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PHP UK Conference 2013

PHP UK Conference 2013

21.Feb.2013 - 23.Feb.2013
The Brewery

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PHP London are pleased to announce the 8th Annual PHP UK conference; a 2-day event with 4 great tracks held at at The Brewery, in the heart of the City of London.

With over 600 delegates, speakers, and sponsors, PHP UK conference aims to deliver fantastic up to date content about PHP and related web technologies in a comfortable and professional setting. There are countless networking opportunities to engage with international speakers and delegates, which makes the event one you won't want to miss.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event, whether you're a professional web developer, hobbyist, manager, or just starting out, there's something for everyone.

The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a special pubcon sponsored by PHP London. Each day will then start with an inspiring keynote presentation, followed by your choice of 3 tracks of talks or unconference sessions. Each day will close with a panel session followed by the evening's social event. There's also exhibition space for all sponsors, to fill in the spaces in between.

PHP UK Conference was started in 2006 with the aim to offer the local PHP community access to industry updates and professional development at an affordable rate. The conference is run solely by volunteer members of the PHP London community. Costs are minimised to keep ticket prices as low as possible, and any surplus funds are used to fund community events throughout the year and to fund the following years' conference.


KEYNOTE Opening Address (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 2
KEYNOTE Opening Keynote - You Are A Designer (09:30) Rating: 5 of 5 48
TALK PHP Traits, Threat or Treat? (10:50) Rating: 3 of 5 9
TALK Event Stream Processing (10:50) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 17
TALK Advanced JavaScript Techniques for Modern Web Applications (10:50) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 18
TALK Cranking Nginx up to 11 (11:45) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK Looking Ahead: PHP 5.5 (11:45) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 10
TALK Continuous Integration in Real Life (11:45) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK Moar Speed (11:45) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK PHP Extensions (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 6
TALK From the Ground Up - Coding, Deploying and Scaling with AWS (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 16
TALK API Design: It's not Rocket Surgery (13:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK Distributed Systems with Gearman (13:30) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK Help, I'm Running Out of Memory! (14:30)
Julien Pauli
Rating: 4 of 5 5
TALK "Small Data" Machine Learning (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Pair Programming, TDD and Other Impractical Things (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 28
TALK The RabbitMQ Sideshow (14:30)
Alvaro Videla
Rating: 4 of 5 1
TALK Refactoring to Symphony Components (15:40) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Bottleneck Analysis (15:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK PHP is evil and wants to eat your babies: A look at defensive programming techniques in PHP (15:40)
Richard Johnson
Rating: 4 of 5 15
TALK Varnish Caching (15:40) Rating: 0 of 5 0
KEYNOTE Keynote Panel - Frameworks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (16:40)
Ciaran Rooney, Richard Johnson, Michael Peacock, Enrico Zimuel, Bastian Hofmann
Rating: 2 of 5 14


KEYNOTE Opening Address (09:20) Rating: 5 of 5 3
KEYNOTE Opening Keynote - The Diabolical Developer (09:30)
Martijn Verburg
Rating: 4 of 5 26
TALK RabbitMQ Hands On (10:50) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK The Hypermedia API (10:50) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK The future of the PHP Development Environment (10:50) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 26
TALK Deploying Distributed Systems (10:50) Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK Ten Commandments of a Software Engineer (11:45) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 11
TALK MVC Events and Module: the New Architecture of ZF2 (11:45) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Scaling with HipHop (11:45) Rating: 4 of 5 6
TALK What is PHP Office? (11:45) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK OpenStreetMap for the web (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Expert Troubleshooting: Resolving MySQL Problems quickly (13:30) Rating: 3 of 5 11
TALK Planning To Fail (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 13
TALK Releasing a library, Google style (13:30)
Paul Matthews
Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK Programming languages that make you a better programmer (13:50)
David Soria Parra
Rating: 4 of 5 3
TALK You Can't Optimise What You Can't Measure (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 6
TALK A Hands-On introduction to writing Unit Tests using PHPUnit (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 17
TALK Making PHP See (14:30)
Michael Maclean
Rating: 3 of 5 5
TALK Unleash your inner author! (14:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Usability for Developers (15:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Monitoring at Scale: Intuitive Dashboard Design (15:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 10
TALK Realtime Web Apps in the Wild (15:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Quickfire! (15:40)
Rating: 3 of 5 3
KEYNOTE Keynote Panel - Open Source in Action (16:40)
Johanna Cherry, Zoe Slattery, Sara Golemon, Ian Barber, Beth Tucker Long, Martijn Verburg
Rating: 4 of 5 9
KEYNOTE Closing address (17:30) Rating: 0 of 5 0

26.Feb.2013 at 08:03 by Mariaschon (3 comments) (Feedback)

Nice and inspiring. Great talks! Next time, eat lunch and sit down at the same time= time for making new friends. It wasn't that easy to come to Brewery and not knowing anyone. I saw some lost persons around (including myself). Why not make a corner, for people who want to talk to strangers/unknown/uninstansiated?

