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Scenes from 2013 conference

The Northeast PHP Conference is a web developer conference focused on PHP, Web Technology, and UX.

There has been a lot of demand for such a conference in this region, and we are excited to be hosting it for the second time. We are bringing in over 300 attendees from across the northeast and beyond.

Learn more about us.

Video Links now Available

Hi!

Thanks again for attending the Northeast PHP Conference this year. It's because of you that the event was so successful and because of that, we really want to get your feedback. We have a super short survey that we'd appreciate you filling out for us. It's only two questions and shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes so please... help us to make next year's conference even better!


Also, as you are probably aware, we were able to video all of the talks presented this year. In case you missed any talks you really wanted to see, or you just want to see one again, at the end of this posting is a list of all of the videos we took.

Once again, thank you for making Northeast PHP 2013 so successful. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Thanks,
Northeast PHP Conference Team.

Videos from Day 1 - Saturday
"Opening Keynote: Looking to the Past, to Predict the Future" (by Eli White): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDm2HwJDR7g
"Opening Keynote: Looking to the Past, to Predict the Future: Audience Questions" (by Eli White): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0te8YLLDOw
"You Can UX Too: Avoiding the Programmer's User Interface" (by Eryn O'Neil): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm9AdMJgMfA
"How To Get There" (by Larry Ullman): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMT0Itzrfg
"How and use regular expressions in PHP and why use them" (by Joel Lord): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1VTOgfiRk
"Mobile-First Design" (by Katelyn Sessions): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVEF2fwHelc
"Agile in the Workplace" (by Michael Stowe): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubDCyyPyJfY
"Don't Be STUPID, Grasp SOLID" (by Anthony Ferrara): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_LxkB-Pgf0
"UI Patterns: A Practical Toolkit" (by Jim O'Neill): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5LpyjMBj_o
"Ajax: You Can Do It Too" (by Larry Ullman): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiHDJg59WvY
"Magic Methods: Spilling the secret" (by Matthew Barlocker): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOVQt4mOFk4
"jQuery Mobile: Sites That Feel Like Apps" (by Anna Filina): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbXuDwwgjlE
"Testing UX Design with Reverse Card Sorting" (by David Kelleher): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffXfXtlQ46U
"Scaling PHP to 40 Million Uniques" (by Jonathan Klein): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEdgo7mcE68
"Designing software for the Agile generation" (by Martin Kemp): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj9VWJlRdz0
"Team Plaatjes: Building JS Applications with Vector Graphics" (by Ross Tuck): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEFQQvDtZtk

Videos from Day 2 - Sunday
"Package Management in PHP: Better Late than Never!" (by Sequoia McDowell): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm7K6AbV8SQ
"Cracking the Code of Web Content Development" (by Jason Rubin): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8fM2ZiKsIE
"How to Hire Good Engineers" (by Bryan Healey): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL5lgDYIOZE
"Teaching PHP & Web Development" (by Larry Ullman): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClBoLHnhp14
"Coding the Semantic Web with HTML5" (by David Kelleher): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOnWncxJX6k
"Practical Responsive Web Design" (by Jonathan Klein): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2-pYh2jpjM
"Developing For the Cloud, In The Cloud" (by David Duggins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siO05y8AZ1I
"The UX of URLs" (by Ryan Freebern): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ811q16x98
"Git Essentials" (by Matthew Barlocker): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSheuUztt58
"Layout on the web" (by Brian Del Giudice): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0SZKMr5X2A
"Berserk for Responsive Design Frameworks!" (by Jen Kramer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJdEGoPw0ko
"Building a REST API" (by Michael Stowe): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEEmXWxba2E
"Introduction to User Experience (UX) Design" (by Meghan Reilly): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5ZGB-JhzUg
"Closing Keynote: Ten Evil Things - Features Engineering at Wikipedia" (by Terry Chay): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ToEe6wOG0c


 

Thank your for attending

Thank you to all attendees, volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and organizers for another great Northeast PHP conference. Stay tuned for pictures and video from the event. We will also make the slides and resources available soon.

