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Lorna Mitchell:
So You're Thinking Of Submitting A Talk
Jul 17, 2015 @ 09:21:40

With another round of "conference season" and Call for Papers starting up, there's some timely advice from Lorna Mitchell with some suggestions about submitting a talk to the conference of your choice.

I've been a conference speaker for a lot of years now, which doesn't make me an expert but it does mean that people ask me for advice pretty regularly! With the Call for Papers open for PHP North West at the moment (awesome conference, first weekend in October, CfP at http://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw15/call-papers/), I've taken this question a few times. Here's my advice in a nutshell.

She shares five tips that she feels can help you make for a better abstract and submission including writing it down before submitting and asking for peer reviews before hitting that submit button. She also links to a few other helpful resources that can provide even more tips to help you even once you've been selected.

tagged: submit conference talk advice opinion callforpapers technical

Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2015/so-youre-thinking-of-submitting-a-talk

Beth Tucker Long:
How to Submit a Talk to a Conference
Oct 29, 2014 @ 09:21:00

If you've ever considered taking the leap and trying your hand at speaking at (technology) conferences but weren't sure where to start Beth Tucker Long, well known PHP community member and speaker, has posted a guide to help you submit a talk to your conference of choice.

I’ve been on both sides of the proverbial conference table. I have been the one submitting proposals, hoping against hope that they will pick mine, and I have been on the selection committee, struggling to choose between hundreds of awesome proposals when you only have a few talk slots available. Through these varied experiences, I’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t when submitting a conference proposal.

She provides a "checklist" of sixteen things that she's learned over the years about submitting ideas to events and what to do/not do when giving the actual presentation including:

  • First and foremost, remember to hit spell-check
  • Don’t talk about yourself in your talk description
  • Explain the practical applications of your topic
  • Share past feedback in the comments or notes section
  • Submit a lot of proposals
  • Don’t submit multiple topic ideas or variable time lengths in one submission

The final three on her list have more to do with the presentation itself than the proposal and, in my opinion, are almost more important: don't talk down to your audience, be brief and be interesting.

tagged: conference talk submission tips top16 list submit

Link: http://www.alittleofboth.com/2014/01/how-to-submit-a-talk-to-a-conference/

Beth Tucker Long:
How to Submit a Talk to a Conference
Jan 03, 2014 @ 09:03:25

If you've ever thought about submitting a topic to speak at a technology conference, but never quite knew how to take those first steps, check out this advice from Beth Tucker Long. It's a list of steps and reminders to follow when thinking about your topics and submitting.

I've been on both sides of the proverbial conference table. I have been the one submitting proposals, hoping against hope that they will pick mine, and I have been on the selection committee, struggling to choose between hundreds of awesome proposals when you only have a few talk slots available. Through these varied experiences, I've learned a few things about what works and what doesn't when submitting a conference proposal.

Her list includes things like:

  • First and foremost, remember to hit spell-check
  • Have someone else read your submission
  • Identify a clear problem that the topic of your talk will help solve
  • Be honest about your topic
  • Share past feedback in the comments or notes section
  • Submit a lot of proposals
tagged: submit talk session technology conference suggestions

Link: http://www.alittleofboth.com/2014/01/how-to-submit-a-talk-to-a-conference

Jani Hartikainen's Blog:
Wicket from the point of view of a PHP developer
Jul 15, 2010 @ 08:15:28

On his blog today Jani Hartikainen looks at his experience learning Wicket (a Java application framework) from the perspective of a PHP developer.

My starting point with Wicket was basically zero, at least Java-wise: I had never used any Java web app framework, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Since as I said I’ve mostly used PHP and Python, I assumed the program flow would be something like in them. Of course, this was a completely wrong assumption.

He includes one specific example - handling a form submission. In PHP you work with the POSTed values and do something (insert into a database, email, etc) but with Wicket you really just display the form again - with a few other bits of configuration of course. You worry more about what's in the form instead of how to handle the results. He notes that it's a lot like working with a desktop application environment and recommends it as "an interesting way to do things".

tagged: wicket perspective compare form submit

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Ask About PHP:
PHP and jQuery: Submit a form without refreshing the page
Jun 09, 2010 @ 13:04:14

New on the Ask About PHP blog today there's a tutorial about using PHP and jQuery to submit a form without having to submit the entire page.