22.Feb.2013 at 18:05 by Eli-T (71 comments) (Feedback)

Never put an unmoderated twitter wall on a stage with the speakers. It's not fair on them and the inevitable 'jokes' distract from the actual discussion at hand.

23.Feb.2013 at 20:45 by nowt835 (7 comments) (Feedback)

Fantastic event, very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable - well done all.

23.Feb.2013 at 20:56 by dunmorej (84 comments) (Feedback)

Great event. Loved the venue. Very good talks, speakers and keynotes. Not sure the theme was great this year.... no wow moments, more sanitary/reality checks and lots of useful tips but perhaps that's a sign that as an industry we're starting to do quite well and it's a good idea to "take stock"... but I do feel like we needed a couple of wows.

Enjoyable two days, thanks for all the hard work and see you next year.

24.Feb.2013 at 09:30 by levofski (58 comments) (Feedback)

Great venue, great talks, great food, great organisation, great socials. Great to feel like part of a community. Great!

24.Feb.2013 at 10:26 by OndrejMirtes (4 comments) (Feedback)

Inspiring talks, flawless organization, a lot of opportunities to network and a perfect venue. See you next year!

24.Feb.2013 at 14:22 by thickey (10 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference, it was very well organised and the selection of speakers was fantastic. The venue was also spot on and the catering was good (apart from the standing up to eat lunch perhaps). This was the first PHP UK conf I have been to and I think someone said it was your first time at the Brewery. It was good to know you could grab a coffee in-between each session.

Suggestion for next year, each talk has it's own hashtag, you don't necessarily have to have a public screen showing them but I think it would be good to see what others think about the talk at the time.

Can't wait till 2014!

24.Feb.2013 at 14:24 by thickey (10 comments) (Feedback)

Forgot to say... Thanks fro the wifi as well.. made life a whole lot easer!

24.Feb.2013 at 16:30 by juneih (19 comments) (Feedback)

The Brewery is a practical, charming and well organised conference venue. Being greeted by lovely and helpful staff in Bowler hats was a perfect start to the conference. The Brewery was a bit cold, but so was all of London at the time so I guess that's the explanation.

All the details for a conference were in place: the WiFi worked just perfect, there were power outlets everywhere, and the bean bags were a nice touch if you wanted a more relaxed environment. And I certainly enjoyed the food, including at the socials.

Since the socials are such a big part of the conference experience, they too deserve to be mentioned as a great success. A set place to meet and talk where food is provided is really all you need. I do wish the socials, the Brewery, and the speaker's hotel were a bit closer to each other.

I felt like there was a good mix of talks within each slot for delegates to choose from, and also something for all levels of skill.

Thank you for a great conference, you've done a great job - and I hope to see you all again soon!

25.Feb.2013 at 10:53 by johnhunt (5 comments) (Feedback)

Good well organised with decent talks. Not enough food around though.. if you weren't quick it was all gone! I'm a hungry developer!

25.Feb.2013 at 11:47 by Coffear (41 comments) (Feedback)

This is the first conference I have personally attended. The conference was very well run and had a friendly atmosphere. Organisers obviously learnt from mistakes.

The venue was very good the only down side was that 1 of the tracks usually involved sitting in another room watching on a screen. The feed sometimes stopped and the slides were not always readable either because they relied on the camera man keeping this in shot or the slides were in a small box in the top corner of the screen.

As usual with such events though it was soda law that so many talks I was interested in conflicted time wise but this is not something that can be avoided without having a single track event. Looking forward to watching the recordings once released

Oddly I think the conference would have benefitted through having more sponsor stands. If not sponsor stands maybe small open source/php projects having the opportunity to show off what they do.

27.Feb.2013 at 01:21 by thesunneversets (39 comments) (Feedback)

As someone who came along on his own... I spent a long time hovering around not making any friends. I appreciate that it's my job to network, not other people's to hold my hand, but that was the one thing that would have really improved the event for me fast: some kind of mechanism to introduce people to other people they might enjoy talking to. For instance, the lanyards may have had people's names, jobs and companies on them, but it was impossible to read these without getting right in and invading their space, which kind of defeated the point! Maybe some team activities? Speed-dating for geeks? Okay these are terrible ideas, but something to break the ice would have been good.

(Happily, I did start talking to people at the end of the second day and ended up having much fun and not a few drinks in the Fox, so all was not lost!)

Great wifi was a bonus. The food was excellent but badly organised somehow? Chaotic queueing system and the good stuff could easily be gone even by the time you arrived in the food hall...

Track 1

17 sessions
Track 2

10 sessions
Track 3

10 sessions

10 sessions

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