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MidwestPHP Conference

MidwestPHP Conference

02.Mar.2013 - 03.Mar.2013
University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center

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MidwestPHP (March 2 and 3rd, 2013 - St. Paul, MN, USA) is a two-day conference in the heart of Minnesota featuring 40+ sessions covering a wide range of topics ranging from PHP basics for newbies to advanced PHP concepts, frameworks, databases, third party tools and components, and web development.

Your host(s):
Mike StoweJonathan Sundquist


KEYNOTE Learning how to learn (09:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 35
TALK PHP101 (10:30) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 0
TALK Getting Acquainted with MongoDB (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 11
TALK Get hooked on git hooks (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK Database Optimization for Web Developers (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK PHP Arrays (12:30)
Michael Pavlak
Rating: 0 of 5 1
TALK Rocking Responsive Web Development (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 12
TALK Beyond PHP : it's not (just) about the code ! (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK Introduction to OO PHP (13:30)
Michael Pavlak
Rating: 5 of 5 1
TALK Enterprise PHP Architecture through Design Patterns and Modularization (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 20
TALK MySQL Replication (13:30) Rating: 3 of 5 6
TALK The WordPress Hacker's Guide to the \Galaxy() (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK JavaScript's Difficult Concepts Explained (14:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Symfony2 and MongoDB (14:30) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Using Backbone.js in a PHP Environment (14:30) Rating: 2 of 5 Slides available 10
TALK Intro to Laravel (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Phing All The Things! (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Deep dive into Gearman (15:30)
Eric Caron
Rating: 4 of 5 3
TALK Refactoring 101 (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13


KEYNOTE Deploying PHP on PaaS: Why & How (09:30) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 18
TALK Migrating a Zend Framework application to ZF 2 (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Don't be STUPID, Grasp SOLID (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 16
TALK HTML5 WebSockets (10:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 15
TALK Git Your Code Under Control (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK Building an Identity Extraction Engine in PHP (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 6
TALK Data Aggregation with MongoDB (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Scaling PHP with HipHop (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 16
TALK Symfony2 internals (12:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Cryptography for the Average Developer (13:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Drupal Development Tips (13:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Caching and Tuning fun for high scalability (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK MySQL 5.6 (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 1
TALK Introduction to Zend Framework 2 (14:30) Rating: 0 of 5 0
TALK Beautiful PHP CLI Scripts (14:30) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Embrace Your Inner Designer (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 14
TALK Building Testable PHP Applications (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 15
KEYNOTE Lightning Talk (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13

03.Mar.2013 at 15:18 by scottmattocks (41 comments) (Feedback)

Great variety in the speakers and topics. Things ran very smoothly.

03.Mar.2013 at 20:09 by jsundquist (14 comments) (Feedback)


Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. I can't speak for Mike directly but I am very much looking forward to it next year already. Thoughts are already running through my mind as to what we can do differently.

04.Mar.2013 at 08:01 by raulfraile (54 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference!! Mike and Jonathan did a really good job, looked like it wasn't the first edition at all. Conference ran smoothly except some minor problems with the microphones, there were very interesting talks, nice food, beverages all around and lots of gifts. The venue was also an excellent choice, nice rooms and a WiFi that worked!

There are only a couple of things I would improve:

* Communication with the speakers previously to the conference, as there was some lack of information regarding schedule, hotel...

* Having 4 tracks is awesome because you have so many options to choose a talk that interests you. But at the same time, you are missing almost the 75% of the talks, some of them really good.

Hope to see you again next year. Definitely worth it the 22-hour trip to Minnesota :)

04.Mar.2013 at 08:25 by cgsmith105 (14 comments) (Feedback)

Awesome conference guys! I hope to be able to attend next year with as low of a cost as this one was :D!

04.Mar.2013 at 09:31 by henderjon (16 comments) (Feedback)

I haven't been to many conferences, but of the ones I've been to, this one was hands down the best. I enjoyed that it was specifically for PHP and that, of the sessions I went to, the topics were deeper and more informative of the how-to of the given topic. Other conferences I've been too have had too many sales pitch sessions. It was a major plus that is was in my backyard.

Looking forward to being a long term attender.

I would try to coordinate video recording of the sessions and then making the videos of each session available to attendees (and perhaps for a fee, non-attendees). Mostly to help us remember all the content and to let us digest a talk or two that we couldn't see.

Overall, great job!

04.Mar.2013 at 09:32 by bblix (5 comments) (Feedback)

Great job on the conference. I know how much work it is to do one of these and you all did a wonderful job for your first year. I can't wait to see how much this conference will grow over the next couple of years. Some of the rooms were not optimal for viewing the screens especially if you were in the back. The food was excellent! The topics covered had a good spectrum of skill levels and content so that everyone could find at least one session each time period that interested them. Looking forward to attending next year!

04.Mar.2013 at 10:41 by joel (67 comments) (Feedback)

Very well run, especially considering this is a first-year conference. The venue, speakers and food were all excellent. I plan on attending again next year.

04.Mar.2013 at 11:00 by jmichaelward (94 comments) (Feedback)

I echo everyone's sentiments here. Mike, Jon, and all of the volunteers did an incredible job putting this conference together and ensuring that everything ran as smoothly and on-time as possible. Although I'm still a new developer, each session had something interesting to offer, and in many cases, I was left choosing between two or more compelling sessions. Having such a high number of quality sessions is an achievement in itself, but being able to put something like that together in a conference's first year is nothing short of outstanding.

I had a great time this weekend and was thankful to have the chance to meet and interact with so many talented individuals in my new field. Thank you to Mike, Jon, the volunteers, and all of the sponsors to help make this conference possible. I'm looking forward to next year!

PHP Basics
New to PHP or just need a refresher? Check out the talks in our basic track
0 sessions
Advanced PHP
Experienced PHP Programmer? Look out for the talks in this track to get the most bang for your buck
1 sessions
Where can you find the best talks about Zend Framework 2, Symfony 2, and others? Right here in the Framework track of course
0 sessions
MySQL, MSSQL, NoSQL??? They may not usually get along, but they're all excited to be hanging out together at MidwestPHP
1 sessions
Other Components
Varnish, Gearman, Sphinx, and others will take your application to the next level in this track
0 sessions
Web Development
Take your web ninja skills to a whole new level by mastering other techniques in web application development including JavaScript libraries and mobile development... Oh yeah
1 sessions

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