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Symfony Blog:
Call for Papers for SymfonyLive London, Berlin and Paris Announced
May 14, 2015 @ 10:12:40

On the Symfony blog today they've announced the opening of the Call for Papers for SymfonyLive London, SymfonyLive Berlin and SymfonyLive Paris (happening in September, October and December respectively).

The Call for Papers for SymfonyLive London, SymfonyLive Berlin and SymfonyCon Paris are currently all open! If you ever wanted to speak at a Symfony conference, you have now 3 chances to make your dream comes true.

The post includes details about each of the conferences including the dates, an overview of the event, the speaker package and - of course - a link to the respective Call for Papers. There's also a few helpful tips for speakers wanting to increase their chances of being selected (such as submitting more than one talk or submitting on unique subjects).

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/speak-at-a-symfony-conference

Laravel News:
ArtisanConf - A new Laravel Conference in London
April 20, 2015 @ 09:34:00

The Laravel News site has a post talking about a new Laravel-related conference happening in London on July 9th and 10th (at the Barbican): ArtisanConf, "the premier UK conference for Laravel and modern PHP enthusiasts. Up to 300 artisans will convene in the heart of London's Tech City for two days of inspirational talks, engaging networking and amazing learning opportunities."

Jonty Behr is one of the organizers of ArtisanConf, and I asked him why he decided to start this new conference. "Laravel is incredibly popular in the UK, and a lot of developers have been requesting a UK based conference for a while. Although the guys at LaraconEU do an amazing job, not all developers in the UK are able to travel to Amsterdam and we hope to help, educate and build their experience within the community."

The conference already has some amazing (and well known) speakers lined up. Plus they are hoping that there will be something for both beginners and the experienced at ArtisanConf. There will be two full days of talks and more details will be released soon.

You can already pick up tickets from the conference site or, if you'd like a chance at speaking, head over and submit to their Call for Papers.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/04/artisanconf/

Symfony Blog:
Symfony 2014 Year in Review London Symfony Meetups
January 06, 2015 @ 13:19:01

The Symfony blog has another in their "2014 Year in Review" series posted, this time with a focus on the London Symfony meetups and the presentations that were made.

2014 was a really successful year for the Symfony Meetup Group in London. I've been involved helping to organize these meetups for a few years now, but it was never a regular thing until this year. With a huge help of my SensioLabs UK colleagues we managed to bring the group to the next level. Each meetup we're getting around 60-90 attendees, which is a big improvement compared to the previous years. We also started recording the talks. Since the Symfony community in London is much bigger, I believe we can do even better in 2015!

Talks presented this year included:

  • Optimizing Your Front End Workflow
  • Applying Domain Driven Design with Symfony2 projects
  • Silex saved me from my legacy code
  • Scaling Symfony2 apps with RabbitMQ
  • Speed up your Symfony2 application and build awesome features with Redis

Each topic has a summary, a link to the slides and a video of the presentation (if available).

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-2014-year-in-review-london-symfony-meetups

That Podcast:
Episode 7.5 The Short One in London
September 29, 2014 @ 13:52:09

That Podcast has posted their latest episode today, a shorter add-on to their previous episode (#7): Episode 7.5, "The Short One in London".

Beau and Dave recap SymfonyLive London 2014 in their first live in person recording.

Topics mentioned in this episode include Mybuilder.com, Behat, Drupal and Game of Thrones (along with several members of the community). You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 of the show. If you enjoy the show, check out others in their list and be sure to subscribe to their feed for the latest as they're released.

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Link: http://thatpodcast.io/episodes/episode-7-5-the-short-one-in-london/

That Podcast:
Episode 5 The One Where Everyone Is Going to London
July 24, 2014 @ 09:08:35

That Podcast, hosted by PHP community members Beau Simensen and Dave Marshall has posted their latest episode - Episode #5, "The One Where Everyone is Going to London".

Beau and Dave discuss having been selected to Symfony Live London and how they plan to bring their families with them so everyone can hang out in person for the first time. Beau discusses his other upcoming talks including Nomad PHP EU and php[world] and Dave talks a bit about his pair programming setup. Both agree that rewriting code from another project is a great way to really understand how the thing ticks.

There's a wide variety of topics discussed in this episode including:

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading it directly.

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Link: http://thatpodcast.io/episodes/episode-5-the-one-where-everyone-is-going-to-london/

Symfony Blog:
Symfony Live London 2012 The videos are now online on the SensioLabs' YouTube channel
November 07, 2012 @ 11:32:27

On the Symfony blog there's a quick post noting that the videos for this year's Symfony Live London (2012) event have been posted on their YouTube channel.