Lately, I’ve been chancing on quite a number of posts at various places asking about how to perform a web action without the webpage reloading/refreshing? For example, dynamically updating a list on a page without a reload or submitting a form to PHP without leaving the webpage the form sits on. I guess this is as good a time to start branching into some posts on PHP and Javascript, or more specifically, jQuery.

You can just download the code of you want to get started right away or you can follow along with the tutorial for code, flow diagrams and a full definition of how it all works.

tagged: jquery tutorial submit form

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Community News:
ABCPHP.com (Digg-Like PHP News Source)
Mar 16, 2009 @ 12:55:09

If you're constantly hungering for more PHP news, there's a new resource (a Digg-like one, too) that wants to give PHPers the latest from the community and give them a way to show which they like the best - abcphp.

abcphp.com is a social news website made for people to discover and share PHP related content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories.

The site lets you vote (with a registered account) on the PHP-related articles they've posted ala Digg.com and breaks them up into categories like "New Releases", "PHP Dev Tools", "Database" and "Security". You can even create groups of people that share the same interests. Check it out and maybe submit a story while you're there.

tagged: abcphp digg news website submit story group categories

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Kevin van Zonneveld's Blog:
7 Steps to better PEAR documentation
Feb 23, 2009 @ 11:11:55

Kevin van Zonneveld has posted seven steps that you can follow to help the documentation for your PEAR class come out better and be more useful in the end.

If you've written a PEAR package, it's probably a good idea to submit some end user documentation. Here's how to do it.

He explains what it is (XML in CVS, easily convertible with phpd) and how the process flows - save the current docs, add your own, build locally and submit to CVS. Here's his tips to help things go smoothly/turn out better:

  • Gather the prerequisites
  • Save current documentation
  • Try building the docs
  • Write your own XML docs
  • ReBuild peardoc
  • Commit your XML
  • (There is no seventh step - you're done!)
tagged: better pear documentation steps xml cvs phpd build submit package

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Community News:
OSCON 2009 Call for Participation (Ends Feb. 03, 2009)
Jan 30, 2009 @ 13:46:43

As Lorna Mitchell has pointed out, the Call for Participation is open for this year's O'Reilly Open Source Convention - but the deadline is February 3rd!

We want to hear about your winning techniques, favorite life-savers, and the system you’ve made that everyone will be using next year. We’ll have tracks for sessions and tutorials on Linux, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Databases, Desktop Applications, Web Applications, Mobile, Administration, Security, People, Business, and Emerging Topics.

They have a few suggestions to consider when submitting your idea - things like "keep it free of marketing", "Straightforward titles are best" and "Explain why people want to attend". You can submit your idea via their proposal form.

tagged: oscon09 cfp participation conference recommend submit

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Community News:
Last Day for php|tek 2009 Call for Papers
Dec 15, 2008 @ 15:56:34

As a reminder, today is the last day to get in talk proposals for next year's php|tek conference:

Today is the last day of the Call for Papers for our upcoming php|tek 2009 conference, which will take place in Chicago between May 19 and 22nd. Don't forget to send in your proposals before it's too late!

You can get more information about submitting a talk from this page on the conference website as well as where to send the proposals and what kind of speaker compensation package they have to offer.

tagged: submit proposal phptek09 callforpaper final day

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Lorna Mitchell's Blog:
How to Submit a Conference Talk
Oct 24, 2008 @ 10:48:42

Thinking about trying your hand at submitting a talk to an upcoming PHP conference but aren't exactly sure where to get started? You might want to check out Lorna Mitchell's suggestions on some of the steps.

Speaking at conferences is a great way to share ideas and meet people - but actually getting the opportunity to do is a little more tricky and usually involves proposing a talk. [...] If you want to go to a conference, and there is a topic you'd like to share some thoughts on, then write them down and submit!

She talks about making the most of the submission form - submitting your abstract and including details why you and your talk should be selected for their conference. The comments include a few other suggestions like "don't submit the same one talk over and over", "try for something different" and remember that you always have something to contribute.

tagged: conference submit talk suggestions callforpapers abstract

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