PHP & Flex - Vancouver League of Drupaliers October 2008 Meeting

The October meeting of Vancouver Drupalers took a different direction this month, featuring a decidedly non-Drupal topic: Flex. Flex is a open-source tool set for creating Adobe Flash applications. Love it or hate it, there's no question Flash powers much of the web's rich media. And Drupal is no stranger to Flash applications with sites like The Zimmer Twins using it for creating an interesting and compelling user experience.

Presenting on PHP and Flex was Duane Nickull, Senior Technical Evangelist from Adobe. Duane is no stranger to the Drupal community. Some may remember his interview of Dries at Foo Camp, and Duane's former boss is Jeff Whatcott, now at Aquia. Duane's talk focuses mostly on Flex applications, with a bit of discussion around communicating with external applications.

Duane Nickull: PHP & Flex

Pachyderms, PHP and Podcasts

Open Web Vancouver StuffThe Open Web Vancouver Conference, sponsored by the Vancouver PHP User Association, has wrapped up. And we have it on tape! And hard drive. And SD Card. And burned to DVD.

A team of volunteers (volunteers and organizers were designated with happy faces on their badges ... We few, we happy few, we band of brothers) lead by yours truly recorded the conference and we now have around 32 hours of audio and video to process! Barring unforeseen circumstances they'll be coming to a podcast near you very soon.

The only downside to the conference was getting up so early in the morning to get there! I've never exactly been a morning person, and working from home has taken me out of the early morning habit. It's not that late and my brain is shutting down. I've been sitting here for the last thirty or minutes trying to put together some coherent thoughts about the conference and failing miserably. So I'm going to point you to the much superior live blogging of the keynotes from Vancouver's Miss 604, Rebecca Bolwitt, in her mild mannered work disguise:

Added conference bonus, I got to bring home a PHP elephant mascot. Not that I need another plush toy, but how could I resist?!

Open Web Vancouver 2008

Open Web Vancouver BadgeWe've been mentioning the Open Web Vancouver 2008 conference at our Vancouver League of Drupallers meetings, but I realized I haven't blogged about it. If you're in Vancouver April 14/15 you'll want to take a look.

Zak Greant said it quite eloquently: For Geeks, by Geeks: The Open Web Conference.

For us Drupal types, there's one Drupal presentation by the Donat Group titled, A Social Intranet with Drupal: Case Study. The Donat folks do interesting and cool stuff, as they demonstrated at the August 2007 League of Drupallers meeting.

New Zend Podcast: PHP Abstract

Zend has a new PHP Developer Podcast called PHP Abstract:

PHP Abstract LogoEach episode features a different special guest bringing you their expertise, compressed into a five to seven minute package.

We will be covering a broad range of topics. From security to project planning and hiring good developers and much more.

Their first podcast, PHP Abstract Episode 1 - PHP Security Tips, featured Eli White. What a relief to have someone skip over the same rehashed security material into things less commonly talk about.

Off to a good start in my books. At under 10 minutes a shot I'll be subscribing to check them out. (And have already suggested Dries as a great guest choice! ;)

Vancouver PHP Conference 2007

Rasmus Lerdorf KeynoteIt's time for the 2007 Vancouver PHP Conference!

It was a full house this morning for Rasmus Lerdorf's keynote speech. I'm a member of the conference committee so I didn't get a chance to watch the whole thing. What I did catch was quite interesting. His discussion of the reason people contribute and happy hormones was quite entertaining. He demo'ed Pipes, of course, which has the coolest web interface. Rasmus has put the slides from his presentation on the web, but I didn't manage to copy down the URL.

This conference scored some very good presenters. I enjoyed the sessions I managed to catch. And thankfully the day went quite smoothly. There were some minor hiccups but no major disasters. Except for having to get up at 6am, the first time in a long time, it was a great day.

March 2007 to be the Month of PHP Bugs


I first saw this at the SecuriTeam Blog. I suspect it will be all over the place very soon.

Stefan Esser, a name in the PHP security space, announced he's doing a "Month of PHP Bugs" in March 2007. He discusses (announces?) it in this interview with Security Focus.

It could be busy month for the folks maintaining web infrastructure, if not from applying fixes then answering questions from the concerned.

February 2007 is Conference Month

February 2007 is a busy month. There are three Vancouver conferences, each focused on a different aspect of web technology. Two of them are very affordable, one is non-technical.

Web Directions North

February 7 - 9, 2007
Before Dec 31: Conference: $895, Optional Feb 8 Workshop: $395 ($495 without conference)

Vancouver PHP Association Conference 2007

February 12 - 13, 2007
$100 before Dec 31st./ $150 regular

Northern Voice 2007

February 23 - 24, 2007
$30 for 1 day/$50 for both days

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