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PHPBenelux Conference 2013

PHPBenelux Conference 2013

25.Jan.2013 - 26.Jan.2013
Ter Elst

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The conference and tutorials will take place at the Best Western Hotel Ter Elst in Antwerp (Belgium). Friday morning January 25th we have a set of tutorials. The conference is spread over 2 days: Friday afternoon (after the tutorials) and Saturday the 26th. Tutorials as well as the conference itself are spread over several parallel tracks.

On Friday evening, we’re having the conference social. This will include drinks and bowling as we managed to reserve the entire bowling alley.


WORKSHOP Git and GitHub: Level Up (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 5
WORKSHOP Inside the Symfony 2 DIC and Config (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
WORKSHOP MongoDB workshop (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 5
WORKSHOP PHP on Windows Azure Workshop [Free] (09:00)
Cory Fowler, Brian Swan
Rating: 4 of 5 2
WORKSHOP RESTful Services Made Easy with ZF2 (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 6
WORKSHOP SQL Masterclass (09:00)
Lorna Mitchell
Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 5
WORKSHOP Testable Code (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
KEYNOTE Being grumpy for fun and profit (13:20)
Chris Hartjes
Rating: 5 of 5 38
TALK Regex clinic (14:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 19
TALK PHP Annotations: They exist! (14:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 20
TALK Silex Anatomy (14:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 21
TALK There is a PHP Library for That! (16:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 19
TALK Algorithm, Review, Sorting (16:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 22
TALK Allowed memory size of X bytes exhausted (16:00)
Julien Pauli
Rating: 4 of 5 16
TALK Introducing PHP 5.4 (17:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 6
TALK Password Storage (And Hacking) in PHP (17:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 24
TALK 7 Tools for Your devops stack (17:10) Rating: 4 of 5 14
SOCIAL EVENT Social (18:10)
Rating: 5 of 5 14


TALK “Small Data” Machine Learning (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 20
TALK Mastering Selenium for automated acceptance tests (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK Usability for Developers (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 14
TALK Make Your Project SOLID! (10:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK Git (and GitHub) for Ninjas (10:10) Rating: 5 of 5 16
TALK Symfony Content Management Framework (10:10) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 15
TALK Process any amounts of data. Any time (11:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 26
TALK Continuous Inspection: Fight back the 7 deadly sins of a developer! (11:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK The Pomodoro Technique (11:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK React: Event-driven PHP (13:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 21
TALK Gearman and ZeroMQ, two different animals (13:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK You thought Composer couldn’t do that? (13:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Practical Design Patterns in PHP (14:50) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK The Evolution of PHP on Windows Azure (14:50)
Brian Swan
Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK Scaling your development team (14:50)
Scott MacVicar
Rating: 5 of 5 21
TALK Break (15:50)
Rating: 5 of 5 1
TALK Getting started with Zend Framework 2 (16:10) Rating: 4 of 5 16
TALK Debugging for beginners (16:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Application Logic Security (16:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK Raffles & Closing (17:10)
Rating: 5 of 5 14
SOCIAL EVENT Post conference social (18:00)
Rating: 5 of 5 9

27.Jan.2013 at 10:03 by ngroot (14 comments) (Feedback)

Really nice event with good talks. The socials were awesome.

Only points of improved I can add are:
- The rooms were heating up quite fast.
- When lunch/dinner was served the queues were getting longer and longer

Keep up the good work

27.Jan.2013 at 10:49 by BlackIkeEagle (191 comments) (Feedback)

everything went very smooth and fast, although the queues were long for the food as mentioned above, it did not feel like you had to wait forever to get some food in your plate.

the only thing that did not work to well was the TELENETHOTSPOT :(

so now i'm rounding up all my ratings and comments the day after :(

27.Jan.2013 at 23:37 by klaassijtsma (25 comments) (Feedback)

Rooms were a bit warm, queue's were there but not a big problem for me.

In all: great location, great conference.

Really liked it !

