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PHPBenelux Conference 2011

PHPBenelux Conference 2011

28.Jan.2011 - 30.Jan.2011
Hotel Ter Elst, Antwerp

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PHPBenelux Conference 2011 is all about PHP and related technologies. 2 days nothing but the best practices and informative content presented by national and international speakers.

On Friday, January 29 we start off with 4 tutorial tracks in the morning, in the afternoon the conference.

Closing the first day of the conference there will be a social bowling event and drinks.

Saturday, January 30 it's a full day of conference talks.


WORKSHOP Caching and tuning fun for high scalability (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
WORKSHOP Real world Quality Assurance, unit testing, code review (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 10
WORKSHOP Developing search applications with Apache Solr & PHP (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 4
WORKSHOP Mysql Performance Tuning (09:00)
Geert Vanderkelen
Rating: 4 of 5 1
KEYNOTE 27 Ways To Be A Better Developer (13:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 27
TALK Geolocation & Maps in PHP (14:10) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK Testing Untestable Code (14:10)
Stephan Hochdörfer
Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK Stress-Free Deployment (14:10) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 17
TALK Making Software Management Tools Work For You (15:40) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK Technical Debt (15:40)
Elizabeth Naramore
Rating: 5 of 5 9
TALK Why Service Oriented Architecture Is A Good Thing (15:40) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK Designing HTTP Interfaces and RESTful Web Services (16:50) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 17
TALK PHP In A Mobile Ecosystem (16:50) Rating: 5 of 5 17
TALK Simplify the access to the cloud computing services with Zend_Cloud (16:50)
Jan Burkl
Rating: 3 of 5 3
KEYNOTE Seeing PHP through a blue azure sky (18:00)
Michelangelo van Dam, Maarten Balliauw, Katrien De Graeve
Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 17
SOCIAL EVENT Snacks/sandwiches/drinks (18:50)
Rating: 4 of 5 16
SOCIAL EVENT Conference social: bowling in the venue! (20:00)
Rating: 5 of 5 8


TALK Scrum In The Wild (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 5
TALK Benchmarking Applications And Frameworks (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 20
TALK Mastering Namespaces (09:00) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 11
TALK Charsets & Encoding (10:10) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 9
TALK Harness The Power Of Sed And Awk (10:10) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 12
TALK HipHop For PHP (10:10)
Scott MacVicar
Rating: 4 of 5 7
TALK XML versus the New Kids On The Block (11:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 7
TALK Zend framework 2.0: What’s New And What’s Changed? (11:40)
Rob Allen
Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 18
TALK Improving Code Quality with Continuous Integration (11:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 6
TALK Varnish, the high performance valhalla? (13:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 10
TALK Zeta Components (13:40) Rating: 5 of 5 Slides available 4
TALK Advanced CouchDB (13:40) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 14
TALK PHP Through The Eyes Of A Hoster (14:50) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 3
TALK Project Triage & Recovery (14:50) Rating: 4 of 5 Slides available 13
TALK How To Build Customizable Multitenant Web Applications (14:50) Rating: 3 of 5 Slides available 6
KEYNOTE Chocolate Chip Cookies and Open Source Communities (16:40) Rating: 5 of 5 22

29.Jan.2011 at 09:12 by Anonymous (Feedback)

It's not even finished but this is already the best conference of the year... big thumbs up for the cast&crew; of phpbenelux for the organization...

29.Jan.2011 at 15:40 by neorey (79 comments) (Feedback)

Agree thumbs up for the crew! Second year and already such an important conference in my opinion!

29.Jan.2011 at 21:13 by smhoekstra (5 comments) (Feedback)

Great event guys!! Loved it and will be back next time (and in dpc probably :-) )

30.Jan.2011 at 15:49 by klaassijtsma (25 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference! The best i had in years. Venue is a bit hard to find but a great place to be. Permeke 2 had a small problem, the lower half of the screen was hardly readable from the back. Crew, Speakers, Sponsors and BW ter Elst did an extremely good job making it a great Conference. THANKS!

30.Jan.2011 at 18:27 by maraspin (114 comments) (Feedback)

Great event! Almost all of the talks were of great quality, and surely all of them were either interesting, enjoyable or both. The tutorial I attended also fulfilled my expectations. Organization's been superb and so has been the social. Looking forward to hit Belgium next year also!!

30.Jan.2011 at 18:37 by shochdoerfer (206 comments) (Feedback)

Very well organized, nice venue. Crew did a great job. Thank you. Looking forward for next year.

