3 weeks left before the Web & PHP Conference comes to town and still so many speakers that we still need to introduce you to. So no time to be messing around – let’s get straight to it with Dustin Whittle!
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Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn’t working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. Find out more at dustinwhittle.com.
1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.
Attendees will leave with the knowledge to scale and load test their next PHP web application.
2. How did you first get involved in coding?
BBS era. I started when I was young and it just evolved from there. At first I just wanted to learn how to make my own web site.
3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?
Get active on github and find an open source project you are passionate about. Always remember that you still have a lot to learn — no matter whether you just got started or you have been a professional developer for a decade.
4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?
@mojombo — For building GitHub from nothing and turning it into a real business that powers so many projects.
@fabpot — For teaching me how to write PHP properly and pushing the PHP community forward.
and a thousand others who have been helpful in making me a better engineer.
5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
Barack Obama
Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)
Steve Jobs
6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.
I would rather fight one horse-sized duck. The bigger they are the harder they fall.
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?
Getting to know the amazing community that has evolved in the PHP And Javascript worlds over the last few years.
Dustin Whittle will be down at Web & PHP Con 2013 giving 2 talks:

Scaling PHP in the real world!

Your Agile Performance Testing Checklist: MultiMechanize, Bees with Machine Guns, PageSpeed and AppDynamics

Remember guys, you can check these and more awesome sessions all for FREE! Free as a bird! Just register here.

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste…

Over the past week we’ve been taking a moment to get to know a little more about the speakers we have lined up for Web & PHP Con 2013. We know they’re a great bunch of people but we want you to know that too! So what better way to get to know a little bit about them, their session and what they’re most looking forward to at the event than with a short Q & A.

So, without further ado, let us introduce Stefan Priebsch.

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Stefan Priebsch unites expert knowledge with extraordinary sense when to use which tool. His specialties are object-oriented development and software architecture. As an internationally acclaimed author and speaker he thrills auditoriums and likes to share his tremendous practical experience.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140

 characters.

I am involved in multiple talks, so do I get 140 characters each? ; – )

Valuable information, maybe a little surprise here and there, and a fair
bit of entertainment

2. How did you first get involved in coding?

I was twelve years old when my Dad bought a Sinclair ZX-80. Since I had
no clue what a computer could possibly be used for, I chose to find out.

3.What advice would you give aspiring web developers?

Keep learning, and make it a habit to question and re-evaluate your own
thought patterns and best practices on a regular basis.

4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?

Everybody who contributes to Open Source, because they make the world a
little better every day.

5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?

That’s a tough question. Would I have dinner with all three at the same
time, or individually? Putting, say, Richard Stallmann next to Bill
Gates might defeat the actual purpose of the dinner.

If I were to invite Alan Rickman, could I ask him to dress up as
Professor Snape? I’d also find Anthony Hopkins an interesting guest, but
since he always makes me think of Hannibal Lector, I’d be afraid of him
having me for dinner.

I would also find somebody like Alexander the Great an interesting
guest, but I’m not really sure if we would be able to overcome the
language barrier. So that basically puts many really interesting people
from former times out of perspective, including everybody not speaking
English or German.

Putting all this into perspective, my pick would be my wife and my two
children. They are famous for making my life so much more interesting.

6.Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Explain your reasoning.

I am a friendly person, and since neither horses nor ducks have ever
been aggressive to me, I see no reason to put up a fight. I would rather
choose to walk away in peace.

7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?

That’s hard to say, because there is so much. I love being in Silicon
Valley, and Software & Support runs great conferences. The conference
schedule alreadly looks very promising, and the hallway track and
networking opportunities are always great at conferences.

Knowing me, knowing you, ah-ha!

So, as we said yesterday, we thought it was about time that we gave your a proper introduction to the speakers that will be attending Web & PHP Con. We know they’re a awesome group of people but we want to make sure you know that too (and maybe get to know a little more about them and what their session has in store for you at the conference). So we sent out a short Q & A to all of our speakers to dig a little deeper…

Second up in our series is Jeremy Lindblom.

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Jeremy is a PHP software engineer at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington, where he works on the AWS SDK for PHP and strives to make it easier for PHP developers to work with “the cloud”. Outside of work, he often spends time working on personal and open source PHP projects, and is a co-organizer of the Seattle PHP Meetup Group. Before moving to Seattle, Jeremy was the lead web app developer at Synapse Studios in Tempe, Arizona, and frequently promoted PHP development at his alma mater, Arizona State University. In his spare time, he likes to be at home with his family, make funny faces, watch movies, and make and eat yummy food.

