The PHP North West User Group ran it’s 4th (and largest yet!) PHP conference – PHPNW11 in Manchester last weekend.

This year’s conference line-up was particularly strong, both with the quality of speaker and the quality of topics, but there was one talk in particular that topped them all. It all began with Rowan’s laptop …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

So Rowan had this laptop … but no matter how hard he stared at it, it just wasn’t going to work with the projector at the conference …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… so his friends rallied round and swaped his laptop for one that would work …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… the audience watches on with growing hilarity as Ben, Lorna and Ian try to get Rowan’s PDF slides presenting nicely in OSX’s Preview … only to be thwarted when the remote control for moving from slide to slide doesn’t work …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… in the end, Rowan press-gangs the conference’s keynote speaker into being his Speaker Slave (TM), advancing the slides forward on command throughout the talk.

Many speakers would have been destroyed by the sequence of problems, but Rowan successfully turned them into a great warm-up for what was without doubt the funniest talk all day.

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The PHP North West User Group ran it’s 4th (and largest yet!) PHP conference – PHPNW11 in Manchester last weekend.

Once again there were three main tracks to the conference, a total of 15 speakers from both near and wide to choose from. New this year was the fourth track – the Unconference (perhaps lightning talks would be a better description tbh) organised by Elizabeth Naramore. Unfortunately, it was too dark in the Unconference to shoot handheld, but hopefully Rob Allen snagged some of the speakers from there during the day.

At times, I struggled in the main rooms too with the low light, so my apologies to those speakers I didn’t snag clean shots of this year.

These are my photos of all of the speakers from the main tracks on Saturday.

Keynote Speaker: Ian Barber

Unconference - Derick Rethans

Zend Framework 2 - State Of The Art : Enrico Zimuel

REST and HATEOAS - A Case Study : Ben Longden

Magic Behind the Numbers - Software Metrics In Practice : Sebastian Marek

PHP Tester's Toolbox : Sebastian Bergmann

Doctrine 2 : Juozas Kaziukenas

Derick’s talk on building extensions for PHP was so popular that there wasn’t room for me to get the door open far enough to snag a shot, sorry 🙁

Scaling Your Development Team : Scott MacVicar

Varnish Your PHP application, Make It Fly! : Alistair Stead

Deploying PHP Applications With Phing : Michiel Rook

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

Rowan’s talk deserves its own blog post and photo set, coming soon 🙂

A Practical Look At Symfony2 : Stefan Koopmanschap

Acceptance & Integration Testing Using Behat : Ben Waine

Are Your Tests Really Helping? : Laura Beth Denker

DocBlox: Your Source Matters : Mike van Riel

CLI, The Other SAPI : Thijs Feryn

If you like these photos, please do leave comments either here on the blog, or on Flickr by clicking on the photo.

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The PHP North West User Group ran it’s 4th (and largest yet!) PHP conference – PHPNW11 in Manchester last weekend.

New this year was Tutorial Day: the opportunity to spend half a day or more in hands-on tutorials getting into the nitty-gritty of useful subjects such as Zend Framework 2, Security, Drupal, Web Services and Component Architectures.

These are my photos from the Tutorial Day.

Jenny Wong

Zend Framework 2 Tutorial - Rob Allen

Zend Framework 2 Tutorial - The Students

Security Tutorial - Arne Blankerts

Drupal Performance And Tools - Marcus Deglos

Drupal Performance And Tools - The Students

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Coming to my Friday session Maintainable Applications In PHP Using Components at PHP NorthWest 2011 Conference? Great! I’m looking forward to meeting you.

And I have a little bit of prep work for you to do before the session, please 🙂

  1. This is a hands-on session, so make sure that you pack your laptop and its power supply!
  2. Please get your dev environment setup and working before you leave – in particular, make sure that you have the latest version of phix (current 0.13.2) installed.

    I’ve published installation instructions for:

    If your operating system of choice isn’t one of those, there are also manual installation instructions on the Phix Project’s website.

    There’ll be a few minutes at the start to help anyone having trouble with their development environment, (and I’m free all morning for anyone who needs longer) but because we only have about 3.5 hours to cover everything, anyone who turns up with a seriously fscked dev environment will be asked to pair-program for the rest of the session, sorry!

  3. Have a clear idea what you need to get out of our afternoon session together.
  4. Bring along a list of any questions you might have. Hopefully the session will cover most of these … the rest I’m sure we’ll cover in the bar afterwards!

I’m not expecting you to have read my series of blog posts about creating and maintaining packaged components of PHP code, but you will find the session easier to follow if you have.

Interested, but haven’t bought a ticket yet? Buy one now 🙂 In the US? I’ll be doing an all-day version of this session at ZendCon in mid-October together with Chris Hartjes.

Already using phix, and got ideas and suggestions to make it better? I’ll be around throughout the Saturday and Sunday of #phpnw11 (normally with my beloved Nikon at hand – that’s how to recognise me!), and I’d be delighted to get your feedback and discuss your ideas further.

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PHPNW10: Conference Audience

Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 21st, 2010 in #phpnw, Conferences.

Another year, another great PHP North West conference organised by Jeremy Coates and his team at Magma Digital and the PHP North West User Group.

This year, I went along with my camera to try my hand at conference photography for the first time, in between attending plenty of great talks. These are my best shots of the audience from Track 1 (there were three tracks in total) in the main auditorium.

Conference Audience

Conference Audience

Conference Audience

Conference Audience

Conference Audience

These are my last shots from the conference. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. I’ve also posted my thoughts on being a first-time conference photographer over on my photography blog.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Another year, another great PHP North West conference organised by Jeremy Coates and his team at Magma Digital and the PHP North West User Group.

This year, I went along with my camera to try my hand at conference photography for the first time, in between attending plenty of great talks. These are my best shots of the speakers from Track 1 (there were three tracks in total) in the main auditorium.

Lorna Mitchell

Rob Allen

Rob Allen

Ian Barber

Ian Barber

Marco Tabini

Harrie Verveer

Derick Rethans & Rob Allen

Marcus Deglos

Marcus Deglos & David Zuelke

David Zuelke

I’ll post my last shots from the conference tomorrow. I’ve also posted my thoughts on being a first-time conference photographer over on my photography blog.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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PHPNW10: Jeremy Coates

Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 19th, 2010 in #phpnw, Conferences.

Another year, another great PHP North West conference organised by Jeremy Coates and his team at Magma Digital and the PHP North West User Group.

This year, I went along with my camera to try my hand at conference photography for the first time, in between attending plenty of great talks. These are my best shots of Jeremy Coates, who led the organising effort for the conference.

Jeremy Coates

Jeremy Coates

Jeremy Coates

There’ll be more shots from the conference tomorrow. I’ve also posted my thoughts on being a first-time conference photographer over on my photography blog.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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PHPNW10: Friday Social

Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 18th, 2010 in #phpnw, Conferences.

Another year, another great PHP North West conference organised by Jeremy Coates and his team at Magma Digital and the PHP North West User Group.

This year, I went along with my camera to try my hand at conference photography for the first time, in between attending plenty of great talks. These are the best of my shots from the pre-conference socials on the Friday night before the conference.

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

PHPNW10 Friday Social

There’ll be more shots from the conference tomorrow. I’ve also posted my thoughts on being a first-time conference photographer over on my photography blog.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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