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Pacific Northwest PHP (PNWPHP) Conference

Pacific Northwest PHP (PNWPHP) Conference

10.Sep.2015 - 12.Sep.2015
Impact Hub Seattle

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Our 3-day, multi-track, PHP developer conference will take place on September 10th–12th, in Seattle, Washington. It will be hosted at Impact Hub Seattle, a cool co-working and event venue in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle, within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Puget Sound waterfront, the Seattle Underground Tour, Century Link Field, many hotels and restaurants, and the SoundTransit Central Link light rail—for easy access to SeaTac (SEA) airport. It is also only 2 miles away from the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center.

Attractions:
- 3 days, 3 tracks
- 6 keynotes
- 5 workshops
- 30 general sessions
- Unconference
- Food and social events
- Downtown Seattle
- Hackathon
- WurstCon


10.Sep.2015

WORKSHOP Clean Application Development (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 13
WORKSHOP Git and GitHub for PHP Projects (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK AWS Workshop: A PHP Approach to Cloud Infrastructure (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 1
TALK AWS Workshop: Using Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK AWS Workshop: Asynchronous Requests in the AWS SDK for PHP (10:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 1
WORKSHOP Code Review for Security (14:00) Rating: 5 of 5 7
WORKSHOP Wax On, Wax Off: Code Kata Dojo (14:00) Rating: 5 of 5 3

11.Sep.2015

KEYNOTE Open Source, Love, and Social Responsibility (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 8
TALK Making the World a Smarter Place through IoT (10:00)
Josh Holmes
Rating: 4 of 5 3
TALK Inside Laravel 5.1 (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 14
TALK Why are Databases so &#%-ing Difficult!? (10:00) Rating: 4 of 5 4
TALK Massively Scaling WordPress in the Cloud - A Case Study (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK From Procedural to Object-Oriented PHP in Drupal (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Vim: Not Your Grandpa's Editor (11:00) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 6
KEYNOTE Cloud is the New Normal (13:30) Rating: 3 of 5 4
TALK Magento 2 > 1: Modernizing an Open Source eCommerce Powerhouse (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 6
TALK Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Software Developer (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 13
TALK Demystifying the REST API (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 6
TALK PHP VII: The Runtime Awakens (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 4
TALK Project Triage: What to Do When It All Hits The Fan (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK PHPSpec & Behat: Two Testing Tools That Write Code For You (15:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 8
TALK Battled-hardened Laravel: Lessons in Scale (15:30) Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK PHP-FIG: Open Summit (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 3
TALK NoSQL Showdown - Lightning Talks Edition (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Composer: Stability and Semantic Versioning Demystified (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK Foundations of Zend Framework 2 (16:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Taking the Plunge with OOP (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
KEYNOTE Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community (17:30) Rating: 5 of 5 7

12.Sep.2015

KEYNOTE Eating ElePHPants (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Refactoring 101 (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK Integrating Joomla! with the PHP Community (10:00) Rating: 0 of 5 0
TALK Speaking for Speakers (10:00)
Josh Holmes
Rating: 5 of 5 5
TALK Getting Started With Xdebug (10:00) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 0
TALK How I Used Symfony to Create an MMORPG (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK An Introduction to Containers and Docker for PHP Developers (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Monolith to Microservices: Lessons from the Trenches (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Social Media for Social Evil (11:00) Rating: 0 of 5 Slides available 0
KEYNOTE Stronger Than Ever: Into the Future, Together (13:30) Rating: 5 of 5 9
TALK Anatomy Of A Type System (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK Building Extraordinary Packages (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Async PHP with ReactPHP (14:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Command & Events: An opinionated adlib on What, How, Why? (14:30)
Magnus Nordlander
Rating: 0 of 5 0
TALK Smelly Tests (15:30) Rating: 5 of 5 10
TALK Building your API Utility Belt (15:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Navigating Your Git Repository (15:30) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 2
TALK Redis (15:30) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 1
TALK Drinking from the Firehose - Real-time Metrics (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 4
TALK Never Stop Pushing: Strategies and Tools for Delivering Continuously (16:30) Rating: 3 of 5 7
TALK Hello, PSR-7 (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Does your Code Measure Up? (16:30) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 2
KEYNOTE Down the Rabbit Hole: Combining Career & Community (17:30) Rating: 5 of 5 9

11.Sep.2015 at 14:21 by Anonymous (Feedback)

Disappointed that an hour-long commercial for AWS was chosen as the post-lunch keynote.

13.Sep.2015 at 23:01 by jmichaelward (86 comments) (Feedback)

This was a very enjoyable conference, and I commend all of the volunteers, sponsors, and speakers who helped make it possible. There was a lot to love in this first year effort:

- There were lots of interesting sessions to attend
- Communication was well done - I always knew where I needed to be next
- The fact that it sold out meant that there were lots of new people to meet
- Lunch both days and dinner at the afterparty was delicious
- The venue itself was nice
- WiFi generally worked well
- Reasonable start times (some conferences start earlier than 9, but I thought 9 was perfect)
- Having the opportunity to try my hand at presenting in the UnCon room
- JeoPHPardy and improv slide presentations at the afterparty were delightful
- Jeremy Lindblom's opening and closing the event with a song (truly one-of-a-kind!)