30.Jan.2011 at 21:04 by rtuin (88 comments) (Feedback)

Just excellent! Had a great time.
Big thumbs up to the crew, speakers and sponsors for the conference. Everything was arranged very well; schema, talks, drinks, food. And the overall atmosphere was really nice.
Like mentioned before, in Permeke 2 it was hard to see the lower half of the screen.

Thank you, and i'm looking forward to next year!

30.Jan.2011 at 22:31 by LuCarD (9 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference.

This was my first conference, but you guys are setting a high standard.

31.Jan.2011 at 00:01 by chrisramakers (36 comments) (Feedback)

I really enjoyed this years conference although feeling a bit sick. The talks all were of great quality and there were some highly regarded speakers present which is all thanks to the effort of a great organisation and community behind PHPBenelux. Top conference and see you next year.

Oh yea ... maybe next year not only ask some wifi vouchers from Telenet but also a couple of spare routers and extra bandwidth. Wifi sucked b*lls seriously. Long live iOS 4.3 personal 3G Wifi hotspots :)

31.Jan.2011 at 10:11 by Andrehebben (3 comments) (Feedback)

Excellent value for money!!!!
It was a greate conference, i had a blast !!

The speeches were awesome. Though i saw a lot of the same titles of the dutch php conference of 2010.
But i didnt mind that much. It gave me a chance to see the presentations i've missed out on.
But i do hope next conferences (Dutch PHP conference and PHPBenelux) will provide some new content/topics.

The food and logistics were excellent organized and i truly liked the informalness throughout the whole conference. And the social, awesome!!! :)

Kudos to you guys for arranging it :)

31.Jan.2011 at 12:25 by jach (59 comments) (Feedback)

Great event. Really well put together. A few drawbacks are: the WiFi and location. It a bit difficult getting there and the venue are quite a long way from the city. But that's really small drawbacks. 5 THUMBS UP!!

31.Jan.2011 at 17:29 by lineke (85 comments) (Feedback)

Great conference guys! Well done to the crew for organising such a great event. Everything went smoothly as far as i know.

31.Jan.2011 at 21:18 by Anonymous (Feedback)

For me, the whole conference was a very nice experience. Top class speakers, which make a good schedule. Too bad @jkeppens got sick, loved to see him IRL. I also liked the fact that there was enough extra time to meet and talk to people in between sessions. The WiFi worked fine for me (to tweet and google stuff). Food and drinks were #omnomnom, and Ter Elst is a very fine location. Thank you all for making this happen. I sure hope to get my hands on one of those next year tickets! I feel like cookie dough already ;-)

31.Jan.2011 at 21:20 by tvlooy (71 comments) (Feedback)

forgot to log in, comment above is mine

01.Feb.2011 at 19:09 by t.bevers (54 comments) (Feedback)

Great talks! Good food and drinks! Great conference!

01.Feb.2011 at 22:09 by Bittarman (41 comments) (Feedback)

Excellent conference, the staff were incredible and really hospitable, had a great time, and have come away with leads, ideas, and a big smile on my face, see you next year!

02.Feb.2011 at 09:23 by NickBelhomme (43 comments) (Feedback)

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, very relax atmosphere, very approachable organizers, great community feeling, high class presentations. Generally a big thumbs up for this second edition of the PHPBenelux Conference which didn't experience any growing pains, and God did it grow?!!! (It doubled).

Some minor points that can be improved:
* wifi
* food (take a look at phpuk)

rating: 4.5 out of 5

Thx and see you next year! AWESOME

08.Feb.2011 at 14:23 by mattiasgeniar (41 comments) (Feedback)

I really enjoyed the event. As requested by @DragonBe, since there was some confusion from my end (and apparently, others too), it could be worth mentioning that the entrance to the conference also includes a year membership in PHPBenelux.

09.Feb.2011 at 15:46 by DoppyNL (71 comments) (Feedback)

Really enjoyed the event. Didn't really know what to expect, but was very surprised on how much I learned.
Good venue with only one downside: 2 rooms were all the way in the other building. But then again, we should think about our health according to Lorna, so perhaps that was a good thing!
Plenty of room and time to talk between talks in the central hallway. Some more tables/seating would have been nice.

Good organisation overall. You can expect me again next year!

Tutorial track 1
Track 1 of the tutorials
1 sessions
Tutorial track 2
Track 2 of the tutorials
1 sessions
Tutorial track 3
Track 3 of the tutorials
1 sessions
Tutorial track 4
Track 4 of the tutorials
1 sessions
Conference track 1
Track 1 of the main conference
11 sessions
Conference track 2
Track 2 of the main conference
8 sessions
Conference track 3
Track 3 of the main conference
8 sessions

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