PHPCon East 2003

by Adam Trachtenberg

Last week, PHPCon came to New York City for three days of PHP mingling. Luckily, I live in New York, so transportation was just the $1.50 for the subway down from 112th Street to midtown. Also, since I signed up to give a talk with Dave on Taming Large Scale PHP Projects, I got to go for free. That's a nice combination.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend as many sessions as I wanted, there was just too much going on. However, the ones I did go to were top-notch. George Schlossnagle's talk on unit testing was a big hit -- much to George's pleasant surprise. This was the first time he'd given this talk and George wasn't quite sure how it'd turn out. (Somehow, I'm sure his nerves weren't helped when Rasmus walked in seconds before he was about to start and grabbed a seat in the front row.) George demoed PHPUnit, a unit testing framework based on Java's JUnit. If you're interested in more, his PowerPoint slides are available online.

Rasmus did his usual Tips & Tricks talk. However, it was scheduled at the same time as our presentation, so I didn't get to watch it. Later that day, Zeev gave a nice ending keynote where he looked back at all the progress PHP's made from PHP/FI (aka PHP 2) until today and where PHP5 is going to take us in the upcoming months.

As a real wrap up, later that night, a bunch of us went down to New York Noodletown for some superlative Chinese food and then wandered over from Chinatown to Little Italy for some tourist-priced fancy coffees and dessert. It's a little strange when dinner for six costs the same as dessert.

BTW, word on the street is that the next PHPCon will be this October in San Francisco. Specific dates and location TBA.

Did you go to PHPCon? What did you think of the conference?