ZendCon 2009 Call for Papers is now open!

Welcome to the “Call for Papers”:http://zendcon.com/ for the 2009 edition of “ZendCon – The PHP Conference”:http://zendcon.com/. This year’s conference will be held October 19th – 22nd at the San Jose Convention Center and is being co-presented by S&S Media. It is the largest gathering of the PHP Community and the premier PHP conference, allowing all attendees to mingle with decision makers, core developers, prominent community members, and so many more.

We are expanding this year’s conference to focus on the whole development team and lifecycle of your projects. We therefore are not only having sessions on ‘writing PHP code’, but are also emphasizing production processes, frameworks, management information, and the maintenance & tuning of servers. Part of doing this, is to expand the PHP Community to not just include the developers, but also the operations people, the managers, ensure that the whole team comes away from ZendCon with the knowledge to deliver better products.

To that end, we will be focusing on the following tracks this year, and encourage talks to be submitted that fit these categories. Talks that fit best within the categories listed will be given priority although we will consider all submissions:

The tracks are:

* Server / Operations
*** Configuring LAMP stacks, Tweaking Web Server Performance, Using alternative Web Servers with PHP, Databases, etc.
* Lifecycle Best Practices
*** Product Lifecycle, Versioning tools, Managing development teams, best practices for publishing code, etc.
* Frameworks
*** Best Practices, Productivity gains, Cool features, all frameworks welcome. Sessions on applications that you’ve written on top of frameworks would be great as well.
* Real World PHP
*** Interesting stories about problems that have been discovered in real production environments, and the solutions that were developed to combat these.
* PHP Development Topics
*** Performance, Security, Session management, and more. All the things that people simply need to know how, in order to have functional production quality code.

Zend also wishes to encourage the following specific topics to be submitted in the appropriate tracks above:

* Sessions about experiences using PHP on IBM i5
* Sessions on making Rich Internet Applications (RIA)
* Sessions by ISVs
* Sessions for managers of PHP projects & developers

Sessions will be accepted as 3 hour tutorials, or 60 minute sessions.

Travel expenses will be arranged by S&S Media. Speakers will also be provided 1 night of hotel, plus an additional night of hotel for every presentation or tutorial given (up to a maximum of 6 nights).

(There will also be an unconference like last year, announcements about the unconference will be made later; and submissions for that will be handled in a different manner)

The “call for papers”:http://zendcon.com/ ends on May 31st, 2009 at midnight Pacific Standard Time, so start submitting soon! We are looking forward to an excellent conference!

Eli White — Chair of ZendCon 2009