28.Jan.2013 at 06:47 by pvankouteren (110 comments) (Feedback)

The organization of the event, as well as the venue were good as usual! I didn't have any problem with the heating in the Nucleus and King Foo rooms. The other large one was pretty hot indeed, which made it hard to concentrate.
The food distribution was better organized on Friday as there was much more space for both queues and tables to stand.

28.Jan.2013 at 08:47 by chrisramakers (36 comments) (Feedback)

Superb edition once again, props to the organisers and volunteers.
Some tips for next year(s)

- Full day tutorials!!
- Lunch on day 2 was pure chaos, the lobby is really too small for the amount of people, maybe use the room where the 2nd day social was held next time?
- Half way through each talk it was really getting hot in the rooms

28.Jan.2013 at 13:03 by GlennVl (1 comments) (Feedback)

Nice conference, I don't really have material to compare because it was my first, but it was a really nice experience. Met a lot of people and had a really good time during the socials. Off course learned some new stuff during the talks so thank you for that.

All my points of improvement are already mentioned so I have nothing to add to that.

The only thing I can say is to keep up the good work!

28.Jan.2013 at 13:29 by jwo (34 comments) (Feedback)

Fab lineup of talks. Great social ( once i got on the bowling alley) mini golf was fun.

A little disappointed with the food during saturday lunch. The seafood pasta didnt agree with my stomach. Then again seafood is always tricky to pull off.

Great atmosphere. Fun crowd. Waiting for 2014 tickets to be for sale.

28.Jan.2013 at 15:06 by stefan (400 comments) (Feedback)


- Schedule was impressive, lots of good content
- Location was still very nice

Less good:

- Rooms were a bit warm
- It was sometimes unclear what food was vegetarian. Also: Last year during the closing social there were awesome veggie burgers. This year's quiche was not that good

28.Jan.2013 at 15:31 by pegasuz (107 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference!
Sublime socials, top speakers.

Only downside was the lack of a good internet connection...

28.Jan.2013 at 15:43 by dbu (134 comments) (Feedback)

really liked the conference. an excellent level of talks and a great crowd. also loved the schedule with enough breaks between the talks to let people talk together and socialize.

regarding internet, i have been to quite a few conferences and think so far i have not yet seen one infrastructure that survived the onslaught of hundreds of developpers with probably each having several devices that want to connect to internet...

28.Jan.2013 at 23:51 by pdschutter (10 comments) (Feedback)

I was positively impressed by the change compared to the previous years. The conference has visibly grown and matured, both in the number of attendees as well as the quality of the speakers. It was a great experience. We'll be back in '14! The one big let-down was the Telenet internet (non)experience; in the end I just gave up logging in again after every move around the venue, it was just too much hassle. PLEASE Telenet, get some user experience advice in this matter.

29.Jan.2013 at 20:58 by driesvints (79 comments) (Feedback)

This was my third year at the PHPBenelux conference and I really enjoyed this one. So much big and little improvements. The speakers were great and the talks I've been to were all very interesting.

The only real negative point is something that comes up every year and is the WiFi that's provided for the attendees. I don't think I need to elaborate about it further, I think the organisers already know judging from the comments above. Perhaps it would be an interesting idea to search for a sponsor next year that wants to sponsor the WiFi so we don't need to use the Telenet hotspot anymore?

I had much fun, learned a bunch, talked to a lot of great people and enjoyed every minute of it. Can't wait for next year! :)

31.Jan.2013 at 11:45 by kander (6 comments) (Feedback)

Can only echo the sentiments expressed above, especially regarding the indication of which food was vegetarian. Asking the staff definitely helped; on day one they were very friendly, and tried to accomodate. On day two, faced with the massive queue, the helpfulness dropped - just a half-plate of spinach-goop was not that satisfying.

The internet connection was depressing. I think I've entered that same username/password over fifty times during the conference. Also, big downloads (like downloading new versions of packages, or large sourcecode tarballs) would abruptly stop after about 40MB, with no way to resume.

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