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.


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!


There’s a new event in town – and you’re invited!

Web & PHP Magazine are proud to announce our first ever conference!
This three-day event in September is designed to immerse you in a world of continuously changing and evolving web technologies.

Sticking with our ethos of open knowledge sharing, we have made all conference sessions, keynote presentations, hacks and Expo on September 17 & 18 FREE to attend!

Whether your interests lay in core PHP, security, testing, architecture, frameworks, cloud, HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, UX, mobile web or web-based mobile apps, our advisory board has put together an initial lineup of sessions, workshops and keynote presentations for you.

Keynotes, Sessions & Workshops have now been announced and you can check them out now on our website. Well, what are you waiting for? Register now!

But that’s not all folks. Oh no! We want YOU to get involved.

We want you to have your say. Next up in the process of curating the conference is a public vote – where we hand over the reins of session selection directly to you – the community. We have reserved a number of sessions to be filled by you. Over the coming weeks we’ll be asking you to vote for sessions you would like to see in the final program. Sign-up for our newsletter or key an eye on @webandphp on Twitter for announcements.