Last month, we were pleased to publish all the videos from this year's edition of Symfony Live conferences in Paris and in San Francisco. During the first week following their publication, more than 10,000 views were recorded, that's amazing! And today, we've just added 5 more hours of talks.

There's seven videos in the playlist including talks from Mike van Riel (video), Rowan Merewood (video) and Fabien Potencier himself (video) with a look at what's coming up for Symfony.

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Community News:
CodeIgniter London Meetup (April 30th @ 8pm)
April 12, 2012 @ 11:07:29

As mentioned by Phil Sturgeon, the London Codeigniter Meetup has come back and will be meeting at the end of this month (April 30th).

This month, since it's their first meeting, it's just a "networking" type of event:

Meeting in a pub, talking about our experience with CI, development in general, and networking.

The meeting is happening in London at 8pm on Monday, April 30th. For more information, check out this event over on Meetup.com.

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Community News:
CICONF '12 Speaker List
December 14, 2011 @ 08:31:32

The CICONF (CodeIgniter conference) group has made a new post about the lineup for their next event including people like Adam Griffiths, Alex Bilbie, Alexis Serneels, Harrow "WanWizard" Verton, Nick Jackson and Tyler Flint.

The chances are if you are using a library, addon, Spark or tutorial for your CodeIgniter projects it will have been written by one of these guys. Adam Griffiths wrote the book, Alex Bilbie has made some amazing OAuth 2 and Mongo code, WanWizard wrote DataMapper ORM - the most popular ORM used with CodeIgniter - and I've [Phil Sturgeon] released a few blogs about CI over the years.

They'll be doing the double-event conferences this year again - this time they'll be in London (February 18th-19th and San Francisco at a yet to be determined date). If you'd like to attend the London sessions, you can already purchase your tickets - a student pass for £35 and a standard ticket for £45.

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Job Posting:
MyMajorCompany Seeks PHP Developer/Webmaster (London, UK)
August 19, 2009 @ 16:16:44

Company MyMajorCompany
Location London, UK
Title PHP Developer/Webmaster
Summary

MyMajorCompany is a very successful European music website specialized in new online A&R revolutionary methods. MyMajorCompany is fully funded and now expanding internationally in the UK, USA and Japan

The developer, based in London, will be in charge of implementing the UK version of the company platform which is launching in December 2009

Salary is competitive based on experience

Responsibilities:

  • Lead delivery of the front-end of the English version of website and work closely with the CTO based in Paris
  • Operate and maintain the UK version of website in close co-operation with the IT back-end team based out of Paris and UK Managing Director
  • Liaise and organise the teamwork with the UK community manager
  • Manage the technical support, driving excellent performance and ensuring the best standards are observed and the site continually improves
  • Provide key expertise in planning and budgeting of all technical delivery
  • Ensure the company's product and platform delivery is managed in line with current practices and protocols

Skills

  • Proven skills in key technology areas including, but not limited to, a perfect mastering of PHP and MySQL
  • Web technologies including Flash (with ActionScript), HTML, XML, DHTML
  • Good knowledge of Rich Media formats and serving
  • Good knowledge of traditional web design tools, basic Photoshop knowledge and other professional design software
  • Good knowledge of command of server maintenance tools
  • Business acumen

Previous Experience
The final candidate will have at least three years of leading or co-leading the successful delivery of websites or technology projects and will ideally be able to demonstrate:

  • Being Technical Manager of a 1.0 website or being part of a technical team delivering a web 2.0 site
  • Skills in issue resolution and being part of a global team
  • Energy and enthusiasm for media and the online community

If you are based in the UK and are interested please send your CV to Adrienne Brown ab@square-media.co.uk

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IBuildings Blog:
TestFest 2009
May 08, 2009 @ 08:46:47

On the IBuildings blog there's a new post by Soila Patajoki taking a brief look at TestFest events around the world.

The PHP TestFest is a gathering by PHP enthusiasts that get together to write automated test cases for PHP. These test cases help prevent future incompatibilities and bugs in PHP. The event has grown global over the course of the years, with user groups everywhere in the world participating.

She points out some of the European TestFest events that Ibuildings is helping out with including ones in London, Manchester and Belgium. You can find out more about TestFest-ing and see if there's a group in your area participating on the TestFest page off the main PHP QA site.

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