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Peter Meth:
The Road to True North PHP ... Reflections
October 08, 2012 @ 08:15:27

Peter Meth one of the organizers of the True North PHP Conference (happening at the beginning of November) has a new post sharing some of his experience as a (PHP) conference planner so far.

As you may or may not know I have been planning a conference called True North PHP with my friend Chris Hartjes. I wanted to blog about some of my experiences in planning the conference and reflect back on what brought me here. This blog is especially important to me since this is the first time I am organizing a conference and would appreciate all the feedback I can get. I hope to do several posts over the next month leading up to the conference.

He talks some about his own background in the programming industry and how, thanks to his renewed interest in PHP, he was able to connect with the community and start the idea of a Toronto-based conference. He mentions Confoo as a conference he enjoyed and one that pushed him forward to want something like that locally.

If you're in the Toronto area (or want to visit in early November) and you haven't checked out the True North PHP Conference yet - you definitely should. It's a great two days packed with PHP goodness and tickets are already on sale! (and here's the schedule).

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Community News:
Schedule Announced for True North PHP Conference 2012
October 03, 2012 @ 12:14:10

The True North PHP Conference, happening November 2nd and 3rd in Toronto, Canada, has officially announced their schedule for this year's event that includes speakers from all over the world.

Sessions that will be presented at this year's conference include:

  • "Your code sucks, let's fix it" (Rafael Dohms)
  • "Javascript APIs and the HTML5 Umbrella" (Jake Smith)
  • "Cryptography for the Average Developer" (Anthony Ferrara)
  • "Practical Solr" (Radek Zajkowski)
  • "Getting Acquainted with MongoDB" (Jeremy Mikola)

Tickets are on sale and you can picks yours up for $200 CAD with both days of the event included. For more information, see the conference's main page at TrueNorthPHP.com.

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/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 20 Chris Hartjes's Kitchen Nightmare
October 03, 2012 @ 11:17:00

The latest episode of the /Dev/Hell podcast has been released - "Episode 20: Chris Hartjes's Kitchen Nightmare" as hosted by Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler.

This week we talk about how Chris sucks at cooking food, which segues nicely into a discussion of the True North PHP conference that he's co-organizing in Toronto in November. Thankfully he will not be catering the event himself. We also talk about Ed's move from doing PHP to Python for day-to-day work, and the plusses and minuses he's encountered during the transition.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or subscribing to their feed.

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Job Posting:
Options Consulting Solutions Seeks PHP Developer Team Lead (Toronto, Canada)
April 26, 2011 @ 17:35:26

Company Options Consulting Solutions (Recruiting Agency)
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title PHP Developer Team Lead
Summary

My client is a developer of high-traffic, large-scale websites and currently has 5 PHP Developer Team Lead roles available due to aggressive growth. Centrally located in Toronto, competitive salaries, cutting edge technology and a flat structure that allows for growth and development. All in all a great environment. They are more than willing to sponsor/relocate candidates for these positions for the U. S., U.K. and Western Europe.

Summary:
Reporting to the Development Manager, this role is responsible for the development of large scale Internet web sites. We are responsible for evaluation, design, selection and implementation of pragmatic, cost effective technologies, to support our various clients' business models.

Skill Requirements

  • Proven team building and leadership experience in a web development environment
  • Staff training and team development skills and experience
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Experienced in estimating effort and elapsed time required to complete project deliverables.
  • Skilled in both Object Oriented and Non-Object Oriented Design and programming techniques.
  • Several years of skill in PHP and at least one other object oriented language such as perl or Java.
  • Experience designing with large scale distributed databases.
  • Strong business and technical analytical ability so as to create robust technical design documentation from business requirements documentation.
  • Proven ability to define success criteria to meet and measure quality expectations.

Responsibilities:

  • Motivating and leading a team of 6 to 10 application developers.
  • Provide feedback on business requirements documentation to ensure resolution of any apparent ambiguity or contradictions.
  • Functional Breakdown, Design, Programming, testing and maintaining web site applications to support the business requirements.
  • Perform impact analysis for design modification and obtain signoff from the Architecture Team.
  • Participation in the selection and implementation of third party software to support design where it is practicable.
  • Communicating with several third party billing processors to setup and maintain robust ecommerce billing solutions.
  • Appropriate documentation for each development step - including functional, design, and testing specifications.
  • Developing and documenting workload estimates (ie: Creation of workload breakdown plan to define and track software development efforts)
  • Delivering functionality within these estimated effort and time frames
  • Selection, implementation and/or modification of web development practices and methodologies to support continuous improvement efforts.
  • Provide assistance to junior programmers to generate Low Level Design documentation for new or modified functionality.
  • Conduct Design reviews with Technical Architect, Project Manager and Manager of Software Development for final design approvals.
  • Conduct documentation and code reviews for their team members to ensure standards compliance.
  • Define test methodology and use cases to analyze and verify software programs, forms, reports and interfaces.
  • Communicate issues and status information to Project Management Office concerning system development activities.
  • Liaison with Project Management Office to resolve scheduling conflict and project dependencies.
  • Update system data and prepare conversion requirement as necessary for new implementation and production rollout.
  • Participate in project status review meetings with other Team Leads and the Development Manager