Please rate the talks https://joind.in/event/view/1328

Opening Keynote
  • Looking to the Past, to Predict the Future by Eli White:
    Rate and comment on this talk at joind.in: http://joind.in/8917.
Workshops
PHP Development
Web Technologies
User Experience (UX)
Closing Keynote
  • Ten Evil Things - Features Engineering at Wikipedia by Terry Chay
    Rate and comment on this talk at joind.in: http://joind.in/8924.
 

See You At The Bar!!

Just a reminder that tonight (Saturday) we will be heading to Champions Bar at 6pm for appetizers and drinks, courtesy of Engine Yard.  Hope to see you there!
 

Workshop Schedules (9am thru 5pm)

Please note: You must have a ticket to attend a workshop. Tickets are $50 and are still available, but hurry. We start promptly at 9am and again at 1pm. Don't be tardy on your first day ;)

Workshop 1: Clean Application Development (Aug 16, 9am - 12pm)
Workshop 2: Up and Running with Twitter Bootstrap (Aug 16, 9am - 12pm)

Lunch included 12-1:00pm

Workshop 4: Web Scraping with Node.io (Aug 16, 1pm - 5pm)
Workshop 6: Usability Testing for the Common Man (Aug 16, 1pm - 5pm)
 

Sponsor Spotlight: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center

Microsoft New England Research  Development Center

This year's Northeast PHP Conference will be held again at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, affectionately referred to as the NERD. We're excited to be holding the event here again having been voted the number one event for 2012 at the NERD. The NERD is a fabulous event venue and the best part is that Microsoft makes the space available to us for free! This has helped us to keep the ticket prices affordable.

Located in Kendall Square, the NERD is a catalyst for innovation throughout the region. The NERD has done a tremendous job of supporting the local technology community. Last year alone the NERD hosted over 700 events including Boston PHP meetups. Some upcoming events at the NERD include:

  • Boston I/O (9/7/2013): Boston I/O is a free 1-day conference for approximately 300 high school and college students. Boston I/O helps transition students from school to the local startup culture by offering hard skills as well as solid, specific advice for emerging tech entreprenuers and technologists.
  • HACKFit Boston 2013 (9/20/2013 - 9/22/2013): HACKFit events are weekend-long competitions designed by technologists and fitness gurus to test your all-around hacking skills, true grit, and camaraderie.
  • zCon East (10/21/2013 - 10/22/2013): The zSpace Developers Conference is an educational environment that stimulates communication and collaboration among developers of 3D applications, hardware and content who are interested in immersive, lifelike and interactive technologies.

See you at the NERD for the Northeast PHP Conference!

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Engine Yard

We're excited to have Engine Yard as a sponsor for the Northeast PHP Conference again for the second year in a row. Engine Yard's support has made it possible for us to host a Saturday evening party for all attendees. Thank you Engine Yard!

Engine Yard is a leading Platform as a Service empowering developers to plan, build, deploy and manage applications in the cloud. But rather than talk about Engine Yard's product offering, I'd like talk about a great initiative that Engine Yard has just announced. This initiative is called Prompt and the goal is start a conversation about mental health in the technology industry. Engine Yard is encouraging conferences to invite a mental health speaker to raise awareness of the issue and create a more open dialogue and support network.

Engine Yard describes their motivation behind this initiative:

"Our <product / service / software> makes developers lives easier". How often have you heard that phrase? It’s often used by companies that make tools for developers. We’ve said it ourselves, here at Engine Yard.

The real meaning of that phrase, however, is "we make developers work lives easier".

Prompt is an effort to actually try to help improve the lives of developers, especially those who are affected in any way by things like depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness.

Prompt was started by Eamon Leonard and John Dalton of Engine Yard, in collaboration with Ed Finkler and Greg Baugues.

 

Sponsor Spotlight: GitHub

GitHubWe're happy to introduce GitHub as a sponsor for this year's Northeast PHP Conference! In case you've been living under a rock and aren't familiar with GitHub, here is how GitHub describes themselves:

GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

Founded in 2008, GitHub is now the largest code host in the world. The source code for the PHP interpreter is mirrored on GitHub and almost every major PHP framework is hosted on GitHub, including (listed in order of most watched):

To celebrate GitHub's sponsorship, we will be serving Octocat cupcakes during the conference!

