For 6 years in a row now, the PHPBenelux-team organised their annual conference
in Antwerp. And yes, madewithlove was present! Dieter and Jonas attended the conference and joined some interesting
yet diverse talks.
Now I am not going to cover every talk we joined in detail. But I’d love to go over some talks and other stuff that
really caught my attention at this year’s conference.
Needless to say we we’re first in row to join the talks:
First off, the keynote by Yitzchok Willroth aka coderabbi. And I’m sure when seeing his
avatar a couple of light bulbs came on above the heads of some readers. Yitzchok did a keynote on how to maximize your
growth as a software developer. Where he covered things like:
During his talk he also referenced some quotes, which he thought were very important.
One of the quotes that really stuck with me was “The timid does not learn”. This comes down to: “Dare to ask because all
beginnings are difficult”.
Another talk I thought was pretty interesting, was the talk by Davey Shafik. In his talk
he talked about slowdowns and how it usually isn’t caused by code but more likely by other resources like API’s etc.
In extend of these slowdowns he covered a performance loop where profiling, benchmarking and making changes are key to
finding and solving them.
“Premature optimization is a waste of time.”
Next up Daniel Cousineau taught us how not using PHP makes us better at PHP. The key
subject I held on to was by how you can improve your code skills by learning different languages.
“The languages you speak determine/influence the way you think “
The story behind this is that you’ll be able to understand coding concepts easier and that you’ll start to truly understand them.
Finally the talk by Sara Golemon was pretty eye- and mind-opening. Probably because I wasn’t
fully aware or wasn’t even expecting anything big on this subject. But when she started talking about ‘Hack’ and the
improved performance we’ll see in future PHP versions she caught the audience’s attention.
A PHPBenelux wouldn’t be a real conference if there wasn’t some high tech stuff to try out!
This is Jonas trying out the Oculus Rift.