Technical Expectations

  • 5-6+ years of PHP 4/5 design/coding/testing/implementing using Open Source approach
  • 4+ years of Object Orientation design and development experience for large scale distributed web applications
  • Linux, Mac O/SX, MySQL, PHP, Apache/Light HTTP technologies experience
  • Computer Science trained graduate or equivalent work experience

For more information contact Kenneth Cosgrove at kcosgrove@optionspersonnel.com

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Community News:
"WordPress Zero to Hero" Event - Toronto, Ontario
January 27, 2010 @ 15:49:09

Justin Kozuch has submitted some information about a WordPress event happening February 11th in Toronto as a part of the Refresh Events series - WordPress: Zero to Hero.

If you want to learn how to create your own WordPress themes, understand how to use template tags and conditional tags to format and display the data you want, or how to use WordPress as a content management system, Nick will take you from WordPress Zero to Hero in 7 hours flat.

This workshop is for people who have a WordPress blog (or are in the process of creating one) and would like to create their own theme and templates for personal or professional use. This workshop is also for web designers who wish to offer a value-added service to their clients. PHP skills are not required to attend this workshop.

The cost for attendance is $125 CAD and includes wireless internet access/power, breakfast, coffee breaks and, of course, the great course material to be presented. It's recommended that attendees have their own local LAMP installation before coming as that installation will not be covered.

For more information on the event and to reserve your spot, check out this event page from Refresh Events.

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Job Posting:
Ganz Seeks PHP Developer (Toronto, Ontario)
January 21, 2010 @ 20:41:36

Company Ganz
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title PHP Developer
Summary

Summary:
ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT ONLINE GAMES ??

Now is your chance to join the Ganz team that has brought you Webkinz and Webkinz Jr. You can be a part of our new Massively Multiplayer Gaming adventures!!

Responsibilities:

  • Administer Linux Server Environment.
  • Manage MySQL and Oracle databases, optimize data loading techniques, and provide data modeling expertise is a plus.
  • Manipulate data and log files to provide extensive statistical reporting.
  • Create and maintain PHP scripts.
  • Ensure high level of server and network security.
  • Create and maintain detailed documentation of server and database environment.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience administrating and troubleshooting Linux Servers, with the proven ability to maintain a high level of server and network security standards.
  • Extensive experience with MySQL and Oracle databases including data manipulation and data modeling.
  • Expert Object Oriented PHP programming and SQL programming.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Computer Science/Engineering degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with UML modeling and Macromedia Flash a plus.
  • Experience with additional programming languages preferred.

Interested candidates are invited to forward resumes by email to careers@ganz.com.

Please check out our websites: www.webkinz.com and www.webkinzjr.com

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Job Posting:
Blend HRM Inc. Seeks PHP Guru (Toronto, Canada)
August 19, 2009 @ 15:27:17

Company Blend HRM Inc.
Location Toronto, Canada
Title PHP Guru
Summary

PHP GURU - Social Entertainment/Online Media

Description
Want to work with fun people, on a fun product, and make a huge difference? Then you want to work with our client. Our clients is one of the world's top social entertainment and dating sites:

  • Millions of people date through them.
  • Thousands of people find matches every day.
  • They make money and AREN'T advertising supported.

Our client is a fast-paced company that measures releases in days not weeks and rewards individual initiative and gumption.

The Role:
This is key member of the team, and a growth position. We are looking for a web developer with strong front end skills that is passionate about web standards and ready to take on a huge code base.

You will:

  • Develop a world class product and user experience using agile methodologies.
  • Fix bugs and improve the user experience.
  • Experience developing and deploying high availability, high performance web applications.

You need:

  • Strong knowledge of XHTML, CSS, JavaScript (with jQuery or other frameworks).
  • Strong knowledge of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).
  • Ability to pickup new environments and languages quickly.
  • Compatibility with a workplace built around small, highly motivated teams.
  • Familiarity with modern web frameworks is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Ruby / Rails, Python / Django is a plus.
  • Good understanding of current web technologies such as AJAX, or Memcached is a plus.

Want to Apply?
Applicants are asked to apply directly by emailing recruiting(at)blend-hrm.com with PHP GURU ROLE in the subject line, or by clicking on the URL below.

http://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IPNETWORKXS&cws=1&rid=37

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Job Posting:
ShesConnected.com Seeks Senior PHP Developer (Toronto, ON)
March 02, 2009 @ 17:01:36

Company ShesConnected.com
Location Toronto, ON
Title Sr. PHP Developer
Summary

We looking for a Senior PHP Developer As a member of our development team you would work on our web platform, building and extending our flagship social networking site.