1. Describe what we can expect from your talk at Web & PHP Con in 140 characters.
Git educated about #git — including the basic commands and workflows — through a combination of slides, demos, and music!
Learn about AWS, the cloud, and the new AWS SDK for PHP. See how #AWS can enrich your #PHP apps and help you scale.
2. How did you first get involved in coding?
Enabled by the evolving Internet and inspired by Super Mario, all roads eventually led to programming. Whether it was tinkering with Hypercard, making simple games with Visual Basic, making hoardes of hobbyist websites, or programming my TI-83 Plus calculator to do my math homework for me, everything contributed to my choice of entering the Computer Science program in college and getting involved with PHP to make my websites actually DO things.
3. What advice would you give aspiring web developers?
There is an endless amount of information to learn about web development. Never stop learning. Find a mentor. You will need to both simultaneously expand the breadth of your knowledge while acquiring deep, practical knowledge of a handful skills in order to be employable.
4. Which individuals do you most admire in the tech world and why?
It’s hard to say. There are so many smart people that are innovating all over the world. Many of them do not even have a public presence. I’ve met so many incredible people within AWS that are completely anonymous outside of the office.
5. If you could have 3 famous people round for dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
I’m not sure I could choose just 3 of the Muppets.
6. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Explain your reasoning.
One horse-sized duck, or Chocobo, as they are referred to by some. I believe that after you defeat it you can summon at will to come to your aid. It would also be an effective form of transportation around the Seattle area where there is much water.
7. What are you most looking forward to at Web & PHP Con?
I love meeting people, matching real faces with Twitter avatars, and having discussions about code.

Round 4

Round 4 of the Web & PHP Con is now open!

This week we have Evan Coury, Mike Stowe, Joshua Thijssen and Matt Simonsen battling it out! Head over to the website to cast your vote!

So what would their sessions have in store for you if they won? Well here’s a little abstract of each of their sessions so you can judge for yourself which one you would most like to see at the event!

‘Introduction to Modules in Zend Framework 2’ by Evan Coury

One of the highly anticipated new features of the recently released Zend Framework 2 is the introduction of an all new and powerful approach to modules. This new module system has been designed with flexibility, simplicity, performance, and re-usability in mind.
Modules in ZF2 can contain just about anything: PHP code, including MVC functionality; library code; view scripts; and/or public assets such as images, CSS, and JavaScript. With compelling features such native, best-in-class Phar packaging support and event-driven design, the possibilities are truly endless. Join Evan Coury, the author of the new ZF2 module system, as he explains everything ZF2 modules have to offer.
‘Ruby for PHP Developers’ by Mike Stowe

Ruby is the new and “cool” programming language, and while old-hearted PHP developers like myself try to resist it, we are seeing more and more tools being built on Ruby (including Compass, Vagrant, Chef, and Puppet). In this session we’ll take a look at the basics of Ruby, and how we can utilize this new programming language to assist us in managing our PHP applications and servers.

‘(re)discovering the SPL’ by Joshua Thijssen

Best Practice & Insider Insights, Core PHP, Scaling & Performance – Joshua Thijssen
The Standard PHP Library (SPL) might be one of the most powerful, yet the most unused part of PHP, but you are one of those lucky developers who have discovered it! But now what? The lack of documentation about SPL makes it that a lot users don’t really harvest the power that SPL brings. During this presentation I will dive into the numerous iterators, data-structures and interfaces that SPL defines and when & how to implement them in your own projects, but we will talk about the edge-cases as well, as in SPL land things don’t always are what they seem…

‘LAMP Security and/or real-world hacks’ by Matt Simonsen

As a hosting provider, SRI has seen a wide range of attacks. We have cleaned up many Joomla/WordPress/PHP vulnerabilities, hacks, and injections. We could review some real-world hacks, how they were fixed, and how to help prevent this from happening. I would likely present in partnership with one of our PHP developers, so that we would have perspective from a systems administrator and PHP developer. We could also cover solutions ranging from new Cloud-based offerings, platforms like mod_security, and app-based products like jSecure for Joomla.

Timetable now live.

Thinking of heading to Web & PHP Conf but wanting to have a look at the timetable and what we have in store for you first? Well, lucky for you, I have just the thing!

Head on over to the website and check out our timetable for a glimpse of what we have in store for you this September, 16th -18th in San Jose, CA. From our workshops and tutorials, to our keynotes and sessions, to our lightning talks and community events – it’s a lot to get excited about! (Spoiler alert…it’s gonna be goooooood.)

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