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Symfony Blog:
Symfony Live Berlin 2013
October 11, 2013 @ 10:49:05

On the Symfony Blog today there's a new post talking about Symfony Live Berlin coming up next month (November 7th and 8th) with a free hack day following.

This year has already seen a few successful Symfony Live conferences in Paris, Portland, and London. But we got one more - Symfony Live Berlin is approaching fast! From November 7th to 8th, there will be again talks and workshops in Germany's capital city. Additionally, we will host a free hack day on Saturday, November 9th. We will return to last year's location, the Umweltforum Berlin - an over 100 year old church!

They talk about what's different than past years - dedicated language sessions, offering the Symfony certification exam and the previously mentioned hack day following the main event. You can see the full schedule for the event here or just pick up some last minute tickets if you'd like to attend.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-live-berlin-2013

Sjoerd Massen's Blog:
Passing the PHP 5.3 ZCE exam
December 30, 2010 @ 14:54:02

Another community member has passed the PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer exam (Sjoerd Massen) and has blogged about his experiences both before and during the exam.

Today I passed the exam to become a PHP 5.3 ZCE. Like everyone else I had to sign the non-disclosure contract so I can't go into detail about the questions that were asked, I can however tell my impressions of the exam and how prepared for it.

His preparations included going over some of the older sample tests and some additional study time on streams. He also mentions the PhpRiot iPhone/iPad application that helped him prepare as well as a few of the training courses he bought for certain topics. His overall impression of the exam was that it was more difficult, with plenty of open questions made for you to fill in an answer.

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Lorna Mitchell's Blog:
Preparing for ZCE 5.3
December 20, 2010 @ 08:37:56

Following up on a previous post about taking the Zend Certified Engineer exam (5.3 version), Lorna Mitchell has posted some details about how she prepared for (and passed) the test.

In the last few weeks I've both passed the certificate myself and also taught Zend's certification training course as a classroom course at NTI Leeds. I thought I'd share my top tips for preparing for taking the ZCE - getting to the standard, last-minute preparations, and also some tips for surviving the day itself (disclaimer: everyone sitting the ZCE signs a declaration not to disclose the contents of the exam, so I can't actually tell you the questions, sorry!)

She recommends that only developers with at least a year or two of using PHP regularly take the exam due to the amount of PHP knowledge needed. If you haven't at least touched on most aspects of the language, you might have a difficult time with it. She also points out the lack of up-to-date training materials, some of the things she did the night before as a refresher and a few tips for specific parts of the exam.

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Alexei Shuga's Blog:
On passing Zend PHP 5.3 exam
November 15, 2010 @ 08:17:57

After recently taking the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification exam, Alexei Shuga has decided to share some of his thoughts on his experience to hopefully give other developers out there a better idea of what was involved.

First of all, the exam is quite complex, yet it's pretty much easy to pass if you're writing PHP code using latest additions like namespaces, late static binding or lambda functions. Even if you do not use these techniques in your code, but you're aware of them and saw PHP syntax for those features (including restrictions like "namespace" keyword proper placement), it would not be a problem for a candidate to pass Zend PHP 5.3 exam.

He includes a few things that could trip you up in the exam including questions one differences in file system functions and some that were just, as he puts it, "stupid." (some were matters of opinion)

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Michelangelo van Dam's Blog:
Preparing for php 5.3 certification exam
October 20, 2010 @ 10:45:57

Michelangelo van Dam had done some preparation for when he took the PHP 5.3 certification exam - he passed - and has written up a new post to his blog to talk about some of the things he did to help him study and prepare himself for the exam.

Before starting the exam, I had to sign a non-disclosure contract with Zend Technologies, Inc. to keep the contents to myself, so don't ask me what questions were asked. I can write a short article on how I prepared myself to pass the exam and what you can do to achieve the same successful outcome.

He gives links to and mentions several of the resources he used to learn all he needed like the official Zend PHP 5.3 Certification Guide, the PHP.net site for reference on several sections that were more PHP 5.3-specific (like namespaces, DateTime and Streams).

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Zend Developer Zone:
Passing the ZCE PHP 5.3 certification exam!
October 12, 2010 @ 09:19:12

If you've been considering taking the Zend Certified Engineer exam for PHP 5.3 but want to be sure you know what you need to pass, take a look at this new post to the Zend Developer Zone with some helpful hints on the topics the test covers.