You are:

  • Smart
  • A creative thinker
  • You treat programming like an art
  • You are deeply inspired by the problems you have to solve as a developer
  • You are passionate about your work

    Your Responsibilities:

    • Building a scalable API to existing web technologies
    • Building modules for extendibility and reuse where possible
    • Building and extending clean web interfaces

    Education and Experience Required

    • Experience developing medium to large scale web-based applications
    • Experience in Object Oriented Development, Linux, Apache, PHP5, MySQL5, Perl, Javascript and web based UI design/implementation using (X)HTML/CSS
    • The ability to write clean, well structured, commented and maintainable code
    • Experience with database design via SQL
    • ~Asset: A revision control system such as Subversion, capable of writing scalable code. Experience working with and building web frameworks.

    Other Skills

    • Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical people alike
    • Ability to deliver what you promise on time
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Initiative to advance projects
    • A keen interest in learning
    • Enthusiastic team player with a sense of humor

    How to Apply to be Considered:
    For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and expected salary to donna.marie@shesconnected.com

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    Job Posting:
    Software International (Recuriter) Seeks Web Development Team Lead (Toronto, Canada)
    October 07, 2008 @ 14:13:16

    Company Software International (Recuriter)
    Location Toronto, Canada
    Title Web Development Team Lead
    Summary

    Client is responsible for the development of large scale Internet web sites. We are responsible for evaluation, design, selection and implementation of pragmatic, cost effective technologies, to support our various clients' business models.

    Skill Requirements

    • Proven team building and leadership experience in a web development environment
    • Staff training , team development skills and experience
    • Strong written/verbal communication skills
    • Experienced in estimating effort and elapsed time required to complete project deliverables.
    • Skilled in both Object Oriented and Non-Object Oriented Design and programming techniques.
    • Several years of skill in PHP and at least one other object oriented language such as perl or Java.
    • Experience designing with large scale distributed databases.
    • Strong business and technical analytical ability so as to create robust technical design documentation from business requirements documentation.
    • Proven ability to define success criteria to meet and measure quality expectations.

    Responsibilities:

    • Provide feedback on business requirements documentation to ensure resolution of any apparent ambiguity or contradictions.
    • Functional Breakdown, Design, Programming, testing and maintaining web site applications to support the business requirements.
    • Perform impact analysis for design modification and obtain signoff from the Architecture Team.
    • Participation in the selection and implementation of third party software to support design where it is practicable.
    • Appropriate documentation for each development step - including functional, design, and testing specifications.
    • Developing and documenting workload estimates (ie: Creation of workload breakdown plan to define and track software development efforts)
    • Delivering functionality within these estimated effort and time frames
    • Selection, implementation and/or modification of web development practices and methodologies to support continuous improvement efforts.
    • Provide assistance to junior programmers to generate Low Level Design documentation for new or modified functionality.
    • Conduct Design reviews with Technical Architect, Project Manager and Manager of Software Development for final design approvals.
    • Conduct documentation and code reviews for their team members to ensure standards compliance.
    • Define test methodology and use cases to analyze and verify software programs, forms, reports and interfaces.
    • Communicate issues and status information to Project Management Office concerning system development activities.
    • Liaison with Project Mangement Office to resolve scheduling conflict and project dependencies.
    • Update system data and prepare conversion requirement as necessary for new implementation and production rollout.
    • Participate in project status review meetings with other Team Leads and the Development Manager

    Technical Expectations

    • 5-6+ years of PHP 4/5 design/coding/testing/implementing using Open Source approach
    • Supervise and lead a team of 6 - 10 programmers
    • 4+ years of Object Orientation design and development experience for large scale distributed web applications
    • Linux, Mac O/SX, MySQL, PHP, Apache/Light HTTP technologies experience
    • Computer Science trained graduate or equivalent work experience

    To apply for this position please send your resume to paul@softwareint.com

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    Job Posting:
    Keen Consulting (Recruiter) Seeks Senior PHP Developer (Toronto, Ontario)
    August 01, 2008 @ 14:35:22

    Company Keen Consulting (Recruiter)
    Location Toronto, Ontario
    Title Senior PHP Developer
    Summary

    Our client has an exciting contract opportunity for a PHP Developer to join their highly successful and growing Interactive Group. Their high end flash games and animated characters have made their web site the fastest growing children's entertainment site on the internet.

    Responsibilities:

    • Administer Linux Server Environment.
    • Manage MySQL and Oracle databases, optimize data loading techniques, and provide data modeling expertise is a plus.
    • Manipulate data and log files to provide extensive statistical reporting.
    • Create and maintain PHP scripts.
    • Ensure high level of server and network security.
    • Create and maintain detailed documentation of server and database environment.

    Qualifications:

    • A minimum of 3 years experience administrating and troubleshooting Linux Servers, with the proven ability to maintain a high level of server and network security standards.
    • Extensive experience with MySQL and Oracle databases including data manipulation and data modeling.
    • Expert Object Oriented PHP programming and SQL programming.
    • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
    • Computer Science/Engineering degree preferred.
    • Familiarity with UML modeling and Macromedia Flash a plus.
    • Experience with additional programming languages preferred.

    If you are interested please forward your resume to Aaron Harris at Keen Consulting at aharris@keenconsulting.ca.

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