 

Workshops tickets on sale!

You now can purchase tickets for any of the friday workshops below. Feel free to combine a morning and afternoon session for a full day of two workshops. Each workshop ticket is $50. Classroom sizes are kept small, so tickets are on a first come first serve basis.

 

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are $200 for the regular sessions, and $50 for an optional workshop on friday.

We have a great lineup of talks and speakers this year. Topics from over 40 experts in the development community. It's like three years of Meetups, jam packed into a weekend!

We have also added an optional workshop day which will be first day of the event (Friday), followed by two days (Saturday and Sunday) of regular sessions. 

We broke talks and workshops into three categories (tracks):

Nowhere else can you get this much PHP know-how, this much connection, this much inspiration. 

Workshops

You can purchase a separate ticket to attend a workshop morning or afternoon or both:

Morning
  • Workshop 1: Clean Application Development
  • Workshop 2: Up and Running with Twitter Bootstrap
  • Workshop 3: Using Innodb and Memcached Plugin
Afternoon
    • Workshop 4: Web Scraping with Node.io
    • Workshop:5  Preparing for Zend 5.3 Certification
    • Workshop 6: Usability Testing for the Common Man

    Regular Sessions

    We have lined up so many great speakers and topics from experts in our own backyard. It's like three years of meetups jam packed into two days!

    Includes:

    • Access to both days of the conference (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Access to over 40+ Talks
    • Network with over 300 developers, designers, and experts
    • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
    • Cool Northeast PHP T-shirt
    • Slides and resources from each talk
    • Free giveaways and prizes

    - Michael

     

    Like what you see

    Take a look through the talks page. Next to each talk is a [Like] button. Use this and we can optimize the schedule and room changes. Last year we had to guess, this year we can use your help/data.

    Just click the ones you like. 
     

    How did you get into PHP?

    I am always amazed at what people tell me when I ask this question. Check out what some of our ticket holders said when asked this question...

    "By accident :)  Was going into medicine and ended up writing some programs in PHP, absolutely loved it, and haven't looked back since.  After writing code for 10+ years I recently accepted a Developer Advocate position with Constant Contact where I have a chance to give back even more, and well, we'll see where the road leads :)"

    "From being a web app designer in a PHP shop. I taught myself HTML/CSS, then PHP/MySQL. Then OO JS. Now I'm a full time full-stack developer."

    "I got into programming when I was about 11.  I wrote a "United Federation of Planets" application to store the info off the cards that came with our Star Trek figures. (I even had an ASCSI UFP logo)   I currently travel around writing php code for mid to large enterprises.  In the next couple of years I hope to move to Europe and continue to code."

    "I got into web development by playing around on BBSes in the early 90s, and later hacking Perl CGI on my first shell account."

    "I picked "Intro to Digital Media" randomly from a course catalog because I had no idea what it was. I loved how broad and diverse it was"

    "It's a long, backwards story!"

    "My dad suggested computer science after letting me know I was too dumb to be an astronaut. Currently Chief Architect at Lucid Software."

    "Needed to get something done."

    "Self taught and it took me all over the world. I plan to keep on going :)"

    "What's next? Converting juggling into electronic music using gesture recognition!"
     

    Propose a Keynote

    We are looking for two keynote speakers. One for the opening day (aug 17th morning), and another at the close on aug 18th pm. 

    If you have seen a keynote that would be good for our conference, then please contact me michael@northeastphp.org 

    Mark your calendars...

    The dates for the second anual Northeast PHP conference will be August 16, 17, and 18th.

    Workshops

    We will offer 6 hands-on workshops on PHP, Web Technology, and User Experience (UX). You will have to pre-register for these once they are announced. Space is limited, so stay tuned.

    Day 1

    Join us for day 1 of the Conference. Registration opens at 8am. Followed by Opening sessions, Keynotes, and Talks.

    Day 2

    Continue with us for day 2 of the Conference. Registration, Keynotes, Talks, Closing.
     

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