OSCON Day 2 : Picking Up Steam

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p. !http://static.flickr.com/58/198177658_3052cb3451_t.jpg! My day started off great, I had the privilege to have breakfast with Laura Thomson of OmniTI. We talked about how she came to OmniTI, the issues facing hiring managers, how OmniTI locates good talent, and a lot more. If you want more though you’ll have to wait until I finish transcribing it, trust me, it’s worth the wait.

p. A quick note to my regular readers. Get used to seeing OmniTI in my posts about OSCON. I’m here covering OSCON from the PHP perspective. OmniTI *owns* this conference for PHP. They have 15 sessions this week and are hawking Theo’s new book, “Scalable Internet Architectures”:http://www.samspublishing.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=067232699X&rl=1.

p. !http://static.flickr.com/69/198177411_f81734afbe_t.jpg! Marcus Borger also gave a great class on OOP in PHP 5. I didn’t get to spend as much time in that one as I would have liked but even the 15 minutes I was in it, I learned a lot. If Marcus releases the slides of this one, make sure you grab them.

p. The afternoon had 2 more good sessions for PHP developers. Chris Shiflett gave his “Essential PHP Security” talk and while I would have loved to make it to that one I chose to take spend some time in Laura Thomson and Luke Welling’s “Building an Asynchronous Multi-user Web App for Fun … and Maybe Profit”. I chose it mainly because I like people who write humorous titles. It was fun to watch a husband and wife team work together. The presentation was great and they switched off almost seamlessly. The sample app they built (What’s a talk without a sample app?) was a web based Texas Hold’em application. I sat through the first section of it and got to see how they built the client for their game. Unfortunately, I had to bail before they got to the good stuff, the backend services necessary to build a multi-user game.

p. Just a note here. All the OmniTI sessions are being videoed. To the best of my knowledge they are the only sessions being videoed. So maybe they will be making them available (possibly for a price) after the conference. If they do, make sure and grab Luke and Laura’s. (Yes, I’m aware of the joke, if you are too then you are as old as I am.)

p. Finally, the evening ended with the MySQL “reception”. Free booze, free food, and free T-Shirts, *now* we’ve got a full-blown tech conference. I got to hang out with the gang from OmniTI, the Yahoo Jeremy’s and Ben Ramsey. It was a great time for all but by the time 7:30 rolled around, I was whipped. 12 hours on the go was enough for me. I crawled back into my bed to begin dreading tomorrow’s wakeup call.