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The Reasons To Attend PHP Conferences

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Languages change. Perspectives are different. Ideas move on. This article was published on February 4, 2010 which is more than two years ago. It may be out of date. You should verify that technical information in this article is still current before relying upon it for your own purposes.

Recently, php|architect announced that they were extending the early bird pricing for the TEK-X conference being held this year in Chicago, IL. As someone who has been and will be going this year, this conference represnts a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t gone to a PHP conference to attend one.

There are some good reasons that you should be attending.

Before I attended a conference, I had no idea what others were thinking with regards to PHP. The first big conference I attended was ZendCon and it was there that I discovered an entire world that I knew nothing about – the greater PHP community. But more than that, I discovered Really Smart People(tm) that I could interact with, be friends with, and who shared my passion for technology.

If you’ve put off attending a PHP conference, or simply are on the fence, you should seriously consider attending TEK-X this year. The conference itself has a great lineup, but I also know several people who are going to be there that are bright, talented and very enthusiastic about the PHP world.

That’s a great reason to go.

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Joel Clermont (@jclermont) wrote at 2/4/2010 8:59 am:

I’ll be at tek-x this year as well. And this will be my first php conference! I’m really looking forward to it, especially getting to know people in the PHP community outside my home town of Milwaukee.

See you there!

Martin de Keijzer (@martin1982) wrote at 2/4/2010 12:37 pm:

I also considered going to Tek-X, but I just don’t have the budget for it (I’d need to pay travel expenses from the Netherlands to the USA, my stay, the ticket, food and beverages).

I did attend the phpBenelux 2010 conference last weekend, and all I can say is that I recognize every single aspect mentioned in the blogpost plus the fact that conferences do encourage you to try new things. You get pushed in the right direction for things you might or might not have heard about which then seem to be more attractive to implement or much easier than you initially thought.

Also many user groups have meetings which are absolutely free to attend. I would encourage everyone to have a look at those meetings somewhere near you sometime. These meetings have much in common with the conferences and give you a good taste of it.

Jake Smith (@jakefolio) wrote at 2/4/2010 12:47 pm:

I was able to attend “Code Works: Dallas” this year as my first conference, and it was great. I will be attending Confoo (speaker) and Tek X (attendee) this year.

What prompted me to get involved with the PHP community and conferences was when I started attending, regularly, Dallas PHP User Group. Get involved in your local user group!

Stephen Cox wrote at 2/8/2010 2:24 am:

I thought about going. But considering the American employment environment I’m embarrassed to spend the cash. I know too many people out of work.

Are there going to be posted video’s of the sessions?

LornaJane (@lornajane) wrote at 2/9/2010 7:49 am:

I’ll be at tek as well and I heartily recommend it as an excellent event since I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed both the technical content and the atmosphere as a whole.

For those in Europe with large plane fares to get across the pond, check out the Dutch Conference which is a few weeks later than Tek and just as good! http://phpconference.nl

(Brandon, hope you don’t mind the blatant plug, see you at tek!!)

coding horror wrote at 2/11/2010 7:05 am:

Why got my comment deleted? Because I outlined several reasons to not attend php conferences? :O

Brandon Savage (@brandonsavage) wrote at 2/12/2010 10:36 am:

Your comment was not approved because the f-word is inappropriate for my blog. :-)