In contrast, there are a couple of things that I think you could consider to help make next year even better:

- Resolving projector issues beforehand (something I know the organizers are well aware of)
- Shortening the overall length of the day (9 1/2 and 10 hour days are a lot to digest; it's possible a shorter lunch and one less session each day could help)
- If possible, tables and outlets in all rooms (helpful for taking notes and keeping laptops charged)

Lastly, this isn't a criticism that's necessarily specific to PNWPHP, but I do think it speaks to newcomers' interests and abilities to feel like they're welcome and belong and can become a part of the community: I thought the alcove where speakers were sitting behind the job boards and UnCon signage gave the conference an unintended sense of exclusivity. Conference speakers talk a lot about the importance of community, getting involved, continued learning, and getting to know as many people as possible, but when they all sit together in a corner they may come off as unapproachable to attendees. Of course, I don't discount the fact that people want to sit with their friends and people they know, but it's something to be aware of and think about when it could be reflected on the event itself.

Overall, I had a terrific time, and I hope that you'll consider hosting this event again next year (and that I'll be able to attend!).

14.Sep.2015 at 08:23 by davidmstokes (36 comments) (Feedback)

Amazing show. The organizers and staff have set the bar high for other first time shows. Well run, well paced, and great hallway tracks.

14.Sep.2015 at 12:24 by AdamBassett (24 comments) (Feedback)

Had a wonderful time at PWNPHP! Looking froward to next year already!

I agree with the ANONYMOUS feedback about AWS I realize that they are a sponsor but I feel like this should have been a optional talk about AWS for those that where interested in using the service not a keynote.

Also jmichaelward's point about the speakers corner is true. Coming from someone that knew no one when I showed up Friday morning. That area felt very off limits. Cal talked about a community and stepping into it, and I agree but not all are comfortable doing so. Some need to be invited, or at least feel like they're not butting into a private area. A lot of these speakers become a face we aspire to fallow and learn from. It would be way more inviting if they where going to others talks and engaging with new comers. I have never seen a community grow by looking in all of the time. We must look out and invite others to join us.

With all that said I really enjoyed the event and I'm proud to have been part of the very first PNWPHP Con. I plan to make this a tradition and want to thank Tessa, Jeremy and all the volunteers and speakers for putting on a great convention.

15.Sep.2015 at 15:28 by jeremeamia (65 comments) (Feedback)

> Disappointed that an hour-long commercial for AWS was chosen as the post-lunch keynote.

That's not exactly what I intended, and your feedback is noted. I was going for why cloud computing is awesome and important in general, but it didn't quite turn out the way I was hoping either. Still, I hope you were able to to learn something from it.

15.Sep.2015 at 14:14 by Anonymous (Feedback)

Wow what an amazing conference! So impressed by the team that put on this event for the first time!

Regarding the lounge area on the side of the main talk room:
I totally see where people are coming from with not wanting speakers to be separate from the attendees, and that this area may have seemed exclusive. On the other hand, it was not actually a speaker exclusive area, and as someone with physical challenges I found it to be overwhelmingly awesome to have a place where I could camp out comfortably without having to miss out on talks or on being social.

Big thank you to everyone who made this event so much fun: including organizers, speakers, and attendees who came and said hi - all of which made this a really enjoyable experience I will be remembering fondly for a long time to come!

15.Sep.2015 at 15:29 by jeremeamia (65 comments) (Feedback)

Extremely useful feedback, jmichaelward. Thanks.

Clean Application Development Adam Culp Slides
Git and GitHub for PHP Projects Beau Simensen Slides
AWS Workshop: Using Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP Jeremy Lindblom Slides
AWS Workshop: Asynchronous Requests in the AWS SDK for PHP Michael Dowling Slides
Massively Scaling WordPress in the Cloud - A Case Study Ben Lobaugh Slides
From Procedural to Object-Oriented PHP in Drupal Amber Matz Slides
Vim: Not Your Grandpa's Editor Frank Laszlo Slides
Magento 2 > 1: Modernizing an Open Source eCommerce Powerhouse Ben Marks Slides
Demystifying the REST API Samantha Quiñones Slides
Project Triage: What to Do When It All Hits The Fan Eryn O'Neil Slides
PHPSpec & Behat: Two Testing Tools That Write Code For You Joshua Warren Slides
NoSQL Showdown - Lightning Talks Edition Dave Stokes, Jeremy Mikola, Robert McFrazier Slides
Composer: Stability and Semantic Versioning Demystified Beau Simensen Slides
Foundations of Zend Framework 2 Adam Culp Slides
Taking the Plunge with OOP Alena Holligan Slides
Eating ElePHPants Larry Garfield Slides
Refactoring 101 Adam Culp Slides
Getting Started With Xdebug Jeremy Ward Slides
How I Used Symfony to Create an MMORPG Margaret Staples Slides
An Introduction to Containers and Docker for PHP Developers Robert McFrazier Slides
Monolith to Microservices: Lessons from the Trenches Luke Kysow Slides
Social Media for Social Evil Keith Casey Slides
Anatomy Of A Type System Anthony Ferrara Slides
Building Extraordinary Packages Phil Sturgeon Slides
Async PHP with ReactPHP Jeremy Mikola Slides
Building your API Utility Belt Keith Casey Slides
Navigating Your Git Repository Gemma Anible Slides
Redis Tim Bond Slides
Hello, PSR-7 Beau Simensen Slides
Does your Code Measure Up? Adam Culp Slides
Main Event Room
The big room on the first floor
7 sessions
Globe Room
Second Floor
8 sessions
Learning Studio 1
Third Floor
2 sessions
Learning Studio 2
Fourth Floor
1 sessions

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