According to Zend , the exam covers the following topics: PHP Basics, Functions, Data Format & Types, Web Features, Object Oriented Programming, Security, I/O, Strings and Patterns, Databases and Arrays. I will detail each topic as to what you should expect at the exam, however I will first tell you some basic information about the exam. Then I will tell you about the three most important changes of PHP 5.3 and another new feature I find very useful.

He starts with a few of the basics of the exam (how many questions, his testing strategy, the number of fill-in-the-blank questions) before moving into each of the topics. It's not an exhaustive description of each, but it gives you a good idea of where to start when studying. There's lots of links to resources for each that'll take you to some great places to learn in more detail.

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Zend Developer Zone:
ZendCon T-Shirt contest
August 11, 2010 @ 12:56:47

On the Zend Developer Zone there's a recent post about a contest they're running to give one lucky winner a free pass to this year's Zend/PHP Conference in November in Santa Clara, California.

Summer is upon us, which means that the annual Zend/PHP Conference (ZendCon), the world's largest gathering of the PHP community, is drawing near. Preparations are already in high gear, and you can make an impact on what fellow PHPers will wear in Fall of 2010! Submit your cool t-shirt designs or just cast your vote. The winning design will be used for the new 'official' PHP t-shirt. Every ZendCon attendee (and some others) will be getting the free t-shirt, and you get a free pass to the conference!

Besides the ticket to ZendCon, there's also two other prizes for the runners up - a free pass for a Zend Certification Exam (5.3) and a pass for a Zend Framework Certification Exam. There's about seven weeks left to submit your design and are currently eight entries on the list, so get your design in early to give it the best chance for the most votes. The submission round will end September 30th, so get your designs in soon!

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php|architect:
Exclusive Preparing for the Zend Framework Certification Exam
April 15, 2010 @ 08:20:56

In a new article from php|architect Joel Clermont shares a few henlpful hints on what he did to help prepare for the Zend Framework Certification Exam.

Well, the only two official resources are a downloadable study guide and an instructor-led course. The study guide lists all the main areas of the framework that will be tested and offers a high level explanation of how they work. [...] I don't have any personal experience with the course, so I can't offer any specific comments on it. I have taken other courses from Zend, however, and the quality of those have been quite good.

He also points out this presentation from Rob Allen as another source. His recommendation, though, is that you read as much as possible from the Zend Framework's manual, but leaving out points on Zend_Tool and Zend_Application (they didint seem to make it into the test). He passed on the first try, so hopefully this advice, somewhat proven now, can help you down the right path.

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Eran Galperin's Blog:
Zend Framework certification
December 31, 2008 @ 09:31:43

Eran Galperin has taken and passed Zend's newer certification offering, the Zend Framework Certified Engineer exam. In this new post he talks some about the experience and his impressions of the test itself.

Today I took and passed the Zend Framework certification exam. A possible project involving Zend might be materializing in the near future, and this was a requirement from one of my contractors (OpenIT). Being that they offered to sponsor the cost, I had no reason not take it.

He talks about the test and the testing procedure - one and a half hours long with seventy-five questions in all. Most were multiple choice but some asked for the resulting output from some code. Lots of topics are covered including specific modules and general MVC architecture. He points out a slightly discouraging fact - that the number of "trick" questions seemed a bit high.

I do have some more respect for people holding the certification now (regarding knowledge and experience), though I'm not sure what regard does it hold in the industry.
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PHPClasses.org:
Is the PHP certification worth it? (Interview)
May 28, 2008 @ 12:04:09

In this new post to the PHPClasses.org blog, Manuel Lemos looks at the PHP Certification Exam - whether it's worth it, how can you take it and includes an interview with a ZCE, Mauricio Garcia about his experience with it.

Although I am certain that having a PHP certification is not the only way to demonstrate that a PHP developer is really qualified, I am sure that it helps hinting employers about his skills, and so become more open to negotiate better salaries. Having a PHP certification also helps a developer stand out from the crowd of developers that apply to a job but do not have any certification.

In the interview Manuel talks with Mauricio (a Brazilian PHP developer) about whether or not he feels the certification is worth it, how a developer can take it and what they need to do to prepare for it as well as a mention of a book that might help.

Michael Kimsal has also posted some of his own thoughts on the certification issue (and of the comments made during the interview).

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