I spent a few minutes with Tony Bibbs talking about how the State of Iowa is using PHP... and how it started in the first place.
It took a while, but I captured Paul M Jones and held him hostage until he shared a few tips and secrets on Benchmarking applications... including a few things to watch out for.
Cal Evans of Ibuildings at php|tek 2009 talking about working with and in a distributed team
At php|tek 2009, I managed to corner Eli White - Community Manager at Zend - to get some thoughts about php|tek, the community, and what he's preparing for ZendCon 2009.
Update 20 May 209: The submissions for this unconference are closed. Please check out the php|tek 2009 Unconference schedule here.
Well, we're just about two weeks from php|tek 2009. While many of the presenters are touching up their slides, brushing up their talks, and thinking of the pizza that's yet to come... I have a different question for you:
What are you doing?
As of today, I'm officially collecting ideas for the php|tek unconference. As I get ideas (I already have quite a few), I'll post them on Chris Cornutt 's site Joind.in under the php|tek Unconference event. Then all you have to do is register on the site, vote for the session, and feel free to leave feedback.
What's an UnConference you ask?
This past weekend, a friend came over and we sat in front of a whiteboard talking technology, infrastructure, concepts, and tools within his organization. As much as we went round and round and he talked about the variety of tools and information that was flowing, he asked a profound question:
What does this replace?
In many cases, when an organization rolls out tools, it replaces an old, outdated, or inefficient process. For example, when I took my first job in DC, every other week I had to fill out a paper timesheet. I had to hand copy the codes for each contract I worked, fill in my hours, total across for per-task totals, and down for daily totals. After the first one, I started using a spreadsheet to minimize duplication, reduce potential mistakes, and speed along the process. A year later, the organization rolled out a web application for doing the same.
After long wait, we've finally gotten things together and have slides and some of the video available for the php|tek webcast series.
Notice: Please don't hotlink to the videos or slides. Depending on how many more sessions we do, we may move them and then all your links are out of date. Besides, your visitors may be interested in other topics here too. Thanks.
At South by Southwest a couple weeks ago, I ran into friend and movie producer* Steve Fisher of Network Solutions' Solutions are Power blog. He cornered me outside the Bloggers' Longue - aka where the free coffee was hidden - and asked questions ranging from "what is Blue Parabola?" to "why PHP?" to "how should founders settle disagreements?"
Watch the